Blogging Underground (BU) is a new network opened by Mike Liebner from Article Underground fame.
What it is
Blogging underground is a network of blogs owned by Blogging Underground and blogs contributed by members of BU as well. A blogging network allows you to post snippets of articles to blogs in the network with the aim of getting a good link to your site. Getting links and a variety of links is essential to getting traffic and improving the organic ranking of your site.
I am a member of a number of blog networks because I want a variety of sources for links. If I used just one network for all my links then it is likely that I’ll leave a footprint, won’t get link variety and be limited to the blogs that I can post topics to. Being a member of a few different networks allows me to spread my links out, have link variety as well as link velocity and have a number of choices where to get links from and when.
About Blogging Underground
Blogging Underground has about 390 blogs in the network currently and it is growing. Members of BU can also add their own sites to the network which is a great way of getting fresh content to your sites on relevant topics (without having to write it yourself!)
One of the things that I really like about BU is that there is a centralized posting section which is simple to use because it uses WordPress 🙂 In order to post to one of the blogs in the network you simply Add Post and then choose which blog you want to post your article to.
Now, because there are so many blogs it might be difficult to find the most relevant blog for your topic but that’s not the case here because there is a built in keyword search tool. So say, I wanted to post on the topic of “WordPress” to some of the blogs in the network. All I have to do is type in my keyword in the search box and the results be returned showing which blogs I could post to.
My keyword search for blogs accepting articles on the topic of “WordPress” returned 15 results from the inhouse network and 4 from members own contributed blogs. Quite a lot when you consider that WordPress is often considered a technical rather than a general subject.
The other thing that I really like is that you can have multiple author names (or profiles). So for my WordPress posts I would want to use my own name as author but for my niche sites or client sites then I could add other profiles to assign those posts to.
One of the things that I really like about the network is that you post article snippets. Often with blog content networks you need to post about 300 words. Not with this network, really your posts only need to be about 120 words (but more is, of course, better) and you can add TWO urls (but not to the same page). This means that in the time it would take me to do one 300 odd word article I could post 3 snippets and get 6 links!
Sweetening the deal
Blogging Underground is already a great blog content network but the owner has added a ton of bonuses when you sign up. I already own some of these products eg Nanobloggers (which is excellent) and I’d been itching to get my hands on the Category Creator plugin (the only other one I know of hasn’t been upgraded to WP 3.0).
- PLR Articles
- Nanobloggers by Peter Spaepen
- Rank & Pillage Extended by Brian Johnson
- 10 Commandments to Keyword Research & How to Conduct Market Research The Right Way – Jim Morris from Nichebot
- Wordtracker Magic by John Alexander
- Category Creator plugin
- Jam Session Videos
- Boosting Revenue with Google Adsense by Using Google Analytics – Neil Shearing
- Stat Counter Tutorial – Wendell Chong
- Many more by Brian Johnson
- Huge training videos by Mike on choosing keywords and the 12 steps to success
If you are just starting out internet marketing you will find that the bonus training videos by Mike will be invaluable in showing you how to do keyword research, buy domains and get links to your site. If you are more advanced then I’m sure you will find the Nanobloggers products and Brian Johnson’s bonuses excellent value (and they should give you loads of ideas for niche sites as well!).
The great thing about the network is that you don’t need to make a big commitment up front to see if you like it or not. There is a $4.95 seven (7) day trial where you can check it out and see if it is something that will be useful to you and you will use.
More sweet stuff
I love this service so much that I’m going to throw in a bonus of my own if you purchase through my affiliate link (and stay beyond the 7 day trial period). In 2010 I spoke at James Schramko’ Fast Web Formula 2 internet marketing seminar about WordPress and content networks. If you purchase a BU membership through my affiliate link I’m going to give you my FWF2 presentation (video), mind map and wordpress plugin list.
Claiming Your Bonus
To claim your bonus you just need to sign up through my affiliate link for Blogging Underground here.
At the end of the 7 day trial period send me an email with “BU Bonus” in the subject line and with your clickbank receipt number to verify your order. Once I have received and verified your claim I will email your bonus to you 🙂