How to Build Website Trust and Authority

While Google’s Panda update has many different aspects, one thing is certain: Google is looking for signals of trust, authority, and real branding. They are looking for signals that thin content mfa sites and thin content affiliates will have a hard time building. If you are a website or business owner, what are some thing you can do to send … [Continue reading How to Build Website Trust and Authority]

How to Create an Amazing About Us Page

About Us pages are one of the essential elements of a trusted website (see How to Make Your Website Seem More Legitimate); however, most people dread writing them or treat them as an after thought. But, with a little creativity, you can turn an ordinary “About Us” page into something really interesting. In this post, we’re going to take a … [Continue reading How to Create an Amazing About Us Page]

Linkbait Failure – Not Understanding the Need For Instant Gratification

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.

Link Building – Creating Exceptional Content for Boring Topics

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]

Linkbait and Content Marketing – What Are Your Goals

One of the most difficult conversations I have with new or perspective clients is about Linkbait and content marketing and explaining how its real goal isn’t to drive sales but to build links, build awareness, and send social signals to the search engines. To make this post useful and actionable, I’m going to take you through the process/planning stage for … [Continue reading Linkbait and Content Marketing – What Are Your Goals]

Article Marketing in a Post Panda World

Article marketing has been one of the foundations of link building ever since I got started in SEO. However, since sites like Ezinearticles and Suite 101 have taken a huge loss in ranking and traffic as a result of the panda update, should article marketing still be a part of your overall strategy? We need to take a step back … [Continue reading Article Marketing in a Post Panda World]

Does the Number of Ads on Your Website Affect Your Linkability

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]

How to Build Links with Images

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.

Link Building – Creating Encyclopedic Content

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]

Badges & Widgets Can Take Your Rankings to the Top!

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!]

You’re All Wrong! Paid Links From Offtopic Sites Do Count

“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?

Teaching Advanced Link Building and Why Pagerank Will Never Die

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.

Five Search Queries to Find Sponsorship Link Opportunities

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).

Link Building Secrets

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.

Link Building and Development Mistakes – Treetrunks and Houses on Stilts

When someone asks me to look at their backlinks there are two problems that continually popup, websites supported by lots of tiny weak links, or websites supported by one single overwhelming link. Neither case is pretty, and if your website is like the house pictured above it’s easy to see what a precarious position you’re putting yourself in.

It’s Not About Buying You’re Way to The Top

When I try to combat the Google paid linking FUD one of the retorts I quite often get is “people shouldn’t be able to buy their way to the top”. I find this naive belief that business is egalitarian really very quaint.

Hare Brained Link Building Ideas for Link Monkeys

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]

Link Building Tips from the Pros

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.

Looking at Link Building Tips

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.

Editing Wikipedia and Ancient Traditions

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]