Posting a link on any forum will no matter how helpful what your linking out to will get you scrutinized by petty and stupid forum trolls who have no lives… Its very true and happens on 99% of all forums. Why? Well it just is because these people have no lives and like to think that they can criticize and call people who post links that are not in the top 100 websites “spammers”….It really is stupid and part of the reason I am setting up my new badge….against these forum trolls.. I pan to make the badge really mocking of these trolls that you can put on your blog to show how much you hate these kinds of people.
I am so happy my manual action has been revoked! I started this new domain and later found out after adding this site in google webmasters that the domain had a manual action of pure spam linked to it because of the previous owner using it as a spam domain… and I was quite harsh on google in one of my last posts.. Sorry google. Today I have found out that my manual action for my blog has been revoked and now I am allowed back on the search engines… this really does restore your faith in google and that they aren’t all bad! What I did to get my manual action revoked was send them my reconsideration where I politely and honestly explained that I was the new owner of this domain and have no ties to the past spammer who used it and that all the old spammy stuff has gone….. It only took google about a week to respond and undo the manual action.. HOW GREAT IS THAT! I guess now I can stop worrying and start focusing on my blog again!
*If you site has suffered from a manual; action maybe starting the whole site again maybe the right thing to do….
There has been much discussion about should bloggers accept bribes whether actual money or a free “sample” to review and promote a product or service.. I think if you want to keep your subscribers you should not risk the integrity of your blog by doing this. Also.. even though I am rather against SEO, it has got to be said that accepting money to add links to other websites can really be bad for your search engine rankings if the search engines find out… (this also goes for sponsored posts with links to other websites too) that is because this is against the search engines guidelines blah blah blah… and they “reserve” the right to get rid of your blog in the search engine seven if it is the best blog in the galaxy.. all because you got paid to add a link to another website that passes link juice. But back to the point of bloggers accepting other bribes to promote products and services… people are not stupid and can tell when someone is being genuine and just plain advertising… truly great blogs are created because people enjoy talking about things that interest them… if you go down the commercial root your blog will become dry and superficial and will lack creativity and it will suffer eventually. I personally wouldn’t accept bribes… I dont want to trick my blog followers.. I wouldn’t even put actual ads on my blog because my blog isn’t about making money just trying to get my message across (annoyingly made harder due to the fact that google has gotten rid of me on their search engines).
*I am also pretty sure that there are anti trust laws and whatnot that everyone should follow and when displaying something that has been sponsored or a advertisement you should state that fact.. but many bloggers are choosing to miss out this and pretend it is there honest opinions, really isnt right to trick people who obviously trust and follow what you have got to say.
SEO really is a waste of time, even if you have the finest blog in the world just like mine (okay that maybe a little biased) all your hard work and dedication can be simply thrown into the spam pile with a click of a button just like this blog. For me I have always seen spam as advertising and those unsolicited emails your get in your inbox.. but google sees spam as websites that are trying to “game” the system in some way… over subjective criteria that may not be considered as spam from person to person. Now Would you call my personal blog spam? I sure wouldn’t.. but in google webmasters tools google has stuck the label of pure spam on this blog… I know I have already discussed this in a previous post and I have my suspicions that it was a previous owner of this domain that caused google to label the enitre domain as spam but I do still think that it is unfair. I have been on the waybackmachine to check out how.. why google deemed the previous site that was hosted on this domain as spam and really cannot find a valid reason after all spam is meant to be pure rubbish and in google terms designed to game the system yet what I see is just some one who was writing articles.. albeit a bit random but they made sense and I personally wouldn’t have called it pure spam… that would be pure rubbish! Then again you must look at why google is trying to stop people who maybe trying to game the system…. if googles search results are poor people will not be using google.. also it will also fill the pockets of google if they can penalize and deindex enough websites on google and move them over to adwords… makes perfect sense. So the moral of this post is seo is a waste of time because all of your efforts can get deleted instantly if a manual reviewer looks at your site and “thinks” it is trying to “game” the search engine….
I have been running a different blog all about music it has been going on for a year now, the blog does not get much traffic really and only my friends get to enjoy my posts. I could have easily stuck with using a free host for the blog however me being me I thought I would be better safe than sorry as I have had problems with free hosts before so I decided to upload this blog onto a paid host.. even though the blog doesn’t make me any money I didn’t really care as long as the blog is always up there. Anyway getting to the point I have recently received a email from the hosts that this blog is being hosted on telling me that the cost to host with them will now double…. before I was really annoyed at how expensive the host was just for a small blog anyway at $60 a year but now the silly swines are telling me that this price was just a offer price for the first year (maybe I should have read the small print)…. now he price of hosting will be $120 for a blog that does not get hardly any traffic.. is not very big too and is not using up even 1% of what I should be getting… I emailed the host to see if they would reconsider and keeping my price the same after all I am a very cheap customer for them and am hardly using up much space up bandwidth at all and it would be really foolish of them to lose me as a customer.. but even after I politely ask this the obvious bureaucracy (this company though Isn’t even that big I would have understood that they may have been tied to policies if they were a mega large host but they are not..just greedy maybe!) of this hosting company kicked in and they would not move even at the risk of losing a very profitable customer for them. I dont not cost them much at all, I do not ask for support every second of every day and like I said I am hardly using any bandwidth or storage space too…… But their greed and reluctance to do me a deal has just made me switch to another hosting that is way cheaper than I was paying before the other one doubled their prices too! I was actually a fool to begin with even going with the first host…. Lesson learned!
Anyway the moral of the story is that if your hosting company doesn’t want to keep you as a customer their is always another company out there who will want you as theirs and will do a deal with you.
There are various attributes if you will that defines a good blog.. how ever it depends on the person you ask really as to what makes a good blog because it is very subjective. Some people like blogs that has tons of info on it which will help them out.. like tutorials and stuff.. others are just surfing blogs for inspiration like art pieces and music which they have never seen or heard of before.
It depends really what you blog is about…. If it is a blog for inspiring people you will need to be really creative with loads of pictures.. pictures and art is much more important than text in these kind of blogs… But if you are trying to give people information obviously text is important and grammar (something I am not very good at to be honest) as well if you are wanting people to trust what you are saying. But pictures are still very important as well…. info-graphics for example can better illustrate your point… videos along side informational text can really help people better understand especially if it is a demonstration of something you are describing about.
But all this being said… I am thus far not using my own advise on this new blog… like many I get to lazy to create picture for each one of my blog posts even though I am a graphic designer.. A partly blame google really they have penalized my blog for being pure spam and now I am a bit disillusioned by this blog and its now limited prospects.. thanks google swines. Oh well maybe in my next blog post I might show off some of my graphic design skills and back up everything I have just said in this post.
These days blogs are just out for one thing and that is for you to click on some ads or a affiliate link and earn the blogger some dough… time and time again I click on blogs and just get bombarded by superficial and trying to be “wikipedia” information which to say the least is really boring. But I guess this snake oil these bloggers are writing has gotta be working other wise they wouldn’t bother would they… (Unless its just a cycle of trying whereby bloggers think that they can earn loads of dough try it then it doesn’t work out and then give up only for a new entrepreneur to take over). In google only these blogs seem to exist as all personal blogs are penalized by the algo panda because they just cant stick to a certain topic and are to random at times… also normal bloggers dont build link to their sites and thus they stay at the bottom of the search engine pile never to be found….I guess that is why social networks are just so important for real bloggers especially when you have a bunch of people interested in what ever interests you…… also people are quite nosy on social networks and will read any random blog post you may have written.
I think that it is pretty rotten and purely subjective that google can class my website as pure spam.. I have only just started up the bloomin website and added webmasters to it and then I checked the googles webmasters messages and got ones declaring my sites as pure spam…… Right that must have been because the previous owner of the domain was spamming or something but that aside google dominates search and for it to just about remove a sites from the internet essentially is pure evil. I have sent a reconsideration request and I only hope that a googler then think hey this is a okay site not spam…… on the other hand they may just think the keep as spam button is closer to click on.. I just blog because its fun and I enjoy it not because I want to make more or some silly superficial reasons and I can think of tons of much more spammy websites that simply scrape other peoples content and published just that and has tons of adverts all over it…. ahem google! (If this was a political website then removing my political views would be really quite controversial).
It says that my website will be reviewed and hopefully reupped……. If not then bah humbug!
Has any one else had any trouble with google removing your site because it looks like spam?
Negative seo is something that many bloggers are being effected with… Bloggers minding their own business are being targeted and their blogs being spammed just about everywhere by unscrupulous people trying to trick google and other search engines into think that their blog is spam and penalize or deindex it because of this. Why would any one want this? Well if you make a really brilliant blog this may cause lots of people to to link to your site making it go up in the searhc engines if someone sees that their is no way to get past your site because it is so good and the search engines are favoring your site other theirs they may get jealous and then try to make the search engines think you are trying to trick them and manipulate the search results… this then causes your site to become penalized and the webmaster who did it to take your place instead.. even though you have done nothing wrong. Unfortunately the search engines are very aware of this problem that mostly effect small time blogs and small businesses but googles and the rest of the search engines arent gonna bother helping you out by stopping this new trend after all it benefits them as more people find it harder to rank (especially with the mega sites amazon and ebay dominating just about all the listings) and even if you do with negative seo a constant threat and one that can push you right off the face of the internet webmasters are then forced to then buy ads at the top of the search results.. so negative seo benefits the spammers and the search engines but not the small times websites! I would also like to add that it is quite ironic that google and the others would penalize a sight on the basis that it is spam and not worth ranking but would gladly accept your money and rocket you sight to the top the search results as a ad… automatically paying the search engines makes your site okay! Hmmmm……