Here are some great and newsworthy posts I came across today including six explosive organic and paid link building tips from Loren Baker, Jonathan Hochman shows us how to use Wikipedia to reveal web traffic data, Mixx gets a credibility boost from The New York Times, and finally, just one day after reporting on the RateMyCop.com web site, it seems as if GoDaddy has pulled the plug on it.
Six Explosive Organic & Paid Link Building Tips (Search Engine Journal)
Loren Baker shares six link building tips that include both organic and paid techniques. In short they include looking for sites which are relevant to the vertical category that your site falls under, being selective with your anchor text, don’t worry too much if links are nofollowed, pay for blog reviews from prominent bloggers, take advantage of paid linking brokers, but limited advantage and finally, hit sites when they are young and have the potential to grow.
Using Wikipedia To Reveal Web Traffic Data (Search Engine Land)
Jonathan Hochman writes, “Before investing time and effort in search rankings, and even before setting client expectations, it makes sense to gather whatever intelligence you can about the keywords you’d like to rank for. SEOs and webmasters have few reliable sources of information about the relationship between rankings and traffic. But Wikipedia’s traffic stats can help, offering some surprisingly detailed data.”
Mixx Gets Credibility Boost From The New York Times (TechCrunch)
The New York Times added Mixx bookmarking buttons on its site, which is an important milestone for the company, especially seeing that Facebook, Digg and Yahoo Buzz are the only other third party social bookmarking services that are offered. The Times doesn’t include well known and more established services like Delicious, Reddit and others on its pages. And since Mixx is only six months old, this is an important sign of confidence in the young startup.
GoDaddy Pulls the Plug on RateMyCop.com (Mashable)
Just one day after I covered news about the RateMyCop.com service and questioned whether this was a representation of free speech or an invasion of privacy, it appears that GoDaddy has pulled the site. Instead of seeing RateMyCop website today, you may be greeted with a clip art magnifying glass with “oops!” and below that a message urging to call a phone number if you are the site operator to get the explanation as to why the site was down. Mmm… if only Rip Off report’s web host would do the same thing. Wishful thinking!