MrFewkes - 4:24 pm on Mar 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
I thought I would share some results regarding linking (observations).
Basically a month or so ago I was pointed to a tool which shows 3 types of link graphs for a URL.
I became interested in the Monthly graph - as this shows me - month by month - approximately how many links a URL has attained in that period.
The results are SHOCKING.
Why? Because I have been scared witless about gathering links too fast, uneavenly, off topic etc.
So I was shocked to see graphs showing massive spikes, and massive quantities of links for a given month.
Basically I looked at my competitors who are ranking solidly above me - I wanted to see what I needed to do to catch up regarding link quantity.
Let me share some thoughts on my three previous fears.
Getting links too fast - RUBBISH
I have seen sites with link spikes of thousands of links in one month - then next to nothing in the months around the spikes. I have seen sites with 80,000 links gained over just 6 months ranking solidy for 1 word terms!
Uneavenly - RUBBISH
The link rate does not have to be a steady rate of aquisition. Ive seen sites rank solidy with a monthly link graph that looks like a profile of the Himalyan mountain range.
Off topic - RUBBISH
Ive seen sites ranking solidly with so many links that they can not POSSIBLY come from on-topic sites - not a cat in hells chance. Links from off topic sites appear to me to be just as good as those from on topic sites.
Another thought - theres no way on this planet that a site can write to 80,000 other site owners in 6 months and get 80,000 non-reciprocal links back. Therefore - its open season on most forms of links spam.
Also - bear in mind that not all of these links are DO-FOLLOW ;)
As I say - in all truth as far as I can see it is open season on linking - and if I were you I would steer well clear of scare mongering know it alls and do some heavy link spamming yourselves on some throw away domains if you must see for yourself.
Given what I have observed - google doesnt do half the checking people seem to think they do.
Im an telling it how it is - no scaremongering from me.