Powerful posts 20 May 2007

by Martin Reed on 20 May 2007 in Snippets

There are some fantastic resources out there if you know where to look. Here I will share some great articles I have recently come across in my online travels.

Maki from Dosh Dosh wrote a comprehensive article detailing ‘50 web usability tips that help you attract and retain visitors to your website‘. This post complements my article detailing my ‘Top 5 usability requirements‘.

Cory Doctorow wrote an article over at Information Week entitled ‘How to keep hostile jerks from taking over your online community‘. Definitely an interesting read for everyone involved in developing online communities, and complementary to my article ‘Dealing with abusive members‘.

Al from Self Made Minds wrote about the fact that how you see your site is not necessarily the same for others. Browser quirks, individual setups, software versions and more can all have a bearing on how your site looks to each visitor. In his article ‘Well it works on my machine‘, Al reminds us just how varied individual setups can be and how this affects all site owners.

Nate wrote an interesting article about ‘The pressures of blogging consistently‘. Being a comparatively new blogger myself, I know exactly what he means!

Kenny from Hate The Grind wrote an article about the ‘Top 5 mistakes to avoid when building links‘. A recommended read for all those interested in increasing the number of links pointing to their site.

Gary wrote a great article entitled ‘10 things to remember in web marketing‘ – if you are interested in developing your online marketing skills, this is a good introductory read.

Were these articles of interest to you? If you think this post was of use, then please let me know and I will make them on a regular basis (perhaps every couple of weeks). If you prefer to only read articles I have authored myself, again let me know by leaving a comment.

I am determined to ensure the readers of this blog direct its future development.

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Smiley May 20, 2007 at 3:31 pm

I have bought links using http://www.backlinks.com – I’m assuming this might have been a mistake? I’ll read the article about links carefully ;0

Martin Reed May 20, 2007 at 3:58 pm

Smiley – it all depends on what your goals are when purchasing links. I think I may write a future article solely on paid links and their pros and cons.

Chicago 2016 May 20, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Gary Lee puts out a lot of useful things on his site. Have you checked out Google Shadow yet?

Martin Reed May 20, 2007 at 7:38 pm

Hi Daniel – Google Shadow looks interesting; how do we know for sure that revenue is actually donated to charity though? I couldn’t find any evidence on the site, which makes me hesitant in recommending it.

Smiley May 20, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Exactly, Martin – I’m very weary when it comes to charity over the internet. Infact, I think the only time I’ve given money towards charity over the internet is when I donated on JC.

And even then – you used a third party site to ensure people knew it was genuine.

And my goals for purchasing links is for link popularity. We’ve spent a lot of money on the site and I don’t believe in spamming.

It’s cost us 50 a day on Google Adwords and it’s cost an arm and a leg, we really need to start being found through conventional means. Simply by people searching on search engines.

We’re currently being found through Yahoo, MSN & Google through people searching for “Good Chat”, “Good Chat Rooms”, “Free Chat”, “Free friendly chatrooms” – but that’s just about it. As you know, all the other keywords are highly competitive ;)

We’re getting there, but it’s still difficult. I read that link popularity plays a big part in search engine rankings, thus bought a few links using backlinks.com – not too many, so it won’t look suspicious to engines, but enough to suddenly boost our PR ranking from “unranked” ro “PR 4″ in under 2 weeks !!

We’ve now gone from 300ish unique visitors per day to 800ish unique visitors per day. Only a minority of that make it into the rooms so I’m still working on optimizing the frontpage. But as far as visitations are concerned – the links have DEFINITELY worked.

Community sites are a highly competitive area of the internet, quite frankly I haven’t got a reply from any sites I’ve e-mailed requesting a link exchange or a helping hand from – thus paid links were the only option.

I do think they are a bit of a grey area though. I also read that Google often penalises sites for paying for links?

Chicago 2016 May 20, 2007 at 10:52 pm

I asked Gary about it, and it’s just a personal pledge of his, not a formal deal with Google and the American Cross.

I’m taking his word on it (probably not a good thing for me to do anyway) but either way, the site looks pretty cool.

Nate Whitehill May 20, 2007 at 11:25 pm

Thanks for the linkage, Martin! Keep up the excellent work – your blog is really taking off! :)

Martin Reed May 21, 2007 at 1:38 am

Smiley – What Google does and doesn’t do is often a mystery; although there is evidence to suggest Google is moving to stop counting paid links in its algorithm.

Daniel – The site sure is interesting; I wonder if Google are happy with the look and implied endorsement? Anything that raises money for charity should be encouraged.

Nate – I am more than happy to link to valuable articles! Keep up the good work with your blog :)

Cell May 21, 2007 at 2:38 am

The one I pay the most attention to is posting frequency. Not every post you write is gonna be amazing. Not every post you think is amazing will resonate with your readers I did one of each last week

Martin Reed May 21, 2007 at 12:58 pm

That’s very true, Cell. With such a wide audience, not every article you write will be relevant to each and every visitor.

I try to post one new article a day, and have kept to this target since starting the blog (apart from one missed day on Friday when the beer garden beckoned!).

Natasha Judd May 21, 2007 at 6:30 pm

Just a note to say that I’m enjoying reading your blog… and that I find the external links useful – it certainly beats ‘stumbling’ around till I find them by chance.

Martin Reed May 21, 2007 at 6:41 pm

Hi Natasha – welcome to the blog, and thank you for taking the time to comment. I am glad you enjoyed this post and hope you find some of the other articles published here useful.