Living Without Google – you know it's not that bad

So my site was hacked and Google supported me by blocking my blog from their search engine. Which I totally understand, searchers must be protected. But why make the process of trying to get back so long and painful and with zero feedback. I guess the answer to that is, “because we can.”

I don’t jive to the “google is evil”, mambo, in fact you should never jive to a mambo, but anyway…. I know it’s fashionable to rant about google in the SEO industry. I never have, unless you are trying to attract fellow moaners to your blog, what’s the point?

But, I have had two weeks without Google traffic, and you know what? I hardly noticed. Sure, it pulls in a few hundred people a day, but most of those are tire kickers. I don’t do advertising, the blog is purely set up as a lead generator, to feed leads into my linkbait creation machine. Clients tend to come to the site and read, bookmark, come back, read some more and then slap a big wadge of bills on the table and get me to come up with some cool linkbait.

Most clients tend to have found me through Sphinn, or through many of the other blogs which link to me. If you have become a regular reader of this blog and did come through google then let me know.

Of course if I had a site loaded with m-adsense, then targeted google traffic would be what I want. Whilst I would never suggest to block all your google traffic, it is quite liberating. I could now sell links till the cows come home, the pages still have page rank for what it’s worth.

I know Andy Beard and Michael Gray have railed against google in the past. Come on guys, come in, the water’s lovely. Block that big bad google and rejoice.

But know one thing, as soon as google decides I am no longer infected, I will be back in the warm, moist bosom of the beast from Mountain View, CA.

Email Problems

I have been having major email problems with lyndon @ cornwallseo.com, if you have been sending to that address within the past 7 days and wondering why you received no reply, it’s probably because my mail server ate it.

All lost mail has been unrecoverable and so you will need to resend.

Why Saying No Can Mean More People Saying Yes.

Sometimes, you just have to say no. When building a social network whose main aim is to improve your social media marketing strategy you have to say no at some point when someone asks if you would put your name to a social media submission.

It doesn’t much matter if your account is new and disposable, but if you have spent years building an account, submitting or giving the thumbs up to the wrong page can cause your power account to become a little less powerful.

I would say this is more important on Stumbleupon than on digg. Your blog page on Stumble defines how people will see you, how you are branded, whereas on digg, what you voted for fades into the noise. It’s very important when building accounts to understand cultural nuances of specific sites. [Read more…]

Avatar Grunge

With having to change servers recently, I have misplaced my modified template. This caused the blog to go back in time 6 months to when I had Blogcatalog.com (sic) avatars showing up each time a visit from a blogcatalog user came onto the site. You know the thing, mybloglog and bumpzee do the same thing.

When I saw the avatars of scantily clad women and seemingly fresh out of the can mugshots alongside my content. I realised my blog had past a point in it’s career and could not go back. When starting out, these blogging systems were great in raising exposure and becoming part of the community. However, where this blog is now, having the avatars show is like coming across a Blackpool tattoo parlour in a Venetian Piazza. [Read more…]

Google Reporting This Site as Dangerous

Unfortunately, it’s not in the James Bond or Jason Bourne dangerous, more of the blow your computer up kinda dangerous. If you see a search for this blog you will see that Google is reporting it as dangerous in the SERPS. It is not of course, the problem is the server was hacked to send out 60k emails, also there was a mysql injection attack which sprinkled dodgy links all over the prose.

Google was notified last week I had scrubbed the dirt out of the system, now I wait until they move their gargantuan muscles to sort it out.

In the meantime, it’s business as usual, although not on Google. If you have a Google guy on speed dial it would be great if the issue can be resolved. To be honest I only get ten percent of traffic through Google, but it still converts into clients and it doesn’t look good when you have the appearence of a cyber terrorist.

Lets hope Google can resolve the issue quickly, getting hacked is a rite of passage, although I’ve been hacked before, so don’t need the bragging rights.

Thanks for all those who contacted me to point this out.