On February 7th SEO Link Monster launched with a very big hype around it since everyone in the industry were promoting it. Over the past few days I have learned some new things about this network that I feel I must share with my readers since my SEO Link Monster Review got a lot of visitors over the first week of the launch.
So What Happened?
I received and email from Chris Fong asking me if I noticed any indexing changes with the network. He told me that the ability to download the submission reports has been removed and that his indexing tests showed that all the URLs his articles were submitted to are no longer indexed.
I immediately checked and also noticed that you can no longer download the submission reports and basically you can no longer see the domains your article have been submitted to. That was a very cool feature SLM had but I guess the downside of that feature raised its head and the network got hit because of it.
I also took the 364 URLs I had from my case study, stripped them down to the rood domain and removed all duplicates. I ended up with a list of 93 unique domains that my articles were submitted to and I run an indexing check using Scrapebox. Here are the results:
And as you can see, all of the domains are not indexed. When I did the same test on February 6th I got and 88.46% index rate and the very high index rate was the biggest selling point for SEO Link Monster.
I also asked Chris if he can provide me with all of the URLs he collected during his own case study and he agreed. Chris send me a list with 99 unique domains and I checked to make sure that none of his 99 domains are the same as the 93 domains on my own list. There were no duplicate domains so it seems that we were on two different sub networks on the SLM. I run the 99 domains to check for indexing rates and here are the results:
Did SEO Link Monster Network Got De-indexed?
From the numbers I saw and shared with you I have no other assumption to make other than to say that at least a part of the network got de-indexed. I don’t know how many blogs the network has and I only had 192 unique domains to check. In any case, it doesn’t really look good that so many domains have been de-indexed just a couple of weeks after launch.
Remember that I checked indexing rates for the rood domains, not the pages that my articles are actually pm. All of the domains are no longer indexed with Google. Not my 93 unique domains and not Chris’s 99 unique domains.
That could be an explanation to why my SEO Link Monster Review dropped to page 8 or something like that on Google a few days ago since I was promoting it using SLM during the case study I did. I also suffered ranking drops on other reviews that I didn’t promote with SLM and you can read all about what happened on my Rankings Drop, Googe Panda 3.3 and Lessons Learned post.
I emailed Matt Callen about the entire situation asking if he can provide some answers as to what happened and he replied saying that they decided to remove the submission report feature since it could be used to report URLs to Google which one of the users was actually suspected of doing and that results in de-indexing of a sub set of domains on the network. Matt also said that they are proactively moving forward to protect the network for everyone and to help increase its effectiveness over the long term and they replaced every blog that was de-indexed.
What Does This Mean?
I don’t really know but on the looks of it, it doesn’t look good. Here are some of the thoughts I had (combined with the ones Chris shared on his own SEO Link Monster Case Study update):
- Lack of IP Diversity - Chris checked his list of 99 domains and found that every 5 domains are using the same IP. I checked the list of 93 domains I have and I can confirm that. Every 5 domains are sharing the same IP and according to the tests Chris did to other blog networks, that is a very bad ratio.
- Unspun Content - This is something I didn’t even know you can do with SLM since I didn’t even consider it would be possible so I didn’t check it. Allowing unspun content to be submitted to the network is a big NO NO in my opinion and I don’t understand how that is even an option.
- Sharing The URLs – I liked this feature for the same Chris did since it makes this case studies much easier to do but the downside was simply too big and it didn’t take long for the network to suffer from this. It is a good thing they removed this feature.
- Too Much Hype – I don’t really agree with Chris on this assumption as I really doubt Google will trouble itself over such a product launch but who knows. I think it simply the fact that users reported the URLs of the network and a really bad timing due to the recent Google algo update that probably had something to do with things (or not).
- No Categories – The fact that SLM doesn’t divide the blogs in the networks into categories is a problem. I think that the relevancy of the blog you are liking from counts for something and by not dividing the network into categories there is really no order in things. All other blog networks have categories so I don’t really see the advantage of not having them other than making it easier to build and maintain the network.
The bottom line is that my semi recommendation for SEO Link Monster has turned to a clear not recommended at this point after all the recent changes I shared with you here.
Fell free to share your thoughts by commenting below.
To your success (and mine ),