So the big question after the Penguin updates is, “whether or not link Pyramids and/or link wheels are still effective for SEO?”. I initially thought they were busted for sure but I came across some rather reputable SEOs claiming that this gray-hat method still works so I decided to test it and post my results here. Of course, I hope it works because I’m spending time and money on it and because it has been a sure-fire method of SEO for years now but I will also be just as relieved to see this type of link building being laid to rest and to see this myth busted once and for all!
How to Build Post Penguin Link Pyramids
The first strategy is to make sure your link pyramid and wheel is full of uniquely written (copyscape passed) content mixed in with some LSI articles. This stuff must be something that someone would actually want to read and should be posted on a wide variety of sites ranging from 2.0s to privately own blogs. Then we’ll setup some profiles on high PR sites. Next we bookmark everything from aged accounts. Then we’re gonna mix in some social signals. Lastly, don’t rush so instead of blasting, take your time setting up the accounts manually and don’t set them up using SEnuke or some other black-hat software.
In this test we’re going to throw in some of the highest quality 2.0 sites, video submission sites, .edu blogs, bookmarking, 1 guest post and some paid links coming from privately owned sites. So here’s the run down on this Post Penguin Link Pyramid test…
- 12 2.0 sites- Unique usernames, LSI articles
- 25 Video Submission sites– Unique usernames, fill out profiles
- 50 .edu Profile links- Unique usernames pr2-pr8
- 250 Bookmarks- Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon etc.
- 6 .edu Blog Posts- Uniquely written, 500-1000 words
- Social signals– 100 likes, 100 tweets, 100 plus ones and 300 repins all performed manually from aged accounts and unique IP addresses
- 800 PR Links- These are the links coming from privately owned sites
We will target 3 URLs and 3 Keywords. One of the Keywords is already ranked on the 1st page of Google in the #7 position. Another keyword is ranked #58 and the last Keyword is not even on the Google radar yet. This process is starting today and will be finished within 1 month at which time I will reveal the results along with the URLs and keywords for all to see.
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The Subject of Our Experiment
I will be using a brand new website that I have never built links to however, I have posted good on-page content and have earned some rankings from that alone. This process is expected to take 1 month so check back Aug. 9th 2012 or later to view the results. Please feel free to list your opinions and/or suggestions about post Penguin link pyramids and wheels in the comments below.