brinked - 3:40 pm on Apr 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
@epmaniac If you are suffering from ranking loss, then you might want to tweak that. The way I would do it would be to make a section with a nice looking header/divider and label it "Biographies" so that all listings under that header are assumed to be a biography and then you can just list each person's image and name.
@netmeg, I covered links in the keyword stuffing section which is related to aggression SEO as well. Or were you referring to something else?
@swampdeer Yes, you can get away with over optimization as many do, but you will always be one move closer to a penalty. If you have everything else going well for your site, some over optimization will not be a factor. We are starting to see with this update, many websites who have escaped the OOPs (over optimization penalty) over the years finally get caught up in it.
I have ran some tests recently on some websites that I targeted not so competitive terms but I wanted to focus on niche's that didn't have too much competition. I wanted to see if I could rank high in google with these websites by using only a few pages of unique content with a very very spammy backlink profile.
After about a month of getting the sites up, I purchased one of them cheap backlink building packages you can easily find. You know the ones, you pay some so called SEO company and they will spam your link on forum signatures, blog comments etc. Well right now all 3 of these sites are ranking top 3 for phrases which I had links for. I can provide this proof to a forum moderator here to back up my claims if need be.
I was able to conclude that you can in fact rank with a spammy backlink profile. In this case, the sites have 0 quality links, so its not as if the spammy backlinks were just being ignored in place of the quality ones.
I want to point out though, that I put about 3-5 pages of unique content with images and video on each site.