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Five Ways to Enhance Your Content Marketing Strategy

Content marketing has evolved as a vital part of marketing strategies for all sizes of enterprises. It’s a well known fact that “content is the king”. Without a great and compelling content it’s very difficult to engage visitors to the website and convert them into leads.

Content marketing is a great way to improve a business’s online reach. One can expect amazing results with this type of marketing if it is done in a planned manner. For this you must have a proper marketing strategy.

Given below are five great ways to optimise your content marketing strategy so as to make it more effective:

1. Write down your strategy: This is the first step to get the best results from your content marketing strategy. A small document containing your content marketing goals and plans is better than having nothing at all. It has been found that marketers who don’t have a written strategy say content marketing is not an effective way.
2. Setting a specific goal for your content: One should have specific business goals for content. It should not be restricted to increasing the sales. Creating awareness of your brand, customer retention, etc. are some of the points which should be kept in mind while setting a goal.
3. Identification of key performance indicators (KPIs) to track performance: Tracking the performance of your content is a vital part of content marketing. It helps you to determine whether the planned strategies are able to meet your business goals. These indicators are different for different businesses. Some of the tracking indictors are given below:

  • Tracking the website visitors: Tools like Google Analytics can be used to find the total number of website visitors via a particular piece of content.
  • Bounce Rate: It indicates how long a visitor is spending on your website. If you find a high bounce rate, it means that your visitor is landing on your content and leaving your site instantly without browsing other pages of your website. This indicates that your content needs to be more compelling so as to engage a visitor for longer duration.
  • Count of social shares:  In order to find the best performing content, you need to find out which content has received the highest number of share on social media platforms. You can use that content as an example to understand your audience.
  • Tracking inbound links earned: If you have high quality content, there is a high chance that your content would be shared and linked to other websites. This kind of natural link can be advantageous for your search engine optimisation without breaking Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.

4. Content marketing is not just about blog: Apart from blog there are different forms of content marketing which includes infographics,eBooks,vlogs, webinars,podcats and many more. These forms of content marketing must be a part of your strategy. Video is a popular form of visual content and is very easy to share. End-users love to engage with videos and hence the popularity of video continues to rise.
5. Be aware about changes in Google: One must keep track of the latest changes made by Google. This is to ensure that the content you are planning to publish are meeting the standard as set by Google.

Date: July 27, 2016 | Author: David Roy | Filed under: Misc | Comments Off

Digital Marketing- Your Best Business Partner

Digital marketers are very important entities when it comes to marketing. Digital marketing is as important as any other form of marketing since a huge bulk of business and customers regulate online. Traffic can easily be regulated towards a target with the use of digital marketing techniques. They are also manifold cheaper than the usual marketing techniques- an affordable alternative.

There are several tasks that digital marketers are required to perform. Some of them have been briefly discussed below.

1. Social Media: Social media sites or social networking sites are highly vital for directing traffic to targeted websites. Few of the most revered social sites include Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine and Quora. A good digital marketer must always keep updated content on most of these sites, if not all. Blogs also help a lot and the marketer must take initiatives to invite reputed bloggers to share their opinions on the website.

2. Analytic: Its is very essential to keep track of analytics. Professionals must skim through data provided by tools like Google Analytics or Facebook Insights. Measuring search engine optimization (SEO) results, analysing e-commerce sales data and running reports to track growth are also few key analytical tasks.

3. Promotions: Promotional tasks may include publishing of contest pages and advertising those pages to attract people. More the traffic to such pages, more is the publicity of the targeted website. Promotion also includes distributing coupon codes, ordering premiums for hand outs and posting white papers on valid websites.

4. Email Marketing: Email marketing helps to distribute messages about the company in a personalised way. This sometimes acts very favourably. One must opt for an email marketing software vendor before starting the procedure. Then further work which involves designing of newsletters, their distribution, setting up of trigger emails and much more, carries on.

5. Advertising: Advertising digitally includes designing ad units, looking after Facebook Ad campaigns, signing up for affiliate programs, using Google AdWords, putting up ads on LinkedIn and buying ad space on quality websites.

6. Video: Promotion through videos is a great method to attract interested and potential customers. Some tasks include developing video content, writing scripts, creating keyword lists for tagging videos, writing appropriate descriptions and publishing the video content on quality websites as well as the company website.

7. Public Relations: Public relations may include, interacting through blogs and comments, following customers and observing their experience with the product or service, publishing press releases and submitting them through online wire services.

8. Website Management: The website of the company is the main target of digital marketers. The aim is to keep this website in the forefront and thus, to stay under the limelight, a quality website is highly essential. It can be improved by web graphics, blog posts and attractive images. An expert may take the initiative to edit web copy, fix broken links, install tracking codes and renew domains. For instance, internet marketing companies in Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai are increasingly creating ground breaking websites and promoting them at a greater pace.

Search Engine Optimization: This is a very delicate job and requires a good deal of precision. A digital marketer is required to develop keyword lists, name images appropriately on website, choosing anchor text for back links, distribution of articles to valid websites, listing the company website in quality directories online and writing content based on keywords.

Date: July 15, 2016 | Author: David Roy | Filed under: Internet Marketing | Comments Off

SEO after Google RankBrain

RankBrain introduces an element of Artificial Intelligence into Google’s SEO algorithm that tries to figure out the context of the content on any given site.  It is a step away from keyword density and is Google’s response to the challenge of trying tounderstand the content and its value as a whole,for search engine users.

SEO is of two types: on-site and off-site and has strong connections with content marketing.  Both types of content should be well-written and relevant in order to drive more traffic and social shares across multiple media sites; and also engage more users.  Some benefits of content marketing are discussed below:

1.     More visibility in search engines

Google indexes every page that you add to your blog or website,but that doesn’t mean that the more pages you add the more traffic your site will get.The thing is, the more quality pages are indexed the more opportunities you will get to rank for more search queries.

2.     More on-site content

The more time you spend on content marketing indicates the more content on your site. This suggests that your customers will have more reasons to stick around, more favourable circumstances to become familiar with your brand, and more trust, that in turn will lead to higher conversion rates.

3.     Higher domain authority

With the writing of higher quality content, the perceived expertise, relevance, authority and trust of your site will increase. Your website’s domain authority will definitely increase if the content earns more inbound links from third party websites.

4.     Increased social traffic

You can post your content on your social media platforms in order to increase your exposure. This will enable more users to see and read your material; and not only that, the users can also share your content with their friends, thereby increasing your circle of followers.


How RankBrain can affect your SEO

As with content marketing, defining your keywords has always been the first step in developing anSEO campaign. You must look for keywords that are relevant to your business and which the customers are searching for. This is the foundation of a successful SEO campaign. Your campaign will be doomed from the beginning if you are targeting wrong keywords, or targeting keywords that the customers are not searching for.  It’s also essential that your on-page content and incoming links both target the same keywords to some extent (a site selling luxury cars with incoming links that all describe it as a charity that looks after dogs won’t rank well for either ‘luxury car’ or ‘dog charity’.)

Before RankBrain was introduced, the software engineers of Google would create a mathematical algorithm in order to determine search rankings. Until an update was made, that algorithm would be a constant. However, that algorithm is constantly changing with RankBrain. The SEO campaign in 2016 needs to be more adaptable to changes in the landscape of search engines, keywords still play a role but quality is more important.

Google have said that they take over 200 factors into account when considering where to rank websites (view an interactive infographic of the 200 SEO factors), these include numerous signals measuring the quality and quantity of incoming links, the quality of on-page content and the number of times keywords are included in a range of different locations, to name a few.

Intention is everything

Nowadays, search engines have the ability to see how people are interacting with your website. They can check if people are going back and clicking on the results, or if they are looking for the answers they are searching for, when on your website.

Size matters

Longer informative articles, with around 1000 to 1500 words, are likely to perform better in search results, particularly for scientific or more technical queries. Since long articles are getting more traffic andachieve higher page visit duration – they rank better too.

Another alternative is to create infographics or present information in some other creative format – combining images and text, doing thorough research, making articles unique or funny all help with your SEO.

Optimise for mobile

Nowadays, people prefer to read news on their Smart phones , tablets etc.So it is really important to make sure that your website has a responsive design and good page load speed.   Google have also recently released Accelerated Mobile Pages, giving fast loading pages that fulfil various other criteria an extra boost in their search results for mobile visitors.

In conclusion, it can be said that Google’s new feature RankBrain will definitely continue to develop over time. As a consumer you might not notice theses changes, but they are important to the average relevance of a search results page, and also, it has the ability to dictate the future development of search algorithms.

Date: March 14, 2016 | Author: David Roy | Filed under: Google | Comments Off

Top 10 Domain Level Factors Impacting Search Engine Rankings in 2015

Google considers over 200 ranking factors across its index to rank sites accordingly. From our investigation and research we have gathered here top domain level SEO ranking factors that help a website’s visibility in search engines. Check these out –

1.       Domain Extension / Country TLD Extension

If you don’t want your site to rank worldwide but in a particular country, ccTLD, like .de, .us, .ca, .za, helps for your site to rank better in that specific country. Google gives preference to sites with country-specific domain name extensions.

2.       Domain Age

It is worth noting that domain age does not refer just to how long you have owned a given domain name, but instead how long it has been since Google first indexed that domain or saw a link to the domain. It is one of the factors and partially important for search engine ranking. Aged domains can get extra bit of Google oomph.

However Mat Cutts, the head of Google’s Webspam Team, states that Google is not obsessed about trying to find an old domain to be ranked higher. Most important thing is quality of your content and the sort of likes that you receive as a result of the quality of your content.

Check the below video on what he has to say on this subject:

Still, an old domain has greater trust vote than just a newly registered domain

3.       Hosting Server

Server location influences where your site ranks in diverse geographical regions, especially important for geo-specific searches.

4.       Keywords in Domain Name

Making keyword appearin TLD or using as first word in domain acts as a relevancy signal and gifts an edge over sites that do not have keyword in domain name.

5.       Keyword as First Word in the Domain Name

Using the primary targeted keyword as first word in the domain name increases keyword prominence thus better ranking in search engines.

6.       Domain Registration Length

Domain registration length affects website ranking in search engine. Legitimate domains are paid for several years in advance, while doorway domains rarely are used for more than a year. Hence, the date when a domain expires in the future can be used as a factor in anticipating the legitimacy of a domain.

7.       Domain Name Length

Avoid domain names longer than 15 characters. Make it easier to remember, simpler to share and have lesser chance of resulting in typos.

In a nutshell keyword placed in domain combined with TLD extensions within proper length and less hyphen or periods improve SEO results effectively.

8.       Domain History

A domain that has been affected by any Google penalty or any sandbox factor in the past can affects the ranking. It’s best to begin with a great site, excellent content, and build your true identity. Domain history reflects who you are and what you do. Identity is increasingly important to your overall SEO ranking.

Watch the below video to find what Matt Cutts has said about the process of researching a domain that you want to purchase.

9.       Exact Match Domain

Exact Match Domainis also one of the factors that help in achieving good ranking in SERP. The domains, having single terms that people commonly type in, e.g., etc., receive great direct traffic in no time.

However in September, 2012 Google launched Exact Match Domain update to prevent poor quality sites from ranking well just because they had words that match search terms in their domain names. After fresh EMD update, sites that improve their content regain good rankings. So, if the other quality factor of the domain is satisfactory then having the exact word in domain name can improve its rankability.

10.   Public vs. Private WhoIS

Though Google was never against privacy, the ideal process is not to hide your own identity from search engines and your users. Private WhoIS data can make people question about business owner and authenticity of the business. Hence having public WhoIS data lets you maintain the transparency and releases all the doubts about your identity, thus improves SEO ranking indirectly.

So there you have it – every known domain level SEO ranking factors in one place for your convenience! Do comment if you wish to add any other point that you have observed or like to discuss further about any of the above point stated above.

Date: June 25, 2015 | Author: David Roy | Filed under: Google | Comments Off

Top 3 Reasons Your Site Might be Affected by Penguin 3.0 and Upcoming Penguin Updates

If you’ve been doing SEO for a while, you’ve probably heard of Google’s Penguin algorithm that combats spammy and low-quality backlinks. 17tth October, 2014 was a highly significant date in SEO world as Google officially has released Penguin 3.0 update with the core aim to show more quality results.  Sites that somehow managed to bypass from the Penguin 2.0, an algorithm that combats spammy and low-quality backlinks as well, should now be detected by the latest update. The Penguin 3.0 is just an updated version of the Penguin algorithm that specially designed to target web pages that used to amplify their rankings by tricking Google through unethical SEO practices.

Actually, Google was never 100% satisfied with the outcome of the Penguin 2.0 update before and that’s why started manual penalty as well to support the automated penalty. So Penguin 3.0 is a much expected update by Google’s spam control team.  It has been reported that approx 1% English results have been affected for that automated penalty.

While working to recover sites from Google’s penguin 3.0 penalty we have primarily found the below 3 issues –

  1. Unnatural link structure
  2. Too many outbound links that passes link juice
  3. Poor quality content
Unnatural Link Structure

Generating a mass of inbound links was always a significant part of any SEO strategy since the stone age of SEO as number of inbound links determined website’s importance and ranking. The most widely discussed feature of all Penguin updates is the way it treats backlinks. All Penguin algorithm updates are designed to penalize sites having artificial link structure irrespective of the fact that those links were acceptable before and helped to improve ranking.

You can be buried deep within the search results if you have been using wrong SEO techniques now to create backlinks to achieve page one ranking desperately. However SEO is not dead – ethical SEO practices will definitely reward your site to hit the bull’s-eye gradually – slowly but steadily, thanks to the rapidly advancing science behind search engines and the new Penguin!

Outbound Links

If your site contains too many “dofollow” external links that would be suspicious to Google and your site might be affected by the latest Penguin update.  One simple explanation is Google will think that you are selling links. We have seen the sites having a link directory or link page which was made before for link exchange etc., external links from several blog posts to other commercial sites are penalized with the Penguin 3.0 update.

Poor Quality Content

If even a single page of your site contains any duplicate or spun content that can affect the entire performance of your site. Be it just an innocent blog post or other page, such pages may be the culprit.

Hope now you have a clear insight to protect your site from Penguin 3.0 and all such future updates. Google algorithm are being updated on much shorter cycle than in the past, making Google more coherent at identifying unethical ways used to boost ranking and traffic. Always sustain a quality website that follows Google Webmaster guidelines and you will probably never get affected by any algorithm changes.


Date: December 4, 2014 | Author: David Roy | Filed under: Google, Social Media Marketing | Comments Off

How to Analyze the Behaviors of Website Traffic through Google Analytics

Have you ever wondered how visitors interact with your website or some specific landing pages? Are the most important portions of your web pages or website are properly visible to the visitors? Are they clicking on your various offers or call to action buttons? Well, Google’s In-Page Analytics tool is the answer to all of the above questions. Here you go -

  1. Login to your Google Analytics account.
  2. Select your website whose page click metrics you wish to analyze.
  3. Change the date range of the analyzed period as required.
  4. From the left side panel click on the Content option and then click In-Page Analytics.
  5. Your default page i.e. Homepage’s In-Page Analytics stats would be displayed within the integrated browser located at the right panel. You can adjust the view by clicking expand (which will hide the left panel) and then clicking the Up-direction arrow just above the integrated browser to hide Site Usage metrics. You can also analyze the page click metrics of the other pages by browsing other pages from that browser.

Google In-Page Analytics tool also gives you a clear insight about the content part which appears within the first fold of the page without any scrolling and a percent of visitors who scroll down to see more. So to judge how things are working at your website or how popular a particular link or button is – do an in-page analysis using Google analytics.


Please be sure that you have sufficient click data before you come to any conclusion about any onsite SEO changes.

Date: July 26, 2013 | Author: Prodosh Kundu | Filed under: Google, onpage SEO | Comments Off

How Dedicated or Offshore Hiring Model Works at SERP Consultancy

If you are sort in time or manpower and have bulk internet marketing and web development related works – our dedicated hiring work model would be best for you to save time and money. See how you can be benefited as follows -

Key Points

  1. Your hired person will work from our office from Monday to Friday (except national holidays) on 8hrs per day basis. You are guaranteed to get atleast (8hrs x 20 working days) 160 hrs. of work in a month. Also we understand that you are paying for hours. All your resources will work for 8 hours per day excluding lunch time or other pleasure breaks from Monday to Friday.
  2. You will be able to see what tasks he is performing on day to day basis with hour’s usage details anytime you want.
  3. You will be given a free Account Manager who will act as a single point of contact and team leader for your hired resource(s). No need to manage individual resources, your account manager will be at your service to answer all your queries during the business hours promptly.
  4. We can sign NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) to protect your privacy, client details, promotional activities done etc.

Key Advantages of Offshore Hiring –

  • Quick Turnaround – You can assign priority of your projects and we will work accordingly. This is something like instructing an in-house staff and getting the job done quickly.
  • No hiring burden, setup fees, and office expenses – you’re guaranteed to save more than 50% cost than an in-house employee who will do the same tasks.
  • Quick Solution to Any Problem – we are specialized in all internet marketing and web development activities. If your hired person get any problem or need assistance we are here to solve his/her problem promptly, so your work will not be hampered anyway.
  • Quality Control – we are responsible to meet all your expectations from us. So we monitor all activities of your hired person closely and ensure 100% error free work always.

List of tasks that can be performed by your hired person –

  1. Total SEO activities including link building, content marketing, making your websites 100% search engine friendly for both English and non-English websites
  2. All promotional content writing.
  3. Complete Paid Advertising Campaign management including Google AdWords, Microsoft adCenter etc. for both English & Multilingual websites.
  4. Social Media Profile Management including Twitter, Facebook account setup and promotion and online reputation management.
  5. All kind of website development works including but not limited to web design, web programming, website maintenance etc.

Type of resources that we can provide based on your requirements –

Web Guru – Can execute all SEO activities, paid advertising activities, web design and web development activities.
In this model of hiring, 2 or 3 experts will work simultaneously to produce 8hrs of total output in a day. For example, if you have some design requirements – we will assign a designer, if you have some SEO requirements – we will assign an SEO expert.
Your account manager will manage these resources for you based on the given assignments. So, you will get all kinds of capabilities within a single virtual resource.

SEO Expert – Can execute all internet marketing related activities including total SEO and paid marketing support. SEO expert can’t do any web design or development related works and is limited to only internet marketing related jobs.

Link Builder – can execute all SEO link building activities and promotional content writing. Not capable to execute any paid marketing, onpage SEO works and any web development related activities.

Date: April 17, 2013 | Author: David Roy | Filed under: Misc | Comments Off

A Review on Meta Tags & Their Current Usages

Meta Tags Meta tags are used since the stone age of website development and search engine optimization. But over the years, these tags are lost its importance due to excessive keyword staffing or spam as an onsite optimisation tool. Most of the major search engines no longer use them to understand a site and rather prioritise other on-page aspects to understand the relevancy of a website for any specific set of keywords.

Syntax: <meta name=”attribute” content=”content type” />
Placement: between <head> and </head>

Based on their characteristics, Meta tags mainly classified in the following two categories –

  1. Meta http-equiv – this tag is used to send information to the browsers as per its content attribute. However this is no longer the only way to specify character set of a webpage. For example, <meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”20″> instruct the browser to refresh a page automatically after 20 seconds of loading.
  2. Meta Name – these are user generated optional Meta tags that can be used to provide some specific info to the search engines and/or web developers.

Below are the standardized Meta Name tags which are recognised by most search engines.

Meta Description Tag – It is used to provide a short description of a page within approx 160 characters limit. Most search engines including Google, Yahoo, Bing show content of that tag as a part of snippet shown in the search results. Though, actually you can write more but most search engines display till 160 characters in SERP. Writing a compelling Meta description within that character limit can help to improve conversion or influences searchers to click on your website from SERP.

Meta Keywords Tag – Google has confirmed a long ago that they do not use Meta Keyword tag or give any weight on that tag as a ranking factor.  However I have not found any official reference for Bing about whether they use it or not but Yahoo surprisingly still encourage to use that tag on their guidelines. Personally, I think it’s worthless to use that tag and it would better to concentrate on other parameters that influence more as ranking factor.

Meta Robots Tag – It is recognised by all major search engines. However, it does not make any sense to use it to specify something explicitly like “content =index, follow” or “content=all” as by default all search engines index and follow links found on a webpage. So, we should use that tag only when we don’t want a page to be indexed or its links to be followed by the search engines. It can be also useful for other negative scenarios including “noodp” – when we don’t want to show DMOZ’s description in SERP;  “noarchive “ – to prevent showing cached link of a page; “nosnippet” – to prevent snippet to appear in the SERP etc. purposes.

Watch the below video to find what Matt Cutts has said about Meta tags –

There are also some particular search engine specific Meta Name tags which can be used to instruct a specific search engine spider like Google, Yahoo, Bing as follows -

  • <meta name=”googlebot” content=”noindex, nofollow”>
  • Google / Bing / Yahoo Site verification Meta Tags by specifying the following as meta name agent – “google-site-verification”, “msvalidate.01″, “y_key”

There are some arbitrary or obsolete Meta tags found as well. However most search engines now do not recognise them at all or those are not related anyway as a ranking factor for SEO. Here are some of those arbitrary tags -

<meta name=”title” content=”some text goes here” />
<meta name=”generator” content=”Frontpage”>
<meta name=”revisit-after” content=”period”>
<meta name=”expires” content=”tue, 01 Feb 2007″>
<meta name=”distribution” content=”option”>
<meta name=”rating” content=”general”
<meta name=”subject” content=”your website’s subject”>
<meta name=”copyright” content=”company name”>
<meta name=”language” content=”en”>
<meta name=”author” content=”company name or person name” />

Hope now you have a clear insight on Meta tags and their usages in 2013.  Do leave your feedback as comment if any.

Date: March 14, 2013 | Author: David Roy | Filed under: onpage SEO | Comments Off

The Impact of Google Dance – September, 2012

If you are in the SEO field for the last couple of years you should be able to remember that there was a well known term in the industry called “Google Dance”. The effect of the Google Dance encountered most in the year 2007 and 2008 and from late the 2009 onwards it was less frequent as far as I can remember. Starting from 2011 until September this year it was almost vanished or not noticeable like before.

What is Google Dance?

Google Dance is an experimental algorithm update to try to improve search results or drop-off web spam in search results. It generally happens without any official update from Google. As an effect, organic rank for some sites jump (up or down) even 3 to 5 pages. The live search results impacted for a period of 1 or 2 weeks approx and then again come back to the normal steady state. However for some victims the effect stays longer and appears permanent.
Google Dance is just an indication of a major permanent algorithm change which generally not happens at one go. As for example, the last “Panda” and “Penguin” updates were just the final stage performance of so many Google Dance rehearsals. Google generally announces about those dance factors officially much later – if they got satisfied with the results and decide to go for those algorithmic changes permanently.

What happened at the dance floor for the last rehearsal in September?

Here are the top 3 impacts according to our analysis –

  1. URL Devaluation – Domains and URLs which were getting advantage solely for having keywords in the URL are identified and devalued for lacking other offpage and onpage SEO friendly factors. Here is an official confirmation from the Google web spam team head Matt Cutts –
  2. Structural Devaluation – websites hosted in the same server (shared hosting) with very similar design/coding, navigation structure, pages and content are identified and kick-out from the floor.
  3. Authority Reward – website link found as ethical sponsor advertising such as banner and text ads across relevant network got rewarded in organic ranks.

The results now got steady and some sites negatively affected for that dance got back to the previous position automatically. But I believe websites who are true victims are still not on the dance floor as Google may retain a minor part of that algorithm change permanently or will soon apply it and they will be just out.

“Prevention is better than cure”, I encourage you to follow only ethical SEO and strongly avoid challenging Google with tricky techniques. Consider to go for periodical SEO audit and ensure everything is Google friendly.

Do let me know your views by commenting here, oh! wait, wait, 1 more thing – I hope you are still not using those old-school comment spam techniques?

Date: October 17, 2012 | Author: Prodosh Kundu | Filed under: Google, Internet Marketing | Comments Off

The Link Building Mantra after Google’s Rank Algorithm Update

Google Penguin Google officially announced a rank algorithm update on 24th April, 2012 which is popularly known as Google Penguin Update. Though I have not found any official reference about the name “Penguin” but anyway, the name not sounds too bad :-) . The algorithm change has affected approx 3% of the English searched results as declared in their blog. However this is just a smarter version of their previous update called Panda and the effect of both these update has changed approx 15% of the search results.  Now that’s a dramatic change.

Based on my research and analysis over the time, I have seen that the update mainly affected following 5 kind of SEO practices –

  1. Continuous practice of using exact targeted keywords to generate incoming links.
  2. Too many links from the same websites or same categorized sites.
  3. Practice of building poor quality or off-the-topic links mainly through the stereotype blog comments (includes username spam), forum post signature etc. specifically just to generate a link for your website.
  4. Building irrelevant contextual links or content spam as demonstrated in their official post (I was really not aware about such kind of spam technique).
  5. Links from a website with minimum to no unique and useful content and specifically created for link building or more specifically 3-way link building purposes.

We have heard couple of questions from our clients recently like –

Should we not use article submission or press release distribution anymore as Google appears to penalize mainly these content aggregators?

Should we do only contextual link building?

Should we remove all previous links that we have generated from all article and press release sites etc. and etc?

Well, let me first specify that I have no intention to promote any of our services through that post. I would be just happy to guide about the safe link building strategies after that update. The mantra is “Diversify, Diversify and Diversify”.

Domain Diversification:

Lots of links from the similar categorized sites always appear suspicious to the search engines. That was applicable even before the effects of that update – the difference is that now Google is smart enough to detect them easily. For example, if there are say 3000 links pointing to your websites and more than 80% links are coming from the article directories that’s unnatural and your website likely to be penalized. Your website should have links from all possible resources like social media websites, blogs, business listing sites, directories, press release sites, article sites to name a few. You must not use or prioritise a single method and just forget about all other techniques.

Second thing is that needs to be keeping in mind that diversification among the same category link building sources. For example – are you submitting your articles to the same list of article directories over and over? Well, consider not doing that anymore and instead pick a list of top quality aggregators and vary the site list you use on weekly or monthly basis for a particular project.

Keyword Diversification:

Exact targeted keywords as anchor text was useful to get on top about some months ago but now that can be the main reason of penalty. That always sounds unnatural and you know Google always loves natural links ;-) . So tweak your keywords by using synonyms, singular-plural forms, by including prefix or suffix with your keyword, preposition/articles if that makes sense or by changing the keyword order and even use common misspelling as anchor text. Also consider to have some links using the URL itself i.e. without any anchor text.

Content Diversification:

Write content for users; create value etc. that what Google says. Well, what you really need to do is that use quality unique articles to build contextual links. Though it’s natural that the same article can be traversed among several content aggregators but it is safer to use an article version once only. Article spinner can be useful to save your time; however I must suggest checking each spun version manually to ensure those are upto the mark or acceptable by the human editors.

Link Type Diversification:

Now you also need to build non SEO friendly links for the sake of SEO! Yes, you can’t have all “dofollow” links, that’s unnatural. The natural look link structure should have incoming links from the images, nofollow text links etc. from the relevant sources.

URL Diversification:

You must not build links particularly for the Homepage or only for some of the priority inner pages always. Your site should have several other pages which may not be useful for SEO but for visitors. So there must be some balance so that it looks natural.

I hope that post will help somehow to conceptualize what you need to do next. Let me know your thoughts here.

Statutory note – “no comment” is better than posting stereotype comment to get a link ;-)

Date: June 1, 2012 | Author: Prodosh Kundu | Filed under: Internet Marketing, Link Building, Organic SEO | 2 Comments »

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