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Press Release through Free-Press-Release.com

It’s a shame that I’ve been working as an SEO consultant and I’ve never used any kind of Press Release for my own websites. I always preferred to do article submissions as opposed to PR and the reason was I never wanted to spend money on it but sooner or later I had to give it a try so finally yesterday, I did it.

As the first experiment, I chose Free-Press-Release.com to publish and distribute my Press Release.

Well, the domain name says “Free” and you can choose to publish it for free but if you want to get real results you have to bid on your placement which caused me to spend a good amount of money on it.

Now, it’s close to 24 hours my PR page is up there but it hasn’t been indexed by Google which makes me thinking I did my first mistake by choosing the wrong publisher.

For now, I don’t want to post a link to my press release here, not to boost its indexing process and keep it on its own so that I can have a pure natural experience.

I’ll keep here updated so that others without PR experience won’t do the same mistake as mine.

Cheers,

Soroush

UPDATE (March 5, 2009): After more than 36 hours, my post still hasn’t been picked up by Google which isn’t a good sign. Looks like spammers are faster than Google and they’ve already picked up my email address and started spamming it.

Anyways, I’ve scheduled the same PR to be distributed on PRWeb tomorrow. Hopefully that one shows better results.
UPDATE (March 7, 2009): Today, after more than 3 days, finally the PR submitted to Free-Press-Release was indexed and showed up in Google. The one submitted to PRWeb showed up in Yahoo news within 4 hour. Now it’s obvious to me which one was a better investment.

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Dreamhost SUCKS

Just searched Google for the term “Dreamhost sucks” and OMG! I couldn’t believe how many people really hated Dreamhost! Some of them brought really good points and had honest reasons and some where just trying to grab some attention but in general I believe every shared hosting plan suck by nature, including Dreamhost’s and if you don’t agree, you’ve just been lucky.

The fact is that, your experience from a shared hosting plan is more depending on your neighbours (websites hosted on the same server as yours) than your web hosting provider. It’s kinda comparable to sharing a house or better to say staying at a hostel. Your level of comfort mostly depends on your roommates, doesn’t it?

When in comes to Dedicated Servers or Virtual Private Servers the situation is different. You’re guaranteed to receive certain amount of server resources like RAM, CPU, etc. which makes you isolated and relatively independent from your neighbors (If any). In these cases your only concern is the web hosting provider company and how they maintain their service.

Anyway at the end of the day it all comes to your expectations and priorities. It’s obvious that shared hosting plans are way cheaper than virtual private servers and dedicated servers so they’re ideal only if your dealing with less sensitive type of websites and don’t mind having your website down for a few hours every month or two. (You should always consider the worst case scenario)

In my honest opinion Dreamhost wasn’t problem-free but they had the least problems over the past two years comparing to other ones I’ve experienced before including Hostgator, Valuehost, Bluehost, Host.ac, etc. So far I believe their customer service was really helpful and the response time was short to reasonable. The best thing I can say is that they honor their 97 day money-back guarantee so trying their service is gonna be totally risk-free specially if you use the coupon code “SCRIPTBLOGGERS” to get $50 discount or to wave your setup fee if paying monthly.

So at the end I would say “DREAMHOST DOES SUCK But not more than any other shared hosting provider I know.”

Cheers,

Soroush

P.S. There is a SEO lesson in this post, haven’t you got it yet? :D

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Update on my search engine ranking

After my post here, I became so disappointed or better to say scared and thought I should start a new research while that’s really the last thing I need with these many incomplete projects, mostly relied on my SEO strategies. Not that it was the first time it happened but it has never been this bad.

Well, there was barely better news for me than seeing my sites backing up on Google results not as good as they were but still reasonable enough to keep me hopeful.

The fact is that I almost forgot my own most important SEO advice which is PATIENCE and really freaked out to the point I was going to leave everything and take a break from all my online projects. Honestly life is tough enough for me not to need anything extra on the top of it, but I think that could have been my most stupid decision ever which I would regret forever and thanks God it didn’t happen. :)

Anyway, back to our subject, thanks to Tim Linden who pointed me to RankTrend I now have a central place to keep track of my sites’ search engine rankings and the efforts I make to improve it. I haven’t tried the service yet but looking at its concept, reading the service description, it seems pretty useful and handy. This way at least you can easily see if the strategies you follow, help or hurt and whether to continue or change it.

Alright, I think that’s enough as an update and I should get back to work…

Cheers,

Soroush

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Did Google change the algorithm?

I’m not sure but on Jan. 23rd 2008 something went wrong and a lot of my sites lost their hard gained Google rank for some competitive keywords.

One of them which was the 1st, can’t be found on first 5 pages now and most of the others also lost their rank significantly.

So what’s up?

My sites couldn’t get penalized because there is nothing wrong about them, also it can not be a result of a competition because they all went down in one day while they have no relation whatsoever. All I can think of is that the algorithm used by Google to sort the search results is changed and my site’s don’t do very well with the new algorithm.

I hope its temporary but if it’s really changed I have to consider some time to do research on the current top rank websites.

BTW, it will be much easier and more effective to analyze the result if I get some other samples beside my own, so if you’ve got similar stories with your site please share with us and together we can get into a new solution more quickly.

Again and as usual I’ll keep here updated so keep in touch.

Cheers,

Soroush

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HUH? Post indexed in Google within 10 minutes ?!

My blog post indexed in 10 minutesI’ve had the experience of having my blog posts indexed in Google within an hour or two but 10 minutes is really amazing!

After submitting my previous blog post, I wanted to search and see if there is any other person, complaining with the same title and I couldn’t believe finding my own post, standing second in the list with a mark saying “10 minutes ago.”!

Checked other major search engines and still no sign of my recent post. So it completely changes my idea about search engines’ indexing speed which used to be Msn, Yahoo and then Google for me and now Google comes first.

But don’t get me wrong, still the Sandbox or Age factor should not be forgotten which keeps new websites from being indexed or gain higher ranks till they gain the required trust from Google.

Interesting, isn’t it?

Cheers,

Soroush

This time Google indexed it in 5 minutesEDIT: LOL, I’ve beaten my own record. The post you’re currently reading got indexed within 5 minutes. Here is the screenshot ! I have nothing else to say other than Google Rocks at least in this particular case ;)

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January 2008 Pagerank update

While it wasn’t expected, there seem to be a toolbar Pagerank update in progress which seems a bit different than the others.

It’s still too early to say if that’s stable or not but I can confirm a change in 2 of my domains, 3 to 2 and the other 4 to 5.

The strange thing about it, is that all datacenters seem to be changed together while it usually takes days for them to get synchronized.

Other noticeable effects: My internal pages and blog posts got Pr0 from NA but I’m sure it should be much higher than that so I can’t believe it as a real update.

I’ll keep here updated if I notice another major change in my sites.

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How to use “nofollow” on the links and what’s the point?

For sure it’s not something I want to do at least sometime soon but I see people searching it so I thought why not give them a walk-through guide on using “nofollow” on the links.

As most people know, Links or Hyperlinks are no longer only the way to transfer PEOPLE (VISITORS) from a webpage to another, but it has been used also to show a trust factor from your site or page to another (usually external) site/page in the eyes of search engine crawlers.

In the other word, linking from your site to another, shows a relation and kind of truest between yours and the other site and in some cases adds a value to the destination. BUT beside their constructive usages, links can also have negative effect on your site if you link to an inappropriate, totally non-related, not-acceptable, illegal or spammy website. The same negative effect will happen if you place so many external links on a page with not enough content and the page loses its rank and trust and might even be considered as a linkfarm and get penalized to the end of search results.

The concept of nofollow first was introduced when spammers turned their attention and SEO strategies on well ranked weblogs by leaving spammy comments containing their links with hopes to gain better ranks in search engines, while they actually could destroy all the hard work the blog owner have done to make a trusted highly ranked weblog because of the negative effect we’ve mentioned before.

To deal with this problem there was a new value/attribute added to traditional “<a href ” way of linking.

In this method links containing ‘rel=”nofollow”‘ would not carry any (or at least much) weight and not being considered as a relation between the site and the destination in the eyes of most search engines while it still does the same thing for your visitors.

so:

<a href=”http://www.Articlesale.com”>Article Sale</a>

can carry some weight while the following link doesn’t or even if it does it’s minimum ;

<a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.Articlesale.com”>Article Sale</a>

How to make it automated in WordPress blogs to put nofollow on the links ?

Regarding the links within the comments, it’s already built-in in the new versions of WordPress to put nofollow on them BUT if your concern is about the commenter link, it should be taken care of by the template you use.

Most of the template use nofollow on the commenter link but some of them don’t! like the one I am using on Scriptbloggers :)

To add nofollow, you need to have some knowledge about WordPress templates since not all of them are the same but USUALLY the code you need to change is in comments.php:

Somewhere in that file you’ll find something similar to:

<a href=”<?php comment_author_url() ?>”><?php comment_author() ?> <?php comment_author_url() ?></a>

Well, all you need to do is to add rel=”nofollow” between “<a” and “href” . (DON’T COPY PASTE FROM HERE, IT MIGHT NOT WORK SO TYPE IT BY YOUR OWN PLEASE.)

I hope you’ve found it useful :)

As usual, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment.

Cheers,

Soroush

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Alternative options for Overture Keyword Selector Tool

As many of you know, Overture keyword selector tool located at “inventory.overture.com” without doubt, was one of the most useful tools (if not the most) for webmasters, domainers and SEO and SEM professionals for years, returning a useful and detailed report for free.

I was definitely one of the regular users enjoying this great free tool, but unfortunately it has been a while since Yahoo stopped maintaining it and it was up and down randomly, returning out-dated data. Anyway it has been weeks since I couldn’t even open the page and keep getting timeout error messages.

There has been rumors of Yahoo launching a new improved tool to replace it but a quick research in Yahoo’s official blog and other reliable sources didn’t give me any hope.

Searching Google for “overture keyword tool” gave me the old dead url and the same search in Yahoo gave me nothing but other people’s posts and articles about it. For sure if there was any plan to support it, it would be at the top of Yahoo search results but it isn’t, so I should probably give up and look for an alternative solution.

My quick research for a good alternative solution for keyword suggestion tool had the following result:

Wordtracker keyword suggestion tool seems the most popular one somehow the numbers doesn’t seem equal to overture results but still it’s a great tool to find the best keyword to optimize your site or your campaign for.

While the free tool is useful enough for some basic usages, the paid subscription gives out much more detailed information, saving a lot of manual research time and cost. Besides that they have a free trial so you can experience working with the paid version to see the differences.

The other tool that I’ve found useful is KeywordDiscovery‘s free service offered by a company called Trellian.

They also have a paid service and a SEO software which I haven’t tried yet but the description seems useful.

Also there is a comparison page of Wordtracker Vs. KeywordDiscovery (can be found here) and in that KeywordDiscovery seems much more featured than Wordtracker but I can’t judge till I try at least their trial version and compare it to the other one.

I’ll keep here updated,

Cheers,

Soroush

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Happy new year everyone!

Hi there,

Happy new year!

Hope 2008 will be a year full of Online and Offline success for all of us who try (including myself) ;)

After a long time finally I got the time to sit at my desk and do something other than WORK, either contract work or my own projects which have been pretty much faded!

God, I really missed blogging while I can’t really call myself a “blogger”! What a blogger who has 2 posts on December, 1 in November and 3 in October ? ahh, that sucks but hopefully things will get better soon, I’m positive…

Speaking about my projects, I said “pretty much faded” but not completely, because I finally managed to launch ArticleSale.com which is the state of the art in programming and efficiency, not mentioning its great idea and usefulness.

After being ripped off several times by people who call themselves “Article Writers” I felt the need for an article marketplace which you can see a sample of the articles before you pay for them, without days for the article to become ready !

This is what ArticleSale.com is all about.

Basically  I buy high quality prewritten articles in bulk and put them for sale on ArticleSale.com, then the first person who makes the payment using the Paypal button, will be the owner and the article will be removed from our store permanently :)

So if you ever needed content for your website, for article submission, SEO or any other purpose, it’s good to take a look at my new Article Marketplace :)

More than its idea, I love the coding I did for it, it’s 95% automated while I kept my faith in WordPress and used it as the framework.

Beside that I was mostly occupied by my work, full time and contracts which is anything but fun! (Well, sort of… specially when you get paid.)

Have fun,

Cheers,

Soroush

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To use or not to use “nofollow”

Well, today I found my blog is not using “nofollow” on links for comments! What a heaven for spammers but too bad I always check all comments manually one by one, even I know it takes time ;)

Thought about putting “nofollow” back into the code but I think it can be considered as a good incentive for readers to post a comment. Anyway scriptbloggers is a pagerank 4 blog with all original content with no ads on it and my previous experiences showed that links from it are highly effective in term of SEO, even not to mention its fare traffic and loyal readers.

I’m even thinking of putting the 5 recent commenters on the main page but not for now as it needs more investigation.

Let’s see how it goes.

Cheers,

Soroush

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