How To Instantly Check If Google Loves/Hates A Parasite Page Platform
In the May 2014 algo updates, quite a few Parasite-type platforms were slapped, even prweb.com tanked and subsequently decided to nofollow all external links on millions of press releases. Whether that eventually gets them back in Google’s good books remains to be seen.
As it turns out, there are still tons of good potential Parasite platforms out there if you dig (I don’t want to name them here) but how can you know whether a particular platform is still OK with Google or not (and that could change in the future of course)? Email me via support (at) terrykyle.net if you aren’t sure how to find them.
If I’m in this situation now, I use SEMRush on the root domain to view a couple of things quickly – and yes I know SEMRush isn’t free but its range of abilities makes it great value in my book, especially for deep-dive rank checking on my own sites, more on that in a minute (read about website here).
So let’s look at a few slapped and non-slapped sites in SEMRush and see how this works:
In SEMRush,  enter the root domain,  Click on “Positions” under “Organic Research”, and  check for a huge slump in traffic from May to June 2014 plus whether they still have many $ in the “SE Traffic price” metric – meaning how much they would have to pay to AdWords for the same amount of traffic.
and some losing profiles – the type to avoid if you plan on ranking them.
and ask.com (not a Parasite Page platform but included for demo purposes):
One of many other interesting things about SEMRush is rank tracking on your own sites and unlike most rank tracking systems that [a] have a finite quota normally, and [b] track by keywords, SEMRush scans and records loads of SERPs and matches them up with (your) URL so you will usually see a lot more keyword rankings in SEMRush than with other rank trackers, which I also use to see any movement before deeper checking with SEMRush.
Why is that useful? Simply because it will show you rankings for keywords that you didn’t even know you were unintentionally ranking for and those rankings could be further improved with more SEO work.
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