First of all, happy new year fellas! It’s been a crazy ride with you through 2013. We figured we should start the new year by unveiling one of the SEO tools that we’ve been using for some time already – Monitor Backlinks. They did a revamp of their tool and we want you to be the first to know.
In the beginning of 2012 Google started sending out webmaster notification messages to reportedly 700,000 webmasters all around the world. A lot of these were about “artificial or unnatural links”.
Note from the Webmaster: This is a Guest post from Rankpanel‘s Director, Alexander Puschilov. I think Rankpanel is one of those new tools that might just make it big – especially with the Google Penguin (over optimization) update.
The notices seem to be related to some new search quality system in place, which renders certain link building techniques no longer viable. Patrick Altoft from branded3.com puts it well, when saying that the major difference between this recent update and previous ones is that this one penalizes the SEO strategy used. In the Rankpanel data set, we started noticing the first major impact on a large number of sites in the week ending March 18, 2012.
Over optimization is all about sprinting with your SEO in such a way that you’re already leaving your best partner behind – content and value. The internet is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. You don’t sprint until you’ve run a long one and the finish line is a few meters ahead.
Note: Sorry about the Boromir pic. It gave me a few laughs. I’m an LOTR fan.
Over Optimization has been the recent craze of those who were unfortunate enough to be hit by this Google algorithm change. It’s not an easy thing to deal with over optimization. So how do you get back on track once you’re hit by Google?