Just received an email from someone who I thought I could respect at one point for creating a great & free community for Independent Business people who gathered online, built up their authority through the community and shared a bit of offline networking because of the website. It was an email basically justifying why they decided to start charging everyone who’s participating in the “paid version of LinkedIn” and that she was proud at the decision she & her team of a handful of people did in Fremont.
The new “paywall” isn’t what bothers me, but rather it’s what she says in the body of the email. Reading through it, it seems there were some people who weren’t happy about the new way the website prevents people from getting a “free ride” and it was a response to some of those who weren’t so pleased with the changes. However, she writes in the middle of this “Open Letter”:
It’s got me thrilled! I was getting tired of the bogus profiles, the SEO companies creating free account stuffed with keywords, battling the spam.
Excuse me? ”The SEO companies creating free account stuffed with keywords?” OK, bogus profiles or spam might be problems, but if you’re going to mix my profession in with 2 things obviously everyone hates, you’ve just slapped me and my profession in the face. Continue reading “Tired of Biznik” »
Quality Content for SEO
Everyone wants to show up at the top of all the billions of searches every day. So, they come to us to help them rank up there through all the great SEO strategies we’ve applied over the years. However, one of the best ways to frankly rank up top with or without us is truly having the most useful and qualitative content available on the web.
So, what is Quality Content? Let’s think about this very seriously.
A) It’s not written by someone else.
We have the tendency to outsource our work to others because “we don’t have the time” to write it ourselves. However, nothing is more sincere, more meaningful nor nor more impressive than thoughts from the original source. When the thoughts and opinions come from the source, they are much more meaningful than someone who has to interpret “what it feels like to be someone else.” How sincere are you when you’re acting? Why are there very few GREAT actors? Continue reading “Quality Content SEO” »
When we search in Google or in a search engine, we see how high or low our websites are by searching for them in the search engine results page. However, what if you’re not in the top 10 or top 20? What if you’re past the top 30 or worse? Well, trying to find where you are for most search phrases can be not only time consuming, but annoying at times. So, Rank Checking tools of all forms started to populate the Internet here in the 21st century. You have one off’s where you can check where you are for a single phrase to software tools and monthly subscriptions for services that can track many phrases for you in hopefully a friendly manner.
In my recent ongoing search for the Ultimate Rank Checker tool, I decided to list all the ones I’ve found to hopefully help website owners/managers and SEO’s who are interested in managing their own rankings online. Also, as more are created and marketed, I thought this would be a great place for people to also add their input regarding any tools or websites that should be added to the following list.
I had planned to just contribute to other lists online, but sometimes the owners of the blogs are a little critical of comments coming from “Seattle Organic SEO” which they might think I’m trying to garner credit for the phrase, but fail to understand that is our business name. As a result of their discrimination, it just makes sense to out rank them online and provide an even better list. :)
*Please note that I have specific needs and I’m looking for a more robust solution. For someone who’s simply looking for a solution or tool that does limited rank checking within google or other search engines, most of the following tools in their free forms will suffice.
How do we graphically define concepts? Google Images attempts to do it for us.
Most people search and simply are satisfied with the text results. However, one of the many other types of search results that exist now are the “images” that google has been indexing for quite some time. It can represent quite a bit of traffic for a website including be one of the top reasons why a website gets traffic. I wrote a 3 year+ blog in Korea when I was experimenting with the results of a blog and found that the #1 traffic source was this silly image of a dog with a bunch of porcupine quills in it’s face. It would produce hundreds of hits daily. Continue reading “Google Images Defines What May Be” »
One thing that can help your business is be in as many places as you possibly can so clients or customers can find you. One of the reasons why I was somewhat successful right at the beginning was that clients found us in various websites throughout the web. One website that I discovered recently is kind of fun called Thumbtack.
The site describes itself as:
“Thumbtack isn’t like typical local search directories that simply return business listings with ratings and reviews, leaving you no better off than the paper Yellow Pages. Instead, Thumbtack gives you the ability to vet, contact and book service professionals the moment you find them.”
Here’s our listing:
Building Organically Results in Long Term Strength