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Am I the only person in the world never to have heard of ehow before Panda?
they can be used for SEO and to make money
And any site that is about SEO first and valuable content only as a means to an end will be under the gun with Google, as I see it.
Especially when the 'end' is an ad click or display as it seems in many cases.
Why would that be?
I did the same with article sites, but only for getting links. I'd completely re-write articles I wrote for my own site and submit them to e-zine and a couple of others.
I can't say that the strategy worked as planned, as many sites that republished my articles either didn't use anchor tags for my links or didn't include links at all. I finally gave up on using articles.
Nevertheless, I wonder how much the articles that are out there with links hurt a site?
Because imo when Google sends a visitor to the answer without another click in between they are a better search engine in the view of the end user ... IOW Is Google a better search engine when a visitor has to click on ehow, then an ad or if they just send the visitor to the end result of the ad click? I think they're a better search engine in the view of the end user if they send them directly to the end result of the ad click, rather than the site with the ads on it so they can click from there.
Yes, if it can hurt a site, then why not put a ton of junk articles up pointing to your competitor. :)
I can tell, a total of 2 "natural" links. Yes, just 2
[edited by: Dan01 at 4:59 am (utc) on Apr 14, 2011]
They probably only do it because they think those safe links would actually help their SEO.
If the goal of a site is to make eyeballs meet advertisements with everything else being an afterthought... good luck to you.
I don't think article marketing will work in the future as it has in the past.
The site-wide demotion seems to flow backwards through the site's internal linking. This I'm still not totally certain of, but there does seem to be a pattern that says "the negative site-wide factor is strongest for pages that are just one click away from the really bad page and not as strong for pages that are more distant."
You need links from virgin territory - not sites filled with other articles.