October 25, 2009
You may be surprised to see a post about design and formatting in an SEO column. These elements have nothing to do with keywords. But in my experience, they can play a crucial role in link building.
I found this out from one of my blogs about a year ago. A couple weeks after I started the blog, I started getting links and some of the linkers commented about how they liked my blog’s design. This was the first blog I launched that had a custom design. In the past, I would start blogs but just use a common free theme. I would modify it a little bit, but you could still tell that it was a common design. (If you’ve seen all the similar Thesis themed blogs running around, you know what I’m talking about.) read more
Tags: Blog Design, formatting, SEO, Sunday Morning SEO
October 18, 2009
One of the things I realized when I first did SEO was that your new pages and posts don’t automatically get indexed right away by Google unless you have a very authoritative, or trusted site. Also, once your pages are indexed, it usually takes time to rank for your desired keywords.
Therefore, I started preparing for keywords that I knew would get a high search volume in the near future. These keywords were based on popular future events in my niche.
Tags: Events, future, rankings, SEO, Sunday Morning SEO
October 15, 2009
Google PageRank, which has caused its fair share of excitement, disappointment, worry and FUD over the years, finally seems to be on its way out.
Although Google has been telling people not to treat its public PR scores as an all-important metric for some time, the statistic has now been dropped from the Webmaster Tools.
Personally, I didn’t notice (I haven’t observed PageRank for years) but SEO Round Table and others found a thread on the Webmaster Central forums in which Google employee Susan Moskwa says: read more
Tags: Google, metrics, PageRank, SEO, webmaster tools
October 11, 2009
Like the title of my column implies, I do a lot of SEO work – both for clients and my own sites. However, I’ve recently started getting into PPC, or pay per click, marketing. This has been a great education.
One of the things that I’ve learned is the importance of testing. The fundamental principle in PPC seems to be to test every variable you can think of so your campaign is as efficient as it can be. PPC is the fastest way to drive targeted traffic to your site. However, if you’re not constantly testing in order to improve your campaign, you can quickly lose a lot of money. We as humans are not perfect, so your first ads and keywords will have to tweaked as you gain data from your testing.
Tags: keywords, PPC, SEO, Sunday Morning SEO, testing
October 7, 2009
Search Engine Land reports that Yahoo have stopped supporting the meta keywords tag. It seems they did that months ago, which means that neither Google nor Yahoo or Bing supports it. Sounds good, let’s focus on the actual content in our search results instead…
Tags: Bing, Google, Search Engines, SEO, Yahoo
October 4, 2009
PeterD’s recent article, The Unexpected Success, reminded me of how marketing plans often need to be changed because of an unforeseen success.
He writes about companies who strayed from their original goals because better opportunities came up. For example, Macy’s wanted to be known as a high-end clothing retailer. But then, they unexpectedly got a lot of sales from appliances. They realized there was an opportunity so they added more resources to promote their appliance brand and as a result, their business reached new heights.
Also, he brings up the famous example of old school business veterans: IBM. He writes:
The original IBM computers were scientific instruments meant for arcane academic research purposes. However, businesses started to buy computers for more mundane, everyday functions, like payroll. IBM reoriented their company around business machines, and the rest is history. Had IBM not tuned into what was working, rather than what their business plan said should be working, they probably wouldn’t be here today.
In my experience, this kind of unexpected success happens all the time in SEO. But you have to be flexible and ready enough to change your initial plans to take advantage of the success.
Tags: flexibility, SEO, Sunday Morning SEO, unexpected success
September 27, 2009
You don’t usually hear a lot about press releases when people talk about SEO, but I’ve found them to be a solid link building tactic. There are sites that publish and promote press releases called newswires. Some newswires like PRWeb do well on the search results. These sites provide quality links.
You’ll have to spend some money to get the best links but there are free or low cost newswires that pass a good amount of link juice.
There are other benefits aside from the links. News search engines like Google News scour the newswires to populate their search results. And any site that uses press releases gets a boost in perceived authority since press releases are associated with activity and expertise. read more
Tags: link building, press release, SEO, Sunday Morning SEO
September 20, 2009
A couple months ago, We Build Pages stopped buying links for their clients. This was a big change since We Build Pages is a well known link building firm in the SEO industry and they were notorious for buying links. Also, just recently, I was surprised to see SEOmoz change their stance on paid links. SEOmoz had previously recommended paid links.
Why is it that top SEO firms are now changing their minds on paid links? Has buying links gotten so risky that you shouldn’t do it any more?
Tags: link building, Paid links, SEO, Sunday Morning SEO
September 13, 2009
Well, I’m back to continue the Sunday Morning SEO series. I took a little break of three months because I was busy with client work. I’m creating backup posts beforehand so I won’t have to take a break next time.
Anyways, today let’s look at one of my favorite link building tactics. It’s a powerful tactic that involves competitive analysis.
Tags: competitive analysis, link building, SEO, Sunday Morning SEO
September 7, 2009
Happy Monday, folks! Big news this week: Six Apart announced the beta for Movable Type 5. The plan is to have a two month beta period, with the release coming sometime in November. Let’s take a look at some of the big new features in MT 5:
* Websites — MT 5 will have the concept of a website, which includes blogs and pages. This makes it more of a CMS, and makes it much simpler to use MT to maintain your entire site.
* Revision History — Entries, pages, and templates will all maintain a revision history. I’m particularly excited about this feature. The ability to modify templates, and return to previous version, is very useful.
* Custom Fields — Custom fields are now available on more objects and can be imported and exported. Plus, you can map them to a category/folder, so that they only appear if an entry/page is within that category/folder.
* Themes — MT 5 will have a whole new theme engine, which allows the bundling of templates, CSS, images, etc. together as a complete website theme.
…and lots more. MT5 will be a huge change from previous versions, pushing the platform more towards a CMS and further away from being a personal blog engine. We should get more details about these other changes in the coming months. read more
Tags: beta, Media Manager, Movable Type, Movable Type Monday, plugins, SEO