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  1. It depends... on the sites... whether are not you...

    It depends... on the sites... whether are not you participate on the sites... how many sites you build profiles on... how large of a percentage of backlinks are made up by profile links... etc.
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    Honestly, I have never had the need to use an SEO...

    Honestly, I have never had the need to use an SEO plugin. A well written theme has everything you need for SEO. For example, most of the sites that I build use Thesis by DIYThemes.com. The theme...
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    From what I've seen, those with crappy backlinks...

    From what I've seen, those with crappy backlinks not previously hit have been hit hard. Those with natural, editorial links from relevant sites have not been hit at all, regardless of whether they...
  4. My take is this... There is no "best"...

    My take is this...

    There is no "best" template for conversions when comparing 1 column or 2 column. A great web designer who knows what it takes to get customers to convert can make each of those...
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    /agree Using FLASH for site navigation is...

    /agree

    Using FLASH for site navigation is "suicide" (not murder). Your site nav should consist of text links. If you "insist" on using Flash (***sigh***) use it for small components... ads and...
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    Andy is correct. When possible, all Javascript...

    Andy is correct. When possible, all Javascript definitions should appear at the END of your page just before the </body> element. It's probably less important now than in the past when Google used...
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    While I agree that on-page optimization should be...

    While I agree that on-page optimization should be done first (because it is something that is TOTALLY in YOUR control), on-page optimization alone rarely leads to good rankings for keyword phrases...
  8. Use some other image software to open, rotate,...

    Use some other image software to open, rotate, and save them to your computer BEFORE uploading them to WP.
  9. You would be wise to avoid link exchange software...

    You would be wise to avoid link exchange software solutions. If you want to exchange reciprocal links with other webmasters, it's best you do this by contacting them directly (but this takes time as...
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    Ummm... A toolbar PR of 0/10 means your URL DOES...

    Ummm... A toolbar PR of 0/10 means your URL DOES have PR... just not enough to warrant a PR of 1/10. In other words, your URL has very few followed inbound links or low quality inbound links.
    ...
  11. I have to agree w/ bogart. Blogroll links are...

    I have to agree w/ bogart. Blogroll links are going to pass you a LOT more PR to your site (not that PR is "that" important"). And a blogroll link will get you many more inbounds with your targeted...
  12. I doubt VERY seriously this would work on the web...

    I doubt VERY seriously this would work on the web unless you were already a famous person or famous for building awesome, viral sites. It might work for creating movies (it's the nature of that...
  13. I love these kind of emails. They are always...

    I love these kind of emails. They are always good for a laugh. I get them on my SEO blog all the time from people wanting to make my site rank. Yet my home page ranks really well at Google already...
  14. Whether hyphens in the URL...

    Whether hyphens in the URL are good are bad depends on what part of the URL you are talking about.

    When picking a folder or page name for the "path" portion of a URL you should always separate...
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    Never have understood why people use WP plugins...

    Never have understood why people use WP plugins to ping. It uses Pingomatic by default which pings pretty much every search engine or site that is going to provide your site any "real" visibility...
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    Never heard of them... But if I were looking for...

    Never heard of them... But if I were looking for PPC coaching I go with Perry Marshall or someone like that. But honestly PPC is not THAT hard to do and do well. Read some Perry Marshall books, study...
  17. XXX for Dummies has been VERY successful. As...

    XXX for Dummies has been VERY successful. As long as it does not appear that you actually think they are idiots... as long it is mean to be humorous and not degrading... it can be a good tactic.
    ...
  18. I have never believed in the "sandbox". I heard...

    I have never believed in the "sandbox". I heard Cutts say at Pubcon a couple of years ago that their algorithm might give the "appearance" of a sandbox in certain industries, but that there was no...
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    Helium.com has a marketplace where you can create...

    Helium.com has a marketplace where you can create a contest for a particular article to be written. You say you'll pay, say $25 for an article on a particular topic. They have a network of writers...
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    I would contact swim clubs, school swim teams,...

    I would contact swim clubs, school swim teams, etc. that have web sites and tell them you're starting a forum and ask them to 1) link to it and 2) tell their swimmers about it. Visit other swim...
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    Check Google Webmaster Tools after you get the...

    Check Google Webmaster Tools after you get the new site up and running. Look specifically for 404 errors. It is very possible that the domain will still have old back links to old pages that no...
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    I recommend not using ANY free blogging platform...

    I recommend not using ANY free blogging platform if you think you may want to get serious about your blog in the future. I would ONLY use free blogging software from blogger or wordpress.com if the...
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    Lots of companies have been avoiding the whole...

    Lots of companies have been avoiding the whole social media boom. Many corporations wouldn't historically let their marketing and IT departments create blogs because of what they perceived as legal...
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    It could very well be that the word has somehow...

    It could very well be that the word has somehow gotten out about your site amongst spammers. Maybe you made some spammer blog list.

    I used to rarely get spam posts, then suddenly one day (prior...
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    EXACTLY! NEVER show a full blog post on your home...

    EXACTLY! NEVER show a full blog post on your home page. As BHartzer says, it will get indexed under your home page as well as on the post page (and probably on the category and archives pages as well...
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    I've seen great sites that don't have a logo. ...

    I've seen great sites that don't have a logo. And I've seen some of the absolute crappiest sites that have beautiful, intricate, well designed logos.

    Logos are important ONLY if you're trying to...
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    You seem to be contridicting yourself. First of...

    You seem to be contridicting yourself. First of all, you imply that you don't want to do this to "generate income or monetize" the autoblogging site... that your reasons for doing so would be...
  28. While this might have been the original impetus...

    While this might have been the original impetus behind the entire blogging phenomenon, it's quite rare to find sites that are using blogs this way today.

    Most blogs are used as a social media...
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    Google is case-insensitive. If you search for...

    Google is case-insensitive. If you search for Keyword, keyword or KEYWORD you will get the same results except for possible personalization being done based on previous searches.

    However, they...
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    You can get gains to WordPress performance...

    You can get gains to WordPress performance by modifying your .htaccess as well.

    I don't know where you're hosted, but my sites have all been running under a 4 yr old GoDaddy deluxe hosting...
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    I disagree. But I guess it's what you consider...

    I disagree. But I guess it's what you consider "off-page" SEO. While I can't do on-page SEO for a page on another site to make IT rank at Google, in many cases I can optimize MY site with how I get...
  32. I have seen no changes in how Google values...

    I have seen no changes in how Google values internal linking. I'm not seeing the cause and effect that you are eluding to. I'm not sure how you got from "dozens of pages lost rankings" to "Google...
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    3 WP blogs all running Thesis theme. Love WP! ...

    3 WP blogs all running Thesis theme. Love WP! AND Thesis!
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    Matt is a TOTAL idiot IMO. Thesis is THE best...

    Matt is a TOTAL idiot IMO. Thesis is THE best premium WP theme. It's has flawless CSS, is very well written (unlike 99.999% of WP themes) and is VERY SEO friendly out of the box.

    Matt is just...
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    SEO link juice IS PageRank. So if what you are...

    SEO link juice IS PageRank. So if what you are saying is "really" true then simply add a <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> element to each of the pages you don't want indexed.

    As others...
  36. I use Akismet only. I only review comments that...

    I use Akismet only. I only review comments that make it past Akismet. I flag the spammy comments as spam and allow the others.
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    As far as SEO, themes "can" make a huge...

    As far as SEO, themes "can" make a huge difference. For example a theme that supports custom excerpts is MUCH better than a theme that displays the entire post on the home page, category pages,...
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    If you try to delete a post via MySQL you will...

    If you try to delete a post via MySQL you will likely trash your entire WP database. I post likely has all kinds of referencial integrity checks in place... There are likely lots of tables that are...
  39. The tracking code could have very well have been...

    The tracking code could have very well have been embedded in a sidebar, the header, or main body of the page... So removing the footer is not going to prevent such things from happening. You'd have...
  40. Thread: MODx CMS

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    I tried ModX when I looked into buiding my first...

    I tried ModX when I looked into buiding my first site... But I couldn't get it to work properly with GoDaddy. There are some known issues w/ Modx and GoDaddy hosting. So I tried WordPress instead,...
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    Owning multiple keyword rich domains and 301...

    Owning multiple keyword rich domains and 301 redirecting them to the main site does absolutely NOTHING from an SEO perspective if those sites don't already have inbound links from other sites. If...
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    If you know anything about Google's PR...

    If you know anything about Google's PR calculation formula from their Stanford Whitepaper and patents, you would know already that if a page has a PR of X and 4 outbout links... that the page does...
  43. I use Akismet on my blog... It catches 99.9% of...

    I use Akismet on my blog... It catches 99.9% of the spam. All other comments I manually review and decide whether to allow the comment, delete it, or flag it as spam.

    Before enabling akismet...
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    ROFLMFAO You don't need a "blogger" to...

    ROFLMFAO You don't need a "blogger" to copy/steal other people's content and paste it into your blog. That is not a "blogger"... that is an online thief and something any "monkey" could do.
    ...
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    If your data is already in a DB table then the...

    If your data is already in a DB table then the order you pull them out in simply depends on your SQL query... specifically, the ORDER BY clause that you include in your SQL query.
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    Hopefully your site is hosted on some flavor of...

    Hopefully your site is hosted on some flavor of Unix/Linux and Apache. If so then you should have access to an Apache module called Mod_Rewrite. This is your BEST friend when it comes to...
  47. And I'll bet you have Google Toolbar installed in...

    And I'll bet you have Google Toolbar installed in your browser... I quit using Google Toolbar on my primary machine for this very reason. Google has been using their toolbar for quite some time to...
  48. Why on earth would you NOT ask for an invoice? ...

    Why on earth would you NOT ask for an invoice? Simply tell them that if they want to get paid then they need to send you an invoice. Invoice templates abound for free on the web... Excel...
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    Google doesn't add or delete listings because of...

    Google doesn't add or delete listings because of an XML sitemap anyway. Having a URL in a sitemap doesn't guarantee it will be indexed any more that NOT having a URL in the sitemap will guarantee...
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    As with almost everything in SEO, there is...

    As with almost everything in SEO, there is usually no one thing that causes a URL to rank well. It is usually lots of small optimizations that when taken as a whole causes a URL to rank well.
    ...
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    Any page that requires you to log in to see it...

    Any page that requires you to log in to see it doesn't get crawled by the search engines. Therefore there is no reason to optimize it.
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    Don't believe everything you read. Internal...

    Don't believe everything you read. Internal linking is VERY powerful from an SEO perspective. The idiot that wrote that is yet another dweeb that has learned a few SEO buzz words and tauts...
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    I used to have a problem with this, but after...

    I used to have a problem with this, but after turning Akismet on I almost never get spam anymore. The only comments that I have to moderate are those which pass Akismet, and 99% of those are fine.
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    Whomever wrote what you read is smoking crack!...

    Whomever wrote what you read is smoking crack! LOL Internal linking is VERY important from an SEO perspective. It not only affects rankings, but also whether or not your page gets indexed to begin...
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    Poll: I agree with Kovich. I avoid hyphenated domains...

    I agree with Kovich. I avoid hyphenated domains like the plague. But I disagree on one of his points.

    Both mykeywordphrase.com and my-keyword-phrase.com should be considered EXACT match domains...
  56. Text links have always been preferable from a...

    Text links have always been preferable from a ranking perspective. Using image links with alt attributes don't carry near the ranking weight that the link text in text links does... because the alt...
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    Unfortunately this ONLY fixes such a problem for...

    Unfortunately this ONLY fixes such a problem for Google and NOT other search engines. IMO using Google's WMT prefered domain (www vs. non-www) setting and the parameter omission feature are a bad...
  58. "The number of pages that we crawl is roughly...

    "The number of pages that we crawl is roughly proportional to your PageRank."

    Totally common sense. PageRank is based on inbound links. It's inbound links that will get your site crawled more...
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    I use WP for my blog and know you can use it to...

    I use WP for my blog and know you can use it to build static sites, but Joomla or Drupal or some other "real" CMS would likely be a better fit for a site like the one you're describing. Yes, you can...
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    Using a keyword in the meta description 4 times...

    Using a keyword in the meta description 4 times is not really spamming IMO. I doubt that would trip any triggers at Google since so many people who have no clue about SEO might do this naturally...
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    Could it not simply be that all those people who...

    Could it not simply be that all those people who didn't search over the weekend finally get around to searching on Monday when they are back in town, at work, or otherwise freed up with access to...
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