My Post Penguin Free Blog, Linking Strategies and On Page SEO

post penguin seoPost Penguin SEO May Be Easier Than Ever

OK guys, I’m back and I’m sort of giggling all the way to the bank right now. Ever since the dreaded Penguin update came out I’ve been steadily working at creating some new and different blogs. Initially, I thought that creating the blogs and getting the links properly built up and getting the “new” worn off of the sites was going to take a few weeks or maybe even a couple of months…but…

…I’ve been able to rank on the first page of Google for key phrases within minutes of creating and publishing blog posts. The weird thing? Well, the weird thing is that I’ve been able to rank – in one case within 45 minutes or less – with a FREE blog from blogger.com – hmm, Google keeping it in the family I guess.

Ranking Well With Free Blogs

So what is my method for creating these free blogs and more importantly, ranking well with them? While I must admit that I am still testing the different marketing strategies and techniques – I’m refining what I’ve always done – I can tell you that what I am finding so far is that exact match URL’s are skyrocketing to the top of the Google SERP’s.

Obviously, Google is back to rewarding those of us with exact matched domains names.

Titles and Other Areas to Focus Your SEO Efforts

Another area I am really seeing some big time search engine love is with titles. I am primarily referring to titles of blogs as well as titles of blog posts. I started a free blog the other day – znzonesuccess.blogspot.com – and wrote an article titled “The ZNZ One Program” and it is residing on the first page results.

Now you folks that have been paying attention to my videos and to what it is that I specifically do after each and every post, know some of the methods that I use to rank well on the first page of Google. It seems that I went a little overboard with this particular blog, but that’s OK too – I’ll have this blog ranking well again in a few weeks or months, but it will be back.

So what am I doing now with these simple and free blogs from blogger to rank them so well? First, let’s look at the “on-page” SEO.

I am not using SEOpressor any longer. While I think this was excellent software, I’m trying to tone down the highly optimization of my sites and opting more for a more “gentle” optimizing of the site and pages. As mentioned above, you want to make sure that you titles – both of your blog and your posts – contain the keyword or key phrase you are looking to rank for.

Create a Natural Flow

The next thing you need to be looking at is the density of your keyword within the body of the article. I still believe this needs to be around 2%, but with that said, it is very important that you do not give up the natural flow of writing to make sure that your keyword is in the body of the text or even within the sub-titles – the h1, h2 and h3 tags. I would even put some additional subheadings that DO NOT contain the key phrase.

Images still seem to give you some link juice, but don’t have 3 or four images that all point back to your key phrase in the alt text. Mix it up. Make sure that one or two are optimized, but that’s about it.

Slow and Steady Link Building

In terms of backlinks and link building, I would probably start off slower here than anything else I have done. This site was highly optimized for “znz one,” “znz big cash” and “online payday system” and it ranks of the 2nd and 3rd pages now where it once resided in the #1 position for all three key phrases. This, I believe, was primarily due to the speed at which these links were developed rather than the location from where the links came from.

While you want to make sure that your links are coming from legitimate websites, I believe that a natural flow is more important as well as a mixture of websites. You want a high percentage of your links coming from the social media and community sites rather than all of them coming from blog directories.

My linking strategy now is to make sure that my linking comes in a more natural looking way – less than 30 or so a day – from many different locations. For example, I use ping.fm for social bookmarking and have several social sites attached to this tool. I am also still using socialmonkee.com with good results, but I am making sure that the hundred links or so that I get from them (I have a premium account) come over at least a ten day period.

Still Using Article Submission Tools

I still use – and get very good results by the way – my Unique Article Wizard, which is a blog directory, but I limit the amount of blogs my articles are posted on to ten or fifteen per day. I opt for a slow “trickle” of links rather than blasting out 30 or 50 (or more) per day.

Manually I am posting more on high PR sites like ezinearticles.com, articlesnatch (no follow links), and others. I am also building squidoo lenses for that whole PR 7 link juice.

So Far, So Good

These methods, along with writing actively on my blogs, seem to be working very well. Within days I was able to rank my new sites (something I haven’t been able to do in a long time) on the first page of the Google SERP’s. These sites are optimized for specific key phrases like “znz one info” and “znz one success” or “the znz one program” and they have done pretty well very quickly.

Below I have a video showing folks the 3 must do actions after writing my blog post. Pretty much the same strategy as before, but without much else. Just using these simple strategies allowed me to rank very quickly – within minutes in one case – and very well (in the top 5).

No Guarantees

Look, I’m not guaranteeing anything at all at this point, but what I can tell you is that I have used and am using these techniques and am finding very good results so for. Admittedly I haven’t gone after more competitive key phrases, that will be documented in my next efforts, but I have seen a spike in my income.

While my opt ins have decreased slightly, because I am more focused on generating highly targeted leads – my conversion rates have doubled. Hmm, might want to start working on the whole conversion thing a little bit more!

No Exact Formula

I don’t know if anyone will ever be able to tell us marketers exactly what to do to rank well every single time for every single key phrase – Google sure doesn’t want people to crack this code of theirs – but I can tell you that with a little bit of experimentation we are able to find and develop techniques, methods and strategies that will help us rank better and ultimately drive a lot of traffic to our programs and websites.

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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!)

good seo or spam

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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Keyword Stuffing and Other Things Idiots Think They Know About

keyword stuffing An Idiot Muse

As an avid blogger I am always looking for additional subjects and topics that I may be interested in writing a new post about. Sometimes I read other blogger’s blog posts or articles in different ezines just to find a little inspiration when the “well” runs a little dry. Today, I found my inspiration in one of my own posts, well, from a comment actually.

Get Advice From Experienced Professionals

I love how people enjoy giving you “friendly” advice, but like the pauper offering up financial advice to those seeking to generate wealth, I take most things I hear about blogging and traffic generation with a grain of salt and move on down the road. When I am looking to find additional information or additional methods or techniques to incorporate into my own writing I go to blogs and bloggers that I respect, bloggers that I know are generating a massive amount of traffic. I try to listen to what it is that they have to say because these folks, men and women, have a clue as to what they are doing.

Two Ears and One Mouth…Hmm

However, every once in a while someone rubs me the wrong way. Today it came in the form of a “helpful” comment that I approved and, of course, replied to. I don’t like getting into negative rants at all, but the audacity of some make me wonder why more people aren’t subject to the likes of the Dexter character on Showtime’s series of the same name. OK, that’s a little overboard, perhaps I should just say some people irritate the hell out of me and leave it at that. That’s what I should do, but at 46 I’m just not that mature I suppose.

So, today Mr. Jackass (not his real name) left the comment about how an article of mine is “stuffed” with the key phrase and how I should write more for the reader. Oh really? Perhaps I should write more for the reader? I would love to, but the way this thing works you see is that we generate our traffic by “optimizing” our pages for specific keywords and key phrases. Sometimes that makes writing about the key phrase a bit challenging.

Yes, sometimes the article just doesn’t read as well as it would if we threw these “rules” out the window, but that’s just the nature of the search engines and the algorithms that are designed and employed to run them.

Keyword Stuffing vs. On Page SEO

Now, since “Einstein” knows all about keyword stuffing (actually he doesn’t, I checked the article in question and my key phrase showed up in the article 1.41% of the time – not exactly “stuffing” that word on the page) and nothing about on page SEO perhaps a lesson in both topics is long over due. What amazes me even more is that this particular article is #1 for the key phrase, doesn’t that count for something? Google didn’t really “slap” my site as this “know it all” said they would, they actually did the opposite. Hmm.

Listen guys, to most of you I apologize for writing this way. Usually I can be counted on to be very up beat and positive, but I am tired of these idiots. Didn’t their mother teach them if they had nothing good to say to keep their mouths shut?

I am here for many reasons, one of them is to teach those that want to learn how to set up a blog, write articles and post them on that blog and drive targeted traffic to their sites in order to perhaps position themselves to be able to generate an income from their efforts. One of the ways that we do this is by creating articles based on our keyword research concerning keywords and key phrases. Once more that’s called k-e-y-w-o-r-d research.

For example, the other day I wrote an article on “easy paypal income.” I didn’t write this article because I thought that would be a hip and cool topic to write about, I did so because the keyword research tool that I use indicated that I should focus on this particular phrase. I wrote the article, used my seo pressor software to “score” the article and posted it. Within a few days that article was #1 where it still resides to this day. This is how it works boys and girls and if you don’t like that then go somewhere else to play.

Learning to rank well on the first page of Google for a specific key phrase or keyword can be tough, but especially tough if you do not have a plan of attack. You must first do your research surrounding a topic and figure out how to focus in on specific terms that still have something to do with the topic you were originally looking at. Why? Because you are:

  1.  looking to generate targeted traffic to your website, blog or program,
  2.  making sure there is not too much competition surrounding the phrase or keyword, and
  3.  ensuring that there is enough traffic to make any of this work worthwhile.

Creating content is not really that hard. Yes, you can have a dry spell or two, everyone does, but one thing I have learned is that if we just keep on plugging away at it then we will eventually find our way to those first page results. Well, all of us that accept the fact that computers still look for key phrases rather than eloquently written articles. For those of you that have a critical comment to submit about this article I say shut up and start writing your own stuff and start ranking on the first page of Google yourself…if you can, that is.

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On Page SEO: The First Step To Ranking Well

on page seoI love article marketing and part of getting your blog posts and articles ranking well on Google and the other search engines has to do with a few things including on page seo, but what is on-page seo exactly?

In a nutshell, on page SEO is nothing more than making sure that you post or article is optimized for the search bots from the search engines and there are specific items that you want to make sure that your post has in place so that your site will appear and hopefully will be more relevant than the next guy. When you are in the business of learning to make money online anywhere, this stuff starts to look quite important.

Start The On Page SEO Process With Good Keyword Research

With the proper on page SEO, I have seen my blog posts rank on the 1st page of Google and even the coveted #1 spot within hours of writing a post, so this stuff really is important. Now I do want to make clear that the most important factor in achieving good results with the search engines is still going to be your initial keyword research. This always seems to be such a hassle for some, but you need to learn it. If you aren’t interested in learning good keyword and key phrase research then just call yourself lazy or stupid and move on down the road, I have no time for you!

OK, let’s assume you’ve done your keyword research and you’ve found a few winners. Out of all of those phrases that you have found one in particular stands out and you decide that you are going to write a quick blog post and this is where the on page SEO starts. You’ve done your research and have enough info to write about the subject and you write a pretty good article about 500 to 700 words minimum. Good start.

Keyword Density As It Relates to On Page SEO

You want to make sure that your keyword density is somewhere around 1.5% to 2.5%. That means for every 100 words or so in your article you want your keyword or key phrase in the body twice. That’s fairly easy if you have found a key phrase that is easy to write on. Keyword density is the first element of on page SEO. Make sure your article reads well and doesn’t sound like you are forcing the key phrases in the article.

On Page SEO: Header Tags

If you notice this particular article about on page SEO, you will notice that there are sub-titles over certain paragraphs and they are highlighted in size and perhaps bold as well. These are called header tags and  you want to make sure that you have them:

  1. Inserted in the body of the article, and
  2. contain the keyword or key phrase you are writing about

If you are using the WordPress platform to write your blog, there will be a drop down box from the tool bar above the body text box. You will see header tags 1-6. For proper on page SEO you simply need to worry about an H1, H2 and H3 tag.

Generally, your title should serve as an h1 tag, but I would put one in the body of the article just to make sure that you have it covered. There is no order for this task, you may place the h3 tag first and the h1 tag last, just make sure they are in the article.

On Page SEO and Images

The search engines, and humans, like images so put some in your article. Generally speaking you can search the internet for images and you should be able to use them on your blog. There shouldn’t be any types of problems with you using images in a blog, but you should never grab an image online to place on a sales page, splash page or any other site you have created for commercial purposes.

When you have found an image that goes with your article simply insert it into the body of the article where you would like. With the WordPress platform you will be able to change the displayed title of your image and you will be able to set the alternate tag or “alt” tag to your key phrase. Images are a big deal for on page SEO and I usually do a little better when I put a couple in the article.

You can also make these images “clickable,” so you may want to inert a link back to your blog site or a different offer of some type. If you insert an external link to an opportunity program perhaps then you will want to make sure you make this a “no follow” link (see below for more).

On Page SEO: Inserting Hyperlinkson page seo

For proper on page SEO you will want to insert an internal link in your post. This link will go back to another page on your blog, perhaps containing just the main domain name. This link is a “follow” link which simply means that you don’t need to do anything other than place it within the text somewhere. I will generally try and use an anchor text that will relate to another page or post and insert the link that points to that post. I’ve heard that this will help out the other post, but I couldn’t tell you for sure.

For external links, may a link to an affiliate product or an opportunity program you are marketing, for on page SEO purposes you will need to make this link a “no follow” link. To do this you simply need to go to the html editor (click the HTML tag at the top of the text box in WordPress) and scroll down to where the link is which should start off with <a href=… If you place the following behind the “a” it will look like this:

<a rel=”nofollow” href=http://example.com>no follow link</a>

The no follow code you insert: rel=”nofollow” will automatically be placed in the appropriate location of the hyperlink and your on page SEO concerning this element will be complete.

Make sure you don’t forget to do this with those “clickable” images where you have placed an external link to.

On Page SEO: Bold, Italic and Underlines

One of the on page SEO techniques that some software like SEO Pressor use will be to bold the first key phrase, put the second one in italics and underline the third time the key phrase is used. This practice once upon a time believed to sort of act as a “look at me” sign for the crawlers to identify the key phrases and key words and draw attention to them. One way of saying, “this is a relevant article for these keywords,” sort of deal. Does it still work? Not sure really, but once again I use SEO Pressor and it automatically does this.

Plugins for On Page SEO

I’ve already mentioned SEO Pressor and this is a fine tool, don’t regret making this purchase at all. The single site license is $47 and the multiple site license runs $97 and probably still worth it for no other reason than it shows you how well you do your on page SEO by scoring your post. Good feedback until you learn how to do this stuff.

There is also a plugin on WordPress that you can use that will tell you how to optimize your page as well and this plugin is free (although you can and probably should make some sort of donation to the developer). The plugin is titled “WordPress SEO by Yoast,” and I would get this plugin and learn to use it if I didn’t want to make the SEO Pressor plugin mine with a purchase. This plug in works very well and will virtually do the same thing a premium plugin will do.

Ultimately, on page SEO is nothing more than learning a few elements and making sure that you use them when you write your blog post or articles. Good and consistent use of these on page SEO techniques will ensure that your blog posts or articles will stay at the top of the search engine results pages (SERP’s) and in turn provide you with plenty of free targeted visitors.

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