David Leonhardt’s SEO and Social Media Marketing

Tips for better SEO (search engine optimization) and website marketing …

THE HAPPY GUY MARKETING

 

Archive for the ‘linking’ Category

Google Webmaster Tools Get a Makeover

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

It looks like Google did not like being outdone by Yahoo on something related to search.  Ever since Yahoo released its Site Explorer, webmasters were rushing over to Yahoo to find out who was linking to them.  Site Explorer was much bigger than anything any other search engine was offering.

So Google added to its Webmaster Tools a backlink function, whereby you can see for each page of your website how many external links there are and exactly who is linking to which page.  This is more precision than Yahoo offers.

So how do they compare?  Well, I verified my happiness website with Google Webmaster Tools and found that it reports 20,143 external links.  Wow! 

On closer inspection, I notice a glitch.  That site has some affiliate redirect URLs, and Google seems to count more than their share.  For example, if URL A on my site redirects to TheBigAffiliateProgram, and site B also points to TheBigAffiliateProgram from its sitewide template, Google might count site B affiliate links as links to URL A.  It seems strange, but it is happening in once case, although not enough to make a dent in the stats.

Yahoo’s Site Explorer shows 12,986 inbound links to my happiness website . 

So Google shows more, and makes it easy to break down by URL.  One more thing…they let me download the entire list, whereas Yahoo makes me download 50 results at a time (If I am just missing something, perhaps someone from Yahoo can point out what I am missing, and I will amend this post!).

One caveat…to see the stats at Google, you have to prove ownership of the site, so Yahoo is still the best bet for competitive research.

 


Grab The Bookmarketer For Your Site

Testing the NoFollow Attribute

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Following my earlier post about Wikipedia: the Dead End on the Information Highway, after they added the nofollow attribute to their external links, I decided to launch a test to see whether the engines are really respecting the nofollow attribute.  So I created a page optimized for a non-existent word, with a single link pointing to it.  Let’s see if the page gets into Google’s index, and how long it takes.  I’ll keep you posted.

 


Grab The Bookmarketer For Your Site

Wikipedia: the Dead End on the Information Highway

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

I was not going to blog about this, since so many people have blogged about it so quickly, but I decided I need to, if for no other reason to add my opinion to the debate.

Wikipedia is an organization famous for its narcissistic fascination with linking madly between internal pages, but not linking out to good additional sources of information.  Well, they’ve just gone one step up on the anti-social ladder, adding the rel=”nofollow” to all external links, making it the biggest cul-de-sac on the Information Highway. 

The question in my mind, and I am sure in many a search engine algorithm engineer’s mind, is whether the engines should still be respecting the rel=”nofollow” attribute.

 And “no”, I won’t link to Wikepedia’s announcement on this…not even with the nofollow attribute!

 


Grab The Bookmarketer For Your Site

David Leonhardt’s SEO and Social Media Marketing is proudly powered by WordPress
Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS).

Close