Supercharged Backlinks - The Experiment About 5 weeks back on a thread whose name I've forgotten, I wrote about my plan to try and sustain a good rank in Google quickly for a new domain. I said I would keep you posted so this is what I'm doing. After beginning to rank very well in week 2 (i.e. page 1 for most things) and keeping those rankings for 3 weeks, I woke up today to find my site gone from the serps. Same old sob story, but this time it's different. I meant this as an experiment and I am learning. My Strategy: Charge the core homepage of the new site with the strongest, cleanest links I could find. I know that it's generally accepted that direct linking is dangerous, but I wanted to see if using only clean and powerful links could overcome these dangers. I am conducting a separate test of using only deferred linking, and I will post results as they come in. The main backlinking campaign was supplemented by on-context links from web 2.0 satellites which contain on-topic content. Backlinks added and spread over 5 weeks: Built 58 backlinks to the core domain (21 x PR7, 25 x PR6, 12 x PR5) (all backlinks came from pages with <30 OBL and pages that were free of common spam words) Built 25 satellite web 2.0 sites (not interlinked) which themselves have been augmented with powerful PR5 links. I mean this thread to be a journal for the experiment and I'll record any further developments here. Micallef.