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Reciprocal Linking - Boost from Penguin?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Windmill, May 7, 2012.

  1. Windmill

    Windmill Supreme Member

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    I have only just begun my research, but I'm looking over a valuable site from one of my clients. Their website dipped in the recent PR update - they lost about 30-40% of their website traffic due to a loss of rankings. Going through their top competitors, I'm noticing a common thread: reciprocal linking! Now this surprises me. I assumed these links I've seen were bought. But they've been achieved from reciprocal linking! I thought reciprocal linking was dead and devalued from Google, and the only way to truly rank was to do 3-way linking. But I'm seemingly wrong!

    Anyone else got any thoughts on this?
     
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    Also - these seem to be the ONLY links for the particular keyword. The keyword is incredibly value, and is worth a lot of money. It looks like they have about 150 links spread across 80 domains. There is one site-wide link they've bought for a small annual fee, but that is IT! The outgoing links on these sharing pages seem to be restricted to about 20, usually sharing with legit businesses.

    Very strange. They don't have web 2.0 links in there, or anything of the sort; of course, this is just what I can see with SEO spying software :)
     
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    I read a BH method somewhere, maybe here, about setting up a reciprocal campaign and then a 301 or something, can't remember the details but along the lines of all the web masters would see you still linking back but you weren't really.
     
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    Wow. Awesome idea. Thank you! Super Black Hat :D
     
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    UrsuAke Power Member

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    Isn't that cloaking? :sad:
     
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    Ahhh, cloaking... ehhh don't you get google slapped for cloaking? :p

    New idea: create a page that is not indexed by Google and put outgoing links on there :D I bet most of them would not even check that the page is indexed (I know I wouldn't)! Then it might as well be a one-way link ;)

    Hahaha, this is an awesome idea. Solves the whole reciprocal link problem! I wonder if my competitors are doing that already - that might explain the rankings. Or it might not. Who knows!
     
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    Are those sites very big ? Very big sites got favored by the latest algo no matter what.
     
  8. Windmill

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    Ahhhh, new update.

    So I wondered about my competitor. They had links coming in from reciprocal linking partners. Yet their rankings were mysteriously high! And we all know that reciprocal linking just doesn't cut it for SEO. Yet they are ranking #1 for a money term. What gives?!

    Here is what gives. They are deleting their links. Bastards! That is Black Hat SEO for you. Yes, their links page claims to have a lot more links on it than it actually does - I can see they are actively not linking to a bunch of their partner websites! Well, now we know why! They put them up, get the link approved, then delete theirs! And the webmasters on their linking partners of course don't check!

    So then, they want to play dirty? We'll play dirtier. No indexed linking partner page. That beats theirs.