We’ve seen plenty backlink building services that have dwindled away. They were popular and pretty effective several years ago before Google released one of their infamous updates. Now they’re about as useful as using a torch in the middle of the day in the Sahara Desert. Social Monkee is one of these backlinking services and I wish it would dwindle away…
I’m not an affiliate for Social Monkee. Anyone who is an affiliate for this product needs a swift slap to the face for promoting crap. Why is this a piece of crap?
Good question! Let’s dig in.
Back in 2013, Google said that websites with more links pointing towards them would rank higher in the search results. That’s not verbatim but that was pretty much the rule.
Most of the backlink services that were around offered to create a specific number of backlinks towards your site for a specific dollar amount. It was big business several years ago. However since then Google has gotten smart to these tactics and made changes to their algorithms.
Most of the backlink services died when these types “spam” backlinks no longer worked.
Surprisingly Social Monkee is still around. Social Monkee allows you to submit 1-3 URLs (depending on the membership level you purchased) and submits them to variety of websites they have on their database.
Not only do they provide backlinks but they also offer content spinning software and recommend other content spinners too.
Let’s have a look at what’s in the members area and why these backlinks and content spinners suck.
When you log in you’ll see the navigation bar at the top which will show you what you have access to:
Let me quickly go through what the important sections are:
The rest in the navigation menu is pretty unnecessary. Let’s dig into a couple of the sections in a little more detail.
This is the form you’d fill out when you want to submit your URLs to the various websites to get a “backlink” back to your website:
You can add variations of sentences so when your content is being submitted to the variety of websites, it won’t be the exact same text each time. Although that’ll depend on the number of variations you decide to add when filling out the form.
The less options you include, the less Social Monkee can mix up the content.
You can see the content spinner buttons there. Content spinners are bad!
Google, and other search engines, hate spun content like you’d get with tools like this because it doesn’t read “naturally”. These replace words throughout the content with synonyms, which means the content probably won’t make a whole lot of sense once it’s “spun”.
For example, if you were talking about Great Britain, the content spinner could change that to Good Britain. Good is a synonym for Great but it wouldn’t make sense if you’re talking about the country.
The idiom would be completely wrong, but the content spinner doesn’t know this and you’d have submitted hundreds of links to hundreds of sites that make no sense.
In the “Must Haves” section you’ll see they recommend a couple content spinners as well:
Do not purchase any content spinner. Ever.
Even if you can get the software for free. Don’t use them.
Google now places strong weight on relevant backlinks. Using spun content will not get you these links. You’ll want to contact other sites similar to yours and see if you can write a guest post for them. An original post you’ve written. A backlink like this is worth a lot more than any number of links you can get from backlink services like Social Monkee.
Backlink services like this won’t show any positive impact towards your rankings. In fact, low quality links like this are more likely to hurt your site in today’s search climate.
Social Monkee even offers an “ambassador package” which is $20 per month:
It doesn’t matter if you pay the $7 one-time fee or the $19.97 per month. Social Monkee will not provide any benefit whatsoever to your sites rankings in the search engines. It just won’t.
Here’s how our 100% free training compares to Social Monkee:
Learn how to rank well in the search engines from people who know how to do it in 2015. Don’t try to use techniques that worked pre-2012 that would probably do more harm than good present-day.
What are your thoughts on backlink services like Social Monkee? Have you found a different method that gives you good results for ranking high in the search engines?
Pop your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.