Don’t you just hate it when the links in your blog posts become broken?

broken link checker wordpress

If you are like me and you have more than a few blogs, or in my case, hundreds of blogs, you can appreciate that there is a tool to help you clean up and unlink (or fix) all those broken links that accumulate over time.

Broken Link Checker will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.

It’s hard enough to keep our blogs fresh and current to keep Google happy, than to have to worry that old broken links that are no longer working are sending signals that our sites are not well kept or abandoned.

It’s especially important to the Blogging Underground network of blogs to keep our blogs as fresh and clean as possible. The blogs have had many thousands of articles posted in our blogs over the past few years and it’s only natural that links in the posts go bad.

While it may be natural – Google is always looking for signs that a website is stale and un-managed – so one of the ways I make sure the blogs are not filled with outdated and broken links is by using this easy to use plugin.

Broken Link Checker installs in any WordPress blog and will regularly check for broken links and send an email notification with the results.

Since it’s possible that some links may just be temporarily out of service – I always re-scan the links to make sure they haven’t come back before I “unlink” them.

That’s just one of the many things I do to make sure the Blogging Underground network of blogs provide the greatest value to our members who post in them.

After all – our goal is to get the maximum link juice from our blog posts – and keeping the blogs fresh and tasty ensures Google will continue loving them.

Broken Link Checker is a major time saver! I highly recommend getting this free plugin!

Oh, and by the way – if you are interested in getting links in our powerful network of hundreds of blogs – you really need to check out the Linking Special Offer!

You get a massive package of articles to use for posting at a killer price and Blogging Underground is included for free for one full year! It’s the best deal we’ve ever offered!

Check it out and join us at Blogging Underground if you want highly effective links in our blogs!

Best wishes for your online success!

Mike Liebner

May 24th by Mike L

A Step by Step Explanation of What Works Now!

Hi, this is Mike Liebner and I would like to thank all those that attended my special live webinar event on March 13, 2014 where I explained in great detail the strategy that is working right now for Blogging Underground members to grab top rankings and free traffic by building tightly themed websites that target big money keywords.

The webinar was great – over 2 hours long and filled with solid content!



It’s remarkably easy to build sites and get on top if you can avoid making the common mistakes that most webmasters are making these days, and work in some of the new techniques that Google is looking for.

I’ll show you exactly how to do it in this special 1 hour webinar event!

Click HERE for the webinar replay

I’ll also show you how to avoid the common mistakes that webmasters are making that bring down sites and kill any chance of ranking on top.

You may be shocked at what “little things” that many people are doing on their sites and in their linking that kill any chances of ranking high.

Here are the steps and techniques that I will be covering:

– Picking the best keywords to target for a site
– Buying the best domain names
– Web Hosting Selection and Setup
– Creating your first web page and getting your site online
– Getting links to your new site so it gets indexed and starts gaining authority
– Evaluating the strength of your new site
– Adding a WordPress Blog or CMS
– Setting Up Your New Site and Adding Content
– Getting Links for your new content
– Analyzing Rankings and Refining Keyword Targets
– Setting up the Social Signals you need
– Keeping Your Site & Links Fresh

If you want to use a winning strategy to get top rankings you must attend the live 1 hour webinar event!

Oh and I will also open up the webinar to your questions plus if you have a web site you would like me to do an evaluation of I can scan it and make comments and suggestions. But only do this if you are not afraid to hear some brutal and realistic criticism as almost every site I look at for members has areas that can be improved!

The webinar was great – over 2 hours long and filled with solid content! 

Click HERE for the webinar replay

Have a great day and be sure to get out there and start building some money making websites!

Best wishes for your online success!

Mike Liebner

Mar 07th by Mike L

Linking Tips for Brand New Domains

Do you need to worry about the keywords used in the anchor text on brand new domains?

I was just asked by a Blogging Underground member who was following the 12 Step Success Strategy Training about how to link a brand new site and whether we should VARY the first links that are coming in so the link text is not all the same.

My response is different depending on whether the domain name has the keyword phrase in it or not.

Is it an exact keyword domain (aka exact match domain)

If your domain is something like:

Then your MAIN TARGET keyword should be WordPress SEO Tips

If it is an exact match domain you should initially be linking to establish the main target keyword for the home page and domain name.

You actually want to start off with a high % of exact keywords in the links. It’s natural.

IF it is an exact match domain!

I’d say 3 out of 4 OR even 4 out of 4 for the example above – WordPress SEO Tips is good to start for a the domain – since the domain name is the EXACT KEYWORD.

On a new site it’s NATURAL to link to the exact keyword of a domain name.

It is NOT natural to link a KEYWORD that is NOT the domain name.

If your domain name is NOT the keyword – then you shouldn’t do it 4 out of 4.

That is NOT natural.

For the most part if you are using exact keyword domains, I don’t think it is necessary to worry about link text variations on a new site until you have a higher number of links coming in.

Just make sure you try to stay away from doing any one thing 100%

4 out of 4 is nothing to worry – 9 out of 10 is nothing to worry about – but 40 out of 40 is a pattern that will stick out like a sore thumb!

as more links are coming in you increase the variety and you start to include more different keyword targets. Add an extra work. Shuffle the order of the link text.

For an exact keyword domain that is brand new and getting it’s first links I’d keep it tight and do a HIGHER % of “exact keywords” for the first 10 or so links coming in.

8 or 9 out of 10 with the exact keyword in the domain sounds about right.

Then as you get on the first page for your traget keyword and start moving up, you can mix in a few more links that are variations (extra word etc.)

Now – you may start to drop in ranking initially when this happens – but it should level out over time and you’ll move back up as all the pages with links come in and start to get crawled and indexed.

Once you get a large number of links coming in, you will need a better overall variety of text links- including some links with anchor text that are not so good…

Less than ideal links with text such as click here for ZZZ, Visit at etc

It’s only natural for a site to get links that are NOT PERFECT.


PLUS as you get more than a handful of links coming in you will need a natural mix of different link types.

I’d say when you start to get more than 20 links coming in you should make sure at least a few are coming in that are nofollow links such as those from bookmark sites and from social sites like pinterest, facebook, twitter etc.

As a site becomes established the patterns start to be revealed more and more.

The patterns will show when you hit a CRITICAL MASS of lots of text links coming in.

We don’t know the exact number, but it’s pretty clear with the newest algo changes they do expect variety and reward for it!

Now – what about if a domain does NOT have the keyword in it?

Well – in that case you need to be more careful and make sure you do not have too many links coming in that are NOT in domain name.

It’s natural for keywords in domains to be in the link text – it is less COMMON for text links to a home page that are NOT in the domain name.

If your brand new domain is something like and you are linking heavy for WordPress SEO Tips and nothing else – well you might just get in trouble pretty quick and get flagged as an “evil doer” and have little chance at ever ranking for that keyword until the ratios are more natural which could take a long time to correct (if you even figure it out!)!

So – the moral of the story is – that the 12 Step Success Strategy Training here at Blogging Underground suggests going for EXACT KEYWORD DOMAINS for a good reason.

Exact Keyword Domains are easier to get to rank for the keywords in the domain!

And we focus on doing what is the easiest! You’ll get on top faster and stay there longer if you get an exact keyword domain and follow the training here at Blogging Underground!

This stuff works! It still works and will continue to work!

More info and a special $99. offer for Blogging Underground can be found HERE

Dec 12th by Mike L

14 02 2012

I often get asked about whether to worry about a new site that went up in rankings that then went down in rankings.

There is no reason to worry UNLESS you did something spammy or evil that caused your site to get penalized.

Fluctuation is normal.

If you follow the 12 Step Success Strategy and you were not too aggressive you should be safe from getting hit hard with penalties. We do things the right way so this happens LESS.

That said it’s common for a new site to fluctuate in the rankings. Especially after adding a WordPress blog and all it’s new pages across the blog getting indexed. Alot of those pages are garbage pages.

It’s NOT a problem having those extra pages get indexed – in fact it’s good in the long run – but at first it may dillute some of the relevance.

That’s why it is important to continue linking to your home page and other home pages to show the site isn’t dead or stale and still has value.

How long will fluctuation occur for a new site??? It really depends.

Things always change all across the web that can have an impact. You do things. Other people do things.

Until you gain authority status and trust you just need to keep on showing Google your site is a living growing thing that has value.

Eventually if you do all the right things and very few of the wrong things you will get to the top. You may fluctuate – especially if the competition is trying to one up you.

Until you get #1 and stay there for a while there will be fluctuation.

But at some point you will gain trust and they will want to keep you at the top because they know your URL is delivering value to searchers for the keyword you are ranking for.

Until you have that trust you need to keep your site fresh with new pages and/or posts and also keep fresh links coming in to the most important pages with your keywords (and a few variations here and there).

Eventually if you gain trust and don’t do anything to get in trouble you should stabilize at the top for that URL and also start gaining trust for other related keywords that are on the page.

That’s what I refer to as hitting “Critical Mass” and achieving authority status for your niche.

There are too many variables to know exactly why things happen – but that’s the basic concept.

More on Critical Mass – watch the webinar replay video!

Feb 14th by Mike L

Is your web site getting top rankings for one or two keywords OR is it getting lots of top rankings like we do when our sites hit Critical Mass?

Check out the webinar replay!

I recently wrote in this blog about how to get massive traffic and authority status with Google by creating blogs that get what I call Critical Mass. It’s a big part of the Blogging Underground 12 step Success Strategy training we provide members.

Critical mass is what we aspire to achieve! I’d like to explain it to you in great detail!

I would like to invite you to join me for a special Blogging Underground webinar event called “Achieving Critical Mass with Your Website and the 12 Step Success Strategy”

Don’t miss this 1 hour presentation where I will discuss in great detail how to get massive targeted traffic when your website gains authority status and earns the trust of Google.

I will show you how easy it is to create and maintain simple websites and blogs that can bring in massive amounts of targeted traffic by achieving what I call “Critical Mass”.

“Critical Mass” is when a website achieves magical super powers and ranks on top of Google for almost every related target keyword and can brings in tons of free targeted traffic.

The webinar presentation will center around the Blogging Underground 12 Step Success Strategy Training and will explain how you can create your own authority blogs that can gain magical super powers!

Learn how to properly set up simple WordPress blogs and make sure that you do all of the right things so your blogs become trusted by Google so you can become an authority for your target keywords.

Seating is limited so please reserve your spot now!

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Critical Mass Webinar

We’ll have Q & A at the end of the live event, plus a gift for those that attend – so be prepared to ask your questions and download your gift!

I hope to see you at the event!

Best wishes for your online success!

Mike Liebner, Blogging Underground

Jan 20th by Mike L

    A Very Important Concept