errorsamac - 10:19 pm on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
I definitely agree that Google looks at the overall link profile of a site, especially new sites. My general thoughts are that within the first few months, you should get maybe 20 or so links from excellent sources. With a little age and some decent quality links, you can be included in the index. However, if you get multiple low quality links to your site, expect to be removed from the index.
The problem with this is 1) it's super easy to take out new competition in the SERPs but loading up on garbage links for them and 2) how do new sites compete in a niche filled with spammers (is it even worth trying)? I think domain/site age and building links slowly over time is important, but how aggressive can you get six months after a site has launched or a year after a site has launched?
To continue the test (admittedly on a small and slightly simplistic scale), I would try two things...
- to gradually add some good backlinks with varied anchor text to one of the sites to see what happens...
- and to remove the bad backlinks to the other, without adding new links, and also watch what happens.
I'm pretty confident getting good links will let the site rank. I'd be interested to see what happens when removing the "bad" backlinks. However, they are all on websites that I do not control so there is really no way to remove the links. With that in mind, how does Google know I planted these links on the test domains rather than my competition getting them for me?