Have you heard about the “Smart Marketer’s Landing Page Conversion Course” or read about how to take advantage of the latest changes to the most popular social networking sites? Would you like to read an article about “30 Free Directory Submission Sites With High PR”? They’re all included in this week’s post in my #FridayFinds series.
Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you haven’t been affected by the recent Google algorithm updates. Unfortuately, my site did fall victim to the recent updates. In May, I was hit by Penguin 2.0. In mid-June, I was hit by the spam query update and in late June, I was hit again by the massive update that was rolled out June 25th. I’m currently waiting for a response from the Google Webspam team regarding my Google Penalty Reconsideration Request. Meanwhile, what can you do to prevent this from happening to you?
This week’s “Friday Finds” highlights Matt Cutts’ recent announcement that Google will soon be releasing Penguin 2.0. In his video, Matt talks about Google looking closer at advertorials that violate Google’s quality guidelines. He also talks about new algorithm changes that attempt to detect links to “authority” sites and rank them higher in the SERPs. Another article that you may find interesting addresses speculation (among some SEO experts) that Google+ may come into play when it comes to detecting authority.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can seem complicated and it can be overwhelming. If you don’t have the resources to hire a technical SEO specialist, do you have any chance of your website being returned in the organic search results? Should you even try to optimize your site for SEO or should you rely on providing quality content and promoting your website through social media?
If you follow SEO, you know that it’s a constantly evolving discipline. One of the latest trends in SEO is social media and it is becoming a larger and larger influence on your search engine results. To properly cover how SEO is being influenced by social media, we have to break it up into two parts: Direct and indirect influences. A direct influence would be something that Google actively uses to rank your site or effects how your site is displayed in search engine rankings. An indirect influence would be something that benefits your site, but not directly through Google’s algorithms. Let’s take a look at how to use social to benefit your SEO.
I’m starting out 2013 with a recap post featuring the top six how-to articles that I wrote in 2012 that should help you incorporate SEO and social media into your WordPress blog. Many of you have told me that you have found my how-to posts to be of value. So, you’ll continue to see this type of post pop up on my blog throughout the next year. I also promise to continue sharing things that I learn along the way and I’ll often tie them into how they fit into my strategies. Bottom line, if you have any hopes of either making money by blogging or driving traffic to a website via your blog, you need to treat it as a business. Hopefully, together, we can share ideas and experiences that will help all of us find success in 2013.
In The Ultimate Guide to Generating Backlinks, Part 1, we discussed the different options you have when planning a backlinking strategy and I showed you how to find and evaluate websites where you can submit guest blog posts. However, that is only half of the equation. The other half lies in writing valuable content and appropriate anchor text.
Whether you own a non-profit organization, e-commerce business, or simply an informational blog, search engine optimization (SEO) will play a vital role in the success of your website. There are several elements involved in SEO, but one key element many people need help with is backlinking. The Ultimate Guide to Generating Backlinks, Part 1 explains the different options for backlinking, how to search for blogs that allow guest posts, and determining what sites are worthwhile based on Google PageRank.
Recently, I published a guest post “What Google Authorship Means for SEO” that generated a lot of discussion. Many readers asked how to set up Google Authorship on their own WordPress blog. Some readers weren’t sure if there were benefits to it. Others questioned how to add the rel=author tag to their content. There was a healthy conversation in the comment section and I promised to write a follow-up post to help answer some of the questions.
Much is written about SEO (search engine optimization) and there are many firms that specialize in optimizing websites. There are also some simple steps that you can incorporate into your own website or WordPress blog with very little effort. Steve Hippel may have summed it up best in a guest post that he wrote for my blog: SEO Should Be A Habit Not A Headache. Since I’m often asked what can be done to get your website to rank higher in the search engine results, I’ve put together this short list of articles (from my blog) to help you get started. As always, feel free to interact in the comment section and share your best tips and suggestions too.