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Did Penguin bring a good change of SEO strategy?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by seoguy81, May 15, 2012.

  1. seoguy81

    seoguy81 Power Member

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    Hi Guys, its been two weeks since Penguin hit us. Personally, from my two money sites, one got hit. Traffic dropped from 300+ uniques a day to just 40 but it saw a PR boost from 2 to 3. My other site managed to survive but with some scars.. Seems like some penalty was applied. Anyways, over the past weeks my seo strategy has changed quite a bit. Here's what i've been doing.

    Going Social: I'm focusing more on Social networking and bookmarking (confining to Digg/Stumbleupon/FB/Twitter). I've become more active there and managed to make a few 'acquaintances' - This has drastically improved. For example if previous digg submissions had 1 or 2 diggs now it increased to an average of 10. (I know its small, but its only been two weeks since I started focusing on this). Re-Tweeting and having a conversation with others is actually helping a lot.. Getting about 3 - 5 followers on average (time spent is about 30 minutes)

    Article marketing: Instead of submitting to article directories, i'm now distributing my articles across other websites in the same niche. Sometimes I hire a writer who charges $15 for a 750 - 850 word count, but they are well researched. All supporting images are watermarked with my site logo. It takes time but the value of the back link is definitely higher.

    Blog Commenting: Stopped using SB for blind blasts. Instead, i'm using keywords from my articles to target exact sites. This way, making a comment is easier as I already know about the topic. Anchor text using so far is just by using a pseudoname. Its a bit tough though if you want to leave 'intelligent replies' in order to get approved. In the time so far, managed to get 3 PR6 DF and 6 PR6 NF link backs. [Anchor Text: Name]

    301 Redirects: I'm not sure if this is good or bad, but I had about 2 old domains that were dormant and were clean sites. They have a PR2 each, so set up a 301 redirect to my money site.

    Private Blog Network: I have around 6 other sites that are just aggregators with link back to the source. So I added my money site's feed to them as well. Although i'm not sure if that's the way to do it or I might redirect all these domains (which is in the same niche as mine) back to my money site.

    Press Releases: Before Penguin, I never invested in a paid PR. Post Penguin, I started following some PR companies on FB.. most of them have monthly competitions.. and managed to win a free paid PR and a 50% discounted PR.. both of which helped me to rank a new service I started on my site. Bought another paid PR package and planning to doing something that will continue to keep the buzz alive. [Anchor Text: Full URL, Keywords]

    Niche Directories: I've moved to directory link building exclusively in my niche instead of randomly submitting to all directories. [Anchor Text: Full URL, Keywords]

    0% Duplicate Content: I managed to clear up quite a few posts on my site that were in the past years syndicating from some other source making my site now 100% unique. I still make use of other content, but before publishing I manually re-write them (and i've been getting better at this.. takes me about 5 - 7 minutes to re-write and build a 700 word unique article).

    2.0's: Using Squidoo, Hubpages, Yahoo Voices to link back (i'm getting active on Squidoo and Hubpages as well in order to be 'in the radar') Lenses are starting to get traffic slowly in the process. [Anchor Text: Full URL, Keywords]

    There are some more ideas that are presently in a research/planning mode.

    Results: I haven't seen an immediate impact from the above, except for some pages now dancing. My goal is long term, so i'm hoping the above activities and more will help pull the site back to an authority site by early-mid June.

    All in all, Penguin did affect me but I think it brought a positive change. What about you guys, any of you doing anything different?
     
  2. yogi31286

    yogi31286 Elite Member

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    currently i am doing article submission but on TOP sites only and seeing some improvements..

    i am also doing quality blog commenting on high PR post (higher then my website atleast!)

    i am also promoting my sites only youtube and other social networking sites.

    actually, after penguin update i have totally changed my mind to not using google as 1st traffic source. i want traffic from other sources now.. so trying them. :)

    Lets see how it goes..
     
  3. wpbacklinks

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    i don't have any negative results because of penguin, that was because i always build social links, social network links & web2.0 links for my sites

    One thing for me: Penguin get me to be more social...
     
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    santhej Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    from what i see after penguin,header tags are working really good.i am also finding some success with keyword stuffing these days
     
  5. n2zen

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    Publishing articles on high PR blogs, web 2.0, a handful of generic (bookmarks/comment/trackback/wiki/profiles) for natural appearance seems to be working well for me (by my standards). Typical gains are 3-7 ranking positions per keyword per month with very little back sliding.
     
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    Natural backlinks are not hit by penguin too much. So it is wise to be as natural as possible in your strategy for the backlinks building.
    Thanks.
     
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  7. audioguy

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    In order words, dead of black hat SEO?
     
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    mikenielson143 Registered Member

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    According to my information on latest Google Penguin updates Google seems to want to do is reward high quality websites and get rid of the junk plaguing our search engines.I think it is the best way to trace the root source of your traffic downfalls, and deal the problem from it source. It gives the big picture of your problems I also noticed my sites were losing traffic, but after studying a little, it was mainly from only one source, but the other sources were still working fine.
     
  9. Outsource43

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    I don't think there will ever be a time where you won't have to do something to change up your game plan as long as there are Google updates. At the very least much of the changes that are brought on by Google Panda and Penguin are easily fixed and can get around them by a few simple changes in your sites and some adjustments in your back-linking.
    Thanks!
     
  10. Knoxgates

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    After this panda penguin. It's not about quantity it's quality backlinks.
     
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    someblokeyaknow Newbie

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    Regarding the blog commenting section, is it possible you can give me an example of 'intelligent replies'?
     
  12. seoguy81

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    Use SB or just google for long tail keywords on an article you wrote. You'll find some blogs. Read.. post your opinion. Simple as that. I noticed that by using terms like 'you are wrong...' or 'your article is information and to validate your opinion....' and so on you have a much higher chance of getting your comments approved.