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Ahh damn. I’m really pissed off that Subvert & Profit sign up is broken. Even though it’s not my fault, I feel guilty for those who read my Easiest Way To Make Money Online post and then couldn’t sign up. I’ve e-mailed them and they haven’t responded yet. I guess they already know and are working on it. I’m pretty sure the “sign up” feature is pretty high on the “should be working” list for websites. I’ll keep you guys up to date and post an update once I see it working again.

In a way of weird geeky SEO compensation I thought I’d share a tip about how to get a sneaky link from a PR8 site’s directory and grab some juicy Keyword Real Estate.

The Target
Occasionally on some of my sites that I don’t deem “appropriate” to run Google Adsense on, I will opt for Adbrite as an alternative. I was checking through the backlinks for one of my sites the other day and I noticed that I had a link from the Adbrite Publisher directory. Nothing too strange about that, after all I run their ads on the site. However, what did strike me was the strength of the link…

Yahoo! Site Explorer
tends to put links in rough order of importance. My site has over 30,000 links, some of which are from massive sites, yet the Adbrite Directory ranked #26. There must be some pretty nice link juice there!

A Little Investigation Work
Right, lets check this out then. If we run Adbrite through SEO Quake we can see that it has around 18,600,000 domain links and is PR8!

Excellent. Just one more thing to check. If we look at a random directory entry, we can check the source code to make sure the link is followed. Bingo. We even have some space to cram in some keywords.

How we get the link
Okay, firstly head over Adbrite and sign up as a Publisher.

I’m working on the assumption you’re not going to want to show Adbrite adverts, so you need to tweak a few things, so listen up. When you sign up you’ll be asked to create an “Ad Zone” which is similar to a Google Channel. More specifically, an Ad Zone is a page, or set of pages that you will display adverts on. So an example Ad Zone might be “Homepage – Top Banner” or “Site Wide – Footer”.

You can pretty much fly through the sign up. Make sure, if you don’t want to display adverts that you turn interstitials and inline ads off, otherwise you’ll have horrible pop-up windows appearing on your site all the time. Adbrite will ask you some fairly basic questions like what keywords you want your site listed for, what advertisers can sell to your visitors and a few questions about site demographics.

When you’re setting up your “Ad Zone Description” make sure you get your site keywords in here. The Ad Zone Description is the only thing displayed on your basic listing page, so if you can type a nice long description mentioning your keywords, you’ll skew the content of your page towards your niche, making Google think it’s all the more relevant.

At the last stage, Adbrite will give you your advert code, which will need to be pasted onto your site. This stage is required because you will not be listed in the Adbrite directory unless your adverts are getting impressions…

So take the code and stick it in a hidden div :)

Add this to your StyleSheet:

margin: 0px 0px 0px 20px;
display: none;

Then when you paste in your Adbrite Javascript, put it inside the “adbriteAds” div on your webpage.

The result
Congratulations! Once the impressions are registered, you will appear in the Adbrite directory and you have just nabbed yourself one juicy link + keywords!

I might do a review of Adbrite in the future as they have proven to be a good alternative to Adsense, when you are working on projects that for one reason or another would violate the Adsense TOS.

Enjoy and accept my apologies for not being able to sign up to Subvert & Profit :(

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43 responses to “Want a Free PR8 Directory Link?”

  • Paul says:

    Haven’t commented on your site before– but I have enjoyed all your posts since I first came across your site– so I thought I’d say great site :)

    I noticed the adbrite thing a few months back– it is a nice bonus to running the adbrite system :)

    Comment by Paul
    July 23rd, 2007 @ 7:06 am

  • Jakob says:

    This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title o.us poetry. Thanks for informative article

    Comment by Jakob
    July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:34 am

  • Colin says:

    How do Adbrite feel about their ads being hidden? Their TOS seems quite well hidden, or it’s Monday morning and I just can’t find it.

    Comment by Colin
    July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:57 am

  • Mark says:

    Frankly, I don’t care how abrite feel about it. They are far too many advertisers to manually monitor, so I guess to stay under the radar I would enable the ads once in a while and give them a few clicks to avoid a strange impressions/click rate.

    Adbrite are very scarce on the TOS side, which I mentioned makes them great for slightly more “riské” sites. I’m not complaining! Once you’ve run ads, you can switch them off and remain in their directory. So chances of success are pretty high. Making multiple accounts on Adbrite is also a sinch, they don’t have any checking. So no worries about getting a useful account banned. I make a new account for every site.

    Comment by Mark
    July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:33 am

  • Mike says:

    Well, the directory doesn’t link directly to your website but to your description profile. And this profile page is a staggering PR0.

    Comment by Mike
    July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:37 am

  • Mark says:

    You’re missing the point, Mike. “Authority” and popularity are two different things. PR has very little to do with effecting SERPs, more with how often and deep a page is crawled.

    As I said, if you use Yahoo! Site Explorer to look at the Abrite links, you’ll find they are very powerful. I titled the post “get PR8 directory link” because I wanted people to read it and PR is what people (wrongly) obsess over.

    Also, don’t forget you’re not looking at the actual PR. You’re looking at an out of date Toolbar PR. I have PR3 sites that outrank PR7 sites. Getting links on Amazon Stores (as pointed out in Eli’s guide) and Squidoo pages are also very important for rankings – yet they are PR0.

    Comment by Mark
    July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:58 am

  • Chamonix says:

    Sorry, newbie question. When pasting the adbrite javascript into the hidden div how does the order go?


    var AdBrite_Title_Color = ’0000FF’;
    var AdBrite_Text_Color = ’000000′;
    var AdBrite_Background_Color = ‘FFFFFF’;
    var AdBrite_Border_Color = ‘FFFFFF’;

    Your Ad Here

    margin: 0px 0px 0px 20px;
    display: none;


    Comment by Chamonix
    July 23rd, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

  • Mark says:

    Hi Chamonix,

    You add the CSS in the article into your CSS stylesheet. You then call it in page with:

    < div id="adbriteAds" >

    adbrite code here

    < /div >

    Comment by Mark
    July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

  • Chamonix says:

    Aha, that makes a little more sense. Many thanks.

    Comment by Chamonix
    July 23rd, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

  • Allan says:

    So i take it if i eventually remove the ad in the future my link will be removed too?

    Comment by Allan
    July 25th, 2007 @ 5:45 am

  • Mark says:

    Hi Allan,

    I removed an ad a week ago and I’m still listed, however I imagine they will remove it eventually. Saying that, since you’re never actually showing the ad, why would you ever need to remove it?

    Comment by Mark
    July 25th, 2007 @ 9:59 am

  • Scot Smith says:

    I would like to see how quick a page loads with and without the javascript even hidden, I will check it out later. Good tip :)

    Comment by Scot Smith
    August 4th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

  • katyzzz says:

    You seem to know what you’re talking about. I don’t. My blog is with Orble so I guess I am not free to do as I please there so I don’t think this is for me.

    I liked your blog.

    Comment by katyzzz
    August 5th, 2007 @ 1:00 am

  • David Bradley says:

    I don’t think that tiny bit of javascript is going to make an awful lot of difference to load times, especially, if like me, you’re a Firefox user running noscript ;-)


    Comment by David Bradley
    August 8th, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

  • BenC says:

    Great tip. I have not tried Adbrite yet as this gives a great alternative to Google. My site is very new, so I hope to see the impact.


    Comment by BenC
    August 10th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

  • Bank zdjec says:

    I would like to see how quick a page loads with and without the javascript even hidden, I will check it out later.

    Comment by Bank zdjec
    August 16th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

  • Louiss says:

    Wow..I can get a pr8 link now! My dream will come true because of u. Thanks a lot man! I will try it now. If I encounter any problem, I will post it here. :)

    Comment by Louiss
    August 16th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

  • Anime Girl says:

    Thanks for the great information!

    Comment by Anime Girl
    August 20th, 2007 @ 6:37 am

  • Cay Cole says:

    Great stuff, as are so many of your articles.

    Comment by Cay Cole
    August 20th, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

  • Dan says:

    Wow this is indeed a precious info. I’ll be able to get a new alternative to Google too.

    Keep the good info coming. I really appreciate it.


    Comment by Dan
    September 14th, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

  • Darksoul says:

    this was first posted on digitalpoint:

    you have a great blog but it would have been nice if u gave credit to the person u took this idea / information from.


    Comment by Darksoul
    September 26th, 2007 @ 7:35 pm

  • Mark says:


    1) I’ve never seen that thread before

    2) I’ve been doing it for months. I don’t just blog about stuff immediately when I think about it.

    It’s a nice coincidence though!

    Comment by Mark
    September 26th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

  • residnt says:

    So can you use this with adsense enabled as well?

    Comment by residnt
    November 4th, 2007 @ 9:55 am

  • islam islami sohbet says:

    It looks very nice but I didnt get the link yet. Well see :)

    Comment by islam islami sohbet
    December 12th, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

  • says:

    you have a great blog but it would have been nice if u gave credit to the person u took this idea / information from.

    Comment by
    December 19th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

  • Mark says:

    @ sharp.

    I would, but it was my idea…

    Comment by Mark
    December 20th, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

  • ELDS, INC says:

    Great information , I have not done it but will later

    Comment by ELDS, INC
    December 25th, 2007 @ 7:50 pm

  • Tomelloso says:

    Really have a great blog. This article explain an interesting alternative to Google. I will try this technique. Thanks.

    Comment by Tomelloso
    January 20th, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

  • Sohbet says:

    It looks very nice but I didnt get the link yet. Well see

    Comment by Sohbet
    March 2nd, 2008 @ 11:22 am

  • home-contents-insurance-quote.com says:

    Great tip! I have a site for contents insurance quotes that could benefit
    form that idea.

    Comment by home-contents-insurance-quote.com
    June 1st, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

  • ketan says:

    Gr8 tip.

    Comment by ketan
    August 11th, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  • Alex says:

    Cheeky idea. I have done it as well but with project wonderful. I will try with adbrite.

    Comment by Alex
    September 3rd, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

  • Kuber online says:

    @ Mark

    Do you think it will still work?. Or any body who has tried this and it still works?.

    Comment by Kuber online
    September 7th, 2008 @ 9:01 am

  • Kuber online says:


    I checked the site displaying adbrite ads, they are listed in site directory but the backlinks don’t show in any tool. I guess no link juice here.

    Comment by Kuber online
    September 13th, 2008 @ 1:25 am

  • Mark says:

    @Kuber online

    There was.. Over a year ago when this was posted :P

    Comment by Mark
    September 13th, 2008 @ 2:16 am

  • Kuber online says:

    True. They must have made changes.

    Comment by Kuber online
    September 13th, 2008 @ 3:25 am

  • rezaul says:


    Comment by rezaul
    September 28th, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  • Blackpool says:

    great article

    Comment by Blackpool
    January 29th, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

  • Online Money Making says:

    Great article. Wish it still worked.

    Comment by Online Money Making
    March 24th, 2009 @ 12:32 am

  • webreklama says:

    Great tip!!!

    Comment by webreklama
    April 10th, 2009 @ 7:01 am

  • froni says:

    @ Sohbet you too :)

    Comment by froni
    February 9th, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

  • fish says:

    Always wondered why I did so good with Adbrite I had never run it through any SEO to figure out what was going on. Oh hey and they paid pretty good to if I remember right.

    Comment by fish
    April 13th, 2010 @ 12:17 am

  • harga sepeda says:

    wow adbrite long time not hear the news, thanks for reminding

    Comment by harga sepeda
    March 30th, 2011 @ 12:23 pm