I am tired of all the myths floating around the net about SEO and how Mr. Google algorithms work, what sort of backlinks they are looking for to boost a site in the search results, how to increase PR and so on!
Let's break it all down, I will give you all my findings from over 3 years of SEO and affiliate marketing experience and you can add your own findings and opinions to this thread so that together we can clear up some of these myths and bring out the facts that will help EVERYONE here and move all of us forward with out online business ventures and campaigns!
Lets make this a GROUP PROJECT.
I will start off with some myths and my findings, If your experiences have being different please pitch in, but lets not turn this in to one of those BS I know more than you threads and arguments OK?
Here We Go...
First of all, The More Backlinks the better the site will rank in Google...?
That is true in MOST causes, but it all depends on the following factors:
*The PR of the site backlinking to your site
*Whether or not this site is a known spam site with loads of outgoing links and maybe even malicious coding or malware backlinking to you will damage the reputation of your site in Google's eyes and will possibly drop your site in the search ranks. (Had a site linking to one of mine that had malware and malicious code on it, ended up moving my site to second page)
*Duplicate content distributed all over the net on different sites all backlinking to your site WILL still credit you backlinks BUT... Those backlinks will not be of good quality and at some point will be discarded by Google and will no longer serve any value to your site. (Found that out from many experiments with my own sites)
*NO FOLLOW backlinks are useless... That Is A Fact but I think those still make some sort of difference as they are still getting noticed by backlink checking services such as yahoo explorer and such.
*Posting too much content all over the Net will hurt your site... THAT'S NOT TRUE! It's tempting to think that it is, but if it was then in cases when big news break on one of celebrity blogs and overnight thousands of blogs, facebooks and other sites link to that post only massively boost the popularity and findability in Google, NOT HURTING THE SITE WITH THE ORIGINAL CONTENT...
*Link Wheels can damage your site... YES THEY CAN! If the link wheel is not built properly and even closed on the end back to the original 1st part site of the wheel will automatically discredit all the backlinks meant to be gained from the linkweel by your target site.
Not only that, I noticed that the parts of the linkwheel in a lot of cases end up outranking your target site in search results and in turn moving it down the search engine results sometimes from 3rd spot all the way down to 2nd page so be careful with using link wheels.
*Using software such as SEnuke and other black hat software to artifucially inflate the popularity and backlinks of your site can hurt your site and get it sandboxed or even banned. THAT IS TRUE! Got 2 sites sandboxed 2 days after using SEnuke... Still sandboxed 2 months since!
*Using more than 2 links all up in one blog post will hurt the site and will not credit the backlinks to your site from that post... THAT IS ALSO TRUE... BUT, it only hurts the site if you use more than 3 links and it actually seems to hurt the actual site you are linking to!
*Buying butt load of backlinks overnight can hurt your site... NOPE, but it doesnt seem to do it any good neither, appart from sometimes in the long run it seems to benefit.
*Using ezine articles as the only way to build links to your site is enough. NOT BY A LONG SHOT! Google loves to see MANY DIFFERENT SITES linking to you instead of just 1 or 2 but this will not hurt the popularity of your site, but it will not give it a lot of popularity from different sources neither.
*Using your own sites to link to one of the main sites of your can hurt your site... NOPE IT WILL NOT! Google does not care that you own all those sites linking to one of your main business sites, all it cares about is they are all on separate domains,sub domains can be used to build up the reputation of the main site, mentioned by poster to this thread.
*Posting the same, duplicate content on your site can get your butt kicked out of Google... SURE, IT CAN! If you are ever planning to use dupe content then just DONT!
Write a brand new article, pay someone else to do it, use a good spinner or at least rewrite the 1st and last paragraphs of your article before reposting it if you ABSOLUTELY MUST... but i don't really recommend it if you are planning to put that on your own site, but i dare say you will get away with this on most Web 2.0 Sites.
Thats all from me for now... I will add more later, please feel free to pull this appart and add to it and discuss the points made in this post, it will benefit you, me and everyone else reading this thread!