I’ll keep this super-short:
a few weeks ago I decided to give SEO Link Monster a whirl, and I wasn’t overly impressed with their interface, seemed a little buggy for my taste.
Anyway, I’ve put a handful of my blogs in there to see what results SEO Link Monster can give, and as of yesterday, every single one of the blogs that got SEO Link Monster links is tanking BADLY.
So, this morning I’m on skype with my outsourcer in the Philippines, and ask him if he’s doing anything unusual.
He then sends me this message which he got this morning:
I got email today saying
We have just removed SEO Link Monster from our blog networks because all the blog they are in their system are all deindexed or banned by Google. If you post anything in their blogs, it will harm our clients websites rather than help.
Obviously, I cannot be 100% certain that it is the SEO link monster that’s responsible for my sites going down in the search results, but
- only those sites that got the SEO link monster backlinks are going down
- the company I use for the backlink building are not using it because *apparently* (just trying to avoid getting sued here;-) there is some deindexing and banning going on by Google.
PS: just for legal reasons: this is my personal experience, I have no *proof* that SEO link-monster is responsible for these results and you have to do your own due diligence, etc, etc, etc.
PS: I’ve sent a support ticket to the SEO link monster people and asked for clarification, I’ll keep you updated.
UPDATE March 15:
Here’s the email I got from the SEO link monster support team – the links she provides are definitely worth spending a little bit of time on, plus there’s a reference to the Google Quality Raters Handbook, which should be helpful when setting up your sites!
This is truly a difficult time for all internet marketers right now.
We have indeed found that one small sub-set of URLs were deindexed due to one specific user reporting some URLs to Google. That is why we have replaced the distribution reports with a new stats reporting tool in order to help protect ALL users and the network integrity from the possibility of someone signing up to SEO Link Monster and then reporting URLs to Google. Some of our sites were also deindexed when the recent Panda update was rolled out. We are proactively moving forward to protect the network for everyone and to help increase its effectiveness over the long term. We continually monitor the sites, and any sites that are found to be deindexed or that are losing their ranking power, we immediately remove them from the network and replace them with a site from our reserve queue.
We have received other reports of dropped rankings and it is apparently not just us here. It appears to be affecting many others regardless of the SEO services they use. As best I can tell it is because of the Google Panda 3.3 update. Please refer to the following:
So, quality content is more important than ever, and the content should be highly relevant to your targeted keywords as well as helpful to readers. Google also likes fresh content, so putting up more new high quality, highly-relevant, and useful content will be helpful towards regaining your position.
Dori also said “It has become increasingly apparent that they have put more weight on social signals so site owners need to up their game in that department as well as get links.” By social signals she means google+, likes, tweets, bookmarks, Pinterest, facebook, basically social networking and social bookmarking.
Aside from links and high quality content you now also need social signals, as Google has put more weight in the social area like they kept saying they would.
For additional queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
UPDATE March 20: just read this note on the build my rank website which kinda suggests that Google has finally figured out how these networks operate (not that tricky IMO, just submit a bunch of articles with a fixed string like “Schnapuffel” which you don’t find anywhere else, then look for all pages that have the string in them….) and deindexed them…
so far the confirmed ‘victims’ of this purge are BMR and seolinkmonster, but I wouldn’t be overly surprised if the the other ones weren’t to follow soon.
so, it’s going to be very interesting what the SEO community is going to look for next. (btw, this whole mess is just another reminder what can happen when you take the ‘lazy’ road when doing SEO for others … “haha, I can charge them $597 every month and all I do is submit a bunch of spun articles to BMR, muahahaha….”)