It has been a long time since I reviewed an upcoming Clickbank product launch but I really can’t help myself from getting into this shark infested waters once again with the upcoming product from the Callen brothers called, SEO Link Monster.
I guess I never really shared why I stopped promoting Clickbank product launches and maybe I should write a post about that but I can say that the main reason was the quality of the products. It seems that most products are just crap and what I liked to call newbie traps. They only intended to sell false promises that will get tons of newbies to purchase only to learn that they wasted their money and time.
The refund rates have been through the roof and I just started to feel bad when I was promoting a product that I knew wouldn’t add any value to anyone except the product vendor.
So I stopped.
This SEO Link Monster Review turned out be a quite long so I figured I should make it easier to read and navigate.
This review covers everthing from why I decided to review a Clickbank product launch, to the actual product, SEO Link Monster, and what is it all about. A 4 weeks SEO Link Monster case study that provides the best possible answer as to what SEO Link Monster is, how it works and what you can expect from it.
And of course, my SEO Link Monster Review Conclusion in which I tell you my bottom line.
Why Am I Making a Comeback?
The first reason would be that The Callen bothers (Brad and Matt) have created many products in the past, some good and some are OK but whenever they come up with a product or service, it always servers a purpose and none of their products (that I can remember) have been what I like to call newbie traps.
Basically, they are not your typical “gurus” that are only looking for your money and the do actually try to provide value with their products and service. I expect (and hope) that SEO Link Monster will be no different.
Second reason is that it seems to be a product about SEO which is something I do all the time and try to be on top of things as much as I can so when someone that has a proven record or creating good products and services comes out with something about SEO I would like to check it out and see if I can use it for my own business.
Third reason would be that from all the product launches in the IM space only a few turn out to be really big launches and I think that SEO Link Monster is going to be one of the biggest launches of 2012 so if I am going to try to promote a product launch I would be better focusing on a launch that has great chances of becoming a big one and potentially earn me some money.
Yes folks, I am also in this for the money (shocker, I know;)).
On a Side Note
For those of you that are new here and don’t know me and my reviews yet, I can completely understand if you think I’m just like all the other affiliates that are looking to praise a product just to make some commissions.
The truth is that I’m not about that and I think actions speak louder than words so just check out my Google Sniper 2.0 Review and see for yourself. I was and still ranking very high for that launch and I am getting a lot of traffic to that post everyday (it is amazing how many people still search for this product) and I ended up not recommending it.
Without recommending the product I actually made low 4 figures in commissions (some people just can’t be convinced) so I could have made high 4 figures or low 5 figures in commissions from that review but the product sucked and I didn’t think anyone should waste his time buying it.
SEO Link Monster Overview
|Name:||SEO Link Monster|
|Price:||$47 first month
$147/m after that
|Launch Date:||February 7th, 2012|
So What Is SEO Link Monster All About?
To be honest with you, I don’t really know yet. There is still 2 months till the official SEO Link Monster launch and not too much information has been revealed. Here is what me and every other affiliate knows (and I am quoting here so ignore the hype):
- Insane Automated Google ranking system
- Massive Link Building Network UNLIKE ANY OTHER!
- Personalized SEO Training
- Professional, SEO Certified Support Staff
Like I said and as you all should know, I am not in the business of recommending something I didn’t checkout and tested for myself so as I always do, I asked to get early access so I will be able to test SEO Link Monster and provide you with some cold hard data. I have a lot of sites I can test using SEO Link Monster and I hope that once the members area will be up and ready I will get early access and will be able to test it out for 4-6 weeks which should be more than enough time for me to see some results (good or bad) that I hope will help you make a better decision about whether or not you should join SEO Link Monster.
SEO Link Monster Review
I got early access as I hoped I would get and I would like to thank Matt and Brad Callen for that, so thanks guys. I can now tell you that SEO Link Monster is quite simply a blog network. You submit spun articles and they will be distributed among the blogs on the network. There are quite a few blog networks out there and you know that I love blog networks and I recommend a few of them on a regular basis here on my blog.
SEO Link Vine vs. SEO Link Monster
When I realized that SEO Link Monster is actually a blog network I was kind of surprised since the Callen brothers already own a blog networks called SEO Link Vine. SEO Link Vine started as a really great blog network but it kind of lost its power as time went by and it is and it is not a blog network I (or many others) currently recommend.
I asked Matt about this issue as I wanted to know what the differences between the 2 networks are and if current members of SEOLinkVine would also benefit from joining the new SEOLinkMonster network. Here is his answer:
SEOLinkVine is 100% DIFFERENT than SEOLinkMonster. VINE is a network of sites owned by our users, not by us. So we can’t “guarantee” a number of posts made per day/month, etc. Plus we can’t guarantee the quality of all of the sites. Thus, the reason the system is the lower $67/month. MONSTER, is much different and its better. We own all of the sites. 100% of them. So yeah, users of VINE **should** also join Monster. We’re going to recommend it… highly recommend it.
If I had to “rate” the level of networks that we have… I’d say that it would go something like this…
SEOLinkVine > SEOLinkMonster > VIP SEOLinkVine ELITE
That really made everything clear. SEOLinkVine is a blog network based on the blogs users add to the network which is something most of the current blog networks are doing in order to grow their networks but this is not something you will be able to do with SEOLinkMonster. You don’t need to any blogs to the network. All of the blogs are owned by the Callen brothers which gives them much more control on the quality of the blogs and submission rates. I also asked Matt about submission rates and access to the URLs where your articles will be published. Here is his answer:
Users are GUARANTEED at least 14 posts per day, and they can grab their post urls and build links to them too if they want. So yeah, we provide the reported urls where their links are posted…
I got to say that this really sounds good and would make checking the quality of the blogs very easy as I have access to the URLs so I won’t need to use my Pingback Power WordPress Plugin to harvest the pingback URLs in order to find where my article where posted on.
SEOLinkMonster Video Review
SEOLinkMonster Members Area
This is the section that will contain the upsells you will be able to purchase. It seems there will be 3 upsells:
- An SEO Course.
- An Article Pack.
- Software Programs.
I don’t really have much to say about these upsells right as I didn’t check them out for myself. Whenever I will get more details you can be sure I will share it with you here.
In this section you can download a free software called Rankerizer that will help you track you rankings. You should know that this software is free to download at http://www.rankerizer.com/ and it is not only for SEO Link Monster members. With that said, it is a pretty cool ranking tool and among the free tools you can find it is probably the best.
This is an article spinner. Quite basic and since I have The Best Spinner I don’t have any use for it but for those that don’t have an article spinning software it could be quite handy. What I find kind of strange is that the exact same interface you get here you also get when you are submitting an article so I don’t really see the point in this spinner option but it doesn’t hurt and some of you might find it useful. The fact that I don’t see any benefit to this feature doesn’t really mean there isn’t any. It just my own opinion.
This is the heart of SEO Link Monster. Here you will be adding your articles for submission to the network and you will also be able to track the distribution reports. The article submission process is quite simple and it actually is the easiest among all the other blog networks I tried. You just add the title and article and hit save.
Here are a few things you should know:
- Copy and pasting with Chrome is not recommended. I recommend you use Firefox if you are going to copy the article from somewhere else and paste it into SEO Link Monster.
- Doesn’t support nested spinning. Only 1-level or flat spin supported currently. According to Matt this is in order to make it simpler for the users since most don’t really know how to handle nested and deep level spinning and the get the spinning syntax all wrong. That does make a lot of sense when you think about it and in any case, it seems that support for nested spinning will be added if demand will rise.
- No preview before submission. I think this would be a good addition, just to make sure the article is going to be published OK with no errors.
Is SEO Link Monster Any Good?
Well, this is the main question I guess and in order to find out we basically need to know a two things:
- What is the quality of the blogs in the network?
- What is the submission rate?
I think that by answering these two questions I will be able to compare SEO Link Monster to the other blog networks and provide you with an answer. I don’t want to base my decision on SERP results since I think that too many variable go into that and by picking a post on my blog and promoting it only with links from SEO Link Monster won’t really prove if the network is good or not.
How Will I Get The Answers
I submitted 40 articles to the network. 20 articles on January 7th and 20 on January 8th. Each article has 3 links pointing to pages on my blog. Since SEO Link Monster will provide me with the exact URLs of where my article have been published on it wouldn’t be a problem to check these blogs and determine the quality of them and of the links I will get.
I will be checking mainly 2 things. The blogs PR and the indexation rate since a link that is not indexed doesn’t really count.
About the submission rate we will just have to wait and see how many submissions I will get for every article after a few weeks.
Case Study Update – 14/01/2012
It has been a week since I submitted the article to SEOLinkMonster and I figured it would be a good time to grab a report and see where we stand. Grabbing the report is real easy thanks to the download report button and importing it into Excel is just the save as importing a CSV file. Here are the results I got:
I got 87 URLs on the report in total on 58 unique domains. PR distribution of the domains is as such:
- PR3 – 5 (5.75%)
- PR2 – 18 (20.69%)
- PR1 - 15 (17.24%)
- PR0 – 32 (36.78%)
- PR n/a -17 (19.54%)
Besides the PR of the blogs I also want to check indexing rates as I think it is a very important factor to consider when it comes to blog networks since if your links are not being indexed they are not really helping you in the rankings. After one week, 41 out of the 87 ULRs are indexed (47.12%) which is pretty great considering I didn’t do anything in order to help these links get indexed.
As I mentioned before, I submitted 40 articles in total and I got 87 submission so the simple math shows that each article got 2.175 submissions. The problem is that I can’t see which articles were submitted how many times since that information is not being shown. In any case, 2.175 submissions in 7 days is very very low in my opinion.
Case Study Update – 22/01/2012
2 weeks into the case study and the report now shows 184 URLs so in the last week I got 97 submissions.
- PR3 – 13 (7.06%)
- PR2 – 44 (23.91%)
- PR1 - 44 (23.91%)
- PR0 – 74 (40.21%)
- PR n/a – 9 (4.89%)
As you can see in the screenshot to the right, 117 out of the total 184 are indexed (63.58%) which is pretty great in my opinion as I didn’t do anything myself to help these URLs get indexed.
40 articles, 184 submissions, 14 days. The simple math shows that the average submissions per article is 4.6 and 13 daily submissions. Not something to brag about and I really hope that will improve. These are really low submission rates.
Case Study Update – 30/01/2012
We are now 3 weeks into the case study and here are the results so far:
In the blogs quality department I decided to add a new factor to check and that is domain age. Domain age has a pretty big role in SEO and it should also be considered and since I want to provide the full picture about SEO Link Monster I think it should be represented here.
- PR3 – 26 (9.5%)
- PR2 – 63 (22.99%)
- PR1 - 73 (26.64%)
- PR0 – 112 (40.87%)
- PR n/a – 0 (0.00%)
Out of the 274 submissions, there are 91 unique domains. I was able to get the domain age of 81 of them:
|Year||# Domains||Percentage (%)|
The numbers are pretty clear. All that is left now is to figure out what is considered to be an aged domain but in any case, most of the domains (67.9%) are 3 years old or less and 32.1% are older than 3 years. If you know what should be considered as aged domain, please let me know by commenting .
As you can see in the screenshot on the right that I took from Scrapebox after it finished check the 274 URLs, 219 of them are indexed.
That is a VERY impressive 80% indexing rate that SEO Link Monster brings to the table. I didn’t do anything to help these URLs get indexed. There is no blog network (aside from BMR) that has such high indexing rates.
I was kind of surprised about the low submission rates especially after what Brad told me in an email but I realized that I simply didn’t understood him correctly. It seems that SEO Link Monster has a daily limit of 15 submissions. That means that no matter how many articles you add to the network, it will only do a max of 15 submissions every day. I thought it will be a max of 15 for every article but that is were I got it wrong. As far as I understand this limit has been included to the network in order to prevent it from being overused and losing its power overtime as happened with SEO Link Vine.
I am not really sure what to think about this daily limit but my first thoughts were that it kind of hurts users and limits what they can get from the network. I would think that the high price point ($147/m) will do a pretty good job of preventing the network from being overused as SEOLinkVine was since it cost a third of the price when it was launched.
Anyway, here are the submission numbers after 3 weeks. 40 articles, 274 submissions, 22 days. The average daily submission rate is 12.45 and each article is being submitted 6.85 times on average. Since I now know about the 15 daily submission limit these numbers makes sense as they are within that daily limit.
Case Study Conclusion – 06/02/2012
I started this case study 4 weeks ago, on January 7th and this is the conclusion of the case study in which I focused mainly on analyzing the blogs quality in the SEO Link Monster network.
- PR3 – 30 (8.24%)
- PR2 – 62 (17.03%)
- PR1 - 109 (29.95%)
- PR0 – 163 (44.78%)
- PR n/a – 0 (0.00%)
As you can see, over the past month the articles have been submitted to 364 different domains and the PR diversity is as shown above and in the pie chart to the right.
In order to determine if the PageRank diversity is good we will need to compare it to other networks. The problem is that I haven’t done a similar test (but I plan to) for other blog networks and the only blog network that provides this information is Build My Rank and even though it is a blog network, I tend to differentiate it from the likes of SEO Link Monster, ArticleRanks, ALN, UAW and such because BuildMyRank only accepts unique content and that in itself makes it very different than the rest as they allow the use of spun content.
However, thanks to Shane and his blog network roundup I do have some information that I can use in order to provide a pretty fair assessment as to how SEO Link Monster compares to other similar networks. What you see in the following graph I borrowed from Shane is the different blog network (axis X) and the number of domains the article was published on according to PR (axis y). Just to make it clear, ArticleRanks has 21 PR1 domains, 19 PR2, 10 PR3 and 3 PR4 and i’m sure you can figure out all the rest.
From the above graph I took the PR information on ArticleRanks (AR), ALN, MAN, UAW and Traffic Kaboom (TK) and added the results I got for SEO Link Monster (SEOLM) and BuildMyRank (BMR). I had a lot more information about SEO Link Monster and BMR since I got more published on these 2 networks from what Shane got on his case study so I decided to show the information in percentages and here are the results:
Here is the important information (in my opinion) that I was able to learn from this graph:
- SEO Link Monster has the highest percentage of PR1 domain submissions.
- SEO Link Monster has the lowest percentage of PR2 domain submissions.
- SEO Link Monster is 4th in PR3 percentage.
- SEO Link Monster highest PR is PR3.
The 364 submission have been submitted to 93 unique domains and I was able to find the age information of 85 of them.
As I found out last week, the daily submission is limited to a maximum of 14 submissions. I got 364 submissions over a period of 30 days which means that I got 12.13 submission a day. Not 14 but pretty damn close.
This is where SEO Link Monster pretty much blows the other similar blog networks out of the water. 322 URLs are indexed out of the 364 which means 88.46% index rate without me doing anything to get these URLs indexed. This is really a high index rate which the other blog networks don’t share.
I don’t have exact numbers yet for the other blog networks but since I have done some testing for the pingbacks I get to my blog, I found that less than 20% of the pingbacks are indexed. Most, if not all of the pingbacks I get are from submissions I make to the various blog networks I used so far.
An 88.46% index rate is really something that SEO Link Monster should be proud of. It goes to show that the blogs in the network are being crawled by Google on a daily basis and I also think it says a lot about the quality of the blogs in the network. PR and age is not everything. But when you combine PR, domain age and index rate you get a pretty good picture about the quality of the network.
SEO Link Monster is a quality blog network and I think it could be a great addition to my own link building efforts. The PageRanks diversity didn’t knock me off my feet and neither did the domain age information I found, but the index rate which stands at almost 90% tells me a lot more about the network than the PR and domain age. Getting links indexed is not an easy task when it comes to blog networks so I really think that a 90% index rate shows a lot about the quality of the network.
The only downside I see, and it is a major downside, is the price. SEO Link Monster is going to cost $47 for the first month and than it will jump to $147/m. To be honest, I personally think the price is too high. SEO Link Monster doesn’t bring something so big to the table that deserves the high price tag. On the other hand, since it is highly priced, it will mean that it will have fewer users than the other blog networks and that will probably help it keep the quality and the high index rates for a longer period of time.
The bottom line is that SEO Link Monster is a high quality blog network that you should consider using, if you can afford it. I don’t see any reason not to give it a chance since you will only pay $47 for the first month and since it is a Clickbank product which means you are covered for 60 days. As you can see, I managed to gather enough information in 30 days about the network and it did help me rank this review on the first page of Google (my rankings changed daily over the past few days so I don’t know what is the exact ranking but i’m sure you will find me on the top part of the first page if you search for the main product keywords).
SEO Link Monster Update – 01/03/12
There have been some changes since the launch of SEO Link Monster and I posted an update in order to share those changes and what they mean with you so be sure to check it out – SEO Link Monster Update.
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