Piggy-backing off of last article.

Substitute your crappy link farm and article directory links for high-quality, high traffic cost links.

“Alfonso, where do I find those though?”


“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso.

All you have to do, is find links from sites in your niche that are already ranking, and then go and grab those links. For example, I had a client site for solar water heater jacksonville – err – that was the niche, right? Anyways, I went and found sites that were ranking in that space, and then plugged their urls into a backlink checker (SEMrush is what I used), SEMrush then showed me exactly which backlinks were helping those sites rank.

So… I went to the same sites that were giving the quality backlinks…. And copied them.

Boom. Presto.

Submitting links to article directories

Submitting links to article directories is similar to playing Russian roulette. In the sense that there is very little (if anything to gain), and if you lose… Well…

I know this because (much like you were planning on doing) I’ve experimented with this game before. I’ve watched my site’s trust-flow and overall ranking slowly erode in front of my very own eyes. My site formerly ranked very highly (#1 for most keywords) in the Minneapolis limo service space. I watched it (and tracked it) go from complete dominance, to partial dominance, to struggling to stay on page 1, to struggling to stay on page 3, to not ranking AT ALL.

Scary, right?

“But Alfonso, if it was already ranked, what the samhell were you doing toying with it in the first place?”

Yeah… Probably wasn’t my best decision… To be fair, we were going for a national ranking. I wanted us, them, we, to be first page in the country, and eventually in the world. And we were well on our way. I was getting plenty of influential backlinks from Minneapolis-themed sites with some decent weight to them. I was pointing links from my own sites. The whole sha-bang.

And then…

And then, I started submitting links to article and link directories.

YUGE mistake.

I came to find that these link farms were so spammed, so overused, so saturated, that anyone who got a link from them was almost immediately penalized.

I mean, we know that the sites that link to you are a reflection of your site (and vice versa), but man, I didn’t think it would be that bad.

I made sure to check out all of the metrics on the given domains, the trust-flow (which is the only thing I worry about) appeared to be fine. So I wasn’t quite sure what the issue was. Then, it hit me.

With these directories, ANYONE and everyone that also goes there to submit their listings can see your website. Meaning, if I’m Larry the Limo guy, and I see you submitting your link to the same directory (I see you actively link-building) and you’re in the same space as I am? I’m taking you down.

And that’s what happened.

My link got picked up by plenty of other local limo owners, they didn’t like how my site was beating their’s, so they spammed me.

They took my link to porn sites and to gambling sites, and started spamming with perfect anchor text.

This meant that I was a shoe-in for “Google’s most hated man of the year” award.

Be careful. You live and you learn.

How to learn a new language

I get this question all time. How do I speak so many languages? I mean, obviously you have to work hard at it. It’s not something that just happens. I think that goes without saying though. That’s pretty much the case with anything.

No, in the case of learning a new language – it’s really all about persistence. Equate it to riding a bike. Much like riding a bike, eventually if you don’t do it for a long time you won’t be very good at it.

I suppose that writing a bike isn’t necessarily the best example because you’re supposed to never be able to forget how to ride a bike. However, much like any other skill, it’s all about persistence and maintenance. The more you practice your language the better you’re going to get at it. Point-blank. I don’t care if it’s Mandarin, English, or Taiwanese.

That’s just how it works. When I was learning my second language, English, (which is a very strange language by the way) it just took hours upon hours upon hours of practice, dedication, and hard work.

Much like anything, you have to have a ‘why’ as well. Why are you wanting to learn a new language?What’s your drive? What’s your motivation? Is it to expand your business? Is it to be able to communicate with locals on a family vacation? If you don’t have a ‘why’ you’re not gonna have any incentive whatsoever to continue pursuing that goal.

One of the easiest languages to learn is Spanish quite honestly. The Spanish language has the least amount of strange, weird, minute little rules in it that end up confusing or tripping up people who don’t speak that native tongue.

I hope you found this blog post informative and that you got some great value out of it thanks see you next week

Spanish-Speaking Last Names

As a Spanish speaker, I often am asked “Why are all of your names so long” or something very similar. So, I thought I’d take the time to break down Spanish-Speaking naming customs.

It’s pretty simple really. Hispanics typically use to last names. The first is the father’s last name, and the second is the mother’s. These two names are joined at marriage, and the father’s name is the name that the family uses and the children use.

In some cases, hyphens are used to separate the surnames. This is done to satisfy the fact that government software systems don’t recognize the non-hyphenated names as legal.

Family tree researchers and professional genealogists

How to Start Family Tree Research


No matter who you are, your family has a remarkable story to tell. You may not have royal ancestry, but you and your relatives exist, and the story of how you came to be is worth finding out. The world has become more connected than ever in recent years, and countless family tree researchers have discovered that the dream of constructing a richly detailed family tree can become a reality. It may seem like a daunting task, but with a little help from a professional genealogist, getting started might be easier than you think.


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  1. Ask your family: Your living relatives might know more than you ever guessed. Not only can you get details about their lives and deceased family members they knew, but information they provide about places, dates and occupations could prove to be keys to more research later on. Record all the details you can, including nicknames, dates (birth, marriage, death, etc.) and anything else they can remember.
  2. Search your home: Your immediate family’s belongings could be a treasure trove of valuable information, and it is usually easily accessible. Search your attic for old photos, birth certificates, family Bibles, letters, journals and any other family mementos. Ask your extended family if they have similar items you can examine.
  3. Check the U.S. census: For those with ancestors who lived in the United States, the census is a valuable tool. A census has been conducted in the U.S. every 10 years starting in 1790, and records are currently available through 1940. Follow your grandparents back through the years and note names, ages and locations.
  4. Get help from a professional: Once you have completed the first three steps, it may be a good time to consult with a professional genealogists. These experts are skilled at tracking down new information when you get stuck, and they have resources such as overseas contacts and DNA testing that can help you overcome tricky obstacles as you build your family tree.


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Uncovering your ancestry is incredibly rewarding and exciting, and we would love to help you get started. Who knows? You might just be a descendant of kings after all.


Welcome! I’m going to use this blog to help work on my Ingles, it will end up being a blog of just me speaking and practicing my typing mainly. Thanks and I hope you enjoy!