Haven’t really figured out why Google slapped me, but who knows. I’m going to assume it will come back up in a few days or so, I’ve had a listing for one keyword at the top for months, and now it’s nowhere to be found. I noticed many other of my pages aren’t ranking either. It could be something I did, but I’m not sure. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
As far as I know I haven’t done anything with this site that would cause it to be slapped. Perhaps Google just doesn’t like me
Side Note: Anyway, I haven’t been posting lately mostly because I’m busy working on other things, but I’ll try and keep posting every once in awhile. Soon I’ll be launching a blog specifically about affiliate marketing, and I’ll most likely post much more frequently on there. I’m reserving this site for pure technology related things, and I haven’t been doing much interesting with tech lately.
Well I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t stay quiet about Market Samurai. I’ve been using it for a long time now, almost daily. Before I had MS, I did everything manually. First I would go to adwords tool, then I would put the keyword in Google and check some things with SEOQuake. Then I would go and analyze the title, url, and description to see if the keyword was there. Then I would have to go off to site explorer on Yahoo to analyze the backlinks manually. What a waste of time. Seriously, this whole process would take me forever to find decent keywords.
So, what does MS do? It does all that stuff and more automatically. The keyword research module obviously investigates keywords, but it displays the number of searches in a much better way. It shows per day and the number of clicks you might expect if you were ranked #1 for that keyword. There’s actually so much more there as well, like OCI (worth of the keyword) and broad versus exact. In the SEO competition module it even color codes how bad the competition is with green, yellow, and red. There’s no need to EVER analyze the competition further down than the front page because searchers rarely go past the first page. The SEO competition module also analyzes the backlinks, showing anchor text and PR. Then you can go on to find content for that keyword that you can either republish or use as a source for your content. Then there’s a promotion module to help find places to create backlinks for your site. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a module to track your rankings on various sites.
This simplifies almost everything for me, I don’t have to do anything manually saving me tons of time and effort, getting the same task done in a fraction of the time. Is this tool a magic bullet to instantly getting good rankings and finding great keywords? No, you have to be able to understand the data presented to you, but if you’ve been doing SEO for any amount of time you should be familiar with most if not all of the data presented to you.
Is it worth it? Well, it depends. If you do a lot of SEO then yes I would say it’s worth every penny. If you only do a little here and there maybe you can just do keyword research the manual way. I only paid $97 for it since I got it while it was on sale. To be perfectly honest, I would’ve paid full price if I couldn’t get it at a discount. The more I use this tool, the more I love it. Guess what else? They’re not even finished with it yet and if you buy now you get updates for free. Publish content, monetization, and the adwords module have yet to be added.
There’s not much else I can say about this tool, if you’re serious about SEO this will save you a ton of time.
I was just doing a little reading and stumbled on this post: http://outspokenmedia.com/seo/google-profiles-seo-as-criminals/
Just because people want to get traffic to their website, they’re most definitely criminals. I mean, legitimate people don’t want anyone to actually read what they write These guys using permalinks on their blog and optimizing for keywords in their post are all criminals. Oh yes and building links with the keyword in the anchor text is also criminal activity
This really doesn’t surprise me coming from Google. In a way, I see where they’re coming from, there is a lot of garbage at the top of the search engine results for some keywords and buried down deep is really great content that barely anyone finds. Highly popular websites or websites that exercise SEO rank at the top, that’s just the way it is. Doesn’t mean they have the best content, just means they have the best SEO.
So yea, if you want to get your content read by people you HAVE to exercise SEO. That’s just the way it is. I sort of wonder what would happen if no one bothered with SEO, what sites would get to the top? Most likely just the popular sites, ones with a large following since they would (and do) get plenty of backlinks for every post they write.
Personally, I exercise a very limited amount of SEO on this site since I’m not worried about traffic. I’m just sort of letting this one go naturally. The Google algorithm is probably the strangest thing I’ve ever encountered though, with pagerank, google dancing, keywords, backlinks, the “google sandbox”, etc. It’s all in good fun though
Side Note: You may have noticed I’ve thrown out nofollow linking, I’m just going to keep links in plain text for right now or dofollow when I feel that page is worthy or needs to receive a link. I am thinking about removing website URL from the comments as well, but I’m not sure yet.
You know how nofollow links do not pass PR but also don’t devaluate links on the page? Well that is not true anymore. Now when you have a bunch of nofollow links, the nofollow links still absorb PR and devalue the dofollow links! What happens to the PR? Well, it sort of just vanishes. So if you have 96 comments on a blog post and 4 dofollow links within the post, those dofollow links no longer receive 1/4 of the pages PR per link, they now receive 1/100 of the pages PR.
So in a sense all those links are consuming PR without passing it on! This is really not good for blogs. You might as well make everything dofollow because it won’t make a difference. I can see some blogs disabling the use of posting your site url in the comments, or just making all comments dofollow. I’m not going to change anything personally since I don’t get a ton of comments
Oh yea, and I wouldn’t bother with PR sculpting anymore, with these changes I don’t see how it would make a difference. PR sculpting is basically making some links on your page to other pages on your site nofollow and thus making the links to other pages stronger to make them rank higher, if you didn’t know already.
This is one of my sites where I am far from an SEO nazi. I am on some of my other sites though On a side note, any of you check out bing.com? MSN’s new search engine? It’s pretty neat. I sort of liked the name Kumo better, but that’s their decision