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How can I figure out what techniques a competitor uses for SEO?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by sandiegodude, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. sandiegodude

    sandiegodude Registered Member

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    I found that a competitor already has over 3k backlinks directed to their site with great anchor text- none has nofollow tags- So I know i need to start hitting that route, but what tools are available to find out what other techniques he uses? He is #1 on google for our keywords and I want him to be #2!
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  2. Italian Hawk

    Italian Hawk Power Member

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    Well where are the links coming from? If it's a majority of links coming from the same site check it out. It's probably a blogroll link which could either have been paid for or depending on your niche a deserved link or a friends site. It could also be a comment related thing, where he's a top commenter or something.

    Maybe he has a bunch from signatures on forums? Again, by looking at links you'll be able to tell if they are forums.

    If its a ton of forums he may be using xrumer or something for profile backlinks.

    If he's just commenting on blogs, you can see if it's manual or automated based on what the comment is saying. You can tell if they were botted or half attempted.

    The best way to figure out how they are getting their backlinks is to know about the different ways yourself. If you feel comfortable enough PMing me a link I'd spend like 5 minutes and I could probably tell you what he's doing. You've been on BHW for a few months though, I'm fairly confident you'll be able to manage by yourself.
     
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    sandiegodude Registered Member

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    Thanks Italian Hawk,
    I don't have enough posts under my belt to send you a PM but I will as soon as I get my post s up high enough!

    What I am interested in is what other things he has done in order to get to the #1 spot on the google searches besides buying and posting backlinks.
     
  4. lewi

    lewi Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hey,

    If you want a list of all of their backlinks so you can look closer at then (i list no follow and loads of other info on them such as anchor text etc) then click on the top link in my sig and order a backlink report on their site!

    I use it all the time to find out what they have done/are doing and it has never failed me yet!

    Lewi
     
  5. sandiegodude

    sandiegodude Registered Member

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    Thanks, I looked them up on backlinkwatch.
    What other tools are out there to figure out what the heck they did?
    their website is a cookie cutter template, all i can think of is the backlinks. there HAS GOT to be more to this! Is it really just all about the backlinks?