December 8 2013: Amazon S3 Parasite Strategy
Today I have published 2 new strategies that have indirectly come out of my Parasite Experiment – this one here on a new Amazon S3 Parasite approach and the other one over here is on what I call “Switchbox SEO”.
When checking the SERPs for ‘the paleo diet’ (around 10,000 searches a month), I noticed this Amazon S3 hosted PDF ranking on Page 5 with a weak backlink profile (from my quick check) – notice the nice exact match filename:
At the root domain level (and yes S3 accounts are on subdomains, actually subdomains on a subdomain – more on that in a minute), that’s a PR7 site:
So that’s a good start and, unlike most Parasites:
– it’s not moderated
– it has the Amazon name in the actual URL
– you aren’t restricted to PDFs. S3 is for any kind of file storage (the good part is that Google ranks them) – I tested out it out with this demo HTML page and image in my S3 account:
PDFs may have a ranking advantage but we will test that.
On the negative side:
– Amazon S3 accounts aren’t free. However the price of bandwidth there is ridiculously small. From memory, when I hosted all of the SEO Experts Academy video files there in 2011 and well over 2,000 members were watching them continually, the most I ever paid was about $20 a month. Crazy cheap and I have no reason to think it’s more expensive now (read about pbn management here).
– Setting up S3 for upload is a bit of mucking around. The best solution I found was to use 2 free addon tools to manage uploading/deleting files etc:
1. S3 Fox Organizer for Firefox:
2. Cloudberry Explorer for S3
Both are free and will require your Access Key and Security Key from your Amazon AWS account but it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete.
If you get stuck with that setup, email me at support(at)terrykyle.net and I’ll explain the steps where you got bogged down.
The other disdavantage with Amazon S3 is that because your folders (Amazon calls them ‘buckets’) in your account become subdomains, you can’t have ones that have already been created by other S3 users. Still, you can use dashes or extra words if you want to keyword optimize your subdomain – miami web design – (as the above paleo example did) or add a couple of keywords together.
In short, the advantages far outweigh the cons as far as I can see but we now need to see how well they respond to links and what kind of links (especially cheap, bulk links that would be toxic for a normal website) make Amazon S3 pages rank.
Now over to the Switchbox SEO approach here:
Previous Parasite SEO Experiment Days Here:
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