One Link - High Search Visibility Regained for VMware
Yes, one link took VMware.com from obscurity to domination under one of the industry keywords it wants to own. Years back, VMware's content and web marketing team and my team at WebMama.com worked to develop relevant, valuable content to describe the world of virtual servers, desktops and computing. The goal was to dominate search results under terms like virtualize and virtualization; to help define a new category and own it. We ensured that the new section was well linked within the vmware.com world and the content was not just text but video, images, pdfs, etc.
Years Later...Then, a few months ago, VMware was gone from Google search results under the keyword virtualization. Many 2-word phrases containing the word were still highly ranked but not the single word. There were no key indicators as to why this happened. [More proof that you should not rely on only Google organic results to provide all your visibility and website traffic.]
A few weeks ago, before the Google algo change, we selected one of VMware's recently acquired companies to use to regain the lost visibility. Springsource.com is a highly powerful site wrt to search. We added a link to the virtualization section in the footer of the home page of springsource.com. One link. One powerful site. Highly relevant.
Using Google Webmaster Tools (one of my favorite sources of information) we could see that vmware.com URLs gained impressions for the search term virtualization. The change took approx. 2 days after the link was established.