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February 06

The Viral Copy Report

Brian Clark has posted a 30-page link baiting report on his site, CopyBlogger.

Viral Copy: Trading Words for Traffic is your guide to creating content that gets attention.  In this free 30 page report, youâll learn:

  • The Four Viral Content Categories
  • Eleven Strategies for Getting Link Love
  • Why Headlines and Storytelling are Crucial
  • The Counter-Intuitive Rule of the Internet
  • Why Not All Traffic is Worthy
  • How to Avoid the Dark Side

Minus points for putting it in a PDF, plus points for going meta (link baiting a link bait report).

February 06

SES NYC This Week

Andy and I will be in New York City this week at the Search Engine Strategies show.  This is one of my favorite shows in one of my favorite cities to visit.  Andy and I both are speaking on Wednesday.  Andy is speaking on "SEM Via Communities, Wikipedia & Tagging", and I am speaking on "Buying and Selling Links".  We also have a booth at the show and invite all readers to please stop by and say hello if you get a chance.  Hope to see you there!

February 06

Search Engine Journal T-Shirt Contest

For those of you haven’t yet entered Search Engine Journal’s T Shirt contest, Loren is still accepting submissions. Winners get their shirt printed up!

February 06

Exact Match KW Domains Rock in Google?

Well I wasn’t expecting something useful to come of the infamous v7n contest (aside from an annoying WSJ article), but I decided to do a quick n dirty analysis of the SERPs. Repeat: Quick. N. Dirty. No pretty spreadsheets or proprietary scripts like Todd or Greg could do. You know, just a glance from an "art not science" guy.

My cursory glance of the SERPs told me a couple things:

1. Links still matter in Google. (I know, I should win SEO-researcher-of-the-year)

but also

2. The "keyword in domain, exact match" factor counts for way more than you would expect.

Yeah. In the top 30 results, I found six exact keyword match* (exact = hyphens OK, but not other added characters) domains (and three were in the top ten):

  4. (sweet site btw)

(note that if you do the search now, you may get different results, blame everflux)

Now, I’m no statistician, but I’m gonna go ahead and propose that 6 out of 30 is disproportionately high (and certainly statistically significant). There’s a lot of monkeys participating in this thing (Google shows 2,780,000 results), and there aren’t very many TLDs (comparatively). If the exact match domain aspect were removed here, I am guessing maybe 2 or 3 of these would be ranking in the top 30.

I think the exact-match-keyword-in-domain-ranking-boost thing may be one of the things Google is doing to counteract the irrevelancy which is sometimes caused by the Sandbox (sorry, Mike).

For instance, may be two months old, and only have 3 inbound links, one of which is somewhat trusted, the other two are junk. Is going to rank for it’s mildly competitive money phrase, "money phrase"? Not for a year or two or three. But it should still rank on a search for "NewSiteWithABrandName" (users are going to be p.o.’d if a press release announcing the site shows up #1 instead). So, Google gives (and, etc.) a healthy boost on a search for "NewSiteWithABrandName". As far as I know, this wasn’t happening (at least, this strongly) four or five months ago.

Alright readers, the "comments" widget below is where you pick apart my theory.

February 06

Interview with Patrick posted at SEJ

Loren Baker has posted a lengthy interview with Patrick at Search Engine Journal. It touches on Text Link Ads, our new publisher program, SEO and more.