Starting tomorrow, I am running a short (documented) daily SEO experiment based on ranking Parasite Pages.

In this live SEO experiment diary, you will see the niche and keyword I am targeting, the link velocity, Anchor Text ratio, specific SEO tools/services I am using and the daily progress.

You will even see the exact Parasite vehicles that I create.

Just to quickly recap on the what and why of using Authority Parasite Pages for SEO if you’re new to this discussion:

A Parasite Page is where you rank a (new) inner page on an existing Authority site that Google ALREADY loves e.g

YouTube videos (obviously)
PRWeb press releases
SB Wire press releases
LinkedIn profile pages
Pinterest pages
Amazon product pages (e.g. if you have a Kindle book)
Udemy product pages (e.g. free/paid mini-course on Udemy.com, Udemy pages rank fast and high with good SEO)
Facebook pages
Forum thread pages (don’t forget to keyword optimize your title when starting a new thread)
Twitter profile pages
Storify inner pages
Yahoo Answers
Lynda.com (you need a course though)
Appsumo.com (you need something to sell or give away here)
Rebelmouse.com

and what about the forgotten Google Sites pages at sites.google.com! That’s one we’ll be testing out in this experiment. Plus, as you’ll see below, Buzzfeed.com (PR7 homepage) is also worth adding to our Parasite SEO arsenal.

You can read my other recent writings on Parasite Page SEO (probably just about the best SEO strategy right now in terms of ranking speed) here:

http://seotraffichacks.com/see-prweb-press-releases-now-dominate-affiliate-product-rankings-food-thought/

http://seotraffichacks.com/5-things-can-today-penguin-2-1/ (under Point 2)

Parasite SEO Positives:

– These pages can rank on Page 1 superfast – I have seen Page 1 rankings for longtails in 24 hours and 48 hours for harder terms – that isn’t normally possible with a new website

– Many of the normal SEO ‘rules’ of Link Velocity, Anchor Text overoptimization and spam links (e.g. Web 2.0 Magic Submitter style links) etc don’t apply or at least not as much. Typically you can hammer these pages and Google won’t slap them into oblivion, quite the opposite in many cases

– They are expendable and free (apart from the time and SEO cost).

For instance, you can throw up a new Rebel Mouse page in 10 minutes and add some SEO work in another 5 minutes. If it ranks and brings traffic, great. If not, no biggie and the goal here is to build up a whole fleet of different Parasite pages ranking for lots of terms to give you a great cumulative traffic flow.

With a client company website or intended Authority site of your own, seeing it slapped out of Google and then spending time on penalty recovery is less appealing. And, I do personally know guys who only use Parasite pages and have no actual website of their own and have a very healthy business.

Like to get my complete 2015 SEO resources list – the exact tools & services I use every day in my SEO business – click here to get the PDF now.

– Depending on the Authority platform that you are capitalizing on, you can also edit, modify and improve the ranking page so there is even room for conversion optimization (more on that over the coming days) on many – but not all – Authority platforms e.g. PRWeb press releases and YouTube videos cannot be modified once published (though the description in YT can of course) so it’s good to know that going in when it comes to Authority site selection.

Parasite SEO Negatives:

– The platform/s is NOT under your control and a policy change at the Authority platform and/or Google (e.g. Squidoo slap) can result in an instant loss of that traffic. But the key is to SPREAD the traffic generation across several DIFFERENT Parasite pages and Google won’t take them all out – it likes Authority pages.

For this Parasite experiment, I wanted a term with a ton of search volume and the potential to monetize with affiliate products (later after the rankings are established – I have seen, for example, adding Amazon aff links can slap rankings though my current test results are inconclusive on that at the moment; more on that later).

After some Keyword Research, the main search term (plus related terms) that I will be targeting is ‘Paleo Recipes’ (whatever they are?) and it gets – according to the Google Keyword Planner – around 110,000 searches a month in the US (don’t forget to check out my hack on forcing Google to show you search volumes for tens of thousands of terms here, if you missed it before):

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Monetization-wise, options include these Clickbank offers that have reasonable Gravity:

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When we look at the US SERP (I’m doing it with the GoogleGlobal plugin from Bulgaria so your page may look a little different) with SEOQuake switched on:

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and a Parasite Page is ALREADY at #1 for this 110,000 search term:

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and this is their REPORTED (different to ACTUAL) backlink profile in Majestic:

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Judging by the Buzzfeed page at #1, this keyword looks like a good prospect for [a] a Pinterest page and [b] traffic via Google Images (filename selection crucial!).

What I do like about this SERP is [a] a spread of low PR pages showing there (I like to see a big range of PRs rather than all PR6s or higher), [b] the absence of health niche heavy hitters like WebMD (though I’ve never tried to beat them as I’m not really a health niche guy) and [c] pretty weak backlink profiles on the whole. If I also see other Web 2.0 inner pages and/or Parasite type pages ranking on Page 1, that’s also usually a green light.

Like to get my complete 2015 SEO resources list – the exact tools & services I use every day in my SEO business – click here to get the PDF now.

Now it may well be that this isn’t a particularly good search term for conversions but time will tell – at the moment we’re focused mainly on rankings: FAST rankings.

By the way, if you are using PRWeb press releases, here’s how to get your picture on the SERPs:

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http://service.prweb.com/learning/article/how-to-add-google-authorship-to-your-press-release/

Tomorrow (Monday November 18), I’ll create the first few of my ‘Paleo Recipes’ Parasite Pages and start SEO on those – full details tomorrow.

If you are finding this experiment of value, please like it here:  

In Other News:

– Robert Scott, a SundaySEO alumni, has a PR7 site where a small number of link slots are available for $125 each per month. Contact Robert via robertscottonline(at)googlemail.com for full details.

– If site link audits, link removals and building your own completely private network sites for SEO is beyond your current time/technical capability, my London SEO agency can run all of that for you – just leave your details here.

Let me know if you have followup questions at support(at)terrykyle.net and I will answer your email personally (email again if I missed your earlier message – I get quite a few!) – I have also left comments open on this experiment below so fire away there too!

Read Day 2 of this experiment here.

Read Day 3 of this experiment here.

Read Day 4 of this experiment here.

Read Days 5 and 6 of this experiment here.

Read Days 7 and 8 of this experiment here.

Read Day 9 of this experiment here.

Read Days 11 & 12 of this experiment here.

All the best
tky-sig

 

 

Posted by Terry Kyle

Ollie says:

Hi Terry I added a page to my new Buzzfeed account and a link to one of my websites to it, but it keeps changing the target of the link to the Buzzfeed page URL, stripping away the external link…is there something I’m missing here?

Hi Terry,

it ist a complete new stuff for me. I heard about your experimet on the azm. Thank you for such great stuff and your experiment. I learn a lot of things about it.
I will follow you.
Man ygrettings from Germany.

Jennifer says:

How long do you wait before you go back and start to monetize these pages? Also are you planning on adding a link later to these pages that point to the 2 paleo sites you just created? What is a good rule of thumb of time to wait before going back and editing the page to include links to either your website or to another product for monetization?

Terry Kyle says:

Moderation aggression will vary from site to site but 1 week would do it, I’d say. If using an Amazon S3 strategy (going into that in detail in the next post), aff links can be there straight away.

Malphas says:

Great, another method that’ll be completely saturated and dead by the end of the year!

Terry Kyle says:

SEO keeps evolving M – that’s the nature of the game.

John Pickering says:

Great Stuff Terry!

Looking forward to watching this unfold.

I echo what Tony Golan says – we are lucky to be on your list and you are way more than just an seo. You’re always ahead of the ever changing curve…. I wish I’d have known about you years ago!

Keep on going mate! All the best, John

Terry Kyle says:

Much appreciated John. Cheers.

Dwight says:

Love these kinds of experiments, and also love that you are sharing all the details Terry.
Thanks for doing that.

Dwight

Looking forward to your updates. Makes for a great read first thing in the morning with a coffee.

This should be a quite interesting case study. Quite surprised there isn’t more competition for such a high volume keyword. I’ll be anxiously following and watching for your updates.

Hamo says:

Terry, what do you think it better for YouTube rankings, backlinks or embeds?

Terry Kyle says:

Links + links from other YT accounts, preferably relevant channels/videos.

Hamo says:

Should be a good experiment, I am currently working on one based on a Reuters (PR 9) inner page.

Terry Kyle says:

Awesome, love to know how that goes too. With a more expensive PRWeb press release, you can get an inner page on Wall Street Journal and NY Times which could be SEOd.

Steve says:

Hey Terry
Great post and a very interesting read.
After you’ve finished this project at the end of the month d’you think it’s something a newbie to this method would be able to replicate and get results?
Look forward to the next installment.

Terry Kyle says:

Definitely and the SEO investment in $ terms is much lower than a normal website. Some care is required in choosing good Parasite vehicles though – more on that in the ongoing diary.

Rob says:

Why did you look at the page from Bulgaria?

Terry Kyle says:

I’m based here!

Sandy Cormack says:

Hi Terry, I am sort of doing the same thing with a LinkedIn Group, targeted towards certain decision makers. SERP is not so important to this, since I am trying to attract only certain career fields and positions, but I did notice that Google mis-indexed the URL so I don’t think I’m getting Google traffic anyway. I’ve been thinking I might try to correct the misindexing via backlinks to see if I can get some Google traffic.

Terry Kyle says:

Thanks Sandy and let us know how that goes. I know from when I first started SEO with my Amazon book page that getting the correct URL backlinked is crucial.

Tony Golan says:

Terry,

I believe I speak for all of us, who are lucky enough to be on your list when I tell you that you are second to none, in way more ways than just SEO.

Thanks for sharing everything with us!

-Tony.

Terry Kyle says:

Much appreciated T, thank you.

tom says:

hello Terry,can this parasite page method work well for local businesses or only affiliate type products?

Terry Kyle says:

Other SEOs I know report good success with pages like Yelp listings for local so yes. See my earlier post on Tao of Badass (available for aff promotion on Clickbank) for using this on aff products. It’s a parasite feeding frenzy there! See also: http://seotraffichacks.com/see-prweb-press-releases-now-dominate-affiliate-product-rankings-food-thought/

Scott says:

For comparison on SERP results, here is a screenshot of the top 10 results for me (I’m located in U.S)

Buzzfeed is #6

http://i.imgur.com/6emBaZo.png

I think ranking first page certainly is reasonable but I’m more interested in how the conversion rate will be with this keyword and product.

Good luck, Terry and I’ll be following along…

Terry Kyle says:

Indeed Scott and thanks for letting me know how you see the SERP there – who’s at number 1 for you there?

Terry Kyle says:

Ignore that Scott – can see on the screenshot thanks.

Casey Dennison says:

I’m definitely going to be watching this, Terry! It’s going to be interesting to see how long it takes for a ‘parasite’ page to rank for that term.

-Casey

Al Green says:

Terry,

I’m very excited about this experiment. I’ve noticed that a forum myfitnesspal dot com is ranked very highly for many fitness keywords and I never really understood how that was possible.

I also never thought of using that to my advantage, which is exactly what you’re teaching here.

Can’t wait to see how this plays out and how I can start implementing this tactic.

Terry Kyle says:

Yes Al, forum threads can rank really well. A WF thread used to rank on Page 1 for ‘make money online’ and I do see forum threads ranking well.

Just make sure the title is optimized for SEO AND people to get the CTR up.

Cornell says:

I use blogger and it ranks really well. I just started a small test site for a search term that gets 1300 searches. Its been 11 days since i created it, the main keyword jump up from not being in the top 100 to page 4. However the longtail search term is already on page 1, that took about 4 days to rank.

Terry Kyle says:

Good to know Cornell and I’m adding a Blogger page to this experiment too. First up will be Rebel Mouse and Buzzfeed.

Edmund says:

Hi Terry,

Looking forward to your experiment results. Would you recommend using blogger as part of your parasite plans?

I would love to hear your view on this.

Regards,
Edmund

Terry Kyle says:

Hi Edmund, happy to add a Blogger page into the experiment. I haven’t used one for this purpose before so interested to see how it goes. Thanks for the suggestion.