Hello friend.

Ahmad here.

Welcome to the about page, the part where I give you some backstory to the product I hope you’ll love.

Growth Partners started by accident as a casual collaboration between a handful of friends at the start of 2020. For the most part, the community remained small with a handful of members working together on SEO campaigns. Slowly but surely, the group grew into where it is today — a thriving, safe space for ambitious marketers to get the edge they need in today’s competitive search landscape.

I got into the world of search engine marketing around 8 years ago. The dark ages, as far as SEO is concerned.

A time where you could place your links almost anywhere and rank for high-traffic search terms. I remember promoting this video game backup software and ranking number 1 for “how to backup games” by placing keyword-rich anchor text on a few dozen forums. It was a different world back then.

Fast-forward a couple of years and I’m working on what would become my foundation for “learning by doing” in the world of digital marketing. I started a blog called Bengu that covered lifestyle business topics from affiliate marketing to passive income and dropshipping:

This is where I honed my craft — learning how to write well. Build an email list. And most importantly, drive traffic through organic search.

At the start of this project, I was completely new to SEO. So I tried to get help and hired an agency:

Safe to say, that went south pretty quick.

I was on a small budget so I couldn’t invest much and this agency ruined the UX of my site by placing keyword-rich drop-down menus on my homepage (I know, they sucked!). It was a complete mess, so I fired them and hired myself. I figured if I was going to master this SEO stuff without spending megabucks, there was no other way.

Cutting through the SEO hogwash took some time. So much misinformation — articles touting the “publish and pray” approach, press releases and directories that barely worked and generally just wading through the shitstorm of hype and hot air.

Eventually, I figured out some strategies that did work and ranked my site for some great terms, beating out competitors with much larger budgets and more staff members:

Maintained top 3 rankings for terms like “affiliate programs” “best affiliate programs” “top affiliate programs” for over 2 years, pulling in close to 500k pageviews to one article. 

Outranking Wikipedia + Investopedia for “passive income” in US search,  one of the highlights! 

At its peak, the site was pulling in over 20,000 visitors a month, mainly from the US. Between March of 2017 and March 2020, the site had pulled in over 750,000 pageviews and referred over $250k in product sales through affiliate marketing:

I did this without hiring external help by doubling down on SEO that worked. Focusing on strategies that moved the needle the most. At the time, this was a combination of white-hat outreach, link placements and guest-posting combined with PBN’s.

Yes! Guilty as charged. I used PBN’s. And they worked extremely well for a long time.

They worked because I took the time to deeply research how to do them properly. Taking no shortcuts, I painstakingly restored dozens of sites and filled them with content I’d written myself from scratch. To tell you the truth, it was an INSANE amount of work — and if I could start again, I wouldn’t have bothered, but it helped my site maintain top rankings for years on end.

People don’t realise that what Google says — and what actually works in search are two completely different things. If you listen to Google, you’ll be publishing content every day on your site and hoping, praying for the best. You’ll be anxious to build links and assume strategies like guest-posting are dead.

Let’s keep it real, Google doesn’t want you to figure out how their algorithm works, they want to keep you in the dark while they sell as many ads as possible to keep their shareholders happy.

Many assume Google is like the all-seeing eye of Sauron. That you’ll always get caught if you venture into the dark side. But through experience, I’ve found this to be untrue. The PBN’s I used only stopped working when human error was introduced — I inadvertently cancelled the hosting for all PBN sites at the same time. A stupid mistake but I had nobody to blame but myself.

Throughout my SEO journey, I’ve learned some harsh lessons, got some pretty good results and had a lot of fun. The relationships I built with website owners over the years forged the foundations for Growth Partners.

Since I’ve mentioned working with PBN’s in the past, I need to make it clear that Growth Partners has no play in black-hat strategies. Anything that involves client websites is a different ball game so things are kept clean and safe all the way.

Overall, my experience on all sides of SEO has helped me become a more well-rounded player in the game of organic search growth. Now, I spend my time helping others cut through the BS and do more with less through SEO that works.

Hello friend.

Ahmad here.

Welcome to the about page, the part where I give you some backstory to the product I hope you’ll love.

Growth Partners started by accident as a casual collaboration between a handful of friends at the start of 2020. For the most part, the community remained small with a handful of members working together on SEO campaigns. Slowly but surely, the group grew into where it is today — a thriving, safe space for ambitious marketers to get the edge they need in today’s competitive search landscape.

I got into the world of search engine marketing around 8 years ago. The dark ages, as far as SEO is concerned.

A time where you could place your links almost anywhere and rank for high-traffic search terms. I remember promoting this video game backup software and ranking number 1 for “how to backup games” by placing keyword-rich anchor text on a few dozen forums. It was a different world back in those days.

Fast-forward a couple of years and I’m working on what would become my foundation for “learning by doing” in the world of digital marketing. I started a blog called Bengu that covered lifestyle business topics from affiliate marketing to passive income and dropshipping:

This is where I honed my craft — learning how to write well. Build an email list. And most importantly, drive traffic through organic search.

At the start of this project, I was completely new to SEO. So I tried to get help and hired an agency:

Safe to say, that went south pretty quick.

I was on a small budget so I couldn’t invest much and this agency ruined the UX of my site by placing keyword-rich drop-down menus on my homepage (I know, they sucked!). It was a complete mess, so I fired them and hired myself. I figured if I was going to master this SEO stuff without spending megabucks, there was no other way.

Cutting through the SEO hogwash took some time. So much misinformation — articles touting the “publish and pray” approach, press releases and directories that barely worked and generally just wading through the shitstorm of hype and hot air.

Eventually, I figured out some strategies that did work and ranked my site for some great terms, beating out competitors with much larger budgets and more staff members:

Maintained top 3 rankings for terms like “affiliate programs” “best affiliate programs” “top affiliate programs” for over 2 years, pulling in close to 500k pageviews to one article. 

Outranking Wikipedia + Investopedia for “passive income” in US search,  one of the highlights! 

At its peak, the site was pulling in over 20,000 visitors a month, mainly from the US. Between March of 2017 and March 2020, the site had pulled in over 750,000 pageviews and referred over $250k in product sales through affiliate marketing:

I did this without hiring external help by doubling down on SEO that worked. Focusing on strategies that moved the needle the most. At the time, this was a combination of white-hat outreach, link placements and guest-posting combined with PBN’s.

Yes! You got me guilty as charged. I used PBN’s. And they worked extremely well for a long time.

They worked because I took the time to deeply research how to do them properly. Taking no shortcuts, I painstakingly restored dozens of sites and filled them with content I’d written myself from scratch. To tell you the truth, it was an INSANE amount of work — and if I could start again, I wouldn’t have bothered, but it helped my site maintain top rankings for years on end.

People don’t realise that what Google says — and what actually works in search are two completely different things. If you listen to Google, you’ll be publishing content every day on your site and hoping, praying for the best. You’ll be anxious to build links and assume strategies like guest-posting are dead.

Let’s keep it real, Google doesn’t want you to figure out how their algorithm works, they want to keep you in the dark while they sell as many ads as possible to keep their shareholders happy.

Many assume Google is like the all-seeing eye of Sauron. That you’ll always get caught if you venture into the dark side. But through experience, I’ve found this to be untrue. The PBN’s I used only stopped working when human error was introduced — I inadvertently cancelled the hosting for all PBN sites at the same time. A stupid mistake but I had nobody to blame but myself.

Throughout my SEO journey, I’ve learned some harsh lessons, got some pretty good results and had a lot of fun. The relationships I built with website owners over the years forged the foundations for Growth Partners.

Since I’ve mentioned working with PBN’s in the past, I need to make it clear that Growth Partners has no play in black-hat strategies. Anything that involves client websites is a different ball game so things are kept clean and safe all the way.

Overall, my experience on all sides of SEO has helped me become a more well-rounded player in the game of organic search growth. Now, I spend my time helping others cut through the BS and do more with less through SEO that works.

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