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My Experiences and Thoughts on Social Signals

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by shakeitout, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. shakeitout

    shakeitout Regular Member

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    I wanted to share a few quick points that have saved me and my affiliate partners countless times with just a simple strategy. We target obvious affiliate products and also are affiliates for other business ventures with lead generation.

    Here is a quick list of what I have learned while using social signals in my link building efforts and the results I have seen. Social signals are very interesting to me and since I don't believe that there is such a thing as too much social spam. I have begun using social signals to blast away some of my competitors. It is also a great way to receive traffic if done properly, but for now I am concerned with more link building efforts. Before link building even starts proper social setup must be implemented. The obvious factors include pointing the social media pages at the money site/authority site. From there add pictures/comments/posts/tweets/etc... To give the page some realistic features. Start the drips and let whatever content you have on your page sit there and be indexed which with social signals can be anywhere from 6-12 days.

    1. I have used social signals and proper on-site to rank sites 1-3 in low-medium competition keywords without really one true backlink.

    2. I find the more social signals I use along with really spammy link building campaigns make the sites index and rank quicker.

    3. The social signals act as a buffer and simply give the appearance of actual virility and rankings stick much longer than normal churn + burn sites with spammy links only.

    4. The actual "quality" of the social signals if they are actually real and organic or if it is generated through AddMeFast or Fiverr services etc... doesn't matter it's volume and numbers.

    5. If I am sending out hundreds of links I stick with 50 signals to each social signal site.

    6. If I am sending out thousands within days I will do up to 300-500 per social signal site throughout the campaign.

    7. It is very scale-able and your drip feed of the social signals should follow the backlink model to a certain extent throughout the tiers.

    8. Every site that I have used large social drips on has never been penalized in over 12 months for even more risky link building strategies.


    Currently I use an AMF script that harvests points so I don't actually have to pay for my SS drips.

    For really difficult niches I have a certain strategy that has been ranking really well and sticking. I first create manual web 2.0's with 1200-1500 words of content and blast social signals and money site and wait for a month. From there I would target 2nd tier of links directly at web 2.0's with extremely well spun content. From there I would send a 3rd tier of SB blast and have some manual posts on HIGH PR blogs. Starting since day 1 the social signals will be drip-fed for as long as the link building campaign lasts. The social signals give this false sense of actual viral link building patterns and really hold rankings much longer than normal link building efforts. I've also seen that the social signals aid in quicker jumps up in the SERPS.

    What kind of results have you seen with social signals testing and experience in your link building campaigns?
     
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  2. moose942

    moose942 Power Member

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    Social Signals are 100% necessary, and they work especially well with spammy link profiles / sape links. I keep a constant drip feed of social signals to my pages I try to rank and then a much smaller amount to my posts.
     
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    Agreed, very important for serp and overall ranking of the site :) in moderation offcourse :)
     
  4. whatzhub

    whatzhub Newbie

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    I also see the latest trends of Big G placing importance of social signals onto ranking niche/authority websites...definitely considering social signals for site ranking purposes.

    There's actually a full info-graphic on the statistical significance of social signals at Moz.
     
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    shakeitout Regular Member

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    Thanks Sasha,

    When you are talking about moderation though, what types of examples have come up with "Too Many" social signals?
     
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    I couldn't agree more... and yes I think social has become as important as manually built web 2.0's for authority sites. What's your typical number of social signals look like when ranking a highly competitive authority site?
     
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    gregghawes Registered Member

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    Was wondering whats tools do you guys use for drip feeding social signals?
     
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    whatzhub Newbie

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    @ shakeitout,

    I've got 1 fashion niche website that ranks well with a lot of main and longtail keywords with barely any off-site SEO work and just a facebook fans page with <1k.

    Another niche site that I own may not rank well despite having all the social accounts setup and linked, e.g. G+, Pinterest, Twitter, FB, etc.

    So I would say it depends on the niche and competition. Having said that, social is the way to go as you never know when you may hit the viral jackpot day.
     
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    shakeitout Regular Member

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    There are a few fiverr gigs from dripservice that work rather well. I do not own this service I just have used it multiple times with great results. Also AddMefast.com has a good program and cheap points to buy in order to spend on social signals drips.
     
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    I have a few of those myself in different niches. It does absolutely depend on the niche and competition because you never know when a churn + burner might come in and spam his way to the top.

    The viral jackpot is also something you can spend $250-$500 to emulate and reap the rewards. 500k HR YouTube views and a ridiculous volume of social signals has a strong viral aspect to it.
     
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    Thanks will check them out.
     
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    Hey Moose,

    Your Linkworm package looks nice, any review copies left :)?
     
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    Good Luck Greg let me know how it turns out!
     
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    for me they are not THAT much necessary. I am not saying they dont work because they do work and help your site ranking. However, you do not NEED them you can rank your sites without them thats my point.
     
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    That is true... I am only justifying why I use them because I see the great rewards from a small time investment. It takes me a total of 1 hour to setup all of the pages, add content/pictures, and start the drips. For me to have quicker indexing, rank quicker, have my ranks stick longer is absolutely worth it which is why I make it a necessity.
     
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    What type of number of social signals are you using?