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Is white-hat link building hopeless in this case?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by ehwtfxz, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. ehwtfxz

    ehwtfxz Registered Member

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    I'm currently building a site in the golf niche, monetizing mainly with amazon associates.

    Like everyone when starting a new niche site, I wanted to do purely white-hat link earning, via guestographics, skyscrapper technique, content outreach etc. With that thought, I put in much time and effort to create epic content (mixing "how-to" and "review" type) for the past 5 months trying to build an authority site. My product list articles can go up to 2000-3000 words, with highly researched buying guides.

    There are 3 main types of sites in this niche: purely amazon product review sites, purely how-to/golf tips sites, and golf bloggers talking about golf news and tournaments.

    What I didn't realize is that the review sites that are ranking for "best golf ____" keywords are all using PBNs (no backlinks in majestic/moz), the how-to sites are way too big to compete, and the golf bloggers do not link to "how-to" articles, just news. Some bloggers even use PBNs!

    I have tried outreaching with great content, broken link building, resource page linking etc without much success. I realize many people do not link to "competitors". When I searched for current infographics, they hardly go past page 2 in Google with most results from Pinterest, Visualy, and other infographics sites. Even guest posts options are limited as most of the sites that accept posts are dead.

    Is white-hat link building dead in this case? Should I just use PBNs?

    Is there any point in writing more informational content with no chance of ranking? Should I just focus on review articles and pointing PBNs at them? (for eg, if I were to write an article about golf swing tips, unless its 10 000 words long, I'd have no chance of beating golfdigest, golf wrx, golf channel etc)
     
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  2. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Personally, I think you need to decide if you want to build an authority site. if you do then continue to write quality content but be prepared that it will take time to build a following.
    On the other hand if you want to make money with Amazon then just knock out the reviews and start getting links.
     
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    How about going slow into long tail keywords you can out rank those with good onsite & content and later on attack more profitable keywords
     
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    You're going to need to invest time and money building authority.

    The alternative is to build up some twitter accounts using software and get them following and interacting with followers of big accounts in the niche.

    Basically, ignore Google rankings and push traffic using social media.
     
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    White hat link building always have the hope it never end.
    If you have the best content, best OBL and best traffic in the backlinks you no need to worry about anything.
    If anyone miss you think about PBN so you can lose hope on white hat techniques.
    Try to update each and every page and content on your site this is the main factor.
     
  6. ehwtfxz

    ehwtfxz Registered Member

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    Any by getting links to reviews, I'm guessing you mean buying links, web 2.0s, PBNs etc?

    I started by targeting low competition (<20KC) long tail keywords. The only reason they ranked was by buying links. But still, they are fluctuating in page 2-3.

    Thanks for answering on here and WF and providing an alternative suggestion.

    Thanks, but I still am unsure how to get white-hat links.
     
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    When your site starts getting considered to be an authority site, then links will come naturally. The process is long and hard and will take time to make money and see a return on your investment, but once built it should be worthwhile.
     
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    White Hat SEO is still working in all cases. You can benefit with it. But it takes some time to get the revenue on your site.

    You must provide the contents naturally to your site. Not only that, Use natural backlinks which lead you to palce good rank in SERP. If you want to get more authority, build links in authority site. Then only you see the natural results and it could be organic.

    Try to advertise your golf related products and also promote them in Social Media.

    Best wishes.