Latest Interview: Alex Chudnovsky

I recently did an interview with Alex Chudnovsky of Majestic SEO. After my recent interview with Rand Fishkin about Linkscape Alex contacted me to discuss his backlinking tool. Majestic SEO offers a competing tool to Linkscape, and therefore it made for an interesting discussion. It looks like this market is heating up! … [Read more...]

Cost Per Link Is A Bad Metric

Talk about bad metrics, cost per link is one of the worst. Let’s talk about why, but first, I am going to outline how it comes up. Typically what happens is that an SEO is performing work on behalf of a client, or the company they work for. They are diligently adding the links. Then the person managinf the SEO does a calculation, looking at the money spent on the SEO, and the number of links … [Read more...]

Latest Interview: Rand Fishkin

This week I am releasing the my recent interview with Rand Fishkin. In this interview we discuss Linkscape, the new link building intelligence tool from SEOmoz. The discussion includes a detailed look at how it was put together, SEOmoz's policies rgarding the tool, and how SEOs should use it. Once you have read the interview, come back here and comment if you want to discuss it. … [Read more...]

Detecting Link Spam

If you have an interest in researching spam by other sites, and quantifying it, there are a few things you can do. One of these is to dump out a spreadsheet of all a site's backlinks using a tool like Linkscape or Link Diagnosis. Then you can analyze the links. This can be a painful process, but here are a couple of tips on how to speed the process up significantly. 1. Sort by anchor text: This is easy … [Read more...]

Latest Interviews: Bill Tancer, Debra Mastaler, David Szetela

Want an inside look at how a competitive intelligence tool can help you improve your search and web site performance? This is exactly what we cover in my interview with Bill Tancer. We cover this and more in our discussion of his hit book Click. Check it out (the interview and the book). I also have two recent podcasts I have done. One of these is a great discussion on with Debra Mastaler on link … [Read more...]

Link Algorithm Changes

Long ago and far away, I wrote a post about the Problems with Anchor Text as a Ranking Signal (well OK, it was about a year ago). In that post I wrote: The weighting of anchor text is one of the biggest factors that drives the paid links business. When you pay somebody for a link, you naturally expect that you will be able to control the anchor text. So here the search engines truly hurt their own cause. … [Read more...]

Link Juice is a Finite Resource

Link Juice, which I shall use to refer to the combined weighting of link relevance, importance, and anchor text is a finite resource. A given web site has a finite amount of this asset, and then must decide how to allocate it. To refine this statement a little bit, you can think of a site as having internal link juice (from its own pages) and external link juice (from editorial links from other web … [Read more...]