Google Updates And The Disavow Tool

I’ve been getting all these emails lately from people wanting to remove links to their sites from comments left on my blogs. I had a bit of a chat from the author of one of those emails and apparently he’s been paying someone to leave comments on blogs for the purpose of getting backlinks. Unfortunately those comments weren’t of the best quality and now because of Google’s latest “Penguin Update” he and a lot of other web-masters are scared shitless because Google is now penalizing them for too many poor quality and “SEO Optimised” links. You see, this is why I do all my own work when it comes to commenting on other blogs. That way I get to choose the blogs and I make sure that only leave good comments and I don’t over do any SEO optimised key words.

Those of you who are my regulars know how I’ve always said that you need to take control of your own blog and how paying someone else to do your posts or write your Sexy Girlcomments means that you lose a fair bit of control. Only you can police the type of comments and the blogs that they are left on. The problem now is that not everyone will take the time to remove those comments. Heck, I’m not so sure that I will continue to do it unless I’m compensated for my time.

I suppose Google realizes this and that is why they’ve recently come up with their Disavow Links in their Webmasters Tools. The problem lies in the fact that people who don’t know what their doing can actually hurt their sites rather than the other way around.

Matt Cutts On The Disavow Tool

Matt Cutts explains a fair bit in the following Video but even though Google is hoping that  their Penguin update and their Disavow Tool will enhance their search engine results I am a little more sceptical. Here is the video.

The reason I’ve posted that video is because I feel that there may be some, maybe even many, who will try to use this tool but in doing so may actually cause more harm than good. Matt Cutts himself said that you should take great care in using this tool and that most people won’t ever need to use it. In fact, unless you’ve received notification from Google that your site is receiving unnatural links or something then you definitely should not use it.

Will it make for better search results? Has the Penguin update been for the betterment of all? There are many who say it hasn’t and that it’s even been used to harm the results of competitors. Will the Disavow Tool be used in a way in which it wasn’t intended? Only time will tell.

What You Must Do To Excel

Truth be told if you’ve done all the right things you don’t need to worry about Panda, Penguin or any other updates. Continue to write good posts, posts that people will link to or even share on their social networks. Take control of your commenting. Rather than blanketing a myriad of blogs perhaps concentrate on those related to your own site. Make sure that your comments are always of a high quality and when it comes to using keywords make sure you don’t always use the same ones.

What will you do to ensure your success in todays fight for a better placement on the search engines?


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Another Search Engine For The Masses Other Than Google?

Even though Google would have to be the #1 search engine out there I’m always happy to know that there are still pioneers out there willing to grab a foothold in the search engine market. I remember way back in May of 2009 when I wrote a post called Are Google’s Day’s Numbered where I introduced my readers to a search engine of a different sort, one that has achieved a PR8 ranking which shows even Google respects it.  :thumbup_ee:

A couple of months after that I wrote another post called Search Engines Both New And Old & How They Affect You which featured a video comparing Google and Yahoo with Bing and Wolfram Alpha. Well, almost three years later and I’m happy to report that another search engine has entered the fray. Although the guys behind it refer to it as a web application I’m of the opinion that it can be a lot more than that.

I Now Give To You WordOnTheWire

wordonthewire was brought to my attention by Dave McMillan, one of the developers. OK, so let’s not call it a search engine, let’s call it a ‘Web Application’, truth be told it is a truly remarkable site. Rather than rehash what it does I reckon that Dave says it best.

 Basically, the app serves up the latest results from a range of trending
platforms based on a users search query. It is not intended to be an
“opposition” to Google, but rather a tool to get a quick, latest
“scoop” on a topic, and be able to easily share the results. It picks
up on your browsing language of choice, and serves up the results in
that language, making it really universal (without having to have a
unique URL for each language).

It focuses on doing all of this one page, and has a responsive layout.
We haven’t tried to over-complicate things, or serve up too many
results. It’s only version 1.2, so we have a long way to go, but we’re
obviously very keen to get it out as much as we can.

Sounds pretty intriguing doesn’t it.

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How To Make The Best Use Of Google

I don’t think anyone would argue about how important Google is to most people, whether they’re an advertiser, blogger or the multitude of users who rely on the accuracy of Google’s search engines. As far as bloggers or web masters are concerned there’s basically only two of Googles services we’re interested in and strangely enough they are interrelated. As you’ve probably guessed I’m talking about traffic and the income generated from their Adsense account. Even if you don’t use Adsense on you’re site I’m sure you’re very dependant on the traffic Google sends you, otherwise you wouldn’t be spending so much time with SEO, now would you?  :smoke_tb:

Which brings me to what this post is all about, how not to piss Google off because doing so can hurt you, like it did me some time ago when Google stripped my PR4 blogs of all their ranking, which just happened to inspire me to write this poem about Google :devil_tb: . Anyway, as most of you know I’ve been blogging for several years and in that time I’ve come to learn a bit about Google and what the big boy wants from us and I’m about to share that with you.

Google, Seo And Keywords

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I have to admit I never used to bother too much about keywords because it was all to hard and it ruined the whole blogging experience. That was before I bought Market Samurai which now does all the hard work for me. I’m sure most of you know a lot about keywords and how they relate to SEO but I’m not sure that you’re actually doing it the right way. Sure it may have been the right way once but what with all those changing algorithms it’s not a big stretch of the imagination to realize things have probably changed.

By some of the emails I’ve been receiving I reckon others have come to realize that Google is a pretty smart cookie. Luckily I haven’t been making the same mistakes as some of my readers, especially those taking advantage of CommentLuv Premium’s Keyword Luv facility. Even though no-one can possible know how Google really thinks, sorry to all those SEO guru guys out there  :tongue_laugh_ee: it’s not too hard to make a few assumptions.

  • Assumption #1: Google’s not dumb enough not to realize that there’s something fishy about too many links pointing to one particular site appearing in a short time span. If this is an accurate assumption to make then the logical solution is to not go crazy on creating too many backlinks all at the same time.
  • Assumtion #2: Knowing that Google wants to deliver a search engine to it’s users that is both accurate and reliable it’s not unreasonable to assume that Google is more interested in natural links than those created by SEO minded bloggers and web masters which is why Google introduced it’s Panda and Penquin updates and who knows what other animalized future updates it has in mind.The common mistake that I’ve seen a lot of commentators, on this and other blogs, doing is using the same keywords over and over again. I reckon it’s pretty safe to say that noticing all these sites using the exact same keywords would set alarm bells ringing when the GoogleBots come to spider those sites.  :thumbs_down: I mean honestly, do you really think that everybody linking to a particular site would use the exact keywords?  :hey_you:

How I’m Utilising The 2 Assumptions

In promoting my post on how not to lose money in the stock market I’m ensuring that I take the above two assumptions into consideration. This is because that particular post is using one of the WordPress plugins that  I spoke of in my post about Turning Your Blog Into A Cash Machine.

I know it’s going to take more time if I’m going to do things properly but I’m fine about that because that post will only produce an income if I get targeted traffic and that won’t happen if I rush things. This means not using my other blogs to link to that post all at once as I would normally do. Instead I am spacing those posts apart so as to look more natural to the GoogleBots.

The same applies to my commenting regime. Rather than hitting a huge amount of blogs on a daily basis I’m scaling back a lot which allows me to spend more time on some of those comments allowing for better comments which has the added advantage of building my reputations as a good commentator.

Also when commenting on those blogs that use KeyWord Luv or CommentLuv Premium, I make sure that I don’t always use the same keywords, taking note of assumption #2. Having said that I am making sure that although I am using different keywords they are still all related to the topic in question, saving money by not making mistakes on the stock market. I’m hoping that building these types of backlinks will appear more natural resulting in a better SEO result leading to a more targeted traffic resulting in more money in my pocket.  :drunk_tb:

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