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Archive for August, 2007

Blog Optimization – Contextual Related Posts

Friday, August 31st, 2007

I just added a plugin to this blog.  It’s great for users and it’s great for SEO.  The  Contextual Related Posts Plugin adds to the bottom of this post a list of related posts based on the content of the post.  If you are reading thsi on a page that incldues other posts, click on the title of the post to go to its own page.

For readers, this is handy, because they can quickly read more on the same topic.

For SEO, this is handy because it creates automatic links between similar relevant content.  This is definitely a tool every blogger who wants to rank well should install. 

And by the way…a blog is increasingly something that every website should have.

 


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Cell Camera Great for Web-quality Photos

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

You might recall my post on how a camera can help SEO.  Well, I thought I would share with you a couple photos that have nothing to do with SEO, but they do have to do with the quality of photos that you can get from a cell phone…yes, the photos from my camping trip below are from my cell phone!


View from our campsite.
View of our campsite.

 


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Reciprocal Linking Versus Triangular Linking

Monday, August 13th, 2007

When emails like this come from amateurs it’s one thing, but when they come from so-called SEO professionals… 

I came across your site ( http://www.seo-writer.com )  whilst searching for potential link partners for a client site I am currently promoting (name withheld to protect her innocent client). My client’s site is thematically relevant to your own without being competitive.

I would be more than happy to offer you a quality one-way link from our site ( name withheld, well, just out of politeness) in return for a one-way link from your site to my client’s site (from a page with a minimum pagerank of 2+). This linking arrangement avoids reciprocal linking which Google has devalued, giving instead a more valuable one-way link.

Google devalued reciprocal linking?  This is news to me.  What Google has devalued is unnatural linking patterns – anything that can be recognized as a plain attempt to fiddle with their rankings.  If all your links are reciprocal, well, that’s a pretty unnatural linking pattern.  On the other hand, if all your links are triangular, that’s an even more unnatural linking pattern.  What’s more, whereas reciprocal linking can be for traffic reasons and/or better search engine rankings, triangular linking is a pretty transparent attempt to control Google’s rankings.   

To sum up, here is how I responded to this so-called SEO: 

That myth about reciprocal linking is certainly getting around.  It’s basically bunk.  If you follow natural linking patterns, Google will love you.  Triangular linking is less natural than reciprocal linking.  Anyway, this particular arrangement doesn’t interest me.

Best of luck.

 


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More Spanish spoken

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Over the past few years, Americans have been waking up to the growing Hispanic presence amongst them.  Not only are there more Hispanics than ever as a percentage of the total US population, but the Hispanic community is growing more mature, as the next generation takes on higher-paying jobs, moves into the suburbs and has more money to spend.  Of particular note to marketers is that, unlike other communities before them, Hispanics are hanging on to their language and will often expect to be addressed in Spanish or take their money elsewhere.  This is one of the reasons that work by people like Leslie Inzunza, who advises on law firms marketing to Hispanics, is so important.

Canadians are used to bilingualism (English/French), so you would think they would be jumping on this brand new market opportunity in their own back yard by teaching their kids Spanish (a language similar to, but easier than, French).  Not so. 

The head-in-the-sand approach of most Canadians is even more worrisome when considering the change happening in Canada.  I just returned from a suburb of Montreal that I know well, where Greek, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Caribean and Indian minorities abound.  Our family picnic lasted 7 hours, during which time we conversed with four Spanish families.  Considering that we did not speak with most strangers in the park, that number speaks volumes about the shifting demographics right in Canada.  It mirrors what I saw the week before in Niagara Falls, where the two visible minorities that I saw in large numbers were Indians (recognizable by their skin and attire) and Hispanics (recognizable by their language).  It mirrors what I have been overhearing in shopping malls, in bowling alleys, in stores around Ottawa.

America’s changing demographic is also Canada’s changing demographic.  Funny that Canadians, already attuned to bilingualism, are so slow to notice!

 


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