My garlic site got onto the second page of Google for the search term “the benefits of garlic” pretty quickly, and topped out at #15. It has since dropped back down to #91, and has fallen completely off the map for many of the other keywords for which it was ranking around 100-150. This is known as the “Google Dance”, and it sucks!
I was really happy to see the site on the second page so quickly, even if it wasn’t for my exact keyword choice. Seeing it drop so far and so suddenly is a bit disheartening, even though I know it isn’t going to stay down there with all of the search engine optimization I’m doing.What I am worried about big-time is that Google seems to be ignoring a lot of my backlinks. I don’t have a ton of them, but they have been online for a few weeks and are not showing up within Google’s link database. I was trying to get at least 30-40 backlinks by hand, rather than relying on an automated (and not free) service like Blog Blueprint. If I am only going to get one link out of every ten I create to actually show up in Google, though, I will never get enough links to hit the #1 spot in the search results.
It seems like a lot of the article submission sites are using the “nofollow” attribute to kill link juice to the authors’ sites. It really does look like I’m going to have to pony up $57 a month to use Blog Blueprint to build my backlinks, at least for one month. On the upside, I should get about 500-600 good, non-reciprocal links from blogs with PRs of 3-5. If that’s Greek to you, just trust me when I say it’s a good thing!