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Get More Traffic for Your Website With Natural Backlinks

December 16, 2008

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Backlink is a hypertext link pointing back to your website. It is used as a measure of the web popularity by search engines for ranking the web pages in search engines indexes. Google states that a link from origin page to destination page is a vote. The more backlinks to your website, the more votes it gets. The more votes your website it gets, the higher it ranks in SERP (Search Engine Results Page). Backlinks are valuable to your website.

How do You Find Backlinks to Your Website

You can track backlinks to your website using the following free tools that are available on the Internet.
• Search Engine Back Link Tracking Utility & Backlink Tracker Tool
• Link popularity check

How Do You Build Your Backlink Naturally

Link building is an on going project for your website and you need a lot of effort and time to achieve good results. However, you should build your backlink in a more natural way. It is not advisable to purchase links from link farm. Backlinks from other sites will provide higher exposure to your site in SERP (Search Engine Results Page). Hence, there’s a great potential of getting more traffic for your website.

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to improve your link popularity, which will give you a boost in the search engine rankings. Here are some good ways to build backlinks to your website:

1. Submit your website to free/premium web directories.
2. Submit your articles to article directories and ezines.
3. Submit press release about your website & products.
4. Develop a good relationship with your website visitors and ask them to link to your site.
5. Make linking easy by providing the linking code.
6. Exchange links with other similar non-competitive websites.
7. Submit your website for reviews.
8. Participate in forum.
9. Give comment to other blogs.
10. Consider bartering for links.
11. Use link baiting technique.

These methods will help you to improve your link quality and popularity. It will help you to boost your website’s SERP rankings. Backlink building is undoubtedly the most time consuming part of search engine optimization. Link building is so important that it needs to be given high priority and you can’t neglect it. You can hire someone to do link building for you if you don’t have the time to do it yourself. Improve your website linking now to ensure a good search engine ranking in the future.

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How To Avoid Getting Banned or Penalized By Google

December 10, 2008


How To Avoid Getting Banned or Penalized I get many people contacting me asking, “Why is my site not listed in Google?” or “Why am I ranked 387th in Google for my most popular search term when I’ve been optimizing my site relentlessly?”. More often than not the reason is because the website in question is suffering a penalty of some sort.

Search Engines Don’t Like SEO
It’s no secret that search engine operators don’t like people manipulating the results through optimization, but this is exactly what search engine optimizers (SEO’s) do. So if you make it blatantly obvious that you are performing SEO on your website then the search engines are going to penalize your website. Therefore when performing SEO for your website you must always make sure what you’re doing is not frowned upon by the search engines.

If your website gets banned by the search engines then it means you’ve probably done something drastically bad to the extent where they don’t want to list your website at all.

So how do you know if your website is banned?
So how can you check whether your website is banned by a search engine?

Check the search results

If you go to Google and simply type the URL of your website

If you enter your domain and you get a message saying “Sorry, no information is available for the URL: xyz” then chances are your site is banned.

The only other time you may receive this message is if your website is brand new and hasn’t been crawled by the search engines yet
Check the PageRank Bar
If you download the Google toolbar (http://toolbar.google.com) then you can view the PageRank of every website you visit. If you navigate to your website and you see a gray bar where your PageRank would normally be displayed (as the graph above displays), then this is a very strong indication that your website has been banned.

So what are the tell-tail signs of optimization, and how I avoid them?
When you optimize your website you should always think about how your website will appear from the point of view of the search engines. There are six common pitfalls that people fall into when optimizing their websites, and will usually account for 99% of all problems:

No diversity in Anchor Text

Search Engines like natural linking, that is where a website links to another out of choice, so if a website has 100 inbound links that all have exactly the same anchor text, is that natural? No, quite the opposite, it’s highly unnatural. In order to avoid this pitfall, you should vary your link anchor text for each link partnership you set-up, or each time you submit to a web directory. If you’re smart about your link anchor text then there is no way your linking strategy will look unnatural

Getting Backlinks Too Quickly

If you operate a new website and you get backlinks too quickly then this is often a clear sign of optimization tactics. Even worse, is the situation where all of these backlinks contain exactly the same anchor text (as previously mentioned). If you operate a new website you should build links slowly. As I’ve mentioned already, the search engines like to see natural linking, if your website is only a week old and already has 200 backlinks, is that natural? Link building should be a gradual process, and you should resist the urge to try to get thousands of links as soon as you launch your site. Although your intentions may be well intended, you may actually be doing more harm than good.

Keyword Stuffing

Another important step to prevent being your website being penalized is to ensure you don’t over-optimize your website. That is to say don’t ‘keyword stuff’. Keyword stuffing is a form of spamming where you use your keyword or keyphrase over-and-over again in your web page in order to increase the keyword’s weighting in the body text. The search engines can spot deliberate spamming quite easily, and as a result, should be avoided.

Usually if you write a well written, informative web page then there is no need to ‘optimize’ a web page, as you will have naturally mentioned your keyword/phrase in the text. The only thing you should consider optimizing is the Title tag, this should always contain your primary keyword or phrase.

Title Tag, Meta Tag , Image Alt Tag Spamming

In addition to over-optimization of your body text, you can also be penalized for spamming your tag attributes. For example if you create a title tag that looks like

Doughnuts, DOUGHTNUTS, Doughnut, Doughnut flavours, doughnuts doughnuts doughnuts, Doughnuts, DOUGHTNUTS, Doughnut, Doughnut flavours, doughnuts doughnuts doughnuts

Then the search engines are likely to take a dislike to this and may penalize your website.

Duplicating Content

Search engines like unique content; they don’t like seeing the same information being duplicated across multiple domains. I have seen instances where websites have been dropped from the search engines for doing exactly this. If you must insist on duplicating content from other web pages then you should disallow access to it using your robots.txt file to avoid any potential problems. To do this create a file in the root of your website so that it can be access by going to http://www.mydomain.com/robots.txt

In the robots.txt file your can disallow access to particular files on your website

Disallow: myduplicatedpage.html

Or you may also specify directories:

Disallow: /mycontent/

Hidden Text

Hidden text is where you create text on your web page that is the same colour as the background colour, so it is in effect hidden. This allows you to enter your target keywords and phrases without the viewer of the website aware that the text is there.

If I then select all of the text on the website by pressing ctrl-a I can see that the website has a lot of hidden text at the top of the page

Drastically Changing Your File Structure

By drastically changing the file structure or filenames of your website, you run the risk of damaing your search engine rankings. Although there’s no actual reason why search engines would penalize for this. However, I have seen occassions where websites have changed their file structure and filenames and have seen their search engine rankings take a big hit because of it. One way around this is to redirect your old pages to your new pages, in time the search engines will update their listings and you will not suffer any adverse affects
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Anchor Text – The Most Import Factor of SEO

December 2, 2008

Many moons ago Google PageRank (PR) was the most important aspect of SEO, not any more, in fact it now counts for very little and is seen as somewhat of a gimmick to the experienced webmaster. By far the most important aspect of modern-day SEO is anchor text found in the backlinks to your website (a backlink is an incoming link). Anchor text is the clickable text that is displayed for a particular link. For example this link:

Google Search Engine

links to http://www.google.com and has the anchor text “Google Search Engine”. When you get links to your website you should always try to get your targeted keyword or keyphrase in the anchor text. This is an incredibly important factor used by search engines when generating the result pages.

Analyzing The Competition
Wouldn’t it be useful to see how many of your backlinks or your competitor’s backlinks contain the keyword you are targeting so you have some idea of how many links you need to over take them in the results? Well, you can!

To do this you can use WebLink SEO which has a backlink analysis tool. This tool works by finding the anchor text of all of the backlinks that point to a particular website. You can then see how many of the backlinks contain the keyword you are targeting. Then all you need to do is work on getting more links with your keyword in than they do, and you’ll overtake them in the result pages!

For example let’s say I run a website about business management and I want to get to the #1 position in Google for the term “business management ”. I want to find out how many backlinks the website listed in first position Google has that contains the word “business” and “management” in the anchor text.

Many moons ago Google PageRank (PR) was the most important aspect of SEO, not any more, in fact it now counts for very little and is seen as somewhat of a gimmick to the experienced webmaster. By far the most important aspect of modern-day SEO is anchor text found in the backlinks to your website (a backlink is an incoming link). Anchor text is the clickable text that is displayed for a particular link. For example this link:

Google Search Engine

links to http://www.google.com and has the anchor text “Google Search Engine”. When you get links to your website you should always try to get your targeted keyword or keyphrase in the anchor text. This is an incredibly important factor used by search engines when generating the result pages.

Analyzing The Competition
Wouldn’t it be useful to see how many of your backlinks or your competitor’s backlinks contain the keyword you are targeting so you have some idea of how many links you need to over take them in the results? Well, you can!

To do this you can use WebLink SEO which has a backlink analysis tool. This tool works by finding the anchor text of all of the backlinks that point to a particular website. You can then see how many of the backlinks contain the keyword you are targeting. Then all you need to do is work on getting more links with your keyword in than they do, and you’ll overtake them in the result pages!

For example let’s say I run a website about business management and I want to get to the #1 position in Google for the term “business management ”. I want to find out how many backlinks the website listed in first position Google has that contains the word “business” and “management” in the anchor text.

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Search Engine Optimization and English Spelling

November 30, 2008

Recently I was analyzing keywords used by the visitors to search my website and thought of discussing some issues related to spelling with other people.

I found many people coming to my website are not using the correct spellings while searching in the search engines. It is fact that a large number of people who use internet through out the world do not have good knowledge of English. You may found lot of people of China, India, France, Germany, Russia and many other countries do lack in using correct English spellings.

Another problem is different spellings used by UK English and International English. When web masters optimize their websites they pick the most commonly used terms and phrases with respect to their websites and they either follow the UK English or International English and they optimize the sites accordingly. But for instance if you are following UK English, your site may not be come up on top ranking for the corresponding International English keyword. Some common examples are Organization and Organization, Optimization and Optimization, color and color etc. etc.

I found many webmasters follow the following techniques to avoid the above problems:-

1. Use the variant spelling of the keywords in the meta tags
2. Use all possible variants and misspelled words in the main body
3. Some people mask the misspelled words that are they use the same color of the text as their page color hence not visible to human but can crawled by search engine bots.

But I feel all the above tricks are no longer useful as google do not give much importance to meta tags now a days, no one would like putting misspelled words in the main body and the last one is strongly not recommended as many search engine do not like this approach and may exclude your website from their index.

What is the Best Approach?

I recommend the following two approaches to address the issue:-

1. use the wrong or misspelled words in the Alt tags of your images, as many search engines index the alt tags.
2. Off Page Factors, while doing link building for your website, you can deliberately use the wrong or misspelled words in the anchor text and it will solve your problem to a great extent.

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