Scalability of tiered link building
I'm calling @LeeG @ron and others who have experience in using GSA SER for large scale tiered link building and/or maximizing LPM. But everyone feel free to chime in.
Now, I've been using a similar setup, inspired by @Ozz here:
I still struggle to get over 35 LPM constantly, but that was not the issue here. I could read other threads for that. There are ample of information here already.
Every day, looking at my stats, I always feel my setup fails to build enough links to satisfy each tier. Even when I only use three tiers instead of what Ozz and ron use (4 tiers).
Until today when I read a thread started by ron (You can find it here https://forum.gsa-online.de/discussion/2930/ser-tiers), it came to me perhaps I should know the figures better, so I fired up Excel and did quick formula as follow. I'm never good at math, so correct me if I'm wrong.
The above screenshot was made based on the following:
- Number of T1 links per day: 10
- Verification percentage: 10 percent (conservatively) for each tier
- Number of T2 links per day: x20 per URL
- Number of T3 links per day: x20 per URL
- Number of T4 links per day: x20 per URL
- Time before verification: 1 day
- No T1A, T2A, etc just contextual T1, T2, T3 and kitchen sink T4 (T3A).
Note: In ron's strategy, T3A is assumed to be T4, because it links to T3.
Look at the figure (highlighted in blue).
At day 30, while still submitting 10 links to money site, the number of total links for T1 has grown to 29.
Total submission required for T2: 560. Total verified for T2: 756.
Total submission required for T3: 14,040. Total verified for T3: 11,700.
Total submission required for T4: 208,000.
Remember, this is only for one money site URL (T0). At the end of second month, at this rate, SER should be submitting to millions of links every day to satisfy the 20x per URL option for tier 3 links.
This is a problem everyone adopting tiered link building will face sooner rather than later. Even for such efficient setup as LeeG, an instance of SER can barely keep up with it, if I want to meet all links for each tier, every day.
In other words, even when everyone is using the same exact setup and options, a small decision such as how many projects I run per instance of SER will determine if my T2 and T3 links will get enough juice, or not at all for that day. And in turn that will impact indexation and ranking.
So help me please. How do you cope with this issue:
1) Just let SER does its best. In this case, I have a few questions: how does "Use verified URL of..." work? Does it pick URLs in sequence or random after each submission, or does it move to the next URL only after it has built 20 links for current URL? If the latter, how do you make sure the latest links are given their share of lower tiered links? Maybe @Sven can chime in and clarify how this feature behaves?
2) Use indexer service / software to help with indexing issues. (Assuming besides sending more power to upper tiered links, the purpose of lower tiered links is also to help getting them indexed.)
3) Re-verify every so often to minimize waste. Build links only to verified links that are still there. (I know at least ron does this every week.)
4) Delete verified URLs every so often so SER has more time to build links to new URLs. If so, how many days? How many links per upper tiered link before you stop and move on?
As a side note: Perhaps SER should have an option to make deletion of URLs older than xx days / weeks easier?
I can imagine this option becomes an important step. Perhaps I should move on after each T2 and T3 links got 30 verified links each (30 days) and delete them afterwards to give chances to newer links. Anyone's doing it?
5) Scale to another VPS / dedicated. If this is part of your strategy, how many projects and URLs do you run per instance of SER?
6) I think ron mentioned in another thread about keeping a spreadsheet of verified links from day to day. That is a great idea to keep track of progress. If too many projects are not progressing, in terms of growing verified links per day, then perhaps it's time to optimize first, then scale vertically / horizontally. (Request for "submitted for the day" and "verified for the day" columns beside each project, I think, is a great idea. https://forum.gsa-online.de/discussion/1147/new-feature-submitted-today-verified-today-by-project It will help in this case too, among others, as pointed out by ron in the thread.)
7) Other advice or ideas?
I know, the number is not etched in stone. Tiered link building is not perfect. Links are deleted, not every link should have specified amount of inbound links to avoid footprints, etc... but I'm not asking for exact figure either but some guidelines, hints, tips, anything to make it more cost effective and profitable for all of us.
Let's make this thread an interesting discussion for "scaling GSA SER". (I apologize for the long post.)