Clueless about backlinks

So strange. Back in 2005, I made a site: originalsite.com . I bled through the eyes to get backlinks, and they came in as very few. I went back to school, disappointed, and backlinks start coming in. I really can’t say it had much to do with my marketing work. Then I’d say about 2-3 years passed before Google started sending me small checks.

The site, since then, has earned enough to cover my work and then some. So I decided to use it site as a template and try to create useful guides (with menus, etc.) for other cities I checked out.

I cannot get a backlink to save my life. It has been about three years and still no success. Has there been some sort of change in the way backlinks are handled? I know they are always hard to get, but wow, dmoz doesn’t even list me.

How long till DMOZ lists you? And what sort of changes have you guys seen here that I may be missing? I am willing to work hard, but I don’t know where to go next.

Here is a sample--secondsite.com (not successful–googling “milwaukee restaurants”)
my good site, originalsite.com works. It’s usually near the top, (ft wayne restaurants)
Both sites have the same programming, quality, etc. Blah I’m so lost.

I’ve moved your question to a new thread, as it was a little different from the old thread in which you posted it.

Short answer - yes, backlink building and other aspects of SEO have moved on a good deal since 2005, so I think you have a bit of learning to do.

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It’s possible that your original site ranks fairly well because it has been around a long time and acquired backlinks slowly and naturally. Subsequent sites built to an identical design, with virtually identical text, for different cities, may look to the search engines too much like duplicates to be given the same kind of credence. (I’m not saying this is the case - just suggesting it as a possibility.)

To rank well nowadays, your site really needs to have good quality, unique content. So if you’re writing about dining in Milwaukee, make sure you write something unique and relevant to that city; don’t just repeat the text for Ft. Wayne with the names changed.

I’d recommend you read Google’s Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide, which you can download from the link on this page, where you’ll also find helpful advice to get you started.

I agree that you have to create great content and the key is after you create it to find others to promote it that have an audience. Another thing that can help is to partner with other companies. You should not just exchange links, but you can maybe write a guest blog post on each other site’s or find some way to work tother with someone in your industry.