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Ten Unnatural Link Building Tactics You Must Avoid at all Cost

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by john1444, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. john1444

    john1444 Elite Member

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    I have posted this on my official site but decided to share it with this community.

    Since the panda and penguin updates a lot of things have changed when it comes to SEO. Almost all the link building tactic we know was labeled WRONG, article marketing, paid links, mass blog commenting, blog networks, directory submission name it. Today am going to briefly explain some of the few unnatural link building tactics as well as possible options. Read on.

    1. Anchor - The main reasons we all build link is to increase our ranking for our target keywords. Nothing makes a link building tactics looks so unnatural like focusing your anchor on one or a few keywords.
    Google knows that natural link building can never target one keyword. For instance if you have a good content on your blog or published on a high article directory, people are very likely to re-publish it on their own site and using your anchor as it is, make use of the brand name or URL. In the nutshell, when you are doing SEO always diversify your anchor text as well as utilize the URL itself.

    2. Paid Links - I know you might be wondering why this is WRONG. Well if you have to pay to get links then it's unnatural. What Google want you to do is to have great content and get it on a few high places where it can be naturally syndicated.

    3. Blogroll and Footer Link - The reason why blogroll and footer link is WRONG is because the links comes from the last part of the site which makes it hard or unnoticeable by the search engines and above all it makes the link appear inferior. Normally, website coding begins from Header, Menu, Sidebar, Content and then footer. Having your link in the content/top of a site tells the search engine how important your site is and will be crawled easily.

    4. Simple Web Directory Links - If a link is easy to get then there is a high chance that it would link to a bad neighbor especially directories that are auto-approve. Directories that review your content or link before publishing it are very likely to have a clean system.

    5. Blog Comment - A lot of people are conversant with (SPAM) mass blog commenting for back link. This is not only annoying for blog owners but it can go uncontrollable if the right step is not taken. This kind of links can send your site down the drain. Blog comment is a great way to get back links and blog owners love to see new comment that is related to their post and very likely to approve it when done correctly. Instead of spamming, simply find a few list of blogs related to your niche at Drop My Link - Find sites to create backlinks on and manually leave a related comment, you will enjoy traffic as well as quality back links that will catapult your ranking.

    6. Link Exchange - It is not uncommon to see site offering link exchange services having a resource pages, sites of interest, link exchange request or something similar on their site where interested people can buy. Google greatly frown upon this kind of link tactics and it can get you penalized. Rather than buy this kind of services, it is more SEO wise to individually find sites in your niche and request for link exchange.

    7. Content Spinning - Google has been fighting content farm for quite some time now. Writing one content, spinning it into hundreds of copies before distributing it to thousand of article directories and private article networks only provides low quality link. What I recommend here is to write one great content in a topic that will be almost impossible not to read and syndicated, give the content to your blog first then a few guest blogs and top article directories or press release. One of the reasons why you need quality content and also have to give it to directories is because there is a likelihood that it will be syndicated and a link back to you which means POWER to your site.

    8. Social Networking - Services like KnowEm makes it easy for folks to create hundreds of social networking site and then spam them. Truth is, you are not going to get any SEO value from this except maybe if you are trying to cover up a reputation issue for your website or product. One good discovery that you must know and lots of people don't accept is, Google uses social networking to a high degree for SEO. A close examination of Open Site Explorer shows a spot for Facebook Likes, Shares, Tweet, Google + in your back link campaign.

    Take the time and setup a good social networking presence for your site in the top social networking sites. A simple tweet of your latest blog post can lead to another re-tweet and webmasters finding your content as well as give you a link back.

    9. Focusing on Do Follow Links Is WRONG - This is just another signal that tells the search engine what you are doing is unnatural. Funny enough, there are still a lot of people that only insist on do follow links and nothing more. This can bring about Google dance and also drop in ranking in every new Google update. Always insist on Do and No Follow, it counts.

    10. Social Bookmarking - This isn't a bad idea except for the fact that there are lots of tools and cheap services out there that will bookmark a site to hundreds of social bookmarking sites. Just like the directory case when social bookmarking is not moderated there is a high tendency that bad neighbors can link to them which can bring down your site. It is more beneficial to use top popular social bookmarking sites and create a great profile, build relationship with your users and post variety of links.

    I rest my case here.

    To all We Success,
    John
     
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  2. moonlighsunligh

    moonlighsunligh Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    So i shouldn't post to web 2.0's and pligg sites because if i do so my links will be placed on places that have bad neighbors?

    Where to get link then?
    Maybe you are saying we should be getting automated links at all.
     
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    My eyes rolling :pat:
     
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    To basically sum up your view of avoiding the unnatural link penalty is.....

    *drum roll*

    Don't build links
     
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    Although I don't really agree with most of the things in your post I do love the part on ******** links

    I'm sick and tired of everyone bashing nofollow links. I've always ranked my websites with a mixture of both and after spending a lot of time on the warriorforum I'm just tired of them talking about how awful nofollow links are
     
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    Every little bit of hel and information like this helps. Thanks for posting.
     
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    I posted this in another forum and was getting mixed reaction.

    The truth is, am not saying stop buying links and if you notice at the end of each unnatural link that i mention i try to offer possible solution.

    If you are to go by the things i mentioned, we all will be spreading ourselves thin when it comes to SEO.

    Still do web 2.0 but the secret is to play natural and the chances of bad links hurting you will be much less.

    Google can not detect whether a link is paid or not, but the tendency if picking bad neighbor is high when you use auto-approve directory.

    Ok, what about the issue of competitors slamming your site with bad links?

    I really doubt the possibility of this if you have a good popularity of links the bad neighbors will have less influence on you.
     
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    john1444 Elite Member

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    That is not what i mean, if you read carefully, you will notice that i gave possible solution to every unnatural link tactics i made.
     
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    The thing is, is that I can type in any competitive keyword into G right now, and all the tactics the OP described will be found in the Top 10's backlink profiles and websites.

    I'm not saying G hasn't caught on to unnatural links, but they are very inconsistent in how they go about penalizing for it. And until they figure out how to get 100% detection and enforcement, the Top 10 will be enjoyed by people still using these tactics.
     
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    Pretty much, could have come from Google's mouth. Might as well have.
     
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    Our own Matt Cutts here, to tell us that getting unnatural links is unnatural. Well to go, captain obvious. We`ll just make unique content and hope that when someone copies it he`ll link back, guess it sounds doable.
     
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    the OP's post is logically correct.. but is this practically tested? Anyway, I don't do back links at all... :)
     
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    Don't build any links and you will be fine. And you have tested this on your "official" site? Well that's a relief because if you tested this on an unofficial site than the results would be skewed.

    No offense but you haven't done any "official" research because if you had than you would not have said everything you just said. Nice try but your giving people totally skewed garbage.

    Warrior Forum?
     
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    I completely agree with you. Sounds like regurgitated bullshit you hear from Warriorforum. This is BHW where we take our SEO seriously. Most of what you say is not only bullshit, but said with absolutely no substance and evidence whatsoever. Complete nonsense - to those new to SEO, I suggest you do not take the OP seriously. I've been in the field longer than most people and know what I'm saying. Obviously, the OP doesn't.
     
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    The first post is useless - post it on SEOMOZ.
     
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    I've used every single type of the links you have mentioned on various sites with no issues. I would hardly recommend that anyone "avoid them at all cost"

    Nowadays, everyone is so "scared" of building links, however, no one even tests out these theories.
     
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    is it just me or is the OP an ad/anchor for the drop my link service?
     
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    Avoid at all Cost - maybe use them wisely, get quality backlinks instead of quantity.
     
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    Google also can NOT detect if directories are auto approve or not.

    Google is basically banning websites based on speculation.

    That is basically being accused of a crime without due process. In the offline world.