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When You Cross Linking Your Sites, What Are Things To Remember?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by wokaka, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. wokaka

    wokaka Senior Member

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    Guys, i have like 6-7 sites in the same niche and I've been building backlinks to all of them. My question is very simple, I want to start cross linking them, like site B and C and D link to site A so i can rank well in my targeted keyword for site A. What are things to remember and to avoid when I want to cross linking my own sites?

    1. Do i need to have each own server/web host for each site so they are in different IP? Would Google penalize/filter if I have cross-linking sites in the same server

    2. I have registered all of those sites to google.com/webmaster but I create different gmail/google webmaster account for each site. Is it really necessary or actually it doesnt make any difference when you cross linking your sites while you have all the sites IN ONE google webmaster account as well as ONE google analytics account?

    3. Should I use contextual link or it is ok to cross linking them in sitewide method? Because like in macrumors DOT com they rank quite well everywhere while their backlinks are just sitewide links from their own other sites?

    4. This might not be related to the thread specifically but I wonder, when people vary their anchor text for the backlinks do they vary it among similar keywords or totally different keywords?

    Let's say you want to rank well in "how to make money online" then would you vary your keywords like "make money online", "how to make money online quickly", "how to make money online fast" OR you put totally different anchor texts for the variation of the backlinks? Just so Google wouldnt consider you spamming?
     
  2. wokaka

    wokaka Senior Member

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    Hi anyone? :p
     
  3. Talsin

    Talsin Regular Member

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    They should all be on different IPs, you are quite likey to not be penalized but "normalized" if google believes multiple domains on the same topic with same ish content belong to the same person and are linked together. If they are on the same IP then they may as well be one website, from googles point of view, you dont want that.

    Yes this is necessary, in an ideal world youll be doing it behind different ips and maybe even different machines as well.

    Up to you, some people say sitewide is being devalued quite a bit compared to what you could have achieved with contextual but if you are linking multiple domains id probably mix it up a bit and see what works best for you.

    Personally I mix it up with related keywords based on what i believe googles consider the same subject in a contextual sense. 60 % main target 20% secondary target then 5% each for 4 other random selections of relative anchor text is what I would go for.

    Btw this is a pretty risky strat at the extreme end of things you can get all your sites penalized for a long time doing this if you dont pull it off properly. So make sure you have really planned it out properly before you do it.
     
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  4. Sypher

    Sypher Newbie

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    Thank you Talsin for the solid, useful reply. I wish most people on BHW would post like this.
     
  5. wokaka

    wokaka Senior Member

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    How about domain registrar, do you hide their domain privacy too?

    And what do you mean pretty risky strat at the extreme, you mean linking our own sites is quite risky?
     
  6. Talsin

    Talsin Regular Member

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    Personally yes I would hide the domain registrant as well.

    It is risky because if Google thinks you created the sites for no other reason then to increase the flow of juice to your primary site, all the sites may end up getting punished for SERP manipulation.

    Dont do it properly = Google thinks your a noob, they normalize your sites to count as one site.

    Do it badly = Google thinks your trying to scam them, they punish you.