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Serious SEO Question?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by improvman, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. improvman

    improvman Newbie

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    Hey,

    I have a site currently ranked #1 in Google for my main keywords. It has been there for about a month now and the niche is probably a medium competition one (ie: not super easy to rank, but not impossible either).

    The site is about 7 months old and a PR 2.

    Over the last 2 months, I have done some very aggressive link-building and have gotten about 20,000-30,000 high PR backlinks. I have also consistently added new original content daily over the same period.

    I was just wondering what the next step is for SEO in terms of ensuring your site stays at #1?

    When do you slow down on the content/link-building while feeling pretty certain that you site is there to stay?

    Do I need to continue the aggressive link-building/content writing indefinitely or risk losing my rankings?

    Any comments would be appreciated!

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  2. Sacrilege

    Sacrilege Regular Member

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    Work on longtails. You can dominate your niche by branching out, just don't thin your content too much.

    STAY RELEVANT - the amount of updates/new content needed will depend on how volatile your query is. For example, an article about George Washington that is 10 years old and has never been edited may still be very relevant, he's been dead for 200 years. On the other hand, an article about Barack Obama that is 10 years old is likely not going to be relevant at all.
     
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  3. volund

    volund Senior Member

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    Well you need to compare yourself to the #2 site to get an idea of how strong a hold you have on the #1 spot. What I usually do is once I have been at the top spot for a month I start GRADUALLY (about 25% a month) cutting back on my link building until I get to about 25% of what I was doing to get there. If everything thing still looks good then I may drop down to 10%.

    Now it does depend on the competition, what is that guy at #2 doing? It also depends on how what type of links you have and how well they are sticking. If you are losing a lot of links every month you need to take that into consideration. If your links are real stable then you may be able to build less. There is really no one size fits all, every site/niche is going to be a little bit different.

    The real key though seems to be to make your changes gradually and make sure that even with any link shrinkage your total links continue to grow a little and keep you ahead of the competition.
     
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