“We’ll stop building links when they stop adding value”. This seems to be the motto around at the moment and it’s probably due to the high value that gaining links still offers to sites.
Within the industry we are always striving to keep one step ahead of the curve, to ensure that our client’s rankings continue to progress whilst keeping ourselves afloat within the search engine results pages (SERP’s), and link building is still a very powerful tool.
I believe that this is changing and that Google will devalue the power of links over the next few years, defending against the manipulative optimisation trends and habitual forms of online marketing taking place.
Bearing this in mind, I believe that now is the best time to start adapting your search engine optimisation (SEO) for this change if not already.
Our SEO Best Practice Guide is always one of the most popular reports on Econsultancy, and last month we posted a significant update to the guide.
To keep our guides the best they can be, we go to those working at the coalface of search marketing to get their contributions so they are relevant and up-to-date.
Following on from our blog posts on mobile SEO and on-page optimisation, I caught up with one of our contributors Nichola Stott from theMediaFlow to ask her about link building today. Her thoughts are below…
Thanks to a 10 day ban from Google, the lyrics website Rap Genius saw an 80% plummet in its daily traffic over Christmas.
The site has now been restored to the Google SERPs, but at what cost? Here I’ll take a look at what Rap Genius did to incur such a punishment from Google and what lessons or warnings your website can learn from this?
I’ll also answer the question, what the hell is Rap Genius?
Looking to start some of your own PR or influencer relations in-house? Read up on tools of the trade and best practice in this four part series.
For years PRs (or publicists) operated in specific areas of industry with little fanfare or name recognition for the field. To find a job description, one would have had to look to the fashion, publishing and entertainment industry.
Large corporations kept public relations heads, but typically this role was a defensive position, rather than a proactive part of any marketing strategy.
Black hat SEO involves using marketing techniques which are against the search engine's guidelines. Employing these tactics can result in your site being penalised or banned from the index.
The scary thought of being banned from Google often results in people rejecting black hat methods outright without taking the time to think if these methods could be modified in an acceptable way.
By using black hat ideas and then altering them to stay on the right side of the search engine guidelines, it is possible to benefit without as much risk.
The SEO industry has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, with the focus shifting from building links by any means necessary to an appreciation of the power of quality content.
However links are still the fuel that drives Google’s algorithm, so building and maintaining a strong, clean link profile is central to the SEO’s job description.
At Brighton SEO last week Paul Madden from Manual Link Building detailed the steps that search marketers can take to identify bad links.
As a self-confessed former professional spammer Madden knows a thing or two about bad links, but he now uses his skills for good rather than evil.
Building links to your site is quite easy if you’re willing to resort to dodgy tactics, however thanks to Google’s Penguin updates it’s becoming less likely that these links will actually benefit your SEO in the long term.
Interflora is a high profile example of what can go wrong if your linkbuilding strategy isn’t whiter than white.
So to avoid being exiled from Google, SEOs need to direct their efforts into building sustainable links.
At Distilled’s LinkLove event on Friday Hannah Smith ran through a series of tips and tactics for building valuable links that your site can be proud of and that Google will look kindly on...
I normally hate "Things I will do differently in 2013" type posts.
However, I feel that a lot of SEOs may benefit from my thinking on link building / Anchor text strategy for the year, in particular due to both Panda and Penguin.
As a result here are my quick tips on anchor text links for 2013:
Pinterest is the current darling of social media, and for good reason. According to Experian Hitwise, it is the third most popular social network in the US in terms of total visits (21.5m visits in one week in January 2012, 30 fold increase vs. July 2011).
Pinterest is primarily considered part of an overall social media strategy, but whilst doing some SEO planning for a Client the other day I realised how well it could also fit within the SEO framework.
This blog gives my approach to using Pinterest to identify potential domains for link building and find relevant bloggers/influencers to build relationships with.
It’s deliberately simple because simple ideas are quicker to implement.
It was about time we had another buzzphrase to obsess over, and Google Search, plus Your World (so concise) fits the bill perfectly.
Here is a social search algorithm update that ticks so many boxes it's like SEO bingo heaven.
I’ve read a lot of articles (some brilliant, one of which is Russell McAthy over on Freshegg, and some have no substance) about the implications of Search+.
After I let all the info sink in, a penny dropped. The conclusion I came to was that Search+ will inevitably be a new source of link spam...