So I am in the process of talking to an SEO expert & he's telling me the following:
The reason my sites fell is b/c of my backlinks.
I told him that I never actually did backlinking on a large scale & I didn't, but he's saying that ANY link that is on a site that has NOTHING to do with my industry is counted as a bad link.
So of course this forum came up b/c I'm sure over the years I've asked for help in something & gave out my URL. That's normal & natural right?
Another example is McAfee... I'm a customer of theirs & they allow us to put our site in their directory. He's saying that's considered a BAD LINK.
If this is true (is it?), than this is a bloody (I want to use a different word here) NIGHTMARE!!!!
So we can never post our site on any other site if it's not 100% directly tied to our industry? I'm not even talking about trying to get links to raise our SERPs, I'm just talking about living life & handing out our URL for other reasons.
Like I post ads on biz opportunity sites b/c my kits are biz opportunity kits.
WTH is going on???
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He's also saying that many sites can't get their ranking back so it's just better to start with a fresh new domain.
What do you think about that?