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In nature, there is no such thing as opposite. The night is not the opposite of the day, as the light is not the opposite of dark. There are just different phenomena that exists in different shapes. Allow me to extrapolate this to links. When asked: “What is a natural link?”, the correct answer is: A natural/organic link is not necessarily “the opposite of the unnatural link”. It is much more than that. And although unnatural links are in fashion, maybe its time to put the spotligh [...]
This is a TRUE, SUCCESSFUL & UNREQUESTED story from Manuel Porras, one of our customers. "I don't have any knowledge about a recovery using the Google Disavow on an algorithmic penalty. Only manual penalties have been publicly reported to work using the Disavow tool. Knowing this I wanted to be 100% sure that this isn’t something else. I took the diligence and analyzed the situation carefully." Read the full-disclosure at the end of the article.   Let me tell you my e [...]
I am sure you are already accustomed with checking backlinks at the Domain, Sub-domain or Page level. There is one other type of check that you might be interested in … Today we introduce: Prefix / Folder Backlink Checking I am sure that at least once in your “SEO PRO life”, you needed to quickly check the backlinks for a product category (ONLY) or a blog directory? This new feature allows you to segment the links that point to all of the pages on a site that respect a specific w [...]
Important Update! We released the automatic unnatural link classification tool to help you in your unnatural link recovery, after this post was published. We recommend you check it for unnatural link analysis! With the latest chit chat that Google is going to release the next version of Google Penguin soon, I think it is a good time to remember how you can easily detect unnatural links in your sites’ profile. This detection technique can to be used for any site, even if [...]
We had a "full-house" Webinar on Friday (all 100 seats were occupied). As promised to everyone in the webinar here is the recording for to digest. Main Topics What are Unnatural Links? How do I spot them? How do I recover from an Unnatural Links Penalty? Quick Overview of the recent Interflora Penalty. "Unnatural Link" Sites Analyzed - Case Studies     SmartLipo - Medical Surgery Niche     Allesovergokken - Online Gambling Niche Netherlands     Webhostingmadness - We [...]
"Before you continue reading this post you need to be aware that the case study presents actual data and results from Google. We do not endorse using these kind of black hat practices. We only present them as they are being used and abused. Maybe Google will fix these faster. All for the sake of search transparency ... " High rankings for highly competitive keywords are still being obtainable, post “Penguin”, with black hat practices. How do I dare to say that you might ask? Well bec [...]
Were you hit by the "Google Penguin Update" on the 24th April 2012? If you are not sure of your answer, check your rankings and see if there was a drop on that day. ( note: there are several webmasters that reported receiving the unnatural link building message from Google Webmaster Tools starting with the beginning of 2012) Update [May 14 2012]: Due to the popularity of this article I have created a set of case studies on the Google Penguin Update (video) where you can see, how to really ide [...]
Notice : As we are approaching our commercial launch in November (the exact date is not disclosed yet), we are starting to "leak" features and info about the cognitiveSEO product. Yesterday Matt Cutts has confirmed that Google is indexing Ajax / Javascript. Today we are announcing that cognitiveSEO is doing the same thing ... but from an SEO point of view. What are the "Link Previews" ? In the past 12 months we have been working on a unique and powerful feature, called "Link Previews" (t [...]