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DreamscanbeVisions, post: 87556 wrote:
Anyway thanks for your insight JohnW but google is not a goddess.
Hi Combo,
Google’s no goddess, she’s a slave driver!

I’m first to admit I’m in an area of completely subjective opinion, not facts with this thread.

It’s gratifying to read Aidan’s experience as it seems to support my “gut feel”.

There is also a thread started by Gab about G’s transience in reflecting SEO activity which, knowing Gab’s SEO tactics, could have echoes of this discussion. (http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/forums/search-engines-etc/15349-let-google-breath-seriously.html).

What I think this is boiling down to is how do you get the biggest SE ranking bang for your buck with various link building strategies.

No simple answer offered.

It may boil down to your level of creativity.

Opinion, not fact:
I’m sceptical of the value of links from sites like Hubpages, Squidoo and other web 2 sites. You can use SEO tools that tell you that sites like these have huge page or domain values but that is complete garbage in terms of link value (that’s a fact).

I use a simpler tool, I ask Google. G tells me it has indexed 2 mill. Hubpages pages. It also tells me Hubpages have 40,000 pages that contain the word “loans” – as a max. 2% of this site is about “loans”.

By this assessment, Hubpages have very little to do with the topic of “loans” therefore on average, SEs won’t give links from it a high value for search terms that include “loans”.

I know this is over-simplistic but if you are using one of the countless SEO tools, my “average” method is no more simplistic than their “average” methods.

My opinion is that Aidan nailed it with:

“Of course all those backlinks (and their backlinks in turn) could be replaced with a few good solid ones if you had access to them – could save about 3 tons of work!”

If you put the effort into developing unique and compelling content on your own site that other people will then want to link to and promote on their sites, I think you will achieve a bigger bang for your buck than spinning articles, chasing web 2 links, etc.

To achieve this, think outside the square.

Try Flying Solo as an example. It does not need to chase all the SEO tactics you discuss here. It gets its “authority” and SE referrals because it has Forums that people want to read and link to. We’ve created most of the 125,000 web pages for them.

All this free content we generate is creating the majority of the traffic to the Flying Solo site. Aren’t we good to them?

Regs,
JohnW