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Long Term Experiment - The "Foolproof" Linkwheel

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Micallef, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Micallef

    Micallef Supreme Member

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    The concept of the linkwheel has now become common knowledge over the whole SEO community. Clever marketers have known about the power of mini-networks for years, and the linkwheel is only one incarnation of the original idea.

    It's a simple thing - get relevant backlinks by making free hosted websites yourself that link to your money page. Add authority and link power to the network by interlinking it and charging up the mini-sites with more links from outside the network.

    I've been heavily involved with these networks (which we will call linkwheels for expediency) over the past year, and have seen their potential effectiveness for myself many times. In the most successful cases, keywords can be almost completely crowded out by one network, and a lot of money can be made.

    On the other hand, I have also seen the potential of these networks to fail spectacularly. This is a big problem, as they are intensive to create in terms of time, labour and money - or all three at once.

    Something happened around September / October 2009 which I will call the Google Linkwheel Crackdown. I was heavily engaged in linkwheel production before and after this time, and my success rate was slashed from 80% to less than 40% after October. It was really quite a sudden shift. The crackdown took on several forms:
    1) Mini sites would take an exceedingly long time to be indexed, and sometimes never appear in the Google index.

    2) Mini sites would fail to rank in their own right.

    3) Even after the mini sites were indexed, the desired ranking benefits of a linkwheel would fail to materialise.

    That's the status quo at the moment for linkwheels. Basically, the standard models do not work, and have not worked for some time. A really interesting point to consider is that some of my older networks, which were really quite obvious in terms of link structure and spun content, have remained intact, along with the ranking benefits they produced. From this we can infer that the Google Linkwheel Crackdown is applied at the indexing stage.

    I've thought long and hard about how to make a linkwheel work in the desired way after the crackdown. Always at hand is the issue of effort vs. reward. Here are some of the triggers Gogle may be using to detect unnatural linkwheel networks:


    • Trigger 1: Mulltiple web 2.0 blogs with identical or similar keyword targetting are detected in an improbably short time period

    • Trigger 2: Web 2.0 blog detected with only 1 article uploaded, with no updates. Articles are short or very short.

    • Trigger 3: Web 2.0 blog detected with regular syntactical errors and / or unusual concentrations of words, suggesting machine spun content.

    • Trigger 4: Blogs marked as "questionable" by another trigger link to each other from the start, and all have a link to the same page as-well.

    Here's what I am doing to try and get a functioning network in Google:


    • Evading Trigger 1: Mini-sites have widely varied titles, which include keyword in less than 60% of cases. Blog creation and uploads spaced out in time (e.g. an 8 site network would take 12 or 14 days to erect).

    • Evading trigger 2: Have at least 4 unique articles per minisite - of at least 500 words each - ready for upload at scheduled points (this can be achieved automatically on most platforms).

    • Evading Trigger 3: Make sure all content looks natural. Unfortunately, this means creating it yourself. However, it can be achieved quickly with Dragon naturally speaking and a newspaper for ideas. My current rate is 5000 words of content in 3 hours. The key to making it fast is ignoring all meaning to the articles. They can be gibberish, but as long as none of the flags go up, Google won't have a clue anything is amiss. They may be smart at detecting cut-out machine spun content, but to judge the semantic value of content requires true AI, an "NP hard" mathematical problem that Google will never crack. Here is an example:
    "when assessing the market forcast for <product> in 2010, three research teams were set up. The first team worked closely with the Dutch institute of <product> testing to examine the effects of high-frequency lasers on the internal structures that have been hilighted as unsound in previous studies. The second group was experienced in <product> testing and was therefore cautious about the environmental impacts..."
    Product could be anything, from rolex watches to washing powder. I used a newspaper article as inspiration and just spewed that out in a few seconds without pause. Syntactically correct, semantically meaningless, and Google will never be able to tell that it is hastily produced, poor quality content.
    Or you could just buy unique content.
    • Evading Trigger 4: Quite simple, don't put any of your links on your blogs when you upload them. Instead, put a link to an authority site in each post. To find them, search "your keyword" inurl:.gov - Google is not expecting spammers to link out to authority sites in their artificial networks. Have patience, and delay the adding of money links for as long as you can afford.
    Let's say we are a month or 6 weeks ahead in time. We have X indexed blogs, with backlink support, which Google now trusts as not being spam. Now, we can go back and carefully begin building the linking and interlinking structure that will send a jolt of power to our all-important money sites.

    I am engaged in 12 of these networks at present, and will let you know how the process is going at regular intervals. I welcome and encourage any other SEO specialists to join me in conducting similar experiments.

    Micallef
     
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  2. Paper-Boy

    Paper-Boy Elite Member

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    looks good micallef, thanks for the info.

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  3. bizroot

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    Nice share... I was facing same problem... Some times my link wheels were giving me big boost in ranking but most of the time nothing or very little value... It seems finally I have something which can work in better way...
     
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    eplekedut Registered Member

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    good share buddy, i'll try evading trigger 2 now, since my linkwheel vita vee method not even one web 2.0 site get indexed by big G
     
  5. hotnguyen

    hotnguyen Registered Member

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    This information is very insightful. Now I know why my linkwheels seem to have no effects at all.
     
  6. Talsin

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    Alright im game. I just got my copy of Dragonspeak, Ill report back on what I find as well.
     
  7. Micallef

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    I'm very pleased that some members see fit to try these adaptations as-well. Hopefully, we can build up an authoritative body of knowledge that can answer some of the questions we all have about linkwheels.

    I've neglected a key issue in the main post - link building.

    It's taken an average of 2-3 days for the high quality blogs I've made so far to be indexed, and this was with the help of linkbuilding. It seems that the old authority effects from the home-domains of the web 2.0 services like wordpress.com are no longer enough to get indexed.

    I've been engaged in an intensive linkbuilding program, and all of my blogs and their internal articles have received a generous amount of links. This has come from a mix of social bookmarking and high PR comment spam.

    Don't be downtrodden if your impressive looking "content-rich" blogs don't get indexed straight away - these days, you need to build links to get any web 2.0 property indexed in a short timeframe.
     
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    Micallef is one of the reasons why I love BHW!
     
  9. caroline42

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    You are so right Micallef, that's the way to go. Correct timing is the most important issue to avoid G slaps now. Tried to tell that to my folks who where claiming "link wheels" don't work anymore already months ago, most don't listen. :silly: Combining what you explain with an undetectable linking pattern keeps my "wheels/mini nets" indexed and working very well.
     
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    I shit you not, i'm physically excited when I see a new thread by Micallef... yes it's kind of pathetic :D

    But jokes aside, I cannot stress enough how valuable and informative all of his previous threads have been. Micaleff and ipopbb are the two members who have helped me evolve in the SEO game to become superior to my competitors... my hat's off to you guys, may the karma treat you well!:)
     
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  11. heybro

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    Micallef is a God. This post is yet another gold mine.
     
  12. ghassan1988

    ghassan1988 Regular Member

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    This is really a good post, when i started IM a few months ago i used link wheels and mixed backlink sources like blog comments and forum profiles and they worked for me.

    I have a question about link pyramids, how effective do you think they are?
     
  13. Kursal

    Kursal Newbie

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    Thank you very much, that was really informative.

    I have a question. People are still using tools like SENuke and they seem to be seeing benefits from them (I am thinking about getting one myself). Do you think that these kind of tools can still be useful if they are used in the right way or do you think that they would seem un-natural to Google and likely to get a ban, even before they have linked back to the money site?
     
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    Looks pretty good man, I agree with you on the Google triggers. Looking forward to future updates.
     
  15. Talsin

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    It depends how you use them. I maintain SENuke leaves a footprint on certain sites, but at the same time I have had success using SENuke.

    As long as you do things properly there is no reason why automation tools cant help you. But you have to be extra careful.
     
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  16. MisterGemini

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    He means that he can have all of the 1st page of google for one keyword where all his linkwheel properties are all that is showing up.

    In other words, no matter where people click in the TOP 10 for that particular keyword, it is going to be on one of his properties. With a single network of sites doing this, you effectively crowd out the competition by pushing them to page 2 3 4 100 etc. :)
     
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    This is a pretty decent strategy. Though I think it would be better served by using some better quality content not just for the sake of uniqueness but for sales/commissions. I can understand how hard it is doing that with a variety of sites though.

    I think it will work out well. I wish I could join in, but I got too much going on as it is. :)

    Perhaps consider the possibility of updating your linkwheel sites more infrequently? You mentioned 4 articles per site, if you can update them once a week, it can at least keep them in the fresh radar with google.
     
  18. Talsin

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    Im going to try variant release systems in terms of when content turns up on the blogs I think.

    Have some that have articles go up once a week for one - two months, others that have them go up a little bit quicker, then others that go up totally irregularly.

    There is no way to have decent unique content on all the sites though (or even a large percentage of them), that would just be way too much to do for too little return. Though for long term projects if particular links do generate real traffic as opposed to just juice maybe it will be worth going back to them and fixing them up at some point in the future.
     
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    this is really a lot of work to be done. I noticed one interesting thing that blogs which have lots of content (in my case is 3 posts with over 1000 words, not necessarily unique as I copied from ezine) will be indexed very fast (one day) while blogs even with unique content but fewer words (1 post, 400 words) are very hard to get indexed.
     
  20. Kursal

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    Not necessarily decent and unique, but have you thought about using the uniqifier or WPunique (or something, it was mentioned in another thread) to create some auto-blogs with? Just for testing of course.