Recently I realized that 3 competing sites are ranking on the first page of google for a very competitive keyword (246,000 searches/month exact). After analyzing the backlinks using Ahrefs, I found that each one of the sites has about 500,000 backlinks from 8,000 referring domains. Of course they're all spammy backlinks. These are all new domains, under 1 year old. The visual appearance of the sites are extremely low quality too.
My question is how are they ranking so well and what tools are they using to build so many backlinks? Any speculations? I really want to find a way to serve justice. These guys are ruining the industry.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Edited by Jill, 20 December 2012 - 08:48 AM.
Removed tool name