March 2006


Announcements25 Mar 2006 02:13 am

Oops. I didn’t realize I set the Blue Hat Forum permissions to locked. So all you people who joined but couldn’t see the forums, you can now. My appologies. I just thought the place was quiet.

No one likes me :)

Random Thoughts24 Mar 2006 11:28 am

He figured it out folks!

This is truely a great day. Once again on the contribute page:

  1. debt elimination Says:
    I must admit, I’ve had a rough time with my credit. Life isn’t easy when you’re drowning in debt. Big kisses to all the shopaholics! Kell

Well Debt Elimination(if that is your real name) I will tell you this. There is nothing more fustrating for me than rough times with my credit. Life isn’t easy when your drowning in debt (wait a minute. I think I’ve heard that somewhere before). Well I must say that I am extremely excited for our bud brownie muncher in Amsterdam. I think the least I can do is give him a link on the main page.

Random Thoughts23 Mar 2006 07:27 am

On my contribute page, http://www.bluehatseo.com/contribute/ You’ll notice a bit of spam from someone still trying to figure out their blog comment spammer.

  1. Use Keyword Here Says:
    Personally, I never use more than a single link in the comment I post because doing so can trigger spam catchers if the user has that plugin activated, whereas a single link will not.

If your worried about creating trouble for yourself while testing spam software, leaving the default data isn’t necessarily the best option. Maybe a simple hello or I loved your site so much I want to give you a hand job will suffice.

Turns out the dude is from Amsterdam. Perhaps he wasn’t testing, he’s just too damn stoned to figure it out.

Shoot me an email if you need some help with your site promotion Marley!

SEO Tools22 Mar 2006 10:11 am

Here’s kind of a neat backlink analysis tool. It provides some good information.

Link Harvester
http://www.linkhounds.com/link-harvester/backlinks.php 

Random Thoughts18 Mar 2006 09:40 am

This has really nothing to do with SEO, but I thought I’d throw it in for the hell of it. Infact this really isn’t even useful, it’s just cool and neat on how it works.

In the Google FAQ it talks about the rel=”prefetch” command. This command(supported by both new versions of firefox and IE) in a sense forces the user to click on a link. The user doesn’t actually go to the link; their browser just fetches the url. The idea behind this is to make the next page download faster, assuming they do click on it. This is really only useful for splash pages. Ie. Click here to enter pages.

However this command can be used to cheat on Alexa

My Alexa Ranking <-removed because it no longer works. use the xml.alexa.com url instead
This will link tag will cause almost every visitor to my site to pull the Alexa toolbar API and count it as a visit to my site, whether or not they actually have the toolbar.

Anyone promote on top sites lists?

Fun stuff eh!

General Articles18 Mar 2006 05:30 am

For those of you into blog pinging here’s a small master list of places to ping. Feel free to add to the list via comments.

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Random Thoughts17 Mar 2006 10:46 am

So Google has finally started following suite with Yahoo and began recently tracking click through rates on their organics. This is great news for those of us who understand how they use that data and have spoofed it to rank highly in Yahoo for years.

Thanks Google!

This just goes to prove that every attempt to improve relevancy only gives people an extra tool to fake relevancy. There goes my black hat tendancies, kicking in again.

PS. For those of you who just jumped out of your seats cus you realized what I mean by all this, guess what. Even though it’s completely black hat and there will probably never be a Blue Hat technique written for it, I have never seen it on any sort of forum or public SEO blog. So I get the credit for it being my idea! haha. Patent! Double stamp no erasies.

Random Thoughts14 Mar 2006 10:52 pm

Has anyone else heard of Windows Live Beta? I was looking at it today and I must say it’s looking pretty cool.

http://www.live.com

I was particularly impressed with the image search and the way they organized the ads.

Site Reviews & Commentary12 Mar 2006 12:30 am

Link Fetcher is a free tool from FromShawn.com that searches for sites using Link Manager. Then uses that list to create a set of pages with all the links on them. Once you upload all the pages to your site you can open the files and Link Fetcher will automatically submit your site to all of the sites.

Before I let you know what exactly is going on with this tool I wanted to mention how bad I feel for the guy who developed these tools. He released them for free on his site and only asked that people spread the word about them in exchange for having them for free. He got flicked sooo much shit for this. He eventually just started giving them all out without requiring people to use their referral URLS they were given. This was good because his script wasn’t working in the first place. This was also good because it shut up the wining bitches that weren’t happy enough getting something for free. As much as I want to rant about this I will stop and keep my feelings on what the world is coming to, to myself.

This program is useful for several obvious reasons.
1) You just found yourself a new link bomber if your into that stuff. I know I am to a point.

2) This piece of software becomes supremely useful for Blue Hat techniques such as Synergy Linking. <--I wish I could have made that more bold.

3) On the link bombing note. Easy 1,000 links.

What not to do with the script.
I would STRONGLY suggest you don’t link to these 50+ link pages on your main page or anywhere else on your site for that matter. The reasons are obvious, plus there really isn’t any reason to. Link Manager scripts don’t verify for placement in the search engines anyways. I would also recommend you don’t anticipate these links being of high quality or expect to see an extra thousand links to your site in the engines tomarrow.

Problems found
I wasn’t alone when I couldn’t get the program to work. It was a pain in the ass but I eventually figured out that it was my routers firewall that was blocking it(i tried it on three different routers on two different Internet connections). So I connected directly into my connection and it for some reason worked just fine. Many other people on the forums also had problems that were similar. I’m not sure if they were in the same boat or it was another bug.
For those of you who have already gone to his site to check it out, don’t be scared off by the fact that he asks for your email address in order to download the program. I downloaded it about a month ago and he is yet to send me a single piece of spam mail. I will also vouch that the software does not contain any adware or spyware.

FromShawn.com also has several other free pieces of software. These I will be brutally honest about. They suck. I went through all of them pretty thoroughly. There is nothing of interest. One even claimed it will tell me how many true backlinks I have and then it said it couldn’t finish because I had over 500. Of course my sites have over 500!
Thanks Shawn for the great programs. I appreciate all the effort you put into them.

General Articles10 Mar 2006 11:21 pm

I got a featured article in my email the other day from SEO News written by Gary McHugh from Web Reunited. Normally I don’t put down other peoples’ articles, but this one I will make an exception for simply because I’m seeing more and more of these types of articles popping up.

In the jist the article basically protests the whole SEO practice. It’s point in case is that search engine traffic doesn’t convert as well as link partner traffic and is a waste of time considering how much effort goes into it. I have to agree with Gary on a few points. SEO is hard work and doesn’t pay off for everyone. I won’t bother arguing whether or not search engine traffic converts better, because one quick look at his site will show you 2,000+ links on an automated link directory script and only 53 people signed his petition. The point is already made for me.

My point is simple and I don’t intend to pick on Gary’s particular article. There’s plenty of these type of articles out there urging people to quit trying to optimize their site for search engines because it’s not worth the investment, whether that investment be time or money.

DON’T LISTEN TO THESE ARTICLES! They are not written by marketing experts. The people writing these articles will never receive job offers from Sony to join their marketing team. Why? Because marketing is based off of an extremely simple concept. It doesn’t matter what your return on investment is with your marketing efforts as long as it is profitable.

When I first started my brick n mortar business a lady from the local radio station came in to have a meeting with me. She asked me how I currently advertise. I told her my primary way was flyers in the newspaper. She wanted to know how much I spent on my ads, and I let her know it was $X,XXX /per ad. She wanted to know my return, and I pulled my figures and said $XX,XXX/per ad. She was shocked. She told me that if I quit advertising with the newspaper ad and switched to radio I could run an ad for a whole month for the same money and since radio has such great demographics I could make a larger return on my advertising investment.

This essentially is the same thing these people are trying to sell you. Sounds reasonable right? I just have one question about it? If I KNOW that every time I run a newspaper ad I will generate a profit from it why would I ever quit running the ad?That would be stupid. I can still try radio as long as the budget fits, and if the radio really does turn out a larger ROI than the newspaper ad. Great, I’ll simply do both!

I’ll make my point. Search engine traffic is free. Even if you are not great at SEO or your attempts completely fail, you can still pull in some traffic from the search engines. The traffic is consistent. The traffic converts. No matter how low the conversion rate may be, a sale is a sale. Why turn it down.

Keep optimizing your sites people, and for fuck sake authors, quit wasting your and our time by writing articles on ways NOT to market our sites. All they mean to us is one less competitor.

Side note: For those of you who are wondering, the radio ads converted about the same. Also, I didn’t put the x’s to hide anything from you or to give any advice about newspaper/radio investments. I’m just not comfortable disclosing private company information and the actual numbers were irrelevant.

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