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For our 10th Koozchat 23 people answered questions about Link Building & Cleaning. This included a discussion about when to “nofollow”, finding new link building opportunities and assessing the quality of a link profile. We’ve compiled the entire chat below.
Imagine a world without links and a web without link bulding. It’s a scary concept but what if Google removed link value from their algorithm altogether? This blog post will explore the other ‘off page’ SEO factors (and some new factors) so you can be less reliant on links.
Six months ago I wrote a post featuring eight Creative Link Building Techniques for a Sustainable Link Building Strategy, with the promise to write a follow-up later in 2013.
Last month Google officially added large-scale guest posts, advertorials and press releases to the list of links that can violate their guidelines. Naturally this has caused confusion in the search industry and people are doing their best to read between the lines. Are there exceptions to the rules? Should you remove links? Should you nofollow? Should you disavow? Or should you just keep the faith and carry on creating good content?
I can’t help but think that in a Post Penguin world there is far too much talk of link removal and Disavowing. Aside from the fact that I’m getting so bored of hearing about it, it’s also an unhealthy attitude for any SEO to be purely focused on cleaning up links. There is more to post-penguin life than removing or disavowing! This post will open your eyes to creating a link building strategy, because if all you are doing is disavowing or removing links, it is not enough and it’s just not cool. #RANT. Read more
Today saw the final ever Linklove conference and we were there to send it off in style with the Distilled team and another fantastic line-up of speakers including Rand Fishkin, Ade Lewis, Wil Reynolds and Ian Lurie. And boy did the conference go out with a bang!
Search Engine Optimisation is not the same game it was two years ago and evolves at rapid pace. Without the knowledge, skills and drive to keep informed and up-to-date, SEO’s can quickly become behind with the times.
2012 saw an avalanche of updates to Google’s algorithms, and I don’t expect 2013 to be any different. Many websites were caught out and penalised for SEO tactics that at one time would have been commonplace and successful. Following this huge crack down on any ‘unnatural’ optimisation activity many site owners and SEOs have been left thinking about how to avoid being penalised in the future. In essence, ‘future proofing’ your SEO.
Following recent updates, most notably the Penguin update, Google seem to really be clamping down on sites that are manipulating the search engine results and benefiting from unnatural links. This was also an effort to reward websites that created really good quality and useful content, the type of content that Google wants to rank highly to improve their search results. Read more
This month Google updated their all-important Webmaster Guidelines and in particular they gave more information on weak link schemes to avoid. Have you bought links in the past? Is your backlink profile outdated? Are you unsure what really makes a good quality link? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, I would suggest reviewing the latest guidelines.
It’s an easy thing to forget, but the web is exactly that; a massive, ever expanding web of pages tied together by links moving in and out of them. Inbound links from authoritative external sites are the Holy Grail, but the web is meant to be an altruistic entity, you are meant to give in order to receive. Here, my quest is to speak up for the cause of the not so sexy but oh so noble outbound link, before registering outbound.org…