— What’s Hot on Google, Right Now

Hello SpunWritees!

Ever needed a quick idea for a relevant blog post, or just wanted to know what people are looking for online right now?  Well, I’ve tried to make it easy for you with the launch of my new site:  The Chromomulator.

The Chromomulator takes the top 100 Google searches at the moment and collects news, pictures, and videos about each from around the web.  Sources include Google News, Youtube, Flickr, Technorati, Digg, and more.

Stay on top of what people are looking for online, and reap the SEO and traffic benefits!  I’ve even included RSS and Twitter updates so you can stay connected to the Chromomulator with your favorite feed service.

Thanks for checking it out!


The Basics to Getting Ranked in Google

Recently, my friend Josh, who runs Jackson Photography, asked me for some basic tips to getting ranked more highly in Google.  Following are some tidbits that I shared with him that should be applicable to many others wishing to improve their rankings:

1.   Make sure your page title, and URL, if possible, contain the keywords for which you wish to rank.  Also, don’t forget to include META keyword and description tags in the head of all your HTML pages.

2.  Make sure your most important keywords are included in the body of the page several times (but don’t “keyword stuff”–make it natural), paying special attention to include them in header tags, bold them if possible, and include them in your text links back to your site–(for example:  if trying to rank for “Jackson Photography,” your link text may look like:  Try Jackson Photography for All Your Photography Needs).

3.  Use Google Toolbar’s Backward Links button to scout your competition’s links, and go after the same links!  Links are the lifeblood of rankings–the more you have (and the more established those links are–that is, those with high PageRank), the better you’ll do in the search engines.  Go to Google, search with the keywords you’d like to rank for, and visit the top 10 or 20 sites, paying attention to the incoming links to these sites.  Many will likely be directories or blogs that you can visit and submit your own site’s links!

4.  Start a blog!  The content syndication features of a blog are an SEO godsend–having a blog is almost a must to rank well today.

These are definitely the basics, but as with anything, a good grasp of the basics provides a great foundation to build your knowledge and skills!

Google is NOT Your Customer!

Oh, those poor, misguided souls…

You know the ones–prowling internet marketing forums, downloading every latest and greatest e-book from yet another “guru” (who is just such a nice guy that he’s sharing his SUPER SECRET METHODS FOR DOMINATING GOOGLE! for a mere $49.99), endlessly checking their “keyword density,” worrying about topics as esoteric as “latent semantic indexing”…

It’s almost as if getting highly-ranked in Google is some sort of highly-classified secret to whom an only an enlightened few are privy.

Well, I’m here to tell you that I know the “secret” to ranking well in Google, and I’m going to share it with you in just a few minutes…for (GASP) FREE!

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