Help Improve My Google SEO Knol & Win a Free 3 Month SEO Training Trial

Jul 24th

Squidoo, Mahalo, eHow, EzineArticles, etc etc etc just got validation for their business models and competition for the ad network that helps them monetize their sites. Google today launched their Knol project:

The key principle behind Knol is authorship. Every knol will have an author (or group of authors) who put their name behind their content. It's their knol, their voice, their opinion. We expect that there will be multiple knols on the same subject, and we think that is good.

With Knol, we are introducing a new method for authors to work together that we call "moderated collaboration." With this feature, any reader can make suggested edits to a knol which the author may then choose to accept, reject, or modify before these contributions become visible to the public. This allows authors to accept suggestions from everyone in the world while remaining in control of their content. After all, their name is associated with it!

Wired has an article about the designing of Knol, and Danny Sullivan offers more Knol background, including that it is a product from the search team (which could greatly hint at future search integration plans).

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Comment on my SEO Knol leaving tips on how I could improve it and a way to contact you, and I will pick a winner next Wednesday.

Published: July 24, 2008

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Comments

July 24, 2008 - 3:29pm

Shouldn't the title read "SEO Training Trial" not SEO Training Trail.

July 25, 2008 - 1:07am

hehehe...I need to fix that. thanks!

July 24, 2008 - 3:54pm

Nice work Aaron.

July 25, 2008 - 1:08am

Thanks Chris

July 24, 2008 - 5:12pm

So Aaron, do you think there will be a correlation between Knol comments and Knol SERPS? You're well on the way to finding out :.)

July 24, 2008 - 5:46pm

Is the contest also for people who are already a memember of the forums?

July 25, 2008 - 1:10am

The contest is for people who have not yet joined. The hope I have is that people who are currently in it as paid members see enough value to stick with it. Luckily many people do! :)

July 25, 2008 - 1:11am

I am not sure...but 2 rules to live by:

  1. never trust Google
  2. make it easy for their algorithms to trust you
July 24, 2008 - 9:11pm

I would put site structure in front of on page optimization. I know it seems trivial, but information architecture is definitely where most sites fail first.

If you get the IA & taxonomy right, it is much easier to doe the rest correctly, even if you need some trial and error along the way.

July 25, 2008 - 1:12am

Thanks for the feedback Jonah :)

July 24, 2008 - 9:42pm

yea I could use a break from the monthly payment, Im in!

July 25, 2008 - 1:10am

The contest is for people who have not yet joined. The hope I have is that people who are currently in it as paid members see enough value to stick with it. Luckily many people do! :)

July 26, 2008 - 5:23pm

yeah...the forums are totally worth it to stick with it...even though I would like 3 free months :p

July 29, 2008 - 11:26pm

Nice idea for a contest. Maybe I'll win!

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