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Which method is best for replacing a penalized EMD from 2009?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by turdface, Jul 13, 2013.

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Which method is the best? (reference the table in the thread before voting)

  1. Domain Option 1 Link Option 1

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  2. Domain Option 1 Link Option 2

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  3. Domain Option 2 Link Option 1

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  4. Domain Option 2 Link Option 2

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  5. Domain Option 3 Link Option 1

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  6. Domain Option 3 Link Option 2

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  7. I don't know. I am also curious which is best.

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  1. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    Here is a quick history of my site:

    In 2009 I made an EMD domain that was an informational site for a topic that I'm interested in. All handwritten content, 30+ pages, it was awesome
    It was #1 on page 1 for years.
    Last year it dropped out of the results entirely. I believe this was due to two things:
    1) it's an EMD with hyphens
    2) it has some spammy links, but I didn't do them. Back in 2009 there were a lot of "article directory" sites that would search through EZA, spin their articles, and post them on their own sites with the links still intact. Since I have 10 articles on EZA pointing to this site, all 10 of them got stolen and spun by multiple "article directory" sites, so now I have a bunch of spun articles linking to my site.
    3) possible a little over-optimization (hey, that's how SEO worked in 2009!)

    Anyway, I want to get this site back to #1 but nothing I've done in the last year has worked, including:
    1) adding more content
    2) putting AdSense below the fold
    3) reducing the keyword density to 1.5%
    4) building non-keyword links
    5) high PR links

    It sometimes bounces up into the mid 50's for a day but then goes back down to 100+:

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    I've heard that if a site was hit by Penguin you cannot recover, so what I want to do is replace it with a new domain. The content on my site is so good that I want to reuse it on the new site. So I want to know which of the following ways to replace this site is best:

    Domain Option 1
    - buy a new domain
    - 301 the old domain to the new domain
    - copy the content from the old domain to the new domain

    Domain Option 2
    - buy a new domain
    - keep the old domain up but put a prominent link on the homepage to the new domain (something like "we've moved here.")
    - copy the content from the old domain to the new domain

    Domain Option 3
    - buy a new domain
    - keep the old domain up but remove all the content except for a single link that says "we've moved here.")
    - copy the content from the old domain to the new domain

    And then as far as the links linking to the old domain, should I go change the ones that I have control over (such as EzineArticles, some of the blogs that link to my site, etc.) so that they link to my new site instead? This way will keep the spammy ones linking to the old domain. Or should I just leave them as they are and let Google figure it out? I also worry that if I 301 the old domain to the new domain that it will also pass all of the spammy links and maybe some of the penalty, too. So should I:

    Link Option 1
    - manually change "good links" from the old domain to the new domain

    Link Option 2
    - do not change any links at all and let Google figure it out

    Here is a table summarizing all the different options:

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  2. turdface

    turdface Supreme Member

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    Google really does not like this site.

    Here's an updated SERP chart:

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