Natural Link Acquisition

If you’ve ever sat in on linking panel that I’ve been on at SES or Pubcon you’ll have heard one thing over and over: Your link growth must look natural. The first misconception is that I mean your links should grow slowly. That’s not what I’m saying at all. There is far more to it than that. As yourself these questions:

How many links do my competitors have? What is the density of their various anchor terms? What is the spread of unique IPs these links come from? What are the authority sites in your space?

If you isolate the single issue of too many links too fast you have to throw out all those viral sites that rank over night. If that were the only flag we’d never see all those idiots shooting bottle rockets out of their asses rank their, tribute to idiocy, webpages overnight. So how do you gain natural looking links quickly? The first method that is commonly over looked is press releases. You can do a press release for anything you like and someone somewhere will pick it up as content for their site. This is cheap and effective. Start at PRWeb and for less than $100 you’re on your way to a pile of permanent links that, by nature of a press release, will be generally on topic. Secondly you can become the authority in your space by writing articles. Now, waiting for people to find these articles and link you their own is a painful experience that requires a the patience of a monk. There are several services out there to help you along. My favorite is Article Sender. It’s a donation base service that will submit your article to a vast array of potential publishers. Once again the pickup will vary by topic and industry but the cost/benefit of it is unbeatable by any standard. Now go get your links.

Suffering Sandbox Syndrome?

Got a site that is languishing in the litterbox and you’ve given up on it? Drop me an email at todd @

I’m looking for sites that are content rich and I want to either buy the sites or split AdSense/Chitika/YPN money. This is so straight up by-the-books I can’t hardly stomach it 😉

WebmasterWorld Index Watch – Yahoo Edition

Yahoo: 71,300 pages

It’s now 12:42 pm PST.

Yahoo numbers on the rise?

WebmasterWorld Index Watch – Just Yahoo

Yahoo: 68,800 pages

It’s now 5:25 pm PST.

WebmasterWorld Index Watch – The Butler Edition

Ask: 12
used this search

It’s now 11:22 am PST.

anybody know what Jeeves had last week for WebmasterWorld?

WebmasterWorld Index Watch 3

Google: 2,020,000 pages
Yahoo: 136,000 pages
MSN: 23,359 pages

It’s now 3:43 pm PST.

MSN, Pubcon and Vodka

Well I did make it back home from Pubcon in Las Vegas last week. Tip of the hat to Tabke and crew for a good show all around. It seems that 9 practice shows have had their impact – Pubcon X was the best yet from where I was standing. It was great to hang out with old and new friends and as usual watch Dax (rumored President of WebGuerrilla) get in some sort of shit. I’m taking up a collection to buy him some decent shoes so we don’t all wind up in the lobby again. Seriously tho – I’ll bet he paid 3X what I paid for my shoes 😉

MSN has really stepped up the webmaster relationship game as well by taking me out for dinner (well, there were a few other’s there as well including Jenstar). We had some awesome Russian food at Red Square then headed into the vodka vault for some pineapple vodka. Was lots of fun.

WebmasterWorld Index Watch 2

Google: 2,140,000 pages Yahoo: 136,000 pages MSN: 23,359 pages It’s now 8:56 am PST.

WebmasterWorld Index Watch

Google: 1,910,000 pages
Yahoo: 141,000 pages
MSN: 23,359 pages

It’s now 3:44 pm PST

Blink And It’s Gone

lets try this for a month or three… says Brett Tabke, owner of I just finished reading a fun post by my buddy WebGuerrilla (that’s the terrorist not the monkey to you n00bs and it’s 2 r’s and 2 l’s for those of you that have spell check turned off…) and figured this is newsworthy so I’d get on the bandwagon. In my opinion BT clearly wants to have WMW delisted entirely as per the following quote from the thread linked above:

a solution is being tested and worked on. It will probably take atleast 60 days for the old pages to be purged from the engines.

The solution he’s talking about is an internal search tool and he’s clearly indicating that he expects the site out of the engines within 60 days. Tho I highly doubt I’m the first person to do this (I suspect at least 50 submissions of wmw’s robots.txt today already) I thot I’d help him out a bit…