Build My Rank Review0
** UPDATE – BMR IS CLOSED
Is Build My Rank the best Linkvana alternative? There are many blog networks out there today – it seems like more and more are coming online all of the time – that’s great for today’s Internet marketer. It seems that 2010 is the year of the blog networks, as several new ones have emerged on the scene. When is more options a bad thing? Build My Rank is very similar to Linkvana and other such blog networks. To compare Linkvana versus Build My Rank, it’s easier to start out with their similarities first. Similar to Linkvana, Build My Rank allows you to post small content blurbs called “posts” which each containing one link. Also following in Linkvana’s footsteps, Build My Rank does not have support for spun content and it distributes your content to its proprietary network of PR1 thru PR7 sites. It appears clear that Build My Rank has purposely positioned itself to be a strong Linkvana alternative. At this point it appears effective, but only time will tell if it can provide the same quality in the long run. Check out the above Build My Rank video and you’ll see it is very similar.
Unfortunately, Build My Rank does not allow you to directly input spun articles and have it generate versions on demand (along the lines of what MyArticleNetwork and SEOLinkVine do). Their reasoning is that they do not want any spammy content and no duplicate content. Oh what we would pay for one of these blog networks to actually allow you to post unlimited high quality spun content… Thus far only Backlink Solutions allows you to spin, but it’s capped at a fixed number of links per day and the interface is cumbersome to use.
When looking at Build My Rank vs Linkvana you will see that they both have an elegant simplicity to them. Much of the interface is very similar and the functional differences are small and subtle. One nice feature that BuildMyRank has that Linkvana does not is the ability to define arbitrary groups or projects. In Linkvana a project is defined at the domain level. So, if, for example, you have a client that has 5 domains that you’re doing SEO for, in Linkvana you will have five separate projects. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for power users like us with dozens of clients and many, many more (yes, I’m being vague) of our own sites the interface can get very “cramped”. BuildMyRank allows you to create an arbitrary grouping that can house any number of domains and is in a collapsible/expandable list to hide the clutter. Small point, yes, but elegant. On a direct feature by feature comparison of Linkvana to Build My Rank, you will see that Build My Rank requires 150 words per post, whereas Linkvana only requires 100 words. However, Build My Rank allows you to create longer posts and permits one link per 150 words. This is essentially matched in Linkvana via their “articles” as opposed to “posts”. The Linkvana network is comprised of PR2 thru PR5 sites (according to their sales page). In reality we’ve seen many of our links end up on PR1 sites and a few on PR0. Now, in all fairness, PR is changing all the time, so this is the exception and not the rule. With Build My Rank they claim PR1 through PR7 and so far from our limited testing that is what we are seeing (though we’ve not seen anything yet above PR4). Neither of the networks publish information regarding their size, so that is something we cannot compare.
Also, just like Linkvana, you can outsource the posts to them for the price of $2 per if you don’t want to write them. (NOTE: We recommend using our own ArticlesOnTap.com for better pricing on these posts.) They also give you 10 free posts for a trial account so that you can “test the waters”.
The interface for adding posts to Build My Rank is almost a carbon copy of Linkvana, including the ability to post in HTML directly (with the embedded links already created as <a> tags). This is the recommended way to do it in our opinion because it is much faster to embed the destination URL’s direction into the content when spinning – oops, did I say that (shame on me) – and have them all output with the links already inserted and just ready to upload. Inserting the links within the interface can be “tedious” at best.
- Batch Upload –
Just added! This is absolutely our favorite new feature of Build My Rank and one that NO ONE ELSE is offering – the ability to upload all of your posts in a “batch” process via a simply CSV file. This means that you can purchase your content and have them provide you an export of it into a CSV file which you can upload in one click and post 100 posts or more with a single click of the mouse. No more manual, one-by-one uploads of each post!
- Links to Your Links –
They actively go out and get backlinks for the posts that you make on their site. This is great to get your post Indexed quicker as well as bring additional authority to your post, and thus to your site as well.
- Support for Restricted User Access –
This allows you to create additional users that can access your account with limited abilities – perfect for giving your VA access to make posts for you but not change any account configurations or settings.
While Build My Rank is the new kid on the block we have to say that we have been very impressed by their responsiveness to client suggestions (we’ve made many) and improvements. It’s refreshing to see in an industry that so many just “take, take, take”…
Also, the scheduling of the posts is again very similar to Linkvana. You can choose from the following options: Randon, 1-3, 4-6 or 7-10 per day. Linkvana has a few more options, but that’s being nitpicky – the above are plenty. This is highly recommended – just upload everything at once and then queue it up to release or trickle out for the month. It is much more convenient that trying to “remember” every day.
It’s hard to say at this point as the product is so very new. We haven’t given it a thorough run through yet so there is no way we can truly evaluate its performance. I *speculate* that it will be on par with Linkvana, but that is pure speculation. It all depends upon the quality and authority of the blogs in their network. We have started a preliminary test with Build My Rank and will report back on the findings in a few weeks. What is certain is that it is just 40% of the cost of Linkvana, if you purchase a membership during the trial, for what appears to be a very similar product. In reality, only time will tell if the quality is on par or not.
UPDATE (6/25/2010) -
BuildMyRank continues to impress us more and more as the days go by. We have found our posts on many PR3, PR4 and even PR5 sites and have been very surprised to say the least. We don’t see as many High PR sites from our Linkvana distributions.
UPDATE (1/10/2011) –
BuildMyRank still continues to impress us and it is actually the best network around, surpassing Linkvana and the others. We have found our posts on many PR3, PR4, PR5 and even PR6 and PR7, sites and have been very surprised to say the least. We don’t see as many High PR sites from our Linkvana distributions at all, nor do we see the same indexing rate, BMR has a phenomenal indexing rate.
As stated above, Build My Rank is cheaper than its closest competitor Linkvana – however, since reopening they have changed the pricing structure around a bit. The base price is $59 a month for up to 5 domains, that is for unlimited posting to 5 domains. The price goes up as you add domains, $79 for 6-10 domains, $99 for 11-20 domains and $159 for 21-50 domains. If you have over 50 domains to promote you have to contact them for custom pricing. The pricing is well worth it in our opinion because BMR provides you with an extremely high quality network and therefore high quality backlinks, and it still allows unlimited links.
Build My Rank Bonus Offer
Build My Rank appears to be a very strong Linkvana alternative at this point, and we are thrilled to be using it. However it won’t do you much good without some content to post to Build My Rank. If you purchase Build My Rank via our link we will send you ten (10) FREE 150 word Build My Rank posts each month you stay subscribed to BMR. The articles are provided by ArticlesOnTap.com, so you can be assured they are top quality, 100% unique articles ready to post. You will also receive a 10% off coupon code for any future orders of articles from ArticlesOnTap.com. You won’t find a Build My Rank coupon here, but the ArticlesOnTap coupon will come in very handy for content. To redeem your bonus simply follow these Build My Rank Bonus instructions. Once we confirm your purchase was made through our link, you will receive your bonuses. Bonus applies to purchasing a paid membership only NOT simply joining as a free trial member.