UPDATE 8/11 - FOR LATEST RANKINGS UPDATE PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO MY LATEST POST OR CLICK THE LINK
Like many of you SEO is a big part of my life. I have followed Warrior Forum for some time and had never actually contributed all that much. However, I then came across ElectronPlumbers thread about using Build My Rank and several other link building methods. I was then inspired to complete my own content network link building test.
I then researched a few of the top content networks available online. I had read a lot of mixed reviews and thought why not just take 3 of the top networks and try them out regardless of the reviews. To be honest I bet there are a lot of fake reviews from site owners or affiliates (both positive and negative). However, I wanted to set out to give each network a fresh unbiased test. While I am only testing 3 sites right now I will test a lot more in the future. My hope is to test 3 sites ever 2-3 months.
If you are anything like me the cynic in you is now asking what is this guys endgame, why would anyone share SEO tips that could be valuable. Call me an optimist but I believe there is enough room for all of us. As I share case studies and more information I hope other people will continue to share their case studies. Thus helping me in the long run...
For this round I will be testing Linkvana vs. Build My Rank vs. SEO Linkvine.
Test Set Up:
For my case study I will be testing 3 unique domains within a highly competitive niche. The keyword I am targeting has around 1,200-2,000 searches per month and is probably a niche most people are really competing for. I will not be sharing my actual domains or links because I fear Google slamming my test. Not that I feel I am doing anything wrong you just need to be careful. I am hosting these domains on a SEO host so that they have completely separate unique c-class servers. They are even located on servers that are across the Country.
On page Optimization: I will be performing basic on page optimization for each domain. I will include the specific keyword I am testing in the page title, description, content etc. However, I will try to keep all test pages equal so that there is no impact on the actual rankings.
Linkbuilding: For each domain I will be writing 3-6 articles every week for each network. I will be writing the articles myself to better track how much time/effort it takes to attain a certain ranking within a content network. These will hopefully help you better estimate your own time and effort it would take to attain a ranking.
I will try to report the PR of the article when it goes live but there is a good chance this might not be possible. As I dive deeper into the content networks I might add more reporting info.
Rankings: Every week I will be updating my actual rankings here on Warrior forum. I submitted my first batch of articles around the 17th so my first update of rankings will be coming around June 23rd.
Please let me know if there is any reporting you want to see and I might add it. Hit me up on twitter or check out my profile here.