Product Name: Backlinktopia
Product Owner: Clint Faber
Advertised Price: $47 monthly
What is it?
Backlinktopia is a downloadable piece of software that helps you acquire backlinks from filesharing sites using articles.
Backlinktopia will permanently damage your website for short term (if any) traffic gains. It utilizes software that takes duplicate content and posts it on filesharing sites in order to gain backlinks to your website. Everything about it is against Google’s terms of service and therefore is not worth the investment of time or money.
Before you buy
In addition to the cost of Backlinktopia, you will likely have to pay monthly fees for various file sharing sites. Backlinktopia uses these sites to host your content. Additional costs may range anywhere from free, to $35 per month, or more in some cases.
What I liked
Backlinktopia comes with a forum which is something you don’t see often with products like this one. The forum isn’t very active but it is moderated and questions are answered quickly. I also like that the owner, Clint Faber is ‘hands-on’ with forum posters.
Backlinktopia also comes with quite a few basic internet marketing training videos. This caught me off guard because its something I have never seen with a product like this.
The training offered in these videos has nothing to do with what Backlinktopia offers. It’s very basic, very generalized internet marketing training. However, it made for a nice bonus that I was unaware of.
What I didn’t like
Everything about backlinktopia is against Google’s terms of service. If you use this product Google will eventually remove your website from their search results, making it useless. Some people say they get to the first page using things like Backlinktopia but that, is getting harder to believe.
Google is getting smarter everyday, and they’ve been onto link schemes like this one for years. So even if you did get some short term gain it isn’t worth it. Your site will be removed from Google’s index and you will have to start all over again.
The software is bulky and unintuitive. It reminds me of something you’d see in a hacker movie from the 90’s, except uglier. It was very difficult to use and would take days for any beginning marketer to figure out.
PLR (Private Label Rights) content is content that has been written and published many, many times online. Spammers like to buy PLR content and give it away as an ebook or a “free gift” for signing up their email list.
Backlinktopia uses it to publish on the web for the purpose of gaining backlinks to a website. PLR content is duplicate content, which means Google will penalize you for using it.
Backlinktopia encourages, (and almost requires) the use of ‘article spinning’. Article spinning is a method that spammers use to trick search engines. When you spin an article, that means you take one article and create multiple articles by replacing some words or phrases with related words or phrases.
Obviously, article spinning creates an article that is unreadable. But spammers don’t do it for readers – they don’t care about that. They do it for the sole purpose of getting a backlink for their website.
Like almost any downloadable software, backlinktopia comes with a ‘readme’ file. This file is supposed to explain in detail, everything you need to know in order to use the software.
With Backlinktopia’s readme file you get about five paragraphs of what I’m almost certain is spun content. Most of it makes no sense and does nothing to help you learn the software.
Unfortunately, with backlinktopia, you’ll be starting a new website every couple weeks, maybe more. I recommend a more solid solution that you can grow and profit from for years to come no matter what happens with Google.
You can learn the same methods I used to build my websites – methods which follow Google's rules and are unaffected by changes that destroy websites like the ones created with Faber's software. Get started with two websites and no out of pocket expenses, and see what legit online marketing training looks like.