Archive for January, 2010
Rand has certainly outdone himself yet again, proving why this guys time might actually be worth $1,000 an hour. I was playing around with OSE today and it is really a great, simple to use tool that gives you a nice quick snapshot of the relative authority and SEO value of a website. If Yahoo! is really pulling the plug on Yahoo! Site Explorer than this tool will be even more in-demand! See our screenshot below, looks like I need to work on root domain authority, since this site is relatively new (I made the mistake of using GooglePages for three years prior to starting this site) I think I should hit the mid 70′s by next year.
I received a private message at a forum I have been a member of for many years and it was from a relatively senior member that was promoting some discounted listings reviews in his network of web directories. The directories themselves look pretty nice, good templates and category structure but I took a quick look through the backlink profile of one of them and I was quite shocked!
I found backlinks from porn, coming soon sites and even from a page that was simply 10k+ links jammed full of porn, gambling and rx – I was going to post a screenshot of the page but it crashed my browser twice so I figured I better not push my luck.
Most good SEO’s always check backlink profiles before building links but there are many ‘cut-rate’ services out there that won’t spend the extra time doing this type of due diligence. So be very careful or your website might just become part of a ‘bad neighborhood’.
When it comes to engaging your grassroots demographic, forums are the best bang for your buck. I recently started at thread for a client that garnered 1,300 views and 4 pages of replies within the first week. I was able to have 3 live signature links and two additional text only links pointing to my clients site.
Now it is important to remember you won’t retire on this type of advertising but it is a great, low-key way of getting your brand out to those that matter. Long-term this type of promotion is invaluable to your online marketing mix.
Update January 21, 2010
Let’s fast-forward a couple of weeks and take a deeper look at this method of promotion. I am also able to compare it to forum posts started the same day in the commercial advertising area of the forum – the number of views is completely lopsided and this just proves that forum promotion is valuable but only if done correctly!
There was a great video posted today over at SEObook and it really hit home for someone like me that has been living and breathing online marketing for the past nine years. Worth watching if you know a lot about the Internet and really great if you don’t know very much.
The quote below is taken from a great posting over at www.SeoBook.com and is an interview with Dennis Goedegebuure, aka DonnisG – head of eBay’s in-house SEO team. Now some of you might just think the bolded word below is a typo but I think it is more inline with a Freudian slip. The best way to get decision makers to buy-in to SEO is to embarrass them with how well a competitor is performing, due to using SEO!
What are some of the things you have done which you have found to be most beneficial in helping to evangelize SEO and get buy in from other managers?
Sometimes it pays off to get somebody from the outside who can “embarrass” all the things that go wrong from an SEO perspective.
I can tell you from personal experience because my better half loves looking around for houses. One of her initial criteria in choosing a potential new home is the area, includes how the neighbors upkeep their lawns and how nice the local parks and amenities are. And she could start her search using Google street view…
What if you could put a virtual ‘for sale’ sign on your property by simply filling out a Google Sell your Home form and boom, 20 seconds later it would be available blended with Google search results for local search queries related to buying homes in that geographical area? What if this cost only a fraction of the thousands and thousands of dollars reactors charge to sell your home?
I smell a new revenue stream for Google and a very handy, affordable way to sell your house. A company like Google could even act as the escrow agent, after all who wouldn’t trust a company with 50 billion cash in the bank.
If I was not a fan of this guy already for the simple fact that he gets $1,000 an hour for SEO consulting, I am even more impressed with his recent post on his experience this year securing additional Venture Capital for SEOmoz. He gives a ton of great information and even though he holds back some of it (understandably for privacy reasons), the amount of transparency exhibited is commendable.
I think he could have easily released this info as a white paper and charged $200 a download, it is that good!
Just check out some of these images he gives:
Thanks again Rand, great read and super interesting for an SEO like me that one day will be raising capital for a project of my own. Head over and read this post if you ever wondered what the inside of the VC process looked like, SEOmozs Venture Capital Process.
John Dvorak over at pcmag.com wrote an article yesterday where he complained quite mightily about how SEO is ruining Google search results by:
“tricking Google or Bing or Yahoo into ranking your particular Web site higher than the competition by reverse-engineering the tricks used by Google, et al to rank sites in the first place.”
“It’s killing the Internet if it hasn’t already.”
and his proof of this is:
“Try and find the best cell phone deal on the Internet. Do it by using a search engine. Every hit is some commercial site trying to sell you something.”
So basically he typed in ‘best cell phone deal’ and he was upset that they results that came up were various websites that wanted to ‘actually’ sell him a cell phone. Ummm, ya….if you type in cell phone deals or some hybrid of that query you are likely in the market to ‘actually’ buy a cell phone, ergo the results that come up will be sites trying to do just that.
The real truth is that Google and other search engines encourage SEO as a way of putting your websites best foot forward and they don’t have any problem with this as long as you represent your website and its content in an honest way. In fact here is a link to Googles SEO starter guide – which by-the-way is available in 40 languages due to its popularity.
After making the above wildly unresearched statements John continues to hoot-and-haw about how everyone is out to trick him but then he gives SEO a little free promo by stating:
“My advice to Web site managers, when you see this sort of result, is to contact THAT site and hire the consultant doing SEO for it. This sort of thing is no accident.”
Maybe he was just spouting off to attract readers but some of these comments, obviously made by search engine marketing folk got pretty nasty:
“I wonder if you have any understanding of business and marketing if you think commercial sites coming up when you are actually looking for a deal is a bad thing. That really made me laugh.”
“You’re right John, if I type in “best cell phone deal” I definitely don’t want to see sites offering me the ability to get good deals on cell phones. What I’m REALLY looking for would be a wikipedia article talking about the future of cell phones followed by a bunch of sites featuring cell phone news and tips on using cell phones to order pizza.”
“Congratulations!! You have created the worst article that I have ever found on the internet.”
“John…seriously???? you just lost all credibility.”
“What a pity to read your post! What a pity for pcmag to let you write about SEO! I do recommend reading some basics SEO before you put up another post.”
“Which is worse? SEO, which you woefully misdescribe, or linking keywords in your article to adverts so that they pop up without warning in a really intrusive way?”
“John, a long long time ago, I respected your intelligence. Today, that’s completely gone.”
Ouch, I hope John does not take all this criticism too hard but I do agree – this article did seem quite ‘light’ on research.
So everyone can probably agree that Lady Gaga is overplayed but she still sounds pretty good? Or should I say, ‘he’ sounds pretty good. It seems that most searchers think that Lady Gaga should be renamed Lad Gaga!
This is my first time seeing this in action and I guess I like it, but only for news results. I wonder if it will be coming up for more regular type searches.