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Started linkbuilding again on 3 year untouched site: rankings drop

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by snetface, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. snetface

    snetface Newbie

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    Hello guys,

    This thing is driving me crazy, so I thought I would ask you if anybody has some similar experince, or solution for the problem.

    I have two 3 year old domains, they hit 1st page and some 1st places even in google two years ago, but I havent't done anything to them ever since, so the rankings dropped to 2nd-3rd pages.

    I though I would reopen the projects, So I cleared up a bunch of HTML validation errors(I was quite newbie at that time), and started publishing, so that getting new links would seem more natural. I am building a silo for my original terms, so I am adding some content depth for the main topics. It looks like:
    domain / original-term -> this had the rankings a couple years ago
    domain / original-term / new-article1 -> freshly added
    domain / original-term / new-article2 -> freshly added
    etc..

    I am giving some links to the new articles as well, but started linking again the original-term url, as main focus for my backlins, as those are my money terms.

    Strange thing is that for both two sites I have reopened and started linkbuilding, rankings slightly drop. Not much just 5-10-15 places but more drops than gains.

    I am extremely cautious with baclink anchors I have not used the same exact anchor 2 times, nor exact anchors for my key terms. I am backlinking with 100% unique 100% relevant and 100% human-readable 500-2000 character articles.

    So for me everything seems like I am doing things as they should be done, and I am expecting to see slight gains instead of slight drops, yet the opposite happens.

    Anybody had same experience?
     
  2. john1444

    john1444 Elite Member

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    First of all, the 500 to 2000 character article thing is a myth. You don't need lengthy articles to get top ranking.

    For the fact that you haven't done anything in the past 2 years should tell you that your competitors are gradually taking over your position for building good links, that what it means.

    And for the past 2 yrs a lot of things has changed in the SEO industry, i don't know exactly what you are doing but it may not be worthwhile anymore.
     
  3. snetface

    snetface Newbie

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    Well, yes you are correct with all things said. Frankly I have missed a couple things of the last 2 years and trying to catch up now, yet still: If I start building links from relevant articles, and adding relevant content to my own site, I would expect higher ranings, worst case rankings not moving anywhere but not dropping. Provided of course there is no eyword cannibalization, but I am heavily trying to avoid that.

    Is there any way I could go wrong with this method? Maybe you can point me out something that I am missing here?
     
  4. gordi555

    gordi555 Newbie

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    I say keep doing what you're doing. Google do have a patent out that tests how you respond to gains/losses so I say keep at it. Too early to tell IMHO.
     
  5. SEO Power

    SEO Power Elite Member

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    It's normal for sites to drop slightly once you begin building links. Sometimes they drop out of the index completely (i.e. you can only see them by doing a site:domain.com search). Just keep building links but do it slowly.
     
  6. hamzashaik

    hamzashaik Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Just keep link building but do it slowly slowly drip feed.