People ask me quite often, what it is that I look for in a link back to any of our sites or our clients sites and my answer is always the same. I don’t really care quite often nowadays as long as the url the link is pointing to is correct and correctly coded.
Now the reason for this is that our viewpoint with regards to “Panda” and it’s glorious after affects really revolves around three things. Content is king again (and rightly so) and links do matter but where the link comes from in terms of geo location is perhaps now more important than ever and an increased variety in terms of type of link and mix and match of Anchor phrases is now more important.
Basically what Google want to see is a Back Links Landscape that as closely approximates something created in a random fashion by humans as possible. They do not want to see a Link Profile and Campaigns that are perfectly formed, perfectly calculated to the “n”th degree in terms of ratios regarding Dofollow to Nofollow etc etc.
In other words if your Back Links profile looks to good to be true then Google err on the side that it probably is too good to be true and will ironically punish you for it.
An example of that came up recently when I was advising on a prospective client who had come to me seeking advice because their portfolio of sites had been hammered by Google and he was now looking a portfolio of sites that had only about 30% of them indexed on Google.
I sat and listened to this “sorry tale of woe” (and it genuinely was a sorry tale as I do not wish to cause offence) and when asked about Back Links, the reply came back that everything had been carefully planned and they’d only gone after carefully screened keyword rich phrases from one a certain profile of site.
Then it hit me? Was this a link profile that looked as if it had been created and morphed by human hand or was it just too good to be genuinely true? My advice to the client was to go back and radically rethink their Linking Strategy and to not be afraid of a wide mix of link types, and certainly to think about varying their link sources and also the IP location of their links.
Next up the topic of Wikis and the power of links within them?
Now at the end of the day, unless you are talking directly to the person within Google Algorithm team who is responsible for the final tweaks that go into their algorithm changes then any comment from anyone about Links and Link Building is a “best guess” or “educated hearsay” – yes even mine.
Where we come from is that we will only pass on comments and tips / tricks and techniques that we have already tried on our own sites and know to have worked. How they have worked and why, we can only give our best shot in guessing or estimate but it is never more than that and anyone who can say different is by and large lying.
That having been said supplying information backed up by empirical verifiable evidence is fairly conclusive and that’s where we come from. We’ll only write about something either “after the event” or towards the end of a promotion that we feel us commenting upon, won’t adversely affect the outcome or success of that promotion.
So how does this affect our views on Wikis and such like?
Well basically I like them and at the moment along with SLS (of course) we are using them to support our PR Campaigns for one client and over the past five days have captured 4 Page slots (including 2 No 1 slots for two PR’s plus Client internal page) just using Press Releases backed up and supported by a wide variety of Wikis and SLS links.
The List we supplied to folks last week of Media Wikis has now expanded and instead of the 2026 Wikis we had in this list we now have over 2,500 (and it’s growing so don’t be too surprised if by this time next week it’s over 3,500!) so to all of those who bought copies of the 2026 list we’ll mail out the increased sized list for no additional charge so that about an extra 25% for free.
Now as to the power of this List? Well I spoke to one of our more senior members last week and their comment was that using one of the newer Wiki Submitters they had submitted to all of the Wikis and had successfully managed to submit to over 1,600 of them. Now this didn’t mean that the other 400 were useless, far from it. What it meant was that probably for a number of reasons the target wikis weren’t able to accept automatic submission or for some reason there was an “interface” issue but manually the Wikis would have accepted the submissions.
I personally think a success rate of 1,600 out of 2,000 is awesome and backed up by SLS gives one hell of a Link Support “Baseball Bat” to whatever you were trying to promote and our recent client success with PR’s has borne that out to be true.
Asked how powerful this list was and this type of promotion?
The answer that came back was that the evidence showed that these Wikis were strong enough to get pages moved from Page 2 in Google onto Page 1 and to be fair, that’s what we’ve found as well.
It’s great being able to go to a client or prospective client and then say that you’ll come back to them in a few days with some representation for them in Google on their first page and that’s what these Press Releases backed up by the Wikis and SLS is doing for us here.
The Wiki list is going onto Traffic Planet for sale tomorrow (slightly delayed through editing again) and the price will be $45 for 2026 wikis but those who are interested in buying from us directly for the next few days will get the extra 500 Wikis thrown in for no extra fee so will get a list that is 2,500 strong.
Now if certain types of Domain suffixes” floats your boat” (know what I mean?) then our Wiki List contains over 110 EDU Domains – that’s 110 unique EDU Domains not just different wikis on the same domain plus 9 .Gov’s.
Not bad eh?
The other thing I wanted to mention briefly was that following hard on the heels of these Wikis is our research on another platform of Wikis and these links for these wikis are auto approve and also Dofollow.
Now at the risk of winding folks up, we have a database of these that stretches to over 12,000 Wiki Pages spread across 850 Domains so far so this one is going to be “interesting” to say the least.
Anyway to sum up if anyone is interested in the existing 2,500 list then send the $45 via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you sorted.