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“Internet Entrepreneur Claims Cure For “Google SEO Shinanagans”. Is Blog Engage Really the Answer?”

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by Micah on May 2, 2012

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So why are we so pissed at Google? They are just trying to do what they do best. Take over the Internet.  And World. And Your personal life. Whatever.

First they got all slap happy and made PPC almost impossible for network marketers and affiliate marketers. (almost hehe)

Now they are doing the same with SEO. When Google Adwords slapped everyone, we had many many online businesses shut down overnight. Everyone bitched and moaned, then some figured out a new solution and everyone else fell to the wayside.

It’s no different with this whole SEO nonsense. We can adapt, or we can drown. The choice is ours.

The trouble is, how do you adapt when you don’t even understand the changes being made? How can you “play the game” when the damn rules keep changing?

You’ve been busting your ass doing everything you’re “supposed” to do, and you’re still getting screwed. Royally.

The messed up thing is, even if you haven’t been affected by this yet, you could wake up tomorrow and find Google has wiped you clean off the map. There is absolutely no certainty here, and that’s a very bad thing for business.

After all Google Penguin wasn’t the first update, and it won’t be the last.

Building backlinks and ranking for targeted keywords takes up a lot of time and or money. The fact is, in an instant it could all be for nothing.

Suddenly you have no more traffic, no more leads and no more sales. Ouch.

How does that make you feel? Frustrated? Angry?

Just think, one wrong move and it’s all over.
But what is the wrong move?  Hell, what’s the right move?

Suddenly we’re getting penalized for “overdone SEO”, or whatever the hell that means.

So what exactly can we do about it?

First, we have to try to understand the dilemma. Over at MicroSiteMasters, they did an in depth study into exactly what has been getting people penalized.

We find two distinct answers.

1: Overdone Anchor Text.

The sites that had over 60% of their inbound links contain a “money” keyword as anchor text got screwed. If you keep that number under 50% you “should” be ok. “Yourname.com is ok. As is your blog post title, provided it does not contain your money keyword.

2: Backlinks From non Relevant Sites.

This just means you need to focus on getting links from relevant sites in your niche. If you get all your links from blasting crappy auto spin articles all over the web with Article Marketing Robot, you could be in trouble. From the data I gather that at least 50% of your incoming links need to be on relevant sites, within your niche.

 

Using this information we can start to put together a new link building strategy. But here’s the thing, this won’t be the last we hear from Google Penguin. The rules have drastically changed, overnight. It can, and probably will happen again. So how do we protect our internet investments? Is there a way to Google proof your sites?

I don’t fucking know.

But I do know we can learn from our past mistakes, and tip the odds in our favor.

Lesson one is obviously to not put all your eggs in one basket. Actually we should have learned this one already.

This means having more than one traffic source. You simply can not rely on something you do not own and control. You especially can’t rely on something that tries to own and control you.

In my opinion, the best place to start is by joining a quality blogging community. A place where the members can submit their posts to read, shared and commented on by other members.

That’s why I am a member of Blog Engage(affiliate link).

Blog Engage has over 200 daily submissions and thousands of members, making this a very active, very popular community. If you can get the hang of writing killer headlines, and put out some decent content, you can generate a steady flow of traffic just from Blog Engage(affiliate link) itself.

For more exposure you can join one of the guest blogging contests that are always going on. Not only does this thrust you into the limelight, but there is also a very nice cash prize for the winner.

Simply making the right connections will do wonders to grow your blog, and being an active member of of Blog Engage gives you the rare opportunity to run shoulders with some very talented and high profile bloggers.

But wait, there’s more! (lol) In addition to this outstanding community, Blog Engage also syndicates your blogs RSS fees on 3 high PR domains.

Remember the problem we were talking about earlier with the anchor text? Getting a massive about of low PR keyword stuffed backlinks will do you more harm than good.

So instead of wasting your time on that, what you want is a smaller amount of high PR backlinks, half of which do not contain your money keyword. Blog Engage gives you three, automatically. It pulls your RSS fees so you don’t even have to do anything except limit your keyword use in your blog title. Maybe only use your keyword in every other blog post title?

If you put in a little time and effort, you will have a sustainable traffic source. The best part is this traffic is the highest, most qualified traffic you could possibly hope for. Even Google almighty can’t take that away from you.

So does Blog Engage solve all of your seo, traffic and Google problems? Of course not, but it will get you traffic, and it will improve your search engine ranking. (providing you are not already screwed in that department)

While  Blog Engage(affiliate link) might not be the Holy Grail, I do believe it is a huge piece of the puzzle. That’s why I use it, along with many of the top bloggers in our industry.

Be sure to stay tuned, because in my next post, I will be revealing a method you can easily use to to flip Google the bird and make each and every blog post go instantly viral. If you are not getting massive traffic from this source, you are doing it wrong. You want Google Penguin proof traffic? This is as good as it gets.

So what about you? What are you doing to “Penguin proof” your blog? Or are you ok with the luck of the draw? Has this Google Penguin thing got you worried? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Stay beautiful my friends,

Micah

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Part 1: Internet Entrepreneur Claims Cure For”Google SEO Shenanigans”. Is Blog Engage Really The Answer? <–you are here

Part2: “Study: Penguin Onslaught Slowed By Viral Outbreak. Bloggers Relieved.”

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Ilka Flood
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May 3, 2012 at 12:07 am

Hi Micah,

You will never win the “Google Game.” Once you think you’ve got it all figured out, the rules change again. That was too much work for me. I’ve stopped putting all my eggs in one basket where lead generation is concerned. So if I spill one, I still have a spare or two, or three :)

Great article! Thanks for sharing your insights!

Ilka
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Micah
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May 3, 2012 at 6:19 am

Hi Ilka,

Yes, the rules are always changing. But I think in a way that’s a good thing. It always flushes out those who don’t really want it, leaving less competition for the rest of us ;)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

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Aquarius Man May 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

Haha… Penguin-proof your blog… Good one. Can’t wait to see your next article. I definitely want all my posts to go viral!

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Micah
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May 3, 2012 at 6:23 am

Aqua Man,

Glad you enjoyed, you can look for the next post some time between friday and monday.

Thanks for coming by :)

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Richard May 3, 2012 at 3:03 am

I think the best way to “win” the google game is to concentrate on organic growth more than trying to game the system. That said, I like blog engage very much. It has an active community and a high number of quality bloggers submitting their content as well as reading other people’s submissions. It’s a great way to get exposure.
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Micah
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May 3, 2012 at 6:21 am

Richard,

Yeah Blog Engage is pretty awesome :) As far as gaming the system, sometimes that’s more work than just doing it right!

Thanks for your insight

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Adrienne
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May 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I totally agree as well Micah, there is no way anyone will ever figure Google out. Oh, they may think they have up to a point but they’ll turn right around and fool you once again. No doubt about ti.

Putting all your eggs in one basket is suicide! Just as those who have done it!

I’m a member of Blog Engage but I’m not active. I joined them last year and found their site so confusing I didn’t even know how to submit my blog post. I tried for a couple of week and just gave up. But I am an active member of Blog Interact and Blokube. I love those networks. Oh, but I do love Brian!!!

Thanks for sharing your insights!!!

~Adrienne
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Micah
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May 4, 2012 at 5:23 am

Hey Adrienne,

Blog Engage can take a little digging around to get used to. Brian is always available, I’m sure he would be glad to help out :)

I’ll have to check out blog interact and blokube. I’m not to familiar with those.

Thanks for sharing you thoughts :)

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Corky Swanson May 4, 2012 at 3:24 am

Micah, it is frustrating but every “slap” that takes out machine-generated cookie cutter sites is a win for hand-made organic blogs. If you do everything by hand, or use Blog Engage, which is well distributed and pretty organic acting, you can’t do much more than that.
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Micah
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May 4, 2012 at 5:18 am

You’re right on the money Corky.

As frustrating as it might be for the moment, it does free the web of some unneeded clutter.

Thanks for the comment :)

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Astro Gremlin May 4, 2012 at 3:27 am

Not sure how I can get incoming links that are irrelevant to my site, since every word of it is already irrelevant! :)
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Micah
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May 4, 2012 at 5:17 am

LoL Astro,

But doesn’t that actually make it relevant? ;)

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Andrew May 4, 2012 at 11:44 am

very interesting post thank you for sharing this with us, i really enjoyed reading this post. Great post.
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Micah
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May 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Thanks Andrew,

glad you enjoyed :)

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Sherryl Perry
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May 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hi Micah,
Personally, I think trying to “Penguin proof” my blog would drive me nuts and probably be a colossal waste of my time. It might even do more harm than good. I’m just going to continue trying to write quality content with a focus on building community and providing a place where discussions can ensue. Like Adrienne and others here, I am a member of Blog Engage, Blokube, Blog Interact and a handful of others. None of those sites directly drive significant amounts of traffic but my presence there does help to maintain top-of-mind awareness. So, for the sake of my sanity, I’m going to try to so what makes sense to me and listen to my gut instincts.
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Micah
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May 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Sherryl I gave up on sanity a long long time ago!

When it comes right down to it, doing “what makes sense” to you is all any of us can do. We have that gut instinct for a reason. I usually only get into trouble when I ignore that ;)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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Teelah May 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I really enjoyed the humor you put in the SEO in your blog. That made it a great read and I will surely follow up for the next post. You also informed me a lot on blogging, that really helps. Thanks!
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Micah
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May 11, 2012 at 5:14 am

Thanks Teelah, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Not everyone gets my twisted sense of humor lol.

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Vineet Saxena
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May 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I have heard of BlogEngage a many times before too. It is one of the largest blogging communities on the internet. Am not sure about how good it is for the backlinks part, but for traffic it is definitely a good option.
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Micah
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May 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Vineet,

Depending on your membership level, one of the main selling points of Blog Engage is RSS syndication across the the Blog Engage private blog network. This gives you several high PR backlinks to each blog post you submit.

Thanks for your comment! :)

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John Ernest
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May 12, 2012 at 3:48 am

We have to adapt! Or else we will waste everything we have sacrificed! Your posts are really blunt and useful to keep my head thinking for new solutions. Thank you for the great post!

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Micah
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May 12, 2012 at 5:17 am

Thanks for your input John,

You’re right, we must adapt to survive. That’s the way it’s always been and always will be.

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Richa from market intelligence May 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Hey Micah
I really like the way you put your thoughts..and what to say..Google rules!!

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Micah
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May 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Appreciate it Richa :)

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Tracy
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May 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I am just reading your site for the first time after seeing some of your comments on David Wood’s blog. I absolutely LOVE your writing style! I feel like I have been trying to crack the “SEO code” for so long and in all honesty I waste so much more time that could just be spent on writing quality content and letting things happen organically.

Thanks for the info about Blog Engage! I will definitely check out your link. Is there a particular package you recommend when just starting?

Look forward to your other posts!
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Micah
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May 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Hi Tracy,

Thanks for coming by :)

SEO is a headache for a lot of people, especially after the recent Google updates. Once you figure it out and learn filter out the retardation it’s actually quite simple. It’s easy to waste time on if you’re not careful; writing quality content should always come first.

I’m a huge fan of Blog Engage; I’m using the Platinum package, that’s the one I would recommend at a minimum. This gets you the most of auto syndication benefits and it’s only 10 bucks, so you can’t beat that :)

If you have any other questions just ask, I’m always glad to help in anyway I can.

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dipa from online brand strategy July 16, 2012 at 7:35 am

I am sure everyone is losing sleep over the new updates and Google’s unpredictable updates. The thing is, all of us are spending huge amounts of money each month on several such applications. So, every time something new like this comes up, it gets tempting to jump right in. There has to be a time to know when to stop and as you very correctly put it be ok with the luck of the draw!
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