The new link metrics are clear by google: For internal seo: Linking to posts you already have Adding social accounts Adding different types of content: youtube videos,podcasts, engaging content etc, interactive content is now more important than ever alt tags, h tags, italics, bold, the overall structure of your content is important again making the content relevant: google reads your whole content now as opposed to just your anchor, make it as relevant to the keyword as possible, lets say you are writing a review for the iphone 5, instead of using iphone 5 review use: "how would you review the iphone 5, what phone do you have" get the users to respond, im convinced your blog comments are being tracked as well. If they see "useful info"as a comment, it can only do well for you ctr/bounce rate: buy traffic which you can control how long they stay on your page, old school but gold school External linkbuilding: SOCIAL SIGNALS: big emphasis on this. They want to see that you have a big social presence, get +1s Make the web 2.0s you have and let them age, add content on there, and then a month later add your anchors to your money site, googles bots are getting smarter and smarter, dont be a dumbass Instead of buying generic seo services, get a seo strategy designed specifically for your niche or do niche related blog posts with relevant info. Tag your brand as your name instead of "make money online" Do media buys, the alt tags may be nofollow but theyll get you traffic, and traffic from reliable sources looks incredible go back to article directories, forget tiered link building, you want to high quality tier 1s and send social signals to themBut ultimately no matter what I say or any other so called "seo guru" says its all about trial and error its all well and good moaning about the update but instead of that, research how your competition is at the top. If youre trying to rank a local business, use citations and google place reviews. And get your website on local business directories. Many believe this type of linkbuilding is old and doesnt work but it does and ill demonstrate how in a bit. Look at their website and their anchors . How many headers have they used, does youtube videos work for your niche.. etc but please guys for the love of god if you want your website to stick, dont do what the rest og the crowd is doing, look at your competitors and research a twist. Put your focus on getting to the end user so think of everyone on the net as savvy, do you think a reader is gonna come back if youve got 5 articles on there for the last 6 months. Assume google reads ips, especially if youve got analytics on thrre, they know whos visiting your site. I f you know your website is a pile of crap, fix it if youre not going for a churn and burn. I had a client and he had a load of crappy links on there and his website was shit. Hes a plumber in my home town and the first thing I did was I looked at his competitors site. They had 4 backlinks all to business directories yet they were ranking, why? Because their website looked professional, had the right layout, all the content and info was accessible, and they had a namecard, along with place reviews. All I did was fix the clients website up, disavow all the crappy blog comments and get some reviews with some social signals. 2 months time he went from #na to #4. You have to linkbuild according to your niche, and ultimately fix those rookie errors youve been "meaning"to fix on your website like the w3 errors. I know ill get a lot of seo guys replying on here saying nono what you talk about is nonsense, but as I said, seo is all about trial and error, I think seos now got to realise you gotta know the niche if you want to do seo which will last, and not just have generic packages. For some, that works, but for some it doesnt. There is no specific way, id suggest buying a domain, setting it up and trialling different seo methods on there if you dont have the money to buy seo. If it increases in ranks and it sticks, great, 301 redirect that to your money site otherwise the worst thats happened is you lost $10 and time. I know this is gonna seem iconic and cringy but michael jordan shot something like 10000 times before he learnt, and hes known to say that from those 10000 times he learnt how not to do it. Similarly, in seo, you might fail but dont give up, try and tryagain Ultimately, stop focusing on how much you are making now, and start focusing on how much you could be making. Plan for the future not now, and google wont slap you. If you want to know how to make money now,focus on the awesome money making methods that people share in the money making section, use that to pay for rent and bills, and save up and research your chosen niche. Once you have a plan, start on seo BTW I thought I would make it clear before I start receiving haters, I'm not posting this because I want to promote my services, I mean it would be great if I get extra clients so I'm not gonna claim that Im a worthless dumbass who doesn't want extra money but the reason I post this is because I'm seeing so many people whining about their rankings falling and similarly, "SEO Gurus" claiming that you need to do this and that in order to rank and I'm just frustrated that people think spending 50 bucks to rank is the end all and be all, planning and trial and error is the end all and be all for SEO, ask anyone who has been in the SEO biz for time and is genuinely doing well.