Most people have never heard how Usage Metrics influence your rankings, let alone use it in their SEO strategy to increase google ranking.

Things like the click through rate from the Google SERPS are a relatively new ranking factor and can easily be manipulated.

These are the new Google keyword ranking factors no one is talking about.

I’m going to show you how I manipulated them to rank my website with zero backlinks.

What You Will Learn

  • Why usage metrics are important to increase Google ranking
  • The 3 new usage metrics Google are using to rank websites
  • How to rank your website in Google by faking those metrics
  • Results from my PandaBot case study site with zero backlinks

WARNING: Steal Your Competitors Search Rankings, Traffic & Income

Introducing Adi

I have been experimenting with SEO for a couple of years now. I never liked the idea of hunting for SEO backlinks to rank as I find it a frustrating and time consuming task (building PBNs, guest posting etc.).

That’s why I got excited when I found out you could do SEO without link building!

What Are Usage Metrics?

Without a doubt Google’s ranking algorithm has drastically improved in recent times. There are three new ranking factors confirmed and I will show you how to automate them to increase Google ranking while looking completely natural.

The three new factors are-

  • Brand Recognition
  • Click Through ratio
  • Actual real user interaction with the site

It’s a great opportunity to outrank your rusty competitors who do not adjust their SEO strategy to include these new ranking signals (I predict the majority will fail).

You can learn more about how Google are collecting those metrics here.

If you’ve been struggling to figure out how to rank your website in Google, this is why!

Upgrade Your SEO Strategy Now

It’s evident that Google are making backlinks less and less important. For some time already, Google have been taking usage metrics into account when assessing your websites ranking.

Key usage metrics are; Time spent on site/page, amount of pages browsed, bounce rates, clicks through from SERPs and diversity of branded search and direct traffic.

Rankings depend on many factors so it’s best to make things look as natural as possible.

Never rely only on one thing. Apply solid on-page SEO, citations, social & backlinks along with the mentioned usage metrics layered on top of each other.

Missing out on one of them could mean the difference between the first and second page in the SERPS.

Usage Metrics Case Study Results

I had an untouched Dutch domain name laying around for a couple of years now. It was perfect to use for this case study to try and increase Google ranking.

The site is focused around the dating niche and had zero visits a day before starting the case study.

All the traffic comes from the fake source, nothing else is used. Eventually, when the site ranks high enough organically, it will receive organic Google traffic as well.

The keywords used are low/medium competition with monthly search volumes ranging from 10 to 60500.

I mostly targeted low volume keywords with around 50-300 searches per month which seemed easy enough to rank.

This is done because the keywords have to already rank in the Google top 100 in order to use them in the organic campaign (more on that later), but you can target any search volume you want.

I mostly focused on one site post with only 231 words & 1 image (I’m lazy and wanted to see some results first before spending too much time writing).

Surprisingly on February 10th, the 60500 volume keyword started to rank on another skeleton page which consisted of only two short sentences. Over time, this keyword has steadily climbed in the SERPS.

Moving forward, on the 24th of February I added a 450 word article to this post. I never expected this keyword to rank so that’s why the content was added much later on.

Furthermore, the site has no content on the homepage but it is silo structured. The site has 4 posts, 2 pages & 2 categories.

Here is how things progressed.

  • [01-01-2015] Website put online
  • [05-01-2015] Pandabot direct traffic campaign set up
  • [17-01-2015] Pandabot premium subscription expired
  • [18-01-2015] Started to rank at position #55
  • [21-01-2015] 3 ranking keywords added as organic traffic campaign
  • [27-01-2015] Some keywords moved up in SERPs
  • [10-02-2015] 60500 volume keyword started to rank #58
  • [11-02-2015] Renewed premium subscription – added more keywords inc. the 60500 s/m one with international traffic
  • [24-02-2015] Added 450 words article to the 60500 s/m post
  • [26-02-2015] Multiple longtail keywords starting to rank which are found in the 450 words post
  • [11-03-2015] Premium subscription expired
  • [11-03-2015] Increased in organic Google traffic from 30 to max 100 visits a day for the 60500 s/m keyword

Pandabot review

For direct traffic all countries were used. For organic traffic only dutch visitors were used.

This is why there’s not so much traffic in the first place. I wanted it to look natural and not raise any alarms since it’s a dutch site. Later on in my case study update, I will use all traffic to see how that goes.

However, from February 11th, I started sending worldwide traffic to the 60500 searches per month post which has led to a steady increase of the main and longtail keywords. The orange line is this main 60500 s/m keyword.

From the graph above you can see that around February 9th some keywords jumped in rankings or just started to rank. Around February 19th, some rankings improved further. Similar happened around February 26th.

how to rank your website in google with Pandabot

The graph above is the 60500 s/m keyword. The top rank so far is at #28.

ranking progress

On 17-01 my premium subscription expired so on the 24th the traffic plummeted when the credits got spent.

The low traffic you see from january 24th till february 11th is coming from the basic free Pandabot subscription.

As a result the rankings did not improve either. On February 11th the PandaBot premium subscription was renewed and the traffic jump is clearly noticeable.

pandabot premium subscription

The usage metrics speak for themselves. It all depends on how you set up your Pandabot campaign.

How To Fake Usage Metrics With PandaBot

First off, you will need a free Pandabot account.

The Pandabot network consists of users like you and me who run the Panda Smart Browser (PSB) on their computer(s). By running the PSB, you gain credits which you can use in your campaigns.

I strongly recommend to watch all the video tutorials and read the FAQ to get yourself familiar with it. Once you have done that, continue following this post.

Setting Up Your Campaign

Go to the Pandabot backoffice and in the Settings menu go to Promote Your Websites > Website Profile.

This is where you add your sites by clicking Add New Website. It’s very straight forward.

add website to PandaBot

Now go to Promote Your Websites > Website Pages. In the upper left corner click the button “Import Multiple Pages”.

import pages

Closely follow the instructions on that page. Make sure you use the sample Excel file and do it exactly like that by editing in your pages. Next you import your file.

Now go to Promote Your Websites > Website Keywords. Add as many keywords as possible, the key is to diversify and make it look natural. Make sure you are already ranking in the top 100 for those keywords.

add keyword to increase Google ranking

Also add brand keywords like your sites name or brand + some keywords.

Decide on the max visitors per day by looking at the current Google traffic volume.

Finally, go to Promote Your Websites > Website Traffic Campaigns (Random Order of Pages). Make sure you read the instructions on this page as this is an important step you don’t want to mess up.

campaign setup

When you click on Create New Website Traffic Campaign, these are the settings I use.

I did not select the website and keyword for obvious reasons.

If you run a foreign website, enter the corresponding local Google URL in the Starting URL field. When you have used Pandabot for a while, you will also be able to select the Traffic Source Country.

Random Keyword Method

For each keyword, you need to setup a new traffic campaign, unless you use the random keyword method.

To use the random keyword method, go to Promote Your Websites > Website Keywords and exactly enter #Random Keyword# as your keyword.

This means it will use a random keyword from the keywords you already added to the Website Keywords page.

Next, create a new or copy an existing website campaign from Promote Your Websites > Website Traffic Campaigns (Random Order of Pages).

Make sure you select the just created #Random Keyword#. This method is especially handy if you have a lot of keywords so you don’t have to create a new traffic campaign for each keyword.

Don’t forget to always mix things up and use direct, organic and referral traffic.

Pandabot also does a great job at promoting your Youtube videos and it’s even easier to setup than a website.

Setting Up Your Social Networks

Another great feature is the social networks module.

From the Settings menu go to Grow Your Social Presence > Social Networks Accounts. Make sure you follow the instructions and meet the requirements, otherwise your social networks accounts won’t work.

Next, go to Grow Your Social Presence > Spintax Comments.

Add a proper spintax which is used in your social campaigns. I’m using The Best Spinner but you can also spin text with free tools.

To set up your social campaign, go to Grow Your Social Presence > Social Campaigns.

Click Create New Social Campaign. Depending on the type of social campaign you select, don’t forget to replace the end of the website URL with your own.

For example:

The highlighted URL should be replaced with yours. For social types like Tumblr, it should be your Tumblr post or account URL, depending whether you choose post like or followers.

That’s about all you have to set up. Run the PSB whenever your computer is on, the longer it runs, the more credits you gain which will give your campaigns greater priority = more traffic / social mentions.

Once in a while you will be emailed about a PSB update, remove the old version and download & run the new one ASAP. If you don’t, it will stop running so you won’t be gaining credits. Also, from time to time check if your PSB is still running.

You are allowed to run multiple PSBs on different computers if your IP addresses are different. You can use a VPN to achieve this and accumulate more credits.

WARNING: Steal Your Competitors Search Rankings, Traffic & Income

Wrapping It Up

As you have seen, the usage metric factors are something you don’t want to miss in your SEO strategy.

I did a poor job with my on-page SEO so I’m sure when I add more relevant text, more keywords will rank.

I was pleasantly surprised to witness how easy it is to rank this 60500 s/m keyword without backlinks all thanks to PandaBot.

If you have any questions or suggestions, just let me know in the comments!

208 Responses

  1. 5.14.2015

    Hey there, I would like to know if you are OK to use this trick on this website of yours? If not then I think I would not risk any of my clients sites too. Google is always on watch and kills any such methods as soon as it finds it. It definitely is a great glitch but I believe it will soon be taken care of.

    • May 18th, 2015 at 7:06 am

      SEO is risk management. You try to manipulate Google, you accept the risk whether thats backlinks or anything else.

      Watch to bring your knowledge up to speed :)

      • Dave
        April 7th, 2016 at 11:53 pm

        But you didn’t answer the question which would imply that crowd sourcing is a risky tactic.

        Even On Page SEO is technically risky, but everyone is aware that unless you abuse it, you wouldn’t be penalized. And everyone I imagine would implement a form of on page SEO. THis however is on the same level of PBNs when they were the big rage 4-5 years ago. Now many have learnt the hard way. THe same will apply with this. Google always catches up.

        I’m going to assume Matt, that you haven’t or wouldn’t apply these strategies on your most valuable sites.

        These tactics work fine perhaps for little niche sites that take a week to put up and you’re after a quick cash grab through spike in rankings.

        • April 8th, 2016 at 4:01 pm

          I don’t see it as a risky tactic, but I am saying all elements of SEO come with risk regardless of what that is.

          And PBN’s are by far the most effective ranking weapon today, they have been for years and until Google stops relying on backlinks as a ranking signal – they will continue to be the most effective ranking weapon.

  2. 5.14.2015

    great post Matt. Even I have been receiving some emails as to how faking metrics helped people in ranking sites. However, I wonder for how long this is going to be a viable strategy coz it is shared publicly?

    Apart from that I am going to test myself and see how ranking improves.

    Thanks for the post!

  3. 5.14.2015

    I’m a bit skeptical about using this on my main blog
    Will Google not be smart enough to find this out in the nearest future?

    • May 18th, 2015 at 7:05 am

      That is true of any time you try to manipulate search rankings

  4. Ricky

    I understand how Google can measure bounce rate, and use that as a ranking factor but what if you don’t use Analytics? How are Google going to get the other metrics or are you saying that they will punish you if you don’t use GA?

    • May 18th, 2015 at 7:04 am
      • Ricky
        May 18th, 2015 at 7:13 am

        Thanks Matt, it’s interesting. I just feel these signals are far too easy to manipulate for them to provide that much weight. Have you personally any experience using this?

        • May 21st, 2015 at 5:22 am

          Well backlinks are also very easy to manipulate, I would say these signals are harder because of the need of a distributed network – but for sure you know there will be penaltys for this at somepoint so don’t go overboard!

  5. 5.14.2015

    Genuinely really interesting and I’d love to try it out, but the PandaBot site must be one of the least trustworthy sites I’ve ever seen…

  6. 5.14.2015

    Very fascinating! I tried Dan Anton crowdsearch me program when it first came out and I actually think I hurt my rankings with it. Granted, I didn’t use their suggested daily search amounts, but cranked it all the way up — especially for the brand term (I thoughr ir would make my site look like it had gone viral)so that may have played a role in my pain.

    I love the way you keep careful track of everything. These writeups are insanely awesome.

    • May 18th, 2015 at 7:03 am

      I havent had positive or negative results with crowdsearch myself, but yes cranking the volumes up is going to set some alarm bells off for sure

    • May 21st, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      I’ve been playing with CrowdSearch and it’s doing fairly well in the testing. You do have to follow their recommendations and not crank it up too much, and it’s definitely most effective at moving things up that are already on page 1 or high on page 2. What I’ve also done when it’s not ranked well on a broader keyword is do several long-tail campaigns on related keywords, and those have helped the ranking for the broader keyword.

      Love this write-up, though — going to go start testing it this weekend.

  7. 5.14.2015

    Hi Mathew,

    Great thoughts.

    This thought process was doing rounds in our mastermind sessions, but there were no actual results to check its impact.

    Your way of showing results is just awesome.

    IMHO, user dwell time plays an important part too.

  8. Affmarketing

    Wow, nice case. I have to test it.

  9. Albert

    Isn’t it something Google would detect after a while?

  10. Franklin

    Definitely giving this a go…Although I’m having trouble signing up to Pandabot. Maybe it’s something at my end. I’ll try again tomorrow when I wake up. Anyhow thanks for the great read.

  11. jim

    i just checked again and it looks like GWT actually does show some long tails, but i wonder if this is really all there is.

  12. Christophe

    Nice idea to build this kind of network.

    Just curious to know the number of users per country.
    I expect that we can have good result for english website but what about other languages like french & dutch or for small contries like Belgium.


  13. 5.14.2015

    Thanks a lot for this Awesome Guide. The Title attracted me in my MailBox. Not a Big Fan of Newletters. But your Newsletters are pure Diamonds.

    Heard of PandaBot before but never tried it. Gonna try it today..

  14. Dale Reardon

    Sounds great – only one query.

    With all this fake traffic coming to your website the stats in GA are going to reflect too many visitors. How do you tell how many real visitors you are getting? Is there a way to filter out this bot traffic?


    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Think about the question you are asking for a minute…

  15. koy

    Hey Matthew,

    Great post. I was actually thinking of doing the same strategy on my website but haven’t really find the time to set it up.

    Thanks to this post and for introducing us pandabot, I will not start this on my website and see what happens.

    I just have one questions. How do I determine the number of visits I need to send to my website in order not to overdo it? For example my website is having 100 organic visitors/day. How much traffic should I send using pandabot base on that 100visits/day?

    Hope you could answer my question.


    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 8:02 am

      I would begin with 10-20 visits a day and see how that goes. Just make sure you use different keywords to make it as natural as possible.

  16. بلوجر

    Thank you Mat for sharing these great secrets with us :)
    I am one of your big fans :)
    wish you the best :)

  17. amit shrestha

    hey, thnx for posting such a great post..
    i’ll try these exact method on my site

  18. Dan

    Very interesting, thank you as always. Could that work with buying random traffic in fiverr? Also if my server cant support so much trafc will it hurt site speed and then be a win-lose situation? Thanks Mat. Love your stuff. Ive emailed you when I first signed up id love to email you again with my current seo question.

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:58 am

      If your site can’t handle a handful of extra visitors, the last thing I would be worried about is SEO

  19. Brian Manon

    Another great post. Thanks

  20. Lyn Whittle

    Interesting article. Would this been black hat SEO. I would not want to penalise myself

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:57 am

      All forms of SEO can get you penalised, there is no such thing as ‘white’ or ‘black’ because the objective of both approaches is to manipulate the algorithm – which is against webmsater guidelines.

      • May 27th, 2015 at 6:03 am

        Plus One That…That’s why Matthew is a Pro at it :)

        He knows very well about what he is doing…No questions Allowed :D

      • Mary
        June 4th, 2015 at 11:45 am

        I respectfully disagree with your statement that the objective of SEO is to manipulate the algorithm and can get you penalized. In Google’s own words, the purpose of SEO is to “improve [your] sites’ interaction with both users and search engines” and to “make it easier for search engines to crawl, index
        and understand your content.” Trying to cheat the system is not SEO; it is just bad practice. (Quoted from Google’s SEO guide:

        • June 4th, 2015 at 2:22 pm

          How many SEO clients have you landed purely on the basis of improving users and search engines interaction with their site? The definition of SEO is simple, it is Search Engine Optimisation. Meaning to optimise a website for search engine performance.

          What is the number 1 factor in search engine performance in Google? Backlinks

  21. Nicolas


    Thank you for the tutorial. Pandabot looks a bit sketchy is it safe to use? Also it’s impossible to download the file from, there is a database error.

  22. Riri TBMR

    Matthew, is these methods safe?

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:56 am

      There is no such thing as a safe way to manipulate Google

  23. Ryan Stewart

    Interesting, but we definitely need some better data to prove this works. I’ve dicked around with some companies that offer these services and to be honest, I saw 0 results.

    1. What were the keywords that jumped up in rankings? We need to take into account the level of competition.
    2. Did you segment out the spam organic traffic you were sending to your site? We see an increase in organic traffic from the Analytics account, but you were sending a s*** load of spam through Google, so of course it’s going to increase!

    Give us a breakdown of GWT to see what the queries were driving the traffic.

    While I know that Google does look at CTR and UX metrics, I can’t say that this post really proves it. We need better data!

  24. Amit

    I think you broke their site? Can’t download it anymore. Nice post!

  25. 5.14.2015

    Matthew, if you have a site in a niche where bounce rates and time on site are naturally high…do you think “manipulating” these metrics would have a large effect of rankings?

    I think a test is in order. Will report back.

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Exactly – forget what I think, do your own testing :)

  26. Ryan

    Interesting case study Matthew. Thanks for all of the usual detail. I’m curious if you would trust this kind of service on an important money site? That is, do you see this kind of thing eventually being sniffed out and penalized by G?

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Every time you try and manipulate Google’s rankings there is risk – only you know if you want to take that risk

  27. hamm decor

    its good to know about such user engagement method,, indeed you always come up with great and easy strategy

  28. shohel

    I was using this mathod almost 6 month ago.May be it was my bad luck .i am not seen any progress .
    Before starting this method ,my keyword was in 15th place and after using this method my keyword was dropped and out off 100 in google.At first i thought this could be a google daning and will be come back again .But Sorry to say this site was not back before doing linkbuilding for ranking .

    Here is my site condition :
    1.Landing page is well optimized with targated keyword and the content lenght almost 3500 word.Well wrtitten by USA writer .

    2. Overall My site was 44 post and non of the post lenght bellow 1000 word.All contents are written by USA writter and 100% copyscape pass.All post are well optimized .Perfectly Interlinked with relavent articles.

    3.Before doing this method i am not using any fency linkbuilding.

    So not sure why my site was out ranked .Almost 6 month later site is coming back agin .During this 6 month i did some microbloging ,Doing Infografic marketing and At last build a PBN . KEyword is now 11th place in google .

    I did this methos in my 2 website and both of them by hit by googe.Not sure where i am doing wrong .

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:54 am

      You can’t just rely on links OR social OR engagement, the signals layer on top of each other and you need to take all 3 approaches into consideration

    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Indeed, you can decrease your rankings if you set up the campaign wrongly. Which service did you use and how was it set up?

  29. 5.14.2015

    Thumbs up for this post:)

    Thank you for sharing

  30. 5.14.2015

    Interesting method here.
    I was thinking develop similar bot service, but I never had any proof if it will work.

    Anyone else succeed with pandabot campaign?

  31. Duz8Ball

    id really like to see this really work, although i dont dought that your the best or expert at theese things. but those of us who are new at this game tring to figure where to go what do and believe. its hard for some of us.

    Thanks again Mattew,

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Well if you are new the fastest way to success is through failing and gaining your own experience

  32. Juan

    And from other countrys?

  33. luisk

    Good one, I’m going to try it. You are right about metrics, there is no better indicator for a good user experience than time spent in website (browsing and interacting).

  34. jj

    This has been tested out some time ago without sucess by some gurus.. but the algo was different that time… and im glad that you are getting results.. waiting for more of your updates.. interesting stuff.. will surely be watching this one.. cheers matt

  35. Steve

    Great post – never heard of pandabot. I’d like to try it. At one point you mention “Make sure you are already ranking in the top 100 for those keywords.” Yet it seems you started your campaign 4 days after launching your site. So I’m confused; when & how did you get your KW’s ranked in the top 100? Thanks.

    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 8:26 am

      In the beginning I was only sending direct traffic.

      • Alberto
        May 30th, 2015 at 12:37 pm

        Hi! and how you sent direct traffic? How much direct traffic? My website is new and not getting the top 100 in order to implement this strategy.

  36. 5.14.2015

    Great post Matthew. I’m also doing some heavy testing with CTR but with It’s exciting as it means that almost all variables we can control as SEO’s, what can Google throw next? Making CTR look natural will be the challenge, I’m doing branded searches which does help.

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:51 am

      I am struggling to get results with CrowdSearch at the moment but I know many others that are having great results

  37. Jacqueline Miller

    Very nice tools…I’ve already got on board and had a try with it…but there is one question: where can I check my credits left? I didn’t find the I need to install Panda Smart Browser for my campaign to start running?

    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Check your credits under Your Network Reports » Traffic Time Credits Details on the BackOffice page.

      Yes you need to run the PSB in order to gain credit to use with your campaign.

  38. Joan

    I wonder about Google seeing the unusual activity coming from your IP address. Do you use a different IP?

    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 8:35 am

      There is nothing unusual about browsing but you can use a VPN if you want.

  39. Charlie

    In this video, Matt Cutts says that Google Analytics data is never used in search quality in any for rankings.

    Your thoughts? Are they lying?

  40. 5.14.2015

    Very interesting read! Thanks for the time and effort you put into this, Adi. I’m going to have a play with running some test now.

    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Joe you are welcome let me know if you have questions setting it up :)

  41. 5.14.2015

    Hello Matt,
    Throughout the article, few questions were haunting my mind. Is it safe to use Pandabot? Does it work with AdSense? Is there any chance of getting penalized?

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:46 am

      Anytime you do anything to manipulate Google’s search results you introduce the risk of getting penalised

  42. 5.14.2015

    Bro, you broke the PandaBot website haha ;)

  43. 5.15.2015

    Nice read. I’m surprised I haven’t seen this covered by a lot of people yet. I tried out pandabot a few months ago and really liked the results, though I have had some problems getting it to run smoothly recently.

  44. Maxime

    Looks really good. On my way to try this out. I was using Google Search Bot for sometime but didnt get the results I was hoping for.

  45. Nafis

    Hi, Matthew,
    Thanks for showing this cool way! :)
    But i went to the download page , but it seems to be the file is not there, can you please share the soft copy with me through email?

    Thanks in advance.

  46. Trent Smith

    Great article. I’m with you. Acquiring quality backlinks is tough and time consuming. Anything to provide an extra edge with less effort is awesome.

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:43 am

      The perfect harmony :)

      • May 18th, 2015 at 6:54 am

        When you ran your test, did you run the “Instant Traffic” feature or stay strictly with “Network Traffic”?

        • Adi
          May 18th, 2015 at 8:46 am

          Strictly Network Traffic since that’s the highest quality traffic from users like you and me, no proxies.

  47. 5.15.2015

    Holy cow. It works! :)

    So I was sceptical about it, but I gave it a try.
    I just ran rank tracker and in less than 24:
    1. keywords with 60k monthly searches went from rank 99 to 28!!!
    2. keywords with 90k monthly searches went from rank 66 to 51!!!
    3. keywords with 5k monthly searches went from rank 62 to 41!!!

    Thanks Adi for article!

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:43 am

      Great results in a short amount of time :)

    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Now that’s impressive, seems like you nailed it man! It’s all about how you set up your campaign, keep us posted. Congrats and enjoy on :)

  48. Rita

    Hi Matthew,
    Amazing tutorial, Something new & original, as always.
    Just shows there is always hope.
    One question: when I checked Pandabot sign up, they ask for address.
    I do not feel comfortable to give my real address. Would it be ok if I gave fake address & name?
    Thank you for advise.

  49. Talha

    This looks interesting. When you register you get basic membership.

    Whats in the Premium membership?

  50. Gustavo

    Wow. Excellent post. I’ll be creating my 1st campaign soon. Thanks.

  51. Adolfo

    Thanks for sharing this out Adi
    To say I’m excited about this strategy would be an understatement and I want to try it out immediately but like everything that seems too good to be true comes the question: how risky would it be to do it on my company site?

    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 9:07 am

      You are welcome. The risk factor depends very much on how you set up your campaign. I didn’t go crazy in my campaign so nothing bad happened but Im testing different set ups just to see what works best and where to draw the line. If you need help setting up your campaign just let me know..

  52. Dan

    I can’t understand why nobody has left a comment here. My mind has pretty much been blown! I honestly can say I have never returned to a post so much in 24hrs to check that it’s real and still exists. If this works it will change my digital marketing life. Thanks.

    I think getting this type of information on such a trustworthy blog really means something. I have not looked into these types of techniques in significant detail because of a lack of trustworthy sources. If you can write similar articles or recommend somewhere that would be great.

    Adi, I see this is you first post so bravo and I look forward to reading more!

    I have one quick query…does this leave your computer open to being used in a ddos attack?

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:40 am

      They have but I was speaking at the BHW conference and not had time to approve :)

      If this blew your mind you will definitely want to watch this

    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Appreciate your feedback :)

      I wouldn’t worry about being used in a DDOS attack, essentially any application which has security flaws can be exploited but it rarely happens. Being infected with malware which is designed for DDOS is a different story. Also it’s regularly updated.

  53. Rod


    You said…….. “use the sample Excel file ” – Where do you get this file from?

  54. amit

    This is something new, thanks for sharing. Will surely try this out !

  55. 5.17.2015

    Thanks for the tutorial. I just wanted to point out that this tutorial advises us to create multiple ‘random keyword’ organic campaigns.

    This is pointless, since you can simply increase the traffic limit on your one existing ‘random keyword’ organic campaign and it will have the same net effect.

    A quote from the ‘random page order’ page on the Pandabot site:

    “If you have added #Random Keyword# at then you may create only one “Organic Traffic Campaign with Random Order of Pages” with #Random Keyword# for each of your Websites per Search Engine (Google or Bing).”

  56. 5.17.2015

    I am trying to use pandabot but when I try to use instant traffic it says i have no sites set up. When I look at my sites set up there is a green light by the network traffic and red one by the instant traffic. What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks for all the info by the way I’ve learned lots from your blog.

    • May 18th, 2015 at 2:42 am

      I would advise you speak with support directly

    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 9:28 am

      You need to set it up in you PSB, loading in your proxy list. However, I recommend the Network traffic as it’s of much higher quality.

      • May 20th, 2015 at 4:25 pm

        I finally figured it out. Instant traffic is only available if you have fixed number of pages, It isnt yet available on random order of pages, that came from support.

  57. Sam

    Does it really work? I mean can’t google detect such techniques ?

    • May 18th, 2015 at 2:41 am

      Its impossible for anyone to say what Google can or cannot detect in the future

  58. Sammy

    Hi Matthew,

    I have a site which I added to the panda network. It is a few months old but only gets about 20 visitors a day..( I get approx one sale a day too) so what should i set the settings to in my panda bot settings? .. it is a very valuable site and i dont want G to F…K with it…what do you consider the risk of this panda network? I know we cant know, but what is your opinion on the risk factor?

    • May 18th, 2015 at 6:34 am

      Hi Sammy,

      This is totally new ground so no one can tell you that

    • Adi
      May 18th, 2015 at 9:34 am

      The biggest risk is in how you set up your campaign. In your case I would advise not more than 5 visits a day and use many longtail keywords with only network traffic.

  59. Brad

    Great read as usual. I’m in a Facebook YouTube exchange group which has pretty much just turned into using now and by a large margin the results are amazingly good so I can vouch for this method being the real deal.

  60. Sophy

    Thank you provide value tutorial. I have a question need you help

    I try first time with Smart Panda Browser but when I setup campaign with Direct traffic and I want select user from US but I cannot see any location to select.

    Please give me your advice.

    Note: I register account outside US.

    • May 21st, 2015 at 5:16 am

      I would speak with support :)

      • Sophy
        May 21st, 2015 at 7:16 am

        Thank you for your inform. :D

  61. Zaza

    Hi Matthew, what about adsense ads on the website? Do these visitors inflate page views?

  62. 5.20.2015

    Pandabot seems to be moderately helping my rankings (thanks matt) however I am a little concerned by there very low number of USA members 1995 as of today and I get a lot of return visits from there site. Whats your thoughts on this long term?

    • May 21st, 2015 at 4:49 am

      I would say returning visitors has a heavy weighting, thats a clear signal if people are returning to a site.

  63. 0para

    Sorry Please the Panda Smart Browser seem not to be working on my pc… i have download the latest NET frame but still yet it keeps showing this

    and it remains in this state like forever

  64. vu

    Incredible post,

    Does the network provide better performance for .com, or .au domains?? OR does it not matter

    saying simply because I have a mixture of all 3 and want to test it out on a few from a particular country i.e. .com OR .au

  65. petjoy

    Wow! thanks for sharing. I’ll try :)

  66. lecheng

    This morning, I tested pandabot and I found that if you need to get network traffic, you have to queue. I have run it for 3 hours and there is no records at all…. Is it the query takes few days? Btw, I use the free version one….

  67. Niz

    I truly love idea of Panda bot or SERIFY but panda bot kept crashing every 10/15 mins. developer need to do something about it.

  68. Abid H.

    I really liked it. As far I understood, to use it, a website already has to be listed within 10 page of Google by the keyword I want to rank for. But if my site is new or the website is not within 10 page of google.. so what to do in this case? What you suggest to do to bring the website within 100 by desired keyword?

    • May 26th, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Start by targeting ‘brand + keyword’

      • Abid H.
        June 2nd, 2015 at 7:46 pm

        Hmmm.. this is a good idea.. I downloaded it to test… But one thing, I didn’t find any time credits or points.. I mean, they says that I will get time credits by using pandabot and I can use these credits for my own campaign. But how I can see how much points/credits I have earned? Am I missing anything?

        and one more thing, my keyword came on 10th page. After 2 days, it goes down to 11. Any suggestion? I am not sure if it happened for pandabot or anything else.

        • June 4th, 2015 at 2:28 pm

          Yes you need to contribute before you can take :) Just sounds like a bit of fluctuation

      • Abid H.
        June 4th, 2015 at 2:06 am

        I am not sure why or if my comments are being blocked. I found when I try to comment, it says duplicate comment. Can you please clarify what is wrong?

        I am testing as you told, and I guess it is working. One thing I want to know is, suppose for a keyword ‘mykeyword’, a website ‘mydomain[dot]com’ is not ranking but a inner page ‘mydomain[dot]com/page2 is being ranked within top 10 pages. So, can I now directly start using ‘mykeyword’? I mean, I want to know is, will pandabot search for the main domain or will it also support inner pages by a keyword search?

        • June 4th, 2015 at 2:24 pm

          It could also be because I have had no internet for 4 days and there are over 100 comments to moderate :)

          You would have to contact support with that question sorry

  69. chris

    Hello Adi and Matt,

    Thanks for this post, I have actually been looking for this kind of service but as you know it is hard to trust anything these days without case studies and genuine testimonials.

    This is the first post in a while that has followed up more of what I wanted to know after watching this ESSENTIAL video:

    For those who are reading the comments for further information, you need to watch that video and you will come across the UX ranking factors:

    Brand recognition
    Site interaction (BR, pages visited, dwell time, returning visitors)

    I’m sure you will conclude that this tool could be golden when it comes to covering all of those bases.

    SBO (search box optimisation) is basically what we are talking about here and I am going to do some tests of my own on 2 sites I have in the same niche. One ranks in the UK and another in US search for many similar keywords, both on the first page but neither higher than 3rd position.

    Will report back with as much detail as possible! If this service can work then we should all benefit from it :)

  70. 5.26.2015

    I find Panda Smart Browser quite unstable. It crashes a lot.

  71. Faiz Sheikh

    I knew about Pandabot since long time, I used it for some of my clients, its a great tool, I signed up with pandabot with a lifetime free account, hope they will maintain their promise, I am going to login today and check.

  72. Harekrishna

    Thanks for this article.
    GA tools is good tools, so How are Google going to other metrics.
    I have two questions. Pandabot tools is it safe to use? and how to verify
    the number of visits using this tool?

  73. 5.31.2015

    Does it affect the website, if I use Google analytics (or avoid using it) while using generated traffic?

  74. 6.1.2015

    Nice one. If only there was video tutorial done by you.

  75. John

    Are you still planning to do a more extensive update to pandabot soon Matthew?

  76. John

    Sorry, I misunderstood when you mentioned it in the article – quote
    since it’s a dutch site. Later on in my case study update, I will use

  77. 6.15.2015

    This metric is taking place on low volume keywords. Do you think it can be worked on high volume keywords.

    • June 16th, 2015 at 9:36 am

      I would say its more important on high volume keywords

  78. Mohammed Basheer

    Thanks a lot for such a nice tutorial on Fake Usage Metrics.

  79. Tine

    Instead of Panda Browser which is unstable you can use Traffic Spirit
    I am not affiliated somehow with this, just sharing the info.

    • July 6th, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Except that software is entirely useless in terms of creating the fake usage metrics to improve your rankings, its nothing like Panda Browser or similar software that does what Panda Browser does.

  80. Jackie de Burca

    Hi Adi & Matthew,

    I agree with many other commenters that this is an interesting read, but I personally wouldn’t try it.

    Here’s what I feel – firstly, it will definitely get picked up at some stage in the future.

    Secondly, why not try the old-fashioned approach of creating unique, useful content that stands the test of time.

    Working purely on this basis, our blog has between 200-300 visitors a day. The blog is around 18 months old and I work on it part time when I am not working on clients’ projects.

    I love creating interesting, visual content that I truly hope will give our visitors something that they can’t get easily elsewhere.

    Working in SEO since 2007, like lots of others I have seen the major changes implemented by Google. These are now at the stage that authentic brands and talents have the chance to stand out.

    I believe that these days, if you are authentically into your niche, and have the patience to work on it, in this way, that you will rank and be able to hold onto your rankings.

    There are no short cuts that you can use to achieve this, At least none that will let you have peace of mind.


  81. Ditebogo_South Africa

    Hi Adi and Mat

    After seeing this post a few days ago I decided to give this a try.

    Just wondering, nobody seems to be talking about using this on Youtube Videos. Has anyone tried this? As I believe this would be even more powerful for Youtube and could bring your video right up to the 1st spot if done correctly. You control what retention rate you get..

    I just set up a few campaigns for Video’s.

    • August 24th, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      You could use it for Youtube videos that’s right, but personally I prefer to buy the signals when neccessary

  82. Joseph Matt

    great post

  83. Hassan

    Can I use fake traffic bots like “Jingling” to send traffic to my website? Can fake traffic bots, boost my search rankings or not? I have heard from some sites, that traffic bots work great to improve alexa rank. Please explain, as I m confused.

    • November 12th, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Never heard of Jingling and fake traffic just going to your site isn’t enough.

      You need it to search on Google and find your website first :)

  84. Ayoub

    it Would be More Natural if we use MicroJobs Websites
    I Tried it on one of my blogs and now it’s ranked #3 on Google on a medium competition keyword

  85. Tony Robbins

    You are seriously suggesting directly hit botting the serp to manipulate your rankings? Are you insane? Google knows how to detect hitbots, they do it on adsense/adwords every day.

    • November 21st, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Yup they are, which is why independent reports are showing Google Click Fraud to be in the 15-20% ranges.

      They also know about private blog networks, they’ve known about them for more than a decade – but here we are in 2015 with the most competitive niches in the world dominated by private blog networks.

      Put the Google juice down :)

  86. 11.27.2015

    Hi Matt I Followed you online I like your articles and I got Inspired and started my own 8 months ago, here I am shocked as you are writing about bots don’t you think advertisers will have a bad Impression as they can start thinking about you, need your clarifications, I get a lot good advices in my inbox from you, rest is good thanks and regards rohit new delhi, India

    • December 2nd, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      What is wrong with bots?

      Work smarter, not harder.

      • January 11th, 2016 at 10:44 am

        Yes sure Thanks ill Follow you take care and have a nice day.

  87. 2.8.2016

    Matthew This is great tips CTR is very hard to improve but this tool maybe help.


  88. 2.19.2016

    This seems very interesting, But I will refrain from using it on my main blog. I will run a pilot test on my small website first. Thanks for sharing.

    • March 1st, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Please come back and let us know how you get on Akash!

  89. Apples

    Registered with Pandabot but my Windows 10 computer claims PandaSmart Browser will not run on it. PandaSmart Browser customer support have never seen this before (I sent them details and a screenshot). Any ideas why I might be getting this problem (I already have all the recommendations installed like NET etc) Longing to try this but completely stuck.

    • March 11th, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      I am not sure, tech support isn’t really my forte =\

  90. nandu web

    Great post,this look very intresting..Thanks for sharing!

  91. 4.21.2016

    Pandabot is no available for iMac
    I suppose there is a way around it. But I will just have to use crowd

    • April 21st, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Just use a Windows based VPS from PowerUpHosting

    • April 22nd, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Hi Jt,

      I have used crowd for over 12 months and find it to be not as good as I was hoping for. It worked for a bit then most of my keywords that I was ranking for on page two without using crowd droped off google all together. I was not sending huge amounts of traffic to my site with the keywords. But it might work for you, you just need to go into it with both eyes wide open and maybe use PBN that link to your money site. Just my 2 cents worth.

      • April 22nd, 2016 at 12:06 pm

        So you are saying that as you increase engagement signal on some pages, other pages that didn’t have the same increase suffered?

  92. 4.22.2016

    Hi Matthew,

    Great article, I have just downloaded Pandabot and Norton flagged it as a Trojan.Gen.2 it is low risk but what concerns me is when you click on their virus checking link “Click here for Antivirus Scan Report” it has not been checked for 3 years.

    Have you or anybody else had this same result and if so does it work with no problems?

    • April 22nd, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      I don’t use Norton myself (huge resource hog and makes computers run like poo poo) but its not unheard of for marketing automation programs to get labelled in such ways by virus companies.

  93. 6.29.2016

    Hi Matthew,

    Is this method is Still working, as i have seen people doing the same in order to rank there website/posts.

    What do you think?

    • July 6th, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Yes those metrics are baked into the algorithm now for sure!

  94. 8.3.2016

    My keyword is in 32th position where i building of lot of backlinks to move to position 1 to 10th of google. Thanks for this method to work with this and may this method will boost my keyword to rank in Google Top.

    @mathewwoodward is there any other easy back links method ?

  95. Steffen

    I had a very good experience with running campaigns to my moneysites directly and didnt even know about this free software. I guess i will try this on some of my web20 as well as youtube videos.

    Thx for this article

  96. HONEY


    • October 10th, 2016 at 2:47 pm


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