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Thin Affiliate Site - Am I doing enough to be counted as a thick affiliate site?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mastermindmark, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. mastermindmark

    mastermindmark Newbie

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    Hi guys, I had my site penalized (or whatever you want to call it) by Google in early August. None of my pages will rank higher than page 4. The site was created in April.

    Since then I've tried to work out why this penalty has been applied to my site.

    I've deduced that it is one of the following:

    * Thin Affiliate Site
    * Link Velocity Was Too High
    * Site Only Contained Duplicate Content

    In order to overcome this I have:

    * Removed ALL duplicate content and datafeed content
    * Added unique content to every page
    * Added a blog which is posting 500 word unique content every day
    * Kept my link building consistent with no spikes (at a primary level - web 2.0s and blog networks)
    * Done a lot of secondary link building (blog comments, forum profiles)

    Does anyone who has had experience of any of the above penalties and coming out of them mind having a look at my site?

    I'm at my wits end and I would really like to hear from anyone whos had an affiliate site penalised and had it lifted.

    thanks in advance
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  2. FuryFit

    FuryFit Regular Member

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    I've always done unique content on my sites so I'm not sure about your factor of it previously being 100% duplicate content. Have you continued building links in the same manner and also added in highest quality (usually paid) links from relevant sites? Throwing some whitehat links in there can help push it up. If all else fails, redirect it to a different domain or start over - it doesn't sound like you put much effort into the site at all until you got hit. If I were you I probably would have started over on a new site doing it the quality way and see how that goes.

    I've had sites penalized but it was never lifted, ever.... years.... So I just tested 301ing them to new sites or 301ing the affected PAGES to new page names... and suddenly they rank for like 30 days
     
  3. mastermindmark

    mastermindmark Newbie

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    Ekkk I was assuming that the penalty would get lifted after 3-6 months, assuming I stabilise link building and add loads of high quality content to it.

    I have started another similar site in a different niche doing things properly but I'm hoping to recover this site at some point!
     
  4. blackhatbeginner2010

    blackhatbeginner2010 Regular Member

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    Those r the hardest to get lifted.. ive heard of people getting lifted by writing a letter to G.. thats it
     
  5. phpbuilt

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    I've had penalties on my affiliate sites before. One of my best sites, at its worst, was around 35% indexed and 65% N/A for PR, and you couldn't even find the pages in Google (even in exact quote search for text on page) unless you typed site:example.com "exact quote" (that was the only way I found my pages).

    I can tell you for a fact ... every page you "fix" by adding content and improving, gets you overall SERP bonus for your entire site in Google. It is not a waste of time to improve your pages.

    I discovered that Google was very very finicky about my keyword densities on my heavily penalized pages. There are sites on the internet that rank just fine with 5% keyword density or more ... my site couldn't hold over 1.5% density without being penalized.

    What I did ... I went through my entire site for every page that was penalized ... which couldn't be found with exact quotes, or which did not rank in the top 50 for its title (it's pretty pathetic when you're not even ranking for a longtail title) ... and I reedited all those pages. Within 48 hours ... a percentage of those pages got indexed and ranked well, and a percentage didn't improve at all. On the ones that didn't improve within a week, I went through and redid them all again.

    It is extremely beneficial to your site to do this ... my Google traffic is a steady slant going upwards over time. Make all your pages as high quality as possible, and don't be afraid to delete pages that are horrible if you don't think the topic is worthwhile (i.e. you created a page for a keyword that sucks ... as in it has less than 1k exact searches in Google and therefore serves little purpose).