Linking, Commenting, & Networking

Interacting with the community of your niche is an essential step for success.  If you want people to know your website exists, then you’ll need to start engaging in these activities.

Writing superb content just doesn’t cut it anymore.  You can create a website or blog with cutting edge and novel content, but unless you promote it no one will find it.  Well, a few people might accidentally type in the url for your site and discover it, but the market you are targeting will be oblivious to your existence.  In order for people to find your website, you need to market it.

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Stop Reading & Start Writing

How much time do you spend per day just reading? An hour, two, maybe even more.

If you spent that time writing, how much quality content could you create? A couple fantastic posts probably.

It is time to look at how you budget your time.  I am by no means saying stop reading all of your favorite blog posts, but instead I am pointing out the fact that there should be a balance between how much time you read and how much time you allocate to writing.

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Twitter – “What is it good for. Absolutely nothing.”

Twitter is trash and nothing more than a time sink.  You might as well become a WOW addict.  Twitter takes the concept of Facebook status updates to a new level of pointlessness; it is about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.  Some common tweets I see are:

  • Just got out of the shower.
  • Is headed off to an exciting day in NYC!!@
  • Got stuck in traffic. Sad face.
  • Hey babie, check me out…i just uploaded some pics at ***.com
  • Victory is ours! (Reference to Ashton Kutcher’s race to 1,000,000 followers)

I could care less about all of those things and so should all of you.

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Jump Start With Yahoo Answers

Yahoo Answers is a surprisingly useful resource to give a new or existing website a shot of adrenaline.  The community is full of legitimate people, who actually answer questions, and spammers, who are abusing it for traffic and backlinks.  Yahoo does a decent job suspending (aka banning) the accounts of these spammers, but it really is a futile effort as the spammers can just make new accounts.  Another method of deterring spamming is that links on Yahoo Answers appear clickable only if the user posting is level 2 or above.  On the plus side, this banning keeps Yahoo Answers from becoming a complete cesspool.  You can choose to be a full out spammer, borderline spammer, or a more genuine user.  All will have their respective pros and cons.

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Buying Links Is Improper SEO Practice

Buying links can clearly get you a large amount of links in a short period of time as opposed to organically building these links as your website grows and develops.  “Buying or selling links that pass PageRank is in violation of Google’s webmaster guidelines and can negatively impact a site’s ranking in search results.”  Although it may be tempting to buy links to gain an edge in seo, it will likely have greater negative effects than positive ones.  Google has recently started to crack down on websites that buy and sell links.  Websites can experience serious drops in pagerank and their serps due to improper link exchange.  Of course Google will not punish for paid links if they do not find out, but Google is improving their methods for improper link exchange, and it is quite likely that your site will be punish if it engages in these activities.  Instead of wasting time with paid links which will result in Google penalties, you may just want to effectively buy links by buying a website.  Link exchange should be done in an organic manner as this will improve your seo naturally, and you will not have to worry about your website being punished for selling or buying links.

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StumbleUpon: What is it?

StumbleUpon is a website that connects users to websites that they have selected in their interests.  Websites are ranked by allowing users to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down rating; reviews and tags can also be added to a website’s profile is the user desires.  StumbleUpon basically links users to content that should interest them by evaluating these ratings and distributing hits with respect to how a website was ranked by StumbleUpon’s user base.  Whenever a user clicks on the “Stumble!” button within the tool bar, a website relating to their interests is loaded.  StumbleUpon promotes itself as a website that links users to topics that are listed within their interests and preferences, instead of as a search engine which may require a visitor to be required to search through pages prior to finding a useful result.  Basically StumbleUpon is a database of websites, rankings, and people that connects all of them in a unique way, so that the new searching can instead be stumbling.

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