Transcript of "Tim Grice - Linkbuilding in Competitive Industries - ionSearch 2012"
ionSearch 2012Tim GriceHead of Search – Branded3
LINKBUILDING INCOMPETITIVE INDUSTRIESTim GriceHead of Search
Unnatural Links• In March Google made the biggest change ever to how they handle links o Over 1 million unnatural links messages in WMT o Ranking drops hit 2-3 weeks later o Link clean up needed before re-consideration should be sent
Our Experience• 50 sites have contacted us specifically about the message• Clean up is difficult as spam sites rarely have contact info• Legacy SEO agencies may not co-operate in the removal of links• We’ve been looking for common networks – one site had used an outsourcer to place links across 650 domains, payment had to be made for removal• Google are detecting/penalising blogs selling posts
Which links are bad?• If you’ve got the message then you need to remove every link that was built for SEO purposes as Google will look closely at your link profile during reconsideration• For other sites it’s very important to reduce the percentage of keyword anchor text – this means actively making changes ASAP to your link profile if you are at risk• Paid blog posts on low quality blogs, sidebar links, footer links, forum profile links, article directory links etc. are all very dangerous now
Choose Landing Pages Not Keywords• Do keyword research• Allocate keywords to landing pages• Prioritise pages by sum of keyword search volume• Vary anchor text across all keywords• Mix in brand variations for good measure Google wants to rank the best result
Anchor Text• Decide on 10 – 15 keywords per page• Use ‘Brand’ and ‘Noise’ signals• Use the Google Keyword tool/Suggest/Related Searches
Social Signals• http://www.blueglass.com/blog/secrets-of-viral-content/• Good content always gets far fewer links than it gets social shares• Make sure that you build social shares at the same time as you get links to make your link building appear natural
Competitor Analysis• Use search metrics to find most shared content
Tweets as Links? • Giveaways and competitions • 1872 tweets • 10th most shared page
The News Method News Shortlist Press Brainstorm Target Sites Release Blog Roll Premium Social Out Post Publish
Creating Social Hit list• List all info graphic sites• List all industry blogs• List all sites that have published a similar info graphic in the past o Find using search o Find using “search by image”• Seed by asking influential users to share via social media
Summary• Remove unnatural links• Address anchor text balance• Focus on being link worthy• Great sites generate shares as well as links• Processes to focus on quality and natural signals
Questions?• seowizz.net & blogstorm.co.uk• www.branded3.com• twitter.com/tim_grice• firstname.lastname@example.org• We do free link analysis and link strategy for those who email me
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