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SEO Workshop by Barry Schwartz

  1. 1. Latest Hot Topics In SEO & Search ISDI SEO Workshop June 14, 2011 Barry Schwartz
  2. 2. SEO & Search• About Me• Google Updates • History • Famous Updates • Panda• SEO Penalties• Future SEO & Search
  3. 3. About Me
  4. 4. New York (8)
  5. 5. City University of NY
  6. 6. RustyBrick• 1994 > 1999 > 2011• Web Development & Software• Mobile, iPhone & Android Applications• 20 Employees• MTV, Harvard, Harper Collins, etc.
  7. 7. Search Engine Roundtable• Started 2003• 10,000+ Stories• Tracks Search & SEO• Awards, etc.
  8. 8. Search Engine Land• December 2006• Names • Danny Sullivan • Chris Sherman • Greg Sterling• Via Search Engine Watch
  9. 9. SMX SphinnCon• Chair SphinnCon Israel• 2008• 500 Attendees
  10. 10. Cited
  11. 11. SEO & Search• About Me• Google Updates • History • Famous Updates • Panda• SEO Penalties• Future SEO & Search
  12. 12. Google Updates• How Google Updates• Famous Updates• Panda In Detail
  13. 13. GoogleBot
  14. 14. Google Index & Servers
  15. 15. Google Dance• Monthly Index Updates• 2000 - 2003• Data Centers Update• Danced For ~ Week• PageRank Watchers
  16. 16. Rolling Updates
  17. 17. Types Of Updates• Algorithm Updates (i.e. Panda)• Data Refreshes (i.e. Individual Complaints)• Index Update (i.e. Caffeine)
  18. 18. Google Updates• How Google Updates• Famous Updates• Panda In Detail
  19. 19. Famous Updates• Fritz (Summer 2003) • Paid Links (October 2007)• Florida (November 2003) • Dewey Update (Mar 2008)• Austin Update (Jan 2004) • Vince / Brand (March 2009)• The Sandbox (April 2004) • May Day (May 2010)• Bourbon (May 2005) • Caffeine (June 2010)• Big Daddy (October 2005) • Scraper Filter (Jan. 2011)• Supplemental (Jan 2007) • Panda (February 2011)
  20. 20. Fritz Update• Summer 2003• Index Update• Google Dance Over• Daily Index Updates• AKA “Everflux”
  21. 21. Florida Update• November 2003• Algorithm Update• Before Holiday Season• Overly SEO’d Sites & Affiliate Sites• Businesses Went Bust• Theories on AdWords
  22. 22. Austin Update• January 2004• Algorithm Update• Revision To Florida• Targets More SEO Techn• Link Farms, Stuff Keywords, etc• Easy SEO Dead
  23. 23. Google Sandbox• April 2004• Algorithm Update• New Sites Won’t Rank• Buying Old Sites• Bourbon Update Fixes It? May 2005
  24. 24. Bourbon Update• May - June 2005• Algorithm Update• Off-Page Factors• Reciprocal Links• Irrelevant Links• Duplicate Content
  25. 25. Big Daddy / Jagger• Oct. 2005 - Mar. 2006• Index/Algorithm Update• Infrastructure Change• Low Value Pages Gone• Supplemental Index?• Faster Index Updates
  26. 26. Goodbye Supplemental• Dec. 2006 - Jan. 2007• Index Update• Supplemental Index Gone• Main Index Goes Deeper, Faster & Comprehensive
  27. 27. Paid Links• October 2007• Algorithm Update• Paid Links Targeted• PageRank Penalties• Forbes, NewsDay, Blogs & SERoundtable.com• Why Now?
  28. 28. Dewey Update• March/April 2008• Index Update• Google Dance Like• Targets: • SEO’d Content • Links
  29. 29. Vince / Brand Update• March 2009• Algorithm Update• Big Brands Take Over• Google Said Not Brands • Trust, Authority, Quality & PageRank
  30. 30. May Day Update• April - May 2010• Algorithm Update• Long Tail Impact• Quality Change• Many Sites Hurt• Quality vs Off Topic
  31. 31. Caffeine Update• August 2009 - June 2010• Infrastructure Update• No Ranking Change• Pages Missing From Index• Faster, Fresher, Deeper Index, Within Minutes
  32. 32. Scraper Update• January 2011• Targets Low Quality Scraper Sites• Warned Days Prior• Panda Soon To Come
  33. 33. Panda Update• Late February 2011• Algorithm Update• 12% Of Results Changed• Targets Low Quality Sites, Less Useful Sites, Little Content, Little Value
  34. 34. Famous Updates• Fritz (Summer 2003) • Paid Links (October 2007)• Florida (November 2003) • Dewey Update (Mar 2008)• Austin Update (Jan 2004) • Vince / Brand (March 2009)• The Sandbox (April 2004) • May Day (May 2010)• Bourbon (May 2005) • Caffeine (June 2010)• Big Daddy (October 2005) • Scraper Filter (Jan. 2011)• Supplemental (Jan 2007) • Panda (February 2011)
  35. 35. Google Updates• How Google Updates• Famous Updates• Panda In Detail
  36. 36. Panda Update In Detail• Pre-Panda• Panda Goals• SEO Opinion• Tips & Techniques• Have Sites Recovered
  37. 37. The Pre-Panda Google• Bad Press• SEOs Complaining vs Taking Advantage• Google’s Focus On Hacked Sites• Poor Quality Results• Content Farms Rule?
  38. 38. Pre-Panda Press• Paul Kedrosky, Dishwashers, and How Google Eats Its Own Tail: Google has become a snake that too readily consumes its own keyword tail. Identify some words that show up in profitable searches -- from appliances, to mesothelioma suits, to kayak lessons -- churn out content cheaply and regularly, and youre done. On the web, no-one knows youre a content- grinder. The result, however, is awful. Pages and pages of Google results that are just, for practical purposes, advertisements in the loose guise of articles, original or re-purposed. It hearkens back to the dark days of 1999, before Google arrived, when search had become largely useless, with results completely overwhelmed by spam and info-clutter.
  39. 39. Pre-Panda Press• Alan Patrick, On the increasing uselessness of Google: The lead up to the Christmas and New Year holidays required researching a number of consumer goods to buy, which of course meant using Google to search for them and ratings reviews thereof. But this year it really hit home just how badly Googles systems have been spammed, as typically anything on Page 1 of the search results was some form of SEO spam - most typically a site that doesnt actually sell you anything, just points to other sites (often doing the same thing) while slipping you some Ads (no doubt sold as "relevant")... Google is like a monoculture, and thus parasites have a major impact once they have adapted to it - especially if Google has "lost the war". If search was more heterogenous, spamsites would find it more costly to scam every site. That is a very interesting argument against the level of Google market dominance.
  40. 40. Pre-Panda Press• Jeff Atwood, Trouble in the House of Google: Throughout my investigation I had nagging doubts that we were seeing serious cracks in the algorithmic search foundations of the house that Google built. But I was afraid to write an article about it for fear Id be claimed an incompetent kook. I wasnt comfortable sharing that opinion widely, because we might be doing something obviously wrong. Which we tend to do frequently and often. Gravity cant be wrong. Were just clumsy … right? I cant help noticing that were not the only site to have serious problems with Google search results in the last few months. In fact, the drum beat of deteriorating Google search quality has been practically deafening of late.
  41. 41. Pre-Panda Press• TechCrunch: Why We Desperately Need a New (and Better) Google The problem is that content on the internet is growing exponentially and the vast majority of this content is spam. This is created by unscrupulous companies that know how to manipulate Google’s page- ranking systems to get their websites listed at the top of your search results. When you visit these sites, they take you to the websites of other companies that want to sell you their goods. (The spammers get paid for every click.) This is exactly what blogger Paul Kedrosky found when trying to buy a dishwasher.
  42. 42. Pre-Panda Press• ReadWriteWeb: Content Farms: Why Media, Blogs & Google Should Be Worried Google Needs to Wake Up and Smell the Coffee I can only hope that Google and other search engines find betters ways to surface quality content, for its own sake as well as ours. Because right now Google is being infiltrated on a vast scale by content farms. If you thought it was bad enough that many professional blogs pump out 30 posts a day, often regurgitations of press releases or quick write-ups of "news" such as Twitter being down for a few minutes (note the irony of that tweet), this new type of Google gaming is on a far bigger scale. What Demand Media, Answers.com and AOL are doing is having a much greater impact on the quality and findability of content on the Web.
  43. 43. Complaints• Aaron Wall of SEO Book on Mahalo *• Michael Gray on eHow, About.com, etc. *• WebmasterWorld Complaints On Google Quality *
  44. 44. Hacked Sites• 2009-2010 Focus on Hacked Sites• 2011 Move Resources Back To Search Quality• Google Reduced Hacked Sites In Results by 90%
  45. 45. Panda Update In Detail• Pre-Panda• Panda Goals• SEO Opinion• Tips & Techniques• Have Sites Recovered
  46. 46. Google’s Answer: Panda• Shut Press• Answer To Bing• Answer To Quality• Shinny Search Results
  47. 47. Quiet The Press• Matt Cutts Admits Faults Referencing Press *• Says Spam Reduced• Hack Sites Less• Index Size & Freshness Improved• Promises Improvements
  48. 48. Bing & Blekko• Google Copying Bing• Blekko Mocking Google Spam & Bans Content Farms• Facebook Planting Smear Campaigns
  49. 49. Quality = Panda• February 24, 2011 *• 12% Results Change• Huge Changes In Results• April 11th, 2% Changes & Global Rollout• 84% Overlap on Chrome Extension
  50. 50. Apple Packaged Results
  51. 51. Panda Update In Detail• Pre-Panda• Panda Goals• SEO Opinion• Tips & Techniques• Have Sites Recovered
  52. 52. Who’s Hit?• eHow.com 66%• ezinearticles.com 90%• associatedcontent.com 93%• mahalo.com 84%• articlesbase.com 94% Source: Sistrix
  53. 53. eHow Decline Source: Sistrix
  54. 54. Mahalo Keywords Source: Sistrix
  55. 55. 40% Say Hurt• 40% said Less Google Traffic (Negative Impact)• 25% said Same Google Traffic (No Impact)• 18% said More Google Traffic (Positive Impact)• 14% said Dont Know Yet Source: SERoundtable.com
  56. 56. Types Of Sites Hurt• Low Quality Content?• Mass Produced Content?• Sites With Lots of Ads?• Copied Content• Less Useful Content
  57. 57. Did Google Improve?• Google Says Yes Wired.com: Do you feel that this update has done what you wanted it to do? • 84% Blocklist Overlap Cutts: I would say so. I got an e-mail from someone who wrote out of the blue and • Wired Quote said, “Hey, a couple months ago, I was worried that my daughter had pediatric multiple sclerosis, and the content farms “According to our were ranking above government sites,” metrics, this update Now, she said, the government sites areimproves overall search ranking higher. So I just wanted to write and say thank you. quality,” Wysz, Google Forums. Singhal: It’s really doing what we said it would do.
  58. 58. Did Google Improve? "Farmer," on the other hand, as a reaction to criticisms regarding the quality - as• SEOs Mostly Say No opposed to relevance - of sites appearing in the search results,• Bias? has achieved the same sort of scale of collateral damage as "Florida" without actually hitting the mark. - WebmasterWorld
  59. 59. Pandalized
  60. 60. Panda Update In Detail• Pre-Panda• Panda Goals• SEO Opinion• Tips & Techniques• Have Sites Recovered
  61. 61. Tips To Recover• Google Advice• SEO Advice
  62. 62. Google Advice : Help• Google Opens Support Thread• ~4,000 Posts Since March• Very Few Google Responses
  63. 63. Google Advice: Jan 28One thing that is very important to our users (and algorithms) ishigh-quality, unique and compelling content. Looking through that site, I have a hard time finding content that is onlyavailable on the site itself. If you do have such high-quality, unique and compelling content, Id recommend separating it from the auto-generated rest of the site, and making sure that  the auto-generated part is blocked from crawling and indexing, so that search engines can focus on what makes your site unique and valuable to users world-wide.  - John Mueller, Google
  64. 64. Google Advice: March 7 Our recent update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites, sothe key thing for webmasters to do is make sure their sites are thehighest quality possible. We looked at a variety of signals to detect low quality sites. Bear in mind that people searching on Google typically dont want to see shallow or poorly written content, content that’s copied from other websites, or information that are just not thatuseful. In addition, its important for webmasters to know that low quality content on part of a site can impact a sites ranking as a whole. For this reason, if you believe youve been impacted by this change you should evaluate all the content on your site and do your best to improve the overall quality of the pages on your domain. Removing low quality pages or moving them to a different domain could help your rankings for the higher quality content. - Wysz, Google
  65. 65. Google Advice: May 6• Amit Singhal• 23 Questions
  66. 66. Google Advice: Q1• Would you trust the information presented in this article?
  67. 67. Google Advice: Q2• Is this article written by an expert or enthusiast who knows the topic well, or is it more shallow in nature?
  68. 68. Google Advice: Q3• Does the site have duplicate, overlapping, or redundant articles on the same or similar topics with slightly different keyword variations?
  69. 69. Google Advice: Q4• Would you be comfortable giving your credit card information to this site?
  70. 70. Google Advice: Q5• Does this article have spelling, stylistic, or factual errors?
  71. 71. Google Advice: Q6• Are the topics driven by genuine interests of readers of the site, or does the site generate content by attempting to guess what might rank well in search engines?
  72. 72. Google Advice: Q7• Does the article provide original content or information, original reporting, original research, or original analysis?
  73. 73. Google Advice: Q8• Does the page provide substantial value when compared to other pages in search results?
  74. 74. Google Advice: Q9• How much quality control is done on content?
  75. 75. Google Advice: Q10• Does the article describe both sides of a story?
  76. 76. Google Advice: Q11• Is the site a recognized authority on its topic?
  77. 77. Google Advice: Q12• Is the content mass- produced by or outsourced to a large number of creators, or spread across a large network of sites, so that individual pages or sites don’t get as much attention or care?
  78. 78. Google Advice: Q13• Was the article edited well, or does it appear sloppy or hastily produced?
  79. 79. Google Advice: Q14• For a health related query, would you trust information from this site?
  80. 80. Google Advice: Q15• Would you recognize this site as an authoritative source when mentioned by name?
  81. 81. Google Advice: Q16• Does this article provide a complete or comprehensive description of the topic?
  82. 82. Google Advice: Q17• Does this article contain insightful analysis or interesting information that is beyond obvious?
  83. 83. Google Advice: Q18• Is this the sort of page you’d want to bookmark, share with a friend, or recommend?
  84. 84. Google Advice: Q19• Does this article have an excessive amount of ads that distract from or interfere with the main content?
  85. 85. Google Advice: Q20• Would you expect to see this article in a printed magazine, encyclopedia or book?
  86. 86. Google Advice: Q21• Are the articles short, unsubstantial, or otherwise lacking in helpful specifics?
  87. 87. Google Advice: Q22• Are the pages produced with great care and attention to detail vs. less attention to detail?
  88. 88. Google Advice: Q23• Would users complain when they see pages from this site?
  89. 89. Google Advice: May 6 One other specific piece of guidance weve offered is that low-quality content on some parts of a website• Amit Singhal can impact the whole site’s rankings, and thus removing low quality pages, merging or• 23 Questions improving the content of individual shallow pages into more• Solution useful pages, or moving low quality pages to a different domain could eventually help the rankings of your higher-quality content.
  90. 90. Matt Cutts : May 25th
  91. 91. Tips To Recover• Google Advice• SEO Advice
  92. 92. SEO Advice• Check Your Analytics Data To Ensure Youre Investigating the Right Problem• Pinpoint The Query Categories and Pages In Decline• Make a Prioritized Plan• File A Reconsideration Request Vanessa Fox: http://selnd.com/gcovE8
  93. 93. SEO Advice• Address the most • Dont delete, improve the significantly impacted content of the page pages first, get rid of immediately. them • Reduce the number of• Use Meta Robots internal links noindex, follow tag on individual pages • Improve the content X ad density ratio. More• Delete the pages unique content on ad permanently heavy pages. Ben Pfeiffer: http://ser.bz/eW8vZH
  94. 94. SEO Advice• Remove redundant • Address boilerplate content. pagination Reduce it, or consider making it unique for each• Use the rel="canonical" page attribute on duplicate pages • Give Google feedback on the• Do nothing quite yet, watch update and how it impacted your website and see what happens• Revisit those dark and • Submit a reinclusion request forgotten parts of your once you have cleaned up website, eliminate any junk portions of your website Ben Pfeiffer: http://ser.bz/eW8vZH
  95. 95. SEO Advice• Reduce Number Of Ads • More Investment in Content• Move Placement Of Ads • Different Writing Styles• Quality Content • Vary Length Of Articles• Don’t Let Google Access Questionable Pages • Info Architecture To Expose Good Content
  96. 96. SEO Advice• Wary of UGC• Analytics: See Pages With Low Time Spent• Site Speed?• Do Not Manipulate Google
  97. 97. Panda Update In Detail• Pre-Panda• Panda Goals• SEO Opinion• Tips & Techniques• Have Sites Recovered
  98. 98. Any Recovery?• April Some Reports of Incremental Returns• False Full Recovery Reports• Poll• Expert SEOs
  99. 99. Did You Recover From Panda? 8% 5% No Yes - Not Fully 13% Yes - Fully N/A 74%
  100. 100. Expert SEOs Say... NO
  101. 101. Expert SEOs Say... NO
  102. 102. Expert SEOs Say... NO
  103. 103. Expert SEOs Say... NO
  104. 104. Expert SEOs Say... NO but... slight uptick in traffic like 10-20% but no FULL recoveries
  105. 105. Expert SEOs Say... NO
  106. 106. Expert SEOs Say... No
  107. 107. Expert SEOs Say... No
  108. 108. Panda Manually Pushed
  109. 109. Panda Timeline• Panda 1.0 - Late February (12%)• Panda 2.0 (International) - April 11th (2%)• Panda 2.1 - Early March• Panda 2.2 - Mid-June?
  110. 110. Panda 2.2 : Expect...• Coming Very Soon (being tested internally)• Improved Scraper Detection• No Manual Exceptions Still• Updates To Date Have Not Been Push Backs (i.e. Florida pull backs)
  111. 111. Google Updates• How Google Updates• Famous Updates• Panda In Detail
  112. 112. SEO & Search• About Me• Google Updates • History • Famous Updates • Panda• SEO Penalties• Future SEO & Search
  113. 113. Google Penalties
  114. 114. Google Penalties• Google Webmaster Communication• Official Google Penalty Notifications• Unofficial Penalty Signs
  115. 115. Google Communication• GoogleGuy @ WebmasterWorld• 2001
  116. 116. GoogleGuy = Matt Cutts
  117. 117. Adam Lasnik• 2007• “Mini Matt”• Official Google Rep For Webmasters
  118. 118. More...
  119. 119. and more...
  120. 120. Google Penalties• Google Webmaster Communication• Official Google Penalty Notifications• Unofficial Penalty Signs
  121. 121. Official Notifications
  122. 122. Official Notifications
  123. 123. Official Notifications
  124. 124. Google Penalties• Google Webmaster Communication• Official Google Penalty Notifications• Unofficial Penalty Signs
  125. 125. Unofficial Signs
  126. 126. Unofficial Signs
  127. 127. Unofficial Signs
  128. 128. Unofficial Signs
  129. 129. Unofficial Signs
  130. 130. Source: SEOmoz
  131. 131. Source: SEOmoz
  132. 132. Google Penalties• Google Webmaster Communication• Official Google Penalty Notifications• Unofficial Penalty Signs
  133. 133. SEO & Search• About Me• Google Updates • History • Famous Updates • Panda• SEO Penalties• Future SEO & Search
  134. 134. Search Evolution• Search 1.0 - On Page Factors - 1996• Search 2.0 - Off Page Factors - 1998• Search 3.0 - Vertical Factors - 2007• Search 4.0 - Social Factors - 2010
  135. 135. Search 1.0• 1996• Textual Search• On-Page Criteria
  136. 136. Search 2.0• 1998• Off-Page Factors• Links & PageRank
  137. 137. Search 3.0• 2007• Vertical Results Blended• Ask 3D• Google Universal Search• Bing
  138. 138. Question Answer AnswerWhat Is Search?
  139. 139. Search Marketing & SEO• Search Marketing is working to be found when someone overtly expresses a need or desire • Search or • Shaking A Phone or • Taking A Picture
  140. 140. Search Marketing & SEO• SEO is working to be visible in the unpaid search results Paid Free
  141. 141. Social Media is...• Social Networking: Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn• Social Bookmarking: Delicious, StumbleUpon• Social News: Reddit, Digg• Social Knowledge: Wikipedia,Yahoo Answers• Social Sharing: Twitter,YouTube, Flickr,Yelp, Foursquare, Facebook…
  142. 142. Search 4.0• Social Search• Human Elements• Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, Google +1, Blocksites, etc
  143. 143. Social Search Is...• Search Results Influenced By Social Sites • Your Social Network • Global Social Networks• Not Searching Social Content • Facebook Search or Twitter Search
  144. 144. Real Time Content
  145. 145. Real Time Search
  146. 146. Google Real Time
  147. 147. Bing Real Time Search
  148. 148. Search Evolution• Search 1.0 - On Page Factors - 1996• Search 2.0 - Off Page Factors - 1998• Search 3.0 - Vertical Factors - 2007• Search 4.0 - Social Factors - 2010
  149. 149. More Search Features• Geolocation (Location)• Personalization (Search History)• Blocking Sites• +1 Sites• Social Search
  150. 150. Search Marketing 4.0• Tweets & Likes Is New Link Building• Not Only Ranking Factors• Get More Visibility, More Traffic, More Links• Authority Counts (i.e. auto-retweets)
  151. 151. Google Me
  152. 152. American Airlines
  153. 153. Chrysler SuperBowl Ad
  154. 154. TV Makes Users Search
  155. 155. Follow Me on Twitter
  156. 156. Friend Me On Facebook
  157. 157. Facebook Pages
  158. 158. Offline Marketing Goes Online Your Customers Are Searching... Make Sure You Are Found!
  159. 159. @rustybrick Follow Me On Twitter
  160. 160. facebook.com/rustybrick Like Me On Facebook
  161. 161. rustybrick.com/barry barry@rustybrick.com
  162. 162. More On Search• searchengineland.com• seroundtable.com• searchengineland.com/searchcap.php• sphinn.com• searchmarketingexpo.com
  163. 163. Questions?
  164. 164. Questions SubmittedOnline By Attendees
  165. 165. Q1: Mobile SEO?Is there any main difference between the Mobile SEO respect conventional SEO?
  166. 166. Mobile SEO Issues : Old Phones• Google’s Mobile Index vs. Web Index• UserAgent : Googlebot-Mobile• HTTP "Accept” Header to Serve Mobile Pages• Mobile Markup Languages• WML, XHTML Basic, XHTML MP & cHTML• Mobile XML Sitemap• Resources: http://goo.gl/izztR
  167. 167. Mobile SEO Issues: Smart Phones• Detect UserAgent: http://goo.gl/QC5TY• Use Special Stylesheet• Keep URLs The Same• Keep Content The Same• Make User Interface Easier• Make Speed Faster
  168. 168. Desktop Version
  169. 169. Mobile Version
  170. 170. Print Version
  171. 171. Mobile SEO Issues• Duplicate URLs with Same Content • m.domain.com • domain.com/&printable=yes• Different Content on Same URLs • Cloaking • IP Delivery• One Site, One Content, Different Dress
  172. 172. Q2: Speed CrawlHow can you make Google to crawl your website after an update in your content, pages, etc?
  173. 173. Increase Crawl Frequency• Update Content Often• RSS Feeds May Help• XML Sitemap Files• Higher PageRank• More Links & Higher Up In Site Structure
  174. 174. Q3: Panda Expanded Is the Panda algorithm identifying duplicate contents and patterns: same URLs, titles…(?). If your site hasbeen hit, how can this be overcome? Will it be enough ifyou rewrite the content? or should you add more value by adding more contents (images, video…). How goodwill the algorithm be at identifying those same things in other languages.
  175. 175. Cutts On Languages Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ets7nHOV1Yo
  176. 176. Q4: Hit By Panda?Do you know of any site which has really been hit byPanda (not any other kind penalization/ban) and has managed to get rid of it? If so, How?
  177. 177. Sorry - No
  178. 178. Q5: UGC How does Google consider users’ profiles on socialnetworks and user generated content by them? Couldbe a lot of void users profiles (therefore, dupes) or not frequently updated a signal of a low quality site? What about used generated content?
  179. 179. If users are creating content for your site (eg if you have a wiki or something similarly user-created), then Ithink its definitely a good idea to help them to create high-quality content, be that by providing a spellingchecking mechanism, or by making it possible for other users (or you :-)) to fix quality-issues as they arefound.On the other hand, if these are comments or testimonials left behind by users, then I think it would be a bitweird to modify them. Would you like to have that happen to feedback that you leave behind on other sites?Personally, that would bother me a bit. As the site-owner, I think its fine (and usually expected) to make aneditorial decision in whether or not a comment should remain on your site. Ultimately, its up to you do makea decision on where you want to draw a line :-).One way to think about this is to look at what users are searching for when they reach pages like that. Arethey looking for the content in the comments? If so, one solution could be to take some of those commentsand to keep a cleaner version within your own content, referencing the exact user comment further belowon that page. For example: "Update: In response to this article, XZY left an insightful comment saying ABC.You can find the full comment below."Another possible solution might be to allow users to "+1" (upvote) comments, and to only show the mostinsightful ones by default. Users would still be able to view all comments (maybe on a separate URL that isntindexed, or through the use of AJAX), but by default, the ones shown and allowed to be indexed would be theones that your users have found to be the most important ones. Depending on your audience, I imagine thatcould result in the lower-quality comments disappearing on their own.Hope this gives you some ideas :) -- it would be great to hear back from you regarding your choice and howthat works out for you.
  180. 180. Link Building Tips• Quality Pages • Badges/Awards• Guest Posting • Incentives• Sponsorships/Partners • Testimonials• Infographics • Get Scrapped• Videos • Exchange Links• Tools • Paid Links...

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