This article is syndicated from my real estate SEO blog and Activerain, but I wanted to add here that the website observed here has moved in and out of the top ten pages of SERPs. Today, it’s at the bottom of page four. It may yet recover but the obvious takeaway here is that at the very best, overoptimizing anchor text doesn’t help your cause.
In any SEO campaign, whether for real estate or anything else, best results correlate to best practices and what’s demonstrated here is poor practice indeed.
If you want to fall from Google page one to page five in search results, follow this example. Otherwise, follow some real estate SEO expert advice and avoid this practice like the plague. Google is getting better at finding poor SEO practices and discounting them. It may seem like a penalty, but it’s more like an equalizer. Google determines that if your one-trick-pony is your sole SEO strategy, your real estate website is probably not as valuable as other real estate websites and a downgrade is surely on the way for you.
Your real estate website is on Google’s radar all the time and the Boilerplate Anchor Text algorithm along with Panda and a host of other analyses of your on-page and off-page SEO is always ongoing. If you’ve been risking your website with poor SEO practices frowned on by Google then any short term gain you may have obtained is probably going to turn in to long term pain when the machines of Google’s 200+ algorithms catch up with you. Why not get the right kind of SEO strategy now? Contact Real Estate SEO expert Dave Keys at 714-222-7961.
Google Will Break A Lot of Tracking Tools and SEO Hearts With This One
October 18, 2011: Announcement on the Goog-O-Blahg-oh in the name of “Making search more secure”:
We will stop all third party tracking services in their tracks, or more mildly put, “we are encrypting search for signed in users and websites won’t be able to see the keywords that brought them there, but don’t worry, we’ll send you a summary if you register your site with our Webmaster Tools where we can control your behavior.”
Google will use SSL technology to further obscure the process by which people find your website, just in case you were trying to figure that out and optimize your content in any way to rank for a particular term, something Google kind of dislikes unless you’re a big brand name like Nike. Then you can rank for shoes. If you’re a shoe store selling shoes in Westbury you can go to SSL encryption purgatory. Sign up, let Google babysit your website and you’ll get a summary if they don’t come up with a penalty program for everyone selling anything or promoting anything they don’t pre-approve.
Do you ever get the feeling that Google is controlling a bit too much lately?
Could this tip the scales in the favor of Bing?
What does this mean for sites that receive clicks from Google search results? When you search from https://www.google.com, websites you visit from our organic search listings will still know that you came from Google, but won’t receive information about each individual query. They can also receive an aggregated list of the top 1,000 search queries that drove traffic to their site for each of the past 30 days through Google Webmaster Tools. This information helps webmasters keep more accurate statistics about their user traffic. If you choose to click on an ad appearing on our search results page, your browser will continue to send the relevant query over the network to enable advertisers to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns and to improve the ads and offers they present to you.
In the name of privacy, Google sweeps away more of the competition just by throwing a switch.
This is definitely not the way to market a short sale. I have passed this house for several months on my morning walks and said to myself, this house is going to go into foreclosure. Today was the day.
Every time I came by, that sign just nearly punched me in the face with “go away!” What this picture does not show is that for almost the entire time until about a week ago that this house was listed, the grass was 3 feet high and everything seemed to say, “Keep moving. Nothing to see here!” it may have not been intended that way at all but that’s the impression that I always got, and I’m sure that many others got that impression too.
All the SEO in the world can’t fix poor marketing strategies. It seems to me like some agents just don’t really want the listings they have. Maybe I just have a different attitude of being a little more hungry for business even if my plate is full because I remember so many times when there wasn’t that much business. I couldn’t bear to have this listing without at least going to mow the yard when it needed it if I had to do it myself. And that appointment only sign? What on earth could be the benefit of that? Obviously, this home as it was marketed did not attract enough qualified buyers to get past foreclosure, did it?
We so frequently hear about abuse of blog comments, the argument between to follow and no follow back links and so forth that we forget the value and purpose of blog comments in the first place. Comments are there to create a conversation and allow readers to contribute thoughts and ideas to the authors post. Nearly every author appreciates honest contributions to their blog- even contributions that include opinions that differ from those of the author. There are methods to create beneficial and enjoyable content in blogs that also benefit you with the currency of the coveted back link.
Step One. Find a decent dofollow blog. Comment, but leave contextual, informative and even entertaining comments. There are still plenty of blogs that actually allow and encourage this. Many are quite generous. Spammers will be moderated out but the real conversations and valid observational comments with an interesting point of view are still very rare and will be welcomed by most moderators. Furthermore, comments that are well-written and conversational, introducing new ideas and thoughts on the topic provide the relevant context for your back link. Yes, back links are the de facto currency of blogs and their comments, but that does not mean counterfeiting of that currency is going to help your cause. The purpose of comments is to create a conversation, engaging the author and readers–you know, just like people do at any real gathering weather at a coffee shop, a party or just hanging out on someone’s porch, shooting the breeze.
BONUS many times, a well crafted comment delivers more traffic to a website than the ranking search volume for where you end up in search results from comment links. There’s a real estate SEO Marketing tip that doesn’t require any link strategy at all.
Step Two. Once your comment is posted, submit the URL of your comment if available, or the URL of the blog itself to ping services like Pingler. This eventually alerts search engines to the notion that there must be a change or new content on the page.
Chatter levels are increasing on forums like Webmaster World about yet another Panda update going on now. Right now. For those who like tracking by numerical sequences, this iteration would be panda 2.4.
According to Rand Fishkin at SEOMoz, what makes Panda revolutionary is that it is a learning machine. Perhaps considered by some to be not too unlike the Terminator, always gathering information about and better understanding human behavior. In terms of artificial intelligence, Panda’s view of the world was formed in a soup of months of study and opinion gathering from web activities of real human beings. Google has confirmed that extensive research was performed where people were presented with websites and were simply allowed to vote whether they like the website or they didn’t like the website. This could obviously include factors ranging from colors and appearance to images, animations and graphics to menu systems and of course, the text content and layout of a website.
Panda has since recursively crawled, not the web, but the Google index and evaluated the websites in the index and rearranged the search results based on its learning of what is in the index compared to its core learning algorithm from the research accumulated and somehow translated into the “Panda Intelligence”.
These recursive reviews of the index and subsequent rearrangement of the SERP (search engine results placement) seem to indicate that Panda comes back around each time, apparently about once per month, with a higher level of intelligence and understanding of the web. Whether or not this is the real-time result, it is certainly the theory and it is a theory that Google is so far sticking with.
I have a pretty strong notion that if I am reading content and feel like I’m being gamed with duplicate or rehashed content–and I don’t like that, Panda it is probably going to sense the same thing sooner or later and filter out the same things that I don’t like from search results. That is clearly Google’s intent and if you happen lately to type in a misspelled or incorrect word into Google search you’ll notice that Google has a pretty good idea what you are actually searching for and gives you results for that term first.