What a month March has been. Google pre-announced some massive changes to come to backlinks for their algorithm, SXSW has come and gone, and I’ve had quite a few distractions on the personal front.
I plan to do a whole summary of the upcoming Google algorithm changes later, but for now, let’s see what else has caught my eye this month.
SEO Wizz has authored a number of posts on backlink campaigns and how to handle anchor text. The standard direction from most SEOs is that you should acquire as many backlinks that use anchor text which is an exact match to your most important keywords.
This article not only questions that long-standing belief. It shows data to support the right way to do it. I’ve found some great content on this site, and most of the time it’s pretty spot on.
If you use WordPress or similar blogging platforms, surely you’ve seen trackbacks in the user interface. Ever wonder why those matter? It doesn’t just show who links to you or who you link to. There’s much more, and it even helps your site authority with Google. For anyone generating blog content, this is a must read even if just for informational purposes.
Being an introvert doesn’t mean you’re just socially inept or shy. It’s a whole different way of generating internal energy and thinking. If the above is a must read for bloggers, this is a must read for everyone.
If you’re an extrovert, it helps you understand why everyone else doesn’t get their energy from interactions with you and others. If you’re an introvert, it affirms that there’s nothing wrong with you for being different in a society that rewards extroverted behavior. Seriously, take a moment to read and understand this and it will only help, no matter whom you are.
Hubspot reviews how to massively improve conversion rate from the home page, with a nice list of the key variables they manipulated to make it happen. Good stuff.
Guest blogging is one of the best ways to build your name and reputation, network, and get backlink love for your own blog or website. But you can really mess it up if you don’t stop to think about your approach first. This covers the main areas that tend to happen with overall strategy, pitching your guest posts, and writing the content itself.
Google keeps beefing up the data available in some areas, just as they are removing some visibility to keyword-level data. They’re clearly pushing social over the traditional SEO practices. This gives you an idea of where their thought process is heading in the early going.
Hubspot shares some insightful research that advises the right ways to use Twitter, and what to avoid. If you’ve been struggling to get followers and build a network on there, this might help you understand why.
You hear the themes about “pay it forward” in social media all the time. Here’s one way to use social networking for search engine optimization link love. I, personally, found this to be a great post.
That’s it for March folks. If you see anything I missed this month that was ground breaking for you, share below so all can read it too!