For the past few weeks SEOs all over the world have been trying to make sense out of Google’s latest algo update, codename Penguin.  I’ve personally spent countless hours brainstorming with the most seasoned SEOs on the planet over Penguin, including one of my colleagues that had previously held the #1 ranking for the HIGHLY COMPETITIVE keyword “SEO Company” and “SEO Companies” (3+ consecutive years with small fluctuations here and there)…keyword previously.

While no one knows the exact algo updates behind Penguin, I now have a pretty good idea.  To sum it up, Penguin targeted anchor text links for competitive / high volume keywords.  Specifically:

1.  Too many anchor text links for highly comptetitive keywords FROM low PR sites.

2.  Too many anchor text links for 1 HIGHLY COMPETITIVE keyword.

3.  A full porfolio of anchor text links with very few naturual links.

 

As of 5/19/12, if you were to Google “SEO Companies”  this idiot now shows up as the #1 ranked site:

Now look, I have nothing against John Rothschild or his firm, SEOBuilding.net.  Rather it’s dumbfounding how the SPAM links pointing to SEObuildling.net would land the firm as #1 organic listing for “SEO Companies”!!!   Here’s the backlinks (144 total) to SEOBuildling.net:

SourceURL
http://aboutreversemortgages.com
http://www.soniconsultants.com
http://www.soniconsultants.net
http://debtconsolidation.asia
http://weightloss-drugstore.info
http://blogthot.com
http://experienciamac.com
http://casefunding.net
http://kisara.org
http://alpha606.com
http://steamcleanerreviewsinfo.com
http://www.stripthatfatmall.com
http://bangkok-trip.info
http://ddfdj.info
http://netsoelay.info
http://snackscookiescandy.info
http://www.mobicast.mobi
http://breki.net/index.php?option=com_akobook&Itemid=88888899
http://rankandpillagereview.org
http://www.wtfblog.org
http://mortgagepaymentcalculator.pro/valuable-reverse-mortgage-information
http://feeds.feedburner.com/submitatonce
http://flyfishingcasts.com
http://www.hdhound.com/upcoming.php
http://www.maplecreekcustomhomes.com
http://wapher.moffed.com/shakeit?category=7
http://www.votefranktomcsik.com
http://www.elkharthumanesociety.org/stats/awstats.pl?lang=fr&output=refererpages
http://www.ps340gb.org
http://flaub.com.ar/awstats//cgi-bin/awstats.pl?framename=mainright&output=refererpages
http://titisdevil.blogdetik.com
http://www.mindiam.com/blog/entry/how-to-create-a-duplicate-development-staging-server-of-a-magento-store-clone-on-vps.html
http://www.vtsearchmarketing.info/SEO-Blog
http://www.bluesharks.at/burningbook
http://www.hilfedirekt.at/php/gast/scarbook.php?sgb_option[suche]=&sgb_option[page]=2&sgb_option[suche_spalte]=&sgb_option[show_nr]=&sgb_option[perpage]=10
http://www.steenhorst.be/?page_id=188
http://www.detailsdetails.biz/page/4
http://www.sintespar.com.br/gb/view.php
http://www.oberrhi.ch/index.php?option=com_akobook&Itemid=31
http://www.plehan.ch/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=12
http://allproblues.com/cgi-bin/fpg.cgi?lang=english&page=15&action=
http://www.base80.com/index.php?disp=comments
http://www.bookmarkcenter.com/web/seo   company.php
http://bsi-innebandy.com/bilder/administrator/index.php?option=com_akobook&Itemid=50&startpage=2
http://www.confusedparents.com/goto/http://SONICONSULTANTS.COM
http://www.dahuangpictures.com/blogs/index.php?disp=comments
http://ebwaydev.com/_blog/EBWAY_Creative_Blog
http://www.esperanzaspalding.com/cms/?page_id=448&from=20&select=2
http://getmoneywithjay.com/tag/seo/feed
http://gwangjublog.com/?page=3
http://homefinanceplanet.com/index.php?page=8&search=legal   firm in kent&tag=true
http://hotel-rekata.com/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=50&lang=en
http://www.hotel-sternes-perros.com/hotel/livre-dor/index.php
http://www.ilfaroverde.com/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=15
http://www.incarnationoldcatholic.com/guestbook/view.php?beginningEntry=11&endingEntry=15
http://indofeed.com/upcoming/Landscape-Natural-Images
http://www.inetmonster.com/search/web?search=seo&type=web&startpage=19
http://www.joshdueck2010.com/tag/seo
http://www.kmphwebsolutions.com/submit/upcoming.php?category=Social   Media
http://www.kolumbijsko.com/index.php?option=com_akobook&itemid=99999999&startpage=2
http://www.krayenburg.com/scripts/gbook/index.php?page=5
http://kurmanaevka.com/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=58
http://lawsuitfunding4u.com
http://www.lillegris.com/guestbook/ardguest.php?page=4
http://www.monfu.com/?page_id=47
http://dealbd.mystart.com/search.php?q=Online   Marketing Company&type=dealbd1_3mshp_04&mkt=us
http://www.ofquietwalls.com/board/2
http://phanganmedia.com/info/search.php?search=seo&tag=true
http://projobspot.com/index.php?page=18&category=Other   Stuff
http://promosbox.com/terms-and-conditions
http://www.radardirectory.com/latest_listings.htm
http://www.rewritingovid.com/index.php?SearchIndex=Books&Operation=ItemSearch&Keywords=Soni
http://safelineinsurance.com
http://seo-sites.com/out.php/?url=http://rss.searchviews.com/~r/searchviews/blog/~3/229851827/super-bowl-2008-the-winning-brands.php
http://www.the-kroisos.com/guestbook/?from=10&select=2
http://thegreenroll.com/upcoming.php?category=Sports
http://blog.thinkfree.com/tf_blog/page/3
http://www.tmczwolle.com/?page_id=17
http://www.tsunamizn.com/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=43
http://submit.vizhole.com/upcoming/Autos/page/8
http://vlbook.com/demo/index.php?user=english&l=&t=&a=sangou&page=7
http://www.whiterhinosportsbar.com/guestbook/jak_guestbook.php?page=3&guestbook_id=0&language=english&gmt_ofs=0
http://wildcatcorner.com/wildcatlinks/search.php?page=2&search=seo&tag=true
http://xianunitedu.com
http://www.pratele.cz/index.php/diskuze
http://www.1-webtipps.de/wellness-beauty/selecting-a-search-engine-optimization-firm-to-be-able-to-boost-your-site
http://www.artoo.de/cgi-bin/fpg.cgi?lang=german&page=5&action=
http://die-leute.de/gbook/scarbook.php
http://www.freiburg-knights.de/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=63&limit=30&limitstart=60
http://www.ljw-nds.de/guestbook
http://loopy-radio.de/infusions/guest_book/guest_book.php?rowstart=50
http://opencms-forum.de/opencms-forum/viewmember?memberid=4152
http://forum.scp.de/index.php?t=finduser&btn_submit=Find
http://www.sendker.de/cgi-bin/gb-sendker/gb.cgi?&action=index&back=&other=&breit=&start=48
http://www.solo-tanz-theater.de/solotanzgaeste/jax_guestbook.php?page=0&guestbook_id=0&language=german&gmt_ofs=0
http://www.wengert-hexen.de/Gaestebuch/jax_guestbook.php?language=german
http://lehoczkyjudit.eu/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=33
http://www.checkit.gr/videos/real-madrid-vs-getafe-live
http://www.utravel.com.hk/blog/sandy/?p=377
http://breki.domaincenter.hu/index.php?option=com_akobook&Itemid=30
http://www.dredmusic.hu/vendegkonyv
http://festomester.hu/joomla/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=73
http://www.grilla.hu/vendegkonyv/index.php
http://www.vecsesiallatorvos.hu/vetpraktice/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=75
http://ptikm.its.ac.id/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=37
http://bump.im/main/upcoming.php?category=blackhat-seo
http://givealink.info/upcoming.php?page=9&category=education
http://www.openbm.info/upcoming.php?page=3&part=month&category=games
http://pre-litartificialchristmastree.info/tag/seo/feed
http://psychomotorischetherapie.info/?page_id=726
http://www.syncbookmark.info/upcoming.php?page=4&part=recent&category=finance
http://www.areakarate.it/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=27
http://www.stevenh.co.kr/862
http://www.krsc.lt/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=274
http://www.aragonoutlook.net/contests/story.php?title=hiring-a-search-engine-optimization-business-in-order-to-enhance-your-internet-site
http://www.black-demon-radio.net/infusions/guest_book/guest_book.php?new_message=1
http://brucemoon.net/1198141106
http://www.internetdruckerei.net/story.php?title=hiring-a-search-engine-business-to-improve-your-website
http://www.juergensat.net/juergen-sat/700guestbook/guestbook.php
http://www.jurisdynamics.net/guestbook/default.asp?PN=8
http://eberhardde.h684450.serverkompetenz.net/index.php?option=com_akobook&Itemid=45&startpage=2
http://takingourcountryback.net/wp_dmsguestbook/?from=80&select=9
http://wikileaksnews.net/goto/http://soniconsultants.com/radio-commercials
http://www.universalfilm.no/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=28
http://antiqueceilingfan.org/pligg/pligg/search.php?search=seo&tag=true
http://www.arresearchalliance.org/page/2
http://business.articlesources.org/page/2
http://bagavatham.org/page12.php
http://www.bb-napoli.org/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=177
http://bookstorechristian.org/?p=2446
http://ksecool.org/2012/05
http://www.lagrangepatriots.org/2012/05
http://www.learnhowtotrade.org/tag/refinance
http://www.rodarmy.org/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=46&limit=30&limitstart=60
http://sorcerylinux.org/blog/good-ways-to-choose-an-seo-business-which-get-you-a-excellent-itemizing-on-the-internet
http://www.webmii.org/Result.aspx?c=Seo&r=intl
http://www.zszpultusk.edu.pl/index.php?option=com_easygb&Itemid=47
http://www.avtoinstruktor-moscow.ru/otzyv
http://chrispilmore.co.uk/page12.php
http://www.cuis.org.uk/guestbook/view.php?beginningEntry=42&endingEntry=46
http://www.disabledflying.org.uk/guestbook.php?page=5
http://www.eaglescryministries.us/page11.php?messagePage=4
http://hudreversemortgage.us/legal.aspx

 

What in the hell does mortgages or debt consolidation have to do with SEO?  There’s no trick to this question, it’s completely irrelevant and against Google’s best practice guidelines.  TOTAL SPAM!  Great work Google, you are now essentially pointing searchers of SEO to a company that will SPAM your search engine…EPIC FAILURE!!!

So how is it that SEObuilding.net, a site with just 144 low-quality backlinks, outranks sites such as SEER Interactive, with an authoritative and robust backlink profile?

SIMPLE:  SEOBuilding.net targets its highest authority backlinks to the commercial intent keyword “SEO Companies” while diversifying the lower-authority links to natural anchor text such as “click here” or www.seobuilding.net.  Take a look:

ACRank AnchorText
10 seo companies
7
7
6 seo companies, we support ethical debt consolidation and support
6 seo companies
5 seo companies
5 seo companies
5 seo companies
5 seo companies
4 seo companies
4 seo company
4 seo companies
4 seo companies
4 seo companies
4 seo companies
4 seo companies
4 click here
4 http://www.seobuilding.net
4 seo companies
4 seo companies
4 seo companies
3 click here
3 seo companies
3 http://seobuilding.net
3 seobuilding
3 selecting an seo business to be able to optimize your site
3 click here
3 http://www.seobuilding.net
3 click here
2 http://www.seobuilding.net
2 seobuilding.net
2 click here
2 click for more information
0 ashlees homepage besuchen
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 url
0 click here
0
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 click for more information
0
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 click here for info
0 url
0 click here
0 advertising
0 url: http://seobuilding.net
0 soniconsultants
0 visit posters website
0 visita il mio sito
0
0 http://seobuilding.net
0
0 click for more information
0 http://seobuilding.net
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 darwins homepage besuchen
0 marketing
0 seo companies
0 gabriela’s homepage
0 url
0 nyc seo companies | marketing companies | seo company
0 visit posters website
0 http://seobuilding.net
0 http://seobuilding.net
0 http://soniconsultants.com/seo/welcome/
0 thumbnail for http://www.seobuilding.net/thumbnail for effective   marketing
0 nyc seo companies | marketing companies | seo company
0 seo companies
0
0 url
0 http://seobuilding.net
0 advertising – advertising
0 url
0 visita il mio sito
0 http://seobuilding.net
0 home
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 http://seobuilding.net
0 seo companies
0 seo
0 http://seobuilding.net
0
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 homepage des autors besuchen
0 visit harold’s homepage
0 soniconsultants
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0
0 click for more information
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 visit posters website
0 http://seobuilding.net
0 click here
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 soniconsultants
0 visit posters website
0 visit posters website
0 beküld? weboldala
0 visit posters website
0 http://seobuilding.net
0 seobuilding.net
0 seobuilding.net
0 click here
0 url
0 seobuilding.net
0 visita il mio sito
0 seo
0 soniconsultants
0 hiring a search engine optimization business in order to enhance your   internet site
0 marketing
0 marketing
0 hiring a search engine business to improve your website
0 homepage
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 http://www.seobuilding.net
0 url
0
0 besøk innleggers hjemmeside
0 http://seobuilding.net
0 seo companies
0 click for more information
0
0 visita il mio sito
0 click for more information
0 click here
0 click here
0 seo companies
0 homepage des autors besuchen
0 seo companies
0 http://www.seobuilding.net/
0 strona www
0 seobuilding.net
0
0
0 web site
0
0 built by seobuilding.net

 

Nearly all of the authoritative links pointing to SEObuilding.net are anchor texted to “SEO Companies” while the rest of their portfolio is very well anchor text diversified.

My suggestion is to do the following to your link portfolio:

1.  Build lots of natural, lower-authority links with anchor text such as “Click Here” and www.YourDomain.com.

2.  Build some high-authority links with advertising / natural anchro text such as “Learn More” or use the good ole “Click Here” and www.YourDomain.com.

3.  Build most of your anchor-text links through PR4+ blog guest posting, news bylines, and other white-hat high PR link-buildling methods.

4.  Completely 100% avoid black-hat programs such as SENuke.  These programs are a ticking time-bomb that WILL eventually go off…

On a positive note, my colleague name redacted, owner of name redacted, is now ranked back at his #1 position for “SEO Company.”  Thanks for the insight name redacted and congratulations on your continued dominance!!!