Confessions of a Retired Black Hat SEO: 7 Crazy Tactics That Yielded Big Gains
When I started off my career in SEO, I was 16 years old. And, just like most 16 year olds, I didn’t worry much about search engine “consequences.” In my fairytale world, they didn’t really exist.
Crazy Tactic 1: TwitThis
How did it do? Well, so many people started to embed TwitThis buttons on their site that it caused the website to once have a Google PageRank of 8 and over 54 million backlinks.
The way that I spread the word about it was really interesting. I just went on Twitter, found all of the popular sites leveraging it and I emailed the webmasters something like this:
Once I built TwitThis up to a high domain authority site, I was then able to create some subpages that would contain content around many of the popular terms out there and they would naturally rank high, as the site had so much domain authority.
Crazy Tactic 2: Battlefield Bypass
Crazy Tactic 3: I Can Has Poker?
Crazy Tactic 4: WordPress Themes
What’s one thing that all WordPress themes have in common? They have a footer link to the designer.