Does a Link from an Imfaceplate Article Help your Ranking in Google?

This is a very straightforward trail.  I have selected a target webpage to see if I can change its rank in google by adding a link to it from a relevant and high quality piece of writing I upload to imfaceplate.

Article directories have got bad press over the last five or so years due to mass spamming and spun content being uploaded to them, this, along with duplicate content has forced many to feel that google does not see articles on these directories of value, and that they will pass no link value which can affect ranking.

Well there is only one realistic way to check to see if they help with ranking in google or not - do a case study.

Now I do not currently have an account over at imfaceplate, so I will create one.  This process bores the living daylights out of me to be honest, I seem to create accounts left right and center all day long to no effect.  I have notebooks stuffed full of userid's and passwords which I never use because so many are totally useless.

Never mind though, I have read that link diversity is a good thing and therefore will give this a go because the links it provides do actually appear to be a dofollow.  Now we call know that the programmers at google can easily selectively discount any juice from a given domain whether or not the links coming from it are followed.  But if this DOES help with google ranking, then so long as you do not spam the directory, then you should see this as a great source of links which can bring traffic aswell as potential ranking improvements.

I have chosen a page to link to which ranks page 4 position 2 on google - the phrase contains seven words, so you can see that absolutely any juice would be very highly likely to cause a movement.  Think of it like this.

Lets say we are experimenting for a 2 word phrase and the target page is currently page 1 position 8.  A tiny bit of power from an inbound link will not cause a movement on the page - especially if the phrase is competetive.  This is because it may require a LOT of juice to push that page up.  So whilst it may move closer to moving up, there will be no visual change to monitor on the serp.

A long phrase with very little competition with a target so low at page 4 will easily move with a bit of help - even if it is only one spot.

For those wishing to dig a little deeper, it may be worth considering that the company is located in Canada - and if you are looking for geographically well placed links - then this could be relevant.

28/Dec/2015

Signed up on imFaceplate, wrote an article which is highly on topic for the page I am trying to move up.

Starting position of page in the serps is Page 4 slot 2. - That is today.  There has been almost no work done on this domain for weeks - it is a low DA domain about 6 months old.

12/Jan/2016

Today the target page is at Page 5 slot 3 - a terrible smash against it with a drop of 11 places.  The anchor text I used was "here", and the heading of the imfaceplate article (which is indexed BTW) is the first 5 words of the target phrase but mixed up a bit - as shown below.
Target Phrase - "word1 word2 for word4 word5 word6 word7"
Heading of article - "word4 word5 with word1 word2"

12/Feb/2016

Today the target phrase is page 8 position 4

WARNING - DO NOT GET A LINK FRO IM FACEPLATE - THE RANKINGS OF OUR TEST PAGE WERE SHATTERED FOLLOWING THE AQUISITION OF THE LINK.  OF COURSE - YOU CAN NEVER BE CERTAIN THAT OTHER FACTORS DIDN'T COME INTO PLAY - BUT DON'T RISK IT.

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