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How To Recover From A Google Penalty

Being on the first page of google is very important. Even relatively obscure keywords get a fair bit of traffic from google. On the other hand, if your site is not on the first page of google, it will not get much organic traffic. This has meant that plenty of people have tried to fool google to rank their sites high. Needless to say, google does not like to get fooled and has over time created a number of various slaps and penalties.

SEO has changed drastically since google decided to pay much more attention to backlink profiles, that is the set of links pointing to your site. Earlier, poor backlinks could not really harm your site, unless virtually all of them used the same anchor text. But nowadays, suspicious backlinks can make google penalize sites. Actually, it looks like it is the main reason that many small sites have disappeared from the first page of google.

All is not lost if your site has been slapped by google, in many cases it is possible to recover. First you need to work out why your site has been penalized. This can be far from easy, google seldom tells you why your site has been dropped. But there are generally just two reasons, either the content on your web site is very poor or your backlink profile is suspicious.

It is important to register your site in Google Webmaster Tools. Previously, it was not really worth the hassle but nowadays it is a must to have your site registered in Webmaster Tools. Under Search Traffic -> Manual Actions, you can find any manual actions taken against your site. You can also get warnings that your site may get penalized unless you take action. Nobody outside google knows what google is up to but it looks like there are two kinds of slaps or penalties, manual and algorithmic. The latter happens automatically after google has changed its algorithms. Google also have people who visits sites, looking for low quality sites such as autoblogs. Sites that are deemed to be of low quality receive a manual penalty.

Manual penalties can only be removed manually. If your site has got a manual penalty, you have to fix the problem and send a reconsidering request to google. As mentioned, in Webmaster Tools google generally tells you that your site has received a manual penalty and sort of tells you what the problem is. Unfortunately, it can take a number of reconsidering requests before google removes a manual penalty. But it is possible to get manual penalties removed.

Algorithmic penalties are in that sense easier to remove. Once you have fixed the problem, you just need to wait two weeks or so and your site should move up in the ranking. Unfortunately, it is often very difficult to work out exactly why your site has lost ranking. The two main culprits are Panda, looking at things on your site, and Penguin, looking at your backlinks. Panda penalties are relatively easy to guess, although nobody knows really what google doesn’t like. Over-optimized pages, poorly written contents, too many outgoing links and slow response times are just a few things that are supposed to trigger Panda penalties. In any case, it is always a good idea to have quality content and good response times.

Penguin penalties are generally the most difficult to get rid of. For this you really need all backlinks to your domain. Unfortunately, no tool will show all backlinks, you need to use several tools and put together your own list. Use as many tools as possible, your chances of success depends on how many of your backlinks you find. You are supposed to contact the web masters of sites from which you want links pointing to your domain removed. Obviously, it will not always be possible to get links removed so google has created a Disavow tool.

Google tells you to use the Disavow Links feature with caution, used wrongly it could harm your site. The tool itself is simple to use, you create a file with the links or domains you want to disavow, one link/domain per line, and submit it to google. Exactly how long you have to wait is not specified but it seems to take about four weeks. The difficult part is to put together the file with all the backlinks you suspect that google does not like. Obvious candidates are links from sites that have been de-indexed by google, sites in foreign languages and paid links but the gray zone is huge. You also need to make sure that you have a good variety of anchor texts. According to google, backlinks from well known spam sites are automatically ignored by google’s algorithms, so there may not be any need to panic if you find some poor quality backlinks. You may need several attempts to get rid of algorithmic penalties as well.

Sometimes, it is actually easiest to forget the old domain, buy a new domain and move the content to the new site, improving the quality if possible in the process. If you don’t care about the domain name it is certainly the quickest way. I had one site that had got manually slapped by google, after two rejected reconsideration requests I gave up and bought a new domain. I simple removed the content from the penalized site and copied it to the new domain, with a few minor modifications. It worked fine but of course I lost all backlinks, good as well as bad links.

If the domain name is important to you, it may be best to talk to people who have specialized in getting rid of google penalties. It is almost always possible to get rid of a penalty but it can take a long time, require a lot of creativity, perseverance and patience.

Simple Tactics for Instant Traffic to Your Blog

You have set up your blog with a link to the CPA offers you want to promote, but how do you get traffic? This article teaches you three clever techniques you can use to drive traffic to your blog each time you post.

 

In fact, you can make a brand new blog, use these techniques, and generate 20 to 30 visits on day one! Much better than waiting weeks for SEO techniques to start generating traffic. And you don’t need to spend wads of cash buying traffic.

 

Technique #1: RSS Feeds

Copy down the url to your comments feed, and blog posts feed. Submit these feeds to as many feed aggregators as you can. To make it easier, use something like RSS Submit software to automate the task.

Tip a: Certain plugin’s like Ed Dales RSS bomber will create a single feed for each and every post and page, this will allow you to submit multiple feeds all pointing to the same site.

Tip b: If you remove the www from the feed url, the directories will see it as a new feed. You now have double the amount of feeds to submit!

Tip c: There is a free WordPress plugin called RSS footer. Install this, and configure it to post a keyword targeted backlink in the footer in each post of your feed.

Once you’ve done this, each time you submit your feed, you’ll also be gaining a ton of backlinks.

It works in other ways too. You know those people who scrape your site and steal your content? Well, with RSS footer, you’ll be forcing them to add backlinks to their site – helping you in the search engines. Quite a nice feature!

 

Technique #2: Social sites

Social sites have been hot for quite some time. But you have to be careful, a lot of spammers try to use the sites. The thing to do here is sign up with ping.fm. Once you’re logged in, you’ll see that you can associate all the different social accounts, like digg, Facebook and Twitter amongst others.

Add them all. Create new accounts if you need to, or accounts especially for the blog you want traffic for. Now, update your profiles to be congruent with each other, including adding the blog website to each profile etc.

The trick here is to dash over to ping.fm and post a little compelling snippet about your latest blog post, each time you post or update the site. One click and that message will be distributed to all the social accounts.

In my experience, this brings almost instant traffic, even from brand new social account profiles.

Tip: There are certain free plugin’s for WordPress that will automatically update ping.fm the moment you submit a new post.

 

Technique #3: Comment Luv

Comment Luv is a popular plugin for blogs. Whoever comments on a blog with this installed will have a live link to their own blog in each comment they leave. The link displays the title of your latest post. Each time you make a new post on your own blog, the link updates on the other blogs (where you left your comment).

This can get a lot of traffic. If you manage to leave a comment in a prominent position (the closer to the end of the post, the better) on a popular blog or site, you will receive a lot of traffic.

Many bloggers are happy to install the comment luv plugin, because they know it will encourage people to comment, meaning more traffic for them.

Utilize this traffic technique by regularly leaving helpful comments on other peoples blogs (with comment luv enabled) in your niche. Make this a consistent effort in order to succeed. Simply do 5 comments a day as part of a routine. They soon add up.

Be sure to use compelling titles for your post, considering that it will be displayed on other sites, to ensure a better click-through.

 

In summary, if you are prepared to spend a day or two setting up the foundations (i.e. creating social profiles, creating and submitting RSS, blog commenting etc.), then things will become very easy, and traffic will flow to your site with minimum effort.

Each time you post it will bring a flood of new visitors.

 

Increase Traffic With Yahoo Answers

One of the best and easiest ways to get high quality links to your website is by participating in Yahoo Answers. Quite a few affiliates have made big money thanks to Yahoo Answers. But you need to be careful, spammers are not welcome.

 

The traffic from Yahoo Answers is generally laser targeted and high quality, as the questioner is actively looking for a solution to their problem.

The idea is to answer questions each day on your chosen topic, and with each answer, cite your affiliate link as a resource. This is what generates the traffic, people clicking through to your source for more information.

The success formula is simple, just position yourself as a helpful and knowledgeable friend. But you need to be careful, if it too obvious that you are promoting products you will be labelled as a spammer.

 

Tip #1 – Stick To One Subject

The safest way to be successful with Yahoo Answers is to concentrate solely on one niche or subject.

It may make things a lot easier for you if you choose something you have knowledge in, as a lot of the answers you’ll be able to provide without doing any research. Naturally, it will also be enjoyable too.

That said, the market needs to be big enough for a lot of people asking many questions on a daily basis.

Some of the best niches to choose are the big 3:

Weight Loss

Make money

Fitness

Alternatively, any niche where there is a big demand for a solution to a problem, and an immediate answer is desired, like yeast infections or acne for example.

 

Tip #2 – Use a ‘FAQ’ Sheet

After a couple of days of answering questions on Yahoo Answers, you’ll start to notice the same questions crop up time and time again.

To save yourself keep typing the same thing out all the time, keep a text document handy on your desktop containing ‘frequently asked questions’, and simply copy and paste the answer in.

Although, try to make it a little unique from the last time you used the same reply. You don’t want any of your answers reported as ‘spam’.
Tip #3 – Go The Extra Mile, Make a Landing Page

It’s easy to simply answer as many questions as you can, and use the same affiliate link or redirect every time, but this can be risky.

Your account is far more likely to be flagged or reported by another Yahoo user for being a spam account, because that same link will be seen in so many answers. Having your account shut down after all your previous hard work is not funny.

It is therefore worthwhile purchasing a domain name with hosting related to your niche. The point here is to create an actual website with presell content on it that will lead the viewer to click your affiliate link as a solution to their problem. Alternatively, you could have an opt-in to join your mailing list.

This will improve your ROI, especially if you build a list. To take this further, use your cheat sheet discussed earlier to create posts or pages on your site answering and expanding on each of those frequently asked questions. This is ideal, and can really increase your click-through rate.

For example, if one frequently asked question in your niche (weight loss for example) was: “what’s the best way to lose belly fat?”, you could create a page or post answering that exact question in a couple of hundred words.

I mean, if you asked that exact question in Yahoo Answers, and two people answered showing different links, what would you rather click on

johnny5.weightlossproduct.hop.clickbank.net/

or

myweightlosssite.com/the-best-way-to-lose-belly-fat/

Naturally, once the Yahoo Answers user has clicked through to your helpful content, they’ll find that the only recommended solution to their problem is via your affiliate link!

 

Tip #4 – Consistency

Like many other marketing practices, utilizing Yahoo Answers as a traffic building technique is a numbers game.

Answering only a couple of questions just isn’t going to cut it. You need to consistently answer questions in your niche on a daily basis. This will keep building up traffic to your site over time, and the effects eventually snowball.

 

To keep consistency, the best way forward is to develop the habit of answering a set amount of questions per day. Even as little as 5 will do, and these can be done in as little as 20 minutes.

Article Marketing Done the Right Way

Article marketing may not be as efficient as it was a few years ago but it is still a good way of driving traffic and for getting quality backlinks. Here are the main points you need to know in order to make your article marketing efficient.

 

Rule Number One: aim for quantity.

Most people who try article marketing submit just a few articles. The articles may be high quality articles but that by itself does not guarantee success. It is much better to submit a lot of articles, in this case quantity is better than quality. Although that does not mean that you should write poor articles. Just remember that you don’t need to say anything mind blowing in your articles.

Unfortunately, even if you put a lot of effort into keyword research, building backlinks to the articles and so forth, it’s still going to take a fair amount of time before you begin to see results. It takes a while for the articles to rank, and you never know whether it will drive any traffic at all for that given keyword. On the other hand, successful article marketing gives will drive traffic to your sites for a long time.

The big players in article marketing will almost always aim to submit 100 to 200 articles to begin with in one niche, before they concentrate on trying to rank them in the search engines for keyword phrases. Articles don’t have to be lengthy. In fact, due to the small attention span that people have when browsing, the shorter the article the better.

The quicker the visitor reads through your article, the better. The sooner they reach the end, the sooner they’ll see your resource box and (hopefully) click through to your site to learn more. The best article directories allow articles as small as 250 words. If you have a lot to say, write two articles.

 

Your article title is the most important thing.

Many people overlook this with article marketing. A big portion of traffic to your articles come from the article directory itself, people browsing the site. For example, ezinearticles.com had over 12.5 million visitors in September 2010. That’s in one single month.

This is why your article title is so important. A poor title will not attract any readers, no matter how interesting the article itself may be. Create the title to force people to want to click through and read your article. Make it compelling, curious, promise benefits and secrets that can only be obtained by reading your article.

 

Leave unanswered questions.

Back to what was mentioned earlier about short articles. It’s also an idea to leave your content slightly unfinished. Then include in your resource box that the reader should click the link to get the answers. This urges the reader to want to investigate your site, and increases your click-through rate significantly.

 

Make the most out of the resource box.

Many article writers make the mistake of making of not using the resource box as an advert. They simple simply say “Joe Smith is an expert at ______, his website is _____.com”.

Remember, your resource box is an ad. The article directories let you write anything here – make your content as promotional as you want. No point in spending all that time on the article title and body, when the reader gets to the end and does nothing.

The resource box also has to be compelling. Put as much effort into it as the title. Make the reader really want to click through to your site.

Remember that the article directory has hundreds of links on the same page competing to get the readers attention, links to different articles, AdSense ads, categories etc. You want to persuade the reader to click on your link in the resource box. You must make it compelling.

 

 

In summary, those who have the will power to commit to writing and submitting 100 articles in one niche or category are the people that get the most success out of article marketing. Most people give up after their 5th or 6th article. Some of them always quit pretty soon, others are disappointed because they didn’t get instant traffic to their website.

Article marketing is more about consistency than anything else. Don’t be disappointed when your first submission only gets 25 views. In fact, don’t even look at statistics until you’ve submitted your first 100. Concentrating on individual statistics will only get you sidetracked and slow you down. The whole goal should be consistent submission of good articles with intriguing titles.

Remember to make the titles and resource boxes compelling. Treat it as a mini sales letter rather than an article. Get those clicks! Do this, stay committed and consistent each day, and you’ll be on the road to success, big traffic, and high conversions with article marketing.

 

Easy Ways To Drive Traffic From Video Marketing

Video marketing can be a good way of driving traffic. You can make your own videos or buy other people’s videos or just get them to insert your message into their videos. If you are making your own videos, have you been disappointed with the results of your efforts so far?

It may be that you’re missing certain elements to the video marketing process that are hampering your results.

Below are 5 tips that will improve your video marketing strategy to allow you to drive that massive traffic you’ve been expecting.

 

Tip #1 – Tagging:

Find the most popular videos on the same subject on YouTube as the video you are submitting, copy down and use the exact same tags.

This ensures that your video has the potential as ranking the same as the similar video, and it will help your videos showing up in the related videos section of that same popular video.

 

Tip #2 – Video Length:

It’s worthwhile to remember that most web users have short attention spans, and they are more than ready to click away from your video the moment they get distracted or bored.

So bear this in mind when it comes to video content and length. A ‘pithy’ video under 2 minutes is far better than a 10 minute lecture. If you have a lot to say, make several videos instead.

 

Tip #3 – Submission Timing:

Generally, when you have a series of videos is to release and publish one at a time, in an effort to get the viewer to subscribe and return regularly for further content.

But it is far better to have all of your videos submitted at the same time. The reason being is that if the viewer is ‘in the zone’ for what you have to offer, and is enjoying your video, they are far more likely to click on your other videos listed than come back at another time.

 

Tip #4 – Optimizing:

Optimizing your video marketing for the search engines is straight forward.

Once you’ve come up with a list of keywords, check that the competition isn’t too high, and target each video for one particular keyword phrase.

First, the video title should be the actual keyword phrase.

It is also important that the first few words in the video description are the phrase too. Also, depending on the video directory, the listing can sometimes be further optimized by naming the video file name (that you uploaded) the keyword phrase.

 

Tip #5 – Getting ranked:

Web pages need backlinks in order to climb in the search result rankings. It is just the same with videos.

Granted, the video submitted may rank on page one of the search engines for a day or two, but it will soon drop off. This can be disappointing considering the amount of effort you put in to creating the video.

So, in order to make the video ‘stick’ in the search results, you’ll need to build some backlinks to the video page.

In most cases, you don’t need to go too far with the backlinks. Just a few will do. And linking with the anchortext containing the keyword phrase will help immensely. Even a few links from social profiles is enough.

Getting your video ranked in the search results can be a numbers game. Especially with Google, you can never know which video will get ranked, yet another reason to create several videos.

It could be that you spend a lot of time submitting a video and optimizing in YouTube, yet it never seems to show up in the search results.

That is where submitting the same video to more than one video site can come in handy. Sometimes a video won’t become ranked in the search engines with YouTube, but the same video may with VideoJug or another site.

Third party services are available like HeySpread, TubeMogul and Traffic Geyser that submit your videos many video sites at once. All you have to do is upload your video to the service provider, add the title, description and tags, and hit the submit button.

Not only does this multiply the amount of traffic you’ll receive, but it increases the likelihood that the search engines will rank at least one of the sites you submitted to with the keyword phrase it was optimized for.

Use these tips above each time you want to publish a new video, and you’re pretty much guaranteed traffic to your site from your effort. It will set you apart from 98% of other video marketers, who simply submit there video to YouTube and hope for the best.