The link2light blog - Page 4

Clean, transparent SEO and online-marketing from Tim Hill (aka Doodled)

  • Has Google penalised my site?

    October 19th 2013
    Has Google actually penalised you? The answer is, almost always, 'Probably Not'
    Has Google actually penalised you? The answer is, almost always, 'Probably Not'

    Hot on the heels of Penguin 2.1 is the every frequent question from webmasters who have lost their rankings - "Has Google Penalised me?". Almost always the answer is no, there is no penalty.

    I say almost - because if you have received a message in Google Webmaster Tools about unnatural links then it's too late, you have been up to things which Google really doesn't like and the wrist slapping has been done.

    Read on ...


  • Penguin v2.1 Recovery Options

    October 9th 2013
    Google's Penguin has hit again - guilty or not, is there a way to recover?
    Google's Penguin has hit again - guilty or not, is there a way to recover?

    Well Google has rolled out another update of it's Penguin Algorithm aimed at websites who have been ranking high due to poor quality links from spammy type sites (link farms, content farms, etc.).

    My mailbox has been buzzing with people who have seen their traffic plummet since the weekend and as this algorithm is still rolling out there may be more to come.

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  • Does my website load time affect my rankings?

    October 1st 2013
    Page load times still affect rankings but they are one of many, many factors.
    Page load times still affect rankings but they are one of many, many factors.

    There was a time when webmasters were obsessed with page load time. A sure held belief that if you could reduce the period from 2 seconds to 0.5 of a second it would be the path to better rankings.

    There was, and still is, some truth in it. Search engines like Google want to produce a set of search results that don't disappoint the user and pages that take for ever to display can annoy.

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  • Link building Today in Forum and Blog Commenting

    September 17th 2013
    Forum and blog commenting can still be a valid SEO activity if it is carried out correctly.
    Forum and blog commenting can still be a valid SEO activity if it is carried out correctly.

    I've written before about the way websites can rank, and rank well, with no backlinks at all in my post SEO: Building backlinks doesn't work (and that was going back nearly two years!).

    I did make the point there that backlinks do have their place but this does now need some clarification.

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  • When losing money on PPC is a good strategy

    September 1st 2013
    Many lose money constantly on PPC but find they still need it for a profitable bottom line.
    Many lose money constantly on PPC but find they still need it for a profitable bottom line.

    From time to time I find myself saying to a client “spend less on my SEO services and more on Pay Per Click. My fees to manage your PPC are less and it will improve your SEO”.

    That's a bit of a strange one for many to get their heads around but I'll be laying out how it works in this post.

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  • Yelp becomes a victim of its own flaws

    August 27th 2013
    People are now judging Yelp by its politcal leanings, not its ability to provide quality reviews.
    People are now judging Yelp by its politcal leanings, not its ability to provide quality reviews.

    I had only just finished my post Is Yelp a waste of time and doomed to failure when I went to check on Yelp's own review page about itself.

    As usual I expected to see lots of grumbling from reviewers that their reviews had been filtered and lots of grumbling from business owners that positive reviews had been filtered after they turned down Yelp's sales team (an accusation by the way, not proved … yet!).

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  • Is Yelp a Waste of Time and Doomed to Failure?

    August 20th 2013
    The review site is rotting from within, becoming ever more bogged down in increasingly public rows with both business owners and reviewers.
    The review site is rotting from within, becoming ever more bogged down in increasingly public rows with both business owners and reviewers.

    Like many in the SEO world I've been watching Yelp's progress over the years. So far it has burnt its way through more than $100 million and is still failing to make any profit. Some even suggest that the current business model makes profit almost impossible.

    Although they recently posted 69% growth in revenue most of this seems to be coming from global expansion. They grow larger, but it is the same loss making business simply on a bigger scale, driven on by venture capitalists who hope one day someone will figure out how it could actually turn a profit.

    But the review site is also rotting from within, becoming ever more bogged down in increasingly public rows with both business owners and reviewers. So is it a fundamentally flawed idea doomed to ultimate failure?

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  • Does keyword density matter in 2013?

    August 7th 2013
    Many SEO practitioners try and fail, and then conclude Keyword Density doesn't work and therefore doesn't matter
    Many SEO practitioners try and fail, and then conclude Keyword Density doesn't work and therefore doesn't matter

    Oh so many people spend a great deal of time fretting over having a keyword density of 4% or 6%. Is it enough? Is it too much and they'll get penalised?

    And advice on the internet is pretty hazy because the SEO community seems divided between those who feel it is of no importance at all and those, including me, who can see it still plays a part.

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  • Why don't people want to use "SEO" any more?

    July 28th 2013
    Why don't people or firms want to be known as SEO specialists anymore?
    Why don't people or firms want to be known as SEO specialists anymore?

    You may have noticed a number of organisations and individuals starting to drop the use of SEO in their titles and marketing. One of the highest profile names to do this was SEOMoz which has now simply become Moz.

    Even I have started to morph from SEO specialist to SEO and Online Marketing Specialist. What is going on?

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  • Car Mechanics and SEO

    June 10th 2013
    A car mechanic can give you a quote to do a job, but an SEO professional can't be that concrete.
    A car mechanic can give you a quote to do a job, but an SEO professional can't be that concrete.

    In a recent forum discussion someone asked what looked like a valid question. He said, “if I go to a mechanic and ask him to fix my car he will give me a price, but if I go to an SEO specialist and ask him or her to rank me top of Google, he or she can't give me a concrete cost – what kind of industry is this?”

    There then followed lots of alternative analogies from said SEO specialists such as “SEO is more like surgery, you are told a price but then asked to sign a disclaimer that you won't sue if it goes pear shaped.”

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