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My biggest SEO Mistake!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by WizIMS, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. WizIMS

    WizIMS Power Member

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    Hello everyone,

    So I made this thread just to share my experience, maybe it'll help someone to avoid my mistake.

    What I did?

    I simply redirected a non-relevant site with over 40k indexed pages to a 3-months-old site of mine.

    I redirected all of the pages, to the new site's homepage in an attempt to transfer the old site pagerank to the new one.

    So stupid, I know.


    Why I did that?

    Because it worked with me before, but not exactly like that.

    I've tried this thing before, but I did it with a relevant website, and it was a long time ago. I also did not redirect all of the first site's pages (just the homepage and some high PR pages).

    Also I was not profiting that much from the old site, though it was getting over 10k UV a day. Also, it was a PR 5 one.


    Result:


    At first I started to receive high volume traffic, not just from the redirection, but also from the search engine for the old site's keywords.

    And here came the problem! I was un-ranked from all of my new site's keywords.

    I waited till the Google pagerank comes, and guess what? I did not get a PR 5 even. All I got was a PR1 (well I deserved that at least, as I did some other hard SEO for the new site).

    So I just removed the redirected and dumped the old website.

    Now I'm facing a really hard time getting my new website to start getting relevant SEO traffic.

    And the old site PR is now also 0. So I just lost it (traffic died as well).


    What's next?

    That story was few months ago, and I am not really sad about it. I am even happy that I have such a balls to do it :dunce:

    Now I'm trying to focus on building a really high PR relevant backlinks to the new site.

    I believe it will take sometime to get the Google trust back, but somehow it will.

    Hopefully my short story can help some of you guys.

    Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day pals ;)
     
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  2. Gyuman82

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    I don't understand why you would do that to a PR5 site that gets over 10,000 UV a day?

    A site that gets 10,000 UV a day surely even if it's garbage traffic can make something off at least Adsense?

    Also not sure why you thought redirecting your PR5 to a new domain would make it a PR5 too?

    Sorry so much wrong with your post.

    Reminds me of the guy who posted a while ago about turning his PR8 domain he bought into an auto-blog that got de-indexed lol.

    Good luck rebuilding anyway.
     
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    flx89 Senior Member

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    your 2nd biggest SEO mistake:

    You care to much about PR
     
  4. WizIMS

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    Haha, that's why I said that it was my "Biggest SEO Mistake"
     
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    Very interesting WizIMs. Redirection is something that no one fully understands, kind of like domain age. I remember Matt Cutts saying that anchor text does not get passed through redirection but that never made sense to me. Your story seems to be solid evidence that anchor text does indeed pass though. Useful stuff and thanks for sharing.
     
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    How can you lost your traffic when you lost PR ? Your site droped in SERP or what ?
     
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    Thanks for share you history.
     
  8. WizIMS

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    I don't get your question bro. For which site exactly?

    If you mean:

    For the old: It's because I redirected it all to another website, all its ranking keywords got dropped (some where replaced with the new site for a while).

    For the new: Yes it dropped so hard in SERPs for it's relevant keywords. And after removing the redirect, it dropped in SERPs for everything. It's now kinda sandboxed.
     
  9. masterjani

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    I have done redirection like you have done, in the past. All i did was redirect all the internal page and not the main page of old site.

    So all the traffic transfers to new site and at the same time old site is also getting some traffic for its home page.

    So don't redirect main home page of old sites.
     
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    This actually made me laugh, I will have to find that thread :D
     
  11. HostStage

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    LBrown : Your sentence is a non sense ... !

    :D

    @OP : I don't know how long your website has been hit, but what you could do is do a social bookmarking blast which is a good dance / slap / glitch fixer on the top of the high PR backllinks.

    Build some Squidoos pages and take time to make them, as they give a terrific SEO juice.

    Add some titles within your inner links, those are great to fix semantic mess.

    Don't hesitate, if not already to put in bold, italic, underlined your keywords and their slight variance.

    What is happening is that google doesn't know anymore what your website is trully about. It should take 1 - 2 weeks to recover.

    [EDIT] If you wanna lol at others, my biggest SEO mistake was to rank first, burning all kind of ressources on a keyword which was supposed to get me thousands of visitors a day, but as you already guessed i didn't ticked exact in adwords, and on top of it, it wasn't even an english word... :p Ofc, i found the world stupid to not have spotted that niche until i realized i was the stupid of the story haha !
     
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  12. SEOWhizz

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    I remember another IM'er talking about traffic hijack a while back; buying a domain from GoDaddy auctions with traffic and 301 redirecting it. Problem is if it's not targeted traffic, it has no real value to your niche site.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70LR8H8pn1M
    Cutts said that anchor text does flow through 301 redirects, but not always.

    He also said that G logs all 301 redirects, so they choose whether they carry weight or not.

    And here it is:
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...-my-pr8-autoblog-de-indexed-how-re-index.html :D
     
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