Be sure to read part one of my XRumer software series if you haven’t already. The first blog post explains the keyword rankings I tracked for the test and other background info about this XRumer experiment.
Before we get into the meat of this post, keep in mind that I’m do not recommending you go out and test XRumer or other spamming software. Use this software at your own risk (and if you do decide to use it, please don’t submit 20,000 links in one weekend using the same anchor text). This is purely for educational purposes.
As I write this blog post, it’s been exactly 12 days since sending an XRumer Blast to ATCTrainer.com. I started relatively small for XRumer standards with a mere 6,500 forums and profile websites targeted for spamming. That sounds like a lot until you discover that multiple online vendors are advertising blasts of up to 120,000 forums at a time!
Quantity not Quality
When you conduct an XRumer blast, it’s a pure-play numbers game where volume always trumps quality of back links. Link submissions range from the the ridiculous (like MyJooJooTablet.com) to inappropriately named domains stuffed with 95% unintelligible forum posts courtesy of other spammers. In case you’re interested in each of the forums I had ATCTrainer.com submitted to, you can download the complete list of those websites right here.
Keep in mind that just because 6,500 forum posts and profiles were submitted to, doesn’t mean that’s the number that will be approved by webmasters and moderators. Not even close.
In fact, the majority of these submissions won’t result in a back link to my website.
This is to be expected anytime you’re XRumer blasting.
The XRumer service provider said about 50% of these forums/profiles were successfully submitted to. Most still need to be approved by a moderator, however. From my early estimate, I expect that only 2% – 8% of the total submissions will result in an actual back link for my site, which really isn’t bad considering how little time or effort one needs to do this.
If you’ve got any other questions about XRumer blasts, let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them. Otherwise, I’ll get on with the part you’re probably the most interested in… Does it work?
If you recall from my first post, I gauged the success of this test on two indicators: 1.) Improved Rankings on a set of 10 keywords. 2.) Improved search engine traffic.
I’m happy to say that both rankings and traffic have shown modest gains as a result of my initial blast. Below are the numbers. The movement field shows how many positions my website has improved in Google per keyword.
Current Rankings in Google
air traffic control test prep: – Movement: 0
air traffic control training: – Movement: 0
air traffic controller training: 21 Movement: + 88
atc certification: 18 Movement: + 2
atc prep: – Movement: 0
atc trainer: 3 Movement: 0
atc training: 8 Movement: + 2
how to become an air traffic controller: 81 Movement: + 15
Keep in mind that it has still been less than 2 weeks since conducting the blast so Google could potentially drown my website amid other results any time in the future.
Search Engine Traffic
In the past 12 days since the XRumer submission, traffic via search engines has also improved, albeit not by much:
77 visits via search engines in 12 days before XRumer Blast.
87 visits via search engines in 12 days after XRumer Blast.
With a traffic increase this small, it could be argued the traffic gains weren’t even a result of link building. Although since there was an improvement in since there was upward movement in rankings, my guess is the spammy the profile links helped.
My Initial Thoughts
My XRumer test on was intentionally small in hope of staying under the Google radar. And it appears that I’ve been successful accomplishing that goal… so far.
If you’re planning to try XRumer, start small like I did. A website that goes from 2 links to 2,000 spammy profile and forum links overnight won’t look natural. If you got a more established site, aged domain, and a lot of existing quality back links you can probably be a bit more aggressive than I was with this test.
Judging from the initial results, I think an automated link building tool like XRumer could be useful tool to improve rankings of specific keywords when combined with a more white-hat methods of link building. The trick would be in not tripping up Google’s algo longterm.
I’ll follow up on with an update a two months from now to let you know if these rankings stick. Until then, if anyone else has tried XRumer, please share your results in the comments.