Time for something different!
Some of you may know that I’ve got this blog ranking top in Google for “Backlinks Genie”, “Backlink Genie”, “Backlinks Genie review”, and a few other related keyword terms (my Backlinks Genie review Youtube video is also ranking well).
How did I do it? I used Backlinks Genie (of course) (that links to my own review of the tool on this blog) and followed the general ethos of the 40 Days Challenge (this links to my 40 Day Challenge website).
Well, those keyword phrases don’t get too much traffic, but nevertheless, the competition even for low search keywords is strong because its an internet marketing related term.
Seems every keyword term which is in some way related to the world of IM is keenly targeted, for whatever reason, and that’s why I’ve generally avoided going after these sort of rankings in Google.
Anyhow, I do see traffic for the terms – perhaps on average around 4 – 10 uniques per day. Nothing to write home about.
However, I’ve been having issues with my affiliation to the product (my affiliate link has not been functioning correctly and I’ve not been receiving credit for sales) and therefore have regularly been in touch with Joe, who is one of the BLG owners, in order to remedy the situation.
He’s been very helpful and we appear to have conquered the problem, although it did take a long time and no doubt some of my commissions have gone astray. To make up for that though, he’s kindly doubled my incentive – from 20% commission per sale to 40% comms. Cool!
One thing he did mention to me was this – at one time, not so long ago, the BacklinksGenie.com website was ranking top for the keyword phrases that I’m now ranking at the top for.
That’s to be expected isn’t it? After all, its the exact match domain name and its also the company who developed and sells the service, so its strongly branded as far as Google is concerned.
He explained that the website lost all the top flight rankings when someone decided to bomb them with hundreds of thousands of backlinks. Google got uppity and bam! The site was history (in terms of ranking top in Google) for a variety of BLG related keyword terms.
So, if you still had any doubts about this. If you still thought that a competitor cannot get your rankings dumped in Google, you should think again.
This is nothing new. But there are still folks sitting proudly on the fence about it, resolutely claiming that they don’t accept that you can get booted from Goog SERP’s if a competitor (or some dweeb) were to bomb your webpages with backlinks in an effort to have your pages removed from the upper echelons.
As a postscript, should anyone who reads this decide to do the same with my blog (bombing my webpages with links in order to get the pages dumped in Google) then I wouldn’t bother. Income from my affiliation with Backlinks Genie doesn’t amount to much and its really not worth your while.