Top 5 SEO Posts I’ve Read in the Past Month

With tax season still in motion (but winding down, thankfully), I thought I would share with you some of the best SEO posts I’ve read in the past month or so, given the fact that I have barely had any time to write.

Even when I’m at my busiest points in life, I absolutely cannot get away from reading my RSS reader (Google Reader), so I always find myself with plenty of good content to absorb.  And with all of Google’s recent changes, SEO is as hot a topic as ever, so you should find these posts to be pretty interesting.  I know I did!

Here Are The Top 5….

…in no particular order.

1) Outreach Letters for Link Building [Real Examples] from SEOmoz – When it comes to link building, there are a lot of methods out there that help us somewhat automate backlinks. These basic methods are usually effective enough to rank a micro-niche site on page 1 of Google, for a long tail keyword that has fairly low competition.

But what about for your authority site?  Most likely, you’re up against more competition, so you need to think a bit outside the box when it comes to link building.  This article shows some excellent examples of how you can build links in places that the average person won’t be able to, with just a little bit more effort.

2) 7 Link Building Mistakes You Ought to Avoid from QuickSprout – You’ll recognize some of these tips as fairly common link building advice (such as “don’t buy links”), however there are some tips here that I had never heard of (such as how you should use symantic keyword anchor text links).

3) A Step Toward Ethical Link Building – What Happened and What Now? from Smart Passive Income – In this post, Pat gives a pretty good recap of the recent Google changes with respect to blog networks, and offers up his view of SEO and link building going forward.

Although Google has penalized one method of link building, there are still a lot of ways to build backlinks (and most are relatively easy), which Pat looks at in some detail.

4) Google’s Hypocrisy Exposed from AffHelper – This article isn’t so much about SEO/link building tips, but it’s very interesting nonetheless.   Although this article almost reads like a rant, it’s actually a pretty in-depth case study about how Google’s words and actions are very hypocritical.  It appears that Google’s breaks its own rules more than anyone else.  

You won’t find anything actionable or instructional in this article, but you will find it to be thought-provoking at the very least.

5) How Garbage Ranks in the SERPS: A Case Study from SEOmoz – This is an awesome case study about how the author found an auto insurance niche site ranking 2nd for the search term “car insurance” above a big car insurance brand like GEICO.  

This article takes a deep look at the site’s backlink profile, on-page factors, and other data to understand how a seemingly low-value site can rank so highly for such a competitive keyword.  I love reading others’ analyses of data, especially when it comes to SEO.  This is definitely one of the best case studies I’ve read in the past month.

That’s All!

Let’s face it, SEO is always going to be a hot topic. It’s subject to wild fluctuations that can take you from feeling like your website is on top of the world, all the way to being buried six feet underground.   The winners will always be the ones who adapt to changes and diversify their portfolio (in terms of both their websites and their link building strategies).

Starting next week, I’ll be back to my normal swing of things (goodbye, tax season!), so stay tuned for future posts about everything I’m doing now that my AdSense account is gone.

What are some of the best SEO posts you’ve read lately?  Share them in the comments!

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16 Responses to “Top 5 SEO Posts I’ve Read in the Past Month”

  1. Glad to finally see you back. Hopefully, everything is going good with you and your sites.

    I read the post over at smartpassiveincome and it was great.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Adam!


  2. The ‘Google Hypocrisy’ is absolutely spot on.

    As I see it – there’s no real way Google can monitor how large the web is becoming. You could eaaaasily spam the hell out of your competitors and flag some automated program to get them de-indexed. The big question here is that since this is possible – what stops people from doing it all the time?

    Google plays all over the place – it’s a grey area partner. The truth is that you basically need to abuse some areas to get found – it’s something that people don’t really want to mention but every big company does this in some fashion.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Spot on, Murray. Part of me thinks Google is just becoming another large “evil” company, but then I remember – it’s their business. They built it, they became popular for a reason, and while I don’t agree with everything they do, I do agree that they have the right to do whatever the hell they want.

    Maybe they anger a handful of SEOs, but if their actions lead to them providing more relevant search results to the average user (and providing more value to the advertisers who fuel Google with an endless supply of money), they will continue to take such action.

    And yes, we absolutely do need to sometimes manipulate a few things in an “unnatural” way in order to be found. It’s all part of the game.


  3. Hey Eric,
    I really like the title of the number 5 article LOL! I believe that there are ways to game the system, but the big G is eliminating these ways!
    I really liked the post!


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Mike! I agree, #5 does have a great title (and great content to back it up).


  4. Hey man,

    I loved the SEOmoz blogpost.
    It’s funny, I actually read the blog a year or so ago but I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about and was just over my head with all the terminology.

    Anyway… its a great site.. but you already knew that..
    Don’t really know where I’m going with this so I’ll stop now :)
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Ralph! Yeah, like you, I didn’t really used to follow SEOmoz because it was a bit over my head. Now, it has quickly become one of my favorites.


  5. Hey Eric,

    I think it’s my first visit on your blog, and find some useful and important resources about SEO and Link Building. I would love to visit here again and again.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Aasma!


  6. Hi Eric G,

    I would love to visit here again and again.. :) I really like the title of the number 5 articles!! its a great site.. but you already knew that.. 😀

    Rick @ Berlin.


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Rick! :)


  7. Hi Eric,

    Great article! As the SEO challenge continues, I enjoy reading valuable updates..thanks :)
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  8. Hi Eric
    I have been following you blog on and off for over a year. Just started my own blog so i figured i would jump out of my comfort zone and start commenting on blogs i regular.

    April was definately a tough month for SEOers. My exact match domain sites were crushed.

    Nice articles resource. Article #1 really reminded me i have to go the extra mile for those rankings. Actually told my VA backlinker to read it and utilized some ideas.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Moe! Hopefully this whole SEO mess starts to clear up soon. :)


  9. SEO is a challenging task and with Google continuously updating its algorithm it becomes more tough so a good SEO specialist needs to be updates with every minute changes.
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