Black Hat SEO
A fairly common black hat search engine optimization tactic is to build multiple websites on a general theme. The sites are then cross-linked to other sites in the same network, and would also include one-way links to the primary site with varying anchor text. The whole aim is to give one or more sites a huge boost in search engine results pages (SERPs), and for it to also benefit from additional traffic flowing from the various network sites.
People undertaking such methods generally create the websites with automated tools, use scraped content from other peoples websites, and most of the sites have no purpose other than to drive traffic to the primary site.
White Hat SEO
First it is important to understand a little about linking structure. I am not going to go into excessive details.
It is widely understood that internal linking on any website can represent as much as 50% of the page rank attributed to any single page within a site. How your pages are linked together, for which terms, and whether links are reciprocated all play an import role in the calculation.
If I told you that there are hundreds of websites on the internet, with very high page rank on multiple terms themselves, who would be willing to create a niche portal within their pages, highly optimized for your website, niche and keywords, it is something you would probably be willing to pay for.
We are not talking about a simple directory site. We are talking about high quality content pages, that will pass on pagerank to your site, plus a central hub, similar to a home page, that benfits from all the content pages linking to it, and that in turn also points directly to your website.
This is all “white hat”. You will never be penalised for using this tactic by the search engines, and it is permanent! Your traffic hubs will be a permanent fixture. Some of these hubs will disappear, but many more will appear to replace them.
Is this something you would pay for?
You can get this highly powerful promotion of your website for free!
Simply write and submit articles to article directories.
Every day I see questions on multiple marketing forums along the lines of:-
“Does article marketing really work?”
“I submitted an article 2 weeks ago and my search engine results have stayed the same, why?”
“When I submit an article, how long until I will see traffic to my website?”
Describing exactly how this all works in words is very difficult, but lets look at a very simple math formula.
It is not very impressive is it?
You have to remember however that an individual article you publish gains incoming links in a number of ways.
So we may be looking at more like…
Some of the numbers however are going to be bigger or smaller, depending on the authority of the page linking to the article, the number of links from that page etc.
You might well have to use addition rather than multiplication when regarding many aspects of a real formula.
What is important however is that not only is each individual article you publish gaining in pagerank, but also your author profile.
Lets take some examples.
These are the current top 5 article authors listed at Ezine Articles:-
Lance Winslow 2029 Articles
Jeff Herring 340 Articles
Tim Gorman 306 Articles
John Mussi 303 Articles
Dennis Siluk 286 Articles
Now do a search for any of those author names in Google.
Every single result has a reference to their Ezine Articles profile within the top 3 positions.
This isn’t true in every case. Well known (and popular for good reason) internet marketer Willie Crawford’s profile only appears at the bottom of the first page, but he has hundreds of links pointing to his popular websites, and has a baseball player competing for ranking.
Profile pages concentrate and magnify the linking benefit of every article you publish, thus the links from a profile page carry a lot of weight.
Some author bio pages allow a lot of customization. Most allow you to have some text (which can be keyword targeted), along with website links. A few even allow you to set anchor text for every link in your profile.
Thus to answer all the questions I see every day on various marketing forums.
Short term it can be a fast route to having a website spidered by search engines.
Medium term, you will gain some exposure within your niche as other sites and ezines publish your content. Many of them don’t write about your topic every day.
Long-term is really up to you. The more quality articles you write, the larger your hubs will become. Large article hubs pick up traffic from a larger variety of search engine traffic, but also make your author bio more prominent, thus magnifying the value of external links placed there.