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Let the .tel goldrush begin!

A new TLD launches today. .tel has been released to Trademark Holders of National Effect to register, before the launch to everybody on February 3rd 2009. Domain goldrushes are fascinating occasions on the internet. Domain launches usually have a 'sunrise' period before launch, were people can lay a claim on any domain name they want. .asia had one that lasted for 3 months, and it was particularly long. During this time, people (specifically internet marketers) all over the world dream up with their domain names, and pre register them. Once the 'goldrush' begins (the launch day), the preregisters get...

LPD – The New SEO Phrase, and How It Is Debunked

Recently, there was room in the company for an offsite SEO "Buddy", as we like to call it. It's somebody who does a little bit of the legwork on the SEO team - submission to directories, article submission, etc. Basically anything it's not cost effective for the western world to do. The main SEO team instead focuses on promoting the sites as a whole, networking with other webmasters, and getting as many relevant eyeballs to the site, however they see fit. Anyway, whilst looking for a suitable buddy, I found a website for a SEO firm in the sub...

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...