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Google Strikes Again: Penguin Slaps Us

by Rasheed Bustamam on April 27, 2012

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Google Penguin Slap Looks more like a penguin kiss than a slap

Been Penguin Slapped? Maybe we can help.


It has been brought to my attention that Google Penguin has seriously "slapped" people in terms of search engine rankings. So here I am to help.

"Sheed, how can you help?"

First, take a look at this article that details 12 tips from Google themselves to help you not be marked as spam.

Here's the 8 black and white guidelines:

1. Avoid hidden text or hidden links.

2. Don’t use cloaking or sneaky redirects.

3. Don’t send automated queries to Google.

4. Don’t load pages with irrelevant keywords.

5. Don’t create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.

6. Don’t create pages with malicious behavior, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware.

7. Avoid “doorway” pages created just for search engines, or other “cookie cutter” approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.

8. If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.

Number 7 probably answers why you can't get search engine traffic to your "cookie cutter" squeeze page (nothing wrong with cookie cutter squeeze pages, just don't try ranking for them).

Anyway, take a look at this picture.

Traffic Stats Traffic stats for the past week or so

As you can see, my stats kind of fluctuate as the week goes by, but that's natural. However, you can also see that I did not get slapped by the penguin update.

How did I do it? Honestly, I don't know. But what I can tell you is that my blog follows all of the guidelines given by Google (even if I did not do it consciously).

Okay, you probably don't care about all of that stuff. And honestly, I don't either. I don't consider myself an SEO expert by any means.

However, there is a method that I have been using to get traffic for the past month-and-a-half, which made my traffic look like this:

Traffic Stats It's almost like my traffic is giving me the finger

The drop in April was a result of me only posting four times this month. Lol.

Anyway, this was a method I've been tweaking slowly but surely, and now I'm ready to release it to the public.

The cost to get in?


No gimmicks. No upsells. No getting your information so I can recruit you into my own biz. Nada.

Why am I doing this then? Because I benefit too; we all benefit.

I call it The Power of Ten Tribes.

If you would like to learn more about how you can make a difference by protecting the vital information of yourself and others in cyberspace consider an master of science in cybersecurity.

How the Power of Ten Tribes work

Each tribe has ten people. There is one "leader" (more of a mentor/moderator who makes sure that everyone is pulling their weight in the tribe), and nine other bloggers. However, aside from the small additional role that the "leader" plays, each person in the tribe is equal.

Whenever one person in the tribe posts a blog post, everyone in the tribe will receive an email that will inform them that a new post has been added, and to comment and "like" and "share" (I may be an SEO dummy, but even I know that social bookmarking is important in SEO).

There's only a couple of requirements for being in a tribe:

  • You must have CommentLuv installed (Premium is also nice, but not necessary)
  • You must blog at least once per week
  • You must comment on every blog posted within seven days of it being posted

To keep things fair and simple, for every post a person posts, they only need to comment on one post.

"How is this different from TribePro?"

TribePro is a great service for what it does, but with TribePro, I got kooky comments like this:

"Very interesting Rasheed, your post Four Steps to Change Your Bad Money Habits. I love a post that has real value. Thanks for your contribution Rasheed. Take care"

I mean I guess you could discern what that means, but when a first time visitor comes to your blog and sees your comments filled with obviously spammy comments, they'll think there's something to hide.

Nothing ever beats genuine content (or genuine comments).

So for getting tons of social bookmarking, TribePro is great (though as per Google's recommendations above, I would not suggest using it for only that), but the only thing that this method has in common with TribePro is the word "Tribe." Creativity is not my forte, k?

Anyway, when I was pushing this method into the testing stage, I was kind of overwhelmed with responding to each and every person, and I had no viable way to really determine who should be in the Tribe and who shouldn't be.

This is why I now have an application form.

To get the application form, simply enter your name and email into this form.

Just so you know, this is NOT an opt-in form for leads--if you want to opt into my personal blog's newsletters, use the form on the sidebar. I will NOT promote any of my own blog posts or affiliate products to the members of the list--the list is merely so it is easy for me to contact you should the need arise.

So enter your information, submit the application form, and I'll review it. The deadline for applications will be 11:59 PM PST on May 6. Late applications will not be considered for the current application period, but will be kept on file for future application periods.

Moving onto you

I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to Skype me: abustamam

You may also leave a comment, but very few people come back to read the reply I wrote, so it's not a very effective way of communication, lol.


In peace, love, and prosperity, Rasheed

All-expense paid trip to Cancun??

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