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...and 3 months later marketleap is showing me as 15,000 backlinks (total) and especially lately is growing at and unbelievable pace.
The idea is that I offer a free service and in return people provide backlinks and I serve Adsense too. I've got about 900 sites using the service and add 30 to 40 new ones per day.
I expect to be PR6 on the next update, and could be PR7 if things break my way. I've made the top 100k on Alexa. The kicker is that if my website contained nothing but a picture of my dog's butt, it would still have the same link popularity. It's just the way the plan was setup.
My website is garbage. No SEO at all and just a collection of ramblings really. Now I want to redesign it and start going after some text link ad bucks. But that's the part I'm ignorant about ;-)
* What should I make the site relevant to? I mean what type of biz is most likely to buy text links and pay good money? (I can make the site about anything I want)
* STRAIGHT ANSWER NEEDED: do people still make good money selling PR, and what kind of future is in it? I do know better than to blatantly sell PR ;-) I also know the days of CRAZY money to pass PR are over.
I have like a million more questions, but want to keep it simple for now ;-) I'm a complete n00b, so any guidance would help.
Basically, you'll have to manufacture pages to cover all the above and more. If you can deliver traffic, that's a big bonus. But to do that, you will have to optmize etc. If all you can give is PR, there's still a market for that. You might want to build a directory.
Keep below the radar...
As for "selling PR" I do know not to blatantly put it in those words on my site. I'd probably go with a text link broker when the time comes, at least initially.
Micheal Anthony... you are missing the point. The site will be a PR7 either this update or the next. PR8 in Q1 2005 is a goal. The time to plan is now, especially with G dragging their feet on doing updates. Finding ways to build "popular" sites is something I'm good at. Transalating that popularity into dollar signs is something I've never attempted before and am clueless about.
Thanks for the feedback, folks. I'll try to make good use of it!