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Help with directory submissions/link building for an in house marketer

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by lolseo, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Currently working as in house marketing executive, in which my roll involves SEO. I have worked as part of SEO teams before, but never been the sole person. I have a sound knowledge of on page SEO, so my questions in this post relate to link-building. My previous link-building role involved writing blogs on the company site, submitting them to sites like reddit, stumbleupon, social media. Along with this I would spend hours each day guest blogging, looking for guest blogs, writing guest blogs, building links back to the site. Due to the time consuming nature of this, and the other duties in my new role I wont have as much time to do guest blogging, however it is still something i will be doing almost daily. This leads me to my question about directories.

    An agency has been doing little SEO for my new company. I would guess half a day a month based no their reporting, number of keywords they have been focusing upon etc. I have been reviewing the backlink profile for my new company. I cannot find any guest blogs etc, just purely directory submissions for the most part. I started with this company following Penguin 2.0, but looking at the SEO reports, we have dropped ranking for every tracked keyword. I have sent link removal requests for sites deemed unsafe by seogadet, and had the majority of these unsafe links have been removed so far. I still need to manually go through a lot of the linking domains and decide if they look safe or spammy, but ive made a start on that using the seogadet safe/unsafe link assessor.

    I understand spam directories and the negative's these can have on a site when a Google update hits, however I have recently been reading that "safe" directories in aggregate can still add value. In the past I have manually submitted domains to directories, however I have read on this forum comments like "lol dont do it manually". Not sure if using software would be considered blackhat, or just an effective way of submitting to directories. I have found sliq and power directory submitter via these forums. Would it be advisable to use software like this? Or should I manually submit to directories.

    Also, in the current age of SEO, outside of the guest blogging and inbound/contenting marketing (sharing great content (articles,FAQ's,blogs,infographics, videos)across social media, social bookmarking and industry influencers / authoritive sources), is there anything else of note I should be pursuing for link building?
     
  2. Scritty

    Scritty Elite Member Premium Member

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    Pick your directories with care.
    Using UD I pick only PR2 directories or higher. NEVER go for the paid option (many directories will toss you application away - but great - don't go down the route of paid links for client sites unless you make them very aware of the costs and risks) then send to maybe just 500 out of the xthousand directories there are - just picking those with PR in the hope of getting 50+ to take.
    Make sure you select the right category as well. "General" will rarely do

    Also - virtually none of them are instant. If you visit them yourself you'll see they talk about a "review process" that usually takes 28 days though sometimes even more.

    Scritty
     
  3. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Thanks for the quick response. Could you please just clarify the following for me

    What is "UD"?
    The client is an in-store merchandising print company. (They produce branded cardboard point of sale and point of purchase merchandise for retail stores) So for example I could look into printing directories, business directories etc. I would go about this with a generic google search for "print directories" or should i used any advanced search terms to help me out?

    Thanks again for the quick response. Much appreciated.
     
  4. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    So i've found that UD is ultimate demon. Will UD find the directories for me, or do i need to find them, and input them to UD?
     
  5. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Anyone?