Le Linkage #12: Blog SEO

I’m a blogger. By definition, that means I’m an attention whore. Search engines are to bloggers and web masters what tabloids are to Paris Hilton: the only way to ever really be seen, since outside of this most haven’t really done anything to garner attention. Today’s edition of Le Linkage focuses on some rather interesting places I’ve recently found on the topic of SEO. This isn’t a list of all the best sites on the Web for SEO — I could literally spend a whole blog writing about that very topic — its just a list of interesting articles I’ve recently found on the topic.

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How to Build a Profitable Home on the Web: The title explains it all. What it doesn’t tell you is that this is a collection of videos that show you what you need to do. Good way to start your journey into the world of blogging and search engine optimization.

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What’s Your Web Page’s True Relevance? This is extremely helpful for anyone who is interested in increasing their overall sphere of influence. Unlike other similar tools, this isn’t limited to Google, but instead encompasses things like .gov and .edu domains, Del.icio.us, Yahoo! searches, DMOZ, and a few others. This is a fairly interesting tool which gages your overall strength, unlike the Google PageRank algorithm, which measures importance. According to this, my page strength seems to be at around a 3.5 for www.gnorb.net and 3.0 for gnorb.net. How do I unify those, I wonder?

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How to Optimize Your Blog for Search Engines: This is the billionth article written on the topic, but its written by one of the best in the industry, ProBlogger, and one of the few people who can actually say “I make a living from blogging!” Besides, this was posted on my birthday, which gives it an automatic cool factor.

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212 Sure Fire Tips for a Successful Blog Launch: If you’re entering the world of blogging with the intent of becoming at least somewhat famous, this is the post for you. Remember, however, that having great content and making lots of money aren’t always related. Sometimes — a lot of times — making money comes from creating lots of little crappy sites that generate a lot of traffic. Most bloggers write because they love writing about topics they know a lot about. (In my case, I’m an expert at my own interests.) If you’re writing to be famous, take a look at these tips.

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Secrets to Beating the Sandbox: Ok, so you’ve gotten your blog up and running. Now, how do you get to Google quickly, since that’s probably where most of your traffic will be coming from? This tutorial teaches you the best way to cut your Sandbox time from months to days. Hint: interlinking with similar sites helps an awful lot. Interlinking with Google-trusted authority sites is even better.

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Banned from AdSense? It’s Your Own Damn Fault! Once you start a blog, if you’re looking to make money, chances are you’ll start the way most of us do: by using Google AdSense. If that’s the case, make sure that you’re not doing anything which will get you banned: bannination = lack of payment. Sure, they don’t come down hard on you if you’re earning $100 every 18 months, but once your blog becomes successful and you start making thousands a month, that’s when you’ll really start seeing Google’s scrutiny. The basic lesson is this: keep it honest. Even if you are honest, read this to make sure you’re not accidentally breaking the rules.

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Webmaster World: Finally, if you don’t know about this site, now you do. And you should, since it’s just about the best site on the Web for general SEO information. Other sites (including some I’ve worked for) have done a great job at playing catch up, but all in all, this is where the brain-trust lives. Read what’s here with a notepad on hand: you’ll need it.

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