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How to Get Your Website Crawled by Google Fast and Frequently

Dec 21, 2012   //   by Emma-Julie Fox   //   internet marketing, SEO Blog  //  20 Comments

SEO is all about increasing website visibility by making it rank high in search engines. Companies will always strive to make their websites appear at the first page of the SERPs for searches on related keywords. In order for that to happen, their sites have to be crawled by Google bots in the first place.

It is important to note that in order to rank, all the other pages of your website should be equally competitive in the search engines, not just your homepage. Besides, internal pages are the ones that usually make it on the SERPs (except for exact keyword searches that are directly related to a website; i.e. name of the website’s company).

If you want your website to be indexed, you have to catch the attention of the bots first.

Update Your Website Frequently

Simple updates of the content on you site can already alert the bots to pay attention to your site. Long dormant websites are usually left alone because there’s nothing new to find there anyway. Simply breaking the stagnancy signals new activity and alerts the bots that there are possibly new pages to crawl.

Updating your website alone will not guarantee that your pages will be crawled quickly, nor will it guarantee that the bots will be constantly coming back to crawl new pages in your site, but it’s a good start. To keep that ball rolling, proceed with a number of SEO activities at the same time. You can get your pages crawled faster and more frequently afterwards if you follow through the rest of this list.

Generate Content

Posting new content regularly is one of the simplest ways to make sure that search engines take notice and crawl your web pages. This is why sites like Ezine Articles, Digg, Reddit and other bookmarking and article publishing sites commonly end up on the first search engine results pages. The crawling rate in those pages is both fast and frequent because they are always monitored by Google bots for new content to index.

Not all websites are capable of posting new content regularly though, as their very nature does not permit it. A company website for instance doesn’t need constant revision of their content. After all, the mission and vision of a company will not change regularly, and the company history will still be the same. Writers will be bored out of their minds if they have to keep on revising that content.

So in order for their crawl rate to pick up, these websites can create a blog page or news roll for their website. These pages will require frequent and regular posting of new content.

Check Meta Robots Tags, Page Load Speed, 404s, Crawl Speed.

Sometimes the bigger problem is not exactly your infrequent updates and content postings, but that for some reason the bots cannot access your web pages. There are so many new, attractive features that people want to incorporate in their own websites. JavaScript, for instance, are commonly ignored by the Google bots. Websites created from Flash technology and content contained in pop-up and independent Frames also cannot be crawled by Google. Keeping things attractive yet simple is one way to be sure the pages in your website can be indexed.

Don’t forget to use robots.txt to guide the bots which pages to crawl and not to crawl. Create a sitemap and make sure the headers and meta titles of your pages are done correctly. You can even initiate a crawl yourself by submitting your URL to Google.

Also, check if the loading speed of your pages is too long. Spiders have very limited attention spans and would ignore pages that take too long to load. 404 errors are also roadblocks for getting your pages crawled by Google bots.

Gather Valuable Links

Getting inbound links into your web pages is another way to get crawlers into your site—provided that the other website you are linking with is frequently crawled by Google as well. The links become virtual bridges that bots can travel through.  If you’re just linking with another fledgling site that’s not doing so well with the crawlers, then none of you is really helping the other.

This is actually an excellent reason and motivation for SEOs to work on getting high quality links from bigger, more successful websites. Link juice isn’t the only thing they can give you, but also the chance to get your pages crawled by Google.

Similarly, if you’re going to do blog commenting and put a link back to your website, make sure that the sites you’re leaving comments on are not spammed with junk comments.

Use Sharing Buttons

Advantages Of Social Sharing

Share Your Content For Better SEO Results!

 

Making your website go social is an excellent way to invite traffic and, more importantly, gather valuable links. This doesn’t always mean having accounts in all major social media websites. Sometimes merely adding sharing buttons in your page is enough to get your content and links circulating in social media networks.

You can go to AddThis.com and ShareThis.com to get sharing buttons for free. If you are using a blogging platform like Blogger and WordPress, they already provide the widgets for social media sharing. If you go to AddThis and ShareThis though, you can choose the style of buttons to put in your website.

Use Bookmarking Sites

Submitting links of your pages to bookmarking sites will not just help bring traffic to your site, it will also help the bots find, crawl, and index them. Your links will come out as new content for these bookmarking sites. Since they are constantly generating content (which means Google bots are constantly keeping their eyes on them), your page will almost immediately be crawled. The effect on the rest of your website is similar to having valuable links on your web pages.

Bookmarking sites also increases your social activity, which is another way to garner links from other—hopefully valuable and high-ranking—sites. Here are some of the top bookmarking sites you can use today:

  • Reddit
  • Digg
  • Pinterest
  • Stumbleupon
  • Multiply
  • Tumblr
  • Buzzfeed
  • Tweetmeme
  • Delicious
  • Fark

Importance of Speed and Frequency 

Take note that we’re targeting not just a one-time crawl, but frequent visits from the Google bots. These steps will help make your website become one of the search engine’s priorities and be in its radar for constant monitoring. You want Google to index your pages as soon as they go live. These points are important because all your SEO efforts will go unnoticed if your pages are not indexed in the first place.

Emma-Julie Fox

Emma-Julie Fox writes for Pitstop Media, a Vancouver based SEO company. Pitstop Media has been helping businesses across North America successfully increase their search visibility. If you want to invite the author to guest post on your blog please contact www.pitstopmedia.com

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SUBREDDITS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING AND SEO

Aug 10, 2012   //   by Abel   //   internet marketing, link building, SEO, SEO Blog, Social Media  //  16 Comments

Reddit has been continually rising in popularity since first emerging on the scene back in 2006. Today, it is one of the most popular social news sites of its kind, proving to be a great alternative for those who have grown tired of competitors such as Digg and StumbleUpon. Reddit often calls itself the front page of the internet to play on its growing reputation as a digital newspaper of sorts. And just like newspapers have categories and sections, this site has something similar known as subreddits, a feature that can come in handy for the savvy social marketer.

Screenshot from reddit.com

A subreddit is essentially a category or subcategory that has a community of reddit users built around a specific topic or area of interest. These categories are finely targeted and can be set to either public or private by the creator. Examples of popular subreddits, as chosen by the user community include:

- Askreddit

- Gaming

- Pics

- World News

- WTF

These examples represent broad general interests, of course, but the subcategories on reddit go much much deeper. For instance, you can find subreddits on specific topics such as World of Warcraft, Indie Gaming, and even presidential hopeful Ron Paul. While each area of interest has its own moderator, community members are able to contribute by submitting and rating content from around the web that is related to the topic at hand. For everyday users, subreddits provide an easy way to quickly access the content that matters most. For marketers, they provide a way to generate visibility and meet business objectives.

Benefitting From Your Own subreddits

Perhaps the best thing to like about subreddits is the fact that anyone can create them. There are numerous benefits to setting up your own, starting with the community aspect. If fellow redditors share your interest, it could easily lead to a situation where users are commenting, sharing, and engaging in other ways that keep the community alive with activity. The site has millions of active users, all interested in something. What this means is that unless your area is built around an obscure topic like “overhanded Bolivian bowling techniques”, there is a great chance that you will be able to attract others who share your passion.

subreddit for seo anchor text
Anchor text is “Lil Wayne quits music” under “Music” subreddit

The big payoff to having your own subreddits is increased traffic. All that activity combined with solid content means it is highly likely that people will want to pay a visit and learn more about what you have to offer. Make sure your newly created subcategory is listed on the subreddits page, pass the word along to your connections on the site, and the possibilities are endless.

Summary

Some observers have gone as far to say that subreddits are what have enabled reddit to surpass Digg in the social bookmarking arena. This is not as farfetched as it may sound considering it is one of the platform’s most important features. Whether it is streamlining content discovery or building a community around your own, social marketers can make great strides by putting this essential element to use.

Abel

Abel is a writer, online marketing expert, and advocate for email marketing software company, Benchmark Email.

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CASE STUDY: How to Attract More Blog Traffic via YouTube (Even If You’re No Good with Videos)

Searching for ways to increase the number of your loyal audience/subscribers and daily earnings for your blog? Well, I continuously get more and more targeted viewers for my blog and keep it at the top of search engine results using the power of YouTube marketing.

As a result, my earnings increased a lot. You may ask me: Isn’t it that YouTube marketing is already an Internet buzzword or one of the most common ways of promoting/advertising various products, services and stuffs like that? Definitely! However, there are other ways of doing things the other way to get the results you want, and this blog post is just all about that.

Dominate a Niche with Long Tail Pro

Using LTP, I was able to dominate a particular niche by. It helped me discover topics for my online YouTube marketing video. What I often do with LTP is enter multiple seed keywords, and soon enough, I find exact match domains with low competition yet profitable keywords.

 

 I use both domain and keywords, and as a consequence, I get more and more subscribers as well as increased page rank for my marketing video. As a more specific example, using exact domain names and long tail keywords is much better than competing with the fiercest (or most competitive) keywords for YouTube videos.

This way, my YouTube video made it to the second page of search engine results within 5 days, that is, I was able to dominate a particular niche about driving traffic to my site. I simply cannot ignore the power of LTP marketing for my YouTube video marketing.

Do Things the Right Way Using Video Marketing

I am now getting more targeted traffic, higher/massive views and a larger number of subscribers with my YouTube marketing video: entitled, Drive Traffic to Your Site by Offering Irresistible Gifts. My Youtube visitors get hooked on watching the video in order to learn more about the offers.

The video is all about driving traffic or unique visitors to blogs through social media sites, guest posting, and a lot more (as you can see later as you continue reading this post). Also, it tells people how to avoid failing Internet marketing by using the step-by-step strategies for increased targeted traffics.

In addition, it mentions about the importance of blog traffic within the first 24to72 hours for visits to be counted as unique ones. As my YouTube viewers keep on watching the video, they are able to understand better what is in store for.

With the YouTube marketing video, I was able to direct my audience to my blog. When they do visit it, I get unique pageviews. They may read the rest of the article or explore more of it. Since their primary objective is to obtain a free copy of the e-book, they are required to subscribe first.

After they sign up, they would receive a message stating that they have to confirm their subscription. When they do confirm their registration, they will have to check their email again for the actual download of the eBook to take place.

This is actually what email marketing is all about, that is, getting long term customers with their email addresses added to my list of contacts where I can then forward them with weekly SEO tips – just as it was promised to them prior to their subscription.

I then visit problogger.net as a guest blogger. It is where I would post something like, ”Build Keyword Density the Right Way.”

This is where I recommend using search engine optimization techniques and adding appropriate keywords for high-quality persuasive copywriting. There I advise the use of naturally sounding keywords for everyone’s copywriting needs.

I gave illustrations such that video marketers would be able to learn the appropriate ways of shortening, lengthening and/or using keyword phrases with the product/service copy that they are describing.

I also added that writers have to write a copy first, go back with the keywords, and place them suitably in the copy itself (which definitely would prove very useful to them). As for my part, I was able to make a copy that really flows naturally and that appeal to a larger number of viewers and search engine sites.

Furthermore, in less than three weeks, I already gained more than 20,000 views. This is because I used referral social media multipliers and emailwire.com, a SEO press release distribution site that provides guaranteed results.

For instance, with the social media freetweettube.com, there is always an influx of tweets for my Youtube marketing channel while with emailwire, my press release about SEOArticleWriteService got the chance to be published and distributed to thousands of journalists, trade magazines, newsrooms, online news sites, major newswires, RSS feeds and major news search engines. With these strategies and tools that I used, you sure can get the results you want to achieve to make your site viral in no time.

My YouTube marketing, as of this writing, proves viral although it has just been uploaded three weeks ago. It has ranked well too considering that the other videos in the ranking were uploaded less than a year or about five years ago. You can also see for yourself that my video is only about 3 minutes compared to the other two: which are approximately 15 minutes and 5 minutes, respectively. My video is a proof of getting your videos viral too.  You only have to follow the steps or by visiting the sites that I mentioned above.

Now that you know how to precisely attract more blog traffic via YouTube marketing, it is time to present a summary of the most important lessons in this post. First, the importance of using simultaneously free exact domain with long tail yet profitable keywords for your video for you to earn more.

Second, the use of strategies and tools (such as irresistible gift offers, guest blogs, email marketing, pro-bloggers, social media networks, press releases and a lot more) for you to cash in more money.

Luckily for you, with this post, you sure can turn your viewers into loyal audience/subscribers, powerful pool of online community, or simply, target market for your blog and its updates.

Bill

Bill Achola is on a mission to help small business people get traffic they deserve. If you’re one of them, check out his Affordable SEO Service for Small Business that will drive targeted traffic to your website. Be sure to follow him on Twitter

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What Makes the Best Backlink?

Nov 15, 2011   //   by Ana | Traffic Generation Cafe   //   link building, SEO Blog  //  49 Comments

best link building tipsLink building is an essential part of any successful SEO campaign; there’s no arguing about that. In order to rank for any given keyword, we need backlinks – and lots of them.

However, not all links are created equal.

The reason it’s important to know how valuable your links are is very simple: the higher the quality, the fewer links you need to get ranked.

The following 10 qualities are the ones I always look for in a perfect link.

#1. High PR of the domain

High PR can be equated to more domain authority in the eyes of Google. The more authority a site has, the higher quality the links coming from that domain will be.

My ideal homepage PR is 4+.

Of course, it’s a whole lot better to have a link on an inner page that has high PR of its own.

#2. Keyword-Rich Anchor Text

Google uses anchor text pointing to a page to determine what that page is about.

If I start building links to this post with “Ana Hoffman” as anchor text (like a lot of blog commentators would do), then Google might find that this post is more relevant to that keyword than to such keywords as “link building” or “backlinks“.

It’s best if you try to rank each page of your site for one specific keyword or variations of it, but of course, this is not a must – just works better that way.

Also, try to have at least 70-80% of exact match anchor text. The other 20-30% could be naked URLs, long-tail variations of the keyword, or even a few “click here” links.

#3. Long-term Link

This is the kind of link that won’t be removed in a few days.

Forum links are one such example. You create a new profile, sprinkle it with some links, place some comments on a few threads just to learn a week later that the forum moderators decided to remove all your links.

Here’s a better way to create forum profiles (thanks to Gerald for teaching me this link building trick): create your profiles without any links in them, wait for a week or two for the moderators to check it out, and THEN go back and add your links.

The chances of them sticking are much higher this way.

#4. Page is Indexed by Google

It only makes sense to add your links to pages that Google already knows about, right?

However, there are plenty of times when it’ll be up to you to make sure that the page your links are added to is indexed, like in article marketing for instance.

I strongly suggest that you keep track of all the URLs where your new content is placed and make sure all those pages are indexed by pinging them, linking to them in a few comments – just to name a couple of ways of doing it.

#5. Link Building Consistency

This is where most sites get in trouble.

The webmasters fail to maintain link velocity, i.e. to build links on a regular basis.

So what happens is a few hundred or even thousand of links come in within a span of a couple of days and then… nothing.

Very obvious one way link building pattern that can land you in Google sandbox.

#6. No Bad-Neighborhood Links

I would never add a link to a page that already has links to sites like porn, pharmaceuticals, etc. – you don’t want your site to be associated with bad neighborhood sites in any way.

#7. Active Sites

An active site with fresh content posted frequently, with lots of signs of reader engagement, like comments, social media shares, etc. is much more likely to be crawled often, which means your links will be quickly discovered and indexed.

The following 3 qualities might raise some eyebrows; let’s talk about it in comments if you disagree.

#8. Not Sidebar/Footer Links

It sounds like a great deal to be listed by another site in their blogroll.

However, aside from branding and potential traffic generation, those links might not be worth as much, since it’s not that difficult to obtain them.

#9. Relevancy is Overrated

There’s a lot of talks about getting links from niche-specific sites only.

I haven’t seen any conclusive testing that’s been done on that.

On the other hand, I’ve heard of plenty of link builders who ranked their sites on page 1 with nothing but “irrelevant” links.

#10. Authority Outbound Links

Yet another debatable point.

However, I, among many other SEO’s, believe that it helps to have your links on a page that links out to authority sites relevant to the topic in hand.

Here’s a good example of this train of thought:

And yet another one:

Marketing Takeaway

And there you have it.

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Ana | Traffic Generation Cafe

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The Golden Rule of Effective SEO Link Building

Oct 12, 2010   //   by HeinrichM   //   link building, SEO Blog  //  14 Comments

SEO link building is a very important part of any search engine optimization strategy. If you do it right your keywords will improve on the search engine result pages and the organic traffic to your website will increase. But what exactly do you need to do?

The golden rule of effective SEO link building is to diversify your link building methods. Think of it this way, if you are a boxer that can only throw a left hook you will most likely lose all of your fights. In the same way links that are built by using only one method will not be very effective.

There are plenty of SEO link building methods around and when you combine them the impact of your link building efforts will visibly improve. Two link building methods will be discussed in more detail in this article and you are welcome to use them to diversify your link building (Tip – make a list of the link building methods that you intend using and draw-up a weekly link building schedule with slots for all of the methods.)

Content traps and article marketing:

  • One of the most effective link building methods available today is the use of original and unique content to build links and generate traffic.
  • Start by researching popular search phrases for your website, product or service and choose keywords with a low level of competition.
  • Write original articles using the keywords that you have chosen.
  • Submit the articles to article directories and Blogs.
  • Build new links by linking back to your website in the resource box of each article.
  • In addition your articles should show-up in the search results for the low competition keywords that you have chosen thereby generating traffic to your website (content trap).

Blog commenting:

  • This method has been abused but it is still very effective when used in combination with other link building methods.
  • Search for Blogs that are relevant to your website, product or service and ensure that they allow you to enter your name and URL when posting a comment.
  • Read the article and post a comment that is useful and informative (you need to give in order to receive.)
  • Webmasters delete comments that they view as spam and it is important that you add value with your comment and not try and sell yourself.
  • Post comments on both do-follow and no-follow Blogs to ensure that the search engines view the links as “natural”.

In addition to the two methods discussed above you can build new links to your website through the use of bookmarks on social sites, forum profiles and posts, submitting your website URL to link directories and the uploading of videos to popular video sites.  SEO link building is very effective when you combine three or more of the available methods. Start improving your keyword search optimization today by becoming a boxer with more than just a left hook in your arsenal.

HeinrichM

H.E.Muller is the owner of The Link Building Guy and he provides keyword optimization services to small business owners. Feel free to visit his website for more information on SEO Link Building and Keyword Optimization..

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