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Session: SEO QA on Links

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 22nd, 2007     Link Building, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

SEO Q&A on Links

In this session on Day 3 of SES San Jose 2007, there were no presentations. The floor was open to all questions anyone had on links and link building and how they affect PageRank and their importance in organic SEO. There were many questions asked, and even more great answers from the panel consisting of Mike Grehan (“My name is Mike Grehan, and I do links.”), Debra O’Neil-Mastaler (Link Building Chick), Jim Boykin and Greg Boser (“The White Hat Link Builder”), with Danny Sullivan moderating. Below, I thought I’d highlight the some of the questions and answers I thought were most interesting.

1. Are there any implications or problems with run-of-site links?

Lee Odden

Session: Search Engine QA On Links

Lee Odden on Aug 22nd, 2007     Link Building, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Engines, SEO

The floor was open for audience questions as representatives from Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Ask.com addressed issues on the importance and value of inbound links.

One question seemed to resonate throughout the entire session. How can a search engine identify whether a link is paid or organic in nature? Shashi Thakur of Google replied that through both manual and algorithmic methods, the search engine is able to determine the nature of a link.

But why are paid links so bad? Thakur suggests that generally, purchased links are intended only to deceive search engines while adding little to no value to the user.

However, Peter Linsley of Ask.com and Sean Suchter of Yahoo agree that purchased links are not necessarily evil so long as they provide some sort of value and relevance to the user.

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Session: Link Building Basics

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 21st, 2007     Link Building, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

Day Two coverage of the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose:  The Popular Kids Have Good Content 

Tuesday morning was the morning to learn about link building. As a linking specialist at TopRank, I knew I would learn a lot, and review what I already know, in this session by listening to Mike Grehan and Christine Churchill.

The topics we focused on this morning were ways to increase a website’s ranking, such as link requests, paid links and reputable links from authority sites.

However, the absolute basic thing you must remember before linking is that you need to have something to offer the readers. Mike Grehan asked us “Why should your site rank high?”

Lee Odden

Links Links Links!

Lee Odden on Apr 23rd, 2007     Link Building, Online Marketing, SEO

Oh we love the links and then some here at TopRank. Today, old school online marketer Larry Chase published a few more link building tips and resources in his most recent Web Digest for Marketers newsletter. I’ve added a few of my own comments:

  • Widget Linking - The RSS Buttons and Social Bookmark tools that TopRank’s Thomas McMahon created serve as excellent widget linking examples. Widgets were hot back in the late nineties when Angelfire and Geocities were the rage in personal web sites. What’s old has become new again.
  • Content Keyword Tagging – Using tags with social bookmarking, ala del.icio.us, can be a very effective way to organize resources on the web. Tags do not offer the same kind of structure as category based organization, but that’s what makes them so useful. Also, many of the social bookmark services such as Furl.net create a copy and crawlable links when you save a bookmark.
Lee Odden

5 Tips for Content Distribution Networks

Lee Odden on Feb 27th, 2007     Blog Marketing, Link Building, Online Marketing, Press Release Optimization, SEO, Social Media

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In the past I’ve written about the content versus links debate where SEOs seem to fall on one side or the other when assigning the majority of importance for search engine rankings. What’s missing from that conversation is the need for a distribution network.

There are many that believe the key to a successful link building campaign is to create content worth linking to. However, if you create great content and no one knows about it to send a link, then there’s a lot lost on the effort. “Build it and they will come” is not the reality with search marketing despite the hype from SEO nay-sayers.

Lee Odden

Content vs Links

Lee Odden on Jan 26th, 2007     Link Building, Online Marketing, SEO

There’s a long standing debate in the search marketing industry about links versus content. Which is better?

On the one hand there’s the perspective that if you create great content, people will link to you naturally. That’s true, but it’s a bit misleading.

On the other hand there are those that say links are the answer. You can get pages to rank well based purely on links. Again, that’s entirely possible, but such a statement does not give you all the facts.

When I read or hear people ask whether links or content are better, I liken such a question to asking, “What’s better, air or water?”. Links and content are both necessary for competitive search marketing efforts. Emphasizing one over the other depends on the situation. Excelling at both is the ideal.

Lee Odden

Search Marketing Links 102906

Lee Odden on Oct 29th, 2006     Interactive Marketing, Link Building, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, SEO

Andy Beal comes over to the dark side and launches a new blog design using WordPress.

Rae posts an excellent interview with Brian Prince of BOTW.org.

Gord Hotchkiss of Enquiro does it again with a great article on search marketing reaching critical mass in a follow-up to his previous “Cross the Chasm” article.

Aaron Wall posts “Trusted vs Untrusted Links” and follows up with another “vs” post, “Tactical SEO vs Strategic SEO“, which is excellent, but has more to do with SEO for sites/blogs whose business model is ad revenue than advice most business web sites can take advantage of. Great advice all the same though.

3 Link Bait Lessons from a Master Link Baiter” SEO Black Hat.

Lee Odden

Eric Ward Launches Link Building Newsletter

Lee Odden on Sep 29th, 2006     Link Building, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing

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The PG SEO (pre-Google) and master linker, Eric Ward has recently launched a new newsletter on link building called, The Ward Report.¬† I’ve seen the initial free-trial issue and it’s pretty good with topics including:

  • Linking Fact, Fiction and Your Inbound Link Profile (INLP)
  • Social Linking and Tagging
  • Linking for Search Rank
  • Linking and Publicity Opportunity Watch
  • RSS To The Rescue

It’s a paid subscription and well worth it. Subscribers will have access to discounted training, how-to Podcasts, video training modules and other resources as well.¬† You can sign up for the Ward Report here or request the trial version.

Lee Odden

Link Building Advice from the Best

Lee Odden on Sep 16th, 2006     Link Building, Online Marketing, SEO

Unless there’s any doubt, I am a linking fanatic. I appreciate links like they’re gold. When I talk about link building with our team, I can never stress enough the importance of linking for traffic and SEO. To me, the best way to learn about link building is to get out there and do it.

However, if you’re new, you can save quite a bit of time learning from the wisdom of others’ experience. Here are three recent posts and one bonus link on link building I highly recommend:

Rand Fishkin presents his thoughts on why email is still king for link building.

Jim Boykin has a great post about the quality vs quantity issue with link building.

Eric Ward dispells a common myth about .edu links in his post: “.edu link fallacies dispelled“.

Lee Odden

LinkMoses Speaketh

Lee Odden on Sep 12th, 2006     Link Building, Online Marketing

Eric Ward, the mac daddy link master or as Debra likes to call him, “LinkMoses” has published his Linking Commandments (part one). These inspired, toungue in cheek linking tips include pearls of wisdom including:

  • II – “Thee who linketh in exchange for gold is Link Whore” *
    (linking in exchange for a return link may be marginally slutty)
  • III – “Thou shall not social linketh thyne own site” *
    (nor send a memo to all employees telling them to digg it, or ask your children to link to your site from their MySpace space)
  • VIII – “Just because MSN search is stupideth dost not giveth thee permission to link spameth them”
  • X – “The link schemer eats from a bountiful table today, but the link farmer eats for a lifetime”
Lee Odden

Link O Rama – 101 Link Building Tips on SEOBook

Lee Odden on Aug 15th, 2006     Link Building, Online Marketing, SEO

Aaron Wall and Andy Hagans have put up a nice piece of work on the topic of link building. 101 linking tips to be exact.

Lee Odden

ad:tech Chicago – Link Building

Lee Odden on Jul 25th, 2006     adtech, Link Building, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, SEO

Our next installment of ongoing ad:tech Chicago 2006 coverage provided by Online Marketing Blog focuses on link building.

This SEO related session was two thirds full, which dispells my earlier suggestion that interest in SEO might be slipping here at ad:tech. What was to be a rounded topic of on-page and off-page optimization turned out to be focused on linking as one of the presenters was not able to attend.

It was good to see different speakers on SEO here at ad:tech, but SES or Pubcon veterans would have balked at some parts of Dan Perry’s presentation as being too basic or not entirely useful. However, this is ad:tech and many aspects of SEO are still a mystery to most attendees. As a result, the information presented by Dan may have been more palatable and provoking of questions as there was a good Q/A session afterwards.

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