The Best Blog Directories

Okay, I fully admit I got this from Search Engine Journal. It was written by Loren Baker, Editor. So be sure to read the original list there with full content. Thank you, Loren. I put the list I here so I would always know where to find it, since it is our company blog. I did abbreviate the content and I plan on adding more. I hope if any readers find better blog directories, that are particularly excellent,  they will  add them by commenting below. If they are really good I’ll add them to this list officially. Best of the Web Blog Search La Crem de la Crem, Best of the Web’s Blog Directory is very selective and only lists aged and valuable blogs. EatonWeb Blog Directory is a real jewel with many aged inbound links and a blog rating system. Blog Hub offers a drop down category and member blog list. Upon visiting Bloggernity, you find a crisp, clean, and easy to navigate site. Blogarama has an impressive listing of over 65,000 blogs. Blog Search Engine is owned by Performancing’s parent company and serves search results powered by IceRocket. Blog Catalog features a vast directory of categories, from academic to writing, while offering the ability to search by country, language, or user. Globe of Blogs has too many features to list. In order to be listed on the site, the blog must not be commercial. Bloggeries has the best categories and subcategories home page on the internet Bloggapedia has an interesting and eye catching homepage. Blogging Fusion is a blog with over sixty categories. Blogflux is not only...

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Link to Other Sites

We’ve all met that person (or, maybe, we’re secretly guilty of being this person). You know the person — the one who won’t share. Yup, there, I said it, I’m on to all of you people. Didn’t you learn anything in kindergarten? Seriously, share and share alike. How do you expect to make friends when you never share anything? By this point, you’re probably wondering, “That’s fine and all, but what does this have to do with linking out to other people’s websites?” Let me put it very simply — do it. Don’t be afraid to share, put that link out there. Linking Out Excuse 1: If I Link Out, People Won’t Stay on My Site Here’s the thing about the Internet, it’s designed (on purpose, mind you) as a way of sharing knowledge. If you’re writing about something and happen to know a reputable resource on the subject, link to it! This will have various added benefits for you. Your users will think, “Wow, this person is providing a great resource, I’ll come back to them in the future because they’ve really helped me out.” Honestly, do you remember the Boston Tea Party because of the book you read it in, or do you remember it because of your 7th grade teacher who pointed you to the book? Linking out also tells Google the neighborhood where your site lives. When you’re connected to a bunch of authority sites on fishing through outbound links, and you’re a fishing site, it’ll make sense for Google to rank you higher for fishing. Why? Easy, you’re all in the same neighborhood of...

SEO Rockstars

When you think of basketball, you think of Michael Jordan. When you think of golf, you think of Tiger Woods. When you think of swimming, you think of Michael Phelps. These people have elevated themselves, and what they do, to the next level — they are the rockstars. How about in SEO? Are there any SEO rockstars? If so, do these rockstars help the industry like Phelps has helped swimming? The Trend-Setting SEO Rockstar: Aaron Wall When you pop SEO into Google, what do you get? Some Wikipedia entries (naturally), a .org for the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, but one of the entries that catches your eye is probably “Learn. Rank. Dominate.: SEO Book.com.” Learn, rank and dominate? Sign me up; if I put SEO in Google, I’m certainly not looking for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity — I want to learn about Search Engine Optimization! Such is the star power of Aaron Wall. He, quite literally, wrote the book on SEO — “SEO Book,” which first debuted in 2003. He started very simply with Search-Marketing.info, but quickly learned his trade by trolling through forums, writing articles and eventually setting up his new site, SEObook.com, writing his SEO book and then tirelessly marketing it. Wall has grown his newest site to a massive scale. He is a sought-after speaker at almost every SEM and SEO conference and everywhere he goes in the SEO world, people follow what he says. The Community Mastermind SEO Rockstar: Rand Fishkin Once you start worshiping at the alter of Wall’s “SEO Book,” you eventually realize another great SEO resource exists: SEOmoz.org. People can learn volumes...

Top Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Myths

There are many SEO myths and rumors we hear and read about everyday. While there are SEO tricks that work for a time, but inevitably come back to haunt the website using them, most of SEO is knowledge and work. Or research and time, if you prefer. We have listed some of the more popular Search Engine Optimization Myths so please read and let the truth about SEO be revealed. SEO Myth: Your top ten search engine ranking can be guaranteed The Truth: Some SEO firms will advertise a “guarantee” to have you listed in the top ten rankings. No one other than the search engines themselves can guarantee any ranking. Don’t believe it. Trust their results for other clients and make your decision from actual client successes, not empty promises and guarantees. SEO Myth: In-House SEO Is Cheaper The Truth: SEO professionals can get higher rankings faster because Search Engine Optimization and Marketing is complex, technical and has a steep learning curve. We also place a team at your disposal, including a copywriters, developers and SEO specialists and unless you have a room full of marketing staff dedicated to SEO it is hard to keep up. How much is 10, 15, 20 hours a month worth to you in a dollar amount? SEO professionals make you money by saving you that time and effort, at a cost you can afford. SEO Myth: Search Engine Leads Are Worth Less Than Other Leads The Truth: Search Engine leads are the probably the most qualified leads, because they come from people searching for the exact products and services which the search...

August SEO Comic Hits the Streets

The August edition of our SEO comic, Ranked Hard, Your Link Here, is available for public consumption. This month’s comic sends up link purchasing. View the comic in all of its glory here Be sure to have a look at Ranked Hard’s rave reviews and find out why people have called it a “very funny comic.”  If you have an idea for a Ranked Hard comic you’d like to see put into action, shoot us a line at contact [at] bigoakinc.com.  We won’t bite.  Well, Roosevelt Jones might, but that’s a story for another...