Blogs that I read

I have now seen numerous people put out there their list of blogs that they read. I saw one excellent list from Brian Clark at Copyblogger, a blog that is on my list below. Here is my list: Bruce Clay (Lisa Barone) Cartoon Barry CopyBlogger Cre8pc David Naylor Eric Ward - Link Moses Google Blogoscoped Google Custom Search Blog Google Webmaster Central Graywolf JenSense - Making Sense of Contextual Advertising Jeremy Zawodny Jim Boykin's Blog Live Search Blog Matt Cutts, Gadgets, Google, ... Read More >

Stats About Blogs and Link Development

Blogs make for a great promotional tool. You have probably heard it many times. But does it really work? I think we can answer that question with a resounding yes! This post will provide you with some basic stats, showing the results achieved by SEOmoz in the last year, and our very own blog here at Stone Temple Consulting since it's launch in mid-August. Here are the stats reported recently by Rand at SEOmoz: Year Inbound links 2005 10,000 2006 326.000 What does this get them? Among other ... Read More >

Backing up your Blog

It was a very scary moment. I was looking at the home page of my blog, and there was nothing but a Wordpress database error of some sort. The irony of it was that I had just gone in, for the first time, to try and protect the history of the blog with the first backup I have ever done of it. And the process had somehow blown it away. Basically, I had gone through the following steps: Ran PhpMyAdmin, the admin tool for the SQL database Selected Export Checked the Gzipped box at the bottom Clicked ... Read More >

Blog Tag in action

Hoo boy, looks like I have been tagged as well. I know I am going to get a headache finding anyone at all to tag. I will do my best. But first for the 5 things you did not know about me: 1. I am an oenophile (wine lover). I have a first class wine cellar in my basement, and I regularly by bottles of wine that I put in there to store for 5 to 10 years before drinking it. I have been doing this for a while now, so I get to pull bottles out regularly too. Favorite types are Bordeaux, Cabernet, ... Read More >

Implementing Custom Meta Descriptions in WordPress

Recently, we did a post about Google's snippets stating that out site will soon be the most read site in the SEO World. Not many people can claim that Google says that about their site. As I pointed out in the discussion, this results from the way that Google builds it's snippets. Google first looks to find text on your page that contains the actual user search query, or something quite close to it. If it does not find such a string of text, it will consider using an ODP description for your page (if ... Read More >

Social Media Optimization

Rohit Bhargava of Influential Marketing started an excellent thread of blog posts with his post titled: 5 Rules of Social Media Optimization. In it, he starts us off with a list of rules for engaging the social web community and building traffic in the process. This initial post has since been enhanced by others, resulting in a list of 16 rules so far. The additional contributors include: Jeremiah Owyang contributed Rules 6 and 7. Cameron Olthuis contributed Rules 8 through 11. Loren Baker ... Read More >

Blog Posting Checklist

So I put up a post earlier today. And I made a stupid mistake. Since I have optimized my blogs to make sure my posts show up under the right tags on Technorati, you would think I would know better. I forgot to put a title on the post. So its get listed in Technorati, but no title shows. Ugh. You could file that one under "stupid blog tricks". So that spawns this brief post. Make sure you have a checklist before uploading a blog post. Here is one for starters: Make sure you wrote a title Make ... Read More >

SES Report: Day 2

So the second day of the conference is drawing to a close. I am putting together this quick post to cover some of the basic events of the day before heading up the Googleplex to attend the Google Dance. Today I checked out 3 sessions: Blog & Feed Search SEO News Search SEO Meet the Blog & Feed Search Engines As you can see, I remained focused on social search type stuff, reflecting my current bent. It amazes me how much new opportunity out there. If you missed the growndswell that ocurred when ... Read More >