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Discussion in 'Website Design' started by SF, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. accelerator United Kingdom

    accelerator Well-Known Member

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    I just had a quick read of the last few posts here. As others have said the thin affiliate site on a related domain is long over. Like others, I have been dropping domains because it is too expensive to keep them all. However, I am just trying to shift this content to a few big sites, and then rank them. The problem with the model is that getting any natural ranking for a particular page is very hard. You need to get links in, but it's not really economically viable to spend time doing that. What is a shame is that the time people spent building all these niche sites has little chance anymore of being a future revenue source, but that's what happens if you are solely reliant on a search engine algorithm for your business model so that's a lesson I guess.
     
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    dee Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    Do any of the more experienced members know what weighting links have these days compared to content ? I thought that quality was supposed too be king these days. So for example if I have a site on something pretty out there....maybe tibetan nose flute lessons...then do you still need links? Hope that makes sense.
     
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    Quality is king because it is supposed to attract links. In short, you always need links. Generally the more the merrier, but if it is very niche then just a few will suffice.

    Having your own Wordpress blog and linking to your site seems to help with indexing. Also, use your Twitter to link to your site.
     
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    A good way to get incoming links is to find good "dead" sites in your niche i.e. sites that used to cover the topic quite well, but which are now clearly gone. Then you can look at who links to those sites, and contact the sub-set of the linking sites that seem to be reasonably regularly/recently updated. Let them know they've got a broken link, then very gently suggest that your own site might make a suitable alternative.

    4 caveats:
    1) Don't harrass them - 1 email is plenty; if they do it, they do it. If they don't, they don't.
    2) You have to be honest with yourself: is your site really a decent enough substitute for the dead site for what you're suggesting to come across as credible? If not, improve your site (but don't waste other people's time until it's GOOD). If you can't be bothered to put the effort in, then forget the whole thing!
    3) If there are a LOT of sites that link to the dead site, then try and stagger your requests. Google still seems to like steady link growth, so it's not too helpful getting dozens of links over a few days, then none.
    4) The dead site has to be clearly irrevokably dead. If it doesn't resolve that's not good enough, because the server might just be down. But if it's resolving to a parking page or something completely irrelevant, then it's a candidate!

    BTW, an even better variant on the above is if you can track down several dead sites in the same niche. Then you have more ammo to go after. And if you can find sites that are A) currently updatedish and B) link to 2+ dead sites off a single page, then they're super-duper-good targets for the above approach.

    And yes, it is work with a capital "W". But it's a tactic that's worked for well over a decade, so there's no particular reason it should fail now.
     
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  6. Edwin

    Edwin Well-Known Member

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    On the above topic, the holy grail is a "dead" on-topic directory i.e. a site that specialised in inventorying sites on a particular theme (obviously that theme has to be the same as YOUR site's theme). If you can explore it using the Wayback Machine ( http://www.archive.org/ ) then you're likely to find loads and loads of other dead on-topic sites... Look for their back-links, and you're golden.
     
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    Are you currently developing sites @Edwin?

    I remember listening to a podcast years ago where you mentioned some sites you'd developed. Is it still something you do?
     
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    I haven't for a while, no. I ought really to get back to it...
     
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    I'm currently building an auction site for selling domains. Has a little portfolio management side to it as well. Site is up and running although still has more development to be done but the main functionality is there. kingdomnames.com.