Favorite Posts of the Week – All Minnesota Based

Still all Minnesota based, part PPC, part local search, and part WordPress blogs.

Jeff Hudson of The PPC Book gets stuck in some chilly weather and provides a great example of a void when shopping locally online.

Heard about Google Local News? So has Erica from Metroblogging Twin Cites. What seems like a great idea isn’t faring so well with people just looking for local information. It has a way to go.

There’s quite a controversial post at Lee Odden’s Online Marketing blog regarding WordPress and how they categorize SEO blogs as crappy “sploggs”.

Here’s the new WordPress definition of an SEO blog:

SEO blogs: Blogs that are written for search engines instead of humans. These blogs are dedicated to trying to fool Google and other search engines into ranking them highly. WordPress.com is not meant for this type of activity.

Lee’s 100% right. There are great search marketers out there who provide quality content which debunks the above definition, period.

SEOs often naturally get a bad rep, and rightfully so. Many of these also use WordPress to manipulate search engines. Yeah, really. You just might be one of them.

I do a lot of SEO, and my peers often say that this blog sucks. It’s on a hosted WordPress domain, I don’t use plug-ins, and I don’t SEO this blog.

This is all fine because the readers here are cool and smart, and don’t care what the ranking-whore crowds think of it.

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2 Responses to Favorite Posts of the Week – All Minnesota Based

  1. Charlie says:

    I must admit i thought blogging was for fun and should be kept ‘natural’ rather than trying to fool the search engines and people, can’t we just keep that way? As for finding whats ranking good and whats not, have you looked at RaSof.com it gives reports on your blog ranking factors………thats if you care?

  2. Paul says:

    Yeah, more of an analytics guy myself 😉 Looks interesting though.

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