Obviously if you have 20 websites crammed with the same keywords, selling the same products, all back linked from each other - your search presence will increase.
Is it normal to start buying up domains related to your niche and just duplicate content with small variations while cramming keywords every where over different domains? A lot of sites do it and their strategy seems to be working.
I know large outfits go around and buy up forums in their niche to link back. Running duplicate/multiple blogs and online "magazines" all linking to their sites while filling every "directory" with links. Shady, but I`d assume its all legit in the eyes of Google since Google seems to give high rankings to these outfits.
If you want to rank then you gotta play the game and get dirty by buying links, building fake blogs and putting links in headers of bogus sites. How else could anyone rank over a corporation? Even smaller competitors are buying back links at their markets.
How can a honest business compete unless they have total control and constant original content?
Example Ecommerce Network:
Couple of Trans Auto owned Sites that dominate the Jeep aftermarket:
Transamerican Auto Parts Transamerican Wholesale - Automotive Truck & Jeep Parts at Wholesale prices. Your source for Wholesale Automotive Parts Truck Parts & Jeep Parts - Lift Kits, Winches, Tonneau Covers, Tires, Wheels, Bumpers, Performance Jeep Parts & Jeep Accessories by 4WD Hardware Jeep Soft Tops, Hard Tops, and Jeep Soft Top and Jeep Replacement Top Accessories Performance Truck Parts & SUV Accessories - Tonneau Covers, Exhaust Systems, Air Filter Intakes, Programmers, Diesel Superchargers Winch Depot - Winches & Winch Accessories by WARN, Smittybilt, Mile Marker & Superwinch WARN Winches, ATV Winches, and Winch Accessories | Go Warn Winches
Hundreds if not thousands no-content links like these linking in to their network of sites.
. Choosing the Right ATV Winch and Winch Mount - crossprint @ mixxt Choosing the Right ATV Winch and Winch Mount: - ATVwinches @ mixxt
*This one just has some pdf catalog files on it but shares thousands of links because of link placement in the header/footer. Off Road Adventure Magazine Category Industrial Goods and Services (25)
The design, content and products across these domains are almost exactly the same and yet all of them rank extremely high for their niche market keywords while obviously being the same content and products.
Granted there are legit links linking in to these sites the majority of MY research has led me to believe the legit links and content coming in is greatly outweighed by horribly written high keyword density empty-content.
Essentially this one company has created a Google Monopoly on the first two search result pages for 50 or so high ranking keywords. Essentially filtering your search results for you. Your traffic may not go to the same domain but your money is going to the same company.
The same could be said for various other e-commerce and niche markets on the internet. Just used the above as an example because its what I`m familiar with.
Did I just figure out the holy grail for Google Traffic or is this normal day SEO practices? Is this what a e-commerce outfit has to do to compete?