Category Archives: SEO

Search engine optimization

Yahoo mixes organic results with paid advertisments

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I never thought that being on the first page of a search engine would be so easy, but I am not sure how ethical is this, and how fair is it for the advertisers.

As mentioned at the webdigity webmaster forum, Yahoo has started mixing paid advertisments with organic results. The bad thing on that – and the questionable part – is that the average user wont be able to identify those ads are they look exactly like the organic results.

You can check more in this  subject here.

Webdigity offers advertising packages

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The packages are :

Community donation

This is like a common donation, but in addition we offer a permanent link and a special budge in the forums to those who are donating. You can seek more information or order here .

Forum homepage sponsorship

As the title indicates this is an offer for search engine friendly links. The “product” is a link from the site’s homepage, and the forum homepage. Prices and more information can be found here .

Topic sponsorship ads

This is a new way of advertising, and I think that we are the first forum to offer something like that. The concept is simple : you buy permanent links from forum topics. This way you can get very targeted – in terms of SEO – incoming links to your site, with a fixed one time payment. You can order topic sponsorship ads from here

The true story about sitemaps

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The funny thing about blogging is that you allways have to write a funzy title even if it has nothing to do with what you are talking about 🙂 Today I found out a possible problem regarding SEO which seems to be the sitemaps. There are many people out there who claim that sitemaps are not really helping, and actually can cause deindexing of your web site from google.

Daniel Lindberg  got his site deindexed and then reindexed with less pages in SEPRs, while the topic is discussed in many webmaster forums.

Personally I can’t really express any opinion as I only used sitemaps once, and I can’t measure the results. Of course the warning is there, and we will wait from someone with more experience to tell us what actually happens when you submit a sitemap to google.

Promote your blog for free

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We’ve just added a new feature to the webdigity webmaster community, which will be very usefull for our fellas bloggers 🙂

The new feature helps bloggers promote their blogs, as we give you the abillity to syndicate your feeds with our forum.

In simple words, you add your feed to your profile in the forum, and then the latest posts of your blog will appear in the discussions you participate in our forum, and in your profile.

You can read more here.

Announcing! The New BizMP forum contest!$15,000 in Prizes!

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The new BizMP forums have just opened up, and for their kickoff, they are offering $15,000 in prizes. It includes

-$1,000 Sent Via Paypal

-6 Hour Consultation with the owner of the site, a leader in internet marketing VALUE OF $1000

-1 Year Link in the footer of BizMP! – VALUE OF $2400 ($200 a Month)

-Interview to be featured on BizMP

BizMP is a site dedicated to making money off the internet. One of their specialties is buying and selling domains. One their front page, they have a list of domains for sale. Anyone can look at the list or add to it completely free! It’s better than Sedo or other services. For premium domains, they will also broker it.

Make sure to look at the contest!

New whois/seo lookup tool

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Yesterday we added a new module to the webdigity webmaster community, which can be very usefull to site owners, and to people who intend to buy domains and web sites.

The whois lookup tool retrieves various whois and SEO information regarding the domains you want, and some of them are :

  • Web site title/description/response codes
  • Seo information like pagerank, alexa traffic rank, technorati rank, indexed pages, link popularity
  • DNS servers
  • Information regarding the ip that hosts the site if any (ownership – location info)
  • Whois record from domain’s registar

This tool started as a little extra to the community, but I think it deserves some attention as it provides more information that any other simillar tool. To use it you just have to visit http://www.webdigity.com/ws/ or simply add the TLD that you are interested in the end of that url, eg http://www.webdigity.com/ws/google.com.

The tool is caching the data for faster response, but please be patient when you query a domain for first time, as a single lookup requires 10 requests, so it may take some time.

You are your front page

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Before some months I realized that a forum site can’t really be a success if it consists only of forums. I mean that internet is full of forums, and no matter how nice is yours, you must also have something else to compete with the others.

So webdigity even that it was – and still is – a unique webmaster community,  had to expand, and have more feautures besides the modifications that I made to the forum.

With this in mind the webdigity transformed into a more complete community, not just a forum, and this happened by adding some new modules to the site, the tag browsing, the web design gallery, a tutorial database and a directory for webmasters where the members can also vote for their favorite sites.

Those new modules made in the last months, but still they haven’t really “advertised” properly. I mean the site was still a forum with some extra stuff. Today I realized that if you look a site with the eyes of a first time visitor, the site is whatever this guy/gal understands in 5 seconds.

What does this mean? Well if you look at this page, what you will see? A forum maybe? Correct, but this forum has also those cool modules that I tolled you about before. If you look the links in the page – after staying for at least 20 seconds in the site – maybe you will “discover” some of these modules….

Now look at the new home page of webdigity. Does it looks like a forum? Maybe it does, but I am sure that a first time visitor will now know that webdigity is more than a forum, as the several modules of the site a clear and visible. I can’t share any results from this, as I have just uploaded it to the site, but I think it will work better.

My personal lesson from this, is that it doesn’t matter how cool your site/product is, but mostly how you market it 🙂

Please let me know of your ideas about this in the comment section or here.

Public relations and the web business

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I just found a cool blog post from Daniel Fischer regarding the public relations and the web site marketing.

What Daniel very correctly sais is that you have to – at least try – to contact with other webmasters of your niche and ask them for links or help regarding your site.

This thing is not working so well – I mean that you wont get so many links this way – but even the small number of links that you’ll get can help with traffic and SEO, plus those people may stay in touch with you or your site.

Daniel points google to help you find sites of your niche, but I’ll also point to stumbleupon which has a tag browsing feauture. This way you can enter the tag that best describes your site, and find top rated sites in your niche.

The results are very good, as this way you can both socialize your business and get some inbound links to your site.