Social Media Optimization round up

I keep finding a ton of cool articles about linkbait and social media optimization.

I thought I would list the best ones here to save you the trouble of finding them.

Are you Linkbaiting the right audience? by Eric Ward on
Forget ABCs – The Social Media Alphabet Is DNRS
Neil Patel on

Don?t Digg Being Dugg
Titles, Descriptions and Digg
The rise of “Made For Digg” websites
There’s More to Digg Than Meets the Eye
There is more to social media then links

Optimizing your social media – includes video of Todd Mailicoat and Neil Patel

Social Media ? Under the Microscope Some interesting data on Diggs. However, motivation seems to be to get traffic, to me that is not the goal. The goal is to get links. The traffic is inconsequential.

2007 Guide To Linkbaiting: The Year Of Widgetbait? Great post by Nick Wilson, Linkbaiter General.

Link Ninjas vs. Bait Pirates
So Long Press Release, Helloooo Social Media
Action Tracking by Referral Source & the Linkbait Bump
Some hard data on linkbaiting and social media traffic.
Search Engine Land: December 2006 Statistics Review
More data on social media traffic, this time from

Debunking ?Why do people submit their stories on digg??

Social Media Traffic Isn’t Useless
If you think it’s the traffic search media optimizers are after, you would be wrong. It’s the links.

B.L. Ochman’s 12 Tenets of Social Media Marketing

Mybloglog server problems

With reluctance I have taken down the Mybloglog widget due to it taking an enormous time to load and slowing down the whole site.

Hopefully they will nip down to Bestbuy and buy a few more servers. I will put the widget back as soon as the treacle problem has been sorted out.

I have noted a number of other sites are doing the same thing, it will be a shame if the service becomes a victim of its’ success.

SEO is fundamentally a set of methodologies

I read a ton of SEO blogs each day, you learn that there are some blogs simply blogging about what other blogs have wrote, and there are other blogs which produce unique, intelligent, useful information.

One of them is by Lee Odden.

I’m breaking my golding rule which is not to blog about what others have blogged about, but only because I want to point out how cool the blog post was. Check out SEO for Newbies.
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Are Search Engine Optimizers hiding satanic messages in their code?

I am old enough to remember vinyl LPs. We would stack 45’s on the top of the cradle and it would automatically drop the single onto the turntable after each one finished. At the time we were in awe of the technology.

At the time word was travelling around the playground – I realise now this was viral marketing – that certain records when played backwards revealed satanic messages. Stuff like, oh I can’t remember, “Satan is not really a bad chap”, and “If you see lucifer at the seaside buy him an ice cream.” It was a long time ago. But you get the idea.

So we would get out the Albums and go through each one checking for evil instruction. We never found any of course, although I was sure on a Jimi Hendrix record there was a “Eat more wheatgerm”, message.

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The Talent of Persuading Social Tribes is more effective than pure SEO

Image above added 2016, the rest written 9 years ago.

SEO is persuasion.

We live in a world of persuasion.

Our attention is constantly being sought after. I see SEO as a tactical way to persuade someone to pay attention to a piece of information.

Once I have their attention I want the person to perform an action, click an advert, add to rss feed, leave an email or even just click through to another site. Whatever is required.
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