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  1. October 9, 2013

    Fishhhhh goes blub

  2. October 9, 2013

    You now this is really annoying … I come here to relax a listen to some SEO awesomeness and first thing I hear is about GTA which I cannot play because I’m a PC addict (thanks Rockstar) …. Oh, and about the rest … great stuff man ;)

  3. Dave M
    October 9, 2013

    Blub indeed

  4. Jim
    October 9, 2013

    Hey Becker, so if you are trying to recover a clients site, would you just use High PR links to the homepage or would you create a silo’d sub page and then use High PR to that page? Or do you have to start over?

  5. October 9, 2013

    What’s the deal now with poking. Do we still need to find high PR sites and grab a link to our site or can we use PR 0 sites for this?

  6. Becker
    October 9, 2013

    Really depends on the site Jim, a lot of time if its tanked its becker to just make a new site. It really is a case by case basis

  7. Becker
    October 9, 2013

    haha just get a PS3. GTA is alright =P

  8. Becker
    October 9, 2013


  9. kyle
    October 9, 2013

    what is that site with the pr domains in the video(couldn’t tell how you pronounced it)?

  10. October 9, 2013

    Hey Alex, if mass linking is the work of the devil now, what is the safest way to create pillow links?

  11. kyle
    October 9, 2013 nevermind I found it

  12. October 9, 2013

    Becker, what do you use to track your rankings of your websites that we see you use on your videos? Love your stuff!

  13. Marc
    October 9, 2013

    Nice Becker! Common sense still works – my gut reaction never did care for mass web2.0′s and all that other garbage. Just to clarify, when you say “expired domains” you don’t mean buying them AFTER they have expired, right? Then it all sets to zero.

  14. syed
    October 9, 2013

    Hi becker, I followed your methods but my client website got hit and presently hovering around 5-6 page. Another site completely disappeared. It would be good if you show seo strategies that would regain website rank in serps from penguin. I am broken. :(

  15. October 9, 2013

    Training is awesome as usual!

    However…Help! We have been slapped into Google purgatory over the last few days. How on earth or where does one start for a site that has a lot of old school backlinks and a ton of more than likely over optimized pages. (1800 to be exact). What once got us to #3 on front page for main keyword has now gotten us a big fat spanking and a swift kick up the ying yang into oblivion.

    Wondering if the blog network can help or whether to start all over? Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start. Would love some in depth training on overcoming this annoying little (Ha Ha) obstacle.

    Also…we actually have been using your Autopilot service over the last 4 to 5 months but now nothing seems to be working. Do you offer consultant services? I am at the end of my rope here.

  16. Jacob
    October 9, 2013

    Yo Becker, awesome stuff! I’ve achieved so much more of a full understanding of how SEO works since I found your blog only 3 weeks ago, your the man. Quick question, how is the penguin 2.1 update effecting the method of ranking YouTube videos covered in “The State of the SERPS”? I checked your Lamborghini video and its still on top of the search so I’m guessing that they’re unaffected… also would you recommend ranking multiple videos using the same account or make a new account for each video? Thank you

  17. Alex
    October 9, 2013

    Becker what is the site you are using to find domains? Sounded like “moozi”? Can’t find it

  18. October 10, 2013

    Getting links on High PR sites or going the way of creating web 2.0s and linking them to our money site?
    Which one do you think will give you lasting results?

  19. Becker
    October 10, 2013


  20. Becker
    October 10, 2013 (its linked below the video)

  21. Kevin
    October 10, 2013

    Hah! this video is exactly what I thought. No private PR networks are hurt. From about 20 clients we had 1! that was hit because the owner bought shit links in the past. (Yay, we get to clean up)

  22. October 10, 2013

    Great presentation. It thought me a lot about what happed to me a few days ago.

    I came to an interesting conclusion this morning. With the new Penguin update almost all of my old sites lost 70% (some even more) of their traffic. Linkbuliding for those sites was done with automated tools mostly building lots of low quality guestbook links, wiki links and social bookmarking links.

    1 website that’s only 1 months old jumped this morning for the main keyword from position 110 to 5 and for the secondary keyword to position 10. Linkbuilding was done by using site directories, free web 2.0 blogs and blog comments. (no automated tools, except for the site directories) The site only has 137 backlinks now.

    To be honest the domains of my old sites didn’t even rank very well before they were hit. I received most of my traffic actually through long tail keywords.

  23. October 10, 2013

    Hey Alex above…(not Becker) to answer your question…”Becker what is the site you are using to find domains? Sounded like “moozi”? Can’t find it” just look above and you will see the link “Moonsy””right under the video under “resources”

  24. October 10, 2013

    Hey Becker, nice vid and thanks for the update.

    If not too busy Just a few questions
    1. How successful are High PR links for local search as I’ve been setting up a few test sites in the region (south africa) exactly as you’ve done with the watchthingsonlne/karmasutra pdf sites and have yet to see any astonishing results. At the moment the sites have some .com/.org/.net high pr links sending juice to them but no domains. Would I need local high pr domains to achieve great ranks in local search?

    2.Whats the average cost for high pr expired domains? Cz I’ve bought a few from $60-$100 but nothing costly yet. Have you found better results with more costly domains or is it based a bit on the luck of finding a cheap quality domain…

  25. October 10, 2013

    When Google stops using links to determine SERP. I think the world might explode….

  26. October 10, 2013

    Cow goes moo

  27. Becker
    October 10, 2013

    Yep it was pretty night and day with this update

  28. Becker
    October 10, 2013

    Yeah tool links are not the best way to get rankings, they are good for stabalizing them though

  29. Becker
    October 10, 2013

    1. they totally rock

    2. Depends on how you buy them and their links. You can sneak 2-3′s all day off some of the methods i showed you for 10-20 bucks. I personally just use a broker

  30. Becker
    October 10, 2013

    Yeah but it will leave a whole new type SEO game wide open to game

  31. Jim
    October 10, 2013

    Thanks Alex, for sites that I think I can save do you think it would be a good idea to build out a new silo and then backlink that page with the high PR backlinks? Or would you still backlink the homepage?

  32. October 10, 2013

    Great stuff as usual Becker, I have been anticipating when you would come out with 2.1 info!

    I had a few sites hit, but the ones that didn’t have ONLY my PBN links, I have begun systematically removing bad links from the sites/pages that tanked to see if they recover :)

    - Lewis :)

  33. October 10, 2013

    Your stuff is so Bad Ass. You sold me on a membership! Instead of following the guidance of so many, I find success to be simply of following a successful person and just doing what they do.

    Quick question- After these high PR networks are established, should we use a tool like senuke or ultimate demon to blast them with links?

    BTW I’ll be one of your most successful students
    Just putting you on notice.

  34. October 10, 2013

    Any recommendations on how we treat out new high PR domains and what to put on the new site so we don;t lose the PR?

  35. October 10, 2013

    Hi Becker,

    This change confirms what I have sort of suspected. Whenever I have looked for PR domains in PR Powershot, I have always arranged them with the highest quantity of links at the top. I’d take a PR0 with 1000 backlinks before a PR5 or higher that has fifty backlinks. It’s also what I look at when purchasing links from providers on the Digitalpoint forum or elsewhere.

    This also makes building an effective PR network much cheaper. Now I have to find some cheap hosts that don’t take forever to approve my domain :D

  36. Katya
    October 10, 2013

    What about link diversity and links coming from many sources? And what about mass links and lik pyramids/tierlinking? Can we still use software like GSA or Ultimate Demon? I was about to purchase GSA recently, but now I’m not sure whether that would be the right move.

  37. Choincstar
    October 10, 2013

    Funny…my main site got totally hammered and I have never used ANY spam links too it. Only 100% natural links and high PR links from my 3 private link networks. Site was owning position 1 for over a year. Bounce rate was under 1% etc. etc. etc…

    So if this update only targeted spammy links then why would my site have tanked?

    Something doesn’t add up

  38. Becker
    October 10, 2013

    Hey Choin, its also really hitting anchor text ratio (didnt have time to touch on that in this video, will in the next one though)

  39. Becker
    October 10, 2013

    The best thing to do would be to change the anchor text of your links and see if that helps. However after you got a penalty it is usually pretty hard to come back

  40. Katya
    October 10, 2013

    Becker what about automated software and the type of links that these type of software creates? Does this still work? Sorry for bothering you again, just figured I’m probably not the only one who might want to know. Hope you can leave a reply.

  41. Heisenberg Pinkman
    October 10, 2013

    Yo Bro;

    What is the name of the website? MOONSEE? Can’t find it.

    Thanks yo.

    PS – Not finding the bonus content unlocked even after liking.

  42. Katya
    October 11, 2013

    You can find all the resources below the video :)

  43. John
    October 11, 2013

    And I be like whaaaaaaatt!!!

  44. Chris
    October 11, 2013

    Hi Becker…awesome as always. However I am unsure how to go about setting up a high pr site once I have bought it. Does something in your training help with the actual steps of setting up the domain name to retain the current PR link?

  45. Becker
    October 11, 2013

    cough cough under the *resources* section (thanks katya :P)

  46. October 11, 2013

    Whoa whoa whoa. I thought all you had to do to rank high in Google is create amazing content that people will want to link to and share! Oh yeah, we know by now that isn’t true at all. Awesome video. Great info.

    Strangely, I have an old website unrelated to SEO in a fairly competitve niche that I haven’t done anything with–no blog updates, no link building, no PR network links, nothing–and it has come back to the first page (from about page 6) for a lot of searches after the Penguin 2.1 update. So yeah, I think Google is really going after sites that are creating tons of new links from social media link farms and places like that.

  47. October 11, 2013

    First of all, thanks a lot for such a great video up there!

    The update is still not crystal clear. Some of our clients went up to the first page even though they are not relying on any PR networks while others didn’t change much. I would confirm though that it was the best update of all for white hat optimizers where their low number of relevant links got more value than ever.

    If someone is using mass linking tools to build few links each day with proper diversification, things would work to a certain extent. The velocity and the pattern used also became more important than before. Within those few days, it is hard to guess more than that based on our available data.

    The use of high relevant PR sites would remain the safest technique of this year as you said. I’m tuned for your updates and future tutorials.

  48. Glenn
    October 11, 2013

    Yeah but that will never happen… Links are the life blood of the internet, without links it and Google wouldn’t even exist. It’s ALL about links

  49. October 11, 2013

    Hi Becker,

    Do you know what exactly G is going after on this new update? Is it backlinks?


  50. J
    October 11, 2013

    Hey Becker! Great video as always. Where can I find a good broker?

  51. October 12, 2013

    hi Becker ,
    Love your vids and have your and alex software great for building sites by the way .I see empower new blogging system coming out and wonder if that way or having links to empower sites would do any harm.

  52. facepalmforever
    October 12, 2013

    should we use a tool like senuke or ultimate demon to blast them with links?>>>>
    wow, this is why the vast majority following Alex will never make one red cent.

  53. facepalmforever
    October 12, 2013

    What about this ?
    As you probably are aware on Twitter, Matt Cutts of Google said that he would be surprised if Google did another PageRank update this year.
    So that’s only one Google pr update this year.

  54. Matt
    October 12, 2013

    Can you please tell us some of your brokers? I believe know one of yours as you mentioned before, but perhaps you don’t like to reveal it on here because it might overkill the broker.

    I hate searching for domains and doing all this stuff. Its just too mcuh for me and it kills my motivation. Can you email me your broker at

    Also, is there a tool that automates the godaddy bidding?

  55. Shay
    October 14, 2013

    Hi Becker,

    Few questions:

    1) After buying a PR site and changing it, will it not lose all its PR? I know we need to 301 everything to the home page, but if the site had like 100 pages and it suddenly drops to only 1-2 pages, will it not raise a red flag for google?

    2) Do we also need to use different registrars for the PR sites?

    3) Does google somehow have access to the details we registered with if we use whois privacy?

  56. John C
    October 15, 2013


    Been following your website for a while. Many thanks for the regular updates.

    Quick question – What is your opinion regarding the big G going after this method by simply resetting or giving no value to expired domains? Just curious what your thoughts were before I started sinking resources into this method.

    Thanks in advance!

  57. October 15, 2013

    1) Not sure. Was wondering that myself.

    2 & 3) The registrar doesn’t matter. But the site should not be on the same server as the money site as google doesn’t know what IP address it’s hosted on and devalues links from the same box.

  58. October 15, 2013

    Really quickly, I just wanted to relate something to you, and everyone else who visits this site. You can say the words, really quickly, but you cannot explain anything really quickly. I am going away from your site, really quickly.

  59. Rosko G.
    October 15, 2013

    it is a good idea to buy Chinese domains with Chinese anchors but with great backlink profile and pr.I don’t know does They will provide good link juice but are damn cheap

  60. October 15, 2013


    You mentioned mass link building getting spanked. Are you referring to SE Nuke? I use it from time to time but am never sure if this is going to blow up my sites or help improve the ranking. For purposes of this question, assume I am using it to build links all over the place gradually over time and not huge amounts very quickly.

    Thanks, and love your stuff, keep it coming!

  61. Cifrica
    October 15, 2013

    Hi Alex,

    Please respond to my question.
    Which method is safer for Adsense; Senuke and the templates you’ve provided OR building your own high PR small network?

    Thanks a lot

  62. Paul G
    October 16, 2013

    Do expired domains e.g a PR4 domain, that have been hit with some kind of previous Google penalty provide the same link juice as an expired ‘clean’ PR4 domain? There may be lots of PR domains flooding the market because they were penalised so is there any way of knowing which ones are penalised?

  63. Becker
    October 16, 2013

    Adsense sites are pretty much done

  64. shevar
    October 16, 2013

    does this work for youtube too?

  65. Becker
    October 17, 2013

    Different strategy, will be covering it soon

  66. October 17, 2013

    Newb, sorry bud but I’m doing something wrong here.. followed your notes and could only get PR3&4 backlinks but still can’t rank for anything.

    Question – when you backlink and you have a silo site what keywords do you go for and how would you get these keywords into a backlink. The silo has been built on average keywords which form part of the menu system so do I go for these keywords? I’m testing out your strategy on a One Direction website (don’t ask) and I just can’t get on the google radar not matter what I do!

    Any help or advice would be great if possible pls:(

  67. Kevin
    October 17, 2013

    I always find it funny when people hate on you Alex, AKA RIp off alert and other stupid ass blogs. These people are num nuts and a bunch of f@#kin idiots. I feel bad for them, because they are missing out on an amazing opportunity. Thanks for all of your good information!

  68. October 18, 2013

    Awesome stuff as per usual, Becker! So thankful for all of the time your out into the info you’re giving away :-)

  69. October 18, 2013

    Tall poppy syndrome. Anyone who makes it big is going to have people trying to cut them down. Sure a few idiots aren’t gonna be bothering him when he’s driving around in a Lamborghini!

  70. October 23, 2013

    Becker you really have a grasp on SEO, and I am so thankful you have come to share that with us. I will definitely be joining the infinitum assortment group after mid-terms; cannot wait to accelerate!

  71. October 28, 2013

    What does this “Fish goes blub” mean?

  72. October 28, 2013

    Outstanding information. Really like what you share with those of us who are trying to improve our web marketing results.

  73. October 29, 2013

    Well Alex
    After following your instruction and do a bit on page optimization
    I rank over 30 keywords at front page of Google.
    One of the most competitive keywords I rank #3.
    The funny part is, Google bans me to check up all my keywords ranking.
    Because I am going for thousands of keywords. Believe or not I did only 5 % of on page optimization and result is beyond my imagination.
    I would love to send a copy of my ranking for you to show. I did not get effected by penguins last update at all.
    I did not spent any money to buy new domain and all that either. Matter of fact my domain is not EMD at all.
    It is unbelievable for me to see I beat Amazon and E bay for particular very competitive kW’s.
    You are just awesome as your guitars mate. My heros for the guitar is Ritchie Blackmore and Joe Satriani.

  74. October 29, 2013

    GTA?!? Nah… WoT and War Thunder! Biggest time eaters in the world, more addictive than crack…

  75. October 29, 2013


  76. October 30, 2013

    Thanks Becker

    Seems your getting funnier on each video :)

    Awesome stuff though thanks

  77. Becker
    October 30, 2013

    Thanks dude!

  78. November 1, 2013

    Hi Alex,
    Sent a support ticket earlier this week, want to find out some info reg the seo services you offer, not schooling.
    Have a client site we must rank high.

    Gulp, cry, waaaa
    no one answers me.
    not so ugly even.

  79. November 12, 2013

    Very informative post with some very interesting tips and insights about the update.

    Thanks for the valuable information!


  80. November 13, 2013

    Hey Becker, awesome stuff as always. Thanks

    My real concern about Private Blog Networks has always been the whois info. I bought a few domains for my PBN and when I looked up the Whois on each one, I found my contact info on most of them especially those bought through namejet. And my Ip address can also be detected for each domain I guess. Is there a solution for that?


  81. Martin
    November 17, 2013

    Sorry, what do you mean with “Adsense sites are done”? Why is that?

  82. November 19, 2013


    This video is right on the money about Penguin 2.1 and how to change your strategy to effectively rank websites with a Private blog network. I created a Video Tutorial on how to buy expired domains and setup a blog network hope this helps!

  83. December 6, 2013

    Hi Becker,

    I purchase several domain names with high backlink counts. Should I add those sites on google webmaster tool? Webmaster ask you to add the tracker on your site and you have to verify the site. This supposed to help to indexed your content on your site. Should I or Should not bother adding those link juice sites to google webmaster?

  84. December 10, 2013

    This is really helpful thanks for the update

  85. Mike
    January 10, 2014

    Would putting all domains into one GoDaddy account be something to worry about? If they’re all using different name servers would this be something Google could catch on to? Thanks for the great videos.

  86. February 1, 2014

    Becker – what has happened to seozen- the sites are down and we have no access – what has happened ?????????????

  87. February 20, 2014

    Awesome update Becker! Thanks so much for all of the help with improving our knowledge, Adam

  88. April 30, 2014

    Becker!!! It’s always nice to be reminded of the basic things that are working and always will. Thanks for the push to get back on track :)

  89. May 14, 2014

    good info!

    Thanks Becker

  90. jake
    May 28, 2014

    Lexi Fox

  91. Net Smith
    June 11, 2014

    Hi Becker, awesome as usual, are you saying that we should stop throwing in comment back links?

  92. Mark
    June 16, 2014

    Boom, comment 92!

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