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Link Removal Part II: I'm Still Not Removing Your Link, But ...

Link Removal

About a year ago, I wrote about getting daily requests/demands/threats to remove links to random sites on Wopular. I didn’t add those external links myself. They’re all done automatically through RSS feeds. If another site’s content is related to a headline on Wopular, then a link to it is generated.


Sorry, I Don't Have Time to Work on Your SEO: Backlink Removal


Ever since Google released its Penguin update last year, which penalizes sites for being linked to by low quality sites, I’ve been getting a regular stream of link removal requests. (Yeah, I know this implies that my site is low quality, but I’ll let that go.)


How SEO Is Revamping Itself for 2013

Anyone who has been inside the world of SEO for more than a year or two can tell you all about what Google Panda and Google Penguin meant for developers and how they were greeted with cataclysmic fervor.


Google Casts a Big Shadow on Smaller Web Sites


For Web sites that depend on their ranking in search results, Google’s secret — and frequently fluctuating — search algorithm can evoke a complex blend of admiration and fear.


Google News Inclusion

MoviesWithButter on Google News

Because Binh, Popcorn, and I had been blogging for months for Movies With Butter (a.k.a. MWB), we decided to apply for inclusion in Google News. I tried applying for Wopular, but I didn’t make the cut because they don’t accept one man shops. With MWB, we have three and because of that, we made the cut.


How The Mobile Web Changes The SEO Landscape

It is true that the mobile Web is still in its infancy, but given the rate of adoption and innovation in the area, it already deserves a great deal of attention from Internet marketers, regardless of specialism.


Another Company Changes Their Strategy Because of Google's Panda Update

Another Company Changes Their Strategy Because of Google's Panda Update

Demand Media, a content farm targeted by Google's Panda Update, is shifting focus from text to video. On its flagship site eHow, it's producing less written content and more how-to videos, moving from one ecosystem into another.


How Is Google's Freshness Algorithm Affecting Wopular

Last Thursday, Google launched another algorithm change to their search engine that rewards “fresher” content. For example, if you’re searching for a current event, the latest news articles would pop up to the top of the page. 35% of the search results are affected. I was thinking this should be great for a news sites like Wopular. I checked Google Analytics on Thursday and instead of getting a traffic boost, I got the opposite - a dip.


Mahalo and Hyperlinks Using SEO Strategy on Other Ecosystems: iPhone Apps & E-Books

Mahalo and Hyperlinks Using SEO Strategy on Other Ecosystems: iPhone Apps & E-Books

Talk about getting its ass-kicked by Google’s Panda Update, Mahalo’s been hit pretty hard. Jason Calacanis, the founder, has never been shy about how his site gets traffic - by paying writers cheaply to crank out content for the top Google keyword searches. In other words, an SEO play - a content farm.


Hyperink's E-Book Model Turns Publishing On Its Head

Hyperink's E-Book Model Turns Publishing On Its Head

In a change for the book industry Hyperink generally does not select from books that are submitted by authors. Instead, the company finds topics that are in demand through analysis of things like Google search trends. Then it seeks out authors for those topics. “It’s the reverse of the traditional book publishing industry, which is supply-driven, where you get manuscripts and pick from them,” Gao says. Does that sound like blog writing, where a bunch of similar stories all target certain hot keywords? In some ways, Gao says, but Hyperink’s books are structured, organized and written by experts in their fields. Instead of spending one or two years to publish a physical book and trying for big mega-hits, Hyperink is going the opposite direction. It focuses on fast publishing–it can churn out a book in a month at one-tenth the cost of physical books, Gao says. It’s also going after the “long tail” with topics such as “Getting Corporate Law Jobs,” “Dating For Singles Over 40,” and “Marketing Your Android App.”

Senh: This sounds like the content farm equivalent for e-books. It should be interesting to see where it goes. In the short term, it'll probably work. By using Google Trends and similar online analytical tools, they can create books that are more timely. The danger in that is if they get caught up in just cranking out "stuff." Then they'll turn into e-book spam. If that happens, Amazon and other distributors will start refining their searches for e-books to filter out "content farms" like Google.


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