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A Few Things To Shout About

As you will notice by the title this is a 100% non-optimised blog post, I decided there were some things that have happened on this blog and in the wider community that you will probably be interested in reading about this weekend.

I try to make most of my SEO posts as informative and instructive as possible but every now and again you have to shout about your own blog a bit :)

Some Hard Data

OK first of all SEOwizz was recently referred to by Rand at SEOmoz, the link was to the Link Building Factors article I put together about a week ago.

Anyway the main reason I am highlighting this is not to say ‘look at me’ but is too strongly advise you to head over there and read Rand’s article. It shows some great data around Google’s ranking factors and which ones are closely lined up with Google’s current rankings.

Warning – The article is filled with data, some of it is quite complex so read it a few times

Unlike my link factors the SEOmoz team look at on page factors also and reveal interesting data around the use of headings, something that has long been an SEO must.

Anyway, seriously read it.

More On The Indented Listing

As any of my readers will know I don’t just like to roll out theories here at SEOwizz, I also like to back it up with hard proof.

My last post included advice around indented listings and how they can be used to increase the search traffic to your site.

I currently rank number one for the keyword “bing seo” a keyword that brings anywhere between 15 – 20 visitors a day from search engines. I thought I would make an attempt to really dominate this keyword by having an indented listing. Well this was three days ago and lookie what I woke up to this morning;

bing seo

Now I own the top two spots and I am looking forward to an increase in traffic.

So, how did I do it?

Well pretty simple really;

1) I identified the page that was currently ranking.

2) Did a google search to see which of my pages was most relevant to the keyword after the ranking page e.g. bing seo site:seowizz.net

3) Once I identified the page I wanted to target I linked back to it from the ranking page using the target keyword and did the same from another page on my site using the keyword “bing seo”.

4) Sat back and waited for my double listing :)

Apart from the traffic this will produce it also proves another valuable point and that is how important your internal link structure can be.

Try and group up the most important parts of your site using a beneficial keyword theme. It’s one of the few places you have control of anchor text so make the most of it.

Do follow blogs

Me and my friend Mike who publishes a technology tips blog have recently been discussing links from do follow blogs and their effectiveness as to ranking.

I do comment on blogs and yes some are do follow but I have never really given much consideration to link juice and seen it as more of a social activity.

Anyway I decided to see if the links from do follow blogs pass any juice and after monitoring 15 of the blogs I comment on it has become apparent that these blogs do provide some benefit in terms of link building. I haven’t seen any ranking increase from it but have noticed an increase in link popularity and juice flowing to SEOwizz from these links.

Where I stand on do follow blogs

I still maintain the fact that blog commenting is a social activity, comment on a blog if you find the article interesting and not just because it’s a do follow. To be honest most do follow blogs are strict about the comments they’ll accept and won’t allow anchor manipulation, so any ranking benefit is diluted instantly.

So, do it as a social activity but your link building time is better spent elsewhere.

On a Sentimental Note

The last two weeks have seen things really come together at SEOwizz, traffic is at an all time high, business is flying, the blog is increasing in link popularity daily, rankings are stable when at one time they fluctuated by 20 positions, I now have Google site links which is a sign of authority and blog readership is increasing on an average of 35 readers a week. (pause, take a breath)

So why am I listing these things? Well it’s not because I am bragging, not at all.

It is for this simple fact, many start blogging and are deterred in the first 6 months because of low traffic and readership.

The reason I have managed the above is not because I have a secret formula or because I know something others don’t, it’s because I practiced the fundamentals of SEO consistently and made some great social friends in the process. Anyone who has knowledge in a well searched area is capable of putting a blog together, ranking highly and promoting their content and eventually running a successful blog.

Don’t get me wrong SEOwizz is far from the finished piece, I have plans for design and obviously a continued increase in rank and traffic, but I feel I have reached the position of Google actually trusting my site and I can move forward knowing I have a domain that can rank.

I guess I just wanted to make it clear that anyone trying to optimise their site, that good things come to those who work hard and are patient. There will be times when you wonder why you bother, when you think all these time consuming activities aren’t working. If you have a new site give it chance, if your site is older read this blog and make sure you’re doing things right :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Author: Tim (254 Articles)

is the owner and editor of SEO wizz and has been involved in the search engine marketing industry for over 9 years. He has worked with multiple businesses across many verticals, creating and implementing search marketing strategies for companies in the UK, US and across Europe. Tim is also the Director of Search at Branded3, a Digital Marketing & SEO Agency based in the UK.

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Andrew @ webuildyourblog.com October 23, 2009 at 3:57 am

It’s great to see when someone shows us the proof behind the theory – so thanks Tim on the indenting info. I’m going to try it right now.

And thanks for the inspirational words about hard work and patience – there are so many scammers out there who say do this and by tomorrow you’ll be on page one of Google!

Andrew

Tim October 23, 2009 at 6:24 am

Hi Andrew,

The scammers are the unfortunate side of this industry, playing on peoples expectations, I feel sorry for those drawn into it but it’s a learning cyrb most webmasters come through and in fact, helps you distinguish between whats ture and whats not in the future.

The indented listing has been around a while, any keywords you have on the first page which you aren’t planning on doing any specific link buulding to, simply link them up and try and get a double listing, this should give you a similar click through rate to second and third place without the effort.

timethief October 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I think you have lots to shout about and so do I because I have been benefiting from your blog posts and SEO tutorials from the get go. :)

PotatoChef October 23, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Congrats on doing well. I haved learned that if a “blogger” is doing their job correctly, then the first 6 months is just the beginning. One of my blogs which I was in a paninc about just turned one year old this month. It really was kinda just existing. No increase in traffic, readers, or adsense clicks.

Then, all of a sudden, starting in the beginning of September it literally doubled. Doubled page views, readers, and $$$ adsense revenue.

Whether you are blogging for money, to share information, or just for fun, you need paitience and persistance.

With all the SEO blogs on the internet it is hard to find just a few to read and believe in. I am down to reading just three of them:

The KeyWord Academy
How To Make Money Online With Griz
SEOwizz

I know these three are trusted sources.

Hope your blog continues to grow~~

By the way, timethief is the person that told me about you….

Tim October 24, 2009 at 4:33 am

Hi Pchef,

Thanks for the support, it is appreciated.

Your right a large part of doing well blogging is patience, I guess the saying is true, good things come to those who wait. I also think on top of that, that you need to be doing things right both in SEO and social media. I try my best to do the social side of things but when you have a client base and you need to optimise your own site, social is unfortunately at the bottom of the priority pile.

timethief has been great we sparked up conversation at the beginning of the year and she has offered support and referrals from the word go.

I also read the other blogs you mention and Griz kindly give me a link back from his friends list, they tell you what works in a straight forward way, no messing. Sometimes a little anti social media but they’re normally right in their principles.

Thanks again.

Tim October 24, 2009 at 4:35 am

Hi TT,

As I said to Potatochef you have been a support from the word go and its very much appreciated. If everyone had someone like you helping them with their blogs, there would be a lot more successful blogs out there.

Glad you find the posts helpful and I’ll continue to try and make them as honest and straight forward as possible.

Thanks

Mike McEvoy October 26, 2009 at 11:20 am

Tim,
Great to hear about your progress with traffic, links, and business at SEOwizz. It is well deserved. Your advice on perseverance is well taken.

One of the things I like best about your blog is how you incorporate real data into the points you are making. That combined with the way you follow up on earlier “experiments” with results data is very valuable. I’ll also be sure to check out Rand’s article.

Thanks for the shout out regarding DoFollow blogs. I concur that there does seem to be value in leaving comments on DoFollow blogs, although it can be a time consuming process. One of the other aspects I have been weighing is the benefits of making my blog DoFollow. Potential down sides are spam control, increased moderation demands and visitors only interested in the benefits of DoFollow. However increased traffic and broader exposure might make it worthwhile.

There seems to be a lot of theories around DoFollow and NoFollow. An interesting one was to make a new blog DoFollow early on to attract more initial visitors and then switch to NoFollow after traffic has grown significantly to prevent spammers.

Loved the detailed indented listing info. I need to implement that. Thanks again for all the great info here at SEOwizz.

Tim October 26, 2009 at 11:32 am

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your comment and the input, I appreciate it.

I’m not sure where I stand on dofollow blogs, I guess a blog is there to provide quality info not to harbour PageRank, as long as it is doing that I don’t see an issue either way. I guess my biggest beef with dofollow blogs is that it will naturally attract people who just want links plain and simple, I guess if you have the time for close moderation there is not really an issue.

Keep an eye on the spam, make sure comments are constructive and I don’t see a problem with a dofollow blog. I gues it’s down to preference.

Ricky November 1, 2009 at 3:52 am

I still can’t understand why SEO is really important? Do you mean good SEO=good Google PR? If it is so then Google has already mentioned that you should not worry about PR anymore. Why SEO is so important? I do not use any SEO service(or tecnique) but I am still able to get some traffic to my blog(although I am not satisfied with it).

Tim November 1, 2009 at 5:07 am

Hi Ricky,

SEO is about ranking highly on searh engines for a target keyword. So if you wanted to target “be a better blogger” then you would need to incorporate SEO tactics in order to achieve a top ranking on Google. Yes you can still write a blog and Yes you may generate some traffic, in fact if you blog for fun then this completely fine. However if you want to make money from blogging or you have a commercial agenda then you need to generate a lot of traffic. Many bloggers do a good job of this through social media however the traffic that really converts is search engine traffic.

Optimise pages, use relevant keywords, ensure your pages are crawable, write unique quality content, get links, get links and get more links, this is SEO and this is what will see you ranking higher on search engines and reaping the rewards of the highly profitable traffic,

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