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My Top SEO Blog Posts of 2008

Just for fun, I went back through 2008 to see if I could narrow down the top 10 best blog posts I published during the year. It’s amazing how much writing a person can do in one year. I looked for those posts that are the most substantial and useful, and hopefully will stand the test of time.

It was not easy to choose just ten, but the following are my top 10 picks, in reverse order by date:

1. Bounce Rate SEO Fallacies
Regular readers might be getting tired of hearing from me on this topic by now, so I will simply say that this story already continues in two posts I have made in the past 24 hours, and this post spurred a debate at Sphinn

2. Website Optimization for Telephone Leads
This post is one that fills a pretty unique niche. In fact, I don’t think I have seen a handful of blog posts or articles in my life linking SEO and telephone leads. This is a very practical how-to post.

3. You Need Sucky Links
I get tired of all the emphasis on PageRank and how some website owners try to avoid getting sucky links. I don’t mean links from really bad neighborhoods, just low quality links that don’t count for much. But these are pretty important, nonetheless. Read the post to find out why.

4. Offline Links Count, Too
Folks in the online world tend to forget that there is a real world out there, and “links” in the real world can do wonders for one’s business.

5. Earlybird Link-building
File this one under “advanced SEO tactics”. Why wait until your website is completely developed and launched to start building your links? Give the search engines a taste of what will be on your site before it actually is. This is another how-to post, which drew a pretty good discussion.

6. How to get More Value from Your SEO Consultant
This is the one “SEO business” post I selected for the top 10 of 2008. It is important not to lose site of the client-consultant relationship.

7. New Google Rank-check Tool Is Released
Call the title a spoof or a prank, but topic is some seriously good advice for the search engines.

8. Why Blogs Are Good for SEO
Prospective clients almost always get this piece of free advice: “Get a blog.” This is one post that I expect to be just as valid in 2012 as it is today … and that’s an eternity in SEO.

9. Yahoo Violating Nofollow Attribute
I chose this post because it seems even truer today than it did back then. In fact, just prior to Christmas, I found several new batches of “nofollow” backlinks showing up in Yahoo. It might be that PageRank is not passed along through “nofollow” links, but I am pretty sure they count for quite a bit. Although best practice is to make sure I get nofollow-free links for my clients, I jump at good nofollow links, too.

10. Link Exchanges: It’s Not the Size of the PR but How You Use It
If you love that pesky little green bar on the Google Toolbar, don’t read this post; it will only irritate you. For newbies, a welcome to a sneak peak at how this SEO specialist evaluates possible link exchanges.

So that’s it. A whole year of SEO advice condensed into a single post. If you like any of these posts, please Sphinn them or Digg them of Mixx them or Stumble them so that others might enjoy them, too.

Happy 2009!

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7 Responses to “My Top SEO Blog Posts of 2008”

  1. Lucy Andrez (1 comments) Says:

    Nice list. Your prank on New Google Rank-check Tool Is Released was really working on me :-) … If only someone could solve Google page rank secret , this could be a great opportunity to make money. Friendly correction, you did misstyped in the post. 2998 should be 2008.

  2. Neha (6 comments) Says:

    fantastic list.
    We have been wondering for years why Google has three different measures for PageRank.It is also totally possible that Google and the other search engines do not include bounce rates and related user actions yetin their algorithms.
    The only search engine that has released anything official is MSN through its BrowseRank paper … and that is not a statement current practice but of future intentions.

  3. jordanjak (1 comments) Says:

    It's very great to see all together ,Thanks for sharing ……..

  4. Fred (1 comments) Says:

    Nice list. A good start on a product or report. As on line people, we forget that the majority of the folks are off line and a little time spent scattering your links on business cards may be worth while.

  5. J Brand Maternity (1 comments) Says:

    This is a great list of very informative SEO topics. I personally enjoyed reading the post of why you need sucky links too.

  6. RBR Productions (1 comments) Says:

    That is very interesting that yahoo is counting no follow links in their engine. I usually tried to avoid no follow links when link building but now I may not pass on the good one's.

  7. Indianapolis SEO (2 comments) Says:

    i really appreciate those listing this actually works

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