Monday, August 30, 2010

Don't Believe Everything You Read

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons so many people are unsuccessful at getting their websites ranking well is that they believe everything they read on the Internet. Think about that logically for a minute: if SEO information was readily available to everyone on the Internet, then everyone would be in competition with everyone, and there wouldn't be a need for SEO experts.

This is why it really bothers me when someone asks for my help then doesn't want me to do my job because they "read online that it doesn't work". Well, guess what? I know what I'm doing! That's why you hired me!

So how do you learn what SEO tactics work, and what ones don't? It's easy...the most effective way is to join an exclusive SEO community such as SEO Book. Aaron Wall has incredibly valuable information, and offers many tools to help you with your SEO quest.

Web Marketing Now and SEO Revolution are 2 more great resources for useful and effective SEO tactic information.

Trial and error are options; in fact, that's how a lot of us find out what works and what doesn't.

If you don't want to take the time for the learning curve, hire someone who knows what they're doing to do it for you. This is great for those who want quick results to improve their business.

Just remember that about 99% of information freely available on the Internet about SEO is bogus.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tips for Blog Commenting

Wow! It has been a while since I've posted anything on here. Sorry, faithful readers! I will try to be more diligent from now on. :-)

I wanted to comment today about blog have no idea how many *spam* comments I read on a daily blog commenting can really help you build your site up, both with links and with getting visitors to your site. BUT site owners aren't going to approve you if your comment doesn't lend any value to the post.

The purpose of blog commenting is to engage the audience, and encourage discussion on the topic at hand. Leaving generic comments such as "Great post" or spamming with a generic

Hey I just bought a spiderman costume for my kid and he loved it!

well...let's face it; this comment lends absolutely NOTHING to a discussion about the price of tea in China. And, it's not going to inspire people to visit your site either...but if you leave a comment on a post about dobermans, and you mention something specific from the blogger's entry and say something related to what the post is, you should be able to get your comment approved.

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Sometimes you can even get away with using a keyword instead of your name; this will only work IF and ONLY IF your comment offers value to the discussion at hand.

Personally, I delete any and all comments left on my blogs that have nothing to do with my post. If there are links in the comment, I delete the entire comment. If the comment doesn't specifically mention something I said in my post, I will delete the comment.

So yes, blog commenting can help you build links and get visitors to your site, but be smart about it. Before you begin typing, think about what type of comment YOU would want on your site.

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