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Monday, July 21, 2014

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Testing robots.txt files made easier

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Testing robots.txt files made easier: "Making and maintaining correct robots.txt files can sometimes be difficult. While most sites have it easy (tip: they often don't even need a robots.txt file!), finding the directives within a large robots.txt file that are or were blocking individual URLs can be quite tricky. To make that easier, we're now announcing an updated robots.txt testing tool in Webmaster Tools."



'via Blog this'


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Email is Still King of the Internet | WebProNews

"A new report out from Pew Internet says that based on a survey from May, search and email are the top two activities online adults engage in on the web. The number is 92% for both. 59% use dsearch on a typical day. 61% use email on an average day, however."

Social Network Sites are 5th.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

11 easiest links | Wordtracker Link Builder | Wordtracker

"Online directories offer a source of easy links and remain a good first step for many link building campaigns. Yet, many links from directories offer little value. Ken McGaffin outlines his approach to link building with directories.

Not all links are the same. If you're trying to get links that will boost your search engine rankings, quality counts. A small number of inbound links from relevant, authoritative sites can greatly improve your site's rankings while dozens of links from lower-tier sites can prove next to useless."

Links from directories are of questionable value, but they should provide some value.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

SiteProNews: 10 SEO Mistakes to Avoid

"When you're starting off in SEO there's a lot of conflicting information about what to do and what not to do. There's a constant battle between White Hat and Black Hat and which is more effective.

It's pretty easy to get frustrated at how long it actually takes to achieve a decent ranking. This can lead to taking the wrong advice. I learned by trial and error the SEO mistakes listed below.

Here are some rules to follow if you DO NOT want your site to rank in search engines."


SiteProNews: 7 Google Tools You May Have Overlooked

"Google's always coming out with new fangled gizmos. It's amazing how many new, updated, or overlooked tools you can find during routine research.

Of course, not all of these are completely unknown. There are probably a few on this list that you know, and a couple you've heard of but may not know much about."


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Beyond Claiming Your Place Page - Google Small Business

"Last week, we invited a group of public relations and social media professionals to Google Austin to introduce them to the range of features offered as part of Google Places. Most of the attendees were experts on the basics (for instance, claiming a Place page), but many were surprised to learn about the other ways Google Places can help them connect with their customers."

Required information on Google Places.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yext Organizes The Anti-Google Local Advertising Alliance (Screenshots)

"Google, as you may have heard, is making a big push into local advertising. It is currently offering $100 million in AdWords credits to new small businesses that sign up and promotes Google Places results for all local searches. Quite frankly, this is scaring the shit out of competitors like Citysearch, Yellowbook, SuperPages, WhitePages, and Yelp. They all rely on Google search results for people to find a good portion of their listings, and if Google displaces them collectively for local business listings, their businesses will be destroyed."

Good overview of some things going on in the local search.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

SiteProNews: 16 SEO Tactics That Will NOT Bring Targeted Google Visitors

"In an effort to keep you from spending your precious time on supposed SEO tactics that will have absolutely no effect on your rankings, search engine visitors, conversions or sales, I present you with 16 SEO tactics that you can remove from your personal knowledge base and/or SEO toolbox as being in any way related to SEO:"

This blog does not help. Linking to this article does not help. Reading the article and following what it says might help indeed.


Friday, April 01, 2011

Local businesses - Webmaster Tools Help

"If you have a brick and mortar business, or target online customers in a particular area, you can help Google provide relevant information to local users."

Great place to start for information on promoting your website locally.


Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Google's SEO Starter Guide

"Our Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide covers around a dozen common areas that webmasters might consider optimizing. We felt that these areas (like improving title and description meta tags, URL structure, site navigation, content creation, anchor text, and more) would apply to webmasters of all experience levels and sites of all sizes and types."

SEO from Google.


Sunday, March 06, 2011

SEO Remains A Viable Marketing Strategy For Anyone

"The reality is that there are plenty of sites, big and small, start-up and well-established, that have done just fine with SEO. They gain a good chunk of visitors to their web sites because of SEO; they come through the various algorithm updates unscathed."

Danny Sullivan is always worth reading.


Search Engine Ranking Factors | SEOmoz

We know the Google Search Algorithm is confidential. Every two years, SEOmoz surveys top SEO experts in the field worldwide on their opinions of the algorithmic elements that comprise search engine rankings.


cdixon.org – chris dixon's blog / SEO is no longer a viable marketing strategy for startups

" ... SEO is no longer a viable marketing strategy for startups. I talk to lots of startups and almost none that I know of post-2008 have gained significant traction through SEO (the rare exceptions tend to be focused on content areas that were previously un-monetizable)."

Controversial so generating discussion and comments.


Saturday, February 05, 2011

I don’t even know what to say here — TheBloggess.com

"Every month or so I log into google analytics to see what people are searching for when they find my blog. It’s always entertaining, often perplexing and occasionally even terrifying. Here’s a screen shot of the 25th most popular keyword search for this blog:

So that’s 89 separate visits of people who found this blog by googling “no one’s going to be able to relate to a corpsey chocolate vampire and his gay bird lover” in the last 30 days."

A hilarious post of keywords.


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

SiteProNews: Google's Local Business Center: A Major Update & A New Name

"If you have a brick and mortar store, and rely on walk-in traffic for your survival, you may be wondering what the Internet can do for your business. Believe it or not, a lot - and you don't even need a website."

Google's Local Business Center: A Major Update and a New Name.


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Link building made easy

"If you’ve been finding out about how to improve your website ranking, then you'll have heard about the power of link building."

Solid list of techniques.


Friday, February 05, 2010

Create your profile

"What do people see when they find you online? You can control how you appear in Google by creating a personal profile..."

Create a personal profile in Google.


Thursday, January 07, 2010

A Look at SEO From 2000-2009 - A Decade of 21st Century SEO - Jill Whalen

Jill Whalen on the history of SEO.
"I've been SEO'ing websites long before the 21st century began. We say on our website that it's been officially since 1995, but I was doing SEO for my old parenting website all the way back in 1993. For me, the start of this past decade in 2000 seems like only yesterday. Sometimes I feel I've been touting the same SEO processes and procedures for the past 10 years."


Monday, December 07, 2009

SEO Tips for Small Business: How to Get Good Links - www.smallbusinesscomputing.com

"The single most important factor to improve your site’s search engine optimization (SEO) — according to the 2009 SEOMoz.org survey of top SEO experts — is keyword-rich links from other Web sites that point back to your site."

Get good links.


Friday, December 04, 2009

PromotionWorld : How To Optimize Your Website For Microsoft Bing?

"How To Optimize Your Website For Microsoft Bing? Microsoft Bing is an increasingly gaining popularity in the recent times. In fact, it has been the only search engine that has succeeded in at least making a dent on Google's market share. And as the proposed Microsoft-Yahoo deal goes through, Bing will anyways take over Yahoo."

Good question but boiler plate answer. Do your link building.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Discover What Google Really Thinks Of Your Pages | Search Engine People Blog

"What does Google REALLY think of your site's pages? Think PageRank gives a clue? Perhaps if we were shown true PageRank, we could use it as a somewhat reliable gauge, but unfortunately, we don't have that luxury. But we don't need PageRank."

Some tools and information to discover what Google thinks of a website.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Google: Page Speed May Become a Ranking Factor in 2010 | WebProNews

"Over the course of 2009, a consistent theme that Google has been involved with is that of speed. In announcement after announcement, Google has talked about the importance of speed on the web, and how the company wants to do everything it can to make the web a faster place. Has it occurred to you that how fast your page loads may have a direct effect on how your site ranks in Google?"

Google is committed to a faster Internet. Adding speed to Search Engine Ranking will help. Will it more the web away from all the video, audio, and graphics?


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wordtracker video: Why keywords matter

"When you're writing copy for your web pages are you using words that doom you to failure right from the start?"

A clear video about keywords.


Top Search Engine Marketing Tools

"The number of internet marketing tools launched over the past couple years has been staggering. Many of them are both free and highly valuable. SEO, which was once considered a bit of a seedy niche, has grown with search to become a mainstream marketing practice, with...

1. Google providing Webmaster Central, a blog for webmasters, & many of the best free SEO tools
2. Yahoo! offering a paid inclusion service & a webmaster focused tool by the name of Site Explorer
3. Microsoft offering SEO services

This article aims to highlight the best search engine marketing tools."

Great Tools for Website Promotion


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

What Browser? - Home

"A few of us at Google created WhatBrowser.org to help teach people about web browsers. We wanted to show people that they have a lot of choice in browsers, since we noticed that most people were using the browser their computers came with."

Most people do not know what a browser is, or which browser they are using. This website ties to help.


Thursday, October 01, 2009

Finding profitable keywords just got easier with Wordtracker

"Keywords that have a high search volume and a low level of competition are the ones that can bring search marketers quick profits. Wordtracker helps you find these money-making keywords quickly and easily."

A thorough introduction to this tool with lots of examples.


Keyword Research Links | Tactical Execution

A comprehensive list of keyword tools.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Will Google Eliminate the Need for Small Business Websites? | WebProNews

"Google has people riled up with its latest local search effort Google Place Pages. Place Pages are a Google Maps feature launched last week, which serve the purpose of providing everything you want to know about a place (a city or a business) in one spot."

I think it another piece of the web presence, and not a distraction from the website.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Where Google Stands on the "Keywords" Meta Tag | WebProNews

"Google does not use the 'keywords' meta tag in its web search ranking."

Some useful information about search engine behavior.


Sunday, September 06, 2009

Isnare Free Articles : Free Article Submission And Distribution Directory For Your Ezine Or Website

"Isnare.com Articles is an article directory search engine and at the same time an article distribution service provider offering a very affordable marketing service online without sacrificing quality. All articles we host are exposed to our very high search traffic, direct traffic and organic traffic."

A good tool for article marketing.


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Preferred domain (www or non-www) - Webmasters/Site owners Help

"The preferred domain is the one that you would liked used to index your site's pages (sometimes this is referred to as the canonical domain). Links may point to your site using both the www and non-www versions of the URL (for instance, http://www.example.com and http://example.com). The preferred domain is the version that you want used for your site in the search results."

Use Google Webmaster site and a 301 to set the canonical name for your site.


How to 301 Redirect Non-WWW to WWW URLs | StepForth Web Marketing Inc.

"Search engines consider http://stepforth.com and http://www.stepforth.com different websites. As a result, if your website has been linked to from other websites using a mix of the two URLs you are effectively splitting the potential benefit of valuable link popularity."

Establishing your canonical website name.


Directory Submissions: Still a Tool for Gaining Traffic and SEO Help

"Directories can be beneficial for SEO if those using them know what to look for. Before going into the areas that should be avoided, it is important to know how directories can help. Directories can increase page rank and search referrals."

An excellent overview of Directories and how to use them.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Search Engine Submit: Top 55 Search Engine Optimization Tips | SEO Tips for Webmaster

"Whenever you have started to work with websites or blogs you will surely face the problem of website promotion and how to increase the website's page rank? However, we can outline here several of the most important and effective ways of website promotion, which are search engine submission, directory submission and link building."

A nice list of Website Promotion ideas.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Strategy – Navigating the Dark Waters of Website Promotion | Internet Marketing SEO & Web Development Solutions

"Creating a well-designed website is the first step in your internet marketing strategy that must be backed up with techniques designed to drive traffic to the website for successful, long-term results."

Good laundry list of website promotion action items.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Comment Sniper

Comment Sniper: "Comment Sniper offers you a way to build targeted, valuable, strong and lasting traffic to your website at no cost, by tapping into the first mover advantage of blog comment posting. And... now, for a limited time only, you can download this $47 fully functional application Completely FREE with no strings attached."

Interesting product.


Sunday, August 09, 2009

Blind Search

"Have you tried out this blind search tool yet? It provides results from Google, Yahoo and Bing in three columns but doesn't tell you which column is which search engine."

Look at the three search engines in a blind test. Good fun and most intereseting.


Tuesday, August 04, 2009

SiteProNews: Keywords Are It! Seven Powerful Useful Keyword Marketing Tools

"After years of running websites and earning a full-time online income, I am constantly reminded that it all comes down to keywords. Actually, it all comes down to obtaining top rankings for your profitable keywords in the search engines, mainly Google."

A fine list of keyword tools.


http://www.seoco.co.uk/web-directories/

"If you are searching for directories to submit to for SEO, then you may find the following reviews useful. We have categorised and reviewed what we believe to be the best."

Submitting your website to directories is an important step. This is a list of directories to submit to.


Monday, July 20, 2009

SEOmoz | 10 Steps to Advanced Keyword Research

"10 Steps to Advanced Keyword Research"

Good overview of steps and tools for Keyword Research.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Local Business Center

"Free listing
Local customers already search Google for the products and services you offer. Create a business listing to be sure they find you."

Your business should be listed for Google local search.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Adobe Launches SEO Technology Center for Flash - Search Marketing News Blog - Search Engine Watch (SEW)

"In the not-so-distant past, sites built using Adobe's Flash technology were invisible to search engines. Both search engines and SEOs have continued to work on ways to make those pages show up better in search results. Last summer, Adobe lent a hand, by providing its Flash technology to Google and Yahoo to help them figure out how to better index sites and pages created with Flash.

This week, Adobe went a step further, launching a new SEO Technology Center for Flash to help developers and other content creators build Flash applications in more search-friendly ways. The site, part of the Adobe Developer Connection, explains current SEO challenges and provides practical steps, examples, and best practices to overcome them."

A good step for all. Good for Search Engines. Good for Adobe. And good for those of us who use Flash so it can be found by Search Engines.


Friday, December 05, 2008

Link Building Strategies: 69 Solid Tactics For 2009 | Wiep.net

"Six and a half years ago (which is ages, in Internet years), Robin Nobles, Eric Ward, and John Alexander compiled a legendary list of 131 legitimate link building strategies. Four years later, Aaron Wall and Andy Hagans published 101 link building tips to market your website, which was inspired by the other article. Considering the furiously changing face of search engine marketing and with 2009 already ahead of us, I thought it was time to evaluate both lists and create an updated collection of link building strategies."

Link building strategies for 2009. I particulary like the way the ideas were grouped.


Monday, December 01, 2008

7 Biggest Mistakes of Web Analytics - adCenter Analytics Blog

"For 10 years I have been working with companies to optimize their websites to increase conversion rates. During this time, I’ve used what seems like dozens of web analytics tools.
The insight that is available is incredible if you don’t make the “7 Biggest Mistakes of Web Analytics”:"

Good information on analytics.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

4 Tools Visualizing Domain Backlinks

"...we have very few tools so far allowing for some fun: i.e. visualizing the backlink statistics in any types of graphs or charts."

Four tools to visualize backlinks.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Link Building #1 - Social Bookmarking | Caroline Middlebrook

"This next part of the project with focus on the link building methods I have been using to drive backlinks to the niche sites to help them rank for their chosen keywords. The first technique that I use is called social bookmarking but as this is the first post in the series I’ll also give a short introduction to link building in general and why we want to do it."

A well written "back to basics" article on link building.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Seth's Blog: ...and your clicks for free (the new ebook)

"It turns out that the new playing field enforced by the search engines is eliminating many of the shortcuts that used to be effective. In other words, the best way is the long way.
The long way is to create content that is updated, unique and useful. Again and again we see that sites that do all three manage to get more than their fair share of traffic."

Seth Godin on how to get traffic to your website.


Seth's Blog: ...and your clicks for free (the new ebook)

"It turns out that the new playing field enforced by the search engines is eliminating many of the shortcuts that used to be effective. In other words, the best way is the long way.
The long way is to create content that is updated, unique and useful. Again and again we see that sites that do all three manage to get more than their fair share of traffic."

Seth Godin on how to get traffic to your website.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

7 Free Backlink Checkers

"Link building is one of the most important elements of an SEO campaign - obtaining quality backlinks from quality, relevant sites increases your trust score with Google and helps to move your website up the search engine rankings. It is important to monitor your link building efforts to keep track of what sites are linking to you. Crucially, you can also keep tabs on which sites are linking to your competitors - giving you ideas about sites to target with your link building campaign."

Nice overview of the valuable tools for checking backlinks.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Weekly Yelp to Call Our Own! | Yelp

"Welcome to the inaugural East Bay Weekly Yelp! Each and every Tuesday, we'll be taking you on a titillating tour of the tried-and-true, unique and bizarre, and just downright cool."

Yelp for those of us in the East Bay.


Friday, May 16, 2008

SBWire > Press Release Distribution for Small Businesses

"SBWire was created with a single simple vision that effective media relations tools should be affordable to businesses small and large.

Our team has a unique understanding of the special needs of small to mid-sized organizations. We work hard to provide a full suite of media relations tools and services at prices that should fit any organization’s budget."

Press Release Distribution for Small Business.


PRFree.com Free Press Release Distribution and Writing Service

"When weighing the cost of advertising against the fee associated with distributing a release to the media most interested in news like yours, the P.R. you receive is invaluable. If you could get started with your online marketing campaign at just $30, can you afford not to get started today?"

Publish Press Releases online.


PRWeb::The Online Visibility Company

"PRWeb, a leader in online news and press release distribution, has been used by more than 40,000 organizations of all sizes to increase the visibility of their news, improve their search engine rankings and drive traffic to their Web site."

Publish Press Releases.


Article Search Engine Directory: GoArticles.com

"GoArticles is a free content article directory. If you are an author that charges a fee for publication of your articles, you should NOT submit your writings to this site. If you are concerned about how your article(s) may be used, be sure to provide contact information so that prospective users and/or publishers are able to reach you with questions."

Publish or Perish.


IdeaMarketers Article Bank - Promote your articles, find free news articles, article promotion - Idea Marketers

"IdeaMarketers Article Bank - Promote your articles, find free news articles, article promotion - Idea Marketers"

Write and publish articles.


Ezine Article Submission - Submit Your Best Quality Original Articles For Massive Exposure, Ezine Publishers Get 25 Free Article Reprints

"98,167 Expert Authors Sharing Their Best Ezine Articles"

Write articles to promote your website.


Internet Search Engine Guide to Search Engine Marketing and News

"Internet Search Engine Guide to Search Engine Marketing and News"

Find search engines and directories to promote your site.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

SEO: a service covering many specialities : Internet Business

"The biggest mistake any business can make is to presume that SEO is a generic service, available as the same from SEO companies, but the only difference being one of price points.

SEO is a generic term that covers a range of different disciplines, all involved with helping making a site work better with search engines."

An excellent article with a considered argument about SEO.


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

SiteProNews: 3 Fast and Simple Ways to Dominate Google Rankings!

"In fact, most old-school tricks don't work today and many can get your pages banned. This is great news for you. Over the next few minutes I'll show you how to make Google absolutely LOVE your web pages and help you jump to the top!"

Keywords - Content - Monitor


Sunday, February 24, 2008

SiteProNews: SEO Basics in 45 Minutes

"In her presentation for Webstock 2008, Jill gave the audience a 45 minute tutorial in SEO Basics. First up, Jill discussed what SEO isn't. Some of the most common SEO myths she exposed included:"

Jill Whalen is always worth reading. This is a summary of a wide ranging discussion.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Big Roundup Of Link Building Tools

"Ask any link builder what link issues they're consistently asked about and one of them will be linking tools. Link building is such a time consuming and detailed process that it's only natural people look for tools and techniques to maximize their time."

A great list of link tools.


Monday, February 18, 2008

Web Site Marketing SEO Tools, SEO Score

"Website Grader by HubSpot - Marketing Reports for 200,000 URLs and Counting..."

A free service to evaluate a website.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Back Link Analyzer - Download Free SEO Link Analysis Software / Link Popularity Tool

"What is Back Link Analyzer?
A free link popularity / link analysis tool. It shows what anchor text is linking into a page or site."


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

SiteProNews: The Ultimate Guide to Directory Submissions

"Submitting to directories is a great way to build links and increase your search engine rankings. In semi-competitive industries it can produce great results. If you add article creation and social media marketing into the link building equation then you can achieve great results for any industry."


Monday, January 28, 2008

15 Shades of SEO Spam

"While writing copy for our soon to be revised website, the team put together a short list of the most outrageous forms of Spam we had seen in the last year and a short explanation of the technique."

15 things not to do on your website or blog.


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The SEO Success Pyramid » Small Business SEM

"What’s all this have to do with SEO and online marketing? Well, the best SEOs don’t talk to their clients about rankings; they talk about the process of making great web sites that earn traffic and convert visitors into customers. They talk about the process of creating great content that attracts links like bees to honey."

This is a great article and a great visual for SEO.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Special Offer from Web CEO

"Web CEO 7.0 sets a new standard in software suites for website marketing and search engine optimization. Web CEO helps you significantly increase search engine traffic, implement the latest search engine strategies and see profits quickly and efficiently by having all the SEO tools in one handy suite."


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Seth's Blog: ...and your clicks for free (the new ebook)

"The long way is to create content that is updated, unique and useful. Again and again we see that sites that do all three manage to get more than their fair share of traffic."

Seth Godin is offering a free ebook on how to increase website traffic.


Monday, December 03, 2007

SiteProNews: 20 MORE Must-Have Search Engine Marketing Tools

"SiteProNews: 20 MORE Must-Have Search Engine Marketing Tools.

So here is a list of 20 MORE must-have search engine marketing tools"


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Article Submission Service - Free Articles

"Article Submission Service - Have your article submitted to a minimum of 100 directories. Submitting your article to article directories one at a time can be a very time consuming process. Now you can submit your article to us and we will submit them for you to a minimum of 100 article websites."


Submit YOUR Article - article submission service

"Submit Your Article To Thousands Of Publishers ...Automatically, In Seconds! No software needed with our automated article submission service. Generate massive publicity for your web site via our automated article submission service. Just plug in your article and submit - your article will be distributed to thousands of targeted publishers, and published on partner web sites and article directories across the globe, within seconds."

Submit articles to multiple sites.


Where to Submit Your Podcasts: Best Podcast Search Engines and Directories

"Where to Submit Your Podcasts: Best Podcast Search Engines and Directories"

A well maintained list of Podcast Directories.


Submit Podcasts

"Submit Podcasts"

List of sites that accept podcast submissions.


Sunday, September 02, 2007

Top Ten Organic SEO Myths

"SEO myths get crazier every year. Some are based partially in reality, and others have spread because it's often difficult to prove what particular SEO action caused a resulting search engine reaction."

Jill Whalen is always worth reading.


Monday, August 20, 2007

SeoQuake - extension for Mozilla Firefox browser

"Seoquake is a powerful, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer compatible, tool aimed at helping web masters who deal with search engine optimization and internet promotion of web sites. Seoquake allows to obtain and investigate many important SEO parameters of the internet project under study on the fly."

This is a most impressive tool. It has detailed information about sites and backlink sites.


SiteProNews: 10 Truths About Obtaining Better Google Rankings

"I have read hundreds of articles telling me how to get better rankings in Google. Some of this advice was very good and some was not. Here you will find 10 truths about getting better rankings in Google that I personally have found to be true after years of research. So let's cut through the fat and get to the lean meat of the subject."

This is a very solid list and has some good tips.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

SEO Consultant - Shimon Sandler » Blog Archive » SEO Quick Reference Sheet

"Below is a quick reference guide that should help you optimize your site. The specific optimization recommendations will differ depending on the keyword analysis per webpage."

A good start to a check list for SEO optimization.


Friday, August 10, 2007

Whitehat SEO tips for bloggers

Excellent tips for bloggers to do SEO.


Thursday, July 19, 2007

:: Link Building Blog ::: 5 crafty outside the box link-building tricks & tips

"5 crafty outside the box link-building tricks & tips"

This was clever enough to be get my link.


Monday, July 02, 2007

SiteProNews: For SEO Beginners: Twelve Definitions You Need To Know

This list of twelve SEO-related definitions in alphabetical order (with notes) serves as a great companion for your initial SEO reading. Read alone it will get you up to speed on some key terminology that you'll need to know to intelligently engage the ever-changing world of SEO."

This is a great information. Every needs to know the basics.


Monday, June 25, 2007

Google Local Business Center

"Welcome to the Local Business Center.
Here's where you can create, edit, or suspend your Google Local business listing."

Enter information for Google Local Search.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Squidoo Homepage

"Squidoo is the world's most popular site for people who want to build a page about their passions."

Create a lens page to promote your business or website.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Search Engine Friendly vs. Search Engine Optimized | Joe Dolson Accessible Web Design

"... there’s a huge difference between search engine optimization and search engine friendly. What most accessible developers create are search engine friendly sites, not optimized sites."

5 Differences between Optimized and Friendly

This article was part of several on the topic.


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Free Links | Find, Review & Discuss Free Website Advertising & Marketing To Promote Your Business

"Free Links | Find, Review & Discuss Free Website Advertising & Marketing To Promote Your Business"

A social media sort of site for free links. Find a place to get free links, comment on sites, and suggest new sites.


Blog Carnival

"Find Your Carnival, and Get Your Blog On!

Welcome to Blog Carnival! We love the idea of blog carnivals where someone takes the time to find really good blog posts on a given topic, and then puts all those posts together in a blog post called a 'carnival'."

Check out Blog Carnivals and this prominent site about blog carnivals. Another way to promote your blog.


Thursday, May 31, 2007

My SEO Cake

"My SEO Cake

... implies that paid search is the only way to go, but it is terribly complicated—so you should just hire his company. He feels SEO, on the other hand is as easy as baking a cake:"

Part of an ongoing discussion about SEO. Humorous take on SEO that compares it to baking a cake.


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Reader Poll: Best SEO Podcasts » Online Marketing Blog

"Along with other forms of media coverage on the topics of search and online marketing, internet radio has been a great source of content for listening live or via podcast. Some SEO podcasts and online radio are basic and others are very professionally produced. The content varies greatly as well from industry gossip to practical tactics."

I like to listen to podcasts. A list like this is an excellent way to find new ones.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Web Robots Pages

"Web Robots are programs that traverse the Web automatically. Some people call them Web Wanderers, Crawlers, or Spiders. These pages have further information about these Web Robots."


Monday, March 19, 2007

Main Page - SmallBusiness - Small Business Resources

"SmallBusiness.com is a Wiki. The information you find on SmallBusiness.com is shared by people like you. At the top of each page, you will see a link to the people who created and have worked on that page. Here are just a few of the topics you'll find in our free encyclopedia of small business:"


Sunday, February 04, 2007

Free Search Term Suggestion Tool by KeywordDiscovery.com

"For many years the Overture Keyword Suggestion was the only free, publicly available keyword research tool. Now, due to its recent outages we are pleased to offer an alternative.

Our keyword data is complied and collected from a number of search engines to provide a far more accurate cross section of searches performed world wide."

Another free keyword tool


Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Free Links | Find, Review & Discuss Free Advertising & Marketing To Promote Your Website

"Free Links is a place for individuals to share their experiences with free advertising and marketing opportunities. The goal of this site is to improve the experience by working smarter, not harder, when you need to promote your business with free advertising and marketing. "

An excellent place to start to get links for your website.


Free Keyword Suggestion Tool

"Free Keyword Suggestion Tool

Enter a starting keyword to generate up to 100 related keywords and an estimate of their daily search volume."

There are never enough good tools to evaluate Keywords.


Monday, January 29, 2007

Directory:Centiare - Centiare, the free directory

"Centiare is a unique online directory that anyone can use. The directory facilitates search engine optimization (SEO) in new and powerful ways. You can set up your very own Directory page about yourself or your business, and no other users can edit it."


Official Google Blog: Controlling how search engines access and index your website

"Controlling how search engines access and index your website"

Excellent introduction to robots.txt and other methods for controlling how the GoogleBot indexes your website. The article points to other resources for learning about robots.txt.


phplist.com - open-source newsletter manager

"phplist is an open-source newsletter manager. phplist is free to download, install and use, and is easy to integrate with any website."


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Future PageRank - SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization, Google Optimization

"This tool will query Google's various data centers to check for any changes in PageRank values for a given URL. Usually all data centers will output the same, but if queried during an update, you might get a glimpse of any upcoming changes in your chosen URL's PageRank value. "


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Microsoft Shows Off AdCenter

"Microsoft last week invited its top advertisers to Redmond to dazzle them with the latest and greatest bits of its adCenter advertising platform and emerging projects from its adCenter Labs (adLabs) testing grounds."


Monday, November 20, 2006

Keyword research service for search engine placement, Google keyword tracking tools, website software

"'Search The Major Keyword Services All in One Place So You Can Easily Locate the Highest Traffic/Lowest Competition Keywords Like a Laser-Guided Missile!'"


SpuFu for Google Adwords

SpyFu.com is the long-awaited sequel to Googspy.com, a free competitive research tool that allows you to research your competitors marketing campaigns. SpyFu.com, however, stands head and shoulders above its predecessor, providing over twenty times more data.

The Press Release


Sunday, November 19, 2006

How to Make Your Web Site Sing for You - New York Times

"THE idea that if you build it, they will come, might have worked for Kevin Costner in the movie “Field of Dreams,” but it certainly does not hold true for Web sites."

A good non technical article about promoting web sites.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

sitemaps.org

"Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling."

Use sitemaps to help direct the search engines to spider your site.


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Keyword Discovery

"Discover the best keywords to target on your website

Keyword Discovery compiles keyword search statistics from over 180 search engines world wide, to create the most powerful Keyword Research tool."


Complete Keyword Discovery for $39.95 per month.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

LinkMoses Linking Commandments - part one

"LinkMoses Linking Commandments - part one"

The 10 commandments of linking. Good fun and good information.


Thursday, August 31, 2006

Google Analytics Blog

"Tip: 4 steps to site optimization"


Saturday, August 19, 2006

Build Link Popularity

"101 Ways to Build Link Popularity in 2006"


Saturday, August 05, 2006

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a Free Web Analytics Product
Use Google Analytics to determine

Features and Benefits:



Thursday, July 27, 2006

3 Ways to Immediately Increase Search Engine Traffic

"That's the thing most SEO's won't want to tell their clients. That there is no magic wand, mystical powers or Search engine hoo joo to be had anymore, it's all down to 3 things:

1. Copywriting
2. Links and
3. Networking"


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

SEOmoz Blog | 10 Remarkably Effective Strategies for Driving Traffic

"10 Remarkably Effective Strategies for Driving Traffic"

Tips for building links to your site.


Friday, June 23, 2006

Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization - SEMPO

SEMPO Mission: SEMPO is a non-profit professional association working to increase awareness and promote the value of Search Engine Marketing worldwide.


Thursday, June 15, 2006

HitTail

"With Retailing, your shelf space is limited.
With HitTailing, you have infinite shelf space.
So, write for the long tail of search! "

Combining the long tail and Search Engine Optimization.


Friday, October 14, 2005

New and Improved 10 Tips to the Top

"New and Improved 10 Tips to the Top. Having a website that gets found in Google, Yahoo, and MSN, etc. isn't hard to do, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are my latest and greatest tips to get you started:"


Monday, October 10, 2005

Free Directory Listings

"The following is a list of free directories where you can list your website. All these directories are free (some require that you link back to them or a partner site). Some of these directories have paid submission options."


Thursday, September 29, 2005

Search Engine Ranking Factors

"This article contains a large list of the factors that can influence a web document's rank at the major search engines (Yahoo!, MSN, Google & AskJeeves) for a particular term or phrase."

This should be a good discussion starter for SEO professionals.


Monday, September 26, 2005

The Power of Default Values (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

"Summary:
Search engine users click the results listings' top entry much more often than can be explained by relevancy ratings. Once again, people tend to stick to the defaults."


Global Usage of Search Engines

"The 4 largest search engines on the web are:

1. Google - 56.9%
2. Yahoo - 21.2%
3. MSN Search - 8.9%
4. AOL Search - 3.2%

All numbers are an average of the last 2 months. OneStat.com is the number one provider of real-time website analysis software in the world. "


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Curmudgeonly Wizard - An SEO Story

Curmudgeonly Wizard?

I am going to get a top Google ranking for Curmudgeonly Wizard. Just for fun. This story is going to be my SEO debunker story.


Thursday, September 22, 2005

Pamela Anderson tops a decade of Web search

"When it comes to longevity as the most-searched for diva on the Web, Pamela Anderson wins hands down. The former Baywatch star has nabbed the top spot in Lycos's list of the most popular search terms in the decade since September 1995, when the search engine began tracking queries."


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Keyword Research Guide

"Want to get the most from Wordtracker? Let the experts show you how.

Have you ever wondered how experts use Wordtracker to keep their clients' sites at the top of the search engine results pages? What can you learn from their methods? How can you apply their strategies to your own website to get outstanding results?

Well, now you can find out by downloading our free Keyword Research Guide."


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Search Engine Optimization Outperforms Paid Ads

"Watertown, Massachusetts - (The Hosting News) - September 13, 2005 - Search engine optimization outperforms pay per click advertising according to new market research published today by iProspect.

35% of organizations that outsource their natural search engine optimization and also participate in pay per click advertising - and can measure the ROI of each - recognize a higher return from SEO. This compares to just 11% of marketers from the same universe who report that pat per click advertising produces higher ROI. "


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Search Engines, Bloggers Team to Fight Spam

"Google, MSN, Six Apart and Yahoo plan to support an HTML tag to keep comment-spam postings out of search engines. "


Monday, August 22, 2005

Google Techs, Webmasters Mingle

"MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Free-flowing beer, live music, karaoke and arcade games kept the party raging at the Googleplex the other night, but the real action was unfolding inside a sterile conference room at Google's headquarters.

That's where the cunning internet entrepreneurs who constantly try to manipulate Google's search engine results for a competitive edge were trying to make the most of a rare opportunity to match wits face-to-face with the company's top engineers."


ROR - Resources of a Resource

"What is ROR?
ROR (Resources of a Resource) is an XML format for describing the content, objects, and structure of websites in a generic fashion so search engines and other web applications can find and understand information more easily. "


Sunday, August 21, 2005

OPMLSearch

OPML Search


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Search Engines and Directories A to Z

Search Engines and Directories A to Z:

"A to Z Search Engines and Directories"

Lots of information on search engines and directories.


Monday, August 08, 2005

Search Engine Results Continuing to Diverge

Search Engine Results Continuing to Diverge:

"A new study suggests that the overlap between search engine results is less than it was even a few months ago, and that the voices of each engine are growing even more unique.

It's easy to think of search engines as black boxes that all deliver more or less the same results. But that's not an accurate view, according to a study released today by Dogpile and researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University."


Yahoo passes Google in search index capacity

Yahoo passes Google in search index capacity | News.blog | CNET News.com:

"When most people think of Web search, they think of Google. But Yahoo said Monday that it has completed a vast expansion of its search engine index and now encompasses almost double that of its main competitor."


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

List your products on Froogle

Welcome to Froogle Merchant Center:

"You can list your products on Froogle for free.
Unlike other online shopping sites, Froogle costs nothing. There's no spending account to set up and maintain. No cost-per-click. No cost, period. "


Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Search Engines Differ More than You Think

Search Engines Differ More than You Think:

"It's easy to think of search engines as black boxes that are essentially all alike, with Yahoo, Google, Ask Jeeves and MSN Search all agreeing and returning similar results for just about any query. New research shows that this idea is just dead wrong, however. "


Sunday, July 17, 2005

500 Internet Directories

500 Internet Directories to Submit Your Site To

Organized list of directories with cost and notes.



Sunday, July 03, 2005

A Standard for Robot Exclusion

A Standard for Robot Exclusion


Friday, July 01, 2005

SEO Training Class

The ever wonderful Cricket teaches a free SEO Training Class. It is a terrific group, and a great value. It is a Yahoo group with some twists as follows.

- The classrooms are extremely structured.

- Membership is NOT approved unless ALL registration steps have been
completed.

- Both the Marketing Class and the SEO Class are required. They cannot join
one without the other.

- Individual emails are required, so they should plan which email address
they will be using before joining.

Check it out. You will be glad you did.


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Keyword density analyzer, and keyword placement & prominence analysis

Keyword density analyzer, and keyword placement & prominence analysis:

"KEYWORD DENSITY & PROMINENCE v1.2"


Free Keyword Suggestion Tool (Wordtracker Suggestion Tool & Overture Bid Tool Combined) & Keyword Generator

Free Keyword Suggestion Tool (Wordtracker Suggestion Tool & Overture Bid Tool Combined) & Keyword Generator:

"This is a handy little tool will show you the results of your query from both Wordtracker and Overture for determining which phrases are searched most often."


Link Popularity Check - Marketleap Search Engine Marketing Tools

Link Popularity Check - Marketleap Search Engine Marketing Tools:

"Link Popularity Check"


Keyword Selector Tool



Keyword Selector Tool


PageRank - PageRank, Search Engine Optimization Tools

PageRank - PageRank, Search Engine Optimization Tools


Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Shifted Librarian: Why RSS and Folksonomies Are Becoming So Big

The Shifted Librarian: Why RSS and Folksonomies Are Becoming So Big:

"After two weeks of diligent posting and tagging, Google gave us a little over 50 referrals while Del.icio.us gave us over 700."


Friday, June 17, 2005

Presenting significant enhancements to the Google AdWords program

Presenting significant enhancements to the Google AdWords program:


Thursday, June 16, 2005

Great Site Ranking in Google The Secrets Out

Great Site Ranking in Google The Secrets Out:

"Google have recently filed a US patent which reveals a great deal of how they rank your web site. Some of it you could never of guessed at... By Darren Yates, 6/11/2005"


Sunday, June 05, 2005

Google Local Business Center

Google Local Business Center

"Why should you list your business on Google Local?"


Saturday, June 04, 2005

Google Sitemaps - Welcome!

Google Sitemaps - Welcome!

"Google Sitemaps is an easy way for you to help improve your coverage in the Google index. It's a collaborative crawling system that enables you to communicate directly with Google to keep us informed of all your web pages, and when you make changes to these pages."


Friday, June 03, 2005

Google Updates Google Information For Webmasters FAQ

Google Updates Google Information For Webmasters FAQ:

"Apparently someone at Google feels the various webmasters populating their index needed some attention focused on improving Google's perceived interaction with this group, and perhaps to demonstrate their commitment to search."


Saturday, May 28, 2005

Top Web Directories

Top Web Directories


Sunday, May 22, 2005

SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization & Marketing Tools

SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization & Marketing Tools


Monday, May 02, 2005

The Seattle Times: Local News: How "search" is redefining the Web — and our lives

The Seattle Times: Local News: How "search" is redefining the Web — and our lives:

"Three quarters of U.S. Internet users, or about 120 million people, have used engines, searching an average of 38 times a month. As the technology has taken off, its influence has rippled through other industries."


Monday, April 25, 2005

GoogSpy - Adwords Competitor Research by Velocityscape

GoogSpy - Adwords Competitor Research by Velocityscape

"Free, webased tool that tracks keyword usage. The tool apparently scrapes 500,000 search results per day from Google and loads them into the GoogSpy.com database. The database is currently tracking more than 187,000 search terms."



Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Wordtracker Review

Wordtracker Review:

"WordTracker Review
By Brent Winters, President of FirstPlace Software. "


Monday, April 18, 2005

Google Tutor & Advisor � Google Tutor’s Google Search Manual

Google Tutor & Advisor � Google Tutor’s Google Search Manual

"In my discussions with other Google users, I am always amazed at how few of Google’s tools they have heard of. For the most part, people are only familiar with the main search areas such as the web, news and images. And even in these areas, their knowledge of all the options that would allow them to better harness the power of Google is limited."


Saturday, April 02, 2005

Search Engine Detective, search engine news intelligence tools and resources

Search Engine Detective, search engine news intelligence tools and resources:

"The Pandia Search Engine Detective is Pandia's resource section for search engine intelligence. Here we list the best search engine oriented sites and blogs on the Internet.

If you are looking for the latest search engine news from Pandia, visit our search engine news page."


Thursday, February 03, 2005

Yahoo launches 'contextual' search | CNET News.com

Yahoo launches 'contextual' search | CNET News.com:

"Yahoo is offering a new search service designed to help people find more-relevant content online.

The Y!Q service offers 'contextual' search that analyzes the page being read and gives a list of related search results. Instead of starting a search from a text box, a person would search while reading a specific page. For instance, a reader looking at a news story about the State of the Union address might highlight the phrase 'Social Security' to get a listing of pages that deal with that topic."


Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Yahoo! News - Software Remotely Controls PCs by Cell Phone

Yahoo! News - Software Remotely Controls PCs by Cell Phone:

"Toshiba has developed software to remotely operate a PC using a mobile phone over a cellular network. The software will be available in cooperation with one of Japan's cellular networks in late March, a Toshiba executive said in a press conference on Tuesday."


Google aims to outsmart search tricksters | CNET News.com

Google aims to outsmart search tricksters | CNET News.com

Google will introduce new technology controls to thwart people using blogs to manipulate rankings in its search results.


Monday, October 04, 2004

Ten Web Site Promotion Tips for DMOZ - Open Directory Project

Because dmoz is staffed by volunteer editors, it can often take a while to get your web site included. Here are a few tips to speed things up.


Business Directories

Business directory sites for submitting business websites.


Sunday, October 03, 2004

Shopping Search Tactics

Shopping search engines make it easy for people to research and buy products. They can also be a powerful and cost-effective customer acquisition channel for merchants.


Saturday, September 25, 2004

Tool for Generating Froogle File

Market your online store by creating a Froogle file and sending it off to Froogle. This is a tool to help you do that.


Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Design Biz Blatherings by Theresa Mesa

Marketing Your Graphic and/or Web Design Business. This is a two part article by a lucid, wise writer.


Friday, September 17, 2004

Blogging Directories

Places to register your blog.


Thursday, September 16, 2004

Best Blog Directory And RSS Submission Sites

A good list of directories to submit your blog and RSS feed.


Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Spiders & Robots

What are those robots and spiders visiting your website?


Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Google Page Rank

The Pagerank system, in short, is basically Google's system on a 1-10 scale of
measuring a website's importance.
0 - new website,
1-2 a "drop" of popularity,
3 - popularity is beginning,
4 - an established web presence with periodic attention from Google,
5 - a stronger presence usually with several crawls per week,
6 - a semi-powerful website that gets crawled daily,
7 - a powerful, frequently visited website,
8 - a very, very powerful website,
9 - 10 Off the charts in power.


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