Readers, I could try to paraphrase it all here but it’s better to read all of what Nick has to say right here. Great read.
If Brian Clark’s CopyBlogger is not on your RSS reader yet, it should be. Brian’s recent article gives you tips on how to affectively write a "how to" post that could garner you mega links and traffic. By focusing on the benefits to your readers (weak attempt by me in this post title) you can do just that. Check out his article for the details.
I think we have enough "news roundup" SEO blogs around. At least, if you ever take a look at Patrick’s Bloglines, I’m not sure how he’s able to ever stop reading! (I think he must ‘skim’ a lot).
Anyway, in my opinion the more enjoyable SEO blogs are those with a bit of personality & gossip. Well you can add a new "fun one" to your Bloglines, Cartoon Barry tracks the hijinks of none other than Mr. Barry Schwarz. The new blog links to his writings from Roundtable and SEWBlog, and also touches on issues such as his adventures in mazelink Ikea, a typical day and plans on posting baby pictures (well, to my knowledge, there’s no baby yet).
** update: Barry confirms there’s no baby on the way
Found on Multilingual Search:
A blog service provider, Hot Link announced the results of blog/SNS usage survey in Japan…
66.0% answered that they would write product/service reviews for rewards (products and/or money) if they receive no pressure to write good reviews from the company. 28.2% answered that they would write the reviews even if they are pressure to write only the good reviews.
Maybe we’re in the wrong geographic market. ReviewMe.co.jp anyone?
Will any LBB readers be down at SES San Jose August 7-10? Text Link Ads will have a booth, also Andy and I will both be speaking at the show. Let us know who is going down to the show and hoping we can catch up in person.
Just released on TLA, our new "Link Buying Starter Kit". If you are new to buying links it is worth a look. Update: while you are here look around and notice the new LBB look from Chris. Really cool. Thanks again!
Jim Krukal has written many posts at Revenews which are controversial. I enjoy reading all of them, but disagree with some. A recent post Blogging Isn’t Ready for Paid Posting contains a lot of things which I just don’t think are the case. He writes:
There’s a difference here. A big one. And that’s that blogs are in essence NOT a broadcast medium built for viewership as tv, radio and others are. Those mediums are run specifically to make money, blogs are not, ok, the vast majority of them are not.
Well, in some ways this is true — many bloggers don’t want to make money. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that 60% of bloggers don’t want to make money, 20% of them ‘wouldn’t mind’ doing it, and only 20% of them are ‘somewhat or very focused on making money’. That’s still, what, about a hundred million bloggers who would like to make money on their blogs? Seems like a pretty big slice of the pie to me.
Meanwhile — why is everyone so intent on making generalizations, such as bloggers like or dislike such and such, or the blogosphere is or isn’t ready for this or that… the World Wide Web is still, thankfully, the Wild Wild West… many types of people will publish many types of content with many different motives and methods… and that’s a GOOD THING. Many business models and ad networks will fail… and many will succeed… and every blogger will like or dislike certain models and networks for certain reasons… the point is that there can and will be a PLURALITY.
Where am I going with this? ReviewMe. It won’t be for all bloggers. It may not even be for most bloggers. But I am very confident that SOME bloggers will love it. That’s called our niche. And we plan to cater to it.
"Incoming links can’t hurt you… the most they can do is ‘not count’ ."
In my opinion this used to be true.
In 2006, it’s absolutely, certifiably, completely FALSE.
Your neighborhood better maintain a certain level of trust — both trust IN and trust OUT — or you can kiss your rankings goodbye.
To put it another way…
- You have six trusted links to your site, it’s ranking on page 2.
- Then, add 10,000 untrusted links to your site. These should theoretically just "not count", and you should still rank on page 2… right?
Then why do such sites go byebye? (I’ve seen it time and time again in the last 6 months.)