12 Step Blog Evaluation

Visitors expect to quickly access specific information when they visit blogs. First impressions are critical when it comes to them making the choice to linger and read and perhaps return, or to click out and not return. When a visitor enters a blog and clicks out without clicking an additional link in the blog this…

A Dozen Free Ebooks for Bloggers

For writers who are taking up blogging there’s a lot to learn. For those who don’t  possess strong writing skills there’s a larger learning curve. As I’m getting more and more questions from those who are new to blogging,  and especially from business bloggers who are just getting started,  in this post I’m sharing links…

Natural Links: Google Warns Webmasters

Understanding backlinks is an important part of blogging. Links add valuable content to your site and the best linking building strategy is to get a lot of unpaid relevant non-reciprocal links (or one-way links) to your site from high ranking and popular sites. When your site receives a lot of quality non-reciprocal links, the search…

Duplicate Content in the SERPs Sucks!

The theme of this post is: don’t create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content. Almost every day when I visit new blogs on the internet I spot duplicated content. The most common instances I witness are bloggers, who set up free blogs on WordPress.com, whereon blogger initiated advertising and duplicate content are…

Links: No-Follow and Do-Follow

In the beginning all links were do-follow.  However, it didn’t take long before blogs were being inundated by those who left insincere comments lacking in value just so they could get a backlink, so the original reason for the introduction of no-follow links was spam. Do-follow comment links do pass on PageRank. No-follow comment links…

Blogging and Community Building

New blogs are being created every day by bloggers who assume “build it and they will come” and likewise assume “post it and they will come“.  I’m sorry to say that isn’t the case. There are no shortcuts when it comes to creating a blog centered community by means of creating a flow of organic…

Social Media and SEO

Google attempts to offer, the best service possible for those using their search engine by having the most relevant, and most useful search results. The most important factor contributing to your Google ranking, is reader-friendliness, and naturally acquired organic links are the best kind of links because they indicate that real people are showing an interest in your content, right?

Prior to Twitter and microblogging authority was derived from creating high quality content containing authoritative links that got backlinks. These days we are witnessing the power of social media broadcast range. Tweets, retweets and “likes” are having their effect on linking patterns and the SERPs.

5 Google Webmasters Video Tutorials

These 5 videos introduce how Google discovers, crawls, indexes your site’s pages, and how Google displays them in search results. It also touches lightly upon challenges webmasters and search engines face, such as duplicate content and the effective indexing of Flash and AJAX content. Lastly, it also talks about the benefits of offerings Webmaster Central…

Matt Cutts on How Google Search Works

The life span of a Google query is less then 1/2 second, and involves quite a few steps before you see the most relevant results. Here’s how it all works. How Google Search Works Updated: How Google Social Search works Related posts found in this blog: Blogging Resources: Search Engines Blogging Tips: Tag to Increase Traffic YouTube…

Keywords meta tag description may be used in Google snippets

Google guru Matt Cutts discusses how best to optimize your site for Google. Matt Cutts joined Google as a software engineer in January 2000. He is currently the head of Google’s Webspam team. It’s official now, as Cutts states in his September 21, 2009 blog entry Google doesn’t use the keywords meta tag. Here’s the…

Backlinks from blog directories: What is their actual value?

At the beginning of this week I sent a message to Tim Grice of SEOwizz regarding the actual value of backlinks from blog directories. Tim specializes in Google SEO Techniques – Search Engine Optimisation Services and provides Resources and Tutorials on his site that we can all use to hone our SEO skills.

Google Changes to Meta Tag and HTML File Verification Methods

Google has made some changes to the way Webmaster Tools users verify their websites by simplifying the file verification process, and by eliminating the checks for non-existent URLs. Read the full article:  Google Alters Site Verification in Webmaster Tools Special note for wordpress.com bloggers – I would like to draw your attention to WordPress.com makes…

Basic SEO elements for bloggers

I’ve had this post on the back burner while coping with several unexpected events in my life that required attention. It seems that it was a good thing that I did because Tim Grice has published a post  called SEO Content Writing – How To Produce Great Content That Increases Rank that ties in perfectly…

Bing: New Features Relevant to Webmasters

Bing: New Features Relevant to Webmasters has been released. It covers the key features of Bing from the perspective of webmasters and web publishers and delves into how Bing affects your past and future SEO activities. Be forewarned – it is long. You can download it from the Microsoft Download Center in either PDF or…

Matt Cutts tells SEOs ‘no more’ sculpting via nofollow

Matt Cutts tells SEOs ‘no more’ sculpting via nofollow by Guest Author codesucker,  who takes an educational approach to modern web development and marketing strategies via social media and optimization. Some slightly sad news for the slightly unethical came on a live SMX Broadcast June 2nd 2009 – when Matt Cutts suggested that using the…

Twenty five steps to increase blog traffic

In blogging content is king and marketing is queen. If you write high quality original content and promote it then the result may be an increase in organic traffic, or not.  If it’s not easy to locate your content in search engines then there will be no increase in new traffic.  Thus, what determines success…

Ten Causes of Social Media Meltdown

by Doc Nicole Sundene, Naturopathic Physician, Editor in Chief of Kitchen Table Medicine La la la la la la …isn’t social media fun?  First you make a few accounts meet some great people, find some fabulous blogs to read and receive unsolicited kind feedback and support from virtual strangers. Yay! Don’t you feel so positive?…