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Search Engine Optimization Tips – ‘The Other Secret’

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If you are new to search engine optimization and wondering what is the secret in getting top ranks in the search engines, the secret is link building. That’s not what I’m going to talk about today because I have talked enough in other search engine optimization tips in this blog.

What I’m going to talk about today is the “other secret”.

You see, with some keyword research and link building effort, it is not hard to raise the ranks in the search engines. The challenge is how to stay there. With millions of new webpages being added each day, and more and more marketers becoming SEO savvy, your competitors will beat your ranking sooner than you think.

The solution? More backlinks!

The truth is, link building is a never-ending chore and if you want to keep your position, you literally have to keep building links to your website for as long as the website exists. That can be a daunting task and many people give up.

So how can you overcome this problem?

One way is to outsource. This means you pay other people to do the daunting job. View outsourcing as a form of leverage. The degree of leverage varies dramatically, from engaging someone to write or spin articles to engaging a professional to do the entire process of link building. Treat link building as a necessary expense, just like the need to employ a person to man a brick-and-mortar store, so that you can free yourself from doing other things, such as developing more websites or networking.

Another way is to encourage your visitors to link to you. This is only possible when you have a website that truly provides good values and good solutions to a problem, so good that people are willing to quote your website in forums or in their blogs. In fact, this is the true backlinks that Google wants.

Both ways should be used concurrently.

Your Blueprint To SEO Success

If you were to build a website with intention to use search engine as its main traffic source, here is the blueprint I would advise.

1) Build a site that provides true values. Forget about those made-for-adsense websites. Fill the site with good articles and good online applications that people can use. They will be the ‘link baits’ that your visitors will bite and voluntarily spread your website. A good affiliate program can expedite the spreading process tremendously. If not, you’ll need to be a bit more patient.

2) Build backlinks. Either do it yourself or get someone competent to do it for you. This step is necessary until your website is rooted in the search engine and when more people link to your website voluntarily.

3) Add more webpages to your website with the intention to target more keywords. Note that each webpage should target at most 2-3 keyword phrases, usually only 1 keyword phrase. This means the more webpages you have, the more keywords you can target and hence the more traffic you can potentially receive.

4) Rinse and repeat step 2 and 3, with the intention to create more link baits. Remember, a link bait can either be a content or an online application. As more visitors come to your website and find it useful, it is inevitable that some will spread your webpages to others and that’s when more backlinks will be established on autopilot. That’s what you want to achieve eventually.

Many marketers missed Step 4 and they work very hard to do Step 2 and 3. Start your website on the right track and your SEO journey will become easier and easier. If not, you will become exhausted eventually, regardless of how hard you work initially.

In my next post, I will show you an example of what I mean by link bait. Stay tuned.

How I Get Back My Top 10 In Google Effortlessly

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Today I’m going to share with you how I get one of my old websites back to top 10 in Google, spending very little time and money.

But before I tell you what I did, let me give you a brief background about this particular website.

I have a niche website that I created back in 2004 and it has been in the top 10 in Google for a competitive keyword for years.

To give you some idea, that ‘single word’ keyword gives 6,900,000 results in Google, i.e. more than 6 million websites are fighting for that keyword.

A few months back, I realized that the sales from the website dropped. I suspected that my ranking in Google had probably dropped. Indeed, it dropped out of the first page into the second page. The exact ranking was 12th position. Just missed the top 10 by 2 positions.

To regain my top position, I needed to get lots of backlinks fast.

Thus, about 2 months back, I engaged a freelancer to submit the website to 1000 link directories for less than $30. That’s all I did.

A few days ago, I realized that sales from the website increased. I went to Google and checked. Indeed, I’m back to the top 10. I’m now in the 7th position.

From this experience, I once again prove that directory submission is still a viable promotion method.

Some Advice In Website Creation

When I first started creating niche websites to profit from Adsense and affiliate sales, I followed the advice of the ‘experts’ – follow your interest.

I wrote very good articles and each website took me one month of intensive effort!

Soon, very soon in fact, I ran out of interested topics and I had nothing to write. It took me a while before I decided to create websites using Private Label Articles.

I’m glad that I made that decision.

The traffic and earnings from some of the websites created using Private Label Articles outperform those ‘sweat and toil’ websites I’ve created.

For example, one of the websites I’ve created using Private Label Articles is now consistently generating more than $500 a month from Adsense. The highest record was $700 in one month. It took me only a few hours to create the website and a few hours to promote it.

I’ve tried at least 4 different Private Label Article services in the market and there is only 1 that worth my time and investment. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), that website will be closed on 30th June 2008, i.e. it will stop accepting new members after 30th June 2008 (but existing members will still continue to receive new articles). When it reopens, probably after 3-4 months time, the same service will cost you double.

If you are just starting out but are committed to build some passive income online, I suggest you grab this PLR service that I use before it’s closed to the public and ‘naively’ follow the instructions laid out by them, especially their 90-day challenge as well as my step by step guide. If you can just do that, you will thank me one year from now.

Will Mass Directory Submission Get Your Website Into Google Sandbox?

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There is an SEO theory which suggests that mass directory submission will get your website into Google sandbox.

The basic idea is if your new website has too many links all of a sudden, usually due to mass submission in a short time, your website will be ‘jailed’ by Google.

Is it true? Let’s find out in this little test that I’ve done.

In my test, I built 3 40-page content websites and then did the following IMMEDIATELY:

– For 2 of the websites, I bookmarked them at Digg and Propeller (as what I usually do to promote new websites) and submit them to 1000 link directories (outsourced).

– For the third website, I only submit them to 1000 link directories. Forgot to submit to Digg and Propeller actually.

After 3 days……

All three websites got indexed in Google, one with 100% of the pages indexed and the other two with 50% indexed.

From my experience, it is unusual that new websites get 100% indexed. Usually, if your website has 40 pages, about 10-20 pages will be indexed initially. I believe this is because there isn’t enough link popularity for the new site.

But in this test, one website got 100% indexed. Is it a coincidence or it’s the effect of 1000 directory submission? Em…


How about the traffic?

There is a surge in traffic to all 3 website in the first few days. This is expected because link directories owners are evaluating the website for listing.

But after 7 days……

One website average about 20 visitors a day and the other two websites average about 40 visitors a day.

Frankly, I like what I’m seeing.

To give you an idea, my other websites with ‘slow’ link building process are getting 5 to 10 visitors a day initially. These 3 websites are really having a great start.

Are all the traffic from Google?

Not really. Two websites have most of the search engine traffic from Google. One has most of the search engine traffic from Microsoft Live. Besides search engine traffic, te websites also have traffic from Digg, Propeller and tons of link directories.

The websites are now 2 weeks old and the traffic has been pretty consistent.

From this little test, I’ve yet to see any sandbox effect on these 3 websites as a result of mass directory submission.

On the contrary, I’m seeing Search Engines giving my websites more priority as a result of more initial links.

Will Google ‘jail’ the websites after some time? Well, only time can tell. But I’ll surely keep you informed.

Have you got any similar experience before? Or you ever got your website thrown into Google sandbox as a result of mass link directory submission? Feel free to discuss below.