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Google Ranking And Traffic Tips For Hubbers

Updated on September 18, 2012

Google Ranking Tips

There are several no-nonsense search engine ranking optimization approaches that are often ignored by webmasters and writers that will undoubtedly improve your visibility and traffic volume in both the short and long term. This article is based on what has worked for me, through trial and error and a sprinkling of mentoring, and continues to serve me well to this day.

The objective? An easy, manageable routine that will improve Google rankings almost instantly. This guide works best for those targeting niches, relying principally on high-quality, white-hat content to achieve their goals. All you need is some common sense, an open mind, and the willingness to give it a shot without caving in after a couple of weeks. Stick to it, and remember to thank me later!

Reducing Luck

The first three things we're going to include in our routine are the following:

  1. Rapid Indexing - Getting our page or website into a search engine's listing as rapidly as possible
  2. Optimize Content - Reducing the chance we'll get smart priced by Adsense.
  3. Creating a buzz - At least in the eyes of the search engine.

There are many greyhat and blackhat methods to do these, I'll mention them in passing, but to be honest I've opted for whitehat techniques myself, they have proven more reliable.

Step 1 - Content Optimization

Content is King, and you'll be surprised at how efficient Google has become at weeding out poor quality web pages. Aside from the content itself, you will want to avoid letting spiders fill in the blanks as much as possible, meaning you should put a little effort into telling your search engine of choice what your page is about.

We'll begin by researching relevant keywords. My personal choice is to mix three long tail keywords along with two more competitive broader search terms. This will allow you to gain greater visibility and conversion through a targeted niche, but will also give you room to expand. As time goes by use Google analytics (or your hub stats) to find out what additional keywords people use to access your hubs and incorporate them as well. Keyword analysis warrants an article all by itself, but my advice would be to use one of the following (or preferably a couple in tandem) tools:

Market Samurai (commercial)

Market Samurai is an incredibly popular tool that goes well beyond what free tools are able to offer. It will allow you customized keyword ideas into money-making niche bombs by filtering competition, popularity and monetized potential.

A free 40 day trial is available for everyone. If you haven't checked it out, you should, and it won't cost you a thing.

Micro Niche Finder (commercial)

My tool of choice, unfortunately there isn't a trial available, but there are a free selection of videos you can browse to give you a better idea. This tool is particularly apt for those who need a lot of keyword ideas on a daily basis.

Google Keyword Tool (free)

Despite lacking many of the tools commercial software offer, it is a great starting point for keyword analysis and with the appropriate filtering can give you a decent a priori indication of what to expect from your keywords.

The tool is entirely free and I recommend it as a healthy starting point. Try it out now by clicking here

On Page SEO

Once you have your keywords, its time to write your article. Remember to use the keywords generated in the previous step. Try and incorporate them judiciously (do NOT overuse them) in the URL, title and headings. Any links you add should point to highly relevant, high quality resources that will genuinely benefit readers! The anchor text in a link is part of the way Google knows what your own content is about, both internal and external. 

The bottom-line is this: Creating high-quality, information-rich content will get you noticed. If you fail to deliver the goods, you can expect some measure of short-term gains, but will crash out in the long haul. 

Getting Indexed


Rapid Indexing

Here is a quick reference list to ensure efficient and timely indexing by Google. 

Submitting a Sitemap

The first thing you'll want to do is create an account at Google Webmasters and upload your sitemap (yes, you can do this with your Hubpages profile too!). A sitemap is a file (usually denoted by an .xml extension) which instructs search engine robots on how and where to crawl your site.

Bear in mind that many plugins are available for popular content management websites such as WordPress and Joomla that will do this for you. For instance, this wordpress plugin will automatically generate a sitemap file and ping it for you:

A second thing to bear in mind is that the Yahoo search engine has been laboriously gaining ground, and might be worth investing time in as well. Yahoo also hosts its own webmaster tools page which can be found here: Yahoo Site Explorer

Do Follow Links: Links which instruct search engine crawlers to follow them. High value DoFollow back links are a goldmine for marketers because they improve both rankings and indexing speed. 

Link Building

Since we're looking for a rapid routine, here's a quick list (an exhaustive list would be enormous, these are those that I use and find that work) I advise back-linking from every-time you create new content. This is especially useful for new pages on content driven sites such as Hubpages or Squidoo. Note: I've added my affiliate link where applicable, I'm not trying to heist you, I do use these services myself. If it bothers you feel free to remove the affiliate link from the URL.

Social Bookmarking + Revenue Sharing:

  • SheToldMe (PR 5)- DoFollow Backlink + Adsense revenue sharing
  • Redgage (PR 4)- DoFollow Backlink + Pays per number of impressions

Article Marketing Revenue Sharing:

  • Hubpages (PR 6) - 2x DoFollow Backlinks per article with an Author Score of 75 + 4 way revenue sharing.
  • Infobarrel (PR 4) - DoFollow Backlinks + Adsense, Amazon and Chitika
  • Squidoo (PR 8) - DoFollow (after having acquired enough points) Backlinks + revenue (Adding backlinks requires using HTML)
  • Gather (PR 6) - I don't actually use this myself but have heard good things about it

Social Networking:

  • Facebook - A no-brainer!
  • Twitter - Synchronizing various accounts to Retweet a link can generate high PR backlinks from websites that snatch and monitor popular tweets.

Social Bookmarking:

  • Mixx (PR 8) (NoFollow but I have always found that my bookmarks are indexed)
  • Digg (PR 8) (Similar to Mix)
  • Folkd (PR 7)
  • Spurl (PR 6)
  • LinkaGoGo (PR 5)
  • Onlywire - Syndicate your content to 50+ social bookmarks with a single click!

NoFollow Social Bookmarking: (including for traffic and viral value!):

Free Article Directories: (scrapers will copy and post your links everywhere)

  • EzineArticles (PR 6) (Do-Follow links in resource box)
  • GoArticles (PR 4) (A great way to get your links plastered across the web)

The Importance of Blogs

You may wonder why I left blog platforms out of my routine. I haven't -- in actual fact I wanted to devote a couple of paragraphs to their importance and role in my personal back-linking strategy. One of my low profile blogs (currently a PR 1 hosted on blogger) is indexed extremely rapidly, and when I say rapidly, I mean within the hour. Despite its low-key role in the big scheme of things I have found that creating blog posts about my content and then marketing them has had an excellent impact on traffic and rankings. If you have the time, employ the same bookmarking techniques listed above to promote your blog bookmarks. Sit back, and enjoy the ascent.

Don't have a blog? Try these two free hosts (I strongly advise shelling out a few bucks for personalized domain names which revolve around your keywords, however):

  • WordPress (PR 9)
  • Blogger(PR 8) (Owned by Google :D )

Black Hat Techniques

Right down at the bottom of the article, in the hopes to weed out the lightweights. Here is a list of blackhat techniques often used to gain an unnatural competitive advantage. Most of these are unethical and prone to a good spanking by Google (I don't use these, but it wouldn't be a realistic reference were I do omit them).

  • Profile Building - Using the profile pages on high rank websites and forums to promote your product and generate back links.
  • Spamming Stat Pages - Blasting your webpage to high quality websites' stat pages create temporary back-links which will result in a flood of crawlers rushing to your page. I'm not going to provide you with this tool, it's easy enough to find. Bear in mind you will anger many webmasters as well as potentially get reported to Spamhaus, use judiciously.
  • Autoblogging - Creating a network of made-for-profit blogs that populate themselves with comments and content (usually including posts of affiliate offers, Amazon and crowned with Adsense). Will usually lead to Adsense account closure and can cause immense server load issues and irritate your hosting company (so if you plan on running an autoblog empire shoot for VPS or dedicated hosting plans).
  • Article Spinning - Using software to automatically "spin" articles in an attempt to make them look genuine. Saves you the time and effort of writing. Thankfully, the result is almost always laughable.


Thank you for slugging through this article, I have tried to be honest in my approach although I realize that when it comes to marketing everyone has their own strategy. I hope you will find this content useful, and I wish you the best in your endeavors. For suggestions or flat-out criticism, please use the comment module!

Best of Luck,



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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Wow! Thank you! This is getting bookmarked as we speak. I know very little in this area but am learning more and more now thanks to article like this :)

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you for your comment SilverGenes! I hope I've been of use!

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      It is all in the details. I will be careful and especially on the lookout for "spiders." Perhaps a SEO specialist could apply their "pest control" procedures... Great, informative hub. Thanks for sharing!

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      Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

      Very informative. Some reminders and some new. Thank you.

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you Dallas and Petter, its great to see some veteran hubbers approve :D

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      WillGrander 6 years ago from New York

      One of the best SEO articles I've read on this site. Well done. BOOKMARKED!

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      John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      This is a great hub, you have some resourses here I have not tried yet but will now. One that I have used often that is not here is this one is for HubPage users only.

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      Manoj Soni 6 years ago from Ahmedabad

      that is really useful hub, i have been in webdesign company and really i had many things to learn in this hub.

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      Lyrafire 6 years ago

      Thank you for mentioning profile building. Someone recently tried to talk me into a service that would insert profiles into X number of sites in X number of days to build traffic to my two sites, and I thought it sounded deceitful and too good to be true--and now I see that it is. I'm glad I didn't take the person up on it.

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you everyone for the feedback!

      Lyra: Profile building on high PR sites does help, however at the end of the day, I consider it spam. Also, much of the time it can be difficult to get those links indexed.

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      nicks 6 years ago

      A good, calm resume! Am I right in saying that buying in back links is something that can harm a site? This would logical but I should be interested in what you think?

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      Stuart 6 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      This is a great article. So much that I didn't know before I read it - I especially liked hearing about some of the social bookmarking sites that you mentioned. Do you use Twitter for backlinks and traffic as well? For now Twitter seems to be my major traffic source, but soon I will be creating backlinks.

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks everyone

      @nicks: Yes, link buying can harm your site. Usually the links are niether contextual or relevant and are diluted by hundreds of others. Secondly, if Google even suspects you are buying one way links -- you'll be making a new website.

      @Entourage: Thanks! Yes, I do use twitter. In fact, I use more than account account to retweet my hubs in an attempt to get more backlinks. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't!

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      lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Good resource! Hopefully the majority of Hubbers will stick to the legitimate link building techniques.

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      Karen Metz 6 years ago from Michigan

      This is an area I am trying to learn and understand. Thank you for the information and tips!

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      jroot2187 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Great article and resources. I'm really trying to grasp SEO and right when it seems like I have a good understanding of what's going on, there seem to be some changes (large or small). Oh well, the internet's constantly evolving which forces businesses to evolve as well.

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      @jroot, The emphasis I place on whitehat techniques is exactly for the reasons you stated. It is the only safe long term measure for success!

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      Kathleen Lewis 6 years ago from Southern Michigan

      Waaaay back in 2000 I remember many webmasters and self-proclaimed SEO gurus (of which there were considerably fewer than today) exclaim how content is king. It was true then and still holds strong today.

      I appreciate you mentioning the black-hat methods. Many don't realize they are negative ways of obtaining backlinks. Knowledge is power.

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      lamincome 6 years ago

      There's a lot of misinformation out there but you certainly know what you are talking about

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      This is one of the best articles I have read on hubPages about this subject. I am doing a lot of the stuff you talk about already but some of it is new to me, so thanks for that infor. I intend to bookmark this hub and follow you so I can read more of your hubs later

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      Madison 6 years ago from NYC

      Awesome article, I learned alot from it. Thanks!!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.... Thank you so much, my friend. I get a lot of information here. I know SEO is important to get top position in Google search engine. This is valuable things. I learn much from here. I'll bookmark this information. Vote this Up.


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      Masumrana 6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      nice hub.

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      Justin Choo 6 years ago from Malaysia


      Each time I read about this topic, my head spins. I'm still doing a "merry-go-round" about how to backlink. Now I noticed that Xoomba is a nofollow backlink. Does this mean that whatever backlink I put in Xoomba will not amount to anything? By the way how do we know whether it is a dofollow or nofollow?

      Just to let you know that this hub is by far, the simplest to follow. But I think you could further simplify by a "step-by-step" hub on subject like "What is a Google XML sitemap and what is .xml extension, and how to go about it. Computer idiots like me will definitely appreciate it.

      So for now, I will still have to just enjoy my carousel ride!!

      Thanks for sharing.

      "Good Guy"

      Rate UP, useful, awesome!!

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      ZarkoZivkovic 6 years ago from Serbia

      you covered everything there is, great job :)

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      TattoGuy 6 years ago

      Nice hub, knew most of it but picked up a few tips so thanks.

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      creativeMind 6 years ago from Cochin

      that's cool..

      very good guide on SEO.

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      thedragon319 6 years ago from TX

      very useful...I took notes!

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      lahoriamplifier 6 years ago from Lahore

      nice guide thx for sharing

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      skyfire 6 years ago

      Nice hub, you covered a lot of information in this. :)

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      Illusive 6 years ago

      I agree with GoodGuy. I'm sure there is a lot of good information in this, but I am trying to figure out how this all works as a beginner and it's all a little too much for me to get my head around. When I first heard about HubPages I thought it was ideal for me since I love to write and the thought of a little extra cash was nice too. However since reading all these things about what to do and what not to do, what keywords to use, what to put in a url, etc. My mind is about to explode. Are there any articles that maybe start from scratch and do a step by step for some of us who are not quite so prolific at the internet workings of getting on a search engine and such things?

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      Runway 6 years ago from New York

      wow, lots of great information. thanks!

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      David 470 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      This has a lot of good information. I would like to use, but its been over a month and have not heard anything back

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      jeremyframer 6 years ago from United States

      These are some good tips. I use market samurai and it has worked very well for me.

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      Ladybird33 6 years ago from Fabulous USA

      I learned a few new tricks here, thank you! I bookmarked it too...very informative!

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      jeanie.stecher 6 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks for these tips thooghun. This is just a good information not just for affiliate marketing but also for increasing the page rank. =) Thanks!

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      trafford 6 years ago from San Diego

      That's simply awesome hub, i have gone though out the complete article and found all interesting services and tools that am already implementing on my web, we are also doing youtube marketing for make people aware of your niche and product through your videos.

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      World-Traveler 6 years ago from USA

      This is probably the best resource information on these topics that I have seen anywhere. Thank you.

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      kingkhan78 6 years ago

      nice information search engine optimization and great ideas in Seo thanks for sharing

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      Tony 6 years ago from At the Gemba

      very concise, one of the more helpful pages I have seen on seo..

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      PBR 6 years ago

      I have heard good things about the tools you mentioned above but haven't used them yet.

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      Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

      This is some great information, and very well written. I know a lot of people will find this helpful in their SEO efforts, myself included. I am definitely bookmarking this hub. Thanks for posting it. Voted up and voted awesome.

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      Daniel Nnabugwu 6 years ago from Rivers State, Nigeria

      Thanks. The article is quite informative. I've learned so much from it.Hope I will get better in marketing very soon.

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      Cobrafan 6 years ago from Nowhere

      That's some great information. I've found Twitter to be a great source of traffic for my sites.

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      MacHow 6 years ago

      Really helpful article for Seo-beginners

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      PR_am 6 years ago from Oregon

      Right on point and very accurate.

      Creating rich contents and updating the sites i manage regularly have worked for me in ranking very high for very competitive keywords.

      Content is King like you rightly pointed out. Create it, put it where people and search engines will see (i use Twitter most times) and watch your back links grow naturally.

      Let me also add that Video marketing is super as a tool to get quality back links.

      Thanks for sharing this. Well done!

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      eaglemapping 6 years ago

      Could use this type info for Yahoo and MSN, please :)

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      tal g mel 6 years ago

      thank you!!

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      2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Good stuff! We find blogging an extremely effective way to build traffic.

      Thanks for putting this all together in one place.

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      These are very useful information, it's great when someone gives a detailed and simple advice like you did here.

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks for you feedback everyone! I'm currently on holiday so its difficult to catch up! But I will!

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      Shil1978 6 years ago

      Bookmarked - thank you for sharing this hub :)

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      TexasT 6 years ago

      Very interesting and informative hub. Learned some new techniques. Thank you.

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      gss 6 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for the tips. This is informative and I will try to do some more dofollow backlinking. Seems like it will help.

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      Joshwinvp 6 years ago from Chicago

      Wow, I never realized that there were social bookmarking sites out there that had rev share. That's always good to know! Thanks.

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      MartyWare 6 years ago from New South Wales Australia

      Thanks for such a cool article. This Hub really stands out from the crowd and there is just so much great content.

      Lots to learn here and digest.

      I will post this on my Hubpages Tribe Blog.

      Marty Ware

      The SEO Dad & the creator of the Hubpages Tribe.

      ps: Tip_ automates bookmarking submissions

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      Aimee Leone 6 years ago from London

      Google Search Engine Ranking Optimization Tips is a good article for webmaster, i appreciate content writer, Thanks for article.

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      CarpetDiem 6 years ago from Southern California


      Great hub. You started with the most important point, Content is King. It's amazing how many people want to skip this... but if your content is junk (or even just average), why bother trying to get it to rank?

      Now I'm off to check out your hub, How to Remove a Bra, which I noticed at the end of your article. Interesting change of subject. :) Steve

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      po 6 years ago

      it's a good hub.

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      rui paiva 6 years ago from Somewhere in the world

      Excellent and useful Hub.

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      Medical Writer 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you for listing the networkings sites with revenue share.

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      SurferGirl1 6 years ago from California

      good seo article!

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      TruckinDr 6 years ago

      Very informative to a person experienced in the terminology you were using I would assume, but to a newbie to these things a bit too overwhelming however just seeing a proper blog format is a great help.

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks everyone:

      @TruckinDr Yes, I suppose I might have gotten ahead of myself. Ironically my objective was to be as simplistic as possbile but I can see what you mean. Occasionally I assume the reader knows the jargon -- thank you for bringing it up, it is a valid point.

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      stacyjwx 6 years ago from MA

      I found this information very useful!

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      TechViaggio 6 years ago

      Good points. One caveat about sitemaps is some people think they solve all their problems. In other words, their sites have navigational or crawling issues that should be fixed, but because they've submitted a sitemap, they think they are OK.

      Also, when people are considering long tail keywords they should also look at the search frequency and competition. It doesn't do you any good to be #1 for a phrase only 4 people type into the search box.

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      growtharc 6 years ago

      Ohhhh. This is a complete article. I really liked it. Really Gr8 one.

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      nikitha p 6 years ago from India

      very informative and nice hub!

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      rajan1311 6 years ago from bangalore, India

      great hub sir, will be registering on your site soon :)

      also, I tried registering on squidoo, but they say I can register there as too many spammers are from my "area", any workaround for that ?

      Will be sharing this article with my friends :)

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      hira81 6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Very resourceful hub. Thanks.

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      shovan. 6 years ago

      Hi man i am new in hubpages..i take your's very helpful.

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      BadSelfHelp 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Nicely done. Very clear and concise.

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      Prakash T 6 years ago from Pune

      Great ideas. I will surely implement your strategies in my websites.

      Hats off to you for providing the public tons of useful info.

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      Laura Irwin 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I'm probably the only one to say I have no clue what you were talking about. I guess I need to learn a lot more before I understand the message here. My take home message was I am more computer illiterate than I thought.

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      BMG 6 years ago from timor laste

      great hub....thanks

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      xnotion 6 years ago

      very helpful, thank you!

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      the creator 6 years ago

      I'm interested in blackhat techniques any suggestions?

      Awesome hub very informative.

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      the creator, I'm currently building a hub dedicated to blackhat marketing. If you can hang in there it will be up soon! ;)

      If you can't, you could browse popular forums such as and get a feel for it.

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      tthudium 6 years ago

      So squid stop is a website YOU own. Looks pretty interesting

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Correct tthudium, it isn't much right now though ;)

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      infanttoddlerclth 6 years ago from USA

      Hi! this Hub is awesome. The information is very informative and concise. I Rated, Followed, Shared and Bookmarked it. Thanks for sharing. =)

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      Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

      SEO, google, twitter, so much information. I try hard to get it right, and am always reading whatever I can to update my information. This is a great read with so much useful information. Had to share it. And I am looking forward to your blackhat marketing article. In the meantime I will definately visit the forum you mentioned above.

      Thanks. This one is shared and bookmarked.

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you infanttoddlerclth!

      @Duchess: Thanks for the feedback and bookmarks!

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      Babypushchairs 6 years ago

      Please note that Squidoo is similar to Hubpages. They are both nofollow until they accumulate a certain number of points.

      Nice Hub...thanks

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks for the heads up Bp, I will note it!

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      lulubell1798 6 years ago

      Thank you ! you have good hubs

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      UNLOVED ROHIT 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing your knowledge

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      legendindia 6 years ago

      Great hub.Your hub is a very informative.I think you have a much knowledge about Google Ranking optimization.

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      kidsgamesonline 6 years ago from uk

      Thank you for the detailed article. i have been using Market Samurai for a while now and its truly amazing software.

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      nancybotwin 6 years ago from San Jose

      this is an interesting hub. but i wonder about black hat tactics. i would be scared to use them because you can get your online presence kicked off, can't you??

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      Shawn McCconnell 6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      I support all your white hat techniques but even suggesting blackhat method to newbs who will read this and try it out isn't the best.

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks Kids!

      @Nancy: If you don't know what you are doing it can happen, yes. Thanks for your time!

      @McConnell: I haven't really provided the means, but it may be as you say. However, even though I don't use these methods, it pays to know about them. Thanks for your feedback!

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      kukuruyuk 6 years ago

      I know you are master of SEO. I like all your explain. Bookmark :)

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      Your Knowledge 6 years ago

      Great info, thanks!

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      kevin 6 years ago

      very good hub. Thanks. Ive been reading a lot about promoting as an essential part of online life and your article sets the parameters nicely. Soon as i finish my new website im gonna become a promotion master ! ha !

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      kevin 6 years ago

      This is one thing i love about hub pages. Great community and great info from folks like yourself.

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      hubpageswriter 6 years ago

      Amazing hub and lots to learn for sure. I can never deny the blogging part as it works wonders for sure. I'm going to have to bookmark this hub, well done. I enjoy this so much.

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      couponalbum 6 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      This is one of the best and complete article on SEO. Well done!! Bookmarked it!

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      belliott 6 years ago

      Great summary of SEO best practices. Great job!

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      socaldave 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Very concise article full of valuable reference material. This hub is at top of my list to bookmarkr; keep up the great work. I would, however caution against blackhat methods because the long term risk far outweighs the short term gains.

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      kevinpeterson 6 years ago


      I have heard a lot about Market Samurai. Here also are two positive feedbacks in comments. First of all let me try with free 40 day trial software.

      Thanks for such an informative hubpage.

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      Artoflegendindia 6 years ago

      Great hub.Thank you for sharing your knowledge.your hub is a helpful for ours. when we will want to improve our sites ranking your hub will help me. your hub teach how to improve sites ranking with the help of Google tools, seo,market samurai.I appreciate your hub.keep it up.

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      davies856 6 years ago from UK

      Thats a very good article there but I would be wary of the auto blogs.

      I have a small list of methods I use with is traffic rather than SEO focussed and easy to implement. Check my own post on traffic

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the solid and easy to understand instructions! I have read many hubs on this and similar topics, but this is one of the best explanations of the techniques. Rated and voted up :D

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      KKalmes 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hello thooghun, my head is spinning... "too much input", but I love it. This stuff is slowly sinking into the quicksand that acts a sieve for my brain. There is so much info here that I bookmarked your site and bookmarked half of the reference sites... I'm going to be so smart one of these days and rich!

      thumbs up and useful... although, a better rating would be excellent.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great resource! Wonderful! Have bookmarked!

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks everyone, I'm having a hard time keeping up!

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      Richard 6 years ago

      Very much appreciated the article. But I was hoping to find an "expert" opinion: Is using social bookmarking services like pingfm, onlywire, etc... self-defeating? Somewhere (wish I knew where) I got the idea that if you bookmark 20 sites at the same time with the same keywords and description, the search engine algorithms see this and discount the value of such bookmarking. Worse, the searchengine downgrades the bookmarked site (slap?). So is there, or is there not a danger in using submitter services that the relevant site could be harmed in page rank etc.??

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Hi Richard good question!

      I use social bookmarking in part for back links, and in part for organic traffic. Unlike article marketing and directory submission (blogging... and a lot more!), then, duplicate content syndication is less of an issue.

      Google themselves have stated repeatedly that duplicate content does not penalize a website, but it is given very little weight (otherwise we'd all spam our competitors off the rankings). Since a social backlink is generally worth little anyway, with the exception of traffic, you aren't losing very much in terms of juice.

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      Richard Goutal 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for that fast answer. Much appreciated. Willing to straighten me out once more? "I'll use the Do Follow bookmarking sites for the backlink SEO value, and the No Follow bookmarking sites for the organic 'buzz' value - understanding that it would take a lot more bookmarks to make much of a buzz." Does that statement sound reasonable to you?

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Exactly Richard ;)

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      Richard Goutal 6 years ago

      Thanks again!

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      Ileane 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Hi Tooghun. I learned a lot in the Hub and in the questions generated by the comments.

      I have free blogs from wordpress and blogger and just launched a self hosted wordpress blog. It's a great way to build links for myself.

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Hi Ileane, I'm glad I was of help!

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      IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka

      really useful information and now I am your follower

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you IndikaT, glad I was of use!

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      wicklesscandles 6 years ago

      Wonderful hub. You mention a couple of sites I was not aware of or taking advantage of. This will be very helpful.

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      jesslsch 6 years ago from Westminster, MD

      Thank you so much for your help, this hub will help me immensely as I am brand new at this whole thing!

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      iamalegend 6 years ago from EARTH

      cool dude

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      SHILAHO 6 years ago

      This is wonderful information. Thanks a lot.

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      FindYourSearch 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fantastic article! Can't believe I didn't see it sooner. Extra props for the "Where's Waldo" image. It's always a challenge to find a fresh image to illustrate SEO concepts. :)

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you all!

      FYS: Thank you, it took me awhile to find something suitable -- as you say -- its always a challenge ;)

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      stagticket 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Amazing, i appreciate your list of link building sites. Much appreciated.

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      Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      This article is excellent. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us. It will take a while to digest it, but I am patient and will read it carefully. I am following you, and have enjoyed several of your hubs, referring my daughter to one of them on flirting. Happy writing.

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      L a d y f a c e 6 years ago from Canada

      This hub is awesome! Well written, detailed, informative... thank you for sharing!

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      ns1209 6 years ago from UK - England

      This is a really nice, thorough hub and I thank you for it!

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      Jesse Broman 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      First off, thanks for the info.

      I think many don't release that white-hat techniques are inherently a better strategy for success. when you do things like participating in hubpages or some kind of online community building for links, rather than spamming you are guaranteed to get more traffic. not only that, you will get more SUPPORT!

      Hubpages is awesome, and is probably all you need for linkbuilding.

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      jackie.t 6 years ago

      Hi, great hub and thanks for posting the link building list, it's my personal hate that one!

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      pedrog 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this great information, i'm always trying to improve myself reading other hubbers experience, this hub is full of useful information, thanks.

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      Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Is Waldo really there? I'm bookmarking this to get back to when I have PLENTY of time to absorb all this info. Looks great.

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      DIY Backlinks 6 years ago

      very good source of information on this article. Thanks for a good read.

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      giwrgos12 6 years ago from San Diego

      Awesome Hub-page. I add this Hub-page to my bookmarks

    • profile image 6 years ago

      Fantastic hub! seo really plays a great part for a site's success. All the information you have said is really helpful and can help many people.

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      Flaura78 6 years ago from UK

      I am telling you this is the first time I came across you but the stuff you published here is pretty powerful. Some so called gurus would write a book and sell this info for big bucks!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      tony 6 years ago

      You have outline very important point that are essential in optimizing the web. I love to promote the use of white hat ways in optimizing since they are more permanent and gives you real people and not fake identities.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      GordonCampbell 6 years ago

      Excellent info here and cracking links, I've saved them to a word document.

      Thanks for writing that hub, much appriciated.


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      belko002 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      So do you think blackhat methods should be completely avoided or do you think you should mix "gray hat" tactics into your marketing strategy? I'm really curious about this because I've heard so much conflicting evidence and opinions on both sides.

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      Leann Zarah 6 years ago

      Nice hub. Thanks for creating it. :)

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      Bennett Thompson 6 years ago from Portland, OR

      Great post! So I checked out your targeted keywords for this post and saw 'search engine ranking optimization' on page 1 of Google's SERP. A fairly competitive keyword phrase with some descent traffic. The proof is in the pudding. Thank you for sharing this.

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      kev8 6 years ago

      Thanks for the above,it is very relevant to a number of projects I am working on at the moment.I am book marking it and will refer back to it again. Thanks again!!!

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      dablufox 6 years ago from Australia

      Some good solid advice, I hope you don't mind if I steal some of your ideas. Thanks for your honesty and all the best!

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      SEO 6 years ago

      Wow! That is a plethora of great information, thanks.

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      Create a Website - Tutorials 6 years ago

      That is really useful info. Hubpages is awesome, and is probably all you need for linkbuilding.

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      Glemoh101 6 years ago

      I think the best tool to improve your page rank is market samurai.

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Awesome! I've used some of your tips and I'm seeing a significant increase in traffic to my hubs. Thank you!!

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      Kelly347 6 years ago

      Great tips~ thanks for sharing! I voted up.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Wow.. that's LOTS of information! Thank you- Voted up and useful.

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Google keyword tool is the best thing I've tried. My traffic increased immediately!! It was exciting to see that. Thanks for all the great tips!!!

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      Seoservicehub 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot for such information.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Nicely done and quite a lot of information.

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      Bryce 5 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Thanks for this comprehensive overview of white hat techniques. Just what I needed to find right now! Great details and organization.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Very interesting blog! Well, then let's try it out.

      Useful and VOTE UP!

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      google seo 5 years ago

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      Stellar Phoenix 4 years ago

      This content is wicked! You certainly know how to keep a reader happy. Between your wit and your pictures, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost..hehe) Wonderful job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool! Stellar Phoenix Review

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      I tried getting a site map for my hubpage site with XML and it didn't work do you have any recommendations?

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