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Antone Roundy on search engine optimization


A few days ago, I was surprised to see that, according to Google Webmaster Tools, a lot of the pages on several of my sites were marked as "Not Selected" for indexing. Usually, that would indicate duplicate content, or that there are multiple URLs that can be used to access the same pages on your...
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A little over a year and a half ago, when John Reese announced his BlogRush service, I thought "oh, c**p," (that word isn't "CaRP" :-) "one of the big boys beat me to my idea." At the time, I'd begun working on a site that was going to be similar, but with a few key...
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Yesterday I started a new blog on a domain I'd been using mostly to redirect traffic to other sites. The domain name is "". The blog directory is "about". It's on a subdomain named "click". So the URLs to the blog posts and categories end up looking like this:

I called it "uber-optimized",...
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I happened to notice this morning that has gotten an "authority listing" from Google for the search terms (don't be too shocked) "gecko tribe". I'm not bragging -- it's not like those are very common search terms. But it's nice to see.

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You'll notice I kept the AdWords ads in the...
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Last June, I launched a product named Fast JV. Until a day or two ago, it had never shown up in Google.

My first thought way back when was that it had simply been sandboxed, but when I registered it in Google's Webmaster Tools, they said that no pages from the site appeared in their...
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I've noticed over the last few days that one of my sites has been getting hundreds of hits a day from people searching for "katharine mcphee yellow dress". I don't have a site about American Idol, and I've never even typed the words "katharine mcphee" (and the first time I'd even copied and pasted the...
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We all know that getting lots of inbound links is a critical part of search engine optimization. And most of us know that joining link farms, which create lots of links between totally unrelated sites, is not a good way to do it, because if Google catches you at it, they'll penalize you. So how...
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The Chordata RSS and Atom newsfeed directory is offering a 90 page eBook (PDF) on search engine optimization to anyone who rates 25 feeds by November 21. You'll need to create an account and log in to rate feeds. Once you've rated 25, you'll find a link to the eBook on the My Account page....
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Every time I see someone selling or trading a link bragging about it coming from a PR4 page, I'm not sure whether to chuckle or boggle. "PR4?" I think. "That's supposed to be impressive?" I guess it impresses some people, even if it doesn't impress us all. Which raises the question, what is "good" PageRank?...
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So, you want your site to show up as high as possible on Google. Join the club. 20 gazillion other websites are clamoring for the same thing. And guess what? Google has its own agenda. They don't care whose site comes up on top--whose business gets the free advertising. What they want is to give...
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