I'd like to share a mistake I made this week. It involves using an automated backlink program, and the negative effect that it caused me.
Here's what happened:
I have been working for months on a blog in the diabetes niche (I don't mind sharing the niche because I tend to focus on very targeted subniches within a larger niche - still good search volume, much less competition).
Anyway, this niche blog is based around a single keyword phrase. This phrase gets about 250 daily searches, and has competition around 200,000 (more than I usually tackle, but the first page of Google looked manageable).
After proper backlinking and article marketing, I had gotten the blog to the #11 spot in Google's search engine results.
I was one spot away from the first page, and I was just starting to see traffic from it.
I thought that if I got a few more backlinks, that I'd crack the top ten, and then I'd slowly work my way up the first page.
But then I made a critical mistake.
I came across this "backlinking" tool that was suppose to automate the backlinking process.
All I had to do was enter my domain name, and the software would automatically build links on about 3,000 sites.
3,000 backlinks would definitely help, right? No. Not the way I did it anyway.
After about 200 backlinks being created, my inner IMer started to shout at me to shut the program off, which I did. But it was too late.
The very next day my site disappeared completely from Google's search engine results. And it was gone until today.
A week ago my niche blog was sitting pretty at #11. Today it's at #471. Woohoo!!
Just thought I'd share the experience with you guys. Building quality backlinks the right way is awesome. Trying to shortcut the process can end disasterously.
P.S. Just so everyone knows, I did NO OTHER marketing with that niche blog during the past couple of weeks. The automated backlinking must have been the cause for the drastic change in my rankings.