Buying Links to Ban, Discount Directory Submission, Competition Equalizer

Buying Links to Ban a Competing Site:
Rumour has it that with the latest Google update a few people have started in on this practice...buying sitewide keyword rich links to help their competitors get blacklisted...surely SEO is going to get a bit more ugly here soon ;)

Directory Submission:
150 directories for $99. Not that long ago the price was $30 so there must be decent demand.

I tried the 50 blog for $10 package for a few sites a while ago, but something about that price makes me feel like the service quality has to be limited.

Price points also help people associate a value with the service, so even if the service is decent the person doing it should charge more to make people think they are getting something of value, which generally appears not to be the case right now.

I do a good bit of directory submissions from time to time. I usually submit to about the same number of directories as that package except I do both free and paid directories. I do not mind paying for links because it means that the directory is more likely to have a functional business model and the links will not go away as quick.

Directory registration is exceptionally effective in MSN and Yahoo! right now.

Competition Equalizer:
other than having a different name what the hell does this software do that AdWords Analyzer does not? Wouldn't it have been better to release any additional AdWords related features as an upgrade to the AdWords Analyzer program?

Google Updates

Mar 7th

Adding Links to Other Sites is Scuzzy

Mar 7th

$100 Google AdWords Coupons

Mar 3rd

Update: The old AdWords coupons are all gone. New codes which should still work to this day are located below. In addition we found some high value coupon codes for Bing Ads (formerly Microsoft adCenter).

When I first started going to SES conferences Google gave out $300 vouchers, but some vulchers would loot them.

Google has since

  • lowered the coupon amount to $100
  • stated that the coupons are only good for new accounts
  • watched the coupons more closely

I still like trying to grab the coupons for the game of it. Its the same reason people who already read my ebook try to win the free ones I give away in my newsletters.

A friend of mine tried grabbing a few and got caught. He went back later when that girl had her back turned and another girl caught him and remembered him as being the same guy. I went back 4 times and never got caught or questioned.

If you are new to AdWords and would like to give it a try be one of the first two people to email me with "Free $100" as the subject line. I will also give away some coupons in my next newsletter.

AdWords Logo.
Here are some more current AdWords coupons for $75 to $100 in free ad clicks. You can get a free $75 AdWords coupon here (or here or here or here or here or here or here) ... many options linked because some of their coupon offers expire over time & we update this page periodically. The Google Partners Program also offers coupons to consultants managing AdWords accounts.

Why Isn't My Site Ranking In Google?

Feb 25th

A question many people are asking themselves this month.

I tried to write an article explaining why many sites, including this one, no longer rank for their official site name.

Generally recurring themes which have been seen are a combination of the following:

  • Many sitewide inbound links.

  • Lack of anchor text variation.
  • Low deep link ratio.

Some of the sites that were hit may have deserved to be filtered out, but some of them that were hit just don't make sense.

Should a site be penalized because most people link to it using it's official site name? The current algorithm says yes.

Some people are wondering whether Google has lost its focus.

Google AdWords Interface, WebmasterWorld World of Search Conference, Google Launches Movie Search

Feb 25th

Free $50 Google AdWords Coupons

Feb 21st

Have not tested it out myself yet, but a buddy found a link for a free $50 AdWords credit for new Google AdWords accounts at adwords.google.com/select/main?cmd=Login&sourceid=Yh91503. Here are some more recent AdWords coupons

AdWords Logo.
Google AdWords:

  • You can get a free $75 AdWords coupon here (or here or here or here or here or here or here) ... many options linked because some of their coupon offers expire over time & we update this page periodically. The Google Partners Program also offers coupons to consultants managing AdWords accounts.

Update: in addition to this AdWords coupon we recently came across coupons for Bing Ads (formerly Microsoft adCenter).


Bing Ads: get a free Bing coupon today.

Problems with Google Print, SMA UK to launch

Feb 20th

Google Print:
Recording history, 1 digitized Anglo-Saxon book at a time

SMA UK:
to launch soon

Funny Jon Stewart Clip:
on blogs

More Malcolm:
Malcolm Gladwell on IT Conversations again (about 20 minute audio clip).

Malcolm is also going to be at the South by Southwest festival, which is looking rather appealing. I am thinking of going and seeing if I can snag is autograph on my copy of The Tipping Point or Blink. Anyone ever went to South by Soutwest? What did you think of it?

New Google Toolbar, IE 7 Beta to Launch this Summer

Feb 16th

Google Toolbar:
Version 3.0 launched.

Version 3 of the software also lets people automatically check their spelling in Web forms; translate words in English into several languages; and add Web links to certain plain text. For example, an address could be enhanced with a hypertext link to its location on a map, with the click of a button on the toolbar.

Still no FireFox toolbar though...

AdSense:
picks up VNU as a partner.

IE 7:
to launch. Beta version available this summer. Look for search integration.

Dublin:
Yahoo! Creates Dublin HQ.

Day Trading 101:
Actually, I know nothing about day trading. For no reason at all Mamma.com went up 36% yesterday and looks like it is down 30% today. [added: there might have been a reason for part of the drop. oops]

Confirmation of a Significant Change at Google

Feb 12th

With the recent February update Google has also decided to open up a feedback channel. If you have comments about the update you can mail them to feb05feedback@googlegroups.com. I am still only a couple years into the web, but I don't think it is something Google has really done much of before, and Danny Sullivan stated that it is something new.

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