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Blogs that are short and spammy here at WordPress


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In the last 24 hours I have seen a proliferation of blog posts that are exactly the same as one another. Sometimes the blog post which is only a few sentences is repeated word for word with as many as 10-20 different blog names/authors. This has to be an automated operation and abuse of WordPress.

I let WordPress know that this is occurring but its a hard problem for them to fix. Everyone is free to scrape content, but I imagine its hard setting a hard limit of scraping that you can enforce. For example, one webpage called techmeme I think used to make it very easy to submit things to your blog/Twitter feed. It has some interesting stories, but because it is so easy lots of people were using it. I noticed that on Twitter and stopped using it. There is no use to repeat something that hundreds of people are already repeating.

So I have decided that creating original content really is a better way to build an audience than sharing educational resources I find. I have learned many things reading other websites, but not everyone seems to appreciate less common resources. To me, if something is worth learning about it is easy to motivate yourself to learn. However I see that other people sometimes prefer to be led through learning something. So that is a change I am going to do in editorial content here.

Are internal links narcissistic?

Old make-up mirror.

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I was reading about Bounce Rates here and I thought about a change in links that I did a few months ago. I learned from Google Webmaster tools several months ago that my bounce rate was 90%. The reason was that all of my links were outbound, and I had no internal links. I didn’t have internal links because I thought it was narcissistic to always be referring to myself. However I have seen that many of the most popular and well-regarded sites the majority of their links pointing to themselves. So I decided a few months ago to abandon that linking out only strategy for a mixture.

I still wonder sometimes if all the internal linking is any different from shameless self promotion. It seems far better to me to allow others to rank your best content. I think social services like StumbleUpon really help us understand what people want. What would be cool is if there was some technology to turn blogs into some of the wiki technology. Allow anonymous visitors to rearrange your website into a more useful experience for them. Eventually the website would have the information that you give, but the format that helps the largest number of people. I wonder what websites would look like then?

Strange emails I get: May I guest post?

Spanish Ornithological Society

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Today I got an email from someone I had never heard of offering to write a guest article for my blog. I had never been approached for this before, and she included her URL so I took a look. It was a pretty spammy website. It had a huge number of outbound links. Clearly it was a link farm. In addition it had stock photos and looked like that old domain parking look. It had some articles that had a large number of links as well. Probably an SEO did that blog and is selling links.

It always surprises me that emails that I have received. Most of them I ignore, like the attempts to get me to write about their product or service that has no relevance to my audience. I wonder if they even look at the website they are trying to spam? What I don’t understand is that they expect to get people to link to them. They don’t offer anything unique so why should I?

Congratulations! You have helped me test Google Website Optimizer

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Information that I will gather will result in an article about its possible usefulness for blog. This is the same page as the original one in all ways but two. It has more outbound links, and more post tags.

Sorry folks. This isn’t going to work. Apparently you need to install javascript on the pages and that is something that does not allow. If it was self-hosted then I could do this.  Perhaps there is another service that will accomplish this functionality.

Top 25 Mac Blogs / Websites / My google Feed


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I should start by saying that I did a google search for the Top 25 Mac Blogs because I was going to write a post about it. Instead I came across a spam post with no way to contact the site owner. Clearly this was done for SEO purposes and not to help the average web surfer. This is why I titled this post in this way. Also you can read more about this back linking strategy here.

If you are looking for a recommendation, can you take someone who is anonymous as a reliable source for information? Instead of putting myself on the top of this list I am going to share my top 25 Google Feeds and sources that I use to keep updated. These are just part of the places where I look on the Internet. Clicking on any of these links below will bring up their RSS feed. Super simple to subscribe to in Google Reader or your RSS reader of choice.

  1. Ars Technica
  2. Boing Boing
  4. Computer Reviews, News, Mac Software for Apple Laptops, iPhone
  5. Mac Life
  6. Daring Fireball
  8. Engadget
  9. Gawker
  10. GigaOMApple
  11. Gizmodo
  12. Flickr
  13. Macsurfer
  14. in over your head
  16. Macworld
  17. Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO
  18. Search Engine Land
  19. Search Engine Roundtable
  20. SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog
  21. Slashdot
  22. StumbleUpon
  23. Technology feed
  24. The Consumerist
  25. The Next Web
  26. ThinkGeek :: What’s New
  27. TUAW — The Unofficial Apple Weblog
  28. Weburbanist
  29. The Big Picture
  30. What’s Hot in Google Reader

Really Google? Penalizing Good Sites To Get Some Bad Ones

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Really Google? Penalizing Good Sites To Get Some Bad Ones. I have already covered the fallout here and based on my experience here. For some lucky people they have their sites reinstated.

Google engineers help good sites harmed by search result cleanup

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I wrote about this a few days ago about how my traffic was down a little. Over 95% of my traffic is from Google searches. Apparently some other sites have had half of their traffic affected. Wow.


Google May Change Your Title Tag in the Search Results Standing Dog Blog

The Google

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Google May Change Your Title Tag in the Search Results Standing Dog Blog. Interesting what is being done on an automated basis.  Does this really help searchers?