How To Increase Backlinks With This Untapped Russian Link Source


It is no secret that Google prefers links from authoritative sites such as well-known newspapers, government sites and other industry leading organizations and today I am going to teach you how to increase backlinks to your website from sources like that.

Newspapers are the easiest to get links from, but they tend to be extremely expensive. A simple no-follow link in some newspapers could set you back by hundreds if not more than a thousand dollars.

Luckily in Eastern Europe it is very easy to obtain links from authoritative newspapers for a fraction of what you will pay for links from similar highly ranked authoritative newspapers in Western Europe or North America.

I’m going to show you how to take advantage of Russian newspaper sites to get as many authority links as you want!

What you will learn

  • How to increase backlinks to your website easily
  • How to get backlinks from Russian newspapers
  • How to create as many of them as you want
  • The results of applying these links to the dating niche

WARNING: Steal Your Competitors Search Rankings, Traffic & Income

How Powerful Are Links From Russian Newspapers?

Before we get into the ‘how’ I want to show you the results a client had in the dating niche.

The links were deployed at the start of March this year which had an immediate impact on traffic-


The increase in traffic has remained steady for the past 6 months and the site moved into a number of rankings-


All of these rankings were achieved purely with Russian newspaper links!

Who Is Evgeniy Garkaviy

Evgeniy Garkaviy is a native Ukrainian who co-owns Temi blog where he blogs about social media, SEO and digital marketing.

He has previously written about landing page optimization and told us how to do Yandex SEO the right way.

How To Increase Backlinks To Your Website

In this case study I will be talking about the Russian article marketing system called Miralinks.

Miralinks is very easy to use and a very good tool where you may find thousands of websites. But what is the most important is that you can find very trusted news sites there.

In addition, some of them broadcast articles directly into Google News…

The main problem is that Miralinks is available only in Russian and there are no tutorials or case studies about Miralinks or how to use it in English.

So I’m going to show you how to get around all of those problems without learning any Russian at all!

Step #1 – Source An Article In Russian

The first thing you need is an article in Russian that is relevant to your niche. This is the article we are going to insert our links into and submit into Russian news sites.

This task might sound difficult but actually it is really easy by taking advantage of Russian speakers at freelance websites.

Just head over to Odesk or Elance and do a search for “Russian writer”


Really you can use any freelance site you want, as long as they have Russian writers available to hire!

Another example is People Per Hour although they have less native speakers available to hire-


Alternatively you could just write the article in English and use a translation service which could be cheaper.

It is important to note that every article submitted to MiraLinks goes through human moderation so don’t try and cheat the system with Google Translate or you’ll get caught out.

The Miralinks system requires the article to be at least 2,000 characters and with no grammatical errors.

Once the article is written [with a link to your site] we can move to the next step.

Step #2 – Submit The Article To MiraLinks

Since Miralinks is completely in Russian, I will provide all steps with images so you can follow them easily.

Creating An Account

Go to and click register to create a new account.

how to increase backlinks to your website with miralinks

You will see some fields appear on the right handside which are translated below-

  • Логин – Login
  • Пароль – Password
  • Парольещераз – Repeat Password
  • Email
  • Captcha

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Once you have submitted the form, check your email and click the link to confirm your registration – simple!

Submitting Your Article

Now we have an account we can submit our article into MiraLinks.

First login to the site with your details-

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You will see the dashboard. It is very easy to use. At first, you have to create a new project.

You may call it any name you like. For this, click “Добавить проект” and choose “Профессионал”

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In the next window that pops up, enter your project name.

You can call this anything you want and yes you can use English here without a problem! This is just for your own reference.

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When you have created your project, click on its name in the dashboard.

Then click “Добавить статью” in the top of the dashboard.

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In the next window, you can upload your article content and edit it in the way you want it to appear on the news website.

Here is a list of the required fields-

  1. Название статьи – Article Topic/Title
  2. Title – Meta Title: The same as the article title
  3. Текст статьи – Article content

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Now you can just paste your article into the WYSIWYG editor.

Feel free to format it how you like and double check everything looks good.

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Once you are happy with it you need to submit the article for moderation before it goes into the MiraLinks system.

To do that scroll to the bottom and click “Отправить на модерацию” – send for moderation.

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After this, your article will be queued for moderation. Usually it takes 5-10 minutes on Miralinks side to manually review your article.

Step #3 – Publishing The Article On Authoritative Sites

The final step in the submission process is to select which sites we want our article to appear on. I am going to show you how to target the newspaper sites specifically.

If you have submitted your article above and then waited for 10 minutes you can refresh the page and go to the “Принята в систему” page from the menu.

Don’t worry if you do not see this menu. Sometimes it takes longer for Miralinks to review your article and you won’t see this menu until they have.

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This will list all of the articles that you have submitted to MiraLinks.

Just select your article and click “На площадку” – Send to the publisher.

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Next is the most important part of the process. You must select the website where you want to place your article and we are going to target the news sites.

You can also play with some other important filters

  • Do not show new websites
  • Niche
  • Keywords
  • Price (WMZ means US dollars $)

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In Russian the word “news” translates to “СМИ”

So make sure you select that like I have below-

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If you are not sure what to enter for the other filter values, feel free to copy mine below.

These are the exact filters I use to pick out high quality news sites-

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Now you will see a list of all available websites along with a table of statistics-

  1. PR – page rank
  2. ТИЦ – similar to Page Rank but for Russian search engine Yandex. If the number is bigger – the site is stronger.
  3. Ссылок – how many links allowed in the article.
  4. Цена размещения – Price WMZ in US dollars. Important note – a more expensive site does not mean that it is higher quality website.
  5. Посещаемость – the number of visitors/day

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These are the statistics of the domain shown in the example above-

  • Page Rank – 6
  • Alexa Rank – 44k
  • Domain Authority – 67
  • Site is in Google News

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You should also use Ahrefs to analyse each site further. According to this experiment, Ahrefs shows 2.27% more links than its closest competitor Majestic.

Step #4 – Topping Up Your Account

Depending which sites you choose to have your article published on, depends on how much it will cost you. Remember just because a site has a high price doesn’t mean it is good quality, often the best sites are super cheap.

The highly authoritative example above costs less than $30 for a placement at the time of writing if you want to use that as a guideline.

Adding funds to your MiraLinks account is easy, you just need a credit card. There are no recurring payments etc, just load funds in once then spend them on placements.

To do that go to the “Пополнить счет” menu – “Upload money”

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Next in the drop down called In “Способ оплаты” choose “Банковская карта” – CreditCard

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In the field “Получить на счет” type the amount of money you want to upload. At the moment $30 is around 1990 rubles.

The MiraLinks service also has a 12% fee for their services which will be added to your order.

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In the next window, scroll to the bottom and click EN.

The UnitPay service has an English version so it will be easier for you to follow.

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In addition, you will see the following window where you must input your credit card details.

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Once you have completed this process the funds will be added to your account ready for you to spend on link placements.

You can see your current balance on the toolbar in your account-

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Now all you need to do is go back to the search results where we found the example site earlier and click on it.

Then click the blue button “Разместить статью на площадке за [your amount]”

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Next select the article you loaded into the system earlier and click “Разместить” – Publish

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On the next window, it is VERY IMPORTANT to click “Настойки размещения” – Options.

By default, Miralinks also add insurance and social promotion to the price, which is roughly 30% more!

You do not need those so you just uncheck those 2 fields to save a bunch of money-

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It is now done!

The article is sent to the publisher and within 3 days, it will be published on the site you selected!

Step #5 – How To Get The Live URL

After a few days have passed you can ogin to Miralinks and open your project with the article. If you see green text that says “Оплачена” – paid; it means that the article is live.

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To review the URL, click the article name [on the image above I highlighted the text by red colour] and click the second field “Размещена на площадке” – published on the website.

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The links are do-follow and they are lifetime.

It is a great way to get links from high quality websites for not very much money at all!

Wrapping It Up

So there you have it – a brand new source of untapped authoritative backlinks that you can use to increase your search engine rankings and traffic.

With a bit of translation you now know how to increase backlinks to your website by looking in a direction most of your competition is not looking.

In this case, Russian news websites with significant link authority.

The international nature of how link juice flows means you can take advantage of the strong currency in your country to buy very high quality authority links in countries with weaker currencies at bargain prices!

119 Responses

  1. 10.12.2015

    Great article, Evgeniy, thanks for the step by step tutorial. I was wondering – we hear all the time that the best source of links are natural and relevant.

    My client is in the kitchen worktops niche in the UK and, on the face of it, I wouldn’t immediately look to try and obtain links from a Russian newspaper, as I would not receive relevant traffic along with the link.

    I appreciate that the dofollow links could result in an increase in ranking for targeted keywords, especially if you ensured that the newspaper sites were of a high quality.

    However, I’m wondering if you think that this approach could work for a site like my clients, in that niche and in this country?

    Thanks again for your article and advice.

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 13th, 2015 at 3:08 am

      Yes, this method can help you to increase your website rankings in In the article I showed the result for UK region as well.

  2. 10.12.2015

    This is top quality stuff! Looks like a bit of struggle but totally worth it I guess. Just a quick questions, was the traffic increase due to referral traffic or due to increase in rankings from search engines or both?


    • October 12th, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Approving this Evgeniy to answer :)

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 13th, 2015 at 3:09 am

      Due to increase in rankings. But if you have a multilingual site with Russian language – then referral traffic too!

  3. 10.12.2015

    Another great genuine bit of original and useful advice. This came totally out of the blue to me! Thanks Matt!

    We live, we learn, and none of us are experts until we have read ALL of the Internet :)

    • October 12th, 2015 at 9:05 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it and there is no such thing as an expert – just someone that knows 1 thing you don’t.

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 13th, 2015 at 3:10 am

      Thanks :)

  4. 10.12.2015

    Matt, What a great idea, thanks for the post. The obvious follow up is do you know of any other services like Miralinks?

    • October 12th, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Please see the other comments :)

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 13th, 2015 at 3:10 am

      Miralinks is the highest quality.

  5. james

    Is this same nature with article submission site that was penalized by google long time ago? I forgot the name of the site but it seems they have the same function.

    • October 12th, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Do you mean something like article marketing robot or authority link network?

      • james
        October 12th, 2015 at 9:18 am

        Thats it! Authority link network.

        • October 12th, 2015 at 9:20 am

          Ahhh no that was very different in setup but yes it was a network to get links on

          I was talking about that in the video I recorded yesterday and how I took advatnage of the situation when ALN was deindexed

  6. John

    Hi, Matt, while we are talking about Russian websites, i’d like to ask what do you think about similar websites to miralink such:

    GoGetTop, Sape, GoGetLinks ?

    • October 12th, 2015 at 9:04 am

      They are effective as well but dont have the premium listings that mira do

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 13th, 2015 at 3:11 am

      Miralinks has many premium websites. You can find even with AR 70.

  7. Eric Beard

    Always love the out of the box thinking Matt.. Great job again

    • October 12th, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 13th, 2015 at 3:12 am


  8. 10.12.2015

    What a great idea Evgeniy!

    There’s no doubt that Russian link can rank sites on Google. Recently, there were some shady link farms but getting contextual links from authoritative Russian sites for a few dollars is perhaps one of the best way to rank websites in 2015.

    The best part is that it’s not spammed to death. Thanks a lot for sharing. You are going to get a lot of pats on your back.

    Well done Evgeniy.


    Author: No SEO Forever

    • October 12th, 2015 at 9:04 am

      But remember, never rely on 1 link source – keep things mixed :)

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 13th, 2015 at 3:12 am

      Glad you enjoyed it :)

  9. 10.12.2015

    Thanks Matt for this awesome tutorial . Does the news site accept all kinds of articles ?

    ie) Do they accept only related to Russian or i can even submit my country specific news .

    I’m was looking for how to get backlink from news site,and this timely article :)

    Thanks again.

  10. Usman

    Hi Matthew,

    Wow.. that’s cook strategy as mostly people think.. Russian links are waste of time. I just want to ask this system is all paid or we can publish article for free as well.


    • October 19th, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Given your looking for freebies I doubt you have ever had success in a competitive niche nor understand how the most competitive SERPS in the world are controlled by Russian link networks.

      • Usman
        October 19th, 2015 at 10:41 pm

        So can you tell me is this system is all paid or can we get some free link as well ?

  11. 10.12.2015

    I just now submitted the article waiting to get approval from the website. Such a nice tips to get good backlinks.

  12. 10.12.2015

    Is this white hat link building?

    How do you explain the relevance between a Russian website and a English website for example?

    • October 19th, 2015 at 10:39 am

      There is no such thing as ‘white hat link building’ because link building is against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.

      Depends on the context, if you a travel blog that provides information in English then someone in Russia might write about visitng the place you talk about in your blog etc

  13. TimBukTu

    At the best part of $50 bucks a shot all in for s single link, I’m not sure it represents amazing value. One good high PR PBN ( i mean private) link from the root domain of a site from a relevant niche will do the same, at a fraction of the cost and you have 100% control over it.

    Just my two pence worth.

    • October 19th, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Except those links are not featured in Google News nor are they from established newspapers

  14. Ankit Yadav

    Great resource Matt, again it shows the awesome advice we get on your blog, it’s a gold mine if you ask me and as we speak I am sharing this on my Twitter handle and my Facebook page.


    Ankit Yadav

  15. 10.12.2015

    Does that help boost only russian traffic? or helps boost in the rank of the website as well? I am more interested in boosting my ranking, as my website is new ( uploaded today …)

    • October 12th, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      by the way, wanted to say thank you for the great content and guide! great job. thank you !:0

  16. 10.12.2015

    Just wondering how google treats links from Russian sites to English one? Here is an article in Russian and link refers to English site.


    • October 19th, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Someone in Russia might want a life in Australia?

  17. 10.12.2015

    I’m so thankful that I subscribed to your email list, you always bring new ideas in the field of SEO!

  18. kimyung

    hey matthew from where you get move emotion at this email? like moving crab, moving smile emociton, and moving exclamation mark at your email newsletter….thanks for your answer :)

  19. 10.13.2015


    Isn’t that the easiest way to get banned from the Google index?

    The links carry some weight, for sure, but since they are so easily obtainable, shouldn’t that be a red flag to google?

    • October 19th, 2015 at 10:31 am

      I think you drank too much Google juice. Obviously if you abused this and suddenly you had 100 high authority links come out of no where, that will send flags. But if you use it smartly to support your wider SEO strategy you can sail risk free.

  20. 10.13.2015

    Never entered my mind, Matt! Thanks. Been following you for a while. Just started in IM.

  21. Anjan Arora

    It was quit nice tutorial. My que Is a Russian news site is compulsory can i choose a other language news site on which i can publish my article easily??

    • October 14th, 2015 at 9:49 am

      These are all Russian based

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 16th, 2015 at 2:52 am

      Yes, only Russian news sites. BTW, there are not only news sites but still they are in Russian.

      • Anjan Arora
        October 16th, 2015 at 10:36 pm

        Thanx matthew for your help and keep helping people you are doing a great job

  22. 10.13.2015

    Hi Matt

    Great post, interesting to maybe try this out, on one of my websites see what response we get. Do you find these links pretty safe?

    One thing I thought would help your post, using Google chrome, I had option to translate the page which did, you can see the tool in chrome here and how it changed the content, which I think makes bit more straight forward to read, not sure if works the same in the admin, apologies if you already knew how to do this

    might help your readers

    • October 14th, 2015 at 9:47 am

      There is no such thing as a safe backlinks, link building is against webmaster guidelines.

      Thanks for the extra tip robert!

      • October 21st, 2015 at 9:11 am

        Hey Matt, been trying to get my head around the system the last few days. Have you ever tried their article writing service? Once the links get published do you push links to the articles?

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 16th, 2015 at 2:52 am

      Agree with what Matt has said!

  23. Robert

    Are there any 3rd party services out there that will do all of this for you? Sourcing the article, submitting, etc.?

    • October 14th, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Not the entire process I dont think as this is pretty specific stuff

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 16th, 2015 at 2:54 am

      I think you can only find someone who can help you do that and hire that person. [me or other UA, RU webmasters]

  24. 10.14.2015

    Great content! Thank you very much.
    I am actually just launching my website, and I hope this will jump start my ranking. For the cost of $30 I can find Russian writer freelancers I write a whole article, in Russia. I think it’s goods vestment. Just what I needed. Thanks!

    just one question: do you think I can post that one article in several other websites like miralink? Or each submission must have unique article ?

    • October 14th, 2015 at 9:40 am

      No problem Ari :)

      Personally I would only use unique articles

    • Evgeniy Garkaviy
      October 16th, 2015 at 2:55 am

      They in-bulit tool to check article uniqueness. If the article if not unique – it will not be approved by the system.

  25. 10.14.2015

    while you may not have the specifics (as you do here for russian)
    but are you aware that this general strategy, and the specific tactic
    (again, without knowing particular services/sites)
    can be accomplished in other various languages ?

    • October 19th, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Of course its essentially just a very well organised private blog network service

  26. Brett

    Hi Matt/Evgeniy,

    Excellent article and way out of the box. I saw the bit on your unique article, we have an excellent article which would work well in Mira, it’s not unique but how much will this penalise us opposed to us getting the high DA link?

    One more question: that traffic increase graph is immense. How many articles did that take? Can’t be just one? Can it??

    • October 19th, 2015 at 10:07 am

      I wouldn’t push it out if it wasnt unique myself

      Will leave the other question for the OP :)

  27. Smith

    Read all the steps.. Very interesting. And no doubt we will get backlinks from authority news websites. I am planning to buy backlinks from high DA sites and I think I should use this technique as well.

  28. 10.17.2015

    Thanks Evgeniy and Matthew

    Looks amazing but a bit complicated so will outsource this one. The upside looks good, with minimal downside

    thanks again

  29. Kookie

    There’s no paypal payment option?

    • October 19th, 2015 at 9:57 am

      PayPal and systems like this rarely play ball because PayPal doesnt protect sellers of digital goods.

  30. 10.18.2015

    Hey matt and evgenly. I was just trying this idea. Got the article in russian, and submitted it to miralinks. Unfortunately the moderators denied it. And when I translate the message to english it says links not working. What does that mean? I lost the original message as I am currently editing the article.

  31. 10.18.2015

    Hi Matt/Evgeniy Thank you for this amazing post. Would you recommend a direct link to the money site or to a PBN ? If I had to choose one link from there for an ecommerce site what would it be?

    Lastly heres a couple of ideas for inspiring people thinking how can I make these links look credible.

    Large Australian Sporting Shop now offers Free Shipping To Russia( btw every article tells me dont)

    Internet Wizz Kid Damien sees a huge surge in Traffic from Russia.

  32. 10.20.2015

    This certainly isn’t something I ever thought of doing before. It’s a bit much for me, but it’s always interesting to learn about out of the box tactics. Thanks for the detailed walkthrough and suggestions.

  33. Steve ogida

    Hi Matt,
    is it compulsory that every of money site url should be hosted in any of host service provider or not after the backlink process with GSA and

    2) How many proxies do you suggest that i put in each of these tools that may require the tool to function properly and that they may not hit Google at same time?

  34. steve ogida

    1) I mean can i register all of my domain with one blue host C-panel account or i should open different account for each domain? that is my question.

  35. Hesham Elkouha

    Dear Mat

    Thanks a lot for the priceless post

    I am implementing this method right now, and noticed that they added phone number verification after the initial sign up form. It would be helpful to add it to this guide to help the readers, as I had no clue what was the message about when I first saw it.


    • October 26th, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Oooo the buggers let me take a look thanks

      • November 9th, 2015 at 9:20 am

        it’s possible to just ignore this. it’s more of a security reminder. i would actually prefer to ignore it. one part that could be added is to click on “projects” before entering a project name

  36. SEO Consultants

    Amazing blog posted. Thank you for sharing it.

  37. Wriper

    Hey Matt i wanted to ask what about anchor? Its not wise to put anchor with russian letters is it? Or how do you choose where your anchor with link should be placed?


  38. 10.31.2015

    Mat, when I link to my website, it has to be in English isn’t? How would I insert my English anchor in an article written in Russian? It may look un-natural. Thanks

  39. Simon Llewellyn

    Daft question: but with this kind of blatant link-buying, doesn’t one run the risk of getting torched by Google?

    • November 12th, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Any form of link building is against Webmaster Guidelines

  40. gohomeinterior

    thanks sir for sharing this powerfull backlink :)

  41. 11.22.2015

    Hi Matthew! thanks for article. I have just made a article in english version and paid 10$ for people to translate it into russian language. But i have a question. which anchor text i need to link back to my website. and i need to add any images or video when posting article or they will edit my article latter and add image? Thanks again for very informative article

  42. nick

    Did anyone tried this service? i get Error, when trying to use my Canadian registered visa. Msg says Country, where card is made, is not on the allow list.

    Fraud Error F11 Страна, в которой издана карта, не входит в список разрешенных (#2)

  43. Nick

    Hi, anybody here successfully post any article? i can use Canadian credit card. system dosnt allow.

    • April 6th, 2016 at 4:42 am

      The same thing happens to me…

  44. Gaming-Mouse

    Hi Evgeniy,

    Thanks for sharing such important information, i have already submitted 12 posts and those articles helped me to outrank most of the competitor in my niche. Also for those people who don’t know how to write articles in russian, they can use fiverr service and buy 400 word posts for only 5 dollars.

  45. Andreas

    How many links did you build for that dating site to get that ranking boost?

    I had a post published a week ago on the site from your example without seeing any effects in Google search (Bing serp went up).

    I suppose there is no “30 day new link sandbox” effect on links from news sites?

  46. Olivia

    Thanks for the tips! I tried, however, they don’t accept credit card. Haven’t found another easy way to pay, any suggestions?

    • January 27th, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Are they not taking other payment forms?

      • Olivia
        January 28th, 2016 at 6:04 am

        webmoney etc. however not really easy to use. no worries, i am trying to figure it out…thanks

  47. 4.4.2016

    great strategy to get traffic, i will try this on my blog, and will share result here.

  48. Mor Güvenlik

    I am very lucky to find this informative post from you.

  49. 7.20.2016

    A great Strategy! but requires some investment! Your site provides some unorthodox technics which are great!

  50. 7.24.2016

    Hi Matthew. Hopefully you can help with this. I am following your guide, have sourced the Russian translation, registered an account. But the problem I am having is when I go to paste the text of the article into the WYSIWYG editor it won’t let me! Is there something I am doing wrong or have they changed it? Please help!

    • July 24th, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Its ok, I solved this myself by changing to another browser, it appears to have been an IE issue as it works ok on Chrome!

  51. 8.3.2016

    Hi Matthew, a couple of questions for you if I may. Thanks for this article I think it is excellent and I’m hoping it results in a traffic increase for me. It looks as though this provides a nice link from a good source. The no follow vs follow link question is a good one. Is the link that this provides better than a simple link that you get from your name when commenting on a website article? These are usually no follow as well. Also, would you advise that it is ok to post the english version of your article on your website that you get translated and posted on the russian news website(s)? It seems a waste to me not to use the article on your site as well if it is a good one! Thanks!

  52. 8.11.2016

    nice article but payment is not going through.. I am from India.. Any Idea

    • August 11th, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Sorry Naveen its not in my control, I’m not sure =/

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