Kahmir’s Story: Link Spamming Gone Wrong

Yesterday, you saw the video on what a link spamming program like what Xrumer can do.

You may have even registered to try it out.

As long as you have an idea of what link spamming software can do, we can proceed. Because today we’re gonna cover some of the things NOT to do when link spamming.

To Illustrate, we’ll start with

The story of Kamihr

Kamihr is a web entrepreneur. He built his online shoe store over the past 4 years mainly through link buying, directory listings, and manual spamming Q&As / Press Releases (You know: White hat SEO 😉 ). Kamihr had 5k visitors per day from Google that was making him roughly $5k per month in profits.

Then a few weeks ago Kamihr sends me this frantic email:

Hi Quads,

My name is Kamihr and I own the site ***.com. I was in the top ten for all these terms:

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and was pulling in more than $5k per month. Then all of a sudden my Google traffic went to almost nothing!! I still get like 100 visits per day, but Google was sending 4k visitors per day.

I don’t know what happened. I just want to get my rankings back; you gotta help me!

-Kahihr

If you’re high profile in the SEO space, I’m sure you’ve gotten more than your fair share of similar emails. So I check out his site and the backlinks and the first thing I notice is that he’s got thousands of Garbage links from forums in every language imaginable that all share one of 10 different text and backlink combinations.

Moreover, the dates from this link spam is all from the last 60 days according to the boards they were posted on. I asked him about it and he says:

“I bought XYZ link spamming software and gave it a try.”

What he did was spam 30,000+ links in under 2 months to his white Hat site that had only 2000 links to begin with. He used 10 different anchor texts (all the ones he wanted to rank for) and spammed them to the pages he wanted to rank.

Shit Like That Gives Link Spamming a Bad Name

It’s people like that who say things like “SEO / Link Spamming Doesn’t Work” or “You can’t beat Google” or “Black Hat SEO Sucks – stick to white hat”.

Why? Because they’re doing it all wrong.

Link Spamming Software (like Xrumer) is a Tool. It’s a powerful tool – like a chainsaw. If you don’t know how to use the tool correctly, you’re probably gonna get hurt. However, if you use it correctly, it will help you complete your mission much more quickly and effectively.

1. Don’t shoot off thousands of Spammy links directly to your White hat site.
2. Anchor text matching is a huge spam Signal.

Right now, many of you are scratching your head and wondering “If I’m not suppose to spam thousands of the same anchor text links to my White Hat Site, what is Link Spamming Good For?!?

Well stay tuned, because I’ll get into some of the right ways to link spam tomorrow!

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3 Responses to “Kahmir’s Story: Link Spamming Gone Wrong”

  1. RtnOfTeaSippingScum says:

    Kinda side tracking, but I get comment blog spam to my site and the link is to a .txt – whyyyyy on Earth would they do that?!?

  2. […] I’ve already talked about link spamming. But here’s a reminder of what not to do. In this post, Quads discusses the story of Kamihr. What he did was spam 30,000+ links in under 2 months to his white Hat site that had only 2000 links to begin with. He used 10 different anchor texts (all the ones he wanted to rank for) and spammed them to the pages he wanted to rank. […]

  3. QuadsZilla says:

    RtnOfTeaSippingScum: It could be a cloaked file that’s redirecting certain IPs.