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Published: November 10, 2008

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November 10, 2008 - 3:10pm

I posted like 6 questions. How many would you like me to post?

Let me know

Thanks

November 10, 2008 - 3:19pm

Thank you. Feel free to post as many as you like...ideally with public voting some of the best questions should rise to the top.

November 13, 2008 - 4:14am

I have a couple questions:
1. How is reputation management and SEO related?
2. How can we get Rip-off Report de-listed from Google?
3. How can I find out how effective each SEO tool is going to be to the website it is applied to?

Thank you for your time.
Tanner D

November 10, 2008 - 3:14pm

Hi Aaron,

My Question would be this: How would you recover from a CreditCardGuide.com Google penalty?

For me, the CreditCardGuide.com penalty is such that you go from #1 to the 50s or 60s in terms of ranking ability for your most competitive terms - the worst of it is that this includes your own domain name...so a search for "creditcardguide" at Google results in your site not being in the top 10.

One caveat to the penalty - let's pretend that there was not a big buyer present? I have seen this happen to other high quality sites/domains without a buyer behind the scenes.

I would also say that the existing link building strategies have been quite clean for over 1 year, the ranking has been consistent for the most competitive terms in the top 5 for the past 12 months, the site isn't spam/hasn't been hacked, etc.

I don't know if SEOs have a name for this penalty...lol...that's why I'm calling it the CreditCardGuide penalty. :)

Have you seen any site recover from this? Thoughts?

Thanks!

-James
semvironment

November 10, 2008 - 4:58pm

In the exact same boat since Thursday eveing/Friday morning. Aaron, would love to hear your thoughts.

November 10, 2008 - 5:02pm

Kevin, You're the 4th or 5th person I have heard having this problem starting Thursday night around 10:30pm...so strange!

websitedesigner
November 10, 2008 - 7:18pm

Great idea Aaron, I was actually wishing you had some way of submitting suggestions like this. When I get a chance I'll submit a question to the Google Moderator page under the name SEOsean.

Thanks again!

-Sean

November 10, 2008 - 7:20pm

Aaron - since I don't have a specific "question" / scenario to ask about, I hope you wont mind me responding here in the comments section.

It seems to me that the questions posed so far are pretty specific which, can be helpful when a lot of SEO articles are more broad in nature.

But ... why not draw some themes from the board, which would include the top voted topically-similar questions?

Also, Rand announced he might be doing a "what makes this URL rank this way?" series, which I would love to see matched by SEOBook.

:)

November 10, 2008 - 9:52pm

Dear Aaron,

I provide creative consultancy for SMBs. As an additional part of my service, I am working more on SEO for my existing clients. They love my advise and also gained on my advise for growing their business. But I am still finding a exact way or providing SEO service effectively.

My Questions are:...

1. HOW SHOULD I START SEO ASSIGNMENT ON AN INDIVIDUAL LEVEL?
2. WHAT ARE THE NECESSARY STEPS? (OR RATHER A CHECK-LIST)
3. HOW TO PREPARE AN EFFECTIVE & AFFORDABLE PROPOSAL FOR SEO JOB A CLIENT CAN'T RESIST?

To our more & better SEO success ahead....
Ali.

November 10, 2008 - 11:26pm

Pretty sure you can't currently use External NoFollow in a robots meta tag, but the ability to do so would be very nice.

META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="EXTERNAL NOFOLLOW"

This could be backed by an anchor level 'follow' tag for those special links that you feel deserve juice passed.

The reason I suggest this is because I am currently working on a large site with hundreds of external links (mostly irrelevant)and having to rel="nofollow" each external anchor is a pain. Globally no-following all external links and then do-following links to quality sites would be so much easier from an SEO developers point of view.

How about a discussion on whether a pagewide/sitewide external nofollow facility for webmasters is a good idea or not?

November 11, 2008 - 2:23am

Shamelessly asking for others to vote up my question on how to attract educated clients (and have them accept your proposal).

November 11, 2008 - 5:50pm

Some SEO gurus who broke their bank in the early days of Adsense claim the days of arbitrage are largely over for high profits. True or Myth?

Thanks, and I'll take my answer off the air. ;)

November 12, 2008 - 5:28pm

I'm surprised I've never heard you analyze and talk about companies like ePrize or Softcoin. Maybe I haven't been reading long enough. :-)

November 12, 2008 - 5:43pm

I have never heard of those companies.

November 13, 2008 - 3:49am

ePrize is a company I used to work for. They handle most of the online promotions for companies like Coke and any other online promotion you see nowadays.

Here is a quote directly from there site (eprize.com)

"ePrize promotions offer the opportunity to build one-to-one relationships with your customers, while engaging them in a unique brand experience. The average website visit to an ePrize promotion lasts 3.31 minutes, with a smaller percentage of our promotions retaining site visitors an average of over 10 minutes!

Loyalty and sweepstakes programs can keep consumers coming back to your site, each time interacting with your brand on an increasingly personal level.
To view the case study of an ePrize promotion with a brand engagement focus, click here. (Dell Promotion) "

Seems somewhat related to SEO. Offering online promotions has proven to be a good way to drive traffic to ones site.

Last year they came out with a product called MyCaffiene that had a lot of potential but never seemed to of made it. It allowed smaller companies like mom and pop shops offer instant online promotions to their customers. The price was cheap compared to what the larger companies paid since they only had to pay $1 per customer lead (no money up front). Consider the possibility of offering a chance to win a car or $10,000 on your website, and I bet that would generate additional traffic to your site. Unfortunately the industry is now being dominated by what we call "sweep whores". They are the people who come only to try and win the prize while not showing any interest to your website or product in return.

Despite this, eprize has grown considerably thoughout the years. 2 years ago their sales where around 40 million. Now I believe they are twice that amount. At any rate, it's an interesting idea.

November 13, 2008 - 9:51am

With a lot of focus on link juice flow through a site, does having a sitemap linked from the foot of every page mean you're diluting the effectiveness of your sites natural navigation based flow of link juice?

November 13, 2008 - 9:52am

It would be interesting to see how you'd approach the design of a 10 or 20 page site around a niche product or service based business -

December 4, 2008 - 12:35pm

I have a blog on a specific subject locally (not in English) since 2 years. I do not have huge traffic, however people interested on my niche know and follow my blog from time to time. Soon I will launch a social networking site on the same niche. However, I will try to penetrate both locally and globally.

My blog domain name is a meaningless, easily remembered domain. I also bought a very generic domain name for the niche in my local language. But it will be useless for the global.

I can't decide, if I should use a domain which is very generic for local, and try another for global, or should I use my blog's domain(I can move my blog to a subdomain under that). Would my blog's history be helpfull for the new site rankings?

Thank you.

February 5, 2009 - 7:17pm

why do i have only 4 back-links on google and 700 on yahoo
And how do i get more back-links for google.

September 12, 2009 - 4:47pm

Aaron,

I have read your comments on .biz first level domain names and I have a follow-up question.

If .com is selected for a business domain and your options are .biz or us.com, which one would you suggest selecting & why?

Thanks,

Murph-

September 13, 2009 - 2:27am

I wouldn't pick either in most cases. If you are a subscriber I can give you more specific reasoning in the forums.

May 23, 2010 - 5:25pm

Hi Aron,

Great Post, Thanks for your sharing related experience. I got some questions hope you can help to answer.

1. Recently I have to move a website to a new domain. How to move a old website to a new domain via using .htaccess 301 and mod rewrite step by step.

2. Is it ok to put the new domain at the same hosting account with the old one?

3. May I change the file folder name like /Wedding-Cost/ (old folder name ) to /wedding-cost/ (new folder name) during the moving process period?

THX.I really do appreciate for your help.

May 24, 2010 - 1:19am

Hi Orderprocess
If you use our site search you will find a post on how to do 301 redirects. There is also an example on TamingTheBeast & many other sites.

Your other questions are more involved. If you ask them in our member forums I can try my best to answer them for you.

May 27, 2011 - 12:57pm

Hi there,

I am trying to use Insights for Search / Google Trends to see trends for a specific keyword that should be relatively high search when put into proportion with the population / number of searches per month in Google.EE (Estonia)

The results is 'Not enough search volume'

Is there another way to check seach trends for keywords that have 'minimal search volume' for Google standards? Wondering if anyone has considered making the system more 'country specific' (incl population) to improve search results and SEO?

Kind regards,
H.

October 8, 2011 - 6:23am
  • Google's regular keyword tool offers more data into the tail of search
  • Google correlate also offers more tail keywords
  • Google search suggest shows related keywords built in part of the core of what you typed so far
  • in the "more search options" in the left rail of the search results there is an option to show more related keywords right at the top of the search results
October 7, 2011 - 1:58pm

Hi, here's my question: from SEO perspective, what is more useful - using a .blogspot.com or maybe .wordpress.com website or a fully-fledged website with its separate domain and webhost?

October 8, 2011 - 6:26am

It is almost always better to build up your own domain. if you build on someone else's subdomain you risk the rug getting pulled out from underneath you at some point in the future.

Yahoo! ran Geocities for about a decade & then shut it down. Any inbound links you build disappear when that happens. Likewise, if someone considers your site spam and deletes your subdomain then the links are gone. And if you ever want to move to a new domain name it can be challenging to bring those links with you.

The only thing with running your own domain is making sure you back up your data regularly & keep your software up to date for security reasons.

I am closing this thread out as it was one we created 3 years ago & I forgot it was still open. ;)

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