07
Jan
2010

Just some thoughts of mine…

The new year has come (with a PR update as well). First, change the footer of your sites from Copyright 2009 to 2010. Next, get in touch with the news of this year. See latest movies. See Avatar at iMax. A little birdie told me big things will take place. If you want to have success in 2010, try to fit within the events that will happen. Ask your friends about their expectations. Drink beer with your guys (shop with your girls). Talk with your family. Love your closest.  Kiss your soul mate. Set your goals. Plan to work. Work. Start your engines. Turn on the volume. Say no to war. Be better. Be kind. Love nature. Be green. 2010, here we come, embrace us.

21
Dec
2009

All you webmasters, Google, Yahoo and other SE spam teams, hackers and last but not least, spammers out there, pay attention, I have this very last Christmas gift for you. Continuing my last post about content hosting communities, I am going show you how to get a hi5 reference, then I will show some other “nice” places to spam your links and last but not least, I will point some “great directories”.

If you didn’t knew, one can have a medication group on hi5: hi5.com /friend/group/3582088–Cialis-Professional–front-html . “Cialis Professional” - nice, huh? I mean, this group be intense in many aspects, much better then Cialis Amateur :D

How about this Vibracin community hosted on Galeon, galeon.com /dinya/vibramycin/vibramycin-dose.html , a PR 7 community which also loves spam :D ?

These 2 look also promising:

changa .extra.hu /vibramycin/vibramycin-dosage.html

atoato .happyhost.org /inderal/what-is-inderal.html

Notice that although these 2 are image hosting communities, somehow the “hosting guys” managed to put some good indexed text over there.

Now, on directories. First, a joke: riyi .net (check this for spam reference: riyi .net/ index.php?c=211&p=16 )

Particularly, the first page words are amusing:  “Choose Vivid Directory Today!”  :D

Now, to get more serious. Here is a directory which is on 2900 Alexa, with PR7 and more. This directory recommend itself as a Singapore travel guide, providing business listings for businesses in Singapore. So far, great. But things get a little messy when you can read about Genital warts symptoms (streetdirectory .com /travel_guide/111133/stds/genital_warts_symptoms.html) at the medical section. My question here is why the heck need travelers this kind of information? Better yet, why does Google offer rankings for this site on all second and third query pages, for most relevant keywords SEOed by this directory? Why should Singapore travelers need to read about how to treat face eczema or how to diagnose Alzheimer disease? Why should the rest of the world need to read those type of things from a non-relevant site, when clicking on the 2nd page G query results?

Everything is changing and domains make no exception. Here is a glimpse: beacon - directory .com is now a blog with the title “Russian Women marriage agency”. Wow, nice going!

Hope I got some tears or smiles from you.

08
Dec
2009

I this post I will not make a review of the common content hosting sites, I will just list some of them which I my opinion represent spam and should not be even listed in Google queries. As I love to search things on Google it’s only normal I find these things from time to time. Maybe some guys from Google spam team should read this.

Let’s type “Cymbalta medication” on Google. I even made a pic with some results from page 2:

Google spam pic

You see the results from adobe? Wow. Of course, clicking on it takes us to a 404, but still Google had time to index this page and gave it a lot of weight. And then, there are others.

That Larry thing blog, on an edu. So much for the phrase: “Edu’s are just like regular types of tlds.” Also see how the title and the description resembles with the spam hosted on wp.mu? Talking about wp.mu, the link is actually a redirection to low quality online pharmacy which has only 3(three, yes, that is correct) pages indexed. How are guys from Wp.mu supporting this? But then again, who could check all the content on that site?

And, talking about hosted content, let’s take top 3. I am too lazzy to make another pic, but I am telling you the 3rd link is to an ezine article. Great, I have no problem. But wait, there are some many ezine articles on this subject, why this particular one? Well, Google doesn’t show, but as Yahoo shows, that particular article page from ezinearticles has a single back link from, wow, this spammy page:

rarcy.web.fc2.com/provigil/effects-medication-provigil-side          (just add .html after this)

Now that we are talking, fc2.com is another PR6 as they call it “Free Website Access Analysis Blog Rental Server SEO Countermeasures etc” . WOW.

So linking an ezine 500 words crappy article from a spammy place grants Juliet Cohen expert article writer from Ezine Articles (which, by the way, has over 600 articles written there) a better place then i.e. rxlist.com/cymbalta-drug.htm , a PR6 page from a site which is made by doctors and which deals professionally with medication. Again, WOW.

It think I should stop for today. :)

Google and search results

Filed under: Blogging, SEO
Posted by: dugu
23
Nov
2009

I am writing this post at 3 a.m., drinking my cup of coffee, a little nervous on big players out there. I will now talk about a punctual case which is representative for a lot of search queries in SE, especially Google. Let’s discuss the query “hemorrhoids treatment“.

Now, looking at the results, we have:

1. Webmd’s 2 pages: “Treatment Overview” and “Home treatment”

2. Goarticles article named “Natural Hemorrhoids Treatment”

3. Emedicine section on Hemorrhoids

4. hemmorhoidstreatment .com

I will stop here as the next site which I consider very appropriate and highly representative for this search term is indeed on the 5th position. This site offers a forum, a newsletter, reviews of the main treatments online and so on. It’s age is more than 3 years and as you can see, all hemorrhoids topics are fully covered.

So let’s take these results that are in front of my representative site one by one.

Webmd’s articles on hemorrhoids.
Webmd’s content is provided by a company named Healthwise. Although the articles are appropriate for the keyterms “hemorrhoids treatment”, I strongly believe there are not worthy for the first and second place. Although the content is indeed written by professionals, it was last updated in 2006. Webmd is not specialized on this niche term, it has a general site on all sorts of diseases. The information is not enough for people that are for example looking to buy an immediate cure or that need advice from real persons. And why 2 pages from Webmd?? It almost seems like a Google favor to this company. It is clear that the 500 words on this disease can not compete with a real niche site specialized in offering information strictly on this health problem. Moreover, the content is served as over-optimized for search engine ranking. I see no value in this kind of content, and I would certainly NOT give this a first+second place.

Goarticles on hemorrhoids

This looks almost like a joke. A 500 words article written mostly for advertising purposes on a low quality article directory site is ranking right after Webmd. WOW. And more incredible, is ranking even though it was removed by the editors. The page is a customized 404, and still is ranking in front of credible sites which have something real to show to visitors.

Emedicine section on Hemorrhoids
WebMd must be a good money cow as Google gives the next position to another WebMd site. Same optimized for searches content, short and with huge lack of real helping information. One might as well type hemorrhoids on wiki and get much more information than what this site offers. Incredibly, this site offers though 4 (four) comments from “real” people. Comments like this one:
“I have been using the Preparation H wipes for my hemorrhoids and still the bleeding occurs, so I have an appointment with a specialist coming up soon.”
Helpful, huh?

hemmorhoidstreatment .com
Now this is a joke! Misspelling “hemorrhoids” and linking the site from 2 other low quality sites, hemroids .ws and hemoroids .info with identical content seems to be enough to jump in front of real sites. Again, I am amazed.

Examples like this, I can give a thousand. Overall, I am disappointed on what results are becoming today. Google should put more accent on niche sites that handle subjects better that big general sites, and also Google should reward hard work, age and quality instead of new questionable content from questionable sources.

06
Nov
2009

I haven’t written for quite a while to MGC blog. Most of the time, I’ve been very busy with my research. Right now, I am involved in a project at Percro Laboratory which is based in Pisa and belongs to Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy. My assignment is to compute the inverse kinematics for a virtual hand in XVR. Pretty cool, huh?

Anyway, lets move down to our business. Things are moving very fast these days in web industry, though. I always take 2-3 hours/day to manage my sites. Over the last couple of years, I’ve learn a lot in web marketing. I will now give 5 tips that I always have in my mind when optimizing my sites:

1. Be special. Don’t do the same thing that has been done by other 100 people. Maybe at the beginning it was a good idea, but at the moment you are trying it, it’s most probably just a waste of time. Instead, do something different. Try something new. Be prepared to try original things and be flexible so that you can deal with them.

2. Be fast. That means you have to put speed not only into your application, but into your marketing efforts. Otherwise, someone better will steal your idea place it on the market in front of you.

3. Work. Nothing comes out without good hard working. If you are not prepared to put time and nerves in your site, it will most probably fail.

4. Invest. Don’t be afraid to invest some of your profit back into your production tool. If you are keeping your site intact, you will be outplayed. Look at this guy. Imagine that a few years ago, he was one of the leaders in his market. Now he is resting in peace at 3-4%. He didn’t invest.

5. Be good. When you are good and you know in your soul that you are good, you gain more work power and feel much better overall. You have self-respect and you respect others. It may seem nonsense words to you, but on internet, a lot of crap is spreading from tenebrous webmasters which have no shame. Various tricks and schemes that in the end help visitors to loose their money are invented each day. But good webmasters that prove ambition and honesty will always be rewarded in long term.

I hope these advices help someone, somewhere.

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