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Must Read: Answering SEO Questions from Ex-Googlers

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by matei, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. matei

    matei Junior Member

    Feb 24, 2011
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    Here is a golden resouce for you folks. An interview with some ex-Googlers made especially for the Romanian forum SEOpedia(of which I am a proud member)

    1. Which are the penalties/filter factors involved in Google Panda? Just a small percent of websites were able to recover after this penalty. Can you offer more details?

    While we are not allowed into specifics on how algorithms work, but we can say that Panda targets mostly thin content or poor performing content according to user behavior. Around May this year Pedro wrote about what is quality content and how Google sees it.

    2. Do nofollow links count in any way for SERPs? Is it important the ********/nofollow report? If a website has 100% ******** links, for example, this is a spam signal?

    Well the text counts for relevancy purposes in the page it is placed. But the answer you are looking for is no, nofollow links are not considered for ranking purposes. Also we don?t believe there is a measure to what can be considered ?too many? or ?too few? ******** or nofollow links. If you choose to put a nofollow attribute on a link it should be because you don?t want to pass part of your reputation to that page or site, websites can have nofollow links for many reasons and these reasons are what has to be considered and evaluated before assigning a blank statement to nofollow links. So wether a site has only nofollow or ******** links or a mix of both it?s not something that can be considered a spam signal.

    3. Which is the optimal report not be caught by spam alerts (brand, url, keyword, picture, irrelevant anchors)? Example: brand ? 40%, url ? 20%, picture ? 10%, keyword ? 15%, irelevant words (click here, original source etc) ? 15%

    I assume that by report you are referring to ratio/distribution of types of links. If so the optimal report to escape spam alerts it to make content for the users and let the link in a natural way, don?t obsess with anchors. Write something that you would like to read instead of focusing on magical or scientific mix of percentages and factors. Again the best advice would be to read the blog post by Pedro mentioned in the first question.

    4. Backlinks with the same keyword anchor are considered spam and will negatively affect your ranking for that keyword?

    Using the same keyword anchors is not likely to be seen as a negative factor unless those are manipulated on purpose. But making an analogy with the real world, how likely is that all persons use the same exact words to mention something? Taking all this in consideration, building links in a unnatural way may cause you trouble in the future.

    Read more here: http://searchqualityalliance.org/blog/interviews/seo-questions-for-seopedia/
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  2. deepswimmer

    deepswimmer Regular Member

    Oct 17, 2011
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    More q? could be asked....
  3. JimmyWong

    JimmyWong Registered Member

    Feb 24, 2012
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    Unreliable mate. There's absolutely no evidence that TheSearchEngineAlliance used to work for Google.
  4. RightInTwo

    RightInTwo Power Member

    Feb 23, 2010
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    Those answers they gave didn't really say anything that Matt Cutts hasn't said....
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  5. aakon7

    aakon7 Regular Member

    May 15, 2010
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    As always just more gibberish that provides nothing concrete. I don't think these Googlers will ever give us a straight answer on anything. But we have BHW so who needs Cutts? lol
  6. Allnightlong

    Allnightlong Junior Member

    May 30, 2007
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    Yeah, my thoughts exactly, I could have given the same answers after all the MC "talk 2 hours say nothing" interviews I have read.

    But still, thanks for the share, as this may be news to other users.
  7. No.RuleZ

    No.RuleZ Elite Member

    Jul 23, 2010
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    he could go more deep
  8. ficfroc

    ficfroc Regular Member

    Feb 14, 2010
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    Sous Les Etoiles
    I think that our great members have already shared what was the panda algorithm about ! So , for me, there is nothing new in this post however thank you very much for your contribution.
  9. WTF does that mean? Why would relevancy even matter but to be considered for ranking purposes.
  10. bigkapp

    bigkapp Regular Member

    Dec 8, 2010
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    I've read the whole thing and all in all it was a really good post. Thanks!