I recently saw Ed Dale teaching thousands of Internet marketing newbies how to use Market Samurai, a paid tool promoted through their free course. Which, it turns out, is another good example of why many free information sources are worth less than they cost.
As their B case video (showing the free alternative that justifies the month-long sales pitch for various products pitched as free help) they used a poorly configured version of SEO for Firefox to make it look worse than what they were trying to sell. The video reviewing SEO for Firefox was given the title of SEO Competition The Old Way, and concluded that for SEO for Firefox
I am sorta hoping that you never have to use this, but if you do, it is there, and it is available.
Thanks for the faux recommendation. Pretty sleazy stuff there Ed Dale. Thumbs down for you.
For anyone who wants to see how SEO for Firefox actually works with all its features enabled, please check out the following video...and compare what you see to what you saw in that other video (while noting that I took half the time to show a much more comprehensive picture of the actual features).
I received a little letter from the same lawyer threatening me with a lawsuit if I didn't take "proprietary and confidential information related to Traffic Power's business" off of my website. I called the lawyer and asked him exactly what information he was referring to. He had no idea what I was talking about. This was the guy who signed the letter, and he was clueless. If anyone can find anything at all on this website that could possibly be considered Traffic Power's "proprietary and confidential information", drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you sue a person without giving them any specifics? Is anyone reading this into legal policy much? Is that legal?
I have about 20 blogs and have never received a single comment.
I followed the link out of curiosity - Even though I knew it was a marketer just wanting a link back to their site - I just half smiled and thought 'cool!' It doesn't really bother me in the slightest. I'm sure that Mr. Dad & Mrs. Mum would feel maybe a little bit important that someone actually 'bothered' to come to their website and say -'Hey, great website, keep it up -check out my site when you are free.
What utter shit.
from holygrailofmarketing.com Blog Submitter Pro 7.0 salesletter
You got to love how hype & spammy the URL sounds too! I just posted because someone emailed me asking about the software (probably spam) but I really got a kick out of that "testimonial".
I have yet to meet a single blogger that was so lame that they got a kick out of comment spam software hitting their blog.
Step 1: Merchandise - create a product to sell or signup for an affiliate program or 2 if you are in a rush. Step 2: Distribution Channels - get a long list of forums (like the list located here: http://www.spiffysoft.com/myposter/boards.php) Step 3: Create a script - categorize your channels and create a script that will spam bomb the same question to a ton of different forums. Step 4: Signup - create your accounts with a generic name. Step 5: Post - try the script out. start marketing. Step 6: Get Busted - ooops, that is not part of the plan. But it happened here
One thing many people miss is that many people who run forums are technically gifted, well socially connected, and know a ton about the web.
Its much easier to spam forums more naturally if you do it on a small scale in small groups. Its even easier to do well longterm if the people who are running the forums like you.
One wonders why he did not password protect his page or register his domains via proxy? How long did he expect to get away with this? The same guy created SEO tools and certainly has to expect this to hurt his inbound link popularity...
It took me about 15 minutes to write a Google API app with PHP to fish these out of the SERPs, using a very small list of seed terms (<20 words). I stopped it after a while, but it's like shooting fish in a barrel to find these "unfootprintable" pages. It will get even easier as these sites get indexed, because it increases the odds of a "hit" when searching for them.
Fake SEO Forum?
Probably didn't think people would notice them about a week after they created their absolutely fake forum, but I did. Web-Advertising-Info = complete garbage... Web-Advertising-Info.com
It is a fake forum set up to push Traffic Power / 1P SEO services. These are the same SEO services that have got many webmasters banned from the search engines.
Web-Advertising-Info.com Forum Facts:
Only list two category sources of seo news (one of which being me)
Individually review a bunch of seo websites...as the seo forum categories (not normal)
Say that I cold called them offering SEO services...based on how much time I spend reading books and posting in forums and stuff... I don't have time to cold call people. In fact I have even called a bunch of other SEOs asking if I could refer people to them...and even yesterday refered away a repeat client sell to a friend.
They reviewed both of my sites as two of about 14 categories
Only have categories of sites that have bashed (gave honest feedback out the services of) Traffic Power AND
Give positive reviews of Traffic Power AND 1P
Their forum is premoderated. When someone tried leaving a message they couldn't.
No way that many negative things have been randomly said about me in less than a week in an honest premoderated forum with less than 100 posts.
Can you say scam?
Avoid that forum like the plague.
Web-Advertising-Info.com Forum Screenshot:
This image of the forum which promotes 1P & Traffic Power shows how they used two of my site names as their categories (to bash me) and also use one of their categories to promote Traffic Power.
Traffic Power & 1P: Using Deceptive Marketing
The fact that they would go to these lengths to try to market their services shows a few things:
They are pathetic.
Their services must not be worth using.
I was gonna let it slide, but this "SEO forum" went overboard. When Traffic Power cold called me asking to help me promote my website the site they wanted to promote this online shopping mall (look at how bad that site is and see for yourself the bad sites and naive webmasters they are actively trying to work for). The site is complete garbage. I made it before I knew anything about the web, marketing, or SEO. Now I use that site as bait site to see what kind of bad stuff there is on the web.
Traffic power is still the only SEO company that has cold called me and they have also cold called multiple friends of mine.
On September 23rd Traffic Power cold called another friend of mine. Here is the email he sent me about the cold call:
guess who I just got off the phone with? A rep from trafficpower!!! She says that paying $3000 will allow me to refer clients to 1p.com and I get like 40% of the service cost. I told her if she is any good, then she should work for herself. I will be in touch with her to see if she has any skill. Just for shits and giggles, I asked her what it would take for her to work for me full time. She said $1000/week. I laughed. She must be getting crumbs over there. If she's worth anything, she's worth ppc management. She seems bright ..but she works for crumbs in SEO.
More Placing this Bogus 1P / Traffic Power SEO Forum in Perspective
If you look at the links page on their site: http://www.web-advertising-info.com/links.php
The second through fifth links on that page point into a site that promotes my ebook on every page of their website and gives it a glowing review.
More Fake SEO Forums Promoting 1P & Traffic Power Andy Beal just spotted
Later someone else noticed
All the fake SEO forums promote the same garbage as the other forum I found. On seo-forum.net they ran a poll for my ebook (what real premoderated poles do you know that would use the following language and options)
It was a waste of money.
Aaron Wall's writes like a preschooler.
If this were a real book, I'd wipe my ass with the pages!
The goal of this "clever" advertising bit is to try to make all SEO forums look deceptive and sneaky so that Traffic Power, 1P, and similar companies who had been complained about can be at a level bar with respectable SEO firms.
Basically it is a "our name is in the tank so we want to ruin yours too" type of game...kinda like how politics works. There is something overtly transparent about their forums that would likely turn off any site visitors. They could not have possibly been any more transparent.
Andy Beal has more info about the comment moderation of the fake SEO forums...apparently whoever made the forums was so foolish that they ping Feedster with the hidden moderated comments. Andy has a few of them posted on his blog.
Further Reading on 1P / Traffic Power SEO Services:
Traffic Power @ Traffic Power Sucks (which is listed in the Allegedly Unethical Firms and Consumer Complaints sections of the Open Directory Project)
Not really the kind you see on TV, more the ones that send you spam. I have been getting hammered no only by blog spam (than you #42) but also by people sending spam emails out trying to promote their products about search engine marketing.
Some of these clowns are sending article submission requests almost daily to my Depression Blog website.
The irony here is that if they desire to spam that website they could just make an entry, but they don't. They email me their garbage. And so they are clowns.
They use an automated bot to waste my time so I use feedback the search engines can read so people can see they are clowns. Below I listed today's winners of the clown awards!!!
One of our members asked for a study of keyword location
on a page. Is it more effective to have your keyword
mentioned in the top third, middle third or bottom third
of a page?
Here is the methodology I used to answer this question. I
gathered the results of the queries naturally performed
last month by myself and three associates using Yahoo and
Google. I then fetched the pages and divided the body
section into three equal parts for each page. I tallied
the results for the first 8 rankings on both Yahoo and
Google (keeping the results separate) and then converted
them into a percentage of the total results for each
Here are the graphs showing Google and Yahoo results:
(Note to webmasters/ezine editors: You are welcome to hot
link to these graphs or even copy them to your own site.
You are also welcome to remove this note.)
The X-axis shows the ranking (from #1 through #8) of the
search engine results in the study. The Y-axis shows the
percentage of domains that contained the keyword in the
top (red line), middle (blue line) and bottom (purple
line) thirds of the body section of the page.
It is interesting to note that pages containing the
keyword in the top and bottom third of the body section
ranked much better on Google. The top section had a
normalized correlation of +42 on a scale of -100 to +100.
The bottom third also showed a remarkable positive
correlation of +46 on the same scale. Having the keyword
in the middle third had no significant effect (no
correlation whatsoever... neither positive nor negative).
The Yahoo results were even more interesting. I generally
ignore any correlations between -35 and +35 as being
generally insignificant. On Yahoo, none of the three
sections showed any remarkable correlations. The scores
were a +17 for the top, -3 for the middle and -17 for the
bottom third of the body section. Does this mean that
Yahoo doesn't even look for the keyword in the body
Advice: Mention your keywords near the top and/or bottom
of a page for Google ranking.
Jon Ricerca is one of the leading researchers and authors
of the Search Engine Ranking Factor (SERF) reports at
SearchEngineGeek.com. For access to the other SERF
reports, please visit: http://www.SearchEngineGeek.com
Your product is fantastic your service excellent and
your customers will make huge savings - but no one is
It is a challenge familiar to many a business owner. One
sure-fire way to get your business noticed online at
minimal cost is to sit down and write about it - or
commission someone else to write about it for you.
Promotional or advertorial articles have traditionally
worked well to publicize businesses offline in magazines,
newspapers and circulars. Now, the Internet offers a
myriad of web-based opportunities in the form of
specialist news sites, portals, on-line newspapers, ezines
and newsletters - all of which require a source of fresh &
interesting content. But where should you begin?
What do your customers read?
You should first consider the types of material your
potential customers will read and where they will view or
download that material from. Perhaps they subscribe to
specific online trade circulars or newsletters published
by a site or magazine they subscribe to. Look to cover all
the options and where possible obtain subscription data so
you can determine if the target audience of a publication
matches with the audience for your product or service. You
will have little success if you target the wrong audience
who have little interest in what you are selling.
Making the content work for you
Developing the content for your article is obviously
critical to your success with this marketing method. It is
also important to realise that whilst some editors will
accept promotional material, others will not. You will
therefore need to think carefully about how your article
is constructed. One way to approach this is to have a few
different versions of the piece to hand ~ from one that
overtly promotes your product or service to one that does
so more subtly. You can then choose which version to
submit to the editor based on their preferences.
An effective publicity angle for those that do accept some
form of promotional advertising in an article is to
present your product or service as a solution to a
problem. To increase your chances of publication, look to
base it on topical events. For instance, if you are
selling anti-spam software you can base it around a piece
that discusses the implications of the latest laws against
spam. If you do not have the time to pen such advertising,
then an alternative is to have someone interview you about
a topic, and ask them to put the material together for you.
Advertising your business through promotional online
articles works wonders for businesses all around the
world. Make sure you don't miss out on this global
Scott F. Geld is the Director of Marketing for
MarketingBlaster.com, a company providing targeted traffic
and direct links starting at only $5. For more info: http://www.MarketingBlaster.com
Has anyone ever taken a job that was offered to them through spam emails?
If you are an SEO and would like to work in an SEO firm (sidebar: I do not know why any successful individual SEO would ever jump into a firm other than maybe greed) then perhaps this SPAM was sent for you! Good afternoon. NEMA Staffing Corporation is an information technology recruitment firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Please review the position description pasted below. You are welcome to reply with your resume attached in order to be considered for this opportunity. If you are not presently seeking an opportunity, please forward this message to any industry contacts possessing comparable experience.
Technical Recruitment Consultant/
NEMA Staffing Corporation
773 296 9425 Office
Search Engine Optimization Strategist, Full Time, Downtown Chicago
o Previous in-depth search engine optimization and online marketing experience.
o Detail oriented, with the ability to multi-task. Must be highly organized.
o The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in the SEM field. Candidate should have the ability to recognize and apply evolving industry trends.
o Knowledge of HTML programming is required, along with experience across various platforms.
o Knowledge of paid-placement search engines (Overture, etc.) is a plus.
o Candidate must possess the ability to work independently. Must be a self-starter with strong interpersonal skills.
o Must understand how search engines and their spiders work in scoring/ranking Web sites.
o The ideal candidate has experience with the following SEM software:
· WebPosition Gold rank reporting
· WebTrends traffic analyzer
PERSONAL TRAITS – A highly driven person
o A strong analytical thinker who thinks about issues from a business perspective.
o Strong work ethic and drive to succeed.
o Able to proactively work toward a goal without significant structure or rules.
The Search Engine Optimization Strategist will be the primary driver of organic search optimization for the corporate web site. They will utilize their understanding of search technologies to work with technical and creative resources in identifying and implementing improvements to the site that result in higher natural search listings.
o Perform detailed site analysis and document tactics to enhance web site presence in natural search results
o Must be able to document and streamline an improved process for optimal page/site creation. Will be responsible for implementing this new process across all impacted resources/departments.
o Manage the workflow of various team-members (i.e. HTML Developers, Site Architects, Software Developers) with regard to site optimization. Must communicate instructions, expectations and deadlines clearly and effectively.
o Perform optimization of various site components including code, copy, architecture, filenames, etc. Will also make recommendations and/or develop ancillary sites to supplement and increase quality traffic.
o Will serve as lead quality assurance resource, ensuring that new site pages follow proper SEO guidelines with respect to proper coding and adherence to established design templates and established copy/keyword standards.
o Will be responsible for setting up and reporting on overall SEO program success with regard to URL ranking changes, traffic changes, transaction changes, etc. Will be responsible for reviewing the data regularly and optimizing poor performing listings.
A good SEO has enough ideas in their head and enough things to work on to not need to call you. If they are calling you it most likely means that they do not understand the concepts of reverse broadcast networks and they are no good at their job.
I just got a phone call from Traffic Power (read the Traffic Power review).
He saw one of my crap websites from when I first started playing on the web (It is super duper bad). I then told him to try "my other URL." I had him enter my http://www.search-marketing.info into his address bar and then stated if he searched Google or Yahoo! for "search marketing" I would rank #1. If he searched for "search engine marketing" I would be in the top 10 on both.
I then told him that good SEO's have no reason to call people. I told him that I get plenty of phone calls from the web. The power of search and the internet is that my targeted traffic comes to me without me needing to waste my time on Traffic Power cold call garbage.
It's funny how their site does not even come up at #1 for Traffic Power if you search Google for Traffic Power. In fact I am willing to bet this post will rank at #1 for traffic power within a few weeks.
He wished me a nice day and I wished him one too. Would you buy a diamond from a person who cold called you? Would you bet your financial future on a random telemarketer who knew nothing about marketing or your life?
Traffic Power did earn a link from me though. I created the Cold Call SEO category of black hat SEO just for them.
My favorite part about the Traffic Power website is the link to the clients page has an almost nuclear trifoil type looking symbol and says "you have reached this page in error." Indeed being on the Traffic Power client list is an error.