SEOs Share Google Penguin Recovery Tips

May 2, 2012 • 8:55 am | comments (105) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Google Penguin RecoverySo the Google Penguin update hit us six days ago on April 24th and you are one of the many impacted by it - what can you do to recover?

Honestly, I doubt anyone has recovered yet but that doesn't stop SEOs from sharing tips and techniques they are using in an attempt to break lose from the Penguin's grip (do they have grips?).

The first thing you should know is that this is an algorithmic update, so if you make the right change and Google recrawls, indexes and processes your site - the next time Google runs a Penguin refresh, your site will start ranking again. Submitting a reconsideration request will not help you re-rank if Penguin hit you.

Second thing is that Panda hit a few days before and people are confusing being hit by Penguin versus Panda.

Having said that, here are the tips being shared by two WebmasterWorld threads and a HighRankings thread. I scanned through hundreds of posts and pulled out recovery tips mentioned in them - again, I have no idea if they do work because no one has recovered yet.

Disclaimer: The "tips" below are a collection of ideas from SEOs at WebmasterWorld. This is a summarization of the thread and in no way should be conveyed as actual strategies that are proven to work. Like I said above and below, since no one has recovered from the Penguin update yet, these tips are not proven.

Google Penguin Recovery Tips:

  • De-optimize the web site
  • Increase quality links to pages
  • Make sure link anchor text is more natural
  • Remove links from blogrolls
  • Scale back the internal link anchor text
  • Exact match domains hurt
  • Practice negative SEO
  • Move content to a new domain
  • Build a smaller site with very few pages
  • Write better content
  • Add more social elements, i.e. Google+ Sharing
  • Site audit to determine problem areas
  • Think more long term with my site, stop taking short cuts

There are also early articles from Search Engine Land and WebProNews on this. But this list above is directly from SEOs in the trenches, in the forums.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and HighRankings.

Image credit to ShutterStock for school penguin

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Comments:

Derick Mick

05/02/2012 01:05 pm

Does this really work?

Dinesh

05/02/2012 01:11 pm

Hi, Is this correct?

Oracle DBA Services

05/02/2012 01:52 pm

Hey Barry Schwartz , Thanks for sharing the information. Will try my best to recover all the rankings

jeffyablon

05/02/2012 02:11 pm

Holy crap, Barry, really? All you need to do is flesh out the bullet points and you've already written the ultimate "how to be an SEO" guide.

Luis Hernandez Jr

05/02/2012 02:13 pm

"Practice negative SEO" Seriously?

Barry Schwartz

05/02/2012 02:17 pm

Hey, stop mocking. I already did that.

Barry Schwartz

05/02/2012 02:17 pm

That is what one person said, yes.

Luis Hernandez Jr

05/02/2012 02:23 pm

Ahh, must've been an SEO "exspurt." ;o)

Chris

05/02/2012 02:25 pm

I don't know about these tips. I have always favored keyword rich exact match domains. Not a single one of my sites was hurt in these updates, most of mine still rank #1 for my terms. Two exact match domain sites I launched in the past year even still rank #1.  Based on sites I've seen that did get penalized, I think spammy links is the big thing to look out for. 

Kevin Gallagher

05/02/2012 02:36 pm

Practice negative SEO? Should we be advocating this? 

Guest

05/02/2012 02:37 pm

De-optimize the web site- what does this suppose to mean ? remove title ? or meta ? You probably would like to say: De-optimize the greySEOed web siteIncrease quality links to pages- what a surprisable suggestion ))Make sure link anchor text is more natural - why it was un-natural ? greySEO again ? Remove links from blogrolls- can't confirm. 20000+ links from blogspot - no probs. Exact match domains hurt- sure it will, if the goal of your website it to take the exact spot in matching keyword's SERP.Practice negative SEO- means spend your time destroying others' property, instead of building your own property. Amazing suggestion!Move content to a new domain- first move after Panda, then after Penguin, then after .... ??? Virtual moving service will be very helpful ))Build a smaller site with very few pages- how is this can be helpful for visitors ?Write better content- another surprisable suggestion )Add more social elements, i.e. Google+ Sharing- WoW !Site audit to determine problem areas- really helpful !Think more long term with my site, stop taking short cuts- really helpful ! Conclusion : another grey SEO BS. After e-v-e-r-y update they know-how and on e-v-e-r-y update they don't know why. And then people, who took such suggestion seriously, have to write petitions, because they can't feed themselves and families. Build your web property for people ! Forget about SEO. This is the only way.  

shendison

05/02/2012 02:44 pm

OK, this post should be called "SEO's Guess at Penguin Recovery Tactics"

Guest

05/02/2012 02:48 pm

 Another tip : - make submission forms with text formatting.

Josh

05/02/2012 03:09 pm

 Exact same thing with me. I have 6 Exact match domain websites, none of them were hurt... in fact they increased in rankings because there are a lot of crappy affiliates in this niche... so a lot of websites with bad SEO were weeded out! Although I do have other websites that were affected... I would agree with you on the spammy links...... the 1st issue with the links is  from bad sources 2nd issue is exact links, with not enough variation in anchor text. Duplicate content a huge issue.... and from what I have noticed I will agree on too much internal linking. All of the websites I know of that have been hit with Penguin have all or most of the symptoms I have listed.

Josh

05/02/2012 03:25 pm

5 things you should change asap: 1) crappy links, on pages with tons of other crappy links that are linking to different websites, with no inbound links to the actual page or website. 2) Too much exact anchor text: For example if you have 20 inbound links and 15 of them are for the exact anchor text "Crossfit Texas".... Anchor needs to be varied. 3)  tons of duplicate content. Each page on your website should be as unique as possible. If you have two web pages focusing on just Crossfit workouts..... change it. 4) When link building make sure that you are spreading your links out.. 60% to home page, and then rest to other pages on your website.. particularly service/product pages or pages specific to location. 5) Over optimization. Stick to one keyword phrase every 100 words. - From what I have seen on my websites, this really hasn't made too much of a difference as my KW density is very high on some of my websites that rank #1 in competitive niches, but I would still make this change. Other........ If you have tons and tons of internal links, especially if you have multiple internal links for the same or even different keywords going to the same page..... this makes no difference. Google only counts one of those links.... any more than 1 Google would likely view as spam. Based on my mistakes with some of my websites..... this is what I have concluded. No speculation here..... The spam links & variation in anchor text is most definitely the biggest culprit.

Guest

05/02/2012 03:39 pm

How your visitors will benefit form these ? For ex. from "Stick to one keyword phrase every 100 words" ?? Typical temporary grey SEO solutions. Next update will bring something else and you will start to cry how evil Google is.

Josh

05/02/2012 03:43 pm

 How will visitors benefit? Well instead of focusing on mentioning 10 key phrases over and over focusing on great content will be better for Google, as well as conversions. I'm not crying? Lol. I own/manage 25+ websites... several got hit, most increased or saw very little fluctuation. Just giving some helpful tips for other people. No need to act like a dbag.

Dee

05/02/2012 03:44 pm

He says in the beginning that he is unaware of anybody who has recovered yet. What I take from it is, too much of a good thing is bad.

Josh

05/02/2012 03:44 pm

 Like I had said.... A little over optimization didn't hurt.

duraninci

05/02/2012 05:25 pm

Great tips Barry, the few instances of drops that we have seen actually need a much more extensive strategy. We recently published a post with a bit more detailed information. We'd appreciate any feedback. http://goo.gl/7NJXz

Guest

05/02/2012 06:21 pm

Was sceptical when started to read, but like it when finished. Finally something really helpful. Can confirm most of the solutions provided by the own experience. But be aware - hard, 24/7 work needed. The time of moms, paps, kids web businesses is gone. Welcome to the real business world, where you must know something more than Wordpress.

Autopten

05/02/2012 06:38 pm

What you mean with "Scale back the internal link anchor text"?

cutey

05/02/2012 06:38 pm

It's to early to be trusting these tips.

Syed

05/02/2012 07:52 pm

Love the " Practice negative SEO"  tip.  Not something I'd suggest but it's probably the most most effective strategy at this point as it kills 2 birds with one stone - Google's algo gets tricked into demoting valid sites and your site effectively climbs up the ladder. You get more traffic and if this practice is widespread enough, google will undo their algo change that looks at bad quality signals. It's unfortunate but we are at "this point" where it's easier to demote others to climb up rather than focusing efforts on pushing yourselves up.

Pedro Matias

05/02/2012 07:55 pm

"Exact match domains" seem to have survived Penguin, at least one particular type I've been monitoring.

John Britsios

05/02/2012 09:26 pm

Barry, if no one recovered yet, all those tips are simply speculations. But upon the chance, can you explain what they mean with "de-optimize the web site"? To the point "exact match domains hurt" is totally ridiculous. I read that elsewhere and I had to laugh. At last to the point "practice negative SEO" I would say that it would be very risky. Temporally it could work, but not in long terms. Looks like people are getting more mislead than ever before, and I can see a new black hat era raising. Thank you Google for the buggy Penguin!

Kyle Winther

05/02/2012 09:29 pm

I think that Google is trying to push down the small businesses in hopes of getting them to turn around and start a PPC campaign so that Google can make more money after missing target revenue guidelines. 

Anshul

05/02/2012 09:50 pm

This all is useless because if google apply new algo people will finished even search engine so please guys dont follow. Do what you think is right because at that point of view you will be in position to remove bad things. But is totally DE-optimized your site keep ready yourself for big loss.

Fiona

05/02/2012 10:42 pm

I don't quite understand many of the suggestions. Like...when did it become more about links rather than content?  I don't want to visit a site because of their links, rather because of their content. And the 'exact match domains' thing?  In other words, what next? Target the site directory names (if applicable)? The title of the article?  I don't know where this would end.  It really is a bit confusing, at least to this crazy woman driver. What about the font size? The color of the text?

Anti-SEO

05/02/2012 11:45 pm

Small businesses will be pushed down anyway. This is a normal industry evolution. Do you see a lot of small stores in your area (suppose you're not living in village) ? Do you know a lot of small car makers ? Do you know small private pharmacies ? etc etc etc ... Why do you think the internet industry should be different ? Global markets, big brands ... all the same. That's why the brand building is the only way to survey. All these SEO "tips" are nothing more, than agony.

Barry Schwartz

05/02/2012 11:49 pm

To everyone, these are not my tips.  These are tips from the threads I covered.  I said, I have no idea if they work because it is too early to tell.

Kyle Winther

05/03/2012 12:02 am

There are small businesses out there like paper companies, furniture stores, or supplement companies that are small businesses but rank on a national level and reply on their business from those keywords, or longtail keywords for traffic and sales.  Then one day your basically put out of business by Google unless you do a PPC campaign to get back on the first page. 

joseph

05/03/2012 12:08 am

some of my sites have been penalized and are exact match or even partial match, some have escaped penalty altogether... the whole thing is ridiculous... i agree they should fight webspam, but this shake-up is just a mindless reshuffling...i don't doubt they modeled this algorithm on redistributing a few major keywords and when they saw the results, thought it would apply well to all, but some of the websites that are coming up from behind really are less appropriate...and who says a less optimized site is a better one...why punish a diligent, yet ethical, webmaster?

Guest

05/03/2012 01:03 am

*survive

Guest

05/03/2012 01:24 am

How furniture store or paper company can be put out of business by Google ? Google is not a furniture or paper inspector ?? )) Selling the furniture and online industry are totally different businesses nowadays. You can't drive two cars the same time. Can you imagine furniture store owner creating TV ads by himself ? Or building the store by his own hands ? Everything, that is not related to furniture,  is outsourced. The seller is selling, the constructor is constructing. So, why do people think, that they can make online business being the furniture seller ? Yes, it was possible when the industry was young, but not now. And this has nothing to do with Google. Google just reflecting normal industry evolution.

Guest

05/03/2012 01:36 am

"Write better content"

Barry Schwartz

05/03/2012 01:39 am

I weed out thousands of threads each day. If you dont find it useful, dont read.

Peter Watson

05/03/2012 01:59 am

I think webmasters should start by cleaning up their link profiles. This is pretty much the only thing we can be sure about at this point. Also, not sure why you referenced 'High Rankings'? It was a pretty useless thread and advice! Stick to the quality stuff Barry.

John Britsios

05/03/2012 02:01 am

About "Higrankings" forum I was thinking the same. The only advise from Jill was: "Yep. I'd suggest a lost traffic site audit to know for sure."

Barry Schwartz

05/03/2012 02:07 am

Why do you guys only comment on stories you dislike?  

John Britsios

05/03/2012 02:11 am

 The discussion here is about the "Penguin" and not the "Panda" algorithm.

Peter Watson

05/03/2012 02:30 am

The only comments I have left have been re this Penguin fiasco and my reference to 'HighRankings' was valid. Did you read that thread? I was just curious as to why you referenced it as it was basically useless. Keep up the good work Barry, I love your stuff!

Guest

05/03/2012 02:34 am

I definitely will do so, if you believe, that you can publish "tips" and don't follow them by yourself )

Guest

05/03/2012 02:37 am

 Really? But this is the tip posted above under the Penguin title. So address your thoughts to Barry )

Guest

05/03/2012 02:39 am

 Because this is in human psychology. Successful web developer should know such things.

Barry Schwartz

05/03/2012 02:50 am

Site audit is a valid tip. :)

John Britsios

05/03/2012 03:05 am

Just to clarify, those are not Barry's thoughts. He just setup a short list of what people are saying on different forums. But I got your point now. My apologies for the misunderstanding.

donthe

05/03/2012 04:09 am

I was pretty sure I have a site that recovered until you said that no one has recovered. I guess it's unlikely I'm the only one. However I did see a 85% drop from Google traffic on the 25th and now traffic is normal.

John

05/03/2012 04:14 am

And can you tell us what you did?

donthe

05/03/2012 04:16 am

I immediately removed 3 site wide links to my other related websites from the header.

John

05/03/2012 04:22 am

That's it? you were lucky buddy! this penguin has to do more with how you've been linking then.

donthe

05/03/2012 04:30 am

Well, I still have one site which is penalized without any easy fixes. But, yeah for that site it was an easy and obvious fix. Not that I agree with the penalty, I should be able to link to related sites which I own without using nofollow.

George

05/03/2012 04:36 am

I dont have any links in my header or footer pointing to other websites, but I do have 2 other things. I have a link in the footer of one other website which was not penalized, pointing to my primary website which was penalized. The second thins is that I have keyword rich content on the footer of my site that was penalized. Does anyone think this could have contributed to my penalty?

Billa2

05/03/2012 04:37 am

Barry. i feel pity for you. none of them here understand your thoughts. 

John

05/03/2012 04:39 am

Yeah, you are right! thanks for sharing your experience anyway.

John

05/03/2012 04:41 am

yep, the most probably, although Google says this is about keyword stuffing too I think this is more about how you have been linking. I guess I'm in the same box

pervezalam

05/03/2012 05:10 am

@Barry Schwartz    we should Practice negative SEO to recover from Google Penguin  ??? as this point is mentioned in recovery from Penguin update?

Megan

05/03/2012 05:12 am

HI Barry, What do you think about social bookmarking sites like digg, folkd etc ?   Are they still valuable to submit links there?  As i have heard that google doesn't favor database generated sites.

George

05/03/2012 05:26 am

It has become clear to me that the only reason my site could have been penalized is because i might (emphasis on "might") have used the same keywords in my links too repetitively, even though they were acquired over a very long period. These would be blog comments and director submissions. I did use different long tail anchor text, but some key phrases were more important , so I used them more than others. How on earth do I "clean this up"? That's to say that this is indeed the problem. How many of the same anchor text to a particular page is too many? what should the ratio between different anchor text be? 

John Britsios

05/03/2012 07:14 am

Who do you mean with none of them?

John Britsios

05/03/2012 07:16 am

 Donthe that cannot be a recovery related to Panda or Penguin. Looks more like a flux. So I stick to my statement that no one has recovered.

Rishi Lakhani

05/03/2012 07:46 am

 they havent been, not in a while. Very few SBM sites are worth the time and effort

fotograf

05/03/2012 07:55 am

hey barry, hopefully the sweet penguin will be the death of many linkfarmers.

SEO Toronto

05/03/2012 08:43 am

What do you mean by negative seo? SEO Toronto | PPC toronto  

Barry Schwartz

05/03/2012 09:29 am

Obviously I don't agree with that.

Barry Schwartz

05/03/2012 09:32 am

Read my post carefully. Don't skip words.

Video Conferencing

05/03/2012 09:35 am

This is really informative but removing the blogroll links,  footer links, other sites links and un-natural links can save your domain? isn't get a bad impression in Google's eye, do you think it will come back in position, once you removed all links :( what if i still start blogging with competitor links on footer and blogroll, do you think Google gonna penalize my competitor for my negative act that i did :(

Dejan

05/03/2012 10:05 am

I think this was a very stupid move from Google. Time ago SEO was good and now suddenly SEO is bad? My website is gone from search for some keywords and now some new websites without any content appear higher in search lol. I really doubt that this was their intention?

Abhishek

05/03/2012 10:08 am

Great information, i found helpful and doing all the things which gives a kick start again my blog which hits by Penguin update..

Manmohan

05/03/2012 10:11 am

 I believe the the brand/company name variations should be the most used anchor text, which in all likelihood not a money keyword. The next most often used money anchor text should at most be 10% of the company name anchor text (10% is just my personal opinion)

Banarasi Sarees

05/03/2012 11:00 am

Great information..I learn lots of things about penguin...Nice information...Keep posting

Seo Vietnam

05/03/2012 11:21 am

The bullet with practicing negative SEO would be funny under normal circumstances but it does seem we are in a new era ;-)

Breaking News

05/03/2012 11:54 am

 Hello Donthe.. Have you noticed after removing links

Eye Paq

05/03/2012 11:57 am

I didn't like Panda (as name) but now with the new kid on the block, the Penguin, Panda looks way beter (again, only as far as name). Overall it was the right time for a change even if Panda and Penguin are more or less the same. Penguin is developed on the same platform by the same lead engineer .. called Panda so there was no point in calling the update  Navneet :) And since the guy (Navneet Panda) has no other name (as far as I know) what about 2013 update ? way to much time on my hands.

John Samual

05/03/2012 12:04 pm

All points are clear but one thing is very confusing that  "Practice negative SEO". What this means. In one point you tell to get natural links and in other point practice for negative SEO. Both things are opposite to eache other. Can you explain how negative SEO can be helpful for us.

gamescay

05/03/2012 12:25 pm

i am affected

Vamsi M

05/03/2012 12:35 pm

so, does it mean having links to friends site on the home page has something to do with penguin? Well, i've been linking to couple of my friends blogs for more than couple of years now. Both of them have PR4. Do you suggest me to remove those links?

Asif Anwar

05/03/2012 12:42 pm

Barry, I not sure if you have trackback turned on for this blog, but I have further elaborated your suggestions at  http://www.seoppcsmm.com/post/22317389824/google-penguin-recovery-tips-by-barry-schwartz-and-my-2

Digga

05/03/2012 01:16 pm

I seriously don't agree with Exact match domains hurting. More then ever I see SERP's where an EMD is in the top 10 even if its a 1 page site with one backlink source.  On top of that the sites are up against some major players. These updates are a joke. Also in case you are wondering about the negative SEO point. Some smart people have figured its easier and cheaper to spam your competitors sites and get them penalized. Hop on over to fiverr to see what i mean. Hats off to Matt Cutts and his web spam team for 2 great updates. ;)

Guest

05/03/2012 01:19 pm

 SEO by Google and SEO by WebmasterWord members (for ex.) are not the same thing. They are not even close. Most of the tips above are about algo cracking, not about the SEO by Google.

Uri Lederman

05/03/2012 02:06 pm

Sorry .. :-)  can you elaborate on "Practice NEGATIVE SEO".. are you saying we should start killing our competitors.. :-) .. 

Asif Anwar

05/03/2012 02:23 pm

Here is my explaination: Recently, Google has sent mails to many webmasters through Google Webmaster that they have suspicious backlinks for their sites. This has led to the idea that you can make a site look suspicious in the eye of Google. May not be a good one, but this is also another idea to make your way to the top by hurting other competitors. But, personally I think you would be wasting your time. Because, Google has been working with Google Bowling for long time. Google Bowling is the term where Google discards any back link influence, i.e. they become nofollow even if they are dofollow. Moreover, Bruce Clay in SEO FB Group suggested a nice option in Google Webmaster: """" I am hopeful that there will be a WMT disavow option soon so that recipients can essentially “nofollow” a link from the receiving end. """" And with the Penguin Update and the negative SEO fear, I also think Google should be serious about Google Bowling and you might see similar feature in Google Webmaster soon. So, all the time you spend on negative SEO will be waste of time. Source: http://www.seoppcsmm.com/post/22317389824/google-penguin-recovery-tips-by-barry-schwartz-and-my-2

None

05/03/2012 09:21 pm

 I agree, almost all of my EMD rank in TOP10 afer this update.

Digga

05/03/2012 09:49 pm

"But, personally I think you would be wasting your time." I disagree with that. Google aint as smart as you think they are. Like I said, go to fiverr buy some negative seo services and see what happens. I know that some of my sites have been penalized due to a bad backlink profile, so whats stopping my competitors directing a ton of backlinks to my sites with the same anchor text and bringing my site down. Thats right, NOTHING.

Digga

05/03/2012 10:01 pm

To Barry Schwartz, I really think you need to update your recovery tips with the following. - Buy EMD's, and a high pr backlink with the targeted anchor phrase - Head to fiverr and buy as many spammy negative seo services as possible and crush your competition This is pretty evil stuff but these 2 crappy updates has brought some of us to this line of thinking.

John Britsios

05/03/2012 10:51 pm

 Your blog post kicks ass! I hope people here are reading comments so they will check it out.

Inbound Marketing Expert

05/04/2012 04:07 am

I totally Disagree with your above two suggestion that remove links from blogroll, Why we should remove blog rolls? Does any one have answer to this Question and Why to practice Black hat....I think, this violates the Google Webmaster Guidelines. Please Re-Consider your Article. Don't try to teach anything as a news, if you are not sure.

George

05/04/2012 05:51 am

Hi guys, I have been pulling all the stops to determine why my site has been penalized so severely. I don't just want to start doing things, changing things and removing things if it is not the cause of the problem. I did not get any penalty from the Panda update, but got stoned to death with Penguin. So obviously it has to be a links issue. The only thing I can find wrong with my links is that I might have used the same repetitive anchor text in my links in blog comments and general directory submissions. I have started to contact the administrators of several of these directories (all directories are really good quality sites) and asked them to change the anchor text in my links. I have to admit that most of them have been really forthcoming and are helping with this without charging me anything (except for one). However, some of them has indicated to me that they are receiving many requests from webmasters to remove their links from the directory altogether. As far as directories and blogs go, I have acquired approximately 200 links over the last year. On some directories they of course allow you extra deep links to inner pages. I am not counting these. So my questions is this:  do I remove these links completely, or is changing the anchor text in the link to have more different long tail phrases and totally different linking keywords for a particular page a good enough solution?  

Robert Lee

05/04/2012 03:39 pm

I accidently placed some large headphones on my keyboard and this is what I got. Thought it would apply to this thread.

MyFatPenguin

05/04/2012 05:46 pm

3 things:  Complain to  this man -http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/almunia/index_en.htm  . They are already investigating and penalties will even make Goolge's eyes water. If you believe that this update is a cynical 'bait' and 'switch' scheme (look it up on wikipedia) as many in the business world do (we are talking about major businesses), then it is time to speak up (i.e. do you believe you have been baited  and switched as part of a strategy to increase adwords coverage and clicks).  It amounts to quite serious offence when a monopoly or near monopoly does it.   The whole problem around back links could be quickly resolved if Google provided a way that you could discount domains which link to you. Either through a site map type file or even marking links shown in the webmaster tools application. Negative SEO or even misadventure would be a non-starter. Quite frankly I see no excuse why this could not be done to give web masters the power to discount inbound links from being used against them. There can be no complaints after. You tell Google what links you wish to be counted. If you fall then it is your fault, you can't blame others. For me this is just common sense unless you believe in point one.  This update has exposed not so much spam sites (just look how crap so many search results are) or how poor the SEO has been (that is a moving target - what was good 3 years ago is not good today) but businesses which are not real businesses. In other words their business model only works based upon free advertising.  In summary, unless you get to the nub of the matter which the problem of free advertising on a single channel and then it being switched, this will just go on.   

Jamal Ahmad Malik

05/05/2012 01:41 am

I own almost 75 websites including some big websites, niche blogs and micro niche blogs, i spent almost 3 days to collect data of my blogs did comparison and anaysis and found and noticed from recent google penguin update that google is penalizing those who have mass backlinks (more than 200) with domain's age less than 1 year, one the other hand google is ranking micro niche websites with long tail keywords very fast with quality contents even without having a single backlink. I was surprised when i checked one of my newly developed micro niche blog having domain age only 41 days without any backlink, but i wrote unique contents and submit it to google and today i saw it is ranking on first page of google after competing almost 7900 allintitle pages. (Great Google) But i have been penalized for couple of my blogs because of having mass backlinks and i came to know that i use Senuke x, LinkWheels, bulk article submissions and profile backlinks previous months on these blogs , so google penalized me for these and unlink all the backlinks from my google webmaster tools account for these two blogs and i am nowhere on google for these blogs and their keywords. (Bad me not Google, because i did in wrong way) Conclusion: Do not focus on link building but focus on quality of contents and create micro niche websites with long tail keywords and to be focus on the topic and link all your inner pages and articles to your home page with(www.yourdomain.com). Your all inner pages should point to your home page with your focus main theme keyword just do it and you will see the progress, i did same in last month and i achieved great reults even with penguin update.

Vseocompanyindia

05/05/2012 05:13 am

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Senuke X

05/05/2012 05:20 am

SEnuke user can simply review all the relevant, targeted keywords for a site depending on the information given by Google. 

George

05/05/2012 06:24 am

 Hi Jamal, It is nice to read something from someone suggesting actual solutions. I have very good unique and quality content on all 4000 pages of my site. However, I have more than 150 links from good quality directories pointing to different inner pages of my site and also to my home page. I now realize I have used the same anchor text in these links maybe to many times. Also, maybe there are too many of these links. I am struggling to decide if I should remove these links completely and if I should just change the anchor text in the links to many different long tail phrases. What is your suggestion on this. Also, you mention "unlink all the back links in your Google webmaster tools". I did not know it is possible to unlink from there. Can you perhaps shed more light on this. Thanks

John McCheap

05/05/2012 05:27 pm

When you say " Your all inner pages should point to your home page with your focus main theme keyword" you meant, is better to point to your home site from all your inner pages using your keyword instead of your domain or company name? Thanks for sharing this feedback.

Rocko23

05/06/2012 06:16 am

A colleague of mine had some success in recent days, fixing some "exact match" domains devastated by penguin, thought I'd share.  He claims that by better focusing each page he's climbed back up in the SERPS.  In other words, more pages with less (but more highly focused) content each, seems to be very effective for recovery from this google update.  Each page becoming more like a microsope, and total text per page way down (less than 300 words or so).  . . .like ehow I suppose.  Very focused, very short. Anyone else seeing this?

John Britsios

05/06/2012 06:22 am

It can be another "Penguin" bug. But if that is not the case, lets us know what will happen at the next "Panda" update.

Asif Anwar

05/06/2012 08:00 am

Your time is valuable. The problem that still haunts Google today is the Negative SEO. I am sure Google will do something about it. Like they previously did with Duplicate Content filter.

Asif Anwar

05/06/2012 08:01 am

Thanks John.

Yasminsham

05/06/2012 06:11 pm

I am having an issue with the back links as well I have total of 500 links over 250 coming from updowner.com how can I remove those???

Bob Dual

05/08/2012 04:38 am

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Thomas L. Vaultonburg

05/13/2012 07:02 am

What really bites crotch about this is I have one of those small niche blogs with killer content and I decided to go out and bring in some ringer links and I got smacked. Should have done nothing except write. Nothing. http://www.zombielogicblog.blogspot.com/

Ram Babu SEO

05/15/2012 12:05 pm

yes, there are many who have affected by this update because of their non-useful tactics ! so recover through given tips

pawancarrot

06/06/2012 11:34 am

google penguin hit my 2 project. MCX Sureshot Tips

Yousee

09/29/2012 06:28 am

I still see keywords rich domain ranking st the top spot of Google irrespective of their content quality

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