I don't mean to be rude here SEOGURU but exactly who are you that any single member in this forum needs to prove anything to you? While I am sure your opinion has some merit, I think there are a lot of other qualified people within this forum that also have the right to an opinion. Now while blog networks may be part of the factor, I personally do not believe the actual use of the blog network or the link sitting on a blog network page is the issue. The fact that blog networks have made it extremely easy to push links out extremely quickly, of which 99% of them are probably direct targeted keyword anchor text links instead of branded or "natural links" is the major issue. It is a very easy way to abuse anchor text distribution, and considering Google have admitted this is an OVER OPTIMISATION ALGORITHM UPDATE I would advise most people who have been hit by this to start there. Again it's my opinion and from what I am reading this is also the opinion of quite a few others in the forum and other major IM forums and also many of my colleagues within my own company and others within the local SEO community. It is also based on the backing of my SEO firm of which my team of staff have spent the last few days doing nothing but analysing the top placed positions in a number of niches and have clearly noticed a pattern of even anchor text distribution with a large amount of branded links. So while your OPINION has merit so does the opinions of other users within the forum. There is far more to this than people just simply using blog networks. Misuse of the blog networks is a far more likely cause IN MY OPINION.
If you have lost rankings begin by assessing the sites that have replaced you. Have the sites replaced you simply because they are now better suited to Google's algorithms? The likely answer is yes. Now does this mean there is an issue with your site? There are a lot of different reasons your site may have dropped. Are you utilising link schemes? Are you targeting your site with only a few anchor texts? Do you simply have no links at all and the sites that are higher than you do have some? Is your on page optimisation now considered to be over optimised? There are too many factors that can cause this sort of thing to happen and the only way to actually look at this is to forget the fact that you believe your sites SHOULD be ranking higher and start thinking why it's not. While the algorithm is obviously not perfect, accepting the fact that there is a reason for it is going to get you closer to solving the problem. This is MY OPINION and I am entitled to it.
thank you for challenging my opinion... to be honest, all i want is people to back up their claims and as i see it, this forum contains some of the most brilliant and talented backlink professionals on the planet. Why else would google create and design an entire algo to fight against us. So far, most people are saying things without backing up the facts. A guess or theory... all im saying is prove it before we all start going out of our way to diversify our anchor text for no reason other than speculation. I am a very logical person... and if you can prove it, i will back you up on anchor text diversity. I can show you dozens if not hundreds of sites that have dropped in rankings and have been wiped out of the search engines and each and every one of them contain links on deindexed websites that were apart of blog networks or hpbl networks. I personally have not seen a single site, after researching a large amount of domains, that have dissapeared in ranking that were not apart of a deindexed network. Therefore, I am simply asking someone to prove it so I can add that to my analysis and theory as well... but so far, nobody has taken up the challenge. Yes google has said its an over optimization penalty, but then again, google never gives you a straight answer and i take what google says with a grain of salt. Meaning they may be leading you down a dirt road, just to keep you busy and keep you away from the real facts. Dont take google so literal!
You dont need to prove it to me, but please prove it to the community so that we dont start doing something that doesnt help the cause... otherwise we can make any outlandish claims
if we are going to start doing that then...
- domains that dont have a backlink from wikipedia have lost their ranks
- domains not listed in dmoz or yahoo have lost their rankings
- domains who dont have img backlinks have lost their rankings
- domains with the keyword in the url have lost their rankings
- domains without facebook pages have lost their rankings
- domains without google plus ones have lost their rankings
we can say anything we want, but can you prove any of the following types of domains are ranking without any of those factors. If you can then those are not the issues, Maybe its a combination of these, but again, lets start proving claims rather than optimize without facts
I am also an SEO company, with over 100 clients and projects, many lost rankings and many have not... I am also researching into why and analyzing those who are currently ranking to eliminate as many factors as possible. We dont have to collaborate, but im sure if we all work together, we can work alot faster.