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Blogs and SEO
Are blogs good for seo
chessmaniac




msg:51892
 11:34 pm on Jan 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hello I am new here and this is my first post. I have been pulling my hair out for about 6 month trying to figure out and understand SEO. I started reading about blogs and thought ok this is what I should do. So I have started to switch my site over to blogs on every page. Now I am not sure this was the right thing to do. I noticed that as soon as I switched to a blog on my main page my PR on google tool bar dropped. Or at least I think it dropped. I used to have about 1/4 of it filled with green. I don't understand this. When I check my site at google it is not even listed so how can I have page rank? I am confused about the SEO process. Blog or not to blog is the question.

Thanks

[edited by: ciml at 6:29 pm (utc) on Jan. 13, 2004]

 

HughMungus




msg:51922
 8:36 am on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I foresee continued efforts by Google to keep blogs in their place and not give their linkage patterns too much credit.

I think the opposite is true. Google, a company that is trying to give people information that appears to be important to other people, bought Blogger, a service that lets people say what's important to them.

tedster




msg:51923
 9:08 am on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I agree with you, HughMungus -- I think the operative phrase is "too much". The whole area of blogging is a notable bellweather for which the way the wind is blowing in many areas of contemporary culture.

And when RSS aggregation is an integral part of Windows (longhorn) we may see a quite remarkable shift in the nature of the web. Personal reputation scoring and so on will emerge as a major factor in the way our information gets passed around. And search itself will take on a different role. We'll look back at today's fun and games as an amusing antique.

Oaf357




msg:51924
 12:34 pm on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I recently setup a MovableType blog as a small part of my site. The blog itself allows me to throw a generic cover on a book of content covering various topics that I could not implement into the rest of my site easily.

After a good once over by Google my traffic has increased, my content has increased rediculously, and my frequency of getting crawled by all the big boy SEs has jumped as well. These are all good things.

The blog itself ties in well with the rest of the site and I've created an MT template which will display links to the five most recent entries on my home page (making crawling and link popularity a little easier to swallow). Various sections of my web site link to categories of my blog and I intend to pour some more fuel on the blogging fire in the near future.

Jabzebedwa




msg:51925
 1:19 pm on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am curious why no one has mentioned Grey Matter blogging software. It is free and seems to work quite well for me. I have not had any experience with MT, but after having read the posts here, I fear that I may be missing something by not using MT. Has anyone had experience to compare the two?

The effect that I have experienced with blogs has also been quite favorable with the engines. The new posts get spidered pronto, but I have only ever used them as an addition to a site, never as the content managment software for the site.

Saludos,

rogerd




msg:51926
 1:30 pm on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've used MT mostly for "sections" of sites, i.e., managing a grouping of content but not the entire site. It's great for things like news updates, advice columns, etc.

chessmaniac




msg:51927
 1:38 pm on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am using blogger.com So far I like it. I am using it to blog articles from my chess forum to the main index of my site. I also post information about what is happening on my site. I also set it up so that people sign up for email post when I post some new information. So far I think I really like. Funny thing is at this point I don't care what the search engine page rank is telling me. Frankly it is just a better way to communicate with my users.
I will be checking out this moveable type. If a blog can work and be SE friendly why not use it.

chessmaniac

rfgdxm1




msg:51928
 2:29 pm on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

>I think the opposite is true. Google, a company that is trying to give people information that appears to be important to other people, bought Blogger, a service that lets people say what's important to them.

Interesting point. A huge percentage of the people on the Internet is basically just interested in information. Rather than buying things from e-commerce sellers.

danec




msg:51929
 6:17 pm on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am curious why no one has mentioned Grey Matter blogging software. It is free and seems to work quite well for me. I have not had any experience with MT, but after having read the posts here, I fear that I may be missing something by not using MT. Has anyone had experience to compare the two?

Greymatter is a very old product that is no longer being actively supported by its developer. It was great in its day, but its time has passed.

All of its data is stored in flat files, and rebuilds of large sites are very slow.

HughMungus




msg:51930
 8:36 pm on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Interesting point. A huge percentage of the people on the Internet is basically just interested in information. Rather than buying things from e-commerce sellers.

Yep. What's interesting is how the two interact (personal opinion & ecomm). Before I make any major purchases now (online or off), I get information about the product both in terms of what others think of it and what ecomm sites are selling it for, etc. The more opinions, the better. The easier it is to put an opinion online, the more opinions there will be, etc. etc.

Anybody know of any books/articles about the psycho/sociological effect of the internet?

Oetzi




msg:51931
 1:37 am on Jan 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

any feedback/opinion on the pMachine anyone?
seems very powerful and search engine friendly to me

rfgdxm1




msg:51932
 3:58 am on Jan 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

>Yep. What's interesting is how the two interact (personal opinion & ecomm). Before I make any major purchases now (online or off), I get information about the product both in terms of what others think of it and what ecomm sites are selling it for, etc. The more opinions, the better. The easier it is to put an opinion online, the more opinions there will be, etc. etc.

True. Those who do buy things on the Net also ask around for who is the most reliable seller, has the best quality, the best price, etc. The e-com sites aren't all just off in one corner of the Net by themselves, and the rest of the Net totally ignores their existence. Blogs make it easy for the Average Joe to put things on the WWW. When I got on the Internet in 1997, I figured putting up web pages was just for geeks with lots of technical know-how. A couple years later I got sick and tired of doing a cut and paste response to questions on Usenet that it occurred to me if I could figure out a way to put them on a web page, I could just post the URL and be done with it. I then realized even I could get my own domain name, and make it easy for people to find my stuff in search engines. I just didn't consider that I'd get hooked on this WWW and search engine thing. ;)

Blogs just make it so easy for just about anyone. No need to learn about using FTP clients, domain name servers, or even HTML basics. Just write and publish.

>Anybody know of any books/articles about the psycho/sociological effect of the internet?

Sounds like something interesting to search for. The Internet seems like a good subject for anthropologists to study.

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