Over Optimization Was Cool, Now It’s Kickin’ My Butt!

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!

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Good SEO or Spam?

good seo or spamSpam Alert? Not Quite, but Close!

I’ve got to admit it – I’m a sucker for keyword research and trying to get a ton of visitors to my site using (and abusing) on page seo tactics and the question that has been raised, or the criticism rather, is some of this good seo or spam? Not that this stuff is black hat or anything, but it just doesn’t really make sense a lot of the time. I have to admit, after looking at it and in that much detail, it doesn’t look like great seo.

I had a friend remind of that this weekend…someone I really respect and maybe some of you that actually read this blog wouldn’t mind looking up. His name is Marshall and he is a website seo professional and he wasn’t shy at all about helping me “identify” a problem article that I had…no, he’s not a shy guy.

Anyway, Marshall not only provided me with some more than adequate feedback and a good verbal lashing about keyword stuffing and spamming (Thanks again Marshall!), but his comments also made me realize that I have gotten off of the path that I laid out for this particular blog.

Forgetting the Mission

You see, Make Money Online Anywhere, was suppose to be a blog about promoting different ways that you could generate an income online. I wasn’t necessarily going to focus on one way or another, but as many different ways as I could figure out and test. I then wanted to relate my findings back to you in an effort to help people – especially newbies coming online to make a buck – find something that would work.

What has happened is that the ZNZ programs for me have just exploded and I have been able to make a pretty good income from just these programs. Oh I also earn a decent wage from Google every month for the adsense on my sites and additional monies from other companies as well, but the ZNZ One and Big Cash programs just sort of took off, so I spent a bit of time running with them so to speak.

Now it is the empower network that I am working on and true to the “90 day rule” that I push so hard, it looks like the Empower Network is actually going to start paying off! (Click on the Banner below for more info!)

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A Good Rule of Thumb

Anyway, once again I am back to my “old” ways and some of my old blogging rules which I started out with a while back! My main rule – the 4:1 prose to technical ratio – is going to be adhered to more than ever. I actually sort of reversed it and now I’m bringing it back.

What is that 4:1 rule? It’s quite simple really – and makes more sense by the way – you write from the heart, from your own experiences and just off of the top of your head – still relating to your niche market and readers – but you DO NOT focus on keywords/key phrases. What you need to focus on mainly – and this is especially for blogging more than anything else – is on writing quality content for your human readers.

I sort of forgot about all of this, I sort of got to the point of doing everything for traffic no matter the cost and I almost blew it!

You do still want to do your keyword research and write on topics that are around your niche, but you don’t want to forget that your readers are human and that you should write for them and not the web crawlers from Google or anyone (anything?) else.

So once again, Thank you Marshall! For bringing this to my attention, I salute you! (You’ll just have to imagine that whole AC/DC cannon explosion thing)….until I throw it on a video that is!

good seo or spamFor those of you that are interested in better rankings and other SEO related topics, check out Marshall Adler’s site http://emarketingguy.com

 

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