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Forum Signatures – Are You Next?

photo credit: Viernest A common belief (one which I personally don't agree with) is that Google can detect where a link is on a page and discount it. Sure, ideally I would love my link within a post on a content rich blog, but that's more for traffic, than SEO purposes. However, Google has taken a few measures in the last few years to discount links from things such as directories and blog comments. Question is - will Forum signatures be next? Depending on the script, they're usually google followable links. Big forums have suffered under the weight of...

BBC Go & SEO

A bit of a tiff has developed around the BBC website, regarding their way of linking out. Instead of being direct links, they link via a "tracker" (called "go"). This has caused a little bit of a hoohaa (so much so that one slightly sensationally-titled blog post at Blogstorm has got a response from the BBC itself), as the links from the site do not pass SEO benefit. There's no denying that the BBC (and other mainstream media websites) get hundreds of thousands of views an hour, so if your page is linked to, you will likely get monumental...

Illegal & Unethical SEO

I often see posts on large webmaster forums such as Digital Point, Sitepoint & UK Webmaster World about "Is What I'm doing Illegal or Unethical?" when it comes to SEO. I think I should explain what each one is. Illegal is when you break the law. This is when what you are doing goes against the traditional law of the land you (or your website) is in. Nothing SEO wise directly could be classed as illegal, however certain aspects of web marketing or obtaining an income online could be. For example, if you are running Google Adsense ads, and...

What SEO Isn’t

I love hearing people talk about SEO, it's one of those things that's still considered to be a holy grail - that can (and does) make a lot of people a lot of money, so it's no surprise that a lot of people are in the market. However, as a group of people that have being practising SEO, it makes us chuckle a little bit to see what people list in their "SEO Strategies". Look at the name - Search Engine Optimization - this means optimizing your current message, which is usually a case of meta tags, title tags...