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Newbie SEO Diary: Lessons Learned Thus Far

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by addalowe, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. addalowe

    addalowe Newbie

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    I started my SEO campaigns about three months ago or so. I must say it's quite an experience. There's a HUGE difference between reading some theories about SEO and implementing it. Thought that it might be useful for my fellow SEO beginners, I decided to share some of the practical lessons I've learned thus far. It sure won't help your money sites rank high in SERP. But hopefully it can help your SEO journey less painful...

    ON SEO TOOLS

    Common Question: Which SEO tool is the best?

    Lesson Learned: First of all, how do you define the best? Top SERP, user friendliness, robustness, stability, or something else? I'm afraid the only way to know it is to spend some time playing around with the software. It's not an exact science, there's a little bit subjectivity here. What's good for others may not be good for you. My suggestion is, stop pondering the question for too long. Give them a try and see how it goes. Researching other people's opinion is good but if you do it forever, you'd only be wasting your time. The vast majority of SEO tools out there offer either free trial or money back guarantee. So, take advantage of it.

    Moreover, as far as I know, tools don't get you penalized. It's how you use it. It's much like using a knife. You can use it for plenty good use. But if you're not careful you may cut yourself. Practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, there's no way getting around it. At least that's what I know.

    ON 3rd PARTY SEO SERVICE

    Common Question: Should I run SEO campaign myself or use 3rd party service?

    Lessons Learned: I've used a couple of 3rd party SEO service but not many so my conclusion is not conclusive (far from it). One thing I learned though, with 3rd party service you have little to no control over how they do things. You literally are at "their mercy". If they do things badly you're out of luck. With all of them claiming to offer quality service, it's hard to find out which one is the real deal. So, it takes a little bit of trial and error until you find a decent one and this means lots of money. Please note that I'm not saying it's not worth it. All I'm saying is be aware of its consequences.

    On the other hand, running the campaign yourself takes a bit of time as you need to familiarize yourself using the software. You're bound to make mistakes here and there even blunders. But in return you'll get maximum control not to mention valuable skills. This sure is not everyone's cup of tea.

    My suggestion is weigh each option in terms of your personal preference, availability of time, budget, etc., make the decision and see how it goes. Again, don't spend your time forever pondering which one is the best for you. You'll never know until you try.

    ON CHURN AND BURN CAMPAIGN

    Common Question: Does it still work?

    Lessons Learned: I've only launched my campaigns for a few months now. So, my conclusion is very far from conclusive. But here's what I found out thus far.

    Campaign A: I build backlinks directly to money site using 3rd party service. I use super spun original content on the money site with 80%+ uniqueness. Amount of backlinks built per month +/- 2,000. Result? SERPs run wild from 0 to 40 something to 200 something and then to oblivion in a week or so. It happens to all keywords and stays that way up to today. Keyword competitiveness is hard.

    Campaign B: I build around 100 backlinks per day myself using tiers. Content on the money site is "clean" spun mash content, not authentic. Readability decent, not terrible but not great either. No spelling error, etc. Result? Higher and more stable SERP than campaign A, at least up to today. Keyword competitiveness is hard.

    Conclusion, perhaps it's too early for me to conclude anything but looking at the data thus far, tiers linking strategy yields a better result in my case. Don't take it for granted though, experiment yourself.

    ON ORIGINAL CONTENT

    Common Question: Is original content better than spun?

    Lessons Learned: I have campaign C that uses 100% original content. I built the site about 2 months ago. I build no backlinks to the site. Result? SERP 2, 3, 5, 12 for some of its keywords. Does this means original content is the way to go? Not sure because the level of competitiveness is relatively low, which arguably also affects the ranking. I even get the felling it is the major factor. The site went straight to top 10 SERP in day one and stays that way up to today. There's a little bit of SERP dance but overall it always stays in top 10 - 15. But then again I don't think I can compare it head to head with campaign A and B.

    ON NUMBER OF CONTENT

    Common Question: How many content my money site should have?

    Lessons Learned: Campaign A has 100 or so articles. Campaign B 1,000+ and Campaign C only 5 or so. Each article on all sites has roughly 1,000 words. Conclusion? Not sure due to the huge difference in keyword competitiveness and mode of backlinking strategy. So, I leave that to you to "conclude". One thing that seems to be obvious here is the importance of keyword level of competitiveness.

    Okay folks, that's it for now. I hope this is useful for someone somewhere. Comments and feedback would be highly appreciated. I'd like to learn from your experience too. Take care...
     
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  2. serpmover2014

    serpmover2014 Regular Member

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    Great lessons man keep up good work
     
  3. affarmy

    affarmy Regular Member

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    Not a bad recap, addalowe. Remember- seo still WORKS. G has simply made it harder which means more OPPORTUNITY for those who fight the battle.
    And, ranking is often now delayed..to help combat churn n' burn etc. Be prepared to watch and work for a few months before you see any substantial movement unless............... you are 301'ing and using aged/trusted sites as your target url. THEN, with some firepower, well, 30-40 days or less my friend :) Spam is still ALIVE and WELL.
     
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    Tayscrim Newbie

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    A lot of content generally seems to be better from what I've seen. Google likes longer articles. I seem to have the best luck with 301'ing websites.
     
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    Angrybirds78 Newbie

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    Good share, lots of unique and quality content does indeed prove to be a plus point often.
     
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    djw1606 Regular Member

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    Mate, why are you putting spun content on your money sites? What is the point?

    Ranking on google is important. Getting masses of traffic to your site is important. But it is all meaningless unless you have content on your site that converts, and makes you money.

    Well done on your testing. I think you have got the answers that you need. Add some more content to the site in campaign C. Focus on original content that converts (or gets a sign-up), and run a tiered backlinking campaign on it. If you are in a good niche and ranking for buyer keywords, the money will follow.
     
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    Really Great sharing!!
    Nice one Addalowe :)
    This will help all newbies in SEO so far.
     
  8. addalowe

    addalowe Newbie

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    thanks buddy, much appreciated..
     
  9. addalowe

    addalowe Newbie

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    Thanks for the advice with 301. I've been looking at this in the last one week. I plan to experiment with it shortly.
     
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    god one mate. keep up!!
     
  11. addalowe

    addalowe Newbie

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    This might not always be the case. I've seen sites with no content in it at all sit on top spot of Big G in some very competitive keywords. They sit there for more than 2 weeks. Not bad at all.
     
  12. addalowe

    addalowe Newbie

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    Thanks for your kind words buddy. These are all essentially test sites to help me experiment on things. There so many conflicting opinions when it comes to SEO. Pretty darn confusing. To help me clarify what really "works", I decided to conduct this experiment. The testing may not be conclusive as many factors may come into play. But at least it can help me to get some sense on what needs to be done based on the testing results.
     
  13. addalowe

    addalowe Newbie

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    Thanks mate. I really appreciate it.
     
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    dazdseg Newbie

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    Thanks for sharing your experiments. As already stated, add more content on "C". The other good point you mentioned is amount of content "1000 words each in an article".
    Gives you a freedom to add Semantics and also helps in ranking..