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Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Zoco1, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Zoco1

    Zoco1 Regular Member

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    Looking at some really big sites I'm beginning to wonder - Do you really need to create backlinks yourself to get higher in serps?

    What would happen if you build a big site (lets say about 5000 pages) and all of the pages are indexed? I'm ranking for some long tail keywords (and getting traffic from them) and I never really build a link for pages containing them, not a single one.

    So what would happen if you focus on unique content (Lots of content) instead of building backlinks? Any idea? Anyone tried that?
     
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    Kikerinka Senior Member

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    Yes, for sure this can bring a very good results. But, you must have all those pages on one domain. If they are keyword rich and optimized, even better for you.

    But just think: Is there any niche where you'll be able to write 5000 unique keyword optimized articles by yourself?
    How much time this will take you?
    How much traffic can you get from those long tail keywords?

    I'm not sure if it is that profitable model, but... interesting to try, I'll watch for sure if you go for it.
     
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    Most people would tell you that you need to focus on original content and relevant backlinks. A good combination of both is the best way to go. Well written unique content, and strong relevant backlinks is a great start.

    I also think that setting up social networking accounts (YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter) is another good step to get website popular quickly.
     
  4. Zoco1

    Zoco1 Regular Member

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    Yes, I'm talking about one domain, a big authority site.And you can outsorce the content writing.Sure you would have to invest a little more but I think it's worth the money.If each of all 5000 pages could bring you just 3-4 visitors a day (some can bring you less or more), imagine what number will that be in a month.We are talking about 500K of visitors a month or even more.
     
  5. dcuthbert

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    What you are talking about is effectively just an article directory, but with unique content. If you're outsourcing the work, you're taking a risk on getting either duplicate content, or unreadable content, or both.

    To prevent duplicate content, you'd need to run each article through copyscape, taking you time. To prevent unreadable content, you'd need to read each article, again taking you time. If you're not bothered about the content being unique/readable, you may as well just set up an article directory with WP robot and spin each article.

    But yeah, this method could work, although to do it properly (checking each article) would probably be a lot of work compared to the income from it.
     
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    You'll rank with just a ton of pages with unique content with almost no backlinking... I have a site like that.

    Built it with 5,000 words a day with very minimal backlinking and it ranks for a massive amount of KWs.
     
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  7. Ewokson

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    I disagree, it wouldn't be hard to run it through copyscape/proof read it. Lol, you essential become a teacher grading papers by looking through all that. Not to mention it wouldn't be all at once and it would really only take you a few minutes for each article. Not to mention after it's up and got all the content it will bring in money for a long time to come
     
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    I will second that - I have a number of these sites which I created when I first started out around 4 years ago. I simply wrote about topics which interested me with each site having around 150 articles. To this day, they are my most top performing websites and I have many.....

    What is also valuable for me with these sites (aside from the income!) is that I have access to 3 perfect niches from which I draw additional keyword data which for once, I know is 100% bang on target. In addition, I also have these large websites which have around a 90% natural link profile. Every now and then I will pull down the backlinks just to remind myself what 'natural' looks like! thats not to say I always pay attention to it of course (some of my other threads!!).
     
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  9. dcuthbert

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    Maybe I'm just lazy :p

    If it takes 3 mins per article to read, run through copyscape and publish, and there are 5000 articles posted altogether (not all at once), that's 15,000 mins to check, which is 250 hours. My time is calculated at approx $30/hr, so I would need to make $7500 from it just to break even, and then about $200-$300/year for a VPS.

    It could work, but personally I'd just cut corners and go for spun content, it would have pretty much the same effect since you're just wanting to rank for thousands of terms, rather than actually get loyal readers who enjoy reading the content.

    I actually have a site exactly as described, but with 80,000+ articles of spun content and it takes in a decent amount of money, but nowhere near $7500 in the couple of years it's been online.
     
  10. Ewokson

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    250 hours for a site that will be completely automated by the time it's done doesn't sound bad to me at all. Also, once you build a site like that with that amount of content, when you try to rank for harder keywords it will be much easier since you already hold a lot of trust in google. It would take far less amount of backlinking to rank for higher keywords that would bring in a lot more cash.