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How to use support articles to rank your main pages

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by domainmadness, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. domainmadness

    domainmadness Senior Member

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    I've been testing lately the method where you have 1 main article and then build supporting articles to rank the main one. The idea is not only to build links internal links to the main article, but also build topical relevancy around the main article keywords.

    The results haven't been too good, most of my tests look like this.

    http://imgur.com/a/fWBGG

    I'm using SILO structure, linking all the supporting articles from the main articles sidebar and back to main article from every supporting articles sidebar. I have tried also linking from the article itself and not from sidebar, but that doesn't seem to make any difference.

    Supporting articles are bit shorter than the main and targeting same/similar keywords. Like for example, if the main article would be "Red widgets", supporting articles would be "7 top red widgets in march 2017", "affordable red widgets" etc. The supporting articles are about same quality as the main article.

    I'm not sure which part I'm doing wrong, since common sense tells me that this method should work. Any ideas? If we imagine you could have infinite amount of quality content, but no external backlinks, how would you go ranking your keywords?
     
  2. aidenhera

    aidenhera Elite Member

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    loool you dropped from 25 to 125. how many anchors you use when linking to ur main? also if your main article is red widgets i believe supporting should be about either red color or about widgets and not about red widgets because your link juice directed at red widgets will divide because "top red widgets" and "affordable red widgets" its one damn thing

    u link from red widgets to affordable red widgets which links to red widgets and top red widgets you could get probably penalty for content cannibalization and even if not, then you can see that your link juice is going to main article>then on supporting pages> then comes back>then goes there again, and dissapears slowly
     
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  3. asap1

    asap1 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    Looks like over optimization.

    The method you are doing is good but it wont magically rank you. You still have to off page SEO.
     
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  4. domainmadness

    domainmadness Senior Member

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    This was the worst test, other tests were more subtle.

    Most of the times I've just linked with 1 single anchor from sidebar menu, some tests I've used multiple anchors and linked contextually - no difference.

    I've tried also using different content, basically about "red" or "widget" or even something related but completely different, but I still got a feeling that I might have issues with content cannibalization. I might have to test with basically random/filler content - should that work?

    Regarding your statement about disappearing link juice - I can't agree with you here at all, link juice won't just "disappear slowly" with SILO structure, your logic is off IMO.
     
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    asap1 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    The link juice wont disappear but it wont be on your main page you are trying to rank. It will be divided across more urls.
     
  6. Nargil

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    I would just like to add, that internal anchor overoptimization is actually a thing. Be careful with that.
     
  7. darulez

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    Using some "second article" without any juice behind and linking that to one other page expecting to rank better ... Kind of makes my head shake

    Read some posts about "stuck on second page ". Might wake you up
     
  8. domainmadness

    domainmadness Senior Member

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    So in your opinion, new internal pages are worthless if you don't build external links pointing to those pages?

    Even though I've read few forum posts and article about being stuck on second page, t's not really about that, I'm just testing how to rank better with more content/supporting articles. If you have any insight regarding that, please share and I'll test it and report back.
     
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    You do not need any backlinks to those pages at all. You will see a bump simply because of interlinking and size of the site. Regardless of whether there are links built to those inner pages. Some people here should stop posting about things they have no idea about, it's getting ridiculous.
     
  10. domainmadness

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    Thanks, exactly my thoughts.

    My tests are not showing results because of something else, not because of this "method" is fundamentally not working.
     
  11. darulez

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    thanx. some guys really have some psychic abilites :)
    the key here is "interlinking".
    although, I am somehow even tended to to some case where i "dont interlink" pages at all and check their rankings