The SEO landscape has changed and what used to work no longer does(or does it). What works now is actually kinda shocking as its still easy to rank if not easier! i promise this post will have some of the freshest SEO NEWS you consumed in months.
In this post i will share with you the SEO techniques i use to get ranked quickly . This techniques are working for both new and established sites.
Be warned the lines will become grey for some as a few of my techniques might seem like Blackhat seo.
On that note (Black Hat vs White Hat) i no longer subscribe to the idea that they are really two majorly different ways of doing SEO since both ways are used by seo’s to manipulate the search engines to favor their site which in turn brings higher rankings and traffic.
I don’t however believe in producing low quality content just to make a buck, i believe if you are going to manipulate the rankings you need to, provide a valuable resource for your readers or buyers.
SEO NEWS – Whats working in SEO field now :
Before i continue i must point out that most of what i will share will relate to getting high rankings in Google, that’s not to say that some of these techniques won’t work with other search engines.
After the recent algorithm updates that Google has been rolling out there has been talk that SEO is dead and that producing High quality content is the only way to rank, this however in my finding is false there are still tons of 2-5 page sites ranking for money terms, in fact i own three adsense sites at present that are still ranking post penguin for which i haven’t written a single post in a month.
Google ranks its own properties even when its spammed :
Google has always been accused of ranking properties it owns higher up in the serps, the accusations might be true…
For instance when doing a search for a popular term like “how to make money online” two out of the first three results are youtube videos these two video’s don’t really provide any useful info for the related search term at all. This is a clear example that spammers are still catching Google with its pants down.
This is a high competition search term that gets 74,000 exact match searches per month.
Assuming the number two spot gets +-4500 hits per month,I worked it out based on the number of views the video has right now which is 12,832. They should be easily making a 6 figure income since they no doubt are ranking for loads of other long tail keywords aswell.
Whats even more shocking is that the highest ranked video is about four months old, seems Google has overlooked better results in favor of youtube and freshness.
Before i get to my small scale Google freshness test lets look at the backlink profile of the number two result for the “how to make money online” term.
+-2000 Backlinks in less than three months are well, you guessed it, plain old link spamming which is supposed to get your link removed not make you bucket loads of cash. Check the Backlinks spike if that isn’t obviously spam then i don’t know what it. (backlinks checked with ahrefs)
I have many of these examples of which many aren’t even youtube videos but facebook pages and other spammy pages and websites that don’t deserve the top spots.
For now lets keep it at the above example which i believe makes it clear that Google isn’t half as clever as they want us to think.
As i said many times before i believe in providing valuable info but for the sake of making a point that the guys at google aren’t clever as they say, i have 3 adsense sites that have about 5-10 pages on each(thin content) with lots of spammy links built by its original owner and some good ones built by me that are still ranking post penguin 2.0 . I bought theses sites so i can expand them but i didn’t expect them to stay ranking after penguin 2.0 and neither did the previous owner hence he sold it to me at a really good price.
Freshness experiment that continues to give me great rankings
Google’s aim to become the most up to date search engine has left a huge loophole in there algorithm that is ridiculously easy to game. What if i told you i have conducted experiments that show you can get higher rankings/traffic without even updating your blog!
After reading Glens post on NEW SEO which confirmed my suspicions that Google is placing a huge emphasis on freshness which is unfair since great articles that are still relevant in all niches have seen drops in there ranking because they aren’t fresh despite the fact they provide more value than whats in the serps now.
What really shocked me was the following
To see how messed up Google is at the moment i decided to take a old tech blog i used to run, for which i haven’t written a single post in 3 years!.
The posts on the blog is no longer relevant which is the nature of technology (becomes irrelevant quickly as the tech world advances). This made it perfect for my experiment, what comes next shocked me.
To test Google’s love for freshness I installed a plugin called Random Post Dater which changed all my post dates to the present day, before the change the site was getting +-2 hits a day for a year with in a week its now up to 50 hits a day! (time to take it to my bigger blogs)
This is crazy cause i never changed a single word in any of the existing posts and already my old tech blog is climbing up the ranks.
If you look closely at you search results you will come across many other sites scamming Google this way. Some sites content are always less than a day old yet the post was written weeks ago!
Sorry for all the exclamation marks i’m just so excited to get this info out.
ill be testing my skills at ranking for competitive terms via youtube and funneling the traffic to my products or blogs and will share my results in the coming weeks, ill be using fiverr for my backlinks cause all tests seem to show that when they are pointed at youtube they don’t get you penalised.
Id like to hear from you what you think about the state of Google please drop a comment below.