03 Oct Google Link Penalties, SEO Sabotage And The Great Link Conspiracy

Can you get penalized for external links? The debate gets covered on just about every marketing and SEO forum on the planet; so, what's the verdict? In some cases, yes, but most of the time, no? Confused much? I sometimes feel as such so I've been slowly collecting links of interesting threads, discussions and informational tid-bits on the subject over the past 6 months. I thought it would make a good post and allow people to add to it via...

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08 Aug Google Dots DDoS? Weird Stuff!

There has been an influx of reports via Google Webmaster Central just in the past few hours about a Google spider called Dots running amok. Large sites are having major issues with this today and it's knocking them out of commission it seems. There hasn't been much of an official word yet, but there is some explanation in this Google Groups post. Here are some current reports: - http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=342f2c0683b51628&hl=en - http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=02d8d96a5e00f08d&hl=en - http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=6dd38e35376e723e&hl=en - http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=69504edf1bb1b1d7&hl=en - http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmastears/thread?tid=1ef5e9959bb406c1&hl=en - http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=60654365bce34a1d&hl=en -...

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12 May Why You Should Follow Rand Fishkin On Twitter

Ok, strange title I know. While it makes me look like the world's biggest ass kisser, I do have a good reason for the post title. I was just finishing up the friggin amazing article by Richard from SEOGadget on building high quality sites to kill it in the SERP's Post panda, and then came the comments. So what does Rand have to do with this? Well I missed this amongst the millions of Tweets in my feed, but this...

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31 Mar Google Adds +1 Aka The Like

This is fresh news hot off the press, and it has be a tad worried. Google is implementing a new social feature to their search engine similar to that of Facebook's Like button. This is most likely not going to make much of a difference, although, you never know for those locked into a heaty top 10 SERP. I won't go into it much because the feature is pretty self explanatory, and will only be used if you're logged into...

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27 Mar Google's Spam Team's Goals In 2011

Here's a video with Matt Cutts talking about what Google's spam team is going to be focusing on for the rest of 2011. While they're just finishing up the Panda update, I have been getting the hints that links will be viewed differently in the coming year. Matt does quickly mention that link quality is going to get another look, and frankly it's about bloody time. I have a post coming out soonish on just how Google might look at...

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22 Mar Link Building Freelancer Threatens A Client!

I was doing my morning help over at Google's Webmaster Central and came across this somewhat scary post. I imagine many of you have hired a freelancer from one of "those" sites in the past, and I imagine most of you learned an important lesson. Those freelancers are mainly building junk/spam links, and it shouldn't surprise you. While I imagine this happens more often that I'd like to know, there was some great info by a Google employee on the...

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18 Mar Google Owned Like.com Outranked By Content Scrapers Post Panda

We're currently in the middle of submitting a clients feed to a few product comparison search engines, and I stumbled onto something slightly amusing. Like.com, which was acquired by Google, has a bunch of (really lousy) content basically to just internally link their key product pages. While I know this has been in place long before the big G got in there, so it's more of just an amusing blog post to peek at. By the recent Panda update, the...

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15 Mar Google Panda Q/A From SMX West

SMX West has just wrapped up, sadly we missed it and were stuck sitting here in the office working away. There are always a ton of awesome videos that come from the conference, and sadly not a lot of them get the exposure they should. I really enjoy slapping these on my mobile and watching them while I work out, or before falling asleep. But, generally speaking they're brilliant videos with industry leaders discussing the latest and greatest, and in...

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10 Mar Google Panda(Farm) Update Help Roundup

The Google Panda/Farm update has been cleaning up the crap, filtering the high quality and still leaving a blender of scraped, low quality content all over the top 10 rankings. While the first bit of time after any big update usually leaves many with headaches, there are solutions and changes in the works. Google has already acknowledged that tons of quality sites caught wrongly f$%^!ed over, but as time ticks on this isn't going to do for some. We've gladly...

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