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| 5:56 am on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Great post, thanks.
| 7:21 am on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
I have trouble going from a to c without knowing what b was.
The points there are probably bang on the nail - but for me - I need "place your href in your code like this".....
| 8:43 am on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Great post, it brings together some points I regularly make elsewhere, things that I knew but hadn't conceptualised and things that are new to me.
but there rarely is a one-size-fits-all answer
Again and again I post variants of the reply - "it depends on the subject matter of your site". (eg a musician will make a different use of social media to a widget retailer). But regularly we see the same dogmatic responses in forums.
| 12:29 pm on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Very useful post. Really sends you back to the basics.
A client recently got a nicely working site redone with an entirely different user approach and interactivity. The leads volume halved.
We went back to the old site in a hurry and are back to the old volume. Now experimenting incrementally.
| 2:51 pm on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Hee, this is my second favorite post of the moment!
| 3:01 pm on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Whats your first Netmeg?
| 3:02 pm on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
That was worth printing out. Thanks!
| 12:52 am on Apr 5, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Doh! Look at #2. lol
| 1:31 am on Apr 5, 2011 (gmt 0)|
It's gone now, so this one gets promoted to #1!
(I'd like to see it on the home page just so we can put the angry bird next to it)
| 2:19 am on Apr 5, 2011 (gmt 0)|
BTW +1 ... Great Thread tedster!
| 3:24 pm on Apr 6, 2011 (gmt 0)|
I think #1 and #7 are extremely important.
| 3:27 pm on Apr 6, 2011 (gmt 0)|
excellent post. Thanks. I like Rule #1 the most!
| 4:43 pm on Apr 6, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for post Tedster, great for bringing us back to the basics which are so important.
I do think though that looking at the original article, especially for number 10, could pay even further dividends.
| 5:10 pm on Apr 6, 2011 (gmt 0)|
hmmm, is G the pigs, or is the birds?
Matt Cutts is clearly the Mighty Eagle.
In Rio - Monkeys are the Cuttletts?
Great Article Tedster!
| 7:32 pm on Apr 6, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Nice one, thanks.
|Sometimes you can make successful changes to a website, only to discover that the business can sustain the new level of success. |
I believe you meant "can't sustain..".
| 9:13 pm on Apr 6, 2011 (gmt 0)|
You're right - I made an edit so future readers don't get tripped up. That point is one of those that gets well beyond SEO and into business management. But every SEO should appreciate that SEO doesn't exist in a vacuum, and that not only failures, but even great successes in SEO can pose business challenges.
| 10:15 pm on Apr 6, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Brett, Google are the pigs and the eggs they keep running off with is my content ;)
| 11:23 pm on Apr 6, 2011 (gmt 0)|
I gotta print this one and get working on solutions. :)
| 2:40 am on Apr 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
You can recover from a really bad start, I have proof.
My first domain held a website that was awful in every sense. Horrible coding (I didn't know how yet), horrible SEO (had no clue about titles and descriptions) and horrible user experience (visitors didn't know where to find pages I didn't bother to interlink from, sheesh).
I gave up on the site, let it expire and continued doing what I was good at for others, proof-reading and writing. On a whim I tested an early google pagerank tool and entered my old domain name, it had jumped to PR3 AFTER it was inactive.
I bought the domain back from my old host that hadn't released it yet and proceeded to learn about every aspect of being a webmaster. Today it's my best site and I had to throw it away to realize it.
Without that bad start, and a hail marry google tool catch, I wouldn't be a webmaster today. I'd say recovery is possible under many impossible circumstances.
| 2:55 am on Apr 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
I agree with you - I was stretching a bit to make my post line up with the original article. You often can stay with the same domain that had a horrible start and still succeed - unless you really burned it badly with intense backlink manipulation. And even then, a new owner can sometimes still get a fresh start for the same domain.
| 3:13 am on Apr 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
These aren't the rules to SEO; they are the rules to life on Earth my friend :)
| 3:16 am on Apr 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
They sound like life lessons that can be applied elsewhere too.
|Most improvements are incremental |
Everything is incremental, IMO. We build on what we have and learn.
I am not an expert in Chinese customs or history, but they have some great lessons.
The Chinese word for crisis is really two words: Danger and opportunity. The truth is that we don't usually see an opportunity unless there was a crisis. I think Panda was a wake-up call in many ways. It created a crisis for many, but we have to figure out where the opportunity is. It is out there. These crisis happen to everyone, not just webmasters and marketers.
Another Chinese story:
There was a father and son living on a farm. One day a wild horse came around and they caught it. That is a GOOD THING, right?
Well, the next day the son broke his leg while breaking in the horse. that is BAD THING, right?
Well, the next day the army came through recruiting the towns-people but the son could not join up because of his broken leg. Everyone was killed in a battle the next day.
Someone mentioned on another thread that they should create another domain and move their whole site over to it. Perhaps. But also consider getting another domain and creating a whole new site from scratch. Do something different. Hedge your bets.
| 3:34 am on Apr 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
|They sound like life lessons that can be applied elsewhere too. |
Agreed. In fact, a lot of people who think they have Google questions often sound more like they need lessons in general business planning, or even life level counseling.
| 7:47 am on Apr 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Great Post tedster.
This is the precise reason why I come to this forum atleast once in a day.
I think many people like me will save these points on their pc somewhere.
| 7:36 am on Apr 8, 2011 (gmt 0)|
We generally tend to apply incremental changes and get incremental improvements.
At times, we are forced to make drastic changes - these may crash us or make us incredibly successful. Desparate times call for desparate measures.
| 3:26 pm on Apr 8, 2011 (gmt 0)|
|In fact, a lot of people who think they have Google questions often sound more like they need lessons in general business planning, or even life level counseling. |
Ain't that the truth.