A Spankin’ From Google
OK, so we got the Google slap…what’s next. Well, over the next few weeks you are sure to see me changing up a whole bunch of stuff! (Funny how fast you can learn about “good” seo vs. “bad” seo!)
I never really did any black hat stuff for Make Money Online Anywhere, well not black hat seo techniques like we used to think of as black hat anyway. The problem for me, and I’m pretty sure Google is still figuring out exactly what they are wanting to do here, is that my linking techniques seem to be in the realm of “we don’t like that” for Google.
I’ve used Unique Article Wizard almost the entire time I have been online and it was a blog network that served me very well for quite some time. I trained people how to rank well by using UAW and, as mentioned, used it exclusively to rank my own blogs.
About mid-March however, I noticed that UAW wasn’t “working” quite as well as it had been – I just wasn’t seeing the results I was used to. And then last week I saw a ton of sites drop from the first page of Google for many key phrases. Even my own blog post which had ranked #1 for months for the term “znz one,” wasn’t in the same galaxy.
I was still ranking very well for “znz one,” – still at the #1 position – but with an entirely different blog post. Weird. That’s the term us non-techie types use anyway.
The Day the SEO Music Died?
Yesterday, “Dark” Tuesday I will call it, I saw my site go bye-bye from the glorious position 1 and prestigious first page. It’s hanging around like that third person on a date somewhere on the second page. I’m not messing with it until next week, let’s just see what Good old Google does. Who knows, I might (yeah, right) hit #1 again.
The main problem right now is I’m a bit clueless as to how to start ranking well again, but here is a hint: the sites that weren’t ranking so well for me before, are now doing pretty well. Ironically, these are the same sites that I didn’t do a whole lot with. I basically started them and then let them sit in cyberspace “seasoning,” getting that domain up past a few months.
So, checking with the SEOmoz gang (seomoz.org – check out this video! http://www.seomoz.org/blog/6-changes-every-seo-should-make-before-the-over-optimization-penalty-hits-whiteboard-friday), I must reluctantly admit that this site was hard-core optimized for some terms (like znz one for instance) and due to that over-optimization my stuff is draggin’. Oh well – back to the drawing board.
I’m sort of wondering at this point if we even need to put in keywords or key phrases into our seo plugins on our WordPress blogs. Who knows. I’m sure I’ll be checking things out and I will be passing on what I find.
SEO Secret Re-learned: Create Good Solid Content For Humans
For now my best advice for everyone out there trying to get that blog up and running is to write good content that people can use. Create value on your blog and stop relying on good rankings for traffic. There are many, many, many different ways to get a lot of traffic to the site – that’s what I’ll be writing about very soon!