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Old 24th November 2015, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default What Is My Competitor Doing?!?

I've gotten into the habit of checking my competition's backlinks. The one I'm trying to knock out of first place on Google is doing a lot of stuff like this:

05anquan.com.ip4.bz/ (after pasting, just type in "http://" at the start of the address. I didn't want to actually create a link to the page)

This looks really shady to me, but their company is at the top of the rankings. What gives? I'm using free analytics tools online, and am starting to wonder how well they're actually working. If I can trust the results they're giving me, then links like the one above indicate my competitor is mostly relying on tactics like this to boost their ranking.

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This looks really shady to me, but their company is at the top of the rankings. What gives?
When you have that gut feeling, listen to it.

It looks shady to me also. What gives? don't know for sure, but a couple thoughts that come to mind. (1) These may not be the pages/links helping them rank. (2) the rankings they do have may be temporary/short term if relatively new (3) the rankings, if based on this, may not be very competitive and easily overcome and/or susceptible to changes when/if google updates its rankings or algorithm.

Regardless, you can do better. Not much else matters.

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Old 25th November 2015, 09:49 AM   #3
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I am 100% sure that these type of links doesn't improve the rankings. These types of links are called Indexer links or statistical websites.

They may do lot other hidden things to reach the 1st position. Please check manually about what they are doing, mainly check what others speaking about the website.

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Old 25th November 2015, 11:59 AM   #4
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When you have that gut feeling, listen to it...you can do better. Not much else matters.
Agreed. I don't have any plans to utilize whatever is going on in the example I posted, trust me. But it helps me understand how this all works. After considering all the possibilities you two have suggested, I'm starting to think the tool I'm using to check backlinks isn't working very well.

Any suggestions for one that might work better?

[edit: Metric, I used your backlink checking tool on your website. Very clean and straightforward, but it didn't give me information other than a count. Still handy. I'm going to look into using Google Webmaster Tools, as your site suggests.]

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Old 26th November 2015, 01:10 AM   #5
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The best thing on competitors analysis is to generate an idea on how to be more creative and productive as well as benefits the target users.

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Old 26th November 2015, 09:25 AM   #6
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I'm starting to think the tool I'm using to check backlinks isn't working very well.
I had the same thought. My suggestion is to use many. Compare, contrast, test. When in doubt between one or another, use both.

My best tool, imo, is google's advanced search functions. Get to know them well, won't hurt.

https://www.google.com/advanced_search
(see search operators in right column and learn how to combine multiple functions into one search to dig deep.)

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Old 4th December 2015, 12:21 PM   #7
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Logan, will do! Thanks for the feedback. Metric, I tested your back link tool again. It shows me some strange stuff. What database does it use?

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