Paid Links


Link Building Tips that Work

You might recall that I’ve written a Link Building 101 article not so long ago. Since then, I’ve had quite a few people asking me for link building tips, advice, tricks, etc. I’ll tell you now: I’m not the one to ask. I have ideas about it, of course, but my methods don’t work for…

Link Building 101

Most people understand by now that links have a very real influence on rankings in search engines. How it works and in which ways a link can influence your ranking is often unclear though, resulting in many myths. This link building 101 tries to explain the basics of link building and to refute some of…

One more time: Selling links? Don’t be Stupid.

I’m going to say this one more time (that’s a lie, considering how stupid people have been at this, I’m probably gonna repeat it over and over again): when you sell links, nofollow them. If you don’t, you run the risk of being banned. If you knowingly run that risk, don’t be stupid and don’t…

DirJournal: a directory still worth submitting to

Back in the “old” days, we used to submit our sites to a couple hundred directories, and they’d rank like “instantly”. Those days are long gone, and with it most of the crappy directories that we used. Some directories survived though, and of them, Directory Journal, has asked me to do a sponsored review of…

User stylesheets to show nofollows

Update: now works with links with rel=”external nofollow” etc too! I’ve recently switched back to Safari as my main browser because good ol’ Firefox kept crashing on me, and I must say that it’s been a smooth experience so far. Safari is a great browser, of course, and 3.1 is very fast as well. One…

PageRank sculpting – Siloing and more

PR sculpting seems to be “all the rage” at the moment. Tracking the conversation back seems to get me to an article by Dan Thies of september 4th last year, pointing back to an interview with Matt on SEOmoz. It’s been a whole load of buzz lately, coming up at SES again a few times…

A Dutch discussion on paid links

Here in the Netherlands we have this long history of having so called startpagina’s. They’re basically collections of links to websites around a subject, with each subject having it’s own subdomain. They’re named after startpagina.nl, the first, biggest and probably best of it’s kind, and there are many, many, many, many clones. These pages were…

Putting nofollow back on links in comments

This blog has been a dofollow blog for quite a while, and I actually believe in the “fight spam, not comments” theory. However, the amount of spam I’m receiving this month, disguised as actual comments, is killing too much of my precious time. And since I think you’d all be better served when I have…

We need a Google court!

Imagine this (and no this is not based at all on any of my clients, just for the sake of this argument): you have a client who has a pitch black history in search engine optimization, his tactics ranging from “simple” cloaking to using negative links to push his competitors sites down. At one point,…

Extreme SEO Q&A

So yesterday I was on the panel for the last session of the day: an Extreme SEO Q&A, moderated by Ciaran Norris, and on that panel with me were Dixon Jones, Marcus Tandler and Jason Duke. We had a lot of fun, and loads of good questions came up. Some of the topics we touched…