18
May 15

Most Overoptimized LinkedIn Profile Ever

What is it you do again? Subtlety is something this SEO Evangleist [sic] doesn’t seem to have heard of. Optimizing your LinkedIn profile for keywords might make sense. But, more is not always better as we see in this infographic screen cap from LinkedIn.com. Is this “SEO” LinkedIn profile serious or a deliberate exaggeration?

Most Overoptimized LinkedIn Profile for SEO


06
Feb 14

What’s Wrong with This Google Result?

What is Wrong with this Search Result?

Do you see it?


26
Dec 12

Why Guest Blogging for SEO Looks so Dead

Link Building Guest BloggingMy fellow bloggers, I want you to read this email I received and convince me that guest blogging for SEO is still alive.

Hello,
I am a professionally guest post writer. I write on several topics like food, shopping, beverage and so on. I came across your domain (domain name) while surfing through the Internet to find a suitable for writing articles. It is highly resourceful with rich and nice contents and has a vivid presentation. I must appreciate your hard work and wish you good luck.
I was wondering if you can allow me to write for your domain. I assure you to provide absolutely unique but relevant article so that it proves to be useful to your readers. I can discuss about “the subject”. I wish you consider this proposal and will wait for a reply from you.

If you are displeased with my email, I cordially regret in advance.

Author


18
Jun 12

Sitemap Validator Validates Anything

Google Sitemap Validator

Meet the Validrome XML Sitemap Validator at www.validome.org/google/

Features:

  • Ranks at the top of google for “XML Sitemap Validator”
  • Google PageRank 6
  • Validates any URL or anything input into the URL field

In the above test I used the URL: http://blah

which resulted in:

“The Document is valid.”

There is probably a sitemap validator that actually works out there somewhere but no one can find it because of Panda and Penguin.


29
Dec 11

Digg. Nuff Said

Digg is apparently down on Reddit

Looks like there’s a big discussion about Digg’s demise and Reddit’s rise. Wish I could read the story.


12
Dec 11

10 Reasons Why Wikipedia Doesn’t Suck

Kudos to the Brain Host team for bravely taking up the challenge to write a counter post to my Wikipedia Sucks diatribe. Check out what they came up with. Then respond as to what you think of Wikipedia.

Some people claim that Wikipedia is a terrible source for information and that it should never be used in any academic paper. However, Wikipedia does have many ways in which it is a valuable source of information that should be used whenever looking something up. Here are 10 reasons why the site should be considered.

1. First-hand Sources
At the bottom of every article are the sources listed to gain the information needed to create a Wikipedia article. This is a great way to find sources that you can use to further your research and form opinions on topics. This also helps to ensure that the information contained in the Wikipedia article is accurate. (1)

2. Anyone Can Contribute
The best thing about Wikipedia is that anyone can contribute. As long as you cite sources, who says that only professionals can put information online? This allows users who might not otherwise be heard to have an authoritative voice online and ensures that most Wikipedia articles are well-rounded and worked on by a number of different contributors. (2)

3. Create A Page About Anything
You can create a page for anyone, and it can make you somewhat famous. If you found out that your co-worker had a page made, wouldn’t you want to hype that up? Using Wikipedia to create a page for your business, product, service, or website is a great (and free) way to get the word out and attract customers. And because Wikipedia has a strict editing process and requires all information to be cited, readers are able to feel confident that the information provided is accurate. (3)

4. A Handy Reference For Information
If you want to know about the history of Buffalo Bills football, you know there will be a section about that on Wikipedia. It is a good place to get quick, general knowledge information without having to do a Google search. You can find information on just about any topic on Wikipedia. If you notice a topic that you’re interested in is not represented, you can always start a page for that topic yourself.

5. Edit It As Things Change
As our knowledge changes, someone dies, or we can prove something is inaccurate, the page can be changed to reflect current information. It keeps the site accurate and up to date in a world where we want 100 percent up to date accuracy. Since anyone can edit an entry at any time, chances are that whatever entry you are looking at is as up to date as possible.

6. Wikipedia Stays Relevant
Thanks to constant updating, the information on a page stays relevant. A paper encyclopedia can become outdated and worthless quite quickly. That will never happen when you have constant updating and verification done all the time. You can browse Wikipedia with confidence, knowing that all of the information contained on the site is accurate and relevant. (4)

7. Articles Are Written Without Bias
The articles on Wikipedia are written in a strictly factual basis, meaning that you don’t need to read through political bias and editorials while doing research. This makes Wikipedia a great resource for your business, because if you can manage to get a page created for your business, readers will know that all of the information on that page is unbiased and honest. This will help them to trust you and feel confident in doing business with you. (5)

8. Wikipedia Entries Are Easy To Read
If you have a topic that you need to study real quick, you can get your information and go. You don’t need to be too technical, or have a PH.D in order to understand what is written. Because the entries on Wikipedia are written by all different people from all walks of life, the majority of the entries are easy to read and understand. You won’t find much technical language or jargon on the site, and where it does appear you can usually find a link to click on that will explain the term in question. (4)

9. Build Your Portfolio Through Wikipedia
Authors might have a hard time being published. Wikipedia is a site where you can get published and most likely get page views for it. It can start your career for you. Wikipedia is a great resource to use for this purpose because it is free to create an entry, the entries rank well in major search engines like Google, and be attached to a site like Wikipedia can lend a lot of credibility to your work.

10. Wikipedia Is Community Oriented
This means that not one idea is shoved down the throats of the readers. If someone thinks something is wrong, it goes to the community for discussion. This helps to ensure that all information is accurate an up to date, and also that there aren’t any annoying sales pitches thrown in. (6)

Thanks to Brain Host for this guest post about Wikipedia. If you’re not familiar with them, Brain Host is an industry-leading web hosting company that offers affordable shared hosting packages, unlimited disk space and bandwidth with 24/7 monitoring.  For more information about Brain Host, please visit http://www.brainhost.com.

References:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reliable_sources

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About#Editing_Wikipedia_pages

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:No_original_research

4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Policies_and_guidelines

5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:NPOV

6. http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vumc.php?site=socialmediatoolkit&doc=29274


05
Dec 11

100 Sneaky but Effective SEO Link Building Tactics

Sneaky Girl

SEO link building is effected through the exploitation of search engines and software link analysis tools. This can be done via any of the major search sites like Yahoo or Google. Link building tips can be implemented handily and sourcing competitors’ backlinks and many other link building tactics are lightposts on the path to search engine rank-supremacy. Utility of WordPress is very effective.

1. Compile and post a list, like this one, and share it — the topic is less important than actually having a list for users to forward and mull over.

2. Review the Competition

Research and replicate the link-building tactics of competing websites — it’s hardly unethical in the Information Age.

3. WordPress Themes

Download and edit a HTML-ready WordPress theme that retains the sitelink or domain name in the code as a condition for distribution.

4. Copy-Write

Create quality text copy for the site — hire out the task, if necessary.

5. RSS Backlinking

Gamble risk-free for backlinks from RSS feeds by submitting content.

6. URL A-bridging

URL shorteners are nifty pieces of code for throwing out backlinks, invisible or hidden URLs, RSS feeds and the like.

7. Power Blender On

A relatively new method for SEO link building, RSS metadata is, for lack of better terms, blended to yield myriad results.

8. What’s Up? The Rent!

Amazingly, links can be rented from online services, but this is territory where only the most firewalled tend to tread. Babysteps…

9. Also File Under Amazingly

Another way to secure links: hire — big bucks — a linkbaiter. Yes, that is word. Sounds obscene. Big bucks.

10. ¡Carnivale!

Within the Blog-O-Sphere exist blog carnivals, resources on the InterWeb where many different blogs cluster and are tied together by common topics and by which blog carnival search bars lead users to blog posts which have been submitted.

11. Help Others Help Yourself

Post help articles to sites like About.com and eHow and include the sitelink in the author profile.

12. Old Into New

Revise old copy and bring it up to date with the appropriate green links.

13. Oodles of SEO Links Through the Lens

Post content with a Squidoo lens and include the sitelink.

14. Fire — Submit, Rather — At Will!

Submit to online magazines that publish opinion pieces, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction — include the sitelink with the author bio.

15. The Universal Lingo Stepping Stone

Install an on-site translator for visiting non-native English-speaking users.

16. Open a Bar — Online

Create a community forum for the site and swap banners with other sites that also host forums.

17. Open a Bar, Part Deux

Host a forum for another friendly, non-competing site and include a banner and link in every relevant post on that site.

18. SEOnic Boom

Create a SEO software tool that other friendly, non-competing sites can use that incorporates the sitelink into the code.

19. Connect the Dots

Network with and exchange links with any local business or organization that may share a peripheral interest with the purpose of the website.

20. eCamaderie

Participate in local, regional, national and global chat forums and tactfully supply the sitelink.

Get The Word(s) Out [21.–23.]

23. Submit the site to free SEO-relevant online directories.

22. Submit the site to for-pay directories — some research is required.

23. Submit the site to article-only directories.

24. Pay It Forward

Purchase a one-way link from a similarly-themed website that foregoes the link command visibility.

25. Under The Table

Paying a member of a key webmastering forum to post links is not out of the question.

26. Y-Links

Y-Links or 3-Way links are effective viral contextual link builders that build in layers via users’ interconnectedness.

27. Plus-Links

Plus-Links or 4-Way links are as above, with one more limb or conduit.

28. True, There Are Sites…

…like Ezinearticles.com that invite users to submit content and route traffic back to their sites.

29. Watch Your Footing

Share content from the site, image and video-sharing site StumbleUpon.com with other web jockeys.

30. Techno-rati’d

Gain relevancy on Technorati.com’s blog directory by including the relevant tags.

31. Write the Pillar Article

To be counted as a true blog authority, one must first publish a Pillar Article that meets the following attributes: no fewer than 500 words; authoritative yet light on overcomplicated lingo; content that is neatly organized; contains attractors to draw in web traffic; infowise, it is heavy on relevance.

32. Power of Press Releases

Post viral press release-styled bits of info, no more than several paragraphs long, and insert code for easy copying and forwarding of said content.

33. No Solicitors

Signs like that may exist in the real world, but not in cyberspace — unsolicited submissions to blog sites or political sites can lead to traffic.

34. Micro-blog for Macro-results

Micro-blog by posting attention-drawing content in the form of imagelinks, videos and other ephemera.

35. Third Party Content, Gratis

Invite submissions — guest posts or blogs — from friends and visitors to the site.

36. Reciprocate to Build Traffic

Get more traffic by writing blogs, guest pieces and other forms of commentary for other sites for links.

37. Savor It

Submit content to Del.icio.us — Delicious.com — a site that happens to be a popular general topic archive.

38. Snipe It

A sniping software program can fasttrack hundreds of backlinked competitors’ pages. When the proverbial cat is out of the bag, email the linked-to sites to know they’re caught in the web of traffic.

39. Recap’ture

It never hurts to posts a week-in-review blog about the Dot Com industry and related fields.

40. Click, Click, Click…

Get into Pay per click, or PPC, another widely used traffic-directing method employed by advertisers to pay web hosts for the frequency with which their ads are clicked on.

41. Follow You, Follow Me

Join FollowList.com, the home of the DoFollow Blogs, another resource for dissemination of info and links.

42. Walls Tumbl’n Down

Easy one: get a Tumblr.

43. Spider Crawl

Link back and forth between literally every profile, forum membership and relevant webpage connected to the target site.

44. News-flasher

By enabling the site to report breaking news, it’s search engine ranking will climb with Superman-styled leaps — easier said than done, though.

45. Digg It!

Bending steel with bare hands may be easier, but few SEO link builders are more effective than getting a headline and related link posted on the highly-trafficked Digg.com.

46. It’s Not SPAM If Nobody Complains

Linkdrop in the shoutouts on online user games like <i>WoW</i>.

47. Open Invitation

Collect and edit new content by emailing questionnaire templates to established bloggers and posting the results.

48. Post and link to the site on BN.com.

49. Time is of the essence..

Reply to email correspondence immediately and sans sarcasm to build a rapport with other users.

50. The Byline Flex

Publish and distribute a free eBook.

The Ever-Popular Review [51.–57.]

51. Review a book or eBook in return for a link on the publisher’s or seller’s website.

52. For a link on the artist’s and label’s websites, review a new CD or digital album release in return.

53. In exchange for a link, review a new DVD on the and seller’s and studio’s websites.

54. Post and link to the site on any message board.

55. Write a review of a favorite local or regional restaurant, diner or food truck in return for a link.

56. Evaluate a software product in return for a link on the publisher’s or seller’s website.

57. Post a hard copy flyer at the local public library, and post a link on the website, if it’s allowed.

Media Mountains, Hills, Mounds and Anthills [58.–69.]

58. Buy air time to advertise the site on a local radio station.

59. Buy air time to advertise the site on a local television network.

60. Write letters to offline media like newspapers, magazines and college journals and include the site link under the byline.

61. Link to any and all other affiliate sites or ownership sites.

62. Post and link to the site on IEWeekly.com, LAWeekly.com, or OCWeekly.com

63. Hang up a hard copy flyer at a church or religious organization and post a link on the website, too — if the site’s content is not inappropriate for that venue.

64. At a club or fraternal organization, post a hard copy flyer, and post a link on the website.

65. Review a new smartphone or similar piece of computech in return for a link on the publisher’s or seller’s website.

66. Link to a college or university’s dot-edu site, alma mater or not, if it’s allowed.

67. Register the site with the Better Business Bureau.

68. Post and link to the site on Backpage.

69. Donate to a local or regional charity for a sitelink in their promotional displays.

Exploiting All Open Channels [70.–96.]

70. Expose an unreputable blog or site, but be prepared for the fallout (see #72).

71. Flame — yes, flame — or use another attention-getting tactic while bearing in mind the backlash that comes attached to notoriety.

72. Set up a Youtube channel or create a viral video.

73. Plug the website on popular AM or FM radio shows like Coast To Coast and Howard Stern.

74. Call in to any popular podcast and plug the website.

75. Start a podcast and plug the website.

76. Review a favorite local or regional business or store chain in return for a link.

77. Post and link to the site on Amazon.

78. Register the site with the Chamber of Commerce.

79. Cast A Line

Get old-fashioned and gather links from other websites, similar or otherwise, by offering yours first.

80. Post and link to the site on Craigslist.

81. Sell and post on eBay and link to the site on the auction pages and in the forums.

82. Do the above and donate to charity via eBay and collect links that way.

83. Comment and link to the site on TheDirty.com, TMZ and other gossip sites.

84. Post an article on Examiner and link to the site in the text.

85. On IMDb.com, Rotten Tomatoes and other movie entertainment sites, post and link to the site.

86. Post and link to the site on RollingStone.com, Spin.com and other music entertainment sites.

87. Distribute a flyer or business card with the site link on the bulletin board at work.

88. Visit LosAngelesTimes.com and post and link to the site.

89. Comment and link to the site on MSN News and Yahoo news.

90. Post and link to the site on Wikipedia.

91. If the cost justifies it, use a publicist to promote the site.

92. Post and link to the site in Google Groups and Yahoo Groups.

93. Freely post on the Guestbooks in high-profile sites and include the link.

94. Link to the site in a Facebook Wall post.

95. Create a Facebook page for the site.

96. Link to the site in a LinkedIn profile and link to both it and the LI page on Facebook, too.

Odds ‘N Sods

97. Do pro bono work and accept a banner or resource link as compensation.

98. Post and link to the site on Yelp.

99. Print, distribute and use a car bumper sticker with the site name and URL visible in large font.

Just Because…

100. Get friends and third parties to do anything listed above in trade for services, compensation or just because.

SMO Blogger guest blog post thanks to Brain Host, an industry-leading web hosting company that offers affordable shared hosting packages, unlimited storage and transfer, and 24/7 server monitoring. Image credit: Flickr.


25
Aug 11

What SEO Software do you Use? Tried SheerSEO?

This post is from the owner of the SheerSEO software application, which I haven’t tried but it looks pretty nice to me (no, this is not a paid post, I just like him and he was kind enough to contribute some good points). I have used WebPosition, WebCEO, Advanced Web Ranking and just about every SEO rankings software package out there. They all do pretty much the same thing, it’s just a matter of presentation. At the end of the post, tell me which SEO Rankings and SMO analytics software you use and why you like or hate it.

SheerSEO

For new website owners, using an SEO software or web optimization software is most basic. These software packages provide tools that give direction on how to effectively optimize website contents for better search engine visibility. SEO software offers a myriad of optimization tools, such as keyword generation, rank checking, onpage audits and backlink checking, all aimed to get your website on top. Basically, software packages are more affordable than hiring SEO companies for internet marketing services.

But before shelling out a large sum of money on any software, it is important to consider which SEO tools best suit your website. It is important to consider and compare all options available for you to arrive at the best decision. While there are tons of SEO software products sold online, most of them offer false promises, simply hyping and exaggerating their claims to boost their sales. Perhaps, this is one big problem that confronts all new website owners. The industry has its own share of “rotten apples” that you have to avoid as much as possible.

The promises are usually first page rankings or even first rank, but the reality is that no one can guarantee that. Neither SEO software nor any SEO professional. That can be easily proven by using logic – if there was such a software that can guarantee first page, think what would happen if 11 websites, competing for the same keyword, use it. There are just 10 places in that first page…

Hence, when looking for optimization software, you need to remember that there’s ABSOLUTELY NO SHORTCUT in notching the top spot. It requires dedication, hard work, and patience to achieve your dream rank. Always set realistic goals and never expect too much. Better yet, go for programs like SheerSEO that give truthful claims on how the software tools can help boost your website’s visibility. The claims are only for saving your time and making your work more effective. That is the only claim you should be looking for.

Below are some of the common problems why many webmasters feel that their SEO software is failing.

  1. Expecting too much
    As all expert website owners repeatedly say, effective SEO campaign does not happen overnight. For your website to rank in search engines, you must be prepared to invest time and effort, which means at least 3 months, before you see tangible results.
  2. Expecting too soon
    SEO is not a one time effort, as one might hope. To get high ranking, the website backlinks should keep progressing and the content should added. No single one time effort is enough. This is simply too suspicious and search engines know how to identify that.Also, results come slowly. It takes time for the search engines to scan your changes. That might take a few weeks for them to pick up your new pages, and pages that have links to your site. Even after those pages are picked up, it would take some more time for them to effect your rankings. So, patiance is a must in this game of SEO.
  3. Underestimate the costs of optimization
    One main reason why websites fail at SEO is that owners are not prepared to shoulder added expenses. Often times, one SEO software suit is not enough to throttle your website on Google ranking. Aside from investing on time and effort, getting to the top spot requires a hefty amount of some. Take note that the cost of failure is relatively more expensive than actually investing on the best SEO campaign strategies.

So, to summarize,  software of the SEO variety is definitely something to consider, as long as you know what to expect from it. It should help you see the relevant info clearly, and save your time. Nothing more. Don’t expect magic, cause it is simply not there. Some SEO software packages like sheerseo.com, do nice work with plenty of features and free trials, so you can try them and see if they help you.


05
Aug 11

What Happened to Links Hog?

Screen Capture of LinksHog.com

I’m not sure what happened to the Links Hog link network for SEO’s that was said to work so well. It looks like Google has made their rounds and taken them to the slaughterhouse. Anyone know anything about the demise or impending return of LinksHog.com?Pig


20
May 11

Pandora Figuring Out The Perfect Track

Pandora Failing

Pandora is

taking longer than expected to figure out the perfect track to play next.

The music should be playing soon, but if you get tired of waiting, try switching to one of your other stations.

Pandora probably couldn’t figure out which ad to play.