Merry Christmas if you celebrate the Day And Season. Happy holiday if you celebrate other days.
I know us wanna-be pro-bloggers are almost obligated to send these types of greetings out but I’m not really into writing for sake of writing, but I DO wish you well, not just on Christmas but on every day.
I hope you’re feel spiritual every day, and appreciating the fact that we’re above ground (read” not dead) to enjoy and/or experience it.
I’ve been trying to blog less and experiment more, and that’s led to a lot of Skype discussions with some SEO peeps…
Here’s what’s working now…3 things
#1- HomePage Backlinks, rented, shared, owned, or whatever other form of high PR backlinks you can get with low OBLS, outbound links, which is akin to high link juice.
LOW OBLS from PR URLS = High Link Juice…
Agree, disagree? I don’t care either way, it works for me and will for you if you get and use the right services.
Not all these Home Page Backlinks services are alike though, many have too many OBLs, or contain Fake or non-legit PR, meaning the PR is “held up”, boosted by links to it that will disappear soon, sometime within 2-3 months after this new PR-giving domain has been bought.
So that’s #1 on what’s working right now, High PR backlinks via rental services or creating your own private network. Most of us hate renting links so we either:
- Avoid doing these services and concentrate more firepower on link velocity
- Use a HomePage PR links service for a while, then after seeing the good effects, but still hating on temp rentals for rankings, build our own high Page Rank private networks.
#2- Private networks services (blogs or otherwise) giving links from domains with PR, but not giving PR-ed links… networks like BMR for example, they still work, the good ones anyway. These aren’t as powerful as they used to be but they still provide enough juice to rank lower competition terms, and/or provide the needed link velocity to maintain a ranking.
The important to know here is that blog networks deemed as blog farms or link farms or content farms will provide less and less value as time goes on. The search engines have been outing one network after another for years, but people’s memories are too short, or they haven’t been around long enough to know the truth behind this statement.
#3- Social signals, ugh!, and yep! Yes, these work, if the social presence and signals are from..for lack of a better word… quality accounts…
Quality social accounts? WTF am I talking about here?
I’m talking about social signals that not only drive TRAFFIC, but also drive rankings up, albeit very slowly…
Can you go to one of the forums and get a bookmarking blast for cheap,. cheap, cheap and get your social signals that way? or via BMD, bookmarking demon? Yep, you sure can but signal strength is weak there, and those signals don’t drive traffic, they just add another type of link to your inbound links portfolio.
What services do I recommend for these 3 things?
For #2, BMR and Article Ranks, or UAW or Authority Link Network (but if you’re going to buy domains with PR to get PR 0 backlinks back, that’s just dumb, build a private network instead dudes and dudettes!)
For the other things, I will have a very interesting review coming out in a week or so that might replace my #1 recommended service, and as far a s social signals are concerned, I think I have another winner but it’s a tad early to reveal that one yet. Not teasing here… I just want to be sure about my recommendation, that’s all…
Something to watch in 2012 and the coming years, HUGE I THINK!
What Google and Bing are doing, and why Social Signals MIGHT play an even more important role than ever before.
Front Page of Bing has an obvious prompt to Share on Facebook, no biggie there, it’s Bing, after all… but sites have been ranked with Facebook LIKES alone, and you’ll see more and more of these services popping up as it becomes something more important as a ranking factor.
Google- What they’re doing to their front page of the results is disturbing…
- Google Places
- Shopping Cart
- Personalized Search results
- Local listings (places)
- YouTube videos sometimes ranked Page 1
All this leads up to one thing, less space for those vying for top 3 positions
But let’s get back to reality here for a second…
Why do we want top listings in the first place? For traffic, right? hopefully not for vanity purposes, or for bragging rights….!
Yes, organic traffic rocks, it kicks ass if it’s gained permanently or doesn’t hurt too much, cost too much to maintain top listings via off page SEO (link building)
But at the end of the day, all we really want is to be FOUND, and found by targeted traffic, traffic that converts, traffic that engages us, and we..them…
Which brings me back to a HYPOTHESIS, that being…
if traffic is key, or king or queen, or whatever…
And if page 1 gets vast majority of the traffic
And Google is grabbing more of the front page real estate… to push people towards PPC
And making it harder to get page 1 traffic that converts…
I think/opine that social signals might play a larger role in your site’s traffic in the coming years. A lot of the REAL SEO GURUS have been saying this for years, but they’ve been dead wrong because they don’t want to seem like gamers of the system that is…. ‘links rank sites and more links gamed or otherwise outrank sites that don’t game the system”.
So, if Page 1 top 3 position in Google become unattainable for GOOD keywords and phrases, then it might be best to focus more on something that drives targeted traffic, either that or just focus on ranking for every single keyword related to your niche that isn’t very competitive, (READ: not taken over on Page 1 by Google Places, Shopping Cart, Local listings, etc..) and try to corner the “other” traffic related to your niche and this might even be a blessing in disguise…
Back to social signals again now… GOOD social traffic and presence and signals can drive quality traffic, IF…. the sources are good. If you Tweet this post you’re reading now, and you have followers on Twitter who read your Tweets, that might drive some quality traffic to this site, yippee…
But if you have 8000 self-created via proxies accounts via Bookmarking Demon, all those accounts probably don’t have any REAL readers interested in what you have to Tweet about or Like or +1, because you’ve bookmarked and Tweeted and Liked so many different kinds of things, most likely all pertaining to all your niche sites… that there’s no real targeted following there, therefore no real quality traffic derived from your Tweets and reTweets.
But once again, quality links DO MATTER, whether they be social or otherwise…
Guest blogging for example… it’s a great way to get a steady source of targeted traffic to your sites, and it’s the “new” form of efficient article marketing, but I don’t particularly like writing a lot believe it or not… and if I am going to write something of good quality, it goes on my site, not someone else’s.
But guest blogging is an example of a good backlink, merely because it drives traffic, not because the one or two or even 3 backlinks derived form your carefully thought out article got you such awesome link juice…
and the same idea applies to social signals, if you’re going to do it at all, do it right.
RECAP, what’s working now:
- High PR backlinks from Home Page Backlinks services, your own private network, or paid rented links of this variety (with low OBLs)
- good private blog networks,
- and social signals.
Merry Christmas, and please remember since we’re coming up on spiritual seasons, for some of us…
Wisdom comes from Experience, and Experience comes from making bad decisions. but don’t go try to be a smart-aleck and ignore what it took me two cups of iced coffee to rant, err write, PEACE TO YOU my dear legion (up to 8 now) of readers!