One of the hardest decisions a company has to make regarding its backlink index is how to handle spam. On one hand, spam is expensive to the index and probably ignored by Google. On the other hand, it is important for users to know if they have received tons of spammy links. I don't think there is a correct answer to this question; each index just has to choose. A close examination of the reason why Majestic is winning (and continuing to increase their advantage) is because of a particularly nefarious Wikipedia-clone spam network. Any site with any backlinks from Wikipedia are getting tons of links from this network, which is causing their backlink counts to increase rapidly. If you are worried about these types of links, you need to go take a look at Majestic and look for links ending in primarily .space or .pro, including sites like tennis-fdfdbc09.pro, troll-warlord-64fa73ba.pro, and badminton-026a50d5.space. As of my last tests, there are over 16,000 such domains in this spam … [Read more...] about Big, Fast, & Good: Backlink Indexes Compared
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Chris Terrill: We had 13 years of SEO equity in the ServiceMagic domain and ranked highly for organic search. We estimated a 30 to 50 percent range in loss of traffic, and we generally stayed within that range both in terms of the lower levels of the drop and the overall recovery time. The biggest challenge in terms of looking at pre and post change SEO positioning is due to the broader changes Google made to their local listings during that same period. In some areas we are as strong or stronger, and in other areas, Google’s local listings have reduced our positions. … [Read more...] about How One Brand Switched A Million URLs & Lived To Tell About It: 5 Questions With HomeAdvisor.com
When you’re troubleshooting, make sure you’re using the same browser as most of your customers (Internet Explorer) and use the operating system, version, and even screen resolutions that most of your customers use. I love Macs, and I’m running Chrome on my Mac right now. The major problem with that is you can’t see certain error messages that Windows users running IE see. … [Read more...] about So Your Sales Just Dropped By 60%, Now What?
Robin: There are about 800 million mobile phones but large portion of them aren’t internet enabled, maybe 150 million. But there’s a catch. Most of them use 2G phones to go on the internet, which means it’s slow and expensive, carriers charge by number of bytes. Most high-end people who use them don’t care about the cost. Vast majority of Chinese people are low income, can’t afford a PC, nannies or migrant workers, at night they lie back and go on the internet. It’ll change as the mobile network grows, user behavior will grow, and product will change, but we don’t know yet what the killer app will be. The status is not really stable. We don’t even know what the most poular device to go online. … [Read more...] about Live Blogging Baidu CEO Robin Li At Web 2.0 Summit
And then there is the realm of mobile devices. It’s difficult to find one person who can do everything listed above. Add mobile design and development to their plate. Now they must learn how people use mobile devices, or surf the internet from a tiny monitor using a wireless connection. How do you push a “submit” button the size of lady bug? What happens to a Flash-based site? Who makes the best applications interfaces for hand-held devices? … [Read more...] about What Skills Do Successful Website Teams Require?