Link & relationship building: Blogging about other blogs

on August 13th, 2008

I surprised myself the other day writing a post about another blog. Somehow I felt vaguely embarassed about it. I did it because I genuinely thought they had great content that I just had to share, but it wasn’t honest work.

It was too easy. Easy to write the post – I didn’t have to do much thinking, quite honestly, just let my enthusiasm run with me; easy because I didn’t have to do any research. And very useful, since I didn’t have the time for a lengthy and well researched post but I did want to make an update and keep those bots coming back.

And this got me thinking whether blogging about other blogs can really help with the search engine optimisation, not only from a freshness of content point of view but also with link building (assuming the respective blog uses DoFollow). Every time one blogs about another blog and in so doing links out to the respective blog, one creates a trackback, which in turn is a link to the referring website.

Sure, it’s a reciprocal link. Sure, it won’t count as much as a uni-directional one. But still, a link is a link and if it anchors a website in a cluster of same industry/topic blogs can only help with the search rankings.

Not to mention it also creates a certain amount of good will and a feeling of kinship among fellow bloggers. And we can all do with a bit more of that. Mind you, if the reference is negative and controversial scrap all I’ve said about good will and be content with the link. Assuming your trackback doesn’t get dissaproved.

So this is my thought of the day: go on and talk about other blogs, folks: you only have to gain. Just make sure they use DoFollow, unless you absolutely love their content in which case just go for it, eh?

And in case you’re wondering how to find the said DoFollow blogs, I include a few resources (note how I’m following my own advice :))

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Logo design resources – great list at LogoDesignLove

on August 9th, 2008

I just came across this website today; it’s a really nice website, showcasing beautiful designs and very good resources.

But this particular page is pretty much the Mecca of all logo design needs: it covers typography, competitions, history of logo design, logo trends, design articles and books, portfolios and famous logo designers.

This is truly a fabulous resource page, worth a visit. 79 of the best logo design resources.

3D logo elements in Adobe Illustrator – Part 1

on August 9th, 2008

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35 Follow me on Twitter badges / buttons

on August 4th, 2008

Right click and save. Use as badges for your Twitter links. They have the same width as my IFollow badges, so that you can use them one under the other.

PLEASE SAVE THE IMAGES ON YOUR DESKTOP AND UPLOAD THEM TO YOUR SERVER. DO NOT LINK TO THEM FROM HERE. They will not display – I had to forbid hotlinking for these images, the bandwidth they were taking up was insane.

There are also some backgrounds to go with these badges – see the related posts section below. Enjoy!

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If you are after any particular colour comment below and I’ll try to upload it.

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U Comment, I Follow badges – DoFollow blogs unite!

on August 3rd, 2008

Right click and save. Also see the “Follow me on Twitter” badges.

And as usual, comments are welcome, and sphinns very much appreciated.

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Recent work: Mango Dance advertisements

on August 2nd, 2008

Mango Dance contacted Limeshot for a series of advertisements for their full time professional dance class and for their corporate entertainment services.

This is the most recent installment of the series: the magazine advertisement for Dance Australia. More artwork to come soon, including web banners and posters.

For full view, click here.

Recent work: Get back your life

on July 31st, 2008

The “Get back your life” concept has been developed as an illustration in an attempt to steer away from the ‘corporate’ look. The campaign message was that working from home can give one the opportunity of fulfilling aspects of their lives that cannot get full attention while working full time in an office environment.

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Vectorising a human eye tutorial

on July 31st, 2008

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Vector symbols

on July 31st, 2008

Part 1: Vector resources – Foliage symbols and Opera House Sydney (block and outline)

Download and use as you please. If you can, link back to this page.

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YOU are running for president!

on July 15th, 2008

Speaking of reputation management, a viral phenomenon is taking the internet by storm – a campaign customised with the victim’s name. Read more

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Online Reputation Management experiment – muscling in on page one

on July 14th, 2008

For the past few days I have been obsessed with two things: 1) find out if it’s really possible to use WordPress as a painless content management system (conclusion is still pending) and 2) online reputation management – in the sense of crisis management.

Don’t get me wrong, I agree any individual or entity should engage in a positive and collaborative manner with their online audience and create a positive brand perception by creating value; that’s all very well. But what “bakes my noodle” is what can one do when it’s to late for such long-term planning and a major crisis it at hand.

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Google’s new AdWords Keyword Tool: top 10 applications

on July 13th, 2008

So far, it seems the new AdWords Keyword Tool shapes up to be the most exciting event of my month. I can already hear people say I must have a sad life, but hear me out.

In a spectacular move that will be a second blow to Hitwise’s business model, Google has finally taken pity on poor SEOs and won’t let us blunder through the dark anymore, bumping our heads against walls and trying to make sense out of third party search volume data. We can now get the numbers straight from the horse’s mouth.

So let’s cut to the chase: what we can do with this new toy?

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Dev Opera launches Web Standards Curriculum

on July 8th, 2008

Web Standards Curriculum is a free course that aims to teach proper web standards–based web design and development from scratch. The first 21 articles are already online, with 29 more to come.

By the look of them they really do approach web development at absolute ground level, from defining the HTML head and choosing the right doctype (very useful, especially as HTML 5 requires the doctype to be specified properly in order to make sure the browser renders the page in standards mode; currently also imperative in order to make sure IE displays the page in standards and not in quirks mode). The first few articles also cover information architecture, drafting a site wireframe, colour theory and web typography.

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Google Trends for Websites exposes your ranking and traffic data

on July 6th, 2008

On June 2008 Google cheerfully announced a new feature of Google Trends:

“Today, we add a new layer to Trends with Google Trends for Websites, a fun tool that gives you a view of how popular your favorite websites are, including your own! It also compares and ranks site visitation across geographies, and related websites and searches.

Oi. Hitwise will go out of business – just exaggerating here, don’t take me seriously, but still, this tool gives one traffic information, search volume information and keyword information all in one go. It’s not numerical, just index-based, but one can infer the main keywords that drive traffic to a given site and get a pretty accurate picture of the search competitive landscape in a given industry (assuming the Google data represents some 80% of all search data and as such is statistically significant)

As such, I will go and disable the “Share my Google Analytics data with Google products only” option in my Analytics account, which I suggest you do as well if you don’t care for your traffic and ranking data to be accessible by the entire world.

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Advanced Web Ranking

on July 4th, 2008

I rather have to write about this one, since: a) I have used it for a long time and seen it evolve and improve; b) it actually runs on Macs and c) it seems to have been developed by a Romanian company and any Romanian achievement still makes me proud.

What it is: Advanced Web Ranking is a search engine ranking software that monitors your ranking on your chosen search engines for your chosen keywords across as many of your websites you care to monitor.
Some of the features include:

  • local search for Google and Yahoo (can limit the search to a country or even city)
  • progress tracking over time, and very nice ranking charts per keyword per search engine
  • update scheduling (it takes a while to update the ranking data, especially with many keywords, so it can be quite handy to run it overnight for example)
  • PPC monitoring (can monitor your paid ads and their position in the paid results)
  • Yahoo and Google API integration
  • keyword generator
  • page markers on charts (this is great for presenting, you can segment the data and emphasize a relevant segment)
  • imports keywords and URLs from a variety of sources
  • and my favourite: runs on Mac, Linux and what was the third one…oh yeah…Windows

AWR is probably used by a lot of SEO companies in Australia, from the formatting of the reports I’ve seen, as it’s quite easy to set up, covers some 800+ search engines (more than I would ever want to monitor) and is quite affordable: 99 US dollars for the standard version (102 AUD at the most recent conversion rate).

The cherry on the cake, which makes me feel good although I’m not sure will make anybody else ecstatic, is that it emulates manual search and can also be used in conjunction with ones Google API key, making AWR a really friendly app in as far as the search engines go.

Anyways, so here it is: Advanced Web Ranking

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KML generator – easy to use template

on July 4th, 2008

This is something I had lots of fun with – creating a Google spreadsheet that is easy to update without any coding experience (or understanding for that matter) and that spits a kml file ready to be uploaded to Google Maps/Earth at the other end.

The kml building template is live at http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p6wx32Mjd8QpOa_ZezKFDJQ complete with usage instructions.

If you want to copy the template drop me a line with your email address so that I can grant you editing privileges.

Online advertising spend

on July 4th, 2008

I just came across an excellent article from the eMarketer regarding the online advertising spending trends; it seems that despite several economies slowing down in 2008 online ad spending will still reach $65.2 billion in 2008, and through to $106.6 billion by 2011.Online ads would account for nearly 10% of all ad spending across all media in 2008, rising to 13.6% by 2011. Nearly one-fifth of Western European ad spending will be online by that time.

A few interesting charts:

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Very interesting, I wouldn’t have expected Japan to to be the runner-up in the online advertising race (albeit just as a percentage of advertising spending), somehow the US seemed a more likely candidate, or even Brazil, India, Russia etc.

Matt Cutts’ kitty discovery

on July 3rd, 2008

Wonder of all wonders! It seems a lot of cats like computers, so I don’t have the only weirdo that loves to sleep on my laptop.

Even more interesting, there is a business out there that sells desktop accessories meant to ‘contain’ your cat, keeping her away from the keyboard but still close enough for her to be happy and for you to scratch her.

Here it goes, it’s called Kitt-In-Box, and this is what it does:

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Now I have to go and buy one for my Queen of the Comp

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But the question the “bakes my noodle” now is: what is with geeks and cats?! (and I can say that, because I am a geek and I own two cats)

Back again

on June 25th, 2008

After a very long time, to see what is to be done with this blog.