A decent Bad Neighbourhood Checker will give full details of a site’s inbound & outbound links.  The tool I have linked below also gives details of redirects and header information which as you can imagine can be very handy.

Many Bad Neighbourhood Checkers flag gambling links as bad neighbourhood links although in the case of gambling affiliates such as ourselves we can ignore these warnings.

Bad Neighbourhood Link Checker

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Many affiliate sites are simply not optimised so in reality they are throwing clicks and money away every day! I have been used click tracking software for over a year which has given me a great edge of my competitors. I strongly believe that using software such as Clicktale makes my traffic perhaps twice as profitable if not more, than those who use no click tracking software. If you don’t believe then simply watch the video below then try Clicktale 100% FREE!

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See absolutely everything visitors do on your webpage. Watch recordings of your visitors’ full browsing sessions to discover exactly how they use your site. It’s as if you’re looking over their shoulder!

Clicktale captures every mouse move, click, scroll and keystroke, by using a tiny piece of JavaScript copied into your website. The whole process is completely transparent to the end user, and has no noticeable effect on your site performance.

  • See your site through the eyes of your visitors. Understand how they use your site, what they’re trying to achieve and where they encounter errors. By optimizing your customer’s progress through your website you can guarantee better conversion rates, increased sales and see a much higher return on your investment.
  • Clicktale’s filtering will let you find specific videos of customers who complete or drop out of any pre-defined or post-defined business process, scenario or funnel. From e-commerce funnels and online checkouts to complicated website navigation and everything in between, any process you have can be tracked, viewed and optimized.

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There is a massive online market in link sales as I have discussed in other articles. Many webmasters link building strategy comprises of obtaining links on pages with high PR with few out bound links (OBL).  From experience I can tell you that there are better metrics to use for link building than Page Rank, although that is a topic that I may discuss at a later date. Sites with high PR can generate a small fortune from link sales alone. The trouble is where there is a high paying customer base there are always scammers ready to cash in.

Before buying any links ensure you check the site thoroughly! Below I have listed a few checks you should always carry out before obtaining any PR links.

Firstly using Google type the following:


After pressing enter, the information displayed should relate to the actual domain you are checking. If the data refers to another domain name, then the PR is fake, as it is being  passed from another domain.

Next go to www.checkpagerank.net

Again type in your domain and press enter. Check the display results to ensure the PR is valid.

Even if the domain passes the above checks there is still no guarantee the PR is valid. The major flaw of the PR toolbar is that the data is only updated on average once every 3 months. Many scammers use a high quality PR domain redirect it to a domain without PR. They do this a few weeks before a scheduled PR toolbar update. As soon as the toolbar update has occurred, they then remove the 301. At first you can check for this using the methods listed above. As soon as the original site has been crawled and indexed again the above tools are useless, as the site with the forged domain appears to be valid, so we need to run further checks.

Our final check should be to use back link checkers to look at the amount and quality of back links the domain actually has. As a very basic guide the domain should have at least a handful of back links that have the same page rank and at least a couple of back links with PR higher than the actual domain. For example if a domain is advertised as PR4 and only has a few PR1 and PR2 back links, then it is safe to say the PR is not going to retain PR4 after the next PR toolbar update.  For a PR4 domain I would expect to see good back links mainly PR1 to PR4 with maybe at least one PR5 and maybe even a PR6 back link. It is thought possible for a domain to have a valid PR4 with just one or two PR5 links.

I have even seen one of my own sites pick up PR4 with only one solid link from a PR4 site although this site only had 2 OBL.

A good analogy is to think as Page Rank as water in a bucket, with external links acting as a hole in the bucket. Of course the more holes in the bucket (external links) the more the water (page rank) will flow out of the bucket.

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As you should now realise back links are very important to us in regards to pushing our site up the ladder of Google search results. I like to check each of my sites backlines at least once a week to see how my back link profile is developing. So how do you check back links?

There are dozens of online back link checking sites online although they vary in quality immensely. No back link checking tool will show every back link pointing towards your site so I prefer to use more than one.

Yahoo Site Explorer Tool

I always prefer to start with the Yahoo Site Explorer. To check back links with Yahoo simply go to


Then in the search box type


Then simply click the inlinks tab.

You can even use the Yahoo Site Explorer to check links to internal pages by typing the following


Other Back Link Checkers

Other back link checkers you can use include:

http://www.linkdiagnosis.com – One of my favourite back link checkers that gives results in PR order.

http://www.backlinkwatch.com/ – Includes anchor text & no follow data.

Back Links Take Time To Appear In Back Link Checkers!

The back links you build will not appear in back link checkers over night. From experience they can take from days to months. Also back links will not have an instant impact on your rankings. The back links you build today may not have any effect for  weeks or even months.

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The Seo Status Toolbar is a great addon for the Firefox browser.

The SEO Status Toolbar will enable you to

  • See the Alexa Rank of every page you visit.
  • See the Google PageRank of every page you visit.
  • Estimate the value of the website that you are currently viewing.
  • See the PageRank of the backlinks to the current page.
  • See the whois for the page that you are currently viewing.
  • Check if other tld’s for the domain is available for the page that you are currently viewing.
  • Check the Google PageRank from multiple datacenters for the page that you are currently viewing.

Download The Seo Status Toolbar

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This great online tool will analyse any webpage and rate the seo of the page. Not only that but you will also be given tips to increase the optimization of the page.


Click the image above to use the site. It is 100% free!

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Perhaps the most important types of tools for any affiliate are key phrases search tools. I use these sort of tools every day for tasks such as planning a series of articles to research on launching new sites.

I can’t stress enough just how important keyword research is. To help you refine your keyword research I have listed 8 free keyword tools below.

Here are some of the best 10 Free Keyword Research tools for SEO. Hope it might be useful for you guys,

1 Submit Expresss
2. WordTracker Keywords
3. Word Tracker
4. Google AdWords Keyword Tool
5. SEO Book Keyword Research Tool
6. Niche Bot Keyword Research
7. Keyword Spy
8. Good Keywords

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