If Black Hat is good enough for the Queen ....?

Black Hat SEO works, so why not use it?

August 1, 2011

Black Hat is Search Engine Optimisation work that crawlers like Google, Yahoo and Bing would ban your website for if they realised what you were up to.

And they most certainly are getting better at this. Many sites that relied on copied content (content farms) or were nothing more than directories containing links (link farms) have seen themselves disappear from search results or moved so low in the rankings that they may as well not be there.

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Do blogs help SEO?

May 20, 2011
Blogging starts easily but doing it effectively can be hard word (Image: Alex Hughes)

Blogging starts easily but doing it effectively can be hard word (Image: Alex Hughes)

“Start blogging and it will help your SEO” are the words I so often see on forums or hear in conversations but many people try it out and never find the promised land of high rankings. So do blogs really help?

In essence blogs can be effective but only when carried out properly.

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Real SEO practitioners don't get too close to linkwheels

Link wheels, a SEO solution?

May 13, 2011

There are plenty of SEO companies pushing the link wheel solution at the moment. Have you lost your position in the search results because you were using link farms? No problem, use link wheels instead because Google sees these as natural.

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Dealing with clients who don't understand something is prime cowboy territory

On the trail of the SEO expert

May 5, 2011

Being a growth industry, SEO is full of cowboys who see optimising websites as ideal ‘get rich quick’ fodder even if they don’t actually produce results for the client.

I’ve sometimes followed these people through the system and it goes a bit like this:

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Most SEO forums may as well be empty, they're simply full of link builders ...

Good SEO forums

April 28, 2011

I do a huge amount of work in forums for my clients because I see it as an important part of search engine optimisation.

Not so much for link building, although it can have a profound affect when carried out correctly as I discuss in the article Forum Link Building – What Not to Do, but because it brings visitors from the forum to the website I’m working on.

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Spinning articles works, but for how much longer and could there be penalties later?

Spinning articles for SEO

April 27, 2011

Before I start, an explanation.

Spinning articles means taking one piece of text and running it through computer software so it looks like a different piece of text but still on the same theme. This makes it possible for some SEO companies to offer 100 articles for $100 or the like.

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Links to your website only have a limited impact if the search engines do not understand the site itself

SEO: building backlinks doesn’t work

April 19, 2011

Shock and gasp, “building backlinks doesn’t work?”

Well in some situations no. Here I’m covering one of the most common issues my clients talk to me about – “I built lots of backlinks (not spammy ones) but my website still doesn’t show high up in Google”.

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"Looks like there's room for one more"

The SEO Bandwagon

April 9, 2011

I’ve got to say the SEO bandwagon has become ever more extreme over the last 18 months and it is this that has finally moved me to start blogging.

It seems like an easy bandwagon from the outside – big bucks for easy work in a poorly understood industry.

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