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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Give it a whirl...

In the absence of personal time to create my own post this week, I send you elsewhere for your reading pleasure…

David Niall Wilson is conducting an experiment concerning Technorati Rankings. He’s sees a trend and after a bit of thought I tend to agree with him. Stop by and see what his take on the matter is.


At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning, James. Back when I first began blogging, and was overly anxious to move up in the rankings, I did some research on this, and met a very sweet Irishman in Miami named Darrin Ward. As I said in my post yesterday, I don't throw much out that I think I may need later. I still have Darrin's e-mails on the subject of link farms. Some of the things he said are:

Almost all modern search engines, such as Google, MSN, Yahoo etc. use "inbound links" as a way to judge both the importance and relevancy of a given site or page. So, if you don't have them, it's very difficult for search engines to give your site good rankings.

These links have the tendency to naturally accumulate over time, as more people find your website and link to it from their own websites. So, the age of the website in question can therefore determine it's ranking also, but in a very indirect and "nobody wants to admit it" kind of way!!

I don't know why no one wants to admit it, but the guy really knew his stuff, so I took his word for it.

One thing search engines work hard to eliminate is duplicate content, Darrin said, so it's important to have content that cannot be found elsewhere(I've found that places where I have sold articles insist on original content for this reason).

He also said "redirects" slow down the process. He checked my sites for me:

With respect to the redirects, well, I found one in the links you gave me. http://www.livejournal.com/users/southerwriter "redirects to" http://southernwriter.livejournal.com/ - So, you'd want to promote the latter in publications and links, because in doing so you will omit the redirection step, and should benefit with better rankings in search engines. Some search engines get "lost" on the redirection step!

He also showed me how to check to see what other sites or blogs were linked to mine. Anyone can do this by searching Google with this phrase:

link:name of your blog here . comma

(cleaned up and written properly, of course, without spaces and using com, not comma). I just did it for fun and Google pulled up one page of blogs that are linked to mine. I took a look and knew many were missing, but could not pull up another page. However, in the "search results" at the top, it said "10 of approximately 107." There's probably a way to modify the search to "show all," but I don't know how. Of course, you can search the name of anyone's blog by doing this.

Just the other day, mail from some ranking system site I'd forgotten I signed up for, popped up in my box. It allegedly lists the top 1000 sites. It said mine is #267 (out of a thousand? I have to doubt that). I began going down the list to see who and what were tops in their field, but somehow got tangled up in some porn. When I backed out of it, the site shut down and wouldn't go on to the next ranking on the list. It also left some nasty malware in my system that I had to clean out.

Anyway, maybe more info than you and your friend want, but if not, here you have it.

At 9:38 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, I think that explains things quite clearly. I appreciate the info... :D Sorry to hear about the malware. That can wreak absolute havok on a system.

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Breazy said...

Hey James ! Sorry I haven't been over in a while but I haven't been feeling that well . Hopefully I can check that link out later this evening . You have a great week!

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

I'm on my way

At 3:04 PM, Blogger M.E Ellis said...

Stopping by to send you good wishes.


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