Archives for September 2010

The SEO’s Handbook – 53 Resources For First Time SEOs

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I know there are a lot of resources on SEO, but most of them are junk. I have been doing SEO for over nine years now, and I learned most of it from reading and practising it. If you want to learn SEO and actually get good at it, read and use the following resources:

Blogs

The world of SEO is constantly changing because search engines constantly change their algorithms. These sites offer news, information, and tips about SEO:

  1. Search Engine Land – The most well-respected search engine and SEO news website. [tweet]
  2. Search Engine Guide – It focuses on SEO for small businesses. [tweet]
  3. Search Engine Watch – One of the oldest blogs in the industry. [tweet]
  4. SEOmoz – Not only will you find blog posts from the SEOmoz staff, but you will also find blog posts from other SEOs through YOUmoz. [tweet]
  5. Online Marketing Blog – It has a great mix of SEO, PR, and social media articles. [tweet]
  6. Search Engine Roundtable – This is one of the more unique blogs out there. It literally tries to cover everything in the search space. [tweet]
  7. SEO Book – A blog by one of the best SEOs in the space. [tweet]
  8. Matt Cutts – This is a blog by the head of Google’s Web Spam team. When he talks, you’d better listen. [tweet]
  9. Search Engine Journal – One of the oldest SEO news blogs. [tweet]
  10. Marketing Pilgrim – A blog started by Andy Beal, a guy who knows how to create and grow an SEO company. [tweet]
  11. John Battelle’s Search Blog – John loves to analyze the search space and the growth of different search engines. [tweet]
  12. Google Blog -This is Google’s main blog. It discusses everything related to Google. [tweet]
  13. Traffick – Another good SEO blog. The writers also have a strong knowledge of PPC. [tweet]
  14. SEO by the Sea – It contains very detailed resourceful blog posts. [tweet]
  15. Google Blogoscoped – This blog is also all about Google. This one, however, is written by an outside party instead of by someone at Google. [tweet]
  16. SEO Black Hat – If you want to learn about the dark side of SEO, this blog should do the trick. [tweet]
  17. Wolf Howl – A blog by an SEO who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. [tweet]

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7 WordPress Plugins You Ought to Know About

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Do you know how many WordPress plugins are out there? Currently, there are 11,247 plugins, which means there is no way you know which ones you should be using.

Heck, I don’t even know all the plugins I should be using. But I do know the plugins that will help boost your traffic. Here are the 7 WordPress plugins that are worth checking out:

Plugin #1: Sharebar

The easiest way to get more traffic to your website is through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. One way you can leverage these sites is to ask your friends for votes. A better way, however, is to place social media buttons on your website.

The cool thing about the Sharebar is that it places social media buttons on the left side of your blog post. And as your readers scroll down, the social media buttons move down along with the text, maintaining their visibility.  [click to continue…]

If I could do it all over again… I wouldn’t

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I get anywhere from twenty to fifty questions a day from entrepreneurs like you. You usually ask me a variety of questions ranging from what I do everyday to how I make money.

But one question that seems to be stuck in your head is: what business would you create if you had to start all over again?

The problem with that question is that I wouldn’t start any business. And, no, I wouldn’t get a 9-to-5 job either.

See, the hardest part about starting a company is creating it…or at least that’s the hardest part for me. The easiest part for me is growing a business.

So, if I were to start my entrepreneurial career all over again, here is exactly what I would do.  [click to continue…]