The result of this test was to prove or disprove how linking affects search engine position results. (SERPs)
Back in the middle of September I wrote an article titled "An incomplete history of Google SEO".
In checking the results in October it seemed to have stabilized at #78 out of 155,000,000 results for the term "History of SEO".
On Oct 16th I started a linking test using anchor text to see what effect linking had on SERPs.
After a few links were placed and SERPs checked I found that the results were moving around, both up and down, but this was due to other sites leaving or being added to the results above my test page.
To help eliminate this I did some on page SEO work and the page moved up to #27.
As this was a great position for this test, I again started to build more links and in the next months built up about 43.
During this time the page stayed at #27.
I then used FaceBook and Twitter and the page rose to #25.
After reading an article on the impact of Twitter I again tweeted the anchor text and link and asked my followers (26) to retweet and ask their followers to do so. (My 26 followers have a total of 58,903 followers).
The day this was done, the page rose to #1.
It stayed there for about 9 days and fell back to #24.
With the publishing of this article, I would ask that the readers of this article retweet and PM me to let me know that you did.
Let's see if the position can be made better on a permanent basis.
The anchor text links we want to use is History of SEO
The url is.
The code for this is:
History of SEO
Once you place the link, please do not click on it as I do not want to influence position by CTR.
** UPDATE Feb 3 2011
On the 28th of January Google updated their anti spam algo which targeted content farms and my page rose to #7and then dropped back to #9. Pages which had ranked above me were nowhere to be seen.