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My contract with the newspapers is up in two weeks and I'm not sure if those links actually helped my rankings. As an FYI, the total number of backlinks Google is reading is 2,350 -- the vast majority of which come from this link buy.
Has anyone here had any (or heard of any) such success actually buying links?
No knowing all the scenarios, it is difficult to predict the reason for your success, but it sounds reasonable that these links are what's making your site rank so high.
I am talking about getting many unrelated PR7 links from one or two sites to link to me without having to link back. It seems a lot of my competitors are using this strategy and are getting away with it. It will definitely take awhile for SEs to figure out what is relevant is what isn't. SEs would have to develop some kind of artificial intelligence and I think that's awhile away.
Flash forward two months later:
November 17, 2003
Nuked - Gone - Kaput! Site no longer in SERPS?
I am in *PAIN* and totally confused.
Yes, well I would imagine that since Google has not updated PR since late March that you will continue seeing a PR 6 until Google updates the toolbar PR meter again.
The real question is if your traffic / rankings improved with the addition of this link, and if removing the link affected it.