This week’s post in the Friday Finds series highlights: the new LinkedIn features for beefing up your profile, techniques that can get your site flagged as spam and another look at Google’s commenting system. As always, I’ve chosen posts that add value and also have healthy discussions going on in the comment sections. I hope you find them as valuable as I have.
How Can You Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out?
Earlier this summer, LinkedIn added features that enable us to enhance our profiles by adding visual content like photos, videos and presentations. To learn how to make your LI profile stand out, check out Mike Alton’s excellent post Does your LinkedIn profile lack curb appeal? Add images and links!
What Techniques Does Google Consider Spam?
Have you ever wondered what Google’s Web Spam team considers to be spammy behavior? While paying a visit to DiTesco’s IBlogZone.com, I found an excellent article Avoid Spamming to Be Safe From Google Update in 2013 by Stephen Moyers. In his article, Stephen takes a closer look at these 7 techniques that can potentially get your Website penalized for spam.
- Keyword Stuffing & Hidden Text
- Unnatural Links
- Thin Content
- Parked Domains
- Clocking & Redirection
- Hacked Sites
- Pure Spam
Still thinking about installing the Google Commenting System?
Over a month ago, I took a closer look at the Google Commenting System. That post highlighted some of the pros and cons. One of the major concerns that was raised was the risk of spam. (Google comments do not go into your moderation queue.) At some point in time, there will most likely be a solution to this but at least for now, it’s a very real risk. If you’re interested in hearing how other bloggers are handling this, check out Why I Removed The Google Plus Comment System On My Blog by Babanature. He has a great discussion going on in the comment section.
Over to You:
What are your thoughts? Have you taken advantage of the new features in LinkedIn? Did Stephen’s article give you a better understanding of what Google considers to be a spammy site? What are your thoughts abou Google’s commenting system? As always, we’d love to hear from you.