Sep 3 2007

SEO Isn’t That Hard

For a long time I didn’t bother to try to “optimize” this blog for search engines. I didn’t really know anything about it, and it all seemed to complicated. I’m sure now there are more “tricks” that can be done here, but we get pretty steady incoming google traffic. We got well over 1,000 searches last month alone.

Keyword Targeting

This has to be the hardest thing to figure out, once you know what keywords to go after it isn’t that difficult. We’ve chosen such keywords as blogging tips.

Promote your Keyword

Once you’ve figured out which search term you want to rank for, then it’s time to go after it. The easiest thing you can do is blog about the keyword you are targeting. Make sure to include it somewhere in the title. If you have a unique URL, you may want to target a keyword in it. It has helped our rankings that we have “blog” in our name.

Building Links with your Keyterm

The best way to rank on a search engine for a certain term is to get linked to it by multiple websites. There are many ways to do so.

First you can obviously pay for links. Make sure to target blogs and websites that are indexed in google, and ideally have pagerank. I have a small blog network that I’ve used to help people rank for certain key terms at a low cost.

Secondly you can ask people who have added you to their blogroll to change their links. On some blogs our anchor text is Increase Website Traffic and on others it may be Blogging Tips.

Don’t forget about the do-follow bloggers. These links apparently don’t carry much weight, but it does give you a link.

The most effective thing that you can do is become a top commentor on as many blogs as you can (don’t spam!!!). Not only will this build backlinks to your blog, but you’ll be getting tons of links with your keyterm. Make sure to use your keyword as your “name” when leaving a comment. I’ve compiled my own list of sites that use top commentors, however there is a public list of top comments at Web360. There is roughly 20 blogs listed that use the top comments. The majority of these blogs have low amount of comments so it should generally take a few comments to get listed, which should take less than a few minutes.

With the top do-follow and top comment method we ranked on page #1 for increase website traffic in under a month (2-3 weeks).

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21 Comments on this post


  1. Comment Friday for September 7th wrote:

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    September 7th, 2007 at 12:03 am
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    October 1st, 2007 at 4:01 am
  1. Blog opinion said:

    I don’t agree with ya .To uplift a new site is very hard. It is a long term work . lots of planning is required .

    September 3rd, 2007 at 12:43 pm
  2. mercutiom said:

    Ach!!! Don’t tell people that SEO isn’t hard!!! How am I supposed to pay all my bills if people know how easy it is?!?!?! JK. Great post, and good info for people looking to start optimizing for search.

    September 3rd, 2007 at 1:25 pm
  3. Matt said:

    thanks for the comment blog opinion, maybe a BRAND new site, however it isn’t that hard to start ranking for keywords especially if you follow what i posted.

    lol mercutiom thanks :)

    September 3rd, 2007 at 1:35 pm
  4. BeachBum said:

    I just read a blog that was complaining about using keywords in the Name field of comments. Building links is the key though.


    September 3rd, 2007 at 2:26 pm
  5. Webd360 said:

    Building links with your keyterm is definitely important since the main thing search engines go by currently are links. Only thing to remember is not to keyword stuff on your pages/do other blackhat things. Also, you should try not to submit your link to “link farms”. Commenting can be a great way to get good, non spammy links to your site, great post- it is great advice.

    By the way, thanks for the mention/linklove too :)

    September 3rd, 2007 at 6:17 pm
  6. Matt said:

    hey no problem, maybe some other top comment list havers will submit their site to your list :)

    very true comment, thats why i recommend doing as mentioned above. Maybe Ill do a “what not to do for seo” post lol

    September 3rd, 2007 at 6:29 pm
  7. said:

    Great article. I always need help in this area, so this should be quite helpful!

    September 4th, 2007 at 8:01 am
  8. Rhys said:

    A well indexed site get indexed in the SERP’s a lot quicker than a not very well indexed site. I posted on Friday “What is the closest football team to the river mersey”. I’m already 6th on the page in google.

    It’s not the best example, but I’m getting relevant hits from it :)

    September 4th, 2007 at 8:54 am
  9. Mark said:

    You give some good basic SEO advice. One thing to be aware of is that most blog platforms have no-follow tags added to all comments, this blog included. That means there is no link love coming from commenting on most blogs. It may help increase exposure but it will not help with your SEO since there is no value being passed.

    September 5th, 2007 at 4:58 am
  10. Daz said:

    I like the post apart from this: “Make sure to use your keyword as your “name” when leaving a comment.”

    Anyone who does that on my blog (not that I get that many comments mind you) gets deleted, no questions asked.

    If you are going to comment, do so on the basis that you are bringing benefit to other blog readers or even to the author of the blog. Commenting just to drop your link (in the name field) to your site to help with ranking is spam.

    The field is quite rightly and ethically asking for a name not for an anchor keyword phrase…

    September 5th, 2007 at 6:41 am
  11. Matt said:

    Well Im not referring to blogs with the no-follow tags, they don’t give you any seo benefit.

    And just because someone comments as “Blogging Tips said=

    doesnt mean it’s spam. If you are deleting good genuine comments because of the “name” category, thats not right and you are missing out.

    September 5th, 2007 at 9:34 am
  12. Daz said:


    You make a good point there but it would have to be a very good and genuine comment for it to be left on my blog. I might let it slide if the comment was in some detail OR it was someone I knew pretty well off the blog other than that though I would delete it very quickly.

    September 5th, 2007 at 9:38 am
  13. christelle said:

    You know what, it’s good to get that reassurance. I recently started my own blog site about SEO for beginners just like myself and there are so many aspects to consider. I do think that it is possible to achieve high rankings. The established pros make it seem soo easy. Then when I do more and more research I basically come across the same information, with a few new updates in the mix. I know this SEO is possible- it just seems to get people tensed up, I think

    September 5th, 2007 at 10:03 am
  14. Matt said:

    SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION… its such a big and scary phrase at first. If you really just do a few simple things, you can rank for some pretty basic and good keywords for your blog, in less than a few weeks.

    September 5th, 2007 at 10:09 am
  15. Francis Ouimet said:

    Well written post that provides some sound advise. The most interesting thing that I noted however is that this is a “no follow” instead of a “do follow” blog

    September 6th, 2007 at 6:04 am
  16. Matt said:

    looks like ive pissed off some people =x

    September 6th, 2007 at 10:52 am
  17. Francis Ouimet said:

    Yes Matt it does look like you have pissed a few people off. Perhaps if you had titled you article something like “The concept of SEO isn’t That Hard to comprehend by people with slightly better than than average, but still requires a ton and a half of hard work in competitive markets” you would not have pissed anyone off. Then again…..

    September 6th, 2007 at 1:54 pm
  18. Bibby said:

    While I would tend to agree with you, the big monkey wrench that you threw in here was the blog-the rules are so different for blogs and social media-a site that is not a blog will have a harder time than you have-trust me on that one.

    September 6th, 2007 at 3:22 pm
  19. SEO guru said:

    Links exchange is the most suitable variant, you are right.

    September 19th, 2007 at 8:12 am


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