My Post Penguin Free Blog, Linking Strategies and On Page SEO

post penguin seoPost Penguin SEO May Be Easier Than Ever

OK guys, I’m back and I’m sort of giggling all the way to the bank right now. Ever since the dreaded Penguin update came out I’ve been steadily working at creating some new and different blogs. Initially, I thought that creating the blogs and getting the links properly built up and getting the “new” worn off of the sites was going to take a few weeks or maybe even a couple of months…but…

…I’ve been able to rank on the first page of Google for key phrases within minutes of creating and publishing blog posts. The weird thing? Well, the weird thing is that I’ve been able to rank – in one case within 45 minutes or less – with a FREE blog from blogger.com – hmm, Google keeping it in the family I guess.

Ranking Well With Free Blogs

So what is my method for creating these free blogs and more importantly, ranking well with them? While I must admit that I am still testing the different marketing strategies and techniques – I’m refining what I’ve always done – I can tell you that what I am finding so far is that exact match URL’s are skyrocketing to the top of the Google SERP’s.

Obviously, Google is back to rewarding those of us with exact matched domains names.

Titles and Other Areas to Focus Your SEO Efforts

Another area I am really seeing some big time search engine love is with titles. I am primarily referring to titles of blogs as well as titles of blog posts. I started a free blog the other day – znzonesuccess.blogspot.com – and wrote an article titled “The ZNZ One Program” and it is residing on the first page results.

Now you folks that have been paying attention to my videos and to what it is that I specifically do after each and every post, know some of the methods that I use to rank well on the first page of Google. It seems that I went a little overboard with this particular blog, but that’s OK too – I’ll have this blog ranking well again in a few weeks or months, but it will be back.

So what am I doing now with these simple and free blogs from blogger to rank them so well? First, let’s look at the “on-page” SEO.

I am not using SEOpressor any longer. While I think this was excellent software, I’m trying to tone down the highly optimization of my sites and opting more for a more “gentle” optimizing of the site and pages. As mentioned above, you want to make sure that you titles – both of your blog and your posts – contain the keyword or key phrase you are looking to rank for.

Create a Natural Flow

The next thing you need to be looking at is the density of your keyword within the body of the article. I still believe this needs to be around 2%, but with that said, it is very important that you do not give up the natural flow of writing to make sure that your keyword is in the body of the text or even within the sub-titles – the h1, h2 and h3 tags. I would even put some additional subheadings that DO NOT contain the key phrase.

Images still seem to give you some link juice, but don’t have 3 or four images that all point back to your key phrase in the alt text. Mix it up. Make sure that one or two are optimized, but that’s about it.

Slow and Steady Link Building

In terms of backlinks and link building, I would probably start off slower here than anything else I have done. This site was highly optimized for “znz one,” “znz big cash” and “online payday system” and it ranks of the 2nd and 3rd pages now where it once resided in the #1 position for all three key phrases. This, I believe, was primarily due to the speed at which these links were developed rather than the location from where the links came from.

While you want to make sure that your links are coming from legitimate websites, I believe that a natural flow is more important as well as a mixture of websites. You want a high percentage of your links coming from the social media and community sites rather than all of them coming from blog directories.

My linking strategy now is to make sure that my linking comes in a more natural looking way – less than 30 or so a day – from many different locations. For example, I use ping.fm for social bookmarking and have several social sites attached to this tool. I am also still using socialmonkee.com with good results, but I am making sure that the hundred links or so that I get from them (I have a premium account) come over at least a ten day period.

Still Using Article Submission Tools

I still use – and get very good results by the way – my Unique Article Wizard, which is a blog directory, but I limit the amount of blogs my articles are posted on to ten or fifteen per day. I opt for a slow “trickle” of links rather than blasting out 30 or 50 (or more) per day.

Manually I am posting more on high PR sites like ezinearticles.com, articlesnatch (no follow links), and others. I am also building squidoo lenses for that whole PR 7 link juice.

So Far, So Good

These methods, along with writing actively on my blogs, seem to be working very well. Within days I was able to rank my new sites (something I haven’t been able to do in a long time) on the first page of the Google SERP’s. These sites are optimized for specific key phrases like “znz one info” and “znz one success” or “the znz one program” and they have done pretty well very quickly.

Below I have a video showing folks the 3 must do actions after writing my blog post. Pretty much the same strategy as before, but without much else. Just using these simple strategies allowed me to rank very quickly – within minutes in one case – and very well (in the top 5).

No Guarantees

Look, I’m not guaranteeing anything at all at this point, but what I can tell you is that I have used and am using these techniques and am finding very good results so for. Admittedly I haven’t gone after more competitive key phrases, that will be documented in my next efforts, but I have seen a spike in my income.

While my opt ins have decreased slightly, because I am more focused on generating highly targeted leads – my conversion rates have doubled. Hmm, might want to start working on the whole conversion thing a little bit more!

No Exact Formula

I don’t know if anyone will ever be able to tell us marketers exactly what to do to rank well every single time for every single key phrase – Google sure doesn’t want people to crack this code of theirs – but I can tell you that with a little bit of experimentation we are able to find and develop techniques, methods and strategies that will help us rank better and ultimately drive a lot of traffic to our programs and websites.

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Can I Use a Free Blogging Program?

free blogging programCan I use a free blogging program like blogger.com or WordPress.com to make money online?

I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked this particular question and my answer is usually the same, as a smart a** I usually answer the question with another question. My question goes like this:

When you search for information how many first page results do you see that are “free” blogs?

Identifying A Free Blogging Program

Yes, you can always tell when someone is using a free blogging program as opposed to someone that has created a unique URL and created a WordPress blog using the hosting accounts cPanel and Softaculous rather than using a free blogging program. How? The free blog will have a subdomain format such as: makebigmoney.blogspot.com  or  makebigmoney.wordpress.com.

Why does this make a free blogging program a bad idea? In the simplest of terms, this structure – along with some other things – makes ranking a free blog more difficult than one with a unique URL. In the long run, that is the exact reason why I don’t use them other than to use to support my other sites with a unique domain name.

A Free Blogging Program and The Rules

The other problem with a free blogging program is that if you violate rules or policies with the blog host, they can and will terminate your account. What if you had a hundred posts on the account, was using it to promote other blogs or promoting an online program that WordPress or Google decided violated their policies and therefore shut your blog down? I can tell you from personal experience, it stings.

I suppose I am one of those types of people, considered a “rebel” I’m sure by many, I like having the least amount of people with direct control to my life and my lifestyle as possible. I don’t like following the rules, never have and probably never will. I tolerate and abide by rules because I have to in many cases. Violating someones ridiculous policy is not one of those things I’m going to lose sleep over.

Having my site taken down for crossing over into “grey” areas in terms of my blog subjects is another. It is a lot of work to create content for a blog. Once you have developed a base of readers, something else that isn’t easy to build up, you don’t want to lose them.

Free Blogging Program Better Than None At All

Overall, I just like the flexibility and independence of having a self-hosted blog. I like the fact that I can develop a URL based on a popular key phrase or my own name. There is nothing wrong with starting off in the internet world using a free blogging program and if another option is not available at this time I would start here rather than do nothing at all.

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