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The power of squidoo lenses

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Fathom, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Fathom

    Fathom Power Member

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    After a recent blog post on another IM site that revealed the capabilities of blackhat SEO I have decided that for the next couple of weeks that I?ll be focusing on 100% blackhat methods rather than my usual 10% and after seeing the true potential that blog comments and web 2.0 opportunities can offer I would like to share how they are doing it.

    Google does not reveal it?s ranking metrics apart from an outdated pagerank toolbar, therefore I will be using the SEOmoz metrics.

    Squidoo.com

    Has a homepage authority of 95 and a domain authority of 97, not many sites can compete with that which is the reason why I am using them as an example.

    When someone creates a basic squidoo lens with a link pointing back to their site, that lens is going to offer minimal ranking benefit to your linked page, why? because it has no quality links pointing to that page, whether it be internal or external links, the page will offer no more benefit than publishing that article on a brand new blog.

    The way you can take advantage of a squidoo lens is by gaining internal links to point back to the lens page and preferably those internal links should come from pages that are closest to the homepage.

    So lets say for example that you have published an article on squidoo called ?5 top tips for home improvements? which has a link pointing back to your home improvement site. You now need to go to squidoo?s homepage and on the right hand side click on ?home and garden? we could then click on the ?home improvements? tab, but the focus is on gaining links that are closest to the homepage as that is where the true trust and authority is coming from. As you move further away from the homepage the internal ranking metrics diminish, and that is why gaining a link here >>> http://www.dmoz.org/Health/ is more valuable than gaining a link here >>> http://www.dmoz.org/Health/Senior_H...ilities/North_America/United_States/Virginia/ <<< 100% worthless

    At this point you should notice the power of the lenses on this page >>> http://www.squidoo.com/topics/home-and-garden

    Google US:
    Keyword: twilight bedroom
    Rank: #1
    Users profile page has a PR5 with a page authority of 73, you don?t need to be a squid giant to have that benefit, you just need links from them.

    Keyword: unique toilet
    Rank: #2
    Users profile page has a PR5 with a page authority of 71


    We now want to leave a natural looking comment on those lenses, don?t try and link to your lens page as that looks spammy, instead you will automatically have a followed link pointing to your profile page which in turn links to your lens(es), by commenting on pages that are closely connected to the homepage, you are gaining more trust and authority that points to your profile page, and that single profile page is going to pass pagerank, trust, and authority to your lens.

    You can also include an external followed link on that profile page.
     
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  2. FuryKyle

    FuryKyle Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I find them extremely annoying as they add noindex and nofollow tags to all your lenses if you don't regularly update your lense or be active. I just found out that a lens I put high quality content on has a big fat noindex tag on it after backlinking it hard.
     
  3. jiggsaw

    jiggsaw Regular Member

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    Nice tips. I need to get back on squidoo. This should be able to work on some other web 2.0's as well.
     
  4. Fathom

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    I have lenses from years ago and every single one has followed links. I think you are confusing yourself with hubpages.
     
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    travanx Regular Member

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    What are the best sites besides squidoo to do this with? There is something that I don't like with that whole lense concept.
     
  6. Fathom

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    This works on all web 2.0 properties, blogs, forums that have followed profile pages.

    The smart people like BHW have the user profile page nofollowed.
     
  7. FuryKyle

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    Every single link I have from Hubpages is do follow and they NEVER noindex your pages no matter what. I post high quality stufff to Squidoo with one link per 500 words and yet I get a noindex if I don't update that lens.
     
  8. KHer0

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    Emmm , This is a new concept I meet. Thank You Sir for Sharing :)
     
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    Well it is actually their lense concept which insure a quality content. If you stick to their rules and you do everything they ask you to, you can expect a respectful link juice with little efforts.

    It is actually one of the only web 2.0 i take time to write the content manually and to plug their widget.

    I have always been pleased by the result.
     
  10. Fathom

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    Squidoo is smart enough to realise that keeping a page indexed than noindexing it is more valuable to them.

    I am going to assume that you are creating spammy pages or doing something against there terms, other than that can you please provide more details from a trusted source.
     
  11. jiggsaw

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    You would have to go through them and test. Testing is everything in the world of IM. ;) Look for web 2.0 sites that allow you to comment on other user's pages first.
     
  12. naveensingh

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    Nice Tips.

    thanks
    N@
     
  13. LBrown

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    I've had some lenses that they put a noindex tag on as well. It has nothing to do with the quality of the lens but had more to do with their module guidelines, like not enough text in certain modules or just not enough modules in general. Once you get your lens in line with their module guidelines they remove the noindex tag.
     
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  14. VisualWarrior

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    I don't think it has to do with being active. I've never had that problem using Squidoo, but I've heard of it happening. I read somewhere that they put those tags on if you're lens gets marked as spam, but I can't confirm that.
     
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    Stupid question, will the same strategy work on hub pages also?
     
  16. ThopHayt

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    Unless you can buy/get giant squid hits squidoo in seo is 199% useless hype imho. No different than any other hand blogging site you manually post to. It essentially needs to be unlocked.
     
  17. Fathom

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    And why is that?
     
  18. obeselizard

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    so you should leave a comment on the top performer squidoo pages in your niche? and then this will give your squidoo page the full juice for ******** links you have on it pointing to ur site, to ultimately rank your main site for its keyword better, is this right?
     
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    +1 for squidoo but i also like hubpages.
     
  20. ThopHayt

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    Because without a giant squid's attention stuff is buried. But if you can attract a few of them and have a WELL written article then you've got something nice. Otherwise Squidoo seems to give about the same bang as any other manual posted blog. Finding Giant Squids is a BIATCH though... maybe BHW could have a like-swap program for those who have GS status.