“If you have a lot of blog content for a new section of a site (100+ pages), is it best to release it over a period of time, or is it fine to just unleash 100 pages?”
Response by Matt Cutts:
I think in most cases, especially if it is high quality content, I would just unleash the 100 pages. If you are talking about 10,000 or 100,000 or a million pages, you might be a little more cautious. It’s not like this would cause any automatic penalty, but if Google sees a site that was nothing the other day and then suddenly there are 4 million pages in the index, then this could be the sort of thing where someone (from Google) will take a look at the site to confirm if it is legitimate content or automated junk that has not added value.
So, 100 pages I would not worry about, but I would make sure it is high quality content. A lot of times when you create content organically, you’ll end up with a page at a time, so go ahead and publish it when you have the new page. You do not have to wait until you have a lot of different content and batch it up and release it. It is okay to release it a page at a time. Especially if it is small scale or high quality content, I wouldn’t worry about it.
Altwebmedia poses the question on Twitter: Social Media seems to be beating SEO in online branding??
Personally, I think that social media is a form of organic link building. Whether you are a business or an individual, when you socialize online you spread the word about your cause. If the subject matter that you’re talking about generates a stir, other people in turn will talk about you and many will link to your website or comments.
If social media is considered “online branding” and is a type of link building; and link building is a main part of SEO; then SEO is certainly online branding. Social Media and SEO are not at odds with each other. They compliment and support one another. Read the rest of this entry »
Jayman777 asked the question on Twitter: Who has the best simple guide to SEO out there?
Earlier this year I found that Google produced their own SEO starter guide in November 2008. It covers many of the basics of search engine optimization and is easy for inexperienced people to understand.
So, why would Google offer SEO advice? Simply because they are in the business of finding and organizing the world’s information and if they can help website owners make their sites more accessible and identifiable, then it makes their job a whole lot easier.
The Google team states that the guide is not intended to provide secrets of gaining first page rankings.
Does anyone have a good sense for what operating margins are for search engine marketing firms (SEMs) that offer paid placement and SEO services? I imagine margins are very different for the two types of services but… Read the rest of this entry »
I found a link in a LinkedIn Q&A section to a SEMPO (search engine marketing professionals organization) 2008 Survey. The survey closed on the 31st December 08. Even though I was a few days late I decided to complete the survey anyway. Survey questions always gives you insight into what an organization is thinking or what is important to them at the time.
One of the questions asked was:
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements concerning industry standards for “search optimization” best practices? Read the rest of this entry »