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Migration of account to In-text links

We wrote back in October about the new in-text links and how we would roll then out shortly. The process has taken a lot longer than we expected but we are now ready to migrate all remaining accounts to the new link format.

Starting August 1st we will start migrating accounts on a rolling basis and we expect to be through all accounts by the end of September.

Negative Link Credit Balance
In-text links take up twice the link spots and cost twice as much Link Credit. As a result, some accounts will end up with a negative Link Credit balance after the migration.

These accounts will be notified several times (via email) before the actual migration so they have time to take action by either removing the backlinks they do not care so much about or by increasing their Link Credit balance in anticipation.

If after the migration your account is in minus, our system will start removing backlinks until your Link Credit balance is positive. As always the system will value older links higher and remove the newest backlinks first.

We are migrating to in-text links for several reasons:

  • The text surrounding links can help make them have some context, which greatly increases the chance that search engines will consider it an “on topic” backlink
  • In-text backlinks appears much more natural to both search engines and people
  • Having fewer backlinks per page, makes each backlink better and also greatly reduces the risk of any search engine “discovering” the network

If you do not receive any email notifications from us then it means that your account is already converted or is not affected by this change.

If you have any questions or concerns about this migration please contact

Free Keyword Tracker on Automatic Backlinks

At Automatic Backlinks we know how important an accurate measurement of SEO is for all webmasters. There are a lot of key performance indicators (KPI) that need to be analyzed, but one of the most important is keyword position on Search Engine Results Pages (SERP). Our keyword tracker will make this task easier by tracking every single keyword in Automatic Backlinks that has a link associated with it. With Keyword Tracker all Automatic Backlinks users will be able to study the impact of backlink strategies on a sites performance on

To check your keyword positions, you just need to click on “Link variations” or “Backlinks” in your campaign

Automatic Backlinks's keyword tracking tool

Link Variations will show aggregated data of all the keywords contained in a campaign

SERP Keyword tracking

Backlinks will show the position of every keyword associated to a backlink.

Automatic Backlinks's SERP tracking
If you want to check the progress of your keywords just click on the position number to see historic data in a line graph.

Keyword tracking graph

All sites now accept in-text links

All member sites now accept in-text links. This is all part of our full conversion to in-text links. We are continually monitoring the conversion to in-text links and when we reach a certain % uptake, we will flick the switch and all remaining standard links will be converted to in-text links (with no surrounding text) and will thus start costing/earning the double amount of Link Credit. For this reason we encourage all users to convert all their links to in-text links as quickly as possible to avoid any unnecessary fluctuations in links and Link Credit when in-text links becomes the standard.



We have now stopped the placing of normal links for both new and existing campaigns, in favour of in-text links. Again we would urge all members to convert their standard links to in-text as soon as possible in order to make the best use of link credit.

How to proceed

It is very important that, for each campaign, you have changed at least one of the standard links variations to an In-Text link variation.

Go to Options, Edit Link Variations and add leading and/or trailing text to a link variation.


We recommend to use our Link Variation Builder to add multiple link variations at once.

These newly defined in-text link variations will only be used for new links. Existing links will remain unchanged. To change links already placed, click on View Backlinks and click on the orange button with an exclamation mark.



If you need further help or information, please, don’t hesitate to contact us.

How to use the new Link Variation Builder

Automatic Backlinks’ brand new feature, Link Variation Builder relates to our new In-text links.It allows you to define a variety of leading and trailing textual content around the link.

First you may want to read the previous article about in-text links. In a nutshell: “An in-text link is a link that is surrounded by text before and/or after the actual clickable link”. Because of the added value of the in-text link the link credit cost of these new links is double that of the old link. So hosting sites owners will earn double for in-text links and owners having them placed in campaigns will pay double.

Adding an In-Text Link

From Options, select Edit, enter the leading text, the anchor text and a trailing text.  Then enter the url of your link. Save the changes.

In this way you create unique links which can be made to reflect the page linking to you with much bigger SEO value than the current links.

Using the Link Variation Builder

The power of this new tool is in the capability to quickly generate a great amount of unique link variations. By making it easy to enter different complementary options for all three areas (leading text, link and trailing text) you can build a huge variety of unique link variations resulting in the natural backlinks which search engines will reward.

Click on the Open link variation builder and lets start building your links using some very simple examples:

Leading text  We type: [Try|Test|Give a shot to|Play with]

Link text  We type: [Automatic Backlinks’|Autobacklinks’|AutomaticBacklinks’]

Trailing text  We type:  [new features.|brand new interface.|cool improvements]

Using our examples, you can see below how the link variation builder has created all possible combinations of in-text links:  

By entering the four options in the leading text combined with the three options in the links text, added to the 3 options in the trailing text, we build 36 (4*3*3=36)  Unique Link Variations.

That’s it!

We now have Link Variations with custom text around ready to be placed in a topic-relevant sites in your Automatic Backlinks campaign.

Don’t forget to activate in-text links in your sites to earn double LC when placing this awesome links!

Why are we abandoning Pagerank?

The dates below show updates conducted by Google over the last 6 years. As you can see, for more than 18 months Google has been publishing a general update of Pagerank only every three months and the last eight months have passed without any updates.

  • 4 February 2013

  • 7 November 2012

  • 2 August 2012

  • 2 May 2012

  • 7 February 2012

  • 7 November 2011

  • 1st Week August 2011

  • July 2011

  • June 2011

  • January 2011

  • April 2010

  • Dec 31, 2009

  • 30 October 2009

  • 27-28 May 2009

  • June 2009

  • 1-2 April 2009

  • 30-31 December 2008

  • 27 September 2008

  • 26 July 2008

  • 29 April 2008

  • 9 January 2008

  • 26 October 2007

  • 28 April 2007

There has been great speculations about what caused the delay but there isn’t an official reason for Google being behind schedule. It could be that the last major update of Pengüin algorithm affected the PageRank algorithm or even, as some people think, Google could be in the process of abandoning PageRank.

Whatever the reason, this makes PageRank an unreliable and unfair way of calculating the value of your links, so we have decided to use mozRank as our primary metric in calculating Link Credit. As you know, Mozrank is expressed to 2 decimal places so for simplicity we will strip the decimal value when recording the mozRank for a page. For example, a mozRank of 3.67 will be recorded as 3 for the purpose of link credit calculations.

At the moment, all link credit is still being calculated using PageRank, but about November 15th we will start the transition to using only mozRank. From that date the value of a link will be calculated based half on the PageRank and half on the mozRank of the page. We expect to complete the move from PageRank to mozRank on  December 1st when Link Credit will start being calculated solely by mozRank (rounded down).

Attention please!
Moving to Mozrank has been delayed. We will send a newsletter, show a message in your Automatic Backlinks’ dashboard, send a tweet and write a blog post here before making the changes. Thanks for your patience.

In-text links on Automatic Backlinks

In-text links are a new type of link on Automatic Backlinks that we will gradually be rolling out and eventually entirely switching to. The main reason for this is to improve the effect of each link and to reduce the risk of being detected by the Google web spam team.

What is an in-text link?

An in-text link is a link that is surrounded by text before and/or after the actual clickable link. Currently Automatic Backlinks only supports “bare” links with no peripheral text around it.


Consider for example a travel agent based in Bali. Currently they might have the following link variations:

Using in-text links they can create the following backlinks:

This added text gives the link context and also makes it look more natural on the site. We believe these kinds of links are better for everyone and will result in even better ranking improvements.

In-text links and link credit

We realise that these new in-text links will take up more room on each page so we are limiting each page to hold only two in-text links. To compensate for this we are going to price in-text links at twice the current amount of link credit. At the same time we have limited the number of links we allow each page to host to 4 standard links or 2 in-text links.

Phasing out standard links

We believe so much in the in-text link that we will eventually and gradually be phasing out the standard links that we currently offer. Here is how we plan to roll everything out (subject to change).


  • All site owners are limited to accepting up to 4 links per page. This will not affect any existing links already placed, but should over time reduce the links per page as links beyond the 4th will not be replaced when removed

  • All new sites added to the system will only be able to accept in-text links

  • All existing sites can opt-in to accept the new in-text links

  • In-text link campaigns can be created and placed on participating sites

  • All existing backlinks can be edited on a page by page basis

  • If a site accepts in-text links, only that type of link is placed

Around November 15th

  • All existing sites will automatically start accepting in-text links

  • All link credit amounts will start being calculated half by PageRank and half by MozRank

  • We will start accepting pages with PageRank 0 but will continue to require MozRank 1 or above

  • All pages with more than 4 standard links will be reduced to 4

Around December 1st

  • All remaining standard links are converted to in-text links (with no surrounding text) and will thus start costing/earning the double amount of Link Credit

  • All sites will be reduced to showing a maximum of two in-text links

  • All link credit amounts will start being calculated solely by MozRank (rounded down)

What will it mean for me?

The above changes will affect all users in the system. We are confident that the changes will be better for everyone in the long run but are also aware that all change can be worrying so we are trying to ease any worries by being as transparent as possible and by detailing what you can expect below.

The effects for links on your site

  • You will eventually have fewer links on your pages and may earn slightly less link credit.

  • You will earn more link credit per link

  • You have a much lower risk of getting any penalty or warning from Google

  • New pages from your site will probably be added. Google has not updated PageRank for 6 months which means no new pages has been added to the system. By relying solely on mozRank we can now add those new pages.

The effect on backlinks

  • The overall SEO effect of each of your backlinks will increase tremendously

  • You will have fewer but better backlinks

  • Each backlink will have text before and after it which will help give it context even on unrelated web sites

  • You will run a much lowered risk of getting punished by Google for unnatural link building

The effects of Google’s “Panda” and “Penguin” updates for Automatic Backlinks (2/2)

Penguin is the nickname for the latest major update of Google’s algorithm and the one with the highest potential of affecting Automatic Backlinks users. The update aimed at rewarding sites with what they consider a natural link building strategy and punishing all others. Some webmasters have experienced pretty drastic drops in their search engine ranking while others have received boosts, but the sites in Automatic Backlinks networks seem to not really be affected. We believe that this is because we only allow quality links in our system. Here are a few tips on how not to get smacked over the head by a penguin.

Avoid link spamming

Some experiments suggest spamming links using the same keywords as anchor text might not improve your ranking. Others might suggest the opposite but if you feel like you want to prevent this, the solution is easy and harmless; add more link variations to your campaign. Some good ideas of variations would be: swapping the capital letters at the beginning of each word, switch the word order, insert additional words, use secondary keywords…

Add natural links

Not everyone in the internet is SEO savvy, so they are going to link to your site using anchors like “click here”, “nice site” or even “”. Including a fair amount of these (1 link per each 10 links with real keywords) will make your anchor text look natural to Google’s search engine. The more natural your links look in Google’s eyes the better off you will be.

As mentioned in our last article regarding making sites panda-proof; by avoiding link spamming and adding natural links you can begin to see improvements in your site. It is also important to mention that these methods work best in conjunction with automatic backlink building. It will not get your site banned and you will gain the exposure your site deserves.

The effects of Google’s “Panda” and “Penguin” updates for Automatic Backlinks (1/2)

During the last year, Google has made a few dramatic changes to their search algorithm. The first major update was called “Panda”. What is the Google panda update? Since Google implemented it its goal has been to analyze the contents of sites much more thoroughly than before. It works in this manner: it assigns a quality score to your whole site depending on how good your contents are and the user experience you offer to visitors. It’s a global mark that affects the rankings of all pages in your site in the same way.

It doesn’t matter if you boost your landing page using cutting edge technologies and add brilliant content, the score comes from the evaluation of every single page of your site. This means you may not improve ranks just by getting more inbound links. Panda affects people who build automatic backlinks. Even if you get 100 links to one of your pages, the odds are that your rankings will not improve if your site is not Panda-proof. We found one of the best approaches to what Google means with quality can be found in this blog post, but here is some valuable advice:

  • Article interlinking. By mentioning each article with the same topic, you are showing to Google that your site is genuinely talking about that subject and you are not just adding text full of keywords to your site.
  • Avoid long keywords and use topics. For example: don’t use as a title of an article “how to cook a chicken” to a recipe, it’s better to use “Roasted chicken with potatoes”. Still, you can talk about “how to cook a good roasted chicken” in your article. Those kind of keyword titles have been used for a long time but now, Google reduces your quality score of sites that abuse this old SEO practice.
  • Also make sure your site loads in 4 seconds or less for optimal search engine results. Google Panda likes sites that load fast.

Using Automatic Backlinks for your site is extremely important and can be very beneficial to boost your rankings. You just want to make sure that you are building links over time and have realistic expectations. Often when using a technique like link building, a site will enter into a “Google dance” where it may be back to page 0 one day and up to page 1 the next. The key here is to continue building links in a natural manner and to be patient.

Essentially Google Panda is an update that really changes the market for Search Engine Optimization. With this new update it can be seen that quality of a site matters more than ever now. Making your site SEO friendly in light of Google Panda has taken on a whole new meaning. You want to have plenty of interlinking on your site, you want proper keywords as well as proper placement of those keywords, but you still want to have a solid back link strategy that looks and feels natural.

A lot of low-quality search engine optimization companies cannot keep up with the demand Panda has caused, and to make sure your site is panda proof is critical if you want to see a return on your investment. Plenty of internet marketers have been greatly disappointed with the new update of Google Panda because, the new updates favor sites that are in it for the long haul and does not give preference to quickly built, low-quality sites. All in all if you follow the rules and build a high quality site you will be able to survive Google Panda with ease.

Changing from PageRank to mozRank

In the next few weeks will switch from using Google PageRank as a metric for determining the quality and price of a backlink to using mozRank by SEOmoz.

Why we are abandoning PageRank
For a long time it has been common knowledge that PageRank is not a very good or trustworthy metric for quality even Google agrees.

Additionally PageRank has never been made publicly available by Google except for in browser toolbars, so for us to get the PageRank of a particular page we have to pretend to be a browser toolbar and send a fake request to google. As Automatic Backlinks has grown, we have been sending tens of thousands of these requests on a daily basis and Google quickly detected that we were no ordinary browser toolbar and blocked our servers, even as we added more and more. Lately it appears that Google have started replying to these requests with a 0 instead of the usual ‘#blocked’ message meaning that we incorrectly marked pages as having a PageRank 0.

A final reason for the change is that we do not like to send requests to google with the URL of every page in our system. It gives them an opportunity to detect our network and this is a risk we feel we can no longer take.

Why we have chosen mozRank
mozRank is a metric quite similar to PageRank as it is a score from 0 to 10 on a logarithmic scale. In fact our preliminary tests show that mozRank and PageRank seem to follow each other quite closely. The number is calculated for using the metrics of 9,200,000,000 links on 400,000,000 pages.

Additionally, the clever people over at SEOmoz have made an API available that makes getting the mozRank of a page a very simple task which means we finally have a reliable, accurate and up to date method of determining the quality (and thus price) of a backlink.

What does it mean for our members?
We have decided to go with a rolling launch of this new system which means that we have already started adding pages with a mozRank of 1 or above. We expect that we will start adding links to pages using a price calculated from their mozRank (as opposed to their PageRank) as early as next week. Existing links added using PageRank as the price metric will remain calculated using the “old method” in a transition period of some months. This is to avoid large fluctuations in our members’ Link Credit balance.

Some members will have noticed that they will now have both a www and non www entry (and possibly other subdomains) of their sites in the dashboard. This is because Google does not distinguish between the two versions, however SEOmoz does. We encourage members to create a redirect from the non www to the www version of the site (or vice versa). This is a best practice SEO technique anyway and it will mean that the mozRank will all be on the same subdomain. Members are also welcome to activate the additional site, although we will not place links on it unless it has any mozRank.

Update: You can now reject links that are more than 30 days old

We recently decided to remove the 30-day limit for rejecting links hosted on your site’s pages. Previously, to encourage permanency, we imposed a 1 month time limit within which to reject a link after it was placed on your page. We found that this inconvenienced users who did not log in to check their links very frequently. Thus, we are happy to announce that this limit has now been removed and you can now reject links no matter how old they are.