I know, I know, I’m late to the party. Everyone else and their brother have already told you one of the following regarding Blog/Content networks:
- The sky is falling and all blog networks are worthless.
- The sky MIGHT be falling, proceed with caution.
- The sky is NOT falling and people are overreacting.
But, as a regular user of LinkVana (LV) and 1WayLinks (1WL) and also as someone who personally knows and communicates weekly with the owners of both of those networks, which happen to be two of the most popular and effective blog networks on the market, I can tell you that I’m not worried about Google’s deindexing of BuildMyRank (BMR) and although I obviously can’t say for certain, I honestly don’t believe that LinkVana or 1WayLinks will be going away anytime soon.
The sites within the networks of both LV and 1WL continue to have a very high index rate and many of those sites continue to pass a great deal of authority to the sites they link to.
I confirmed the high indexing rate from the owners themselves and the continued amount of high authority passed as a long-time user of both networks. Both networks are ran by VERY SMART internet marketers! Both of which I know very well and both have put into place some very creative and effective measures to reduce the SE footprint left for SE’s to pick up. I don’t know how BMR was setup, but it obviously left some heavy footprints.
Could Google still figure out all of the sites in each of the networks? I’m sure they could break the law by creating an account with both networks and use other shady techniques to figure it out. They could rely on users to report the links via webmaster tools, which they have been doing. And by doing that they can probably find a few of the sites in the network, but not the entire networks.
Google has done things like this in the past and they have successfully “nuked” a small percentage of the top network’s sites, but they always recover. The fact is, the guys running these networks have been in this game for a very long time. And while the possibility of Google discovering and nuking all of the sites in these networks is there, in my opinion, which was formed on insider information, I believe it is highly unlikely. And I’m not the only one who thinks so.
I even added a fresh, unindexed site to the 1WL network a day after I head about BMR’s de-indexing. The site was indexed on the SAME DAY and the entire site, including all new posts, are fully indexed in google today!
But even if that likelihood was high, the fact is the networks are currently just as powerful as ever. And unless you rely solely on them for your backlinks, you have very little to worry about. I mix in links from LV, 1WL, Web Directories, Social Bookmarks etc. and continue to get excellent SEO results on just about every phrase I target.