StumbleUpon My Social Media Of Choice

There are lots of ways to share your favourite posts. Some people Tweet them. Some like to share them with their FaceBook buddies. Because of the SEO benefits of having images in your posts there are a lot of bloggers out there happily sharing their stuff with Pinterest as well. Personally I like to share my posts with all of them but my favourite is StumbleUpon. If you”re not a member you can join here.

Wikipedia says…

StumbleUpon is a discovery engine (a form of web search engine) that finds and recommends web content to its users. Its features allow users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos that are personalized to their tastes and interests using peer-sourcing and social-networking principles.

Toolbar versions exist for Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer, and Safari. StumbleUpon also works with some independent Mozilla-based browsers.

The thing is StumbleUpon is not really a form of search engine. I know I’ve never used it to search for stuff, although I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who do.

Speaking of sharing your own stuff, there are some out there, like my mate Mitch, who don’t feel comfortable about Liking Their Own Stuff. Me, I have no trouble at all being the first person to share one of my posts. Read the rest of this entry

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I wrote a post some time back about Charging People For Removing Their Links. The reason I’m getting all these requests is because these guys have all been notified that they’re in violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. This is a bad thing, especially if your website is business related. The reason being that once you get on the almighty Google’s bad side you’re site can be delisted from the Google search engines.

 Here is what Google has to say about it.

 

Violations of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines

Your page has been blocked from our index because it does not meet the quality standards necessary to assign accurate PageRank. We cannot comment on the individual reasons your page was removed. However, certain actions such as cloaking, writing text in such a way that it can be seen by search engines but not by users, or setting up pages/links with the sole purpose of fooling search engines may result in permanent removal from our index. Please read our Webmaster Guidelines for more information.

Once you have modified your site so that it meets our guidelines, you can submit your site for reconsideration.

While there can be a lot of reasons why these guys are in violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, the point that interests us is the one where people have been trying to rig search engine results by using unscrupulous back-linking techniques.

Last week I wrote a post called Is CommentLuv Bad For SEO? That post was necessary because of posts out there which were writing crap about a great plugin. Perhaps this misconception has come about because a lot of requests from Googles to remove such links so as to appease the Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, were being found in the comments! This has nothing to do with CommentLuv and everything to do with the people leaving the comments.

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Some Blogging Love I Need To Share

Yep, the Easter celebrations is over and I am a cool 2 kilos heavier. That will teach me for stuffing my face. Maybe I should give Troy’s Elvis Workout a go. Either way I definitely have to start working out again. Especially now that I’m getting older and it’s so much easier for the weight to creep on.

I’ve been visiting a few sites of late and I’ve decided to share a bit of link love. As you can see, Troy was the first on the list:homage:  

It’s very important that one looks after ones blog and the best way to do that is to keep it secure. The last thing that you want is for someone to hack it and to watch all that hard work disappear before your eyes. Sure, you could get the info back but it sure isn’t easy. I found Barb’s post on Blog Security very intriguing, especially because it introduces a plugin I’ve never heard of.

My good mate Mitch has written a cool post about Ten Writing Tips in 3 Minutes. Mitch knows his blogging and you can learn a lot from him. Something he does quite a lot is internal linking. Partly because it’s a good SEO tactic but also because it can lead to people staying longer on his blog if they choose to explore his links. Read the rest of this entry

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