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.
Slam-Dunk Google-slapped! Your stodgy ugly boring website is finally going down! Crash and burn time for the surviving spammers of Panda 1.0 or whatever name you like. This video clearly illustrates a website meeting its demise as it’s owned by Panda 2.2. Your article marketing supported squeeze page site nobody likes is next!
Watch the video carefully as the website is engulfed by the inescapable Panda Update. It’s everywhere now as you have seen with your own de-ranked website that you knew was wrong as polio anyway.
In case you need a better, more technical explanation of Panda:
That’s right, Panda 2.2 has made it so that people have to actually enjoy your website. Imagine the audacity! Google insists that your website is something people want to see now? What’s it all coming to? My spun articles and bloviated content are going to be ignored, all 600 words of my carefully crafted and unique article?
I’m better off with this photo of a hummingbird than you are with your article because people like it better.
Make sure your content is original. Google’s really pretty good about figuring out both plagiarism and article spinning. in fact, the recent “Panda” or “Farmer” update was designed, in part, to weed out the kind of language that results from article spinning–you’ve seen it before. The language starts to look like a blend between Yoda of Star Wars and the King James Bible with grammatical inconsistencies and the invariable nonsense the creeps into spun articles because people don’t take the time to even check the syntax and meaning that results from article spinning software. Consistent natural language is your best bet. Google looks for it, and more importantly, people will choose it naturally over the artificial language found in junk posts.
Did You Know Google Panda Is Grading Your Work?
This Panda content stress test applies to outsourced content too. If you outsource your content writing, keep a close eye on your provider’s quality. Your website is what will sink or swim depending on what you do with and to it, including the quality and originality of the content you choose to put there.
Natural language as I just mentioned above appears to be a requirement that Google’s systems have “learned” how to test. If you are talking like a spammer Google will probably be able to weed you out and well it should. If your content is poorly written by a too-low-cost offshore content writer, it’s going to degrade your performance, not to mention that it will be a huge turn off to your readers.Invest carefully into your online messages and make sure they do what they’re intended to do- motivate people to take action with you sooner or later- nothing less.
Even if your blog is short and light weight, if it has something to say–even if it is something that has been talked about before, but you say it effectively and uniquely, you’ll get more punch in the lineup of search results. Effective content is both a part of successful real estate SEO and real estate marketing.
Is SEO going to pay off for your business? Here is the essence of deciding on what, if anything, to do about SEO for your business website: make your determination strictly based on acceptable ROI (return on investment) and your business sales process. In sales training, this will be the sales path, or cycle or any number of monikers but it is the process by which your business persuades customers to make a purchase. The same process should be absolutely followed when making decisions about SEO. No marketing strategy or campaign should stray away from the formulation and execution of an effective sales process and SEO is as much a marketing campaign as any other form of marketing or advertising.
So, ask yourself. What would create an acceptable ROI? Can I get that with SEO? Will a page one, or number 1 top position for a keyword deliver increased sales volume? Is it worth the expense of getting that spot? How does organic placement perform vs. PPC? How much search traffic is there actually for this keyword or phrase? Do people who search this phrase make a buying decision or are they likely to only be investigating and evaluating? The job of SEO is to sell products and services.
SEO is a topic of debate these days and opinion varies from person to person. Opinion varies from people who think that SEO is just a frivolous activity and that it’s useless and over-simplified (it is made so by some purveyors of “partial SEO” solutions) to those who advocate SEO in the highest terms as an essential core component of online marketing success. Ultimately, the leading companies presently enjoying online marketing success utilize the services of SEO companies. The successful SEO firms (including this Orange County SEO consultant) are those that employ all the essential factors in an effective site optimization and link building campaign. They do their customers and themselves a viable and valuable service producing a win-win result.
Before deciding on any SEO link building effort, companies, and anyone, can get a glimpse of whether it will be worth investing in site optimization. The first course of action is to evaluate search traffic and competition for your business by testing terms associated with your product or service in the free Google Adword Keyword Tool. It is undoubtedly a critically important step missed or misunderstood by many who are new to SEO practices. The process is straightforward: think in terms of the consumer and test terms that they might type into a search when they are seeking a solution, an end result and a benefit. Again, the determining factor in making a purchase is the confidence a decision maker or buyer has in receiving a valuable benefit from your offering. These search terms, or keywords, are the same kind of things you think of during your formulation of the right kind of presentation, script or telephone dialogue in the development of your sales process. A common mistake many business owners make when it comes to optimizing a website is that of forgetting the sales process and forgetting the importance of the emotional connection created by effective, compelling presentation of the benefit of features or products or services that you provide. Consumers online are looking more than ever for the benefit. They are not necessarily looking directly for your product or service or service unless it is the precise benefit they are seeking. You probably already know enough how to promote your business in ways that deliver the highest ROI, and that knowledge should be directly transferred and applied to any search marketing or SEO effort.
Let us stipulate here that the majority of companies are in favor of search engine optimization in some form, but many do not have enough understanding of SEO to transform the process into an effective return on investment. There are numerous “SEO companies” selling partial solutions, or misrepresenting the amount of investment or work that will be required to deliver an appreciable ROI that many business owners have already been left with unsatisfactory results that add to the impression that SEO is not a viable pursuit for their business. These partial solutions tend to exclude a difficult component of SEO and that component is usually effective link building. Contextually relevant links from external sources must be created or obtained and that’s an intensive process that must be done in accordance with the Google TOS to provide a lasting, effective result. Many so called SEO providers will try to sell businesses on shortcut strategies like PPC which is proven to receive a predictable but small and expensive ratio of click-thru and conversion traffic. PPC is fair enough if you understand its metrics and expectations but the overwhelming majority of online search trust goes to the organic results. The other usual “trick” of those offering an incomplete solution is providing only on-site optimization including site design, blogging, content creation and structure, etc. These all account for around 15% of the total factors in search engine rankings according to surveys of top SEO experts. The other 85%? You guessed it. Acquisition and aggregation of quality, contextually placed, keyword-rich anchor text back links.
Companies who understand this holistic approach to SEO continue to dominate search engine results and acquire the lion’s share of online business.
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