realmaverick - 5:23 pm on Mar 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
Those are not going to be natural links and by the sounds of it they'll be on a blog network. So great, just as I suspected more spam. PageRank shouldn't be much of a concern more so site relativity and quality.
You know nothing and assume too much. This was a test, it indicates you can damage a competitor. Now I want to test and see whether you can undo the damage. Nothing more, nothing less, acting an ass, helps nobody.
@Planet13, the websites were all legitimate, hand selected websites that were acquired. I agree on the paid regard, but the test here, was to see if competitors can do damage.
I believe things have changed, again. Way back when, competitors could link bomb one another, then links were either positive or had no effect.
Now if competitors can easily wipe out your results, it's going to become a big issue for smaller companies, being wiped out by large competitors with big budgets.
I'm going to repeat the experiment on a domain that has a PR6 and over 5 years old. Most of the links are natural, 90%+. The page I'll test on, doesn't have a huge amount of links, but still ranks well. I have a feeling 150 targeted links, are going to wipe the page out.
If it does, this shows a worrying problem.
Cain, some good advice. However
4. Build higher quality links to your homepage and stay away from competitive SEO altogether.
I disagree with this. Keep in mind, this was an experiment. My main website, that I do care about, is up against top 500 websites, who are getting over 500,000 visitors a day and who's links are mostly spam. Unless you engage in buying links, you don't stand a chance in highly competitive markets.
I'm not saying that's all you need to do, but when competitors are doing everything, including buying links, then trying to play it totally straight, isn't going to keep you at the top of your niche.