November 2008

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Social Bookmarking with Delicious

I am still on vacation in OBX, and will be posting on the Social Bookmarking series starting next week. When I started working on the intial post Social Bookmarks post, I found this video from CommonCraft.com…love their videos…the first one I remember watching is the Twitter video.

This video is a good one for Social Bookmarking, more precisely it seems to be a good video for Delicious, which just turned 5 and has  over 5.3 million users and over 180 million web pages added..

With 5.3 million users, if you could manage to get a page listed and voted enough, your site could show up in the delicious search results and get a really nice traffic boost.

Until next week, watch the social bookmarking video and let me know your thoughts.

Do you use delicious? If so, add me, anton_donkus, to your delicious network, and I will do the same. Leave your delicious profile url in your comment. And if you wouldn’t mind, would you bookmark the Link Building Category page…I want to see how much traffic it will bring to the page…thanks

Written by Pixelhead on November 20th, 2008 with 64 comments.
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OBX Vacation

This week we are hanging out in Waves North Carolina for a little bit of a vacation. Below is the video I shot this morning at about 630am. I said last night I wanted to get up and take some pictures of the sunrise. As it turns out, I woke up around 6am, and headed out into the crisp morning air for some sweet sunrise pictures and videos.

I will be doing some SEO client work along with some blogging, to include an upcoming post on Social Bookmarking.

Here is the Flickr set for the OBX2008 trip.

Written by Pixelhead on November 17th, 2008 with 24 comments.
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Link Building: Use Social Bookmarks

This will be the first in a series of posts about using Social Bookmarking sites for Link Building. Social Bookmarks you ask, what the heck are Social Bookmarks?

Googling “Social Bookmarks”, the first entry in the SERPS is the beloved Wikipedia, which says:

 

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata.

In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.

Most social bookmark services encourage users to organize their bookmarks with informal tags instead of the traditional browser-based system of folders, although some services feature categories/folders or a combination of folders and tags. They also enable viewing bookmarks associated with a chosen tag, and include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them. Some social bookmarking services also draw inferences from the relationship of tags to create clusters of tags or bookmarks.

Many social bookmarking services provide web feeds for their lists of bookmarks, including lists organized by tags. This allows subscribers to become aware of new bookmarks as they are saved, shared, and tagged by other users.

As these services have matured and grown more popular, they have added extra features such as ratings and comments on bookmarks, the ability to import and export bookmarks from browsers, emailing of bookmarks, web annotation, and groups or other social network features.[1]

Next is AddThis.com, the providers of the AddThisButton …I use and love it…I suggest you do as well.

Closely behind these is the long standing bookmarking site, del.icio.us. To tell the truth, I have not utilized del.icio.us nearly enough, and have not done any review posts of delicious. I do however have bookmarks there…Here are My Delicious Bookmarks.

The rest of this page in the SERP’s for “Social Bookmarks” includes sites like Addthis that generate social bookmark buttons or sites that will enable you to submit your site to any number of Social Bookmarking sites in a short period of time. I don’t suggest doing this…just seems a bit spammy…but hey if it rocks your boat, check em out.

This little post is intended to be the first introductory post to a series I am intending to do on reviewing various Social Bookmarking sites.

In the category of Social Bookmarking I am including sites like Digg, Stumbleupon, Mixx, Sphinn and the like. Future posts in this series will include reviews of various social bookmarking sites…probably not Digg or Stumbleupon, since I have already written about those sites already. I intend for this series to be a learning opportunity for both you and me, because usually, as I do these posts, as I write and do a bit of research, I learn about the subject. The next thing this does, is it usually serves to increase my network in those various Social bookmark sites.

My invitation to you.

Do you have a favorite Social Bookmarking site you like to use? Do a post about the site, and share the link here.

Written by Pixelhead on November 15th, 2008 with 41 comments.
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October Environment Post

From Treehugger, 30 Different Ways to Put a Roof Over Your Head…with all the layoffs and the way the economy is people are going to be needing this type of housing…a better class of Hoovervilles?

Speaking of shelter, I came across this site which sells Earth Shelter Technologies…these look like some pretty sweet
Earth friendly homes.

Next, a somewhat sarcastic web page, The Most dangerous Species in the Mediterranean, really reminds me of the Plastic Ocean article again.

DailyTech has a post about “60 Minutes” Catching a Tech Firm Red Handed by exporting tech garbage to China…this article really makes me think about all the computers and cell phones that I have had within the last decade…I wonder were they all are now? Sadly, it also makes me realize that my spending habits do affect others.

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Written by Pixelhead on November 12th, 2008 with 15 comments.
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Social Media Optimization Video

Social media optimization or SMO is a relatively new area of marketing. It involves the use of the social media to market a site, be it a blog or an ecommerce site. Social media is a pretty broad category and can mean community blogs, forums, micro-blogging, and social bookmarking sites like Digg. The video below is by no way a complete guide for Social Media Optimization..I’ll have to work on a series of Social Media Optimization videos for that…

Social Media Optimization Video Review

This post is brought to you by the Jagdirectory, a premium web directory. This link building video is more of a Social Media Optimization video than an SEO video, but I am still going to classify it as an SEO video because if used correctly, social media can get you a ton of one way links. Using social media sites such as community blogs, social book marking sites like Digg, Stumbleupon, and Mixx can send a lot of traffic to your site. Sites that are not blogs can also be optimized for the social media. For an ecommerce site, this could be as simple as putting social media book mark buttons on the page or having a share this statement at the bottom of the page with a button like this . Get your button at Addthis.com. Lots of Stumblers and other social media users like to pass on hot sales, so make it easy for them to pass on your sale info.

Link Bait Example

Your site could do a top ten article in your sites niche, like this top 10 Halloween Insurance Claims article. I don’t see any Social Media buttons on the page, but I know this article received more than a few stumbles. I believe I actually came across it on one of the social media sites, so it is definitely a good example of link bait.  If it had utilized some social media buttons, the article might have even gotten more than four reviews and 32 Stumbles.

Second Tier Social Media

Next, use second tier social media sites to bolster the primary social media sites. Second tier social media sites are sites that are more closely related to your particular niche. Check out Steven of Vandelay Website Design’s blog post about using second tier Social media networks to create a “domino affect with traffic”. Here is a post on his other blog that lists over 200 Social Media sites, broken down into particular niches.

Link Building Nuggets

  1. Use Social Media bookmarking buttons.
  2. Develop and use Second Tier Social Media profiles.

This post should serve as an intro to using social media. Each social media site in itself takes a bit of getting use to and developing a network on each one takes a good amount of time. Time that you should find is well spent. How is your Social Media marketing doing?

Other SEO Tip Video Posts

  1. Link Building Tip #1
  2. Link Building Tip – Using Stop Words
  3. Link Building Tip – Use Variety
  4. Link Building Tip – Avoid Site Wide Links
  5. Link Building Tip – Deep Linking
  6. Link Building Tip Video – Create Keyword Rich Content
  7. SEO Tip -Video Optimization
  8. Optimizing Your Photos

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Written by Pixelhead on November 6th, 2008 with 28 comments.
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SEO Intern

The other day Lizzie put me on the task of finding at least one SEO Intern since the work has been coming in at such a break neck pace. It seems like every week we are getting a couple new clients…coming out of the walls I tell you. Anyway, I seemed to have let that task slip buy when I was checking out a TechCrunch article on IntershipIN a relatively new startup that was began for just $500. The idea is to enable college students who are looking for internships, and for employers who have positions available for interns, to go to just one place.

Creating an account on InternshipIN is free and posting Internships like the SEO Intern position I have listed, are free through the month of November. They are working on some premium posting options which should be reasonably priced.

Want to be an SEO Intern?

Do you live in the Philadelphia area, and want to learn SEO while getting paid? Check out the listing on InternshipIN and send your resume on over.

Written by Pixelhead on November 5th, 2008 with 28 comments.
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