By Joost de Valk on 17 December, 2010
I’m going to say this one more time (that’s a lie, considering how stupid people have been at this, I’m probably gonna repeat it over and over again): when you sell links, nofollow them. If you don’t, you run the risk of being banned. If you knowingly run that risk, don’t be stupid and don’t get yourself caught. How you get caught? Well… Allow me to elaborate a bit:
Read the full post: Selling links? Don’t be Stupid!
Google and most other search engines use links to determine reputation. A site’s ranking in Google search results is partly based on analysis of those sites that link to it. Link-based analysis is an extremely useful way of measuring a site’s value, and has greatly improved the quality of web search. Both the quantity and, more importantly, the quality of links count towards this rating.
However, some SEOs and webmasters engage in the practice of buying and selling links that pass PageRank, disregarding the quality of the links, the sources, and the long-term impact it will have on their sites. Buying or selling links that pass PageRank is in violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines and can negatively impact a site’s ranking in search results.
Not all paid links violate our guidelines. Buying and selling links is a normal part of the economy of the web when done for advertising purposes, and not for manipulation of search results. Links purchased for advertising should be designated as such. This can be done in several ways, such as:
- Adding a rel=”nofollow” attribute to the <a> tag
- Redirecting the links to an intermediate page that is blocked from search engines with a robots.txt file
Google works hard to ensure that it fully discounts links intended to manipulate search engine results, such excessive link exchanges and purchased links that pass PageRank. If you see a site that is buying or selling links that pass PageRank, let us know. We’ll use your information to improve our algorithmic detection of such links.
By Jim Lodico
Why Search Matters for Blogs
In an earlier article, I talked about the importance of blogging and search engine rankings. However, once you’ve got the blog up and running, the next thing to do is to start optimizing your posts for the search engines. Although search engine optimization (SEO) can be overwhelming to the newcomer, once you understand a few basic concepts, you’ll soon find it’s really not that difficult.
Good SEO copy and a search engine–optimized website accomplish three things:
- They’re easy for the search engines to read
- They’re easy for the target audience to find
- They’re easy for people to read
Everything you do to optimize a post is based around those three basic concepts.
So with that in mind, here are six things you can do to optimize your website or blog posts for the search engines:
Start With Quality Content
Determine Targeted Keywords
Write Strong Meta Titles and Descriptions
Analyze and Revise
Internal and External Links
Optimize the URL
Read the full article: SEO – 6 Ways to Optimize Your Blog for Search Engines
My first tip is for you to get as many links as you can to your website, from other websites. These are called, “inbound links,” and Google loves them. When other websites have a link to your website, Google is more likely to see your website as authoritative and more important. This means everything else you do on your web pages when it comes to SEO will be more valuable. However, not all inbound links are created equal. The bigger the website you can get to link to you, the more impressed Google will be. Start with your Chamber of Commerce website, and keep it going from there.
Bonus Tip – Remember, “keywords” still matter in links. A link to your site (or even within your site) that is hyperlinked as a keyword is much (MUCH) more valuable than just a hyperlink that says, “click here” or “www.yourwebsiteaddress.com.”
Read all 5 search engine optimization tips at Elance: 5 SEO Tips Every Newbie Should Know by Gregg Murray
“…having the [key]words in the exact order of the phrase that people are searching for, and putting that in the HTML title tag, is exactly what improves Google ranking.”
~Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land