Articles written in March, 2007

March 30 2007

Content Scraping is Poor Strategy


Recently I read an article entitled Site content and use of web catalogues at Google Webmaster Central. It is disturbing that people are still trying to get results on the SERP pages by scraping content from other sources. Let’s face it, this is just poor strategy. I cannot stress this enough; when it comes to content, the only strategy that works in the long term is creating pages with original creative content that is relevant to the subject on the page.

Look at it like this, the job of the search engines is to provide its users with the information that is closely related to the products and services that they are searching for. When that content is copied (scraped) from somewhere else, it detracts from the user experience. This might work in the short term, but as the engines filter out duplicate content you are sure to lose whatever rankings you achieve with this method.

If you want your site to have a longstanding presence, write original copy for each page. Make sure that what you are writing about is related to the information, service or product that your website provides. If you have trouble coming up with content, do some research or hire a professional copywriter.

There are several steps you can take to ensure that your site is optimized from the backend, but all else being equal, content is king!

March 26 2007

Developing content for users first, search engines second


Many people are under the impression that developing multiple pages with irrelevant content is a good long-term strategy for ranking many pages within the site well. This of course is a misconception that needs clarification. The Google webmaster guidelines specifically states not to develop pages for the sole purpose of search engine rankings.

Make pages for users, not for search engines. Don’t deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users, which is commonly referred to as “cloaking.

– Google Webmaster Guidelines

It is true that websites with more relevant content have a higher chance to rank well, so it would be in your best interest to develop these additional pages if and only if the content is unique and relevant. The primary purpose of developing these pages should be for the users that visit the site and ultimately read your content.

March 21 2007

Linking Can Be Scary!


Linking and link building can be scary stuff. Constantly, I hear people talk about being penalized for aggressive linking or getting into trouble by using link farms and link exchange programs that are just bad news. The question here is “How do I know if a link is one that will improve my rankings, or one that will end up causing irreparable damage?” In an effort to bring some clarity to a frustrating situation, I have listed below some things to look for when considering a link.

The thing to consider above all else is relevancy. In other words, is the site that I want to link to me somehow related to the content on the page? If not, forget it. Links from pages that are not related to your content in some way, are not going to be counted. Other things to consider include:

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