In this video, I talk about a couple of simple ways you can find out how popular a keyword phrase is, and the general level of competition. This is done through Google’s keyword research tool, and a simple check of the titles in the Google results for that query. By the way, here are a couple of sample search queries that may help you along the way:
- “my keyword phrase” (your phrase placed in quotes)
- intitle:”your keyword phrase”
- inurl:”your keyword phrase”
Hope you enjoy the video!
In this short video, I’ll explain how you can identify a no-follow link using a special plugin for Firefox called: Search Status. Enjoy!
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I had the great pleasure of being able to interview Lorelle VanFossen yesterday afternoon. For those of you that are not aware of her work, you can head on over to Lorelle on WordPress. She is considered to be one of the top blogging and WordPress experts in the world and can be regularly seen keynoting at large blogger conferences such as WordCamp, and SOBcon.
The podcast is quite long for an interview, so I won’t be able to transcribe the entire thing, but I will hit a few of the key points here.
- 0:58 – Lorelle launched one of the first websites in ’94 – Taking Your Camera On The Road
- 2:10 – Lorelle as one of the early adopters of WordPress just after the 1.2 release.
- 4:45 – Development of early coding, plugins, and early testing.
- 5:10 – WordPress 1.5 and the launch of modular themes making design incredibly easy.
- 5:50 – Alpha testing WordPress.com based on the WordPress MU.
- 6:31 – Creating a blog network using the MU (New York Times, REI, and many other companies currently using WordPress MU)
- 7:52 – “blogs are not to be replaced by Facebook or Myspace, they are your online business card and resume. They speak very loudly for who you are, what you do, and what you’re offering to the world whether it’s your opinion, your product, or your service.”
- 8:40 – Discussing the number of websites that run WordPress, and the difficulty measuring downloads versus installations.
- 12:50 – Plug for the WordPress Sandbox Theme as a structurally sound theme that acts as a blank canvas.
- 13:35 – “micro-formats are very critical to the future of the semantic web”
- 15:43 – Lorelle’s prediction for 2009: “Alot of development in comment WordPress plugins”
- 16:25 – “The Captcha is dead – if you have a captcha comment system on your site, kill it. People are seeing it, and not commenting”.
- 17:25 – Video commenting, image uploads, more integration with microblogging; Twitter, etc.
- 18:05 – Biggest prediction for 2009: consolidate online administration, monitoring, and management of online tools. Better monitoring, and tracking.
- 19:02 – New social networking platform theme: BuddyPress
- 20:38 – Tips for new bloggers:
“You can’t get anywhere without a plan; my tip is multi-fold…”
- Write down all the words that describe what you want to write about (what you want to write about, what you want people to search for, etc.) 25-50 words
- Narrow the list down to 5-10 words. These should ultimately describe what you are going to write about, and will become your categories
- Write a minimum of 5 blog post titles for each of the 5-10 categories (these are poswts that you could write immediately. You have the concept, the material, the ideas, in your head already)
- “As you’re working through your list, you will naturally gravitate towards the things that are inherently important to you, and not just the things ‘I think I should be doing’. If you find yourself struggling to find just 5 articles per category, then don’t blog about it.”
This is just a sample of some of the great tips Lorelle has to offer from her book: Blogging Tips – What bloggers won’t tel you about blogging. Make sure to check it out!
Thank you again Lorelle for your time. I am genuinely thankful for the time you gave for the interview.
Make sure to check out Lorelle on these sites as well:
** Blog Herald
People in the search marketing industry are so obsessed with search engines. All they can seem to talk about is how to please the search engines, get on their good sides, and kiss up to Matt Cutts in some way shape or form. But so many people never talk about the different reasons you might want to break off a relationship.
I thought it would be fun to take a look at a few ways you can break up with a search engine and manage your relationships.
Breaking the Heart of Your Favorite Search Robot
Time to call it quits. Maybe you have a private member website, want privacy, or simply don’t want your site to be in the search engine results.
To cut off all communication and break the heart of that poor search engine robot, insert the following into the header section of your pages:
“Let’s Just be Friends”
“It’s nothing personal, I still really like you, but we make better friends than lovers.” Maybe you don’t want the search engines to index your pages (maybe you’re trying to combat duplicate content?), but you still want them to follow your links and find other pages of your site.
Use this in the header section of your pages:
The Messy Break Up
The search robot found out you were cheating and decided to pull your rankings. There’s nothing worse than a messy break up. Better make up as soon as possible. Leave behind your unfaithful ways and beg for forgiveness.
“Let’s Agree To See Other People”
Sometimes it’s ok to see other people for a while. Maybe you have a reason to want to include Googlebot, but exclude Yahoo Slurp from your website. Or maybe you want to exclude a specialized bot like Linkscape, image search, etc.
The best way to allow and disallow certain robots is through robots.txt. Here is a link to a very thourough tutorial on the subject of creating and using a robots.txt file.
Don’t Be a Stalker
Let’s face it, you know you are in love. You’ve become obsessed with this relationship. All your friends tell you that you need to break it off. This confined intimacy is killing you, and you don’t even know it. You’ve become so dependent upon approval that your entire livelihood is wrapped up in it. You sit around at home wondering why she doesn’t call (err, crawl) as often as she used to.
Don’t get too obsessed with the search engines. You want a steady long lasting relationship, not a one night stand.
- Don’t spam the engines
- Don’t become over obsessed and forget that SEO is about marketing
- Focus on metrics that matter like traffic, conversions, and business (not just rankings)
Yes, this was more of a fun post, and I didn’t include alot of “details” about how to disallow certain robots, proper use of robots.txt, excluding certain directories, using webmaster tools, etc… so if you have any questions, please comment and I’ll answer any specific questions you have…