So what SEO strategies are actually working today

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Before Penguin & Panda, I was very successful at achieving high rankings for web pages across many different web sites and search terms. Now I am not. So how do web masters achieve high rankings today?

I have followed Google's guidelines on some web sites with poor results. What is "quality content" anyway? What are high value links? Where I have unique content of around 1000 words and include say a video and an image that's related and then build a steady stream of "high quality" links, the result is poor rankings.

Where I have been more aggressive, i.e. high quality content but more aggressive link building the results have been poor.

My competitive research suggests quite strongly that if you have a major recognizable brand name, your site will rank highly, regardless of the quality of the content. I don't promote major brands; just small to medium sized businesses.

I guess what I am asking is, where's the good information on how to rank in Google today?
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicky Papers
    I've had success ranking new and/or existing sites by using the following methods:

    1) Removing "lower quality" backlinks if possible.

    2) Improving on-page elements and tidying things up a bit. (i.e. removing excessive internal links, creating functional 404 pages, 301'ing when applicable, etc.)

    3) Creating + developing social profiles links pointing to the site. (Social Media Networks Currently Tracked By KnowEm)

    4) Building out dedicated microsites if the budget allows.

    5) Running new direct-to-site links on my private blog network in lower quantities.

    6) Pinterest links. (Helpful for generating some traffic too!)

    7) Social bookmarks in lower quantities. Both direct to site + backing social profiles.

    8) Pinging links. (as needed)

    9) Building links to pre-existing "trophy links" to push extra relevancy and juice through.

    10) Create quality content + actively promote.


    The last step (#10) the most important and should always be your primary focus. Think about how many companies out there that are doing just fine overlooking steps 1 through 9?

    In the grand scheme of things, "real marketing" is often overlooked when the "shiny object" elements are the most intriguing to some marketers.
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    • Profile picture of the author jape
      Originally Posted by Nicky Papers View Post

      I've had success ranking new and/or existing sites by using the following methods:

      1) Removing "lower quality" backlinks if possible.

      2) Improving on-page elements and tidying things up a bit. (i.e. removing excessive internal links, creating functional 404 pages, 301'ing when applicable, etc.)

      3) Creating + developing social profiles links pointing to the site. (Social Media Networks Currently Tracked By KnowEm)

      4) Building out dedicated microsites if the budget allows.

      5) Running new direct-to-site links on my private blog network in lower quantities.

      6) Pinterest links. (Helpful for generating some traffic too!)

      7) Social bookmarks in lower quantities. Both direct to site + backing social profiles.

      8) Pinging links. (as needed)

      9) Building links to pre-existing "trophy links" to push extra relevancy and juice through.

      10) Create quality content + actively promote.


      The last step (#10) the most important and should always be your primary focus. Think about how many companies out there that are doing just fine overlooking steps 1 through 9?

      In the grand scheme of things, "real marketing" is often overlooked when the "shiny object" elements are the most intriguing to some marketers.
      Agreed! Great content and social media is the way to go.
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    • Profile picture of the author seomanchun
      No Social media is best way to optimize your site, in the SEO to include relevant content in site. and get good and unique content link for site that is better for site ranking and traffic like guest post, blog post, press release.


      Originally Posted by Nicky Papers View Post

      I've had success ranking new and/or existing sites by using the following methods:

      1) Removing "lower quality" backlinks if possible.

      2) Improving on-page elements and tidying things up a bit. (i.e. removing excessive internal links, creating functional 404 pages, 301'ing when applicable, etc.)

      3) Creating + developing social profiles links pointing to the site. (Social Media Networks Currently Tracked By KnowEm)

      4) Building out dedicated microsites if the budget allows.

      5) Running new direct-to-site links on my private blog network in lower quantities.

      6) Pinterest links. (Helpful for generating some traffic too!)

      7) Social bookmarks in lower quantities. Both direct to site + backing social profiles.

      8) Pinging links. (as needed)

      9) Building links to pre-existing "trophy links" to push extra relevancy and juice through.

      10) Create quality content + actively promote.


      The last step (#10) the most important and should always be your primary focus. Think about how many companies out there that are doing just fine overlooking steps 1 through 9?

      In the grand scheme of things, "real marketing" is often overlooked when the "shiny object" elements are the most intriguing to some marketers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Carolynn
      Originally Posted by Nicky Papers View Post

      I've had success ranking new and/or existing sites by using the following methods:

      1) Removing "lower quality" backlinks if possible.

      2) Improving on-page elements and tidying things up a bit. (i.e. removing excessive internal links, creating functional 404 pages, 301'ing when applicable, etc.)

      3) Creating + developing social profiles links pointing to the site. (Social Media Networks Currently Tracked By KnowEm)

      4) Building out dedicated microsites if the budget allows.

      5) Running new direct-to-site links on my private blog network in lower quantities.

      6) Pinterest links. (Helpful for generating some traffic too!)

      7) Social bookmarks in lower quantities. Both direct to site + backing social profiles.

      8) Pinging links. (as needed)

      9) Building links to pre-existing "trophy links" to push extra relevancy and juice through.

      10) Create quality content + actively promote.


      The last step (#10) the most important and should always be your primary focus. Think about how many companies out there that are doing just fine overlooking steps 1 through 9?

      In the grand scheme of things, "real marketing" is often overlooked when the "shiny object" elements are the most intriguing to some marketers.
      WHY THANK YOU!

      That's the best answer to one of the better formulated questions I've gotten since I've joined thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Vivers
    Very helpful list and this is why it takes time and can't be rushed like the old days. Slow & steady with all manual link building
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  • Profile picture of the author anonymous99
    The new SEO is do no SEO
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    • Originally Posted by anonymous99 View Post

      The new SEO is do no SEO

      Lol. Don't listen to this guy...
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    • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
      Originally Posted by anonymous99 View Post

      The new SEO is do no SEO
      Don't do IM
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    • Profile picture of the author MrDougJay
      Originally Posted by anonymous99 View Post

      The new SEO is do no SEO
      LOL! I call that lazy.

      For me the strategies that worked are blog commenting on high PR and related blogs, article marketing, web 2.0 sites, and social media optimization.
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    • Profile picture of the author moneymoguls
      Originally Posted by anonymous99 View Post

      The new SEO is do no SEO
      BINGO!!! I think this is the most valuable post on this forum thus far!!!

      Backlinking will destroy your website sooner or later. Google's goal is to remove all artificial ranking influences.
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      • Profile picture of the author ttomp13
        Originally Posted by moneymoguls View Post

        BINGO!!! I think this is the most valuable post on this forum thus far!!!

        Backlinking will destroy your website sooner or later. Google's goal is to remove all artificial ranking influences.
        lol SEO is NOT garbage. The key is to diversify, as it always has been.

        * Youtube
        * Aweber
        * Guest Posts
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        • Profile picture of the author Milesgeek
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      • Profile picture of the author Becker13
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        Originally Posted by moneymoguls View Post

        BINGO!!! I think this is the most valuable post on this forum thus far!!!

        Backlinking will destroy your website sooner or later. Google's goal is to remove all artificial ranking influences.
        Are you retarded?
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        • Profile picture of the author Iamcap
          Originally Posted by Becker13 View Post

          Are you retarded?
          Becker, what is your contribution to this thread? You bashed someone who provided the thread with his current seo strategy, that even though is a lot of work, will of course work, he is essentially building other contextual websites and have a backlink to his own, sure they will start as pr0, but if the writing is good, it will gain value over time. 20 contextual backlinks on relevant (albeit artifcially made) are all good in googles eyes. You bash his post and he comes back with a decent response and you choose to ignore him to then call someone else a retard.

          But then again, you would do that with a signature like yours. There are way too many of your type around here....

          If you really feel someone is wrong, correct them with your own info, bashing just to sound like you know what you are talking about is not cool.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt121
    Doing absolutely no SEO is positively wrong... But Google gives more authority to more "natural" looking SEO practices.
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  • Profile picture of the author webgain88
    Today smo is better than seo .smo give more traffic
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    • Profile picture of the author cisin
      Originally Posted by webgain88 View Post

      Today smo is better than seo .smo give more traffic
      And what if your niche is not that appeal for social media or people on social networks wont even bother to check things from your niche. Then what possible thing one should do?
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  • Profile picture of the author anushawallpost
    I support social media advertisements in wallpost,facebook.
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    • Profile picture of the author SamDenial
      Yes I think SEO with Social media is working wonderful today. You should promote your business over social media like Facebook, twitter and Google plus.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sanket Patel
    Today google is looking for the website whose anchor text link profile is balanced, the one which is consistent with its on page and off page optimization, more social with recent, trendy topics and has qualitative & authoritative content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kristen8
    After penguin updates I have stopped submitting links in directories and bookmarking sites. Also I do limited article submission and focus more in blogs, forums, QAs and build networking. Twice in a month I check back links and remove the bad one. By doing all this keywords of my website are ranking at good position on Google .
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  • Profile picture of the author mikespencer1957
    Quality content is basically content which is error free, unique, grammatically correct and most important thing which can engage your viewers, adds values and which can bring more traffic to your website.
    Secondly, promote your content in various social medias after penguin update SMO plays a big role in improving your website ranking.

    Improving on-page elements like navigation of your website do check time to time that all links in your websites are functioning properly or not. If their are any dead links and navigation problem your ranking will surely get affected.
    Hope this will help
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  • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
    Permanent links from PR 4 or higher pages seems to be working great.
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  • Profile picture of the author trafficmasters
    Gain links from websites that are in the same niche/subject as your site. Do not use spun content

    If you follow those guidelines you will raise in rank it just takes time!
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  • Profile picture of the author Merden
    I believe on page factor is now most important. Your site should be natural. I don't believe in social media marketing. If you have any example of social media website visits then share here. How any service provider website bring traffic from social media?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chelsie1687
    Permanent links from PR 4 or higher pages seems to also be way to go for me.
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  • The best answer for you, concentrate more on Social Media Optimization and Conversion Rate Optimization!!
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  • Profile picture of the author bdwilliams
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  • Profile picture of the author jazzygelable
    Great thread you have here. I'm subscribing since I need to learn a lot these coming days to do my own site's SEO. It just gets confusing because SEO is something that continually changes. I think some WSOs I read still recommended unsafe practices.
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    Just focus on quality back links and you'll be fine, you can buy them, rent them, email webmasters and offer money or trade for a link from another site of yours, or buy domains, plenty of options.

    Getting them for free is kind of hard though.
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  • Profile picture of the author MeetMe@TheTop
    I can tell you that the best technique to be using are guest post from authoritative websites and blog post that are not whored out when it comes to sharing links in every market. I believe this to be the safest way of link building. Be smart about it and make sure you switch up your anchor text and have at least 50% branded keywords.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marketing Fool
      I'm having some luck by offering high quality link bait that attracts other websites to link back to me...

      And creating content that gets shared on social media...

      Other than that...nothing seems to be working for me.

      And since I don't really consider those first two things as SEO...I tend to agree with the guy who said that the best SEO right now is no SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Becker13
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    I still have tremendous success with blog networks and intellegent nuking
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    • Profile picture of the author ttomp13
      What I like to do is submit unique articles for backlinks, social bookmarks,
      press releases, etc. Let me take the time to explain. This strategy has
      gotten me a ton of top rankings, and is STUPID SIMPLE.

      What is Required of You?

      * The willingness to write 2 unique articles a day.
      * About 30 to 45 minutes a day, depending on how fast you write.

      Day 1. Write a Unique Article.

      You can post this article on a new niche site. In which case, I recommend
      having between 5 to 10 articles. You don't need a huge site to be successful.
      Alternatively, Blogspot and Squidoo rank really well, so if you're low on cash,
      Blogspot and Squidoo will work.

      Day 2+ Submit 2 Unique Articles a Day.

      On days 2+, you're going to want to write and submit 2 unique articles a day
      to article directories, web 2.0 services, and press release sites. If you can
      snag a guest post on a site, feel free to do that as well.

      Schedule:

      Monday - Write money article.
      Tuesday - Write 2 articles for SEO.
      Wednesday - Write 2 articles for SEO.
      Thursday - Write 2 articles for SEO.
      Friday - Write 2 articles for SEO.

      rinse and repeat.

      Sites to Submit To.

      Squidoo (PR7)
      Ezine Articles (PR6)
      Blogspot Blog (PR9)
      Hubpages (PR6)
      Go Articles (PR6)
      Amazines (PR4)
      Wordpress (PR9)
      Live Journal (PR8)
      Tumblr (PR8)
      Weebly (PR8)
      SelfGrowth (PR6)
      Article Base (PR5)
      Article Blast (PR4)
      Street Articles (PR3)
      Squidoo (PR7)
      Tumblr (PR8)
      Tumblr (PR8)
      Wide PR
      PR Log

      What You Get?

      After just 10 days of work, you get 20, high quality, relevant backlinks to
      your site. Write useful information, and you will even get targeted visitors.
      Through Panda and Penguin, this is the strategy that has continuously
      worked for me, and again, it's STUPID SIMPLE.

      Final Thoughts.

      There is nothing special about SEO. Do this strategy for 2 weeks, and it will
      work wonders, (unless you're targeting an impossible keyword.)

      Feel free to do these things as well:

      * Social Bookmarking,
      * RSS submissions, and
      * Pinging

      As a bonus, feel free to submit your backlink URLs to Fiverr (to backlink your
      backlinks), NOT your money site. Backlinking your backlinks will help them
      get indexed.

      PS: Vary your anchor text. Use words like "click here" or "check this out." Only
      use your exact anchor 20% of the time. Also, link with the URL as well.



      This strategy as absolutely been killing it for me, and it's STUPID SIMPLE.
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      • Profile picture of the author Becker13
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        Originally Posted by ttomp13 View Post

        What I like to do is submit unique articles for backlinks, social bookmarks,
        press releases, etc. Let me take the time to explain. This strategy has
        gotten me a ton of top rankings, and is STUPID SIMPLE.

        What is Required of You?

        * The willingness to write 2 unique articles a day.
        * About 30 to 45 minutes a day, depending on how fast you write.

        Day 1. Write a Unique Article.

        You can post this article on a new niche site. In which case, I recommend
        having between 5 to 10 articles. You don't need a huge site to be successful.
        Alternatively, Blogspot and Squidoo rank really well, so if you're low on cash,
        Blogspot and Squidoo will work.

        Day 2+ Submit 2 Unique Articles a Day.

        On days 2+, you're going to want to write and submit 2 unique articles a day
        to article directories, web 2.0 services, and press release sites. If you can
        snag a guest post on a site, feel free to do that as well.

        Schedule:

        Monday - Write money article.
        Tuesday - Write 2 articles for SEO.
        Wednesday - Write 2 articles for SEO.
        Thursday - Write 2 articles for SEO.
        Friday - Write 2 articles for SEO.

        rinse and repeat.

        Sites to Submit To.

        Squidoo (PR7)
        Ezine Articles (PR6)
        Blogspot Blog (PR9)
        Hubpages (PR6)
        Go Articles (PR6)
        Amazines (PR4)
        Wordpress (PR9)
        Live Journal (PR8)
        Tumblr (PR8)
        Weebly (PR8)
        SelfGrowth (PR6)
        Article Base (PR5)
        Article Blast (PR4)
        Street Articles (PR3)
        Squidoo (PR7)
        Tumblr (PR8)
        Tumblr (PR8)
        Wide PR
        PR Log

        What You Get?

        After just 10 days of work, you get 20, high quality, relevant backlinks to
        your site. Write useful information, and you will even get targeted visitors.
        Through Panda and Penguin, this is the strategy that has continuously
        worked for me, and again, it's STUPID SIMPLE.

        Final Thoughts.

        There is nothing special about SEO. Do this strategy for 2 weeks, and it will
        work wonders, (unless you're targeting an impossible keyword.)

        Feel free to do these things as well:

        * Social Bookmarking,
        * RSS submissions, and
        * Pinging

        As a bonus, feel free to submit your backlink URLs to Fiverr (to backlink your
        backlinks), NOT your money site. Backlinking your backlinks will help them
        get indexed.

        PS: Vary your anchor text. Use words like "click here" or "check this out." Only
        use your exact anchor 20% of the time. Also, link with the URL as well.



        This strategy as absolutely been killing it for me, and it's STUPID SIMPLE.


        Seriously who does manual submissions and actually writes articles still...This is disgusting..At least pay someone else to do it

        Or better yet just buy homepage links on a network.. I mean if this strategy KILLS it, you should have money to spare to save yourself time right?

        Sorry to troll I just hate when people post this. I don't do this, I don't know any 4g+ a month SEO who does this, and my SEO firm does not do this (yet we manage to rank for huge competitive national keywords). Its just not efficient SEO and leads a ton of newbies to UBER time wastage
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        • Profile picture of the author ttomp13
          Originally Posted by Becker13 View Post

          Seriously who does manual submissions and actually writes articles still...This is disgusting..At least pay someone else to do it

          Or better yet just buy homepage links on a network.. I mean if this strategy KILLS it, you should have money to spare to save yourself time right?

          Sorry to troll I just hate when people post this. I don't do this, I don't know any 4g+ a month SEO who does this, and my SEO firm does not do this (yet we manage to rank for huge competitive national keywords). Its just not efficient SEO and leads a ton of newbies to UBER time wastage
          Hey there,

          I currently don't have the funds to outsource. Trust me, that's the very
          first thing I will do when I get those funds.


          Prior to using my strategy, my earnings were in a decline, and then stagnant
          over the past 6 months.

          I just started using this strategy around mid August, and it's the only thing
          that has worked for me since Panda and Penguin. Since then, I've seen a
          $300+ a month increase in my earnings.

          I realize I'm no super affiliate, but I also realize many of my friends here at
          Warrior Forum are looking for a strategy that works, and a strategy that is
          free. My strategy is both of those things.


          I also realize the majority of people here are not super affiliates, and would
          be more than happy to be making $100 - $1,000 a month. My strategy can
          make that happen.


          I guess I don't understand why I'm being bashed for providing readers of WF
          with helpful information. Is my strategy the best SEO strategy in the world?
          Nope. Even I'll admit that. But does it work, and will it allow struggling marketers
          to increase their rankings, traffic, and earnings? Sure it will, and in my eyes,
          that's all that matters.



          My Earnings with Clickbank since strategy:




          Well, guys, I'm outta here. It's been fun, being back in WF again. It just gets
          discouraging when you try to help, and get bashed for it. I'm sure you guys
          know what I mean. So I'm going to spend my time doing things that will increase
          my traffic, earnings, and help my readers while doing it. I wish you all the best.
          Feel free to use my strategy or not. It's really up to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author speedbird
    The aim of Google as a SE is to provide surfers with the most relevant results from searches. Therefore, it is important to have this point in mind when writing articles or just web content. They have very complex algorithms that can detect duplicate content, spun content and spam. Quality content is king i.e content that is informative, fresh, relevant, unique and original.
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    Originally Posted by Becker13 View Post

    I still have tremendous success with blog networks and intellegent nuking
    ^^ I co-sign the above poster

    High PR contextual dofollow links. I am getting my clients to page #1 with contextual links from my high PR blog network and blogrolls.

    I strongly urge everyone to avoid any "guaranteed ranking services". Those are always a scam. Nobody can guarantee results, if they do... RUN!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author GodMode52
      Originally Posted by gearmonkey View Post

      ^^ I co-sign the above poster

      High PR contextual dofollow links. I am getting my clients to page #1 with contextual links from my high PR blog network and blogrolls.

      I strongly urge everyone to avoid any "guaranteed ranking services". Those are always a scam. Nobody can guarantee results, if they do... RUN!!!
      You are starting to be pathetic. Who ever knows how to analyze properly a niche , a site and keyword competition can guarantee results based on his experience . I can virtually take on first page any keyword , like every serious SEO company which isn't involved in scamming people for 5 bucks with fake PR shitty sites.

      Your feedbacks on fiverr are funny too btw , I guess now and then you find someone who's able to see the real value of your site?

      FIVERR review
      mburngas created 6 days ago The site is a TOOLBAR PR9. 85 OBL. Posts stay on homepage 13 days. 21 Citation Flow from 36 Links on 23SEPT2012. That said, the link profile looks like a PR2 or PR3 site. Amazon dot com is a PR8, so to say that this is a PR9 is ridiculous...
      Also you are selling on WF the same links you are selling on fiverr for 10x price? Stating also that you have 7 spots left? And you keep spamming your blogs with fiverr buyers? That's some clear and honest way to work with your customers. Well done.

      If you had anything good in your hands you would keep those sites for your own , as selling links for 4$ and spamming those sites to death will reduce the power of those links by x100, but I understand it's easier to take money of ignorant customers on fiverr.

      Also there's maybe 2-3 people involved in guaranteed ranking service here , I run an offline business and I work with REAL web design and SEO agencies from USA - UK - GER ,I guess that's hard for you to get to the end of month with 4bucks per order , I can understand why you keep spreading all this bullsh1t on this forum.

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author mcatt
    Quality content, blog post, guest blogs in niche if possible
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  • Profile picture of the author Iamcap
    And now he ignores this thread. Seriously, why do people do this? Mindless trolling all to attempt to sound like an "authority" on "google ranking"....
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  • Profile picture of the author bsbear
    SEO is the same as it always was. Real SEO's understand quality over quantity, that's why everyone here who purchased the cheapest SEO services get penalized by Google.

    Unfortunately the days of buying the cheapest SEO you can find and hoping to rank highly are over, you now need to make a commitment to your website and actually pay for quality work.
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  • Profile picture of the author 181liquid
    I'm a newbie and I'm not sure I understand what is SMO is???
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  • Profile picture of the author zop
    Some other tasks to add to your list.
    Remember SEO is an ongoing activity that takes time.

    Here are my tips:
    1) Domain age. If you're just starting you might want to think about buying a domain that has a long history (>5years).
    2) Choose domain names with keywords
    3) Create a youtube video and get back links to that video
    4) Submit RSS feeds
    5) Get .edu and .gov link banks
    6) Create unique articles and submit to article banks. Don't forget to get back links to those article banks.
    7) Get facebook fans, twitter followers, and more importantly a google+ site. Evidence shows google places some weight on these.
    8) Get a google place listing.
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  • Profile picture of the author jerrywhyte
    also submit to zimbio as i am currently getting good referral traffics from there now
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  • Profile picture of the author reneesbertrand
    Google wants people to do paid advertisement and many websites which are paying for adwords rank better than others, But this has also made small business and individuals much harder time as they do not have budget for such campaigns, Working hard on Social Networks is the only thing that can help out these days as combined they can provide even more traffic than Google if you work properly.!
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Originally Posted by reneesbertrand View Post

      Google wants people to do paid advertisement and many websites which are paying for adwords rank better than others, But this has also made small business and individuals much harder time as they do not have budget for such campaigns, Working hard on Social Networks is the only thing that can help out these days as combined they can provide even more traffic than Google if you work properly.!
      Yeah it's one big conspiracy :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author shrutirathore
    Build quality back links as much as you can through off page seo. SMO will also help you for google keyword ranking......
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryPabelate
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    Google wants people to build authority sites instead of building several few pages site..

    You can see, HubPages, About.com, eHow.com etc. they are doing well.
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    • Profile picture of the author chanetsa
      Thanks to everyone for their contribution so far.

      As I said at the start, I was achieving some seriously good SEO results before Panda and Penguin. The methods I was using then are not working today. When I read through this thread, I see many suggestions that have worked in the past for me but, as I mentioned before, are no longer working today. Having said all that, there have been some great suggestions that I will definitely try.

      Some observations:
      1. I have tested the social media approach and noticed no real improvement. I am not convinced about this yet. Maybe someone has some proof?

      2. I have achieved good rankings on some pages for secondary keywords (i.e. not the keyword that I want to rank for). This may be a result of less aggressive on-page SEO and more varied anchor text. After all, G still needs guidance about what a page is all about but it has to be less "obvious".

      3. When a sports team is performing poorly, the coach will often revert back to getting the fundamentals right and then later, to build on this. I like what ttomp13 suggests because it is a similar approach. Although this is time consuming, I may try this for a while and when I see the results will consider adding some of the other suggestions people have made.

      4. I can't go with the SEO is dead argument. I have many sites that have not been SEO'd and they are hidden in the back-alleys of the search engines.

      5. Brands are king - it seems to me that major (recognizable) brands are being given some advantage. Perhaps G is becoming the big brand SE?

      Thanks again for all the suggestions. I am off to try a "stepped" approach:
      Step 1 - Follow the advice of ttomp13 for a few weeks
      Step 2 - Add one additional tactic - e.g. blog posting - and see what happens
      Step 3 - Add another tactic - rinse and repeat.

      I will report back on results.

      Thanks again and I wish you all well in your SEO endeavors.
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