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Recover from Penguin Recipe

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by fel3232, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. fel3232

    fel3232 Regular Member

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    Just like many of us, my sites got hit this past couple of weeks. Not all of them, but sitting on 30+ sites that got hurt badly, I mean pushed way back.

    I was afraid to build additional links, guessing that is the state of mind these days. I was afraid to build a single link to these sites.

    My plan:
    1. On site optimization
    I went into each and every site and adjusted: keyword density ( now at 1% or less), removed keywords from article titles, removed keywords from categories, removed keywords from tags, removed tag cloud

    2. Off site
    I created 70 web 2.0 properties using different tools
    I blasted these properties with 10-20,000 wikis
    I blasted the wikis with 1,000+ bookmarks
    I blasted 30 edu links to main site this time

    3. Waited

    At first, I tried this on 3 sites. These 3 sites had easy, medium and hard competition.

    Guess what?

    an average of 2 weeks later( some in under 1 week), they all came back

    As far as anchor texts used: 30% keywords and the rest call to action keywords ( aka: "call us", "contact us"...)

    • It works

    Just need to be organized and keep up with the plan. The results are there, back on track now with 80% of the sites that got hit.

    Good luck
     
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  2. -Jericho-

    -Jericho- Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Where were your main keywords ranking before, after, and now for each of the sites?
     
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  3. manny521

    manny521 Supreme Member

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    Glad to hear you recovered...Great share!
     
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  4. fel3232

    fel3232 Regular Member

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    all were ranking on 1st page
    penguin hit and went anywhere from 4th page to nowhere to be found...
    today's rankings: same as before penguin and quite a few actually better

    All keywords danced a bit and now have settled ( I think). But interstingly enough, not all danced, some went straight back on the front page

    The ones that danced went for even better ranking.
     
  5. FunkyWaltz

    FunkyWaltz Junior Member

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    Awesome share for those "how to penguin slaughtered me threads"
     
  6. Leith

    Leith Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Glad to see that you recovered. Keep it up and congrats.
     
  7. nativepro

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    Did you ever get the "unnatural links" message, and if so did you delete any links?
     
  8. Rua999

    Rua999 Power Member

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    Thanks for sharing.. what about your interior pages though?!

    Did ya build links to them as well and did they come back too?

    Or did ya only build to your homepage and they came back too?!

    And how well spun was your content?!

    Thanks :)
     
  9. NeoPat

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    Well done for taking the initiative

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  10. makeitWORK!

    makeitWORK! Registered Member

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    Thanks for the insight.

    Fel, what was the time frame for your method? When did your sites drop, on the first penguin update? And did you blast all your sites at one time or did you do it over a few weeks? Also, when did your sites rebound? In between updates or after this most recent update?
     
  11. fel3232

    fel3232 Regular Member

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    Note that the kewords that were ranking were homepage and insight pages as well. I adjsuted onpage for the entire site(s) and built links to all pages.

    As far as content, all spun
     
  12. fel3232

    fel3232 Regular Member

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    My sites dropped somewhere around 04/24-27

    I blasted links in one shot. It took a good 48 hours per site( by the time I setup campaigns)

    Sites rebound took anywhere from 1-2 weeks plus
     
  13. FireTheWild

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    Great share ! Hope it works for all your sites :)
     
  14. ryannull

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    Nice job. I particularly like the call to action anchors.

    Everyone seems to be using "click here" or "go here', but the "call us" and "contact us" is a great idea.
     
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    What do you mean by removed tag cloud?
     
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    What do you mean you removed keyword from article title? Do you mean page title or H1 tags?


    You were ranking for "buy blue widgets" and you had that keyword in your title. Then you removed it and replaced with something else. And without that keyword in title you recovered for that keyword?
     
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    Strange, deoptimisation has already been used, without any success...
     
  19. Kikerinka

    Kikerinka Senior Member

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    Really? I used it also, quite successfully...

     
  20. rugbyjack2005

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    I wish it was that easy! I've have done all of this and more and the demotion penalty still stands...