As most readers of this site will know it is just a little test site I use for testing, waffling, posting news, spoof posting and general blogging.
It’s recently started ranking well for a number of SEO related phrases and was top 10 for things like SEO, SEO Services, SEO Tips, SEO Advice etc.
This gave me a little idea
There is a lot of talk on SEO forums and blogs at the moment about how having too many links pointing to a site using the same anchor text can have a negative effect.
With this in mind I decided to do a new little SEO test and point 150,000+ links to the homepage of V1 SEO using the anchor text SEO Services
2 weeks later, there was no real change so I thought I would switch it up a bit so set 500,000 links up using SEO services as the anchor text and SEO as an alt attribute of an image linking to V1 SEO
Within a week the fact the site now had too many links with same anchor text it suddenly lost all rankings for most SEO related keyword.
This isn’t clear proof that too many links using the same anchor text can have a negative effect, as it wasn’t really a controlled experiment and the site providing the majority of links is in the same Webmaster Tools control panel as V1 SEO, has the same author tags and is linked to from V1 SEO and so forming a connection.
Interesting little experiment though, next time I may try it on 2 totally unrelated sites and see if I can knock that out the Google rankings too.