- On March 28, 2012
- By Martin MacDonald
The Curious Case of Camper Shoes
I stumbled on this less than 20 minutes ago across a twitter conversation concerning rankings for the keyword term “camper men shoes“. Its hardly a big money search term but it seems to be the subject of a bit of mud-slinging-intrigue.
I’m not one to start outling networks – Ive operated my own, and lost domains in the past.
But…. sometimes I just rise to a bit of trolling so here goes.
The story starts at this comment on ‘moz:
but the bit that got me interested was:
“I did no networks. I own no networks. I did straight white hat SEO“
<<< I love that kind of statement!
So, lets take a quick look: here is the page in question that is ranking for that query:
and here are a sample of the backlinks that *were* pointing at it:
|http://www.awarnach.net||camper men shoes|
|http://www.timecafethemes.com||camper men shoes|
|http://www.lighting-linx.com||camper men shoes|
|http://www.persuasive2009.net||camper men shoes|
|http://aquariumsupplydepot.com||camper men shoes|
|http://animalesdecompania.net||camper men shoes|
|http://persuasive2009.net||camper men shoes|
Sure, these three sites certainly DONT look like a network do they? (much)
… not only that, but they are pretty much a stock standard same theme rubbish network of bull**** posts – the kind you can pick up on warrior/dp etc. for $2 a post, writing included.
But that’s not all in this “secret SEO recipe for success“.
Lets take a look at the following sites:
So – we’re putting links on parked domains as well? Not really that big a deal I suppose – again though, I would probably lean towards calling this a network.
My favourite links have to be the ones on the straight article submission sites though…. you too can have a trawl through all the sites that linked to that page with that anchor text in the last week by downloading the following excel file:
Fun Spam Links Spreadsheet <<DOWNLOAD LINK
So – the secret recipe of SEO success is as follows:
1) find an easy to target term
2) put a page up with the fundamentals right
3) stick a couple of hundred links around the place, that you KNOW you can remove quickly
4) wait a few days
5) troll people on twitter and seomoz
6) rely on stale-ish index’s like linkscape (sorry mozzers!) not picking things up quickly
7) look like a dick when you are outed.
Moral of the Story: Don’t post bold claims you can’t backup, unless you’re damn sure nobody can figure out what you did!