Hey guys, I am quite new here and I love all of the information that has been presented here so far and want to thank everyone that has contributed to helping everyone along the way. I am currently spending 1-2 hours a night on SEO and have yet to start my campaign, however I am sure that I am not the first person to say that as I dig deeper into the world of SEO/Link Building/IM/etc. that with each day I have more and more questions to ask. Even though some of these questions are being clarified in the posts I have read, as a newbie there are some things that I do need to get a clearer picture on. So here I am, bombarding you with questions! 1. PBNs! These seem to be the bread and butter of an SEO campaign and I have a few questions: - Does it really matter where you purchase domains from? That is, assuming that Domain A on one site is the exact same as another Domain A on another site, is there any reason why I should purchase of one site over another? - Hosting domains seems to be most appropriate when the hosting service is not for SEO purposes and is not $1 hosting (generally). Say I bought 10 domains, would it just be better to host these on different servers and save myself the hassle? - When hosting, should I am at not being lazy and creating different emails/identities for each site? Also, would this not be entirely useful if I am creating emails and identities off the same IP address? 2. Link Building: - Do not include the same anchor text twice in the same site. Is this correct? - Say I have a site that is composed of three pages and each page has three small posts. What is a generally decent ratio of links per post, and links per page? - How often should I add links to $$ site not make G be suspect? Is one per day per page within PBN linked to $$ site more than enough? - What is confusing me the most at the moment: say I have 10 sites in my PBN linked to money site by keywords x, y, z. Should the content in these sites be related to keywords x, y, z, or is this not entirely necessary (or mildly necessary). - I’ve seen that you should also sporadically use no follow links to make your $$ site seem natural to crawlers. Is this correct? - Is it right to assume that purchasing links on the marketplace is a bit like fast-tracking your link building if you have the money? - Should my $$ domain be created on my own, OR should I purchase an expired domain with high TF/DA/CF/etc. instead? Probably obvious answer is the latter but just want to make sure. 3. Keywords! - I am living in Sydney and certain keywords have higher competition than others, yet get a lower number of hits. Can someone briefly explain why keyword A has 20000 hits per month but has medium competition, whilst keyword B has 3000 hits per month but has high competition? Wouldn’t keyword A still be much more difficult to rank for? - Is there a decent number of searches to competition level ratio that any of you guys would generally follow? I am currently reading a book on SEO, and in the link-building section it gives a list of ways to garner links. Some of these seem to be quite labour intensive and in no way worth the time and energy if you are attempting to rank more than one site/keyword. Anyone that would like to share their opinion on the following by placing an N (little to no help), S (some help), H (high level of help) next to each link building technique, that would be awesome! : - Registering with search directories - Asking friends and family - Asking your employee - Contact association sites (clubs/associations you’re a member off) - Contacting manufacturer of product you want to sell - Submitting to announcement sites and newsletters - Finding sites that link to your competition - Asking other sites for links - Mention your site on forums - Promoting to blogs - Promoting offline PR - Syndication sites/syndicating your own content - Reciprocal links Also, whilst I am on this topic, I have noticed that some people spend hours upon hours developing a social network different accounts on networking sites. Is this truly effective? Surely this is less effective than standard link building through PBNs? Wouldn’t this leave a footprint that G can use to penalize you? Would you need to use a different IP for each site? Would you be friends with all your other accounts? Apologies for so many questions! It seems as though SEO is much harder now than it was say five years ago, so I am trying to absorb as much information as possible. Also, please let me know if you guys have any books that you would recommend regarding SEO! Thank you so much!