The Crowd Force Alternative – Buzzbundle Is Better
Feb12

The Crowd Force Alternative – Buzzbundle Is Better

Crowd Force Too Expensive, Use Buzzbundle Instead To Traffic Build The night of Feb 10, I watched a webinar given by the Blueprint Pro Plus boys, Aidan Booth and Steven Clayton. It was a very long-winded webinar that I wished would have been over in an hour, not the two and half hours that it did take.  Maybe you were there at your computer as well watching! The webinar (http://blueprintproaccess.com/access/limited-replay.html -link expires soon) was basically a relaunch of their Blueprint Pro Plus product that they started a couple years back, which cost something around $600 one time, or there was a monthly option as well if I remember correctly. In their presentation they added a few more things (courses, etc) into the mix to entice new subscribers to signup.  Items such as: Crowd Force (traffic building software), Trustify Trust Seals, Domains on Fire (Locate expiring domains), 38 Premium Themes ($1900 value) ouch (You can purchase 87 Premium WP Themes at Elegant Themes for $39/yr), and others. The biggest product that watchers of the webinar were probably on the lookout for was a piece of software called Crowd Force. Crowd Force was first heard about when The Trinity Code was released last year so the term has been talked about in the forums like Warrior etc for a while now. I registered for the presentation because I was looking at it as well just to see what it was all about since hearing Steve Clayton on their Christmas website talk about their new ways to get traffic that doesn’t involve SEO. So, basically I just wanted to know more about what they were doing compared to what I was doing. And what did I find out? Well, their ways are not very new to me, but they probably are to newcomers in the internet marketing circle. I was also hearing that the days are gone where we are able to build links like we used to. We can no longer do keyword research for 3 high traffic keywords with lower competition, throw up a website with a few pages of content built around these 3 keywords and start link building. This is not true either, as it can still be done and you can still earn some good coin by doing seo and link building. Yet, this is a whole other topic isn’t it? But is there a better way then the old ways of doing SEO? Well this is where I became interested in the software Crowd Force as I was already using something very similar called Buzzbundle and like I said above I wanted to find out if...

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Should You Disavow Links Before Receiving A Warning Letter?
Nov21

Should You Disavow Links Before Receiving A Warning Letter?

Well isn’t that an interesting question! This was something that was a concern for me and most likely is for many others doing SEO and building links since Google never really does a full disclosure on anything. At least this question it seems they have answered quite well in my opinion. First off the question that was being answered in this latest video by Matt Cutts of the Google Web Spam Team is: “Should webmasters use the disavow tool, even if it is believed that no penalty has been applied? For example. if we believe ‘Negative SEO’ has been attempted, or spammy sites we have contacted have not removed links.” Matt started off by saying in his video that the disavow tool was mainly created for site owners who might have hired an SEO agency and ended up with bad SEO and need to clean up their link profile. The Tool of Last Resort It is a tool of last resort for many after trying to get the links removed by contacting site owners and not succeeding. For others who monitor their link profiles regularly and find suspicious links to their sites, much like another site owner who I am aware of who has had over 100,000 links built to his site from someone doing a negative SEO campaign on him you can and should use the disavow tool. If you are a site owner and suspect negative SEO on your site then definitely be proactive and start disavowing the links long before you ever receive a warning letter in your webmaster tools from the spam team. This is good news for all site owners in general!  This at least gives us an opportunity to limit the effects of those who choose to attack our sites with negative SEO. It is a huge shame that Google has put this onto all of us, and open this opportunity for those who rather spend their time and resources on de-ranking the competition rather then rank their own sites. The Almost Good News From watching the rankings of this fellow site owner while they disavow links while the negative seo attack is continuing, the ranking of their site has dropped somewhat but it is not gone. Somedays they rank on page one and others they go to page 2. So my conclusion is if you remain proactive and not reactive there is a good chance that a negative SEO attack is likely to not succeed in the long run. Therefore, feel free to use the disavow tool if you need to, and don’t wait too long if your site is under any...

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Removal of Link Requests – Proper Etiquette For Doing Them?
Oct21

Removal of Link Requests – Proper Etiquette For Doing Them?

Recently Google has changed their approach in how they deal with spammy links to websites to try to clean up the Internet.  What they have done is put the responsibility onto every website owner and operators instead, to look after their own link profiles and if they don’t then Google will take their traffic away, sometimes slowly, sometimes overnight and replace their ranked site with one that has a better link profile (Good link profile what is that?).  If or when this happens it is alarming, upsetting and quite stressful if you have been trying to follow Google’s foggy information for websites and how to get rankings. How do you know if your site has spammy links? Well if you are a blackhatter then you come to expect a site to at some point lose it rankings but you will benefit for a short while ranking by building spammy links. So a blackhatter knows they have been hit by Google is their site disappears from the serps. Now if you are someone who has their site in Google Webmaster Tools then you will be sent the unnatural links found email from Google when they think your link profile is looking spammy.  What happens after this is up to you now since Google will stop ranking you by slapping you down, and then it is your responsibility now to clean up your back links.  How do you do this some many ask? Since Google has taken the recent stance regarding how it is viewing links to your sites, and basically putting the responsibility onto you to look after your link profile rather then them, getting link removal requests is not uncommon to almost anyone who owns or operates websites.  Actually it is becoming so normal in fact that there should be some information available to website owner/operators such as a checklist to use before ever sending out a link request email. This is my reason for writing this post. I do not mind receiving a request, as it is not much trouble to help another Webmaster out and I hope that if the day comes where I am asking for help the person on the other end is as willing. What really troubles me though is getting emails from webmasters asking for a removal when they have not done their due diligence first. Items such as this should be done long before you send out a link removal request: Download your links list from Google Download your links list from other places like (Majestic SEO, Moz.com, Ahrefs, SEO Spyglass) Check your own link building list (Yes you should have one)...

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Blog Commenting – Should I or Shouldn’t I?
Oct11

Blog Commenting – Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Blog Commenting is it a viable method of getting links to your websites anymore? Certainly!  If done correctly with the right intentions without spamming. For the longest time, now or should I say, the last couple of years I keep reading that building links by commenting is dead and one is better off doing something else.  I have to disagree with it being dead, but can you spam a million sites and expect to rank doing so, No of course not! So how does one go about commenting then? To start off you are not looking for dofollow links but you may get some on some sites.  Building nofollow links I believe do help, if not your rankings but it can help your links to look much more natural, keeping your site from future penalties. Our main goal here is to look for sites that have content that is relevant to your own.  You can do this just by doing a search on Google. What I do is the basic of basics, and it goes like this. I go to Google and enter the phrase I want to find sites for with nothing else, and then I select the Search Tools dropdown and select the last week setting.  Just from this I usually end up with a list of at least 5 sites that posted a post recently that is completely relevant to my site. Tip! If you select the last 24 hours you can find sites with no comments yet, making yours the first comment which can lead to traffic to your site as many commenters like to see who is commenting before they comment. How to format your comments I first make sure to read over the article and find something to comment about. Then I just either enter my name (Dwight, Dwight Cocran) or I may enter (Dwight @ Zwinks.org or Dwight Cocran@Zwinks.org) into the name field. I then enter my WordPress avatar email address so my comment either has my branding by using my sites logo or my personal picture. Then for the website url I just enter my domain.  Doing a comment this way will almost always be posted by the admin if they are moderating comments.  Also if a site is setup like mine, that once your first comment is approved you are then able to comment without any further moderation. At times when posting a comment it may be appropriate to include a link to a post you have on your site or a guest post somewhere else, but even this may put your comment into the spam folder on the site...

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How To Make Links in a Google Plus Post DoFollow
Aug14

How To Make Links in a Google Plus Post DoFollow

This is no longer working I recently found a great search engine optimization tip about how to make dofollow links within your Google Plus posts. Of course I wish I learned this awhile back as I was making all my posted links nofollow which is probably what Google intended us to do, but then why did they make another option for adding links that are dofollow.  Kind of strange I am thinking how about you? Anyways, lets take advantage of this right! So this small little extra step that I found is not difficult to implement and is actually only one more step then the usual way I have been adding links to my posts in Google+. I do not know if it is really adding much SEO value to the articles I am linking to, but I hope it is passing along some added benefit to my articles and it is not taking me any longer to create them so why not? To get started I have taken a screen shot of a regular Google + post using a firefox plugin called SEO Quake that will show nofollow links in the browser with a line right through the middle of the outbound link. If you look below the image of one of my posts is showing this line. For the dofollow example I posted this post with links within the text and they are showing nofollow but the other link using the title of my blog post “How to Use Kontent Machine to Create Unique Content Tutorial” is a link that is dofollow. As you can see in the screenshot below this link has no line through the middle. So How Does One Make These Links? It is completely simple to make these links so let me tell you how to be certain you are making dofollow links. Most users on Google Plus are just copying and pasting a link directly into their “Share what’s new…” box. Don’t do that anymore okay! What you need to do is write in the share box whatever you would like to and then click the add link button to add the URL you want to create this dofollow link to. Google will scan the URL and then add an image from the article if there is one and then it will create an anchor text link using the Title of the article from the html title tag. That is all there is to it. You have now created your dofollow link on your Google+ account. Please do not forget to add me to your Google...

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How to Build Your Own Effective Link Juice Network
Apr02

How to Build Your Own Effective Link Juice Network

I have learned over the years how important it has been for me to have my own network of websites when I need a few higher quality links to assist in ranking websites.  These types of links come from sites I have built by using aged domains which I purchased from auctions at Godaddy or through Namejet that were related to my niches. Why don’t I just buy links? It adds Up! Buying links one at a time from some of the retailers just becomes too expensive over a long period of time. Good links from non-budget retailers range in cost from about $3.00 a month for a PR 3 link on up to $30.00 a month for a PR 6, depending on factors like outbound links, category of link, age of the domain and its pagerank. Furthermore, the added administration of monitoring the links is another task I could live without. Other suppliers of homepage backlinks will not supply you with the locations of the links, which you purchased from them as well so, you must purchase on trust alone.  Being that there are so many scammers online I prefer to stay far away from networks that do not supply link locations. Building My Own blog / Link Network I started building my own network of domains about 4 years ago and over this time I have built up a nice set of sites. The overall total to-date is over 200 and usually when starting a new project I like to purchase 5 – 10 aged domains to add to this network. Of course as you buy more sites you will need more places to host them so you have name server and IP diversity, which is incredibly important, no actually it is crucial in today’s internet. Hosting The Domains I got started using hosting services such as Hostgator, Host9, Bluehost, Hostmonster, Accuweb and others that allow for at least 10 addon domains.  Starting with 5 different hosts is a good starting point I feel and keeps your expenses low.  Sometimes with hosting coupons etc. you can purchase a whole year for about $30 per account. You may like to read my Hostnine Reseller Hosting Review before starting your own blog network. *NOTE – Do not use sites that promise SEO hosting.  None of these provide the safety you need with these types of networks. Believe me I have been burnt by trying this in the past so please do not repeat my mistake. Here is a good article on the cons of SEO hosting. Setting up my domains on the hosts This is how I go about...

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