I did a Synnd review way back in the Pre-panda days, and got so-so results from it.
Quick recap on the other Synnd review:
- 5 urls tested
- only one got full attention
- the one that got full attention ranks #1, page 1 POST Panda(s), but keywords were long-tail-ish and/or low volume and low competition, but to this day are some of the highest volume keywords bringing traffic to my site, according to CPanel AWSTATS
UPDATED SYNND Review: Results and Experiences
Results were/ARE amazing, and I’m not easily amazed.
URL being tested, is same one that got the full attention last time, but I went for a harder test of Synnd this time, I went for a MUCH harder keyword.
I tested this on 2 urls, one of which is the one alluded to above.
I have been using Synnd for about 4 months, coming up on 5 months in a couple of weeks.
UPDATE/EDIT: I used their Enterprise Level member for this test, and divided the promotions credits equally between 2 urls, 3-4 keywords each url
Also, I only used/tested the social linking impact/aspect, (bookmarks, social news, Facebook Likes, Google +1s etc… and didn’t use the Press Release module, nor the article submissions module, nor any of the other non-social linking modules)
URL #1- The one that saw good results for the low comp, low volume keywords in the previous test, but now being tested for a harder keyword.
For the MAJOR traffic, High comp, High Volume term, here’s how the SERPS history went:
Had LinxBoss running on this url and this KW for months, had a Page 4 ranking that was pretty solid.
Removed LinxBoss from the mix, to make this a clearer, standalone test of Synnd.
The first 2 months did NOT go well, there were issues with my campaigns and some never-seen-before-by-them anomalies with my account, so I had a slow start there, and basically saw nothing from this, because my accounts weren’t running to maximum capacity for the urls and credits and what-not.
- Some of this was my fault, didn’t watch a training video
- Some of it had to do with a confusing non-user-friendly back office, user interface
- and some of it had to do with the aforementioned anomalies
We got things sorted, I contacted support, got a really nice, knowledgeable guy named Dan (must be a “Dan thing ) on gmail chat and Skype. He took a look at my account and got things sorted for me.
So, at around the beginning of month 3, we started to see some movement of the first url the one with history with Synnd.
- Went from page 4 to page 3, at the bottom, sat there at bottom half of page 3 for close to 3 weeks
- Then it moved up to the top of page 3 for about a week
- Then it went to the top of page 2 for about another week.
- And today, it’s at the bottom of page 1 40k Global exact searches volume term
I’m REALLY hesitant to recommend things in general, but I think that over 4 months of testing, albeit with only 2 REAL month’s of effective and proper implementation of their service, that the results achieved using only a portion of their modules… deems giving Synnd a thumbs-up.
One other thing that makes me recommend getting this service is, the rankings are going up, and yes while we might experience some dancing up and down in the search engines whilst link building to something we want to rank for, in this case, the dances have been less volatile, and more stable, and overall, what I’ve seen is rankings increases.
I’ve never seen this url DROP down significantly.. except maybe one spot or two which is indicative of a pretty solid and stable SERPs movement.
So, with all that being said, I can feel better about the recommend, but I also pointed Synnd at another url, for testing purposes.
Synnd review for url #2
Old domain name, I had put HIGH PR backlinks at it to rank page 2 for another really competitive keyword with massive volume, and for that keyword, I’m ranked page 2 with just 18 High PR Links.
So what I did was, I used Synnd to get the social signals for 3 other keywords in the site title, EXCLUDING the keyword I use my own service for.
While not exactly long-tail keywords, they’re definitely less competitive but have decent traffic, 2 of which have over 1k global exact searches a month.
Rankings for the 3 “other” keywords the aforementioned domain url got Synnd attention from
#3 – 1300 Global Exact searches
#6- 590 Global Exact Searches (UPDATE: Now #1 for past 2 days)
#15- 3600 Global Exact Searches (UPDATE: #10 now, 3 days after Synnd campaign for this url and kw stopped)
Before Synnd and after I got my own high pr links to this domain url for a keyword not targeted here with the Synnd test/review, these were all page 4-6
About the 2 urls being tested here… One did a lot better than the other whilst getting equal attention, so that’s a bit of a mystery, and the only thing to differentiate the two sites is one is an active site, and one is a dead, no-longer-being-published-to kind of site.
Also, about url #1, the one that got Synnd attention pre-Panda…it’s going on 3 years old for publication date, so it’s not like Google snapped it up as a recent publication and it’s riding a wave of search-engine-loving content freshness or anything like that, which gives even more weight to the fact that Synnd took a really old article and got it some social signal juice and made the url rank a lot higher than I expected it would.
Frankly speaking, I considered a page 2 ranking for this keyword via Synnd a success, and maybe that’s where it will end up if the url drops in search results, as has been known to happen when a url reaches page 1 and get some attention.
But for now, it’s page 1, for how long I don’t know but boy am I tempted to throw some other types of links at it, but that would ruin the review, know what I mean?
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Is this a mandate on Social Signals as a ranking factor? Apparently so…
People talk about link diversity all the time, but for this test, only social signals were being tested.
Can you rank with social signals alone, via Synnd or other tools and services?
Possibly, but I can’t say for sure, so I’m NOT by any means saying that you should get Synnd and use just Synnd to try and rank your sites.
Devil’s Advocate time…
Synnd gets you social links and signals, yes, but a lot of their Twitter accounts and Facebook accounts giving the Tweets and Likes and Plus 1s are empty accounts with no followers, and following nobody, which makes these accounts somewhat spammy in nature.
So how is this authoritative social linking? It’s not authoritative social linking as far as quality of social links are concerned…
But it IS authority-like, quality social linking if you look at it from a search engine’s point of view…
Please explain WTF you’re talking about now Dan (great now I’m writing to myself) when you mention authoritative, quality social links from CRAP accounts?
I spoke to Dan from Synnd about this and he said that all of the accounts that give the social links are all based on, created on tied to… different IP addresses.
Which then brings us back to link building in general, people say you should get link diversity and backlinks from different IP addresses, and Synnd social linking is a microcosm of that idea, meaning that… if you are supposed to get different link types from varying sources, then you can take this idea and drill down a bit further and think…hmm if I’m going to get social links to add to the diversity of my inbound link portfolio, shouldn’t the links I get from this link TYPE be diverse as well?
That’s the only thing I can think of that explains why Synnd works, maybe you don’t need ALL types of links to rank something, just a diversity in whichever linking type/style you pursue.
NOTE: I am not a fan of stating that you need ALL types of links in order to rank for something, but I do recommend that if what you’re doing so far isn’t working. For example if you’re doing just article marketing and aren’t seeing much movement, try high pr links, or social links, or DoFollow blog commenting, or other stuff…
More Devil’s advocate stuff…
- What about TribePro?- never used it, heard it’s good
- What about SocialAdr?- used it, no likee, please read read the SocialAdr review
- What about getting social linking blasts from marketing forums and places like that? Those are one-hit wonders and never worked for me, as the linking and activity wasn’t steady and constant.
- What about using Bookmarking demon to create tons of accounts and bookmark, tweet, FB like, and Google +1 them towards your urls? You’re not gonna get unique social links from unique IP addresses in the VOLUME that Synnd delivers…
I’m going on vacation the the Dominican Republic in a few days and wanted to get this Synnd review “out the door” early enough before I leave, so as to address any comments or questions you (my Dear 12 readers might have.
One last thing, I like automation, my time is too valuable and too limited to actually DO anything myself like create accounts, and write articles and stuff (except here on this blog o’ mine)
I got the Enterprise Level membership with Synnd to review this and to use this as easily as possible. I just want you to know what membership level I joined at so you don’t expect the same results with a lower, or free level membership with them.
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Please ask any questions in comments section, as I’m sure I neglected to mention some details you might be interested in before making a decision on this…
ALSO, please read users’ comments below so you can see others’ experiences with Synnd as well
Additional notes: People want to know how to allocate their Synnd credits; since Synnd’s working for me, all I can say is use the following ratios for allocations. I didn’t come up with this, it was done for me by whomever sets up my campaigns, but if you have a lower-than-enterprise membership, just look at what you see here and divide/allocate accordingly
Bookmarking = 49/day
Social News = 21/day
Twitter = 11/day
Facebook = 25/day
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