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To Link or Not to Link or How to Link – A SEO Dillema

Originally posted in 2006 and updated for 2008. Look around you, the SEO industry is routinely at least 6-12 months behind search engine trends be it good or bad. There is always considerable discussion, in an effort to stay one step ahead of the competition, regarding the importance of the various linking schemes available today compared to the past and the subsequent impact on a web site tomorrow. This article will provide a brief discussion on the various linking schemes and what SEOs should think about them today.

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Re-Check Your Text – Special Characters Affect SEO

We posted this in 2006, almost exactly two years ago. It’s a chance for us to re-visit the SEO trends of the past and determine what changes in the industry have taken place since. Before one of the web sites we used to work on had a regular news feed. Searching for the post I noticed two years ago that the article was #1 for some cool keywords. Turns out upon closer inspection a special character–the ‘ wasn’t a ‘ but a ’ [the appropriate HTML code is ’]–was the aspect that ranked and not the normal apostrophe. Has anything changed today?

Special Characters No Longer Affect Googlebot

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When Geolocation of IP Doesn’t Go Deep Enough

Varying Results for Geolocation of IP Tools

Case: I personally had a web site that needed Canadian web hosting so I could leverage the web site to an exclusively Canadian audience. I went with a host that touted everything Canadian. Turns out when I checked a month later the IP itself was NOT located in Canada, or was it….?

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Non-Profit Organizations and SEO

One of the things nonprofit organizations need to consider just to stay alive is how to use every last donated dollar to its maximum. Churches to other non-profit organizations are all faced with operating on volunteer hours and limited budgets. Regardless of the uphill battles one thing remains certain: the online world needs to be tapped for the non-profit firm. The language people speak today is highly technological so to have a strong online presence, heck, just an existing web presence, is crucial to existence. Having said that Distinct has a program (or perhaps discount is a better word) working with non-profits.

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Get Your Flip On – Value of Domain Name Flipping

So a bit more coverage has been popping up lately for the age-old internet trend of ‘domain flipping’. Don’t know what that is? Quite simply it’s the trend of buying domain names to sit on then sell at a higher price later on. I think almost all, if not all, 3 letter iterations of .com web sites have been taken just cause of their value as three letter iterations. Distinct is getting on board finally with some domain name flipping, but we’re joining the next generation of flippers in terms of our strategy.

Website in question? Drink (.com was taken and we wanted a relatively easy brand name.) Our strategy? read more…

Rapid Fire: The Real Value of .edu and .gov Links

There has been increased speculation regarding the value of attaining quality .edu or .gov links. Many SEO’s and webmasters, largely swayed by the dreaded ‘visible PR monster’, swear that acquiring one way links from domains with .edu or .gov will provide greater PR and eventually higher SERPS than a .com web site. Is it true? Do US government and education web sites hold greater push and pull simply because of their domain name, all other factors being equal?

The purpose of this article is to shed some evidence and practical insights regarding the notion of .edu and .gov links. But first some history.

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Rapid Fire: The Value of Press Releases to SEO

Someone asked the following question regarding the value of press releases:

I am looking for some dofollow press release services that are:

a) reasonably priced
b) allow links in text
c) feature in google news (but not be all and end all)

The Value of Press Releases to SEO

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Happy Fourth of July from Distinct SEO!

Distinct would like to wish all our American blog readers and clients a happy Fourth of July. Hope you actually got the day off! Many more SEO questions and business strategy discussions to come this year, stay tuned!


Rapid Fire: Internal Linking Using Keywords?

Another edition of Rapid Fire: where we answer some regularly asked SEO questions in quick succession :).

Many users are wondering (and as with many SEO questions there are multiple answers) what to do about internal links. The reason for the confusion is because of the nature of SEO–the industry is in continual change. If you don’t keep track of changes you’ll be left behind. Case in point: how to internal link. There was a point in time when you could throw all your web links in the footer of every page and somehow that would help the rank of those pages because of the internal structure pointing to all your links in so many places (that was 2003). Times have changed, but not necessarily for the worse.

Should I change the keywords I use to internally link?

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