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Traditional Ecommerce Site Needs Help!

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by scout99, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. scout99

    scout99 Newbie

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    All these options are making my head explode. I'm so confused.

    I have a regular retail site, selling regular products that I ship to customers. Simple.

    I used an outsourced SEO guy last year but found that he was posting/spamming links and really bad content that "cheapened' my site. I did see some increase in PR but I didn't like what he was putting out there. Plus I wanted to be able to eventually handle it all myself so I could control the quality.

    I'm willing to pay someone to break down their recommendations of what a good plan of attack would be.


    Some sample questions:

    -I just started using BMR and High PR Society to post articles. Is that enough? Or should I look at utilizing other backlinking services like Backlinks Genie and Scrapebox? I just started using Drip Feed Links and it's easy for me to understand, but are they necessary?

    -Will paying for traffic (youtube views, buying visitor traffic from one of the sites I found on here, etc) help or will I risk getting sandboxed?

    -I've read references about "not pointing to your money site." Well, where do I point to? My blog? Create another blog or blogs? What the hell is a link wheel? Oh god I'm so confused.

    I don't want to just pay a company to handle everything and be done with it, I want to be hands-on and learn too. If it means starting out using a service then learning as it goes along, fine.

    I'd like to do a "grey hat" approach, whatever will help but won't get me in trouble with G.

    Any suggestions or recommendations of services to use are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. tgpycq

    tgpycq Supreme Member

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    Depends on what niche you are in and what keywords you are targeting. BMR is a good start. Say, I have been looking for someone with a BMR account with an extra domain to spare. Do you mind offering me a spot?

    You don't need to pay for visitors, as those will not help your SEO.

    Not pointing to your money site means: to point links to your backlinks. People usually do it to their Web2.0 links or even their blog post links. In short, you can backlink to any of your backlinks and they can be the spammy Scrapebox or Xrummer blast.

    Hope I was of some help.
     
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  3. mrdexter

    mrdexter Junior Member

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    There's a lot of detail you've not said, such as your expected budget, the amount of products you sell and the competition. Those would all have a major influence on the way I'd go about ranking.

    I do SEO for two retail sites in the UK, one which sells hundreds of low value products, but fortunately has little competition so we don't have to do much for each product to get them into the top three, and another where the first two pages of serps are all national companies many with large TV campaigns backing their sales.

    BMR and bookmarking might be enough for the first type of site, and maybe test a package or two from here. For stiffer competition obviously you would need to provide a wider diversity and consider backlinking some of your stronger backlinks.
     
  4. dannym954

    dannym954 Regular Member

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    OP, PM me with some more detail and i'll give you some suggestions :)
     
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    Not linking to your money site means that you want to separate your white hat site from all the potential spammy backlinks so that it doesn't devalue your site (as you already noticed).

    Link wheels are usually web 2 sites (those could be public blog platforms, bookmarking sites, wikis, etc. where you can put your content for free together with the links to your money site) and you do your campaigns targeting those instead of your main site for the above reasons.

    I'd start with getting some articles written and spun or ordering a link wheel or pyramid from reputable members here.
     
  6. scout99

    scout99 Newbie

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    Hey all, thanks for the tips. I can't PM anyone since I'm so new, I have to have at least 15 posts

    tgpygc - Thanks, maybe we do a trade of one of my BMR domains for advice? Let me think about how to make that work.

    mrdexter -- budget is flexible. At minimum doing it on my own (with program subscriptions, article writing budget, etc) will cost me a couple hundred a month. If paying one time for a package will help, I'm open to that. The site is a niche modern furniture site, so not as much competition as a general furniture superstore, but defiinitely some players in the market.

    dannym954 -- see above (can't PM yet, would you mind PMing me?)
     
  7. dannym954

    dannym954 Regular Member

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    No problem, glad to see you aren't spamming to raise your post count.