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Data Feed SEO for Affiliates by Will Critchlow


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  • Not just talking about the affiliate penalty, but the big challenge with data feeds is to differentiate.Typically we’re looking to make the site be unique, and as a consequence get unique content too.
  • Two causes of the affiliate penalty. Algorithms and people.
  • This is the classical model of unique content. People think of unique content in terms of absolutes.
  • However, the truth is much more complicated. Unique content is a sliding scale.You can have unique content duplicated across your own site, you can mash up public information.Pages can be combinations of unique and non-unique content.
  • User generated content is awesome. But hard to get hold of without a community.
  • Ways of getting content from “users”.
  • Ways of getting content from users on other sites. Or mashing up content from sites behind login walls etc.
  • A springboard of ideas for building your own tools and mashups.
  • Content generated by users, but they didn’t imagine it would make it onto the site.E.g. “queries used to find this page”
  • Talking about the conversation you had with Chewie – how it’s not just about unique content, but about
  • Example keyword on the left pulled from anamazon feed. Keyword on the right what people search for.Perform keyword research intelligently and group/theme your keywords so that the products you’re fed match up with what people search for.
  • You can be unique, by having non-unique content and displaying it in valuable ways.
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    • 1. Data Feed SEO
      A4uexpo London, October 2010
      Will Critchlow
    • 2. Data Feeds Are Not Unique
    • 3. The “Affiliate” Penalty
    • 4. Unique Content Matrix
      Site Strength
    • 5.
    • 6. Case Study
      “Welcome visitor, please find out selection of [insert product] below, we have [number of products] items. We think you’ll like them!”
    • 7. User Generated Content
    • 8. “User” Generated Content
    • 9. User “Generated” Content
    • 10. Building quick & dirty SEO ToolsA Cheat Sheet & Inspiration
      APIs (more on programmable web)
      AdWords – Keywords
      Alchemy – Structured data & text
      Bing – Search, news, spelling
      Evri – Sentiment and popularity – Face detection
      Facebook – Social graph
      Google Analytics – Visitor data
      Hostip – Geo data
      LinkedIn – Professional data
      Pingdom – Website uptime
      Postrank (1, 2, 3) – real-time & influence
      Rapleaf – Social media profiles
      Twitter – Real time and social
      ... And of course:
      Linkscape – Links
      YQL – Yahoo! Query Language
      select * from html where url=“<url>" and xpath=“<xpath>“
      select * from html where url=“<url>"
      select * from feed where url=“<url>”
      select * from search.web where query = “<query>"
      Crawlers / Scrapers
      Google App Engine
      Amazon Web Services
      Human Touch
      Amazon Mechanical Turk
      Smartsheet(interface to Mechanical Turk)
      Since Python is the language of Google App Engine, here is how you can use YQL easily within Python:
      Download source – extract to yql folder within your application
      import yql
      y = yql.Public()
      result = y.execute(“<yql query>”)
      xpath(more examples)
      /foo – the element ‘foo’
      //bar – all elements ‘bar’
      foo/bar – all bar elements children of foo
      foo//bar – bar arbitrary levels below foo
      foo/*/bar – bar grandchildren of foo
      foo/* - all children elements of foo
      foo/@bar – bar attribute on foo
      foo/[@bar] – foo with bar attributes
      foo/[@bar=baz] – where attribute=baz
      Data (more on infochimps) – US government data – UK government data
      Delicious list – from Peter Skomoroch
      Google Public Data - Directory
      Guardian – content and data
      World Bank – finance, health, etc.
      80legs – prepackaged crawl data
      By Will Critchlow, First published:
    • 11. User Generated “Content”
      • External search queries
      • 12. Internal search queries
      • 13. Tags
      • 14. Testimonials
      • 15. FAQs/Support emails
    • Tracking # of Reviews
      _gaq.push(['_setCustomVar',      1,                   // This custom var is set to slot #1.
            ‘Number of Reviews',       // The top level name for the variable
            ‘1',   // The Number of Reviews
            3                     // Page level variable   ]);
    • 16. Context Is Key
      Google News: Google likes alternative facts
      Lyrics: Never considered duplicate content
      Context is key
      Look to stand out from your competitors
      “Use a source of content that’s not unique, but that no-one else in your space is using”
    • 17. Manipulate & Clean Your Data
      “Kingston DataTraveler 101 USB flash drive - 4 GB – Cyan”
      “Kingston USB memory stick 4gb”
    • 18. Of Course, Links Always Win
    • 19. Manual Reviews – aka “Hand Jobs”
      Check out the quality rater guidelines
      “Add value to users”
      These are subjective!!
    • 20. Resources
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    • Thanks!
    • 27. Will Critchlow