This post is the third of a series documenting my attempts to retrieve one of my money sites from the depths of ranking despair.
Unfortunately things seem to be getting worse, rather than improving. My “black hole” site, which has an exact match domain (EMD) name of the form “NicheCity.net”, got hit by the Google EMD update around the end of September.
This caused a ranking decrease for the matching search phrase of over 150 places! Continue reading
This post is the second of a series documenting my attempts to retrieve one of my money sites from the depths of ranking despair. You can see the first post here to get the background story.
To pull my site out of the black hole I decided to enlist the services of one of the Warrior Forum’s most reputable link builders – Matt LaClear. He promotes what he calls his Holistic SEO service.
With this service he promises to keep working on your site until it ranks on page 1 of Google for your selected primary keyword. Continue reading
This post is the first of a series documenting my attempts to retrieve one of my money sites from the depths of ranking despair.
How I Got There……
The site is an exact match domain of the form “NicheCity.net”. The niche is real estate and the site monetisation method is lead generation.
Up until late in 2011 the site appeared in the “7-pack” local listings, even though the site didn’t represent a bricks and mortar store. (How that happened is another story for another day.)
When Google started to merge local and organic listings, my site got booted out of the 7-pack but then was still the first organic listing below it. Then in early 2012 the (first) disaster struck. Continue reading
Here’s a horror story that features Google as the monster.
Spencer Haws is (was) a very successful niche website publisher who was averaging around $10,000 a month in Adsense income.
Not any more – his Adsense income is now $0, and he did not receive the previous month’s income as this was returned to the advertisers.
I haven’t talked much about link building in this blog. That has been sort of deliberate, because link building can be a touchy subject. Everyone has their own way of doing it and it is pretty well impossible to describe a one size fits all approach. Also, if you follow my blueprint, you don’t need to worry too much about link building to get good search engine positioning.
Anyway, one common aspect of almost every guide that I have ever read on link building has included the use of blog networks. You might have heard of one or more of these names: Build My Rank, Authority Link Network, SEO Link Vine. These are all blog networks that allow you (at a price) to submit articles containing links back to your sites.
Well folks, it looks like this method of getting backlinks is finished.