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[Case Study] - Pure White Hat - No Backlinks : Zero Traffic even after months!

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by deepblack, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. deepblack

    deepblack Regular Member

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    Guys, who always told us "concentrate on content and you will see huge traffic without backlinks"????

    I did that to see how true that is.

    Built a website on a health niche and just wrote articles containing topics around this niche.

    Built a nice silo structure with a plugin called NE Silo Builder.

    After around 70 articles (average 600 words) and no backlinks at all and more than half a year.

    Here are the results: 0 traffic :eek:


    Ok, white-hat-guys, what went wrong?
     
  2. The SEO

    The SEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I think there is difference between white hat and without SEO.
     
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  3. deepblack

    deepblack Regular Member

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    well, you are probably talking about all those on-page stuff. Correct, I haven't done it but simply wrote in a natural way.
    However, this doesnt mean that you wont get any traffic at all. Onpage Op. simply increases your rankings a bit. So, this would
    not be enough as a reason.
     
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    Well give us a little more info. How competitive was the niche? What's the search volume? You wrote a bunch of articles, but how was the quality? I don't just mean passes copyscape, I mean would someone who knows a thing or two about your niche read it and say, "hey that guy knows what he's talking about"?

    What steps have you taken to promote your site? Do you have a Twitter? Facebook?
     
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    Did you do keyword research to know which keywords are easier to rank coz all keywords aren't the same. Measuring the keyword competition is also an essential part of ranking combined with proper on page SEO.

     
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    How naive you are :)

    .....u wait more then half year for magic without SEO
     
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    I'm a big proponent that content will get you indexed and ranked but I would never build a site without backlinking it and I would also not build a site as small as 42,000 words and expect much in terms of rankings/traffic without any backlinks.
     
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  8. ChrisX

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    This is called Content Marketing and the goal is to get people to share the article, which gives you links and traffic. Can't do that without an audience so you need a way to get some readers.
     
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    Building backlinks is only "black hat" if you're building do-follow backlinks with the intention of manipulating your rankings. You can still build no-follow inbound links on social media websites to get traffic since these do not affect rankings (but they can lead to people naturally backlinking to your website if they have a relevant website).
     
  10. upstarter

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    Have you submitted your site to the search engines yet?
     
  11. deepblack

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    how noob u are. you dont know that there are a lot of people out there getting traffic without building backlinks or doing any kind of seo, just from pure content publishing.


    my goal wasnt exactly to rank for certain keywords. I just wrote (or let wrote) about topics surrounding that niche. even if I didnt target certain keywords this doesnt mean
    I wont get any traffic at all!

    I wouldnt call 42,000 words small :) and I guess most here wouldnt say that this is small, here in BHW sites with 20, 30 articles are sold as authority sites !!!

    its maybe nothing where people would say "wow" but Google cant say that either. The point here is that even Google doesnt bring traffic, I dont talk about direct traffic.

    Why should I? So they know my site exists? They already know it exists.
     
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    See? Now you have to buy Adwords. That's what "white hat SEO" is all about.
     
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  13. Zwielicht

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    Green: I think what upstarter meant was that you should submit your website to Google Webmaster Tools and then use the "Fetch As Google" function after submitting a sitemap to help get your pages indexed faster (if they're already indexed, ignore this advice).

    Cyan: 42,000 words is small. That's the size of a large novella/small novel. That's also only 84, 500 word articles/pages.

    Red: In the "Design and content guidelines" section of the Google Webmaster Guidelines, Google recommends that you, "Think about the words users would type to find your pages, and make sure that your site actually includes those words within it." This is where keyword research and keyword targeting become useful. If you don't target keywords, your pages could end up ranking for high competition keywords that you won't appear in the SERPs for.
     
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    Google doesn't say - build it and they would come. If you were to go down the natural way, you'd be marketing your website, being active on the social networks, doing outreach with other bloggers in the field, building the popularity of your site instead of just trying to make it seem like your site is popular (BH SEO).

    A) Organic: People read your post and sindicate/curate it for their website (and providing a source link to your website per Google's Guidelines)

    B) Blackhat:You doing everything yourself in an effort to make Google what happened is the A) scenario
     
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    Such a small website with articles so short and probably written for the sole purpose of filling the site with content and getting traffic is likely not enough to attract any type of attention in today's competitive world.

    If you want to get SEO traffic to a information-based low-value website you have to buy back-link packages. Then having a profitable and proven monetization methods in place is critical in order to shadily extract as much money as possible from visitors, before the site stops receiving traffic due to being low quality. I.e that is a 'pushing' method - you have to be very active and 'push' to get traffic.

    The 'pulling' method where you semi-'build it and they will come' works with high-value websites that create value.

    The first method requires very deep understanding of copywriting and marketing(social), combined with a lot of experience in SEO. It also works best before around 2010. The second requires some luck, a good understanding of marketing and an ability to create great content, which can come from deep pockets, personal expertise or creativity.
     
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    Good backlinks were, are, and most likely will continue to be THE SOLUTION to 99% of all site traffic issues.

    If someone is an amazing writer/blogger well of course they can "build" a loyal following of readers and profit from it. BUT, the majority of people on this site are simply looking to get traffic to their site for X keywords/niches and to profit from it. Period. Many ways to profit/moneitize a site of course. Ultimately though somebody has to buy something. Personally I focus a lot of effort on sending visitors to Amazon. People buy the strangest shit from there. I'm just happy to have opened the door for them and collect money for doing so.

    STOP listening to other people and start taking action so can analyze your OWN data. Get links links and more links. As good as ones as you can. Test test and retest. When you find a niche/keywords that you can rank for, repeat it and OWN as many spots in the top 10 as possible. And just keep going and going.
     
  17. WebLab

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    Just add the word 'blackhat' to your website title and you will start getting traffic.
     
  18. upstarter

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    Ah... but how did you know that the search engines know that your site already exists? You did not tell us that you have your site added in WMT or BWT so maybe you are the only one who knows that you have a website.
     
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    Either you a being duplicitous, your site is not quality and it is stuck in the supplemental index, or the site is not indexed at all.

    That is the only way you can have zero traffic for a year. By now someone will have searched with a longtail and found your site by accident.
     
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    Actually you can make money with almost no links. I can make roughly $5-15/day on adsense with a site that has only 10 links. However, the site would have over 20000 pages tarketing only ultra long tail keywords that get maybe 1 search/month. But with zero link ... yeah probably you don't make shit. But WH SEO doesn't mean no links. If it would then Google, Microsoft, etc would be totally BH sites.
     
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