Why Should You Not Fear Linking Out? – Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

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With Google’s crackdown on link spam, many sites have become fearful of linking to any external content. Too many people were succumbing to the temptation to try to game their link profiles to artificially appear more authoritative than they should be. So Google had to do something to clean that up. The unfortunate side effect of … [Read more...]

Why are People Afraid to Link Build? – Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

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In this episode of Here's Why, Eric and Mark discuss the history of Link Building. A lot of people are afraid to do link building anymore, especially after Matt Cutts and Co. came down on it pretty hard as a marketing strategy. However, link building is more about brand building these days. When done correctly it is still a viable … [Read more...]

Is Link Building Dead?

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Are We Hunters or Are We Farmers? This past week had two major events of note. These included Google's banning of MyBlogGuest and assessing a manual penalty on Portent, Inc. The penalty on Portent now appears to be lifted. What are we to make of all this? Is Google seriously turning up the heat? This is something that I predicted … [Read more...]

My Top Posts for 2013

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2013 was a big year for the industry, as well as for Stone Temple Consulting, and me personally. So much happening so fast, and it looks like the pace will only accelerate going forward. With this post, I want to take a moment and review the top posts (based on total social media "events"), that I put out in 2013. Each of these posts … [Read more...]

Majestic SEO – Open Site Explorer Shootout!

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There are a number of tools available in the market today that provide backlink data for websites. The two most well-known ones are Open Site Explorer (OSE) and Majestic SEO. But which is better? I decided to dig in and try to get an answer to that question. It then occurred to me that the best way to do that was to get … [Read more...]

Link Pruning is the Key to Addressing Penguin

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With today's post I am happy to announce the launch of the Stone Temple Consulting YouTube Channel. And, we are kicking that off with a video interview I did with Bruce Clay on a hot topic - link pruning. As you probably know, Google's recent Penguin update focused on lowering rankings for sites that use questionable link … [Read more...]

Richard Baxter’s Full Input to Majestic – OSE Shootout

By Eric Enge Richard Baxter is the founder of SEO Gadget, an SEO agency specialising in large site architecture, conversion rate optimisation (CRO), keyword research, technical SEO, infographics, content development and most of all, link building in competitive industries. Catch him speaking at Mozcon on the 26th of July. 1. … [Read more...]