Still Trying to Rank #1 on Google? Time to Relearn SEO!

With all that iPhone 5 and other new brands of smartphone buzz around, I recently started working on a (micro niche) affiliate site to promote certain phone-cases and covers. While generally querying for some of the related key phrases, I got the shock of my life seeing what some specific Google Search produced on its first result page.

Search Scenario #1: High Competition Search Terms

The following search engine result page (SERP) is what I got for relatively high competition search term in the area of iPhone 5 covers and cases.

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Curated Content vs Automated Blogs: Where to Draw the SPAM line?

Content curators are thriving! It seems the Internet content producers as well as the consumers have accepted content curation as a mechanism to promote and consume the content in a way that make sense to relevant audiences.

New generation curated sites like Paper.li, Storify.com and established (via social sharing means) sites like Digg and Reddit are doing well with the content produced elsewhere but aggregated and presented well.

Now the question is whether curated content is some kind of spam? Why is Google fine with such sites while they are very keen on taking on smaller content creators with minimal duplicate content? Let’s find out.
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How to Achieve Lightning FAST Page Load Performance on WordPress Blogs?

If you were following my tweets, you may be already having an idea about what I have been up to. Yes, I have been trying to nail down the page load performance issues on this blog in order to achieve a page render speed under 500 Milli seconds for the homepage and all other pages under 1 second.

Why is website load speed important?

Firstly, most users will hit their browser’s ‘Back’ button (i.e increased bounce rate figures), if the link that they clicked from a search result or a connected page doesn’t open in a couple of seconds. And the other important point is that Google punishes websites that are too slow by reducing their search ranks … continue reading

Cash in on your Long Tail Keywords using the HitTail Tool

More traffic to a website usually means More conversions and hence More money! Needless to say, if you want to have sustainable traffic to your website, you MUST focus a lot more on increasing your organic traffic (i.e. visits from search engines) than other traffic sources viz. social media driven or referral traffic.

Since search traffic is all about keywords, your success primarily depends on tapping into the right keywords. Unfortunately, top keywords usually mean very tough competition (thanks to Google for making us realize that) and that’s why it makes sense to focus on the so-called long tail keywords. I have been using this wonderful long tail keywords tool called HitTail (check out their website) since last three or four weeks and I am already impressed with what it offers in terms of identifying the right long tail keywords to target and creating action points for my content with respect to those keywords.
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A List of 10 Legitimate Data Entry Job Sites

Data entry jobs are among the most preferred online work from home opportunities due to a number of facts. The main reasons why people go after data entry jobs are:

  • There is in fact a huge demand for fresh data feeding or modification of existing data lying around in various systems and formats
  • Data entry jobs can be sourced and executed from any part of the world – even at the comfort of your home
  • It is a job that for even the most unskilled and non-technical computer user can do
  • It’s a job that can be done offline as well i.e. You needn’t be connected to the Internet all the time – meaning low investment (Well, you need a computer for sure)
  • And needless to say, it fetches decent hourly rate when it comes to payment

I thought of writing this post because even after five years into my first post on data entry jobs, I still keep getting queries and emails … continue reading