Much has been said about having a listing in DMOZ, whether it’s important or not, whether it’s necessary, or how much time and effort it’s worth to get in. I was reviewing a potential clients site and I suspect the DMOZ listing may actually be doing them more harm than good. The company has been around for a few years … [Continue reading Side Effects of a DMOZ listing]
If you’ve been following any of the Google Jagger update threads on any of the search engine forums some of the common things you’ll hear is “reciprocal linking is dead“, or “I’m dropping all of my reciprocal link pages“. While this type of knee jerk reaction is understandable, I feel it’s misguided. Reciprocal linking isn’t dead, just low quality links … [Continue reading Link Monkey it’s Time to Evolve]
There’s lots of talk on the net right now that reciprocal linking is dead, which I disagree with. I will qualify that answer and say crappy reciprocal lining is dead (see Link Monkey it’s time to Evolve). Lots of people are running around like chicken without heads trying to figure out how am I going to get “natural looking links“? … [Continue reading Creative Link Building Ideas]
Perfect of example of how to take someone’s else’s content recycle and repackage it into an awesome piece of linkbait that’s actually useful. Geek to Live: Lifehacker Pack
So now that everybody is talking about linkbait. I think it’s important to consider one of the important qualities of good linkbait, otherwise known as Title Bait.
Ever since the ancient Sumerian’s started writing things down in cuneiform on stone tablets thousands of years ago, people have been modifying historical records to suit their own purposes and goals. One of my particular favorites is the story of the heretic king Akhenaten of ancient Egypt, who tried to replace thousands of years of polytheism with worship of a … [Continue reading Editing Wikipedia and Ancient Traditions]
In case you haven’t seen it Stoney deGeyter over at Pole Position Marketing put up a Link Building Secrets guide today featuring tips from 12 people including your truly, so head on over and check it out.
So I’m finishing up Malcom Gladwell’s Tipping Point before my trip to Pubcon next week where’s he’s the keynote speaker. Now if you are serious about real marketing (not the push button kind) this book is required reading, you really get an understanding about how viral marketing works. Which leads me to one of the biggest viral marketing tools that … [Continue reading Malcom Gladwell, Mavens, Connectors, and Digg]
I’m a big fan of outside of the box thinking especially where link building is concerned. If you’re looking for some link building ideas be sure to check out Brainstorm On How To Get One Way I.B. Links on WMW in the supporters section. In particular pay attention to what Martinibuster has to say, that is a close to a … [Continue reading Hare Brained Link Building Ideas for Link Monkeys]
I’ve been busy tearing down, ripping apart, fixing, and rebuilding some of my own sites and some clients sites quite a bit lately. I’ve been neglecting my linkbuilding and decided it’s time to get back on track here are few tips you might find useful in helping you build some links.
In case you haven’t made your way over to Aaron’s Blog recently check out the 101 Link Building tips that he and Andy Hagans put out. It’s got some great tips that should required reading (and rereading) before you start thinking about linking.
And regardless of the fact that they are paid, Google doesn’t seem to mind them so long as they are on-topic and coming from a reputable website. As the title suggests, this “link buy” comes in the form of sponsoring an event or website. The trick is to find sponsorship opportunities that are in your corner of the web (read: on-topic).
One of the difficult things of trying to share ideas, or teach a concept to large group of people is the different levels everyone is at. What some people consider advanced others consider intermediate. The second problem is the larger and more diverse the audience, the more general and ambiguous the examples have to be.
“Paid links from off topic sites get devalued and flagged.” A common claim by otherwise savvy SEOs such as Ross Hudgens. Ross, would you take three links from the Wall Street Journal if its reporters write about internet marketing? Would you buy those links?
SEOmoz has mentioned it before in their link building videos that badges and widgets are a great way to get links, but can they really help you get to the top for very competitive terms? I believe so and have some proof to demonstrate it. Most badges I have seen are some type of image that is hyperlinked to the … [Continue reading Badges & Widgets Can Take Your Rankings to the Top!]
Whenever you’re at a conference and you speak to a Google Engineer about link building, they will almost always default back to “create exceptional content that is linkworthy” or some similar concept. I’ve been speaking with people at conferences, both clients and potential clients, and mentioning the same thing for years. The response I often get back is, “We’re selling … [Continue reading Link Building – Creating Exceptional Content for Boring Topics]
While SEOs are well known for hating Wikipedia for its truthiness factor, as a whole, you have to acknowledge that, at some level, the content strives to be encyclopedic in nature. It’s this encyclopedic and non commercial quality that makes it linkworthy. When building my own websites or working with clients, one of the areas I feel is important to identify and … [Continue reading Link Building – Creating Encyclopedic Content]
The following is part of a series of posts on image optimization. In this post we’re going to be talking about using image optimization as a link building technique.
Does the number of ads on your website affect it’s linkability? IMHO, yes it does. I do most of my reading on my iPad, using either Ziteapp or Instapaper. Both of these tools do a good job of stripping the content down to its most essential elements and displaying it in a readable format. Unfortunately for publishers, this includes stripping … [Continue reading Does the Number of Ads on Your Website Affect Your Linkability]
Whenever I see someone else’s linkbait that fails, one of the common reasons is the failure to understand the need for instant gratification. I came across a text book example of this recently so I thought I would share it with you.