The Penguin update or Google’s webspam algorithm update, which was launched last April 24, did create massive impact to many online marketers and webmasters’ mindsets on how they should be performing search engine optimization from now on. It’s indeed another game changer, knowing that the update collected several negative reactions from webmasters around the world.
The Penguin update was aimed towards spam tactics, and was said to have affected at least 3.1% of English search queries on its first roll out. It’s expected to grow more as Google will certainly be implementing more changes around this algorithmic update, which is quite similar to the Panda update that lasted for over a year for its enhancements.
Building links to websites has been known to be one of the most important processes in making a business website more visible to its target audience, as links are able to improve the rankings of a certain site’s pages on search engines to be served for web searchers specifically seeking for what those pages are offering (information, service and/or product).
Links are also considered as a powerful element of the web, knowing that web users are also able to discover pages by being directly referred through linking web pages that connect pieces of information. It’s basically a source of web traffic and a building block of information (both for users and search engines).
Link prospecting is definitely one of the most critical parts of targeted link building, as this is the process that initiates your campaign’s goals, specifically in acquiring valuable links from high quality and relevant websites.
Setting a plan in finding opportunities for link acquisition is important, since this helps your link development campaign grow its own strategy.
Link building is a very exhausting, and usually, the most frustrating aspect of website optimization, especially if you’re one of the small ones who’s competing against the bigger names in a certain industry that have all the means to speed up the implementation of the tougher and time-consuming tasks (tasks that are capable of returning results faster).
In search marketing, when you are competing with the bigger brands, you get mostly tied up with limited strategies to fight back, as these brands are willing to spend a lot to take preemptive actions and dominate the SERPs, which sometimes lead the smaller ones to resort to desperate measures (like web spamming).