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Sep 7, 2011 / by Pat Parkinson

The Link -- SEO.com's September Newsletter

Optimize now so your site ranks well for the holidays

Fewer Americans are poised to wake up early the day after Thanksgiving to brave Black Friday crowds. Instead, shoppers will wait for Cyber Monday, when businesses roll

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Sep 6, 2011 / by Robyn Storms

Google Announces Reclassification Of Backlinks

Last week Google announced a change to the way they classify internal and external links in Webmaster Tools. The update shouldn’t change the number of links, but should report your links in a more accurate

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Sep 2, 2011 / by Claye Stokes

2 New Google Analytics Reports for SEO

I love tools that provide increased clarity in organic search campaign performance, and I also love finding new ways to use data to report the value of organic search to clients more clearly and precisely.

The GA team has been busy rolling out fancy new reports and features all summer, and

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Aug 31, 2011 / by Brad Smith

Are you Getting the Most out of Link Building?

Join Boyd Norwood as he delves into effective link building that boosts your search engine ranking and increases your website's traffic.

In this complimentary webinar, you will learn:

  1. The importance of building links with varied anchor text
  2. The importance of acquiring deep links
  3. Why you should get links from as many different domains as possible
  4. Anchor text and authority don't have to come from the same links
  5. Four different ways to get links

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Webinar Transcript

Pat: Hey, greetings, everyone! We appreciate you attending the SEO.com webinar today. We have a great presentation planned with SEO director Boyd Norwood from SEO.com. He has an awesome link-building webinar set up for you all—should be very interesting. We have a nice crowd in attendance today. We appreciate everyone in signing up and attending the webinar. How are you doing today, Boyd?

Boyd: Great.

Pat: Great. Do you want to introduce a little of what you’re going to be discussing today?

Boyd: Sure. If you’ve read anything about SEO online, you’ve definitely learned that you need to do link building to improve your rankings. We’re going to discuss the importance of link building and a few methods of link building and also how to build a natural link portfolio.

Pat: So, for this first image, what’s going on here?

Boyd: Anyone who has done SEO or who has a website and is working on getting better rankings in search engines has probably felt this way before. Things may not be going fast enough—you’re frustrated with your rankings. Or more specifically to link building, you’re frustrated with the links that you’re getting or not getting. You’re working; you’re requesting links but you’re not getting them. Occasionally you’ll be frustrated, but you just have to keep working hard to get those links.

First and foremost, I want everyone to understand that Google ranks web pages, not web sites. Each page of your site can rank for its own group of keywords. The more pages you create—the more pages of content you have on your website—is like casting a bigger fishing net out there to capture more search traffic. Keep that in mind: in addition to building links, you should be building great content for your site and adding more pages. Over time, you will capture more traffic because you’ll have more content on your site.

If you were a search engine, how would you determine relevancy? What would you look at? What do the search engines look at? They look at what you say about yourself (meaning what’s on your own website) and what others say about you—what other websites say about you. Obviously, what others say about you is link building. When they link to you, they are giving a vote to you, they are voting for you, they are saying ‘that’ about you—whatever’s in the link.

Pat: And where do they say this? Where are people talking about you?

Boyd: All types of sites can be blogged. It could be forums, it could be press releases—anywhere in their site where they are linking to you—that’s what they’re saying about you. Now there’s two sides to SEO. There is what you say about yourself—meaning what’s on your own website. And that is very important, but today, we’re talking about what others say about you, so link-building. Don’t forget to do the on-site optimization as well, but we’ll focus today on how to get those links.

Webinar Highlights

  • You want to acquire links that would naturally happen in a world without search engines. Those links will withstand algorithm changes by search engines.
  • Don’t link to just the homepage—link to the page most relevant to the context of the link
  • Get links across many different domains—this makes you look more valid and also increases your rankings and visibility.
  • Assign keyword phrases to each page of your site that you want it to rank on—use the Keyword Research Tool to figure out which to focus on.
  • Use the Google Keywords Tool to find synonyms and common variations of your keyword phrases to get the maximum possible users to your site.
  • Write your press releases for real journalists—if it catches their attention, they will post it on their site and you’ll get links. They may even write more about your business.
  • Press releases can get you more than links—they can build your image if done right.
  • Posting guest blogs on other sites that link back to yours can build your traffic also.
  • The key to guest posting is great content that interests readers and brings them to your site.
  • Hosting a giveaway of your product or service on other blogs can get your business a lot of attention plus create a good link.
  • You can also build links by commenting on other blogs. You will want to make a comment that contributes to their conversation.
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Aug 31, 2011 / by Ash Buckles

The Stars of Search Marketing [Infographic]

Inspired by August’s famous Perseid meteor shower, the “Stars of Search” infographic spotlights some of the brightest lights in the SEO universe.

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Now keep in mind that this is not

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Aug 29, 2011 / by Robyn Storms

List Pages To Appear With Snippets In Search Results

In another improvement to snippets, Google is rolling out list snippets over the next few days. Typically snippets contain a couple lines of text under the search results to give users an idea how relevant a page is in regards to their query. List snippets will differ by reflecting

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Aug 26, 2011 / by Greg Shuey

The Secrets of Local Search Marketing (Webinar Summary)



Does local search engine optimization have you

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Aug 26, 2011 / by Robyn Storms

New Share Feature on Google+ Using +1 Button

In just a short time, the Google +1 button has reached over 4 billion daily views. That number will most likely continue to rise with the announcement of 2 new features.

Share directly with Google+ circles
As of yesterday

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Aug 18, 2011 / by Robyn Storms

New Google Sitelink Improvements

Earlier this week Google launched an update to sitelinks. The changes include an improvement to how the links are displayed, and further enhances the quality of results when a particular word or phrase is searched for.

Fundamentally, sitelinks haven’t changed and will still only appear if Google considers them useful

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Aug 17, 2011 / by SEO.com

Learn the Secrets of Google's Local Search

Six months ago Google changed the Local Search algorithm and it’s crucial for your business to learn about it.

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