Interesting Case Study on Blogroll Links.

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  1. Killix

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    Hey all,

    So for the past few months i have been setting up and running several case studies to help understand Google and because it is part of my job.

    For all that would be interested i have a website that has been ranking well and doing out it has a good diverse range of backlinks all whitehat around 500-1000 links in all, its a smallish site nothing massive. about a 3 months ago i was ranked #10 for the term 'UK Fitness Blog' i decided to try a case study and see what blog rolls would do for a site. I got a blog roll link off of a fitness independent blog with a DA of 29 and a PR of 2. After the link went live my rank dropped to #21 this was a day or two later. I left it there for 1 month to see if anything would balance out but all that happened was it jumped around #20-30 then just sat on #21 i then contacted the owner and got removed from the blog roll and it took a while but i am now at #9 i have received some natural links from people from then which would explain the #10-#9.

    Now i decided when i started this that i wanted to try and do the same thing but on another site so i ask someone i know if they could do it at the same time as a test we both carried out this audit at the same time making the same changes, his blogroll was from another domain that was i belive DA 41 and PR 3 he had the same results for his keyword (different niche) was ranked #11 and had been there for a few months, after the link the ranking dropped down to #18 and bounced around that number.

    This case study has shown me that blog rolls and sitewide links don't seem to do anything for a website apart from harm it, i would like to know other peoples experience with this to see if there is any different results.

    Thanks, Hope this helped some people.

    Killix.
     
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  2. Killix

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    Its also interesting to see that it was possible to recover after removing the link.
     
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    how old was your blog ?
     
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    My domain now is 2 years and 5 months so was about 2years 2months at the time
     
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    now thats interesting.. i never tested anything with blogroll links

    lets say others that played with it what have to say..
     
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    Nice thread, that is what case studies are all about, obviously 2 results are far from "proof" but its a start. I actually have a site with some blogroll links, I will take off the links and see what happens.
     
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  7. Killix

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    Exactly 2 results are not enough for a fair case study was posting here to compare with others and help people(myself included) better understand what blog rolls do for your site.
     
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    PR 20....
    from my experience it helps a lot
     
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    PR2* pr20 doesn't exist :p
     
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    A single link is nowhere near sufficient for a proper test. Also, part of your problem was likely poor link velocity. You can't build 1 link wait, build 1 more. You need to show Google a consistent positive upward trend of Good links and also factor site structure, content production, cross site linking, and more.

    SEO is not just about building links or just producing content. A solid SEO strategy attacks from all angles not just one particular vector, that's not natural at all.
     
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    I never played around with blog rolls, I will give it a go to see what happens with a test site.
     
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    Hmm as i said we both had built a diverse link structure and had good quality content on the site? I don't understand what you are getting at. The site i did this test on brings in around 1.2k unqiue visitors a day and the other brings in over 11k with a massive content and link structure.
     
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    Good idea let me know what result you get interested in seeing a variety!
     
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    Is there anyone else that could add there experience to this?
     
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    I have an authority website that has about 10 blogroll backlinks and it is ranking for 100s of keywords and on the top pages. So i don't know if blogroll can harm a site or not.
     
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    removed the link yesterday and not much movement in google but yahoo and bing seemed to hate that, lost a bunch of positions after taking it off.

    Will give it a week or 2 and see if it does anything in the big G
     
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    This is very much true. Testing one link at a time is not whats going to get you accurate results. There are a lot of other factors that come into play.