13 Dec 2005

Buying links under the radar so Matt can’t find them.

ah….what an exciting week it’s been so far! All this talk about “buying links” featured everywhere. Matt’s giving the good ole Google PR advice, Jeremy from Yahoo is saying “I’ll sell links“, Threadwatch, Rand (more), Barry, Greg, Todd, Danny, and everyone else has been chatting about it. Matt’s even on Round 2 (not counting mentions in this thread) of dishing out the Google PR advice on buying/selling links. Jeremy has also gone into round 2 as well (not to mention his telling Matt to “Uleash The Fury!”).

So what’s my 2 cents you ask?

Buy ’em under the radar. Buy ’em where Matt can’t find ’em via association.

Find “Virgin sites” (non-SEO’d sites), and put your 1 link there, and move on. Better yet, blend that link right in so even if Matt’s prying eyes saw it, he wouldn’t even know it was placed there by an SEO. Under the radar I say.

Of course, getting a link for free because your content is just so wonderful is always the best – no one can doubt that. And in Matt’s perfect world of the web, no one would need SEO’s as everyone would just create great content, and people would link naturally, and Google would sort it all out with the best results on top……yea right. If that were the case, I’d be out of a job and SEO would be dead….lucky for me we don’t live in a world where SEO is dead….in fact, it will never die. The only SEO’s that will die, are those that can’t evolve, or that stick out, or that are easily “filtered”. The worlds best SEO sites of today and tomorrow are the sites that if Matt looked at them, he’d have no idea that an SEO was ever involved.

Even if you’ve got the worlds best site, with the worlds best content and the worlds best resources within your community, you can either wait for years for the world to find you…which is just fine….or you can perform some SEO (and maybe even pay for some links) so that your wonderful resource can start to get found (rankings) so you can start to get those wonderful free links with out even having to ask for them. (That’s got something to do with Mike’s filthy linking rich ideas (the real world we live in)).

I’ll always preach “Create that wonderful site with wonderful content that just attracts links naturally”. Matt should be proud of me for preaching this…..but I’ll also say, “let’s get the ball rolling by contacting some sites within your industry and see what it will take to get them to link to you….be it for “free” or be it in exchange for Pizza, or be it in exchange for cold hard cash”. This is the real world. My own goals are to be “smarter” about it by working to get links that look as natural as possible from non SEO’d sites.

I’m sure that right now Matt could find a handful of our sites if he really tried (I hope he doesn’t try). After all, Google knows your linking network unless you don’t have a network and you don’t associate yourself with any “networks” (for an SEO, that’s been “nearly” impossible).

So my new years resolution is to  get better at what we do which would include moving even more under the radar with our link buys – grab a link from a virgin site (a site that’s not openly selling “ads”) and move on.

Bottom line – As an SEO you’ve got to distance yourself from other fellow SEO’s in your link building.

Comments

  1. Greg December 13, 2005 at 11:52 PM

    zawondygate?? hopefully, as an advertiser, we have ended our involvement in the debate http://botwblog.org/?p=48

  2. Jim December 14, 2005 at 12:01 AM

    Hey Greg…mind if I put a condom on your link to your blog there…hehe, just kidding (and thanks for the $20)…hehe…again, just kidding (maybe…heheheh).

    Seriously though, I don’t think condoms are mine or your responsibilities. If I slip you some juice for whatever reason, that’s between you and I, I don’t need no condom police interfeering with our fun (ok…now it’s getting a bit sick here).

    Again, Thanks for the $ … or did I link to you because I like you, or was it just plain darn relevant to this page…matt will never know…or will he?

  3. Greg December 14, 2005 at 12:05 AM

    i won’t tell if you won’t 😉 is that $40 now? send me a tab….

  4. Jim December 14, 2005 at 12:14 AM

    Just send me some link love back and we’ll call it even (shhhh)

  5. BOTW Blog » Blog Archive » On Zawodny December 14, 2005 at 2:12 PM

    […] Jeremy posts a late-night follow up: Struck the Sponsored Links Nerve, Did I? Jim Boykin plays devil’s advocate: Buying links under the radar so Matt can’t find them […]

  6. Jason Hendricks December 14, 2005 at 4:51 PM

    Jim, keep the pizza exchange theory “under the radar”. 🙂

  7. Jim December 14, 2005 at 6:22 PM

    Jason,
    Yea…I’m pretty open on my blog, but I still do keep some secrets 😉 I won’t tell people about the Pizza idea…if you send me a few links…hehe

    Greg, you owe me double now for that trackback link there 😉

  8. randfish December 14, 2005 at 7:38 PM

    Beautiful Jim, just beautiful.

  9. Alex Piner December 15, 2005 at 8:02 AM

    Wasn’t Matt in the NSA or a contactor with them?

  10. Jim December 15, 2005 at 12:31 PM

    Matt was a high level government employee with very high security clearence. While working for the government there’s been rumors that they implanted a computer chip in his head. this computer chip both sends all of matts thoughts to a high level secret government agency, as well as this secret high level government agency sends matt thoughts that he thinks are his own. It’s a huge conspiracy that I’m suprised has never been brought more into the public eyes. Matt Knows All, and so does the government. Matt is really the start of how computers, through the US government and through Google, are going to take over the world.

    Man, this acid is really good.

  11. Alex Piner December 15, 2005 at 3:52 PM

    That acid looks good for content creation!

  12. Alex Piner December 15, 2005 at 3:54 PM

    Is LSD “latent semantic discovery” ?

  13. SmallFry February 22, 2006 at 5:30 PM

    Lsd sounds almost as dangerous as me running around with barely a clue to how or what all this blog stuff is. I will say this though. It never gets boring. I enjoy reading this stuff and hopefully by next week some of it will have sunk in.

  14. 2pac Album Lyrics October 14, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    Thank you for your 2 cents, its nice to read an SEO’s honest opinion

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