Living in the past when SEO was easier

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100 years ago when I was a mere mortal I discovered that contextual links worked very well. SERPS was improved very quickly after publishing some 300-500 word articles with 1 or 2 hyperlinks focused on keywords.
To publish these there was "Build my Rank" and Linkvana which was a very effective network of blogs.
Ultimately as with all things too good to be true, it was blacklisted by Google and most of the links needed to be disavowed.
My question is given contextual articles are still very effective Is there somewhere they can be published safely?
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Yup. Most websites.

    The links carry more power if you publish them on sites that are not directories.

    That means you need to find someone who will let you publish your article on their site because the article content is useful to their visitors or you pay them but they have a site whose main reason for existing is not publishing other people's articles.

    And you do not publish dozens of articles on the same site.

    Originally Posted by grumpyb View Post

    100 years ago when I was a mere mortal I discovered that contextual links worked very well. SERPS was improved very quickly after publishing some 300-500 word articles with 1 or 2 hyperlinks focused on keywords.
    To publish these there was "Build my Rank" and Linkvana which was a very effective network of blogs.
    Ultimately as with all things too good to be true, it was blacklisted by Google and most of the links needed to be disavowed.
    My question is given contextual articles are still very effective Is there somewhere they can be published safely?
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  • Profile picture of the author KylieSweet
    Different related websites would do for your guest posting articles and this will give strong signals to Google for considering your websites as good source of information.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Based on the title of the post and the first sentence or two, I think the OP is looking for another blog network or similar autopost program so that SEO is "easy" again.

    Sorry to say, although they pop up from time to time, they are usually discovered relatively quickly by Google and you'll just get penalized again.

    SEO has never been "easy". Cheating used to be easy but it is harder than ever to get by with a lack of effort these days.
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    • Profile picture of the author grumpyb
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      Based on the title of the post and the first sentence or two, I think the OP is looking for another blog network or similar autopost program so that SEO is "easy" again.

      Sorry to say, although they pop up from time to time, they are usually discovered relatively quickly by Google and you'll just get penalized again.

      SEO has never been "easy". Cheating used to be easy but it is harder than ever to get by with a lack of effort these days.
      Dave, you are right a safe Blog Network to publish contextual articles on would be great.
      So far no one has made any kind of suggestion that would show someone where to safely publish?
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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by grumpyb View Post

        Dave, you are right a safe Blog Network to publish contextual articles on would be great.
        So far no one has made any kind of suggestion that would show someone where to safely publish?
        No such thing exists unless you create it, yourself, and own every site on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author marks2424
    I always found SEO kind of easy but in the last few years I guess I kind of lost my way so to speak. What I mean is for ever we were told by Google to put together great articles and put in just the right key words and follow their rules. The only problem is I find that Google doesn't follow their own rules as I see so many sites in many different areas where the landing page has no text at all only a picture with a box to fill in. I kept thinking how did this site do this since Google always says text is king and how could a text free landing page be on page 1 position 1. Not to mention these sites also don't have keywords in their meta data. I have noticed over the past year or so that many sites no longer put in keywords in meta data. Again something Google kept telling us we needed to do. It makes all the background work on sites more difficult to figure out.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      You missunderstand.

      Google serves what it thinks best matches the search. What best matches the search is based on backlinks and their anchor text to a very large degree.

      Google never said to put together great articles. It said have great content.

      You put together great articles if you are a blogger. Otherwise, you put together great content.

      If my kitchen sink starts leaking at 10 pm on a Saturday, great content is
      24 hour plumber in Las Vegas and a phone number.

      Originally Posted by marks2424 View Post

      I always found SEO kind of easy but in the last few years I guess I kind of lost my way so to speak. What I mean is for ever we were told by Google to put together great articles and put in just the right key words and follow their rules. The only problem is I find that Google doesn't follow their own rules as I see so many sites in many different areas where the landing page has no text at all only a picture with a box to fill in. I kept thinking how did this site do this since Google always says text is king and how could a text free landing page be on page 1 position 1. Not to mention these sites also don't have keywords in their meta data. I have noticed over the past year or so that many sites no longer put in keywords in meta data. Again something Google kept telling us we needed to do. It makes all the background work on sites more difficult to figure out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Agostinho
    DABK,

    Great clarification on the definition of great article vs great content.
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  • Profile picture of the author warddaniel402
    Distinctive related sites would accomplish for your visitor posting articles and this will give solid sign to Google for thinking about your sites as great wellspring of data.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      You need to train your spinner better. This is just gibberish.


      Love, though, the choice of "wellspring."


      Originally Posted by warddaniel402 View Post

      Distinctive related sites would accomplish for your visitor posting articles and this will give solid sign to Google for thinking about your sites as great wellspring of data.
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  • My 2 cents...

    SEO is something to master in any decade, but once you have mastered it, your skill remains relevant in any decade.

    Study and execute your search engine optimization skills regularly and you will see improvement. Don't go looking for easy options that gets you banned anyway. Why go through all the effort of setting up multiple blogs just for rankings in search engines, just to have it all come down eventually and your initial income from ranking in good position gets lost forever.

    Master SEO in it's entirety and you'll get more sales and customers in your online business.

    Some SEO methods that worked 10 years ago are still applicable today. Depending on your level of skill, some SEO strategies that may have worked in the past, may not work for you, but it's still working for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author DomMitton
      I don't know a thing about off-page SEO, but I'm sure those "1,000 backlinks for $5" are doing only damage to your website.

      I've recently listened to a podcast where this guy was talking about SEO and how he pays authority websites for a backlink to his website.

      He mentioned that some rules he applied 10 years ago - work today.

      Also, he talked about the importance of high quality articles because they make people engaged and also lower bounce rates which is important to Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author grumpyb
    So far there have been many suggestions regarding white hat genuine backlinks. Build Whitehat genuine backlinks they say BUT no one has explained exactly how to do this. Are people suggesting going through yellow pages cold calling and asking for a link on a web site?
    It would help if people explained exactly how to do this Step by Step rather than just parroting a common phrase.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      https://ahrefs.com/blog/skyscraper-technique/


      One way of doing it.


      The other way is to contact site owners and suggest to buy a link or to provide them content in exchange for a link.


      Originally Posted by grumpyb View Post

      So far there have been many suggestions regarding white hat genuine backlinks. Build Whitehat genuine backlinks they say BUT no one has explained exactly how to do this. Are people suggesting going through yellow pages cold calling and asking for a link on a web site?
      It would help if people explained exactly how to do this Step by Step rather than just parroting a common phrase.
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  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    Originally Posted by grumpyb View Post

    100 years ago when I was a mere mortal I discovered that contextual links worked very well. SERPS was improved very quickly after publishing some 300-500 word articles with 1 or 2 hyperlinks focused on keywords.
    To publish these there was "Build my Rank" and Linkvana which was a very effective network of blogs.
    Ultimately as with all things too good to be true, it was blacklisted by Google and most of the links needed to be disavowed.
    My question is given contextual articles are still very effective Is there somewhere they can be published safely?
    We sold such links too from a seven-figure WSO back in the day.

    Now it's about getting links from real sites in your industry. Find sites that accept guest posts AND do not label them as such. Create content that fits their readers. Simple stuff, really.
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  • I have to ask why anyone believes any of Google's results are relevant when SERP ranking is not based on how good you are in the real world. Promoting a website like https://painterslondon.ca it is local it uses the keyword in url it has plenty of internal fresh content it is faster than any other website in my industry it has as many pages as my competition.

    Problem is it is a new website I am not a new company just a new website how would Google know if you or I am good at we do or if others are really looking for us, not the other companies that do not offer what you offer.

    If Google took its results from reviews then that would be wrong as most reviews unless asked are negative reviews.

    Also having to rank a website for every keyword is ridiculous when they are all related I am a house painter in London Ontario so ranking for house painting in London. would give you different results than interior painting in London there are over a few thousand-word combinations someone could type in when looking for a house painter in London Ontario.

    Googles current SERPS are all related to the more money you have or time to spend the better you are going to do look at large franchises with millions of backlinks even when they are brand new to a city they rank instantly in that city or Kijiji or Yelp ranking for every subject under the sun with spammy duplicate content pages that they duplicate as well with breadcrumbs to the nest duplicate content after page with millions of backlinks which most are fake.

    Yellow pages and BBB Craiglist are all directories not painters in London Ontario why do they rank higher than most companies.

    You need to spend money on a web developer and SEO marketing specialist to add interior house painting to your website pages.

    Media from pictures or video and content writer for making sense of these keywords.

    An article writer to put you on news websites.

    Social media manager that can spend time on social media promoting you.

    Purchasing ads and so much more.

    This is not the real world if I open a storefront I just need a good location and good product or service that people want.

    Serps do not tell you anything about a company or product other than they have money or a lot of time to learn how to self promote themselves. this means they are taking away from other areas of their lives either it be work or family.

    It turns out over the past five years local websites that are still big players in the city of London do not even list in the top 100 that is over ten pages back. Now, do you believe that SERPs work?
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