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Article directories got beat down by Google Panda, here's what might replace them

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by beefsupreme, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. beefsupreme

    beefsupreme Junior Member

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    By now most of you have realized that Google Panda kicked the living shit out of many popular article directories used by internet marketers. Borrowing their pagerank to increase your Google rankings is now much harder, if not impossible. Their use is now limited to people who visit these content farms directly.

    But in disaster there is always opportunity. I'm in the progress of starting a few article directories of my own, catered towards specific niches. But the kicker is that they are camouflaged to not look like article directories, hopefully avoiding Panda. However, there are still some requirements for posting articles:

    - Unique content, no duplicates elsewhere (rewrite if you have to)
    - Decent quality articles with useful advice, keeping the user experience in mind
    - Not overly keyword optimized (which might be damaging these days anyway)
    - Not too spammy looking
    - Keep links to a minimum and choose them carefully as to not dilute your Google juice

    These tips are beneficial for both the article directory and the website you want to rank.

    The first niche I'm starting a directory on is health. The following topics may be discussed:

    - General health
    - Nutrition
    - Fitness
    - Weight loss
    - Wellness
    - Holistic and alternative health
    - Other health related topics

    PM me if you have any white hat or grey hat websites regarding these niches and I will let you know once the article directory is in beta and ready to receive articles.

    I want to have at least some amount of content on there before I officially launch.
     
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    Wait, so how exactly won't it be a article directory. Afaik you are trying to hide your site makeup from algorithms and searchbots. Have an example of how this would work?
     
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    How do you do that? And how would that be different from any networks and blogrolls that are already present on the market.
    In my opinion a site that has no niche status, and posts articles about anything - that's what panda after. It's not about the categorized site structure of the article sites. So if you want to have a pack of sites per each popular niche - that's something new and good.
     
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    Without going into too much detail, I will attempt to clarify what I mean.

    Ask yourself the following questions.

    What does Google like? Answer: Google likes what it's users want. More specifically ...
    - Useful information, targeted to their niche
    - Unique content, something they may have not known before
    - Well written content, although it shouldn't be fine literature
    - Content from a reasonably reliable source with authority (high PR)

    What qualities do most popular content farms have in common?
    - They are untargeted to any specific niche or market, they accept all content
    - Poor quality control
    - Some useful information, but a lot of generic content
    - They don't appear "organic" or natural, partly because they publish too much content
    - Content farms can't become authority sources on anything because the range of content they host is too broad and untargeted
    - It's by now obvious that content farms are used to trick Google into giving higher search engine rankings to secondary websites

    But what kind of websites typically produce a reasonably high amount of content and didn't suffer as much from the Panda update? Blogs.

    Obviously I'm not talking about autoblogs, they just copy content from article directories and news websites. Google hates those and they are quite easy to spot.

    But niche targeted blogs with guest posters have not suffered that much from the Panda update, in fact, many of them have seen traffic increases as article directories fall off the radar.

    That's more like something I'm looking to mimic.