How to get 1 Million Hits Without the Search Engines
by Jack Humphrey
I love to show people how they can actually get up to 1 million hits
per month using reciprocal links. People are doing it right now all
over the web and have the live server log files to prove it. And you
probably are thinking, “Yeah they are on top of the search engine
lists! Actually, top listing on the search engines is not the cause
of their hits! It’s a side-effect.
Reciprocal links alone put them in the Million-a-Month Club.
Reciprocal links, good ones, can do much more for you than any
search engine ever will.
Wow Jack, that’s a bold statement, got anything to back that up?
How about the server logs of people getting over a million hits per
month who did nothing more than seek out link partners and ONLY
submitted to each major search engine ONCE? Would that convince you?
Well check it out. Here are two sites that use reciprocal linking
almost exclusively with all other forms of advertising bringing in a
relatively negligible amount of traffic. When looking at their live
server log files, pay attention to the following things:
1.) Qualified traffic from reciprocal links.
Look at the Refers Report and check the section labeled ‘/’.
Underneath you will find which links and search engines are sending
these websites traffic.) Search engine traffic to the sites’ Link
In the Refers Report, find the headings that start with /links/,
with the name of the Link Directory pages directory after. Search
engines send lots of traffic to these pages. These pages were never
submitted to the search engines!
Example 1: CTEX CD Replication holds the number one keyword
placement on Yahoo for "CD replication." How did they get there?
Link popularity! Check out their live server log files at: http://www.ctexinc.com/stats/index.html
Example 2: Toolady.com is a website that has been using
reciprocal links for a long time and her web site traffic was
generated completely reciprocal links! In four months it became one
of the most heavily trafficked bird web sites on the internet. No
other form of marketing was done. Check out her server log files
So you tell me, are search engines the almighty savior you thought
they were a minute ago?
Relevance of Your Links
Relevance has a lot to do with how a search engine robot will treat
you nowadays. That’s why I always talk about the importance of
building a link list or "theme index" for your site (call it a
reciprocal link exchange) that closely resembles the topics or
products you deal with in your site. (But not those, of course, in
direct competition to you.)
Now the FFA and Link Farm people are going to be mad at me, but this
is the truth!
Here’s a test. If I fail it you may publicly scorn me!
Go to any FFA page on the web and look for Yahoo.com. Try Amazon.com,
or CocaCola.com… There must be TONS of their links on FFA pages –
EVERYBODY knows those guys! Go ahead and check it out, I’ll be here
when you get back!
Glad you’re back – how many links did you find? None? Yikes!
Now go to Altavista.com and type link:yahoo.com in the search
window. What happened? Well, I just did it and it said: We found
6,670,578 results. (By the way, don’t you love how the search engine
will report millions of links just like it reports none? Doesn’t it
seem like they would be like "WOW, six million links!!!")
That’s 6,670,578 links pointing to Yahoo.com!!
And not a single one from a link farm. Now don’t go getting ideas in
your head about getting 6 million links. You don’t need that many to
flood your site with enough traffic to keep you selling widgets, or
informing the public on the effects on the ozone layer from methane
gas produced by cattle. (What? hey its late, that was the best
example I could come up with! How do I know what you’re into?)
No, you need far fewer links than that to get 1,000,000 hits a
month. And, with a million hits a month, how many methane
gas-to-oxygen converters do you think you could sell to farmers to
mount on the backs of their cows to protect the ozone layer? I’d say
at least a whole heap!
There is automation software out there that people are using to
drastically optimize their link lists and I highly recommend
checking them out. The best and first of its kind can be found at
This software has a fully functioning demo that will spider the web,
set up your link directory, AND upload it to your server. It also
does a mail-merge function to personalize all your link requests to
other webmasters and mails for you. All in the DEMO version!
You CAN do all this manually, but it is highly recommended that you
at least check out the automation software demo above to see what
the best of the best webmasters are using to get those million hits
(Author’s note: It has not yet been proven whether methane produced
by cow emissions affects the ozone layer. Example above is