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Blogs. I know they can be a great source of traffic. Just venturing through my logs I find people are coming to my site for ALL kinds of information that I never targeted just because the words in combination are there on the page.
Content IS king as one said years ago.
Therefore, I thought maybe (and have been wanting to do this) to do a blog about my industry which would be updated once a week but would also includes tips and information for day to day life as a person in this industry for non industry related schtuff.
Should I attach a blog to my site,
Do a subdomain IE: OurBlog.Oursite.Com
Or just have it as a separate page on the site?
Thanks gents (and gals)
So that would be www.domain.com/blog/ - not domainblog.com or blogger.domain.com
Advantages include ease of remembering and navigation, plus all incoming links coming to same domain.
You will, however, need to think seriously about using nofollow, otherwise any spam damage done to the blog can also involve the main site.
I've found a highly relevant directory that has 2 points higher PR than dmoz does in the specific category. There is a $10 cost associated with it. Do you think it has a higher value than being added to the dmoz directory?
Probably not a lot in it.
Be warned that it is a very old trick for directories to SEO and promote heavily while new and signing up new webmasters, then stop completely a few months later.
Look carefully before committing. On the other hand, it's $10 not $200 - so the risk is not that excessive,
Yes it's only $10 and they have been around since, well, before Al Gore invented the Internet, Time warping, Global Warming - magnetic shifting or generally our shift toward the suns EVIL rays. HAR.
They had a BBS up, that had fido mail and a ddial system for up to 5 people to chat (including the SysOp) at one time. Ooooooo. They were hosted with a 'government agency' until they spun off years ago. I think it's pretty safe but I do realize what you mean by the directories that grab some cash and then run with it leaving the directory stale and obvious.
They have TONS of content too.
Yes, I was referring to blogspam, which is a big issue for commentable blogs hosted on the main domain. There are ways of dealing with it, but unless you can moderate 24/7, then nofollow is a sensible precaution - supported by all the big three SEs.
As for directory - you seem to have done your investigation quite thoroughly; go for it :)
I checked the source and it says no index, no follow. Hmmm I don't want that. I am using this for SEO purposes. It's one giant advertisement, my ability to get some things off of my chest that others are thinking in the industry, and a method to start a ground floor system or others to meet and greet the real face behind us so to speak.
There is something to be said for the hack web designer that started a page years ago, adds a bit here and there over time and has since become an 'expert' in his realm. That type of SEO can never be duplicated in my opinion. My hope is only to push our site up a few notches while also achieving a goal of discussing the industry I love so much.