FYI: There is no such thing as White Hat SEO if you're doing it for your own website.
by MWCC TC, Window Shopper
- Created: January 30, 2014, 6:32 pm
- Updated: January 30, 2014, 6:38 pm
I just wanted to make a few things clear to the community since it seems a few people have been mislead. If you're doing SEO and placing backlinks for your own website then you are not doing White Hat SEO. You're actually doing Black Hat SEO. Now I know a lot of people hate when I say this, but according to google, white hat backlinks are from people you've never met who post on their own accord because they like your website. Now if you're posting for your own website because you want higher rankings, what do you think that is? ;) Now I know people will say "I've been posting manually so it's whitehat" Well that's just wrong. Posting manually as opposed to posting with software is both in the same category of black hat. Don't be scared! You're perfectly fine! I understand that a lot of people want to be white hat, but it's tough to do unless you have the next big thing online or a huge advertising budget. Most people don't have the time or money to wait on their small user base to grow and then post links all over the internet so that they can be seen and rank higher. So in turn, you go out and post links onto websites so that google can see your backlink and then increase your rankings if they choose to. Black Hat SEO consists of blending your text into the background of your site so that it has more content/keywords, Keyword stuffing (I like to stay around 4% keyword density), and pretty much anything that tricks users into clicking links or tricks the search engine spiders to list you incorrectly in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages). You can do black hat backlinks as long as you know what you're doing. Don't post 1,000,000 links to your site overnight, that just doesn't look realistic. To start just go around to forums and place your links in the signature of your posts just like here on sba.gov. There's tons of websites out there that allow you to do this. If you sell a product online then go to related forums for your product and place a sales thread. A lot of bigger forums will make you pay for this sales thread, but it's not too much. We tend to pay $0 to $50 per thread, $0 for the low traffic websites that just want content so they allow users to post what they want and $50 on high traffic forums where you'll make your money back in a day, maybe an hour :D So in the end, don't be afraid of going black hat. Just do it in moderation and don't practice keyword stuffing or hidden text ;)
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