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May 07

Do Nofollow Links Count?

Generally we say that nofollow links don’t count, but Ben
actually found that they do help with ranking based on a small experiment he ran. He did an interesting study where he wrote on the SpiderMan
3 game
and then commented on other related blogs that linked back to his SpiderMan 3 post. The unique thing about the link was that it contained the anchor text "piderMan 3" and contained a nofollow, but within a short period of time his site ranked on the first page of Google for piderMan 3 Xbox and other terms.


If you look at the image above it shows that there are 224 results for "piderMan 3 Xbox". This means that it should be fairly easy to rank for the term, but the actual blog post that ranks for the term doesn’t have the word piderMan anywhere within the content. The only reason I think it ranks is because the nofollow link contained the anchor text "piderMan".

I am not sure if the way Google looks at nofollows is currently messed up on their end or if they actually do count them, but based on this experiment it seems that they can help with rankings. What do you think?

February 07

The Ultimate Guide To Increasing Web Traffic

Everyday people launch new websites and blogs thinking that they are going to be flooded with traffic without doing anything. The truth is, it is a difficult task to make a website or a blog popular and it takes a lot of work. So if you are looking to increase your traffic there are a number of ways that this can be accomplished. Here are the resources I use on a regular basis.

Search Engine Optimization for Blogs – Basic solid tips on how to get your blog climbing the Search Engines.

How To Generate Targeted Site Traffic Without Search Engines – If search engines were never invented or they ceased to exist tomorrow, how would you build traffic to your website in a searchless world?

How to get traffic for your blog – Seth Godin breaks down 56 ways to increase your blog traffic.

10 Steps to Guarantee You Make the Digg Front Page – 10 funny ways you can get on the Digg homepage.

Building Traffic to Build Your Fan Club – This is a great way to build evangelists.

How To Drive Traffic to Your Blog – The Advice of a 12 Year Old – Can’t get traffic to your blog? A 12 year will show you how!

21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic – 21 best practices that bloggers should follow to increase their traffic.

How To Build Traffic To Your Blog – With the growing interest in blogging as a means of online promotion and branding, a lot of marketers are starting blogs to promote their opinions, products, books and services.

Building blog traffic for newbies – Blog promotion 101 for newbies.

3 Ways to Immediately Increase Search Engine Traffic – Amongst the commercial blogosphere there is huge interest in the dark, and mysterious art of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. There shouldn’t be. Not because paying attention to Search traffic is bad, or that wanting to rank higher in Google is evil, simply because it’s not rocket science, and anyone can do it. Even you.

How to get StumbledUpon – StumbleUpon is a popular social site that over 1 million people use. It is not as popular as digg or, but it drove 17,209 visitors in the last 25 days to this blog. That makes it a valuable traffic source, so lets see how StumbleUpon works and how you can use it to get traffic to your website.

HOW TO: Boost Your Blog Traffic – Many first time bloggers automatically assume that once their blog is setup and they put a few posts on it, they will get some hits and regular readers. This is quite untrue. You wonât get any traffic if no one knows about your website. This article tackles these problems and discuss some of the common ways bloggers and webmasters drive more traffic to their site by understanding the user.

10 Remarkably Effective Strategies for Driving Traffic – Ten strategies that will help you gain attention.

How Great Headlines Score Traffic – Overview on how headlines can affect your traffic.

Making your content – is the most popular bookmarking service on the web. By getting on the popular or hotlist page you could get thousands of visitors coming to your website within minutes. Here are some ways that I have found that can help your content get on these pages.

February 07

The Linkbait of Linkbait Articles

For anyone that is looking to catch up on their linkbait reading, Lyndon Antcliff has posted The Enormous Linkbait List that contains a list of more than 65 links to articles on linkbaiting. These articles cover everything from what linkbait is to advanced guides to linkbaiting and more. 

This is a great resource for everyone, it doesn’t matter if you are new to linkbaiting or if you’ve been writing viral content for years, there is something in here for you. It is funny because this list of linkbait articles is actually a good linkbait article in of itself.

[via: Search Engine Land]

February 07

Non SEO Blog List (minus the echo chamber)

Readers, Lee Odden did a terrific job compiling an exhaustive list of search marketing blogs  Unless you get paid to read blogs all day you need to trim down your reading list to the most important, original,
influential blogs. A problem for SEO’s is spending too much time trying to read every seo post possible instead of spending more time building a better website. I have been guilty of this myself and only recently have began cutting down my rss list to only the best blogs.

The issue with the growing list of seo blogs is so many are writing about the exact same news and
it is mind numbing reading 100 blogs covering the exact story. Below I have put together a short list of
blogs that do not focus on SEO that I still think are important for anyone in online marketing to be reading. What I like about all these blogs is that they are: original, influential, and have nuggets of knowledge about business that you won’t always find on an SEO based blog.

Passionate Users
RSS Feed

Jason Calacanis RSS Feed

Micro Persuasion RSS Feed

Publishing 2.0  RSS Feed

Signal v
RSS Feed

TechCrunch RSS Feed

What non SEO blogs am I missing? Let me know below!

November 06

Competitive Webmastering & Domain Jujitsu: 7 Tips to Keep Your Network Hidden

Well I hate to make two posts sucking up to the same guy in one day… but I have long admired Graywolf for continuously bringing up issues about Google’s massive amounts of data, and their (sometimes) mismanaging of it. My personal opinion is that Google doesn’t do enough to protect their data on users — they don’t anonymize it, and they keep it virtually forever; this is just begging for abuse :-)

But today I want to touch a bit on the data they have on us webmasters. If you’re an affiliate or have been in the SEO game for a while, chances are good that you have a dozen or more sites. If you do, please know that Google is trying to build an SEO rap sheet on you.

Graywolf posts a sort of open letter to Matt Cutts in this post:

…ask the question thatâs on everybodyâs mind regarding the site review session,
can Google see behind a private registration, and what are some
general-ish guidelines about owning multiple domains people should keep
in mind.

That’s been weighing on my mind too, a bit. I fall into the "not-entirely-tinfoil-hat-but-not-entirely-naive-either" camp, so I’ve taken some precautions, but probably need to be a bit more cautious than I am.

Why is this an issue? The AU Interactive blog has a short recap:

At Pubcon
last week during one of the sessions, Matt Cutts was reviewing an
attendeeâs website and using his laptop (which was tunneled into
Googleâs brain I assume), looked up all the domains this person owned
and called him out on it, suggesting that a number of other websites he owned looked spammy.

Google has proven that they don’t mind collateral damage if overall relevancy is improved. In this case, that means that if you have a lot of spammy sites, that’s going to help them predict whether or not a new site you launch is also spammy. Let’s skip past the whole "is this fair?" discussion and talk about how to hide your network from Big Brother.

6 Tips to Keep Your Large Network of Sites Where You Want Them — Behind Smoke and Mirrors, and Unassociated

  • Use private registration. This is a best practice for competitive webmastering anyway.
  • Register at multiple registrars. This is one of those arbitrary things — anything you can arbitrarily differ, differ.
  • Andy H. vs. A. Hagans vs. Andy Hagans Link Building LLC. Since Google is a registrar now, they can see right through private registrations (I think). If you have multiple LLCs or partners you can put them in different companies’ or partners’ names, as well. Note that I’m not suggesting you use fake names / addresses in WHOIS — you can lose your domain this way due to ICANN rules.
  • Use different hosts. Another one of those arbitrary things — anything you can arbitrarily differ, differ. And again a best practice for competitive webmastering anyway.
  • Don’t use the same link profile twice. Yet again a normal best practice. While you’re at it, avoid design, coding, or outbound link footprints.
  • if you’re REALLY paranoid, you may also want to only visit your own sites when: a) logged out of Google, and b) on a proxy.

Most of these tips overlap with "how to hide your site portfolio from other SEOs", too. No-brainers.

*hat tip to John Andrews for coming up with the term "competitive webmastering" — it’s a better phrase than "strategic SEO cum business" and I think it’s going to stick.

*update, tip #7: how did I forget this one? Don’t claim all of your sites with Google Sitemaps in a single Google account.