Authority Link Network Review

January 4, 2011 , 23 Comments

Authority Link Network is a blog network with a unique and interesting concept. Usually, blog networks cost a fee to join if you want to submit articles, so you can get backlinks from the sites in the network. Receiving articles from the network is normally free. Because of this, most networks rely on reaching enough webmasters who want to receive the (often low-quality) content for their sites, to grow the network. Authority Link Network is quite different.

Read on to see what ALN does differently and whether or not their plan works.

How it’s Different

First of all, Authority Link Network is free to join. Signing up and submitting articles to get backlinks from the network doesn’t cost any money. You do have to add a site of your own to the network, though and this site needs to have PageRank. Plus, the higher the PageRank of a site you add, the more articles you’re allowed to submit per day. You can cut the total amount of PageRank of all of your sites in the system in half, to get the number of posts you can submit per day, to ALN. For example, if you add in two PR3 domains, you can submit 3 articles per day.

Alternatively, you can also get submission credits by paying a monthly fee (and the prices are lower than in most other blog networks).

In each article you submit, you get to add up to three links and each article gets submitted to exactly 15 sites in the network. This is another thing that sets ALN apart from other networks: Usually there is no upper limit to the number of publishes an article gets. With ALN, you get a guaranteed 15 publishes, but never more. On the other hand, you can’t moderate the articles that get posted to your sites, either. You’ll get articles on all sorts of topics at a steady pace, as soon as you add a site to the network. In essence, you have to “sacrifice” a site to receive these articles, in order to be able to use Authority Link Network.

So, they’ve got a system in place that makes sure there are no rubbish PR0 blogs in the network and that incentivizes people to add higher-PR sites and they have a limit on syndication to avoid the sites getting spammed with too many articles.

Now the question is: Does it work?

Test Results

I did a very simple test with Authority Link Network: I picked two pages and two keywords and used nothing but ALN to promote them. Both of the pages were already indexed and one of them I had already built links for a while back.

The first keyword is a fairly competitive one in the fitness niche. The page in question had previously been in positions 15-12 in the Google results, before it dropped off to below the 10th page, for unknown reasons. It had been off the radar for several weeks and I had done no other link-building during this time. Then, I started submitting one to two articles per day to ALN, containing a link to this page. Just over three weeks later, the page is now ranked in position number 4 for it’s keyword.

Here’s a quick screengrab showing the steady increase in position:

The second keyword is slightly less competitive, but I had never done any link-building for the page in question and neither was it anywhere to be found in the first then pages of the Google search results, for it’s keyword. I also submitted an average of one article a day to ALN, for this page. Here, the results are less clear. The page emerged in position 30 after about two weeks, then dropped off again. It later re-emerged in position 20, just to drop off again. Currently, it’s back in position 20, but I don’t yet know whether it’s going to stay there or drop off again.


Keyword 1: Went from #15 – #4

Keyword 2: Went from #100+ – #20


Overall, I’m very happy with these results. In both tests, the ALN links clearly caused an upward movement in the SERP. For keyword 2 the rankings are a still unstable, but it’s clear that the keyword is only showing up in the first few pages of Google at all, thanks to the ALN links. Keyword 1 showed nice and steady improvements.

This once again indicates the importance of link diversity: Keyword 1 had other links built for it, before the test while keyword 2 has nothing but ALN links to it. I’m pretty sure that if I use some more tools and methods to add a few more backlinks for keyword 2, it will quickly start to stabilize as well.

Bottom line: Joining ALN is going to cost you a one-time investment in a domain with PageRank. You can get a PR3 domain for $30-$50, less than one single monthly fee for most blog networks. This will get you 30 article publishes per day from ALN.

Absolutely worth it.

About ​Shane Melaugh

I'm the founder of ActiveGrowth and Thrive Themes and over the last years, I've created and marketed a dozen different software, information and SaaS products. Apart from running my business, I spend most of my time reading, learning, developing skills and helping other people develop theirs. On ActiveGrowth, I want to help you become a better entrepreneur and product creator. Read more about my story here.

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  • Rob Start says:

    WHere can you buy domains with PR pls?

  • Hi Shane

    I’ve heard that buying PR domains is not a good idea as the PR will drop to 0 after you buy it. How true is that?

    • That is not true at all, in most cases. Luckily. :)

      Here’s the deal: Some people will try to cheat you by selling PR domains that only have PR because of one or two links and those links are in control of the guy selling the domain! So, once it’s sold, they might remove the link and then you loose the PR.

      But if you get a “real” PR domain, there’s no problem. None of my High-PR domains have lost any PageRank, so far.

      • ok thanks! really appreciate your prompt reply :)

  • Hi Shane,

    Can you share how many blogs you added to the system or how many daily article submission you did in order to get the results you got?


    • Good idea!
      For the test, I added one PR3 site, which allows me to submit two articles per day. I submitted a total of 18 articles, which results in a total of 270 published articles and each article containing up to three links.

      I spread the submissions out over about three weeks and watched the results for a bit longer than that, since the effects of the backlinks on the rankings aren’t instant, of course.

      Overall, not that many backlinks for the results I got. :)

      • That’s interesting, it proves that having 15 copies of an article out there doesn’t do you any harm at all.

        P.S. reports on twitter say that pagerank has just updated today (20th Jan), and people should check before they rush out and buy a domain, just in case that domain’s PR has dropped.

      • Oh, I should have mentioned: The articles are spun. Or rather you can submit spun articles. You don’t have to, I think.

        Thanks for the tip regarding the PR update!

  • Hi Shane
    This may be slightly digressed, but I would like to ask how would you know if you’re buying a real PR domain?

    • Hello Yan,
      You can do a “fake pagerank check”. The easiest way to do this is through this tool:

      PageRank Checker

      If you want all the details on how and where to buy the best kind of domains, I have a free product covering all of this:


  • Shane;
    I just got my first site ever to a PR2 and I’m not about to sacrifice it. Have you had experience with other link building services. The one I am looking at wants 30 spun 40% unique articles which is doable with some work. The question is do they work or are you simply providing content for other sites. A second (obvious newbie) question when you say “allowable” links in the articles do they point at your site with different anchor text? For instance link1=page1 , link2=deeplinkpage2 etc.
    Thanks, Michael Brown

    • Hi Michael,
      I wouldn’t sacrifice one of my own sites for ALN either. PR domains are cheap, so it’s definitely not necessary to submit a site that you’ve worked hard on building yourself. :)

      I have tried a few link building services, but frankly, there are just too many available. I can’t review them all and it’s really just a question of testing them and watching your rankings.

      You can add several links to different pages of one site, or you can add several links to different sites you own. Up to you.

  • Any updates on ranking increases?

  • If you add a pr5 site it will allow you to do 10 articles a day. Very effective backlinking stradegy. If you did ten a day spun thats 150 back links a day. All from a network that has page rank.

    I have just added a pr3 to the network.

  • Gentlemen:
    I have been using ALN for a few weeks and my rankings have not improved, neither i have been able to see the backlinks created for my websites. Now i have submitted 2 PR4 blogs in ALN and i really like how it works (if it does) i don’t want to lose the faith in ALN does anybody have any advice on what to do to get the backlinks indexed or how long does it take to appear on google?

  • This looks good, I’m wondering do you host the high pr domains you buy on the same hosting as your money sites or do you need to purchase seperate hosting for the high pr domains you purchase.

    • You don’t have to use separate hosting. I don’t know if they check for IPs at all. You can definitely add one domain from the host you already use, but I think you can also add multiple domains and get credit for all of them.

  • Thanks Shane, appreciate you taking time out to answer comments.

  • I just joined ALN, but the submission allowance is not near what you mentioned, they must have reduced it. I thought it was a bit lacking in generosity myself at only 1.5 submissions for PR3, 3 for PR4, and 6 for PR5+. Now they are tacking on a $10 monthly fee. Not to mention the admin area won’t even load pages, it takes about a minute for each page to load. ALN is getting less and less desirable apparently.

  • I´ve joined Authority Link Network because I´ve seen video review of some blog networks by Shane. During the August 2011 joining was still free, of course under condition of adding a PR site. It took about 10 days until my blogs were approved, probably because of holiday time. I found submissions effective, as I mentioned slight improvement in SERP of keywords. In September however the ALN started to be payed. I had not a good feeling from it as we helped to create it by our sacrificed blogs. There are three payment plans: Basic ($14.95/month) bringing +1 point, Pro ($29.95/month) +2 points and Ultimate ($49.95/month) +3 points. One point means one submission resulting in 15 published articles. At the time I joined the ALN a blog PR1 was awarded already only by 0,5 point, blog with PR2 with 1 point, blog PR3 by 1,5 points etc. I don´t like the fact that if I don´t use the points for the given day, they are nulled automatically.
    The other problem I see in non categorized submissions. It seems that Google likes everything nicely structured and awards blogs with clear structure of categories. Although blogs in ALN are supplied by articles of all subjects. After 3 weeks 2 from 4 my blogs I have added to the ALN lost their pageranks and they were excluded from the network. My guess is that so undiferenciated blogs are very easily traced by Google and recognized as a part of a blog network. Anyhow the ALN has some positive impact on the SERP. I would just appreciate if it would be more organized according to subjects, like Articleranks is.

  • The one thing I love about you Shane is that you are real. You work this industry and you tell it like it is. No BS love it!

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