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Old 03-09-2011, 07:39 AM
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SEO Tip for Wednesday, March 8, 2011 - All Too Common SEO Mistakes

I was going to call today's tip My Top Five SEO Mistakes, but then I realized that would sound as though I had made them.

1. Putting the cart before the horse. Most of the time, sites get planned and designed without any consideration for search engines. If you don’t have an search specialist on the design team, you may not get a search engine friendly site. Even web designers who understand SEO and produce search engine friendly sites may not have the skills to help a new web site owner with keyword research and domain selection.

2. No keyword research. The first step in planning any site should be a careful study of how people will find the site in the search engines. This isn’t just about using the right keyword tool. Long before that, the client and the SEO needs to brainstorm terms. Ask friends and even better – customers – what terms they would use to find a business like yours. (More on this essential step: http://www.searchengineguide.com/lis...ive-keywor.php)

3. Not optimizing the page Title. If you have your company name first, you are missing the SEO boat. Your primary targeted phrase should be the first words of your title, then your company name. Thus: Keyword1 Keyword2 Keyword3 Company Name is well optimized.

4. Failing to grasp the fine line between usability and searchability. Your customer has to be #1, but if your customer can’t find the site, you may as well not have one. Each step of the design and implementation must consider both principles.

5. Missing the Social Ship. Connecting your site and integrating your marketing plan with Twitter and Facebook is critical for today’s successful Internet presence.
This started out as a top 5 list, but I just realized I totally forgot the 2nd most important mistake:

Failing to create link bait!
Your content must give people a reason to link to you. This is more important than ever, as the effectiveness of creating content all over the internet is growing less and less viable. Google's recent Farmer update should make it clear to everyone that self service links are on their way to being a thing of the past. Quality content matters more than ever. Need help? See: Let’s Go Fishing! Whatcha Got For Link Bait?

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SEO Tip of the Day: Thurs., Mar 10, 2011 - SEO Friendly CSS For Linked Dynamic Images

Alt text is read as anchor text for graphic images used for links, but what about a search engine friendly way to use a dynamically generated image for a link? In a panel today at SMX Google’s Maile Ohye provided a solution. Use the @font-face in CSS.

Details on this technique and the old spammy way to do it plus answers to a few other technical SEO questions was provided live by Barry Schwartz of RustyBrick: http://www.seroundtable.com/smxw11-seo-tech-13054.html.
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SEO Tip of the Day: Friday, March 11, 2011 - Write For People and Search Engines

Who is your audience? If you’re writing web content – whether it’s a blog post, site content, a Tweet or a forum comment, you need to consider who -- or what -- will be reading what you write. Too much of the time, we’re writing for search engines. Ideally, we write with both our market and the search engines in mind. But how easy is it to do that? Chances are, when we write for search engines, we give lip service to the human user – oh, yes, I get great traffic from article marketing, we may say – but how often is that true?

So, how to walk the fine line between both searchers and robots? Start with your topic. Focus on your keywords, by all means, but only write about what interests people. Consult Google Insight or Twitter Trends for help with that. Google the news in your keyword niche. Consult your own analytics and your blog's comments to determine which of your previous topics have been most popular? What topic got the most links? Check the blogs of the competition for your keywords: what did their post miss? Instead of making a comment on someone else’s blog, turn your comment into your own story.

Bottom line: write for people, with the search engines in mind, not the other way around.

[Today's tip was inspired by: @heatherlloyd's Tweet: Do you know who you are writing for? No? Stop writing and start researching.]

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SEO Tip of the Day: Sat. March 12, 2011 -Internal Links More Important than Backlinks

Why Internal Links are More Important than Backlinks

Lots of people are obsessed about getting backlinks. They will try any gimmick they see in forums or other places on the net.

Internal linking is very important to your SEO program and also your onsite marketing. Without internal linking, you don't drive visitors and the search bots to the other pages within your site. Remember, every incoming link to a page is a vote for it.

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...To start with a mental image and analogy, think of internal links like veins in your website analogous SEO circulatory system. Their role and function are equally as important to the health of your website as the veins are to your body.

The Value of a Page
Think of each page as an island in itself, the page essentially has 3 attributes and/or characteristics (1) the links to it from other pages (2) the content or topic of the page and (3) the links leaving the page.

Based on those three characteristics each page serves a very specific function in the website. That function is either (1) to rank as a champion page or preferred landing page or (2) to serve as a hub page or supporting page (to create enough topical relevance) to rank preferred landing pages.

With this in mind, the reason why so many pages plateau in the search engine result pages is due to link attrition or more specifically not having enough link-flow from either (a) the site architecture (b) deep links / inbound links from other websites or more importantly (c) internal links from other critical / semantically aligned pages.
Read the full article here: Why Internal Links are More Important than Backlinks
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SEO Tip of the Day: Sunday, March 13, 2011-Google’s Loves Affair With Authority Sites

This is a very good blog post to read so i just thought of posting this as the SEO tip of the day for today.

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In short, Google’s love affair with authority sites is based on the premise of reciprocity, relevance and commercial viability. It’s no secret, that Google’s search engine algorithms are stacked in favor of quality content and authoritative websites.

Protecting the integrity of that love affair can have harsh consequences for those on the fringes of gray areas administered as Google updates or corrections to their index.

One must consider, that if a higher echelon of quality presides in Google’s index from Google being more selective or downright finicky about “which types of websites are algorithmically endowed” or human rater approved, the more relevant and / or commercially viable Google’s dominion becomes when it’s time to monetize that traffic.

This is a post covering two glaring and mutually important topics, the first being how search engine algorithms can dramatically impact your business through “corrections” designed to improve quality control and relevance and the other part leaning towards what you can do to insulate yourself from changes to algorithms by creating an authoritative online presence.
Continued at: http://www.seodesignsolutions.com/bl...thority-sites/

If you wish to discuss anything mentioned in this blog post, i'd suggest you quote my reply and create a new thread so other members will be able to read this if they have not looked in the SEO tip of the day sticky thread.
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SEO Tip of the Day: Monday, March 14, 2011 - Farmer Update and Social Media

If the December news that Google and Bing consider Facebook and Twitter in their ranking didn’t convince you of the SEO power of social media, then the Panda/Farmer Update should. Google is watching what people like and don’t like – and using that as a model for what SERPs should look like.

Reading a recap of last week’s SMX conference, there seem to be 3 central takeaways:
  • More Is Not Better – Sites that have thousands of pages with an average of 500 words on each page, are probably not quality content.
  • Patterns and Footprints – compare your site with the sites that got affected and with those that you know are quality sites. For example, Vanessa Fox pointed out that the sites that were affected generally have:

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    One other thing all the sites had in common were that they had ads above the fold. Maybe that’s not a good experience for users.
  • Corroborating Signals – Content that is quality will be broadcast across social media. Google will be looking at social networking citations, reviews and feedback from users. For example, in formulating the update, they compared the new results of the algorithm with what people were blocking in Chrome.

Bottom line: more than ever, consider users – that’s what Google is trying to do.

If you are serious about SEO, you will want to read every word: http://outspokenmedia.com/internet-m...sk-the-seos-5/. Twice or three times, even.

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SEO Tip of the Day: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - Meta Description

There are lots of people who say you don't need the meta keywords and meta description in your pages. Well did they think about the "other" search engines or services that do? No.

This is for all those people who say you don't have to include a meta description as part of your meta tags:
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Most of us know that while the search engines no longer consider the meta description in their ranking factors, this element of your page is still important in getting traffic to your site.

How Meta Descriptions are used on Search Engines and Social Media Websites

1. While not a ranking factor, the meta description is still important in organic searches as the search engines use this in the ‘snippet’ that appears below the title in search results. The more relevant and enticing this snippet is, the more likely you are to get users to click on the listing.

2. Many social media sites include the meta description when you share a link. As with organic search listings, a relevant and enticing description here is more likely to get clicked on and shared on further. (See this post on using titles for social media success for more information on how links are posted on social media sites.)

So to have relevant, enticing descriptions across platforms for all of the pages on your website, it is best if you can insert a unique meta description for each individual page, but sometimes this is not feasible.

Read more: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/m...factors/28579/
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SEO Tip of the Day: Wed., March 16, 2011 - How To Recover From A Google Penalty

If you think you’re suffering from a Google penalty, one of the questions from at last week's SMX West Q & A session, Ask the SEOs , might hold some insight for you.

Forget the Farmer Update, how can I overcome a negative 50 penalty?

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Greg [Boser]: A minus 50 is when you all of a sudden go from wherever you were to exactly 50 spots less than where you were before. You usually have to do bad things. It’s definitely a manual kind of thing. When they do it is what’s kind of sad/funny is that you’ll search for your name and you’ll be at 51 but you’ll still have your site links. It usually requires saying you’re sorry and cleaning up. And a reconsideration request.

Todd [Friesen]: The cleanup is probably going to be a lot more than one thing. To wind up in a true penalty it’s probably not because you were in one particular link network. You need a rap sheet at Google. Google’s keeping track of what you’ve been doing on and off the site and there are flags all the way along. Google can pop up red flags all over and no one particular is going to get you a penalty.

Greg: It’s the repeat offender penalty. There’s usually a bad track record of you and your site. The people he’s seen it happen to have a pattern over the years of doing bad things.

Stephan [Spencer]: You need to be comprehensive in your clean up and your mea culpa. Blame it on a rogue SEO. You can’t still hold cards to your chest.

Greg: The worst thing you can do in a reconsideration is NOT be truthful.
So, penalties, it would seem, are imposed for multiple offenses or pattern of problems over time, a -50 penalty is manual, and you may still have your site links.

Bottom line: honestly fess up, fix the error of your ways and ask for forgiveness. And don't do it again, of course.

Google on Reconsider Requests: http://www.google.com/support/webmas...y?answer=35843

Read more on penalties from the SMX West Q & A:http://outspokenmedia.com/internet-m...sk-the-seos-5/.
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SEO Tip of the Day, Thursday, March 17, 2011 – Are You Tweeting On The Fly?

If you’re like me and social media has become an important part of your SEO /marketing arsenal, you have probably tried a monitoring program such as Tweetdeck. I loved TD until it stopped working one day and I miss it. I’ve been Tweeting on the fly ever since!

Social Media Examiner’s post today may have found an answer for me: SproutSocial. At $9 month, the social media monitor is not in everyone’s budget, but here are seven benefits on which TweetDeck can’t compete.
  1. It can save you time:
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    • Providing an inbox that combines your multiple social streams and then allows you to respond or flag messages for follow-up
    • Making it easy to automatically post your RSS feed from your blog to your Twitter accounts
    • Helping you to remember the names of the people you follow by auto-suggesting their handles after you type the @ sign
    • Scheduling recurring messages easily but without being annoying
  2. Sprout can help compile competitive data.
  3. Sprout can tell you what time is the best time to Tweet!
  4. Sprout can show you how you compare with other Twits.
  5. Manage multiple accounts across channels:
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    If you’re a TweetDeck user, you already know the advantages of being able to direct the same message to multiple accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. But wouldn’t it be great if you could also get a snapshot of how you’re doing across these platforms and toggle back and forth between various accounts?
    This is one of my favorite features of SproutSocial, which makes it very easy to add Twitter accounts and then link these to Facebook fan pages and LinkedIn accounts. By bringing these accounts to one place, you can also look at your incoming message streams from each platform, again saving valuable time.
  6. Share your data with others via handy reports – terrific if you are Tweeting for an organization or client.
  7. SME saved the best for last – but you’ll have to read it yourself here:http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/w...-sproutsocial/ along with details on its other features. I’m off to download my Sprout now.


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SEO Tip of the Day: Friday, March 18, 2011 - Overrated SEO Tips

What are the Top Overrated SEO Tips? According to Sphinn members they are:

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  • XML Sitemaps
  • META keywords tag
  • 301 redirecting bought domains
  • HTML standards compliant
  • Keyword density
  • Toolbar PageRank
  • Directory Submission
If you don't agree that these are simply not worth thinking about, please start a new thread.

Or if you are a member of Sphinn, you can add your two cents here: http://sphinn.com/story/179982. If you are an SEO, Sphinn is a terrific site to watch for the latest in SEO news and discussion. Check their hot list.
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SEO Tip of the Day: Sat, March 19, 2011 - Visualizing Links Between Domains

Before i leave for a few hours or less, i found a good blog post for todays SEO tip since MJ is offline and i beat her to it.

Visualizing Links Between Domains

From the YOUmoz blog:

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A common question from clients who have more than one domain in their portfolio of web assets is "how can I link these sites together in order to improve SEO?" One way to get a high level view of how a client's websites are currently interlinked is through the creation of a network graph. This can help you understand how the client wants traffic to flow between their various web properties and how they are leveraging their websites in order to flow PageRank between different domains.

A number of programs exist to create network graphs. One of the easiest to use is a Microsoft Excel plugin called NodeXL. This is a free and open source plugin developed by Microsoft Research in partnership with several U.S. universities. The goal of the NodeXL project is to make generating network graphs as easy as generating a pie chart – and while it's not quite that easy, it does make this field accessible to non-academics or non-programmers working in the field of SEO.

To gather the data necessary to create the network graph, I head over to Google Webmaster Tools and...
Continued at: http://www.seomoz.org/ugc/visualizin...etween-domains

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SEO Tip of the Day: Sunday, March 20, 2011 - Robot Access for Improved SEO

Todays tip or tonights tip (just noticed the time) is about the robots.txt and how using it improves your SEO in a way. This is a long blog post to read but a great one for sure.

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Left to their own devices, search engine spiders will often perceive important pages as junk, index content that shouldn’t serve as a user entry point, generate duplicate content, along with a slew of other issues. Are you doing everything you can to guide bots through your website and make the most of each visit from search engine spiders?

It is a little like child-proofing a home. We use child safety gates to block access to certain rooms, add inserts to electrical outlets to ensure nobody gets electrocuted, and place dangerous items out of reach. At the same time we provide educational, entertaining, and safe items within easy access. You wouldn't open the front door of your unprepared home to a toddler, then pop out for a coffee and hope for the best.

Think of Googlebot as a toddler (If you need a more believable visual, try a really rich and very well-connected toddler). Left to roam the hazards unguided you'll likely have a mess and some missed potential on your hands. Remove the choice to access the troublesome areas of your website and they’re more likely to focus on the good quality options at hand instead.

Restricting access to junk and hazards while making quality choices easily accessible is an important and often overlooked component of SEO.

Luckily, there are a number of tools that allow us to make the most of bot activity and keep them out of trouble on our websites. Lets look at the four main robot restriction methods; the Meta Robots Tag, Robots.txt files, the X-Robots Tag, and the Canonical Tag. We’ll summarize quickly how each method is implemented, cover the pros and cons of each, and provide examples of how each one can be best used.
Continued at: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/restricti...r-improved-seo

Like always, if you have any questions about this SEO Tip, please quote the post in a fresh new thread so we can discuss and share opinions.
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SEO Tip of the Day: Monday, March 21, 2011 - Avoiding Duplicate Content Problems

Duplicate content doesn’t earn a penalty for a website – but it can have a negative impact on search visibility. Because a search engine will only return one instance of content in the SERPs, duplicate content may mean you have pages that are never going to be served to the searching public. Those are pages that are not working for you, are they?

Duplicate content can also affect how PageRank flows in your site. And if you are publishing the same content on other websites, you may see another, stronger site returned in the SERPs for your original content, despite having published on your site first. Search engines don’t choose the first page to publish content, they return the most important page (based on links, authority, trust, age of domain, etc.).

How To Avoid Duplicate Content Issues

Simple answer: don’t create duplicate content to begin with. Publish only original, unique content. In most cases, that’s also the most user friendly choice, as well as the search friendly option. Your watchword is quality, more than ever in the wake of Google's Farmer Update.

Rewriting is not always the answer! One forum post I saw claimed that changing the first sentence and the last sentence would solve any duplicate content issues. Maybe for the first and last sentence. If you must spin, by all means do it manually and use a tool like http://www.articlechecker.com/ to analyze your rewrite. You can compare two existing pages for similarity here: http://www.webconfs.com/similar-page-checker.php.

Has your content been scraped? Check http://www.copyscape.com to learn if your content has been used by other websites.

If your duplicate content issues are created by your website’s link structure, or the necessity of serving product pages dynamically, this site lays out some technical considerations that may help you: http://www.webseoanalytics.com/blog/...e-the-problem/. (Note: canonical issues are no longer a problem in Google.)

And just in case you are still confused about whether or not there is a penalty for duplicate content, here's a thread where that myth is thoroughly discussed: There Is No Duplicate Content Penalty.
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Thumbs down SEO Tip of the Day: Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011 - You're Doing It Wrong!

Yeah, I am one of those freaks who truly believes that social media can and will make a huge difference in your SEO efforts, providing you are doing it right. Where it all goes wrong is when people think social media is all about how many friends and followers you have, and that it is about throwing your links around all over the place.

Here is the key to social media.

Ya ready for this?

Ya sure?

It is about SOCIALIZING!

And not just socializing, but truly INTERACTING with REAL people.

I wrote about it tonight on the V7N Web Development Blog tonight.

If Social Media Isn't Fun, You're Doing It Wrong!
http://blog.v7n.com/2011/03/21/youre-doing-it-wrong/
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SEO Tip of the Day: Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011 - Time You Spend Actually Doing SEO?

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How much time do you spend doing SEO per day? Or, specifically, how much time do you waste reading about SEO instead of doing it? Unless you are beginner who is still learning, if you’re spending more than an hour reading about SEO everyday, you’re probably wasting your time.
How Much Time Do You Spend Actually Doing SEO - Michael Gray Graywolf's SEO Blog

Mr. Gray is quite right. If all you are doing is surfing forums for shortcuts and "get listed quickly" schemes then reading every SEO blog or book you can find, then you are wasting time improving the search engine optimization of your site.

Mr. Gray goes on to say:
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The number one thing you should do is more testing and less believing in what some guru writes or blogs and tells you is true.
You should read the post referenced above. He tells you how to cut the SEO clutter and get down to the nitty gitty of keeping up with what is really important in the world of SEO.
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SEO Tip of the Day: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 - Questions to Ask Before Link Building

When deciding to build links you can waste a bunch of time requesting links from the wrong places.
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Link building can be difficult. And sometimes you can put a whole lot of effort into creating content and reaching out to people only to be disappointed with the return. So how can you increase your chances of success from the outset?

SEO competitor analysis can reveal what kind of sites you might like to target. Or you may already have your ideal link targets in mind—some top industry blogs, some government sites, or even mainstream media. But asking the right questions about these sites up front can go a long way.
9 questions to ask for better link building

You have built a list of places you would like to get a link from (instead of sending requests off willy nilly) but will they accept your link request?

The article above has 9 questions you need to ask yourself before sending off that link request.
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SEO Tip of the Day: Friday, March 25, 2011 - Waiting For A Tip From Matt Cutts

It’s not as though Matt Cutts doesn’t provide any SEO tips to the community! But V7N works so hard to provide a relevant, quality SEO tip every day, and we’d like a little help from Matt. We even left yesterday’s tip open until almost 11 pm last night, with high hopes that he would swing by and make our day!

Of course, any V7N SEO worth their salt, keeps an eye not just on this thread, but also on Matt’s blog: and watches all his Google Webmaster Videos (such as this favorite on link building), but if you Google ‘seo tips matt cutts’ and check the Timeline, the only 2011 result is a New York Times article on the Huffington Post's SEO ploys, in which Matt advises:

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One piece of advice I give to S.E.O. masters is, don’t chase after Google’s algorithm, chase after your best interpretation of what users want, because that’s what Google’s chasing after….
That’s a great tip, Matt. Here’s hoping you’ll come by V7N today and give our community an SEO Tip!

Faithful V7N readers who would like to see Matt stop by and contribute to this thread, please Tweet @mattcutts and tell him you’re waiting right here for a tip… or just ReTweet This for V7N. Thanks!
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SEO Tip of the Day: Saturday, March 26, 2011 - A Tip From Matt Cutts

I got a tip from Matt Cutts! Okay, a little indirectly ... Cutts tweeted:
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Danny Sullivan updates "25 Things I Hate About Google" after 5 years: http://goo.gl/VNQMk Every Googler should read this.”
Being an avid Googler, and wanting a tip from Matt to appear in this thread, I read it and am passing it along to you. You should read it yourself, but among the things on which I agree with Danny is:

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HATE: Google Keeps Serving Up Sites You’ve Seen
It’s called “results clustering,” and I’m with Danny on this one; I don’t care for the personalized search approach that assumes if I visited a page once I want to visit it again. I use bookmarks for that.

Read what Danny likes, and doesn't like about Google, and what has changed since he first wrote about the 25 things he hates about Google: http://searchengineland.com/25-thing...rs-later-67969.

SEO Takeaway: If you can’t get what you want, get what you need. I want Matt to make the day for V7N and post an SEO tip in this thread, but in the meantime, I can pass along Matt’s tips when I find them elsewhere.

SEO Bonus Takeaway: the article links to a terrific guide on Writing HTML Title Tags For Humans, Google & Bing.

Matt: when are you coming to tip V7N?


V7N members and friends: if you want Matt't tips, check this thread for how you can help: Matt Cutts: Make My Day!
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SEO Tip of the Day: Sunday, March 27, 2011 - Seizing the SEO Window of Opportunity

Bad news: Weekend is basically over

Good news: Here is a fresh SEO tip for today for you to look at.

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There are two common dynamics that can play out when seizing the SEO window of opportunity in your market. You are either (1) the most relevant / grandfathered search result for that keyword in search engines or (2) trying to bump a page / competitor who is.

Authority transcends the measurement of content or links alone and cultivating algorithmically tangible authority in your market is an imperative blueprint for long-term search engine success.

This cat and mouse like dynamic exists regardless of the keyword and is the condition that spawns action (from those in assault mode) or recess (for those who can rest on the laurels of domain or page authority).

Creating Bigger, Better SEO Rankings

Creating rankings that can stand the test of time, virtually unshaken by competitors for months on end (with minimal effort) requires understanding how....
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SEO Tip of the Day: Monday, March 28, 2011 - What Would Matt Cutts Do?

While we wait ever so patiently for Google’s Matt Cutts to show up and post an SEO Tip in this thread, we can still gain some wisdom from his words. In fact, if we think about it, most of the time we know the answer to the question: What Would Matt do?

I follow a few forums and actively moderate on two, so I see my share of questions about SEO. How many inbound links is too many too before I get sandboxed? How many outbound links can I have on my home page? Is PageRank still important?

If you’ve been around SEO for a even a short time, you probably know how Matt would answer these questions. Something along the lines of: Stop worrying about PageRank, it’s only one of 200 ranking factors. If those links are coming to you naturally because your killer idea has gone viral, you have nothing to worry about. If all the links on the home page are truly useful to the visitor, then it shouldn’t be a problem. Stop thinking about Google and put your focus on the user. Provide unique, quality content and others will naturally link to you. Right?

But sometimes we might be surprised. For example, you might think, when asked, Can I put more than one h1 tag on a page? that Matt Cutts would say, No, just one, but watch this:

[YT]GIn5qJKU8VM[/YT]

Today's takeaway: Even if we have to wait a few more days for Matt to Make Our Day, most of the time we already know the answer. All we have to do, when we’re trying to decide whether to try a get-to-the-top-quickly link scheme or an automated article spinner, is to ask ourselves: What Would Matt Do?

Of course, there are questions that only Matt can answer. We have a thread started for that – pose your question to Matt here: http://www.v7n.com/forums/google-for...want-know.html. And please help us get Matt Cutts To Make V7N's Day.
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