Google Speaks Through Messages

Looking at my Google Webmaster Tools Dashboard today I saw something I hadn’t noticed before. Probably been there for a while since I’m so focused on the Site info, but anyway there is was: Message Center. I had no messages but I clicked the [?] and the following text was revealed as an explanation: What is the message center? The message center provides a way for us to communicate important information to you regarding your Google webmaster tools account and the sites you manage. Our intent is to make it easy for you to receive important information associated with your sites. To view your messages, sign in to your Google webmaster tools account, and then click the link under Message Center. So maybe Google is tearing the veil, so to speak, and will begin communicating with Webmasters. We can only hope. Has anyone received a message from Google yet? Let us...

How to Find Relevant Links

SEO companies have two major functions when working with their clients: optimize the site content and finding quality, relevant links. So please forgive me if you already know this simple yet effective SEO tip, I’m sure those new to the SEO game will find it helpful. This tip on link building will help you find link opportunities but it will be up to you to acquire link placement. I am posting this tip in response to a question I receive on a continuing basis from perspective clients. How do you find links? We have many methods but the simplest way to find links, that aren’t paid links, is to search for them. Searching with the right terms will increase your efficiency and success in securing the maximum number of links in the shortest time. What are these terms? I’ve listed some of the search terms we use to find good linking sources. Of course there are many others to try but this list should get you started. Search Terms to be used with your keyword or phrase: Add URL Links Resources Related sites Related urls Submit a link Submit a site Submit URL Suggest a link Suggest a site Suggest URL Suggest an URL Directory Recommended Sites Add Profile Add Site Article For example, if you are trying to find quality links to help market your website which is selling pet turtles (We bought two, Bear and Grylls, while on vacation last week.) you would type into the Google search box something like this: “add url” + pet turtles. It would give you these results Links for Pet Turtles....

Google’s Other Search Engine – SearchMash.com

I feel like the guy who wants to talk about a movie he just saw, but came out over a year ago. Sometimes SEO research can put blinders on you and you miss the little or not so little things. I have just used a search engine created by Google called SearchMash. It launched October 2006 and I’m just finding out about it. But, better late than never as it has some nice features and looks to show the same results as Google, but with some nice tricks. It’s AJAX-based and has web page, image, blog and wikipedia search results as options. They show images, videos, blog and wikipedia results to the right of web page results and they are in expandable menus. When you click on “more web pages” or or more of any search results it will expand the list on the same page, giving you a longer scrollable page instead of a new page. Videos will also play in the same page so you don’t need to leave your results to view it. SearchMash.com is certainly worth checking out. Who knows, Google may find its best competition is from its own sibling search...

Not Ready for Traffic? Google Comes Anyway.

Be careful when you are launching a new site. Remember the search engines will find you if they can find links pointing to the domain. We ran across a humorous example of a site in development while researching the term “runaway teens” for a client. The site http://www.projectrunaway.net/ came up during our research. While it has nothing to do with our subject matter search the term runaway was the connection. Our researcher, read the first paragraph and got a chuckle. I’m sure they will finish the site soon and this post will make no sense so I have attached a screen shot for future generations. So if you are building on a live server, be sure to block the search engines until you are ready for them. Here are two methods to employ. Both work well. A simple addition of a robots.txt file with the following command will do the trick: User-agent: * Disallow: / You can also add this meta tag to head of your the page you don’t want indexed: <META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOINDEX,...