Merchant Datafeeds: Is The Writing On The Wall?

Dr. Andy Williams from ezSEO makes a prediction for this year that sites using scripts and software to crank out hundreds or thousands of pages to spam the search engines with (ie. merchant datafeeds) are going to take a serious hit. He’s suggesting that Google, Yahoo, MSN and other search engines won’t even ‘spider’ these types of sites.

EZ-SEO Article

{Scary Thought}

He encourages creating sites with real content and real value to protect ourselves from the sure to come changes that the search engines will put in place to stop the spamming. I’ve discussed this before here:

Does Google Hate Affiliates?

I see many affiliates and pros commenting on the importance of adding ‘Real Value’ or ‘Real Content’ to affiliate shopping sites to help build a safety net for your monster datafeed site, but no real solutions or suggestions. I know – we can’t let the competition figure out what we’re up to! πŸ˜† But to tell you the truth, I haven’t come across an affiliate site yet that offers anything special or valuable that the next several dozen don’t (speaking here about large datafeed driven sites selling physical products).

Sure we have the coupon sites or the product ratings sites, but that’s been done to death and more popping up every day. What else is there? How else can affiliates boost the value of their shopping sites (for both visitors and search engines)? Or do we all march out and add coupon/deal forums and ratings features for our visitors to take advantage of? Next we’ll all have the same monster datafeed driven shopping sites with the same forums and the same product ratings/discussions spamming the engines.

This has been a big topic of discussion between myself and another Super Aff friend. I really don’t know what the answer is. Yet. πŸ˜†

Maybe it’s time for me to start looking seriously at CPC rather than CPA and make a move away from product sales somewhat.

PS: Sign up for Andy’s newsletter. It’s not one long, continuous sales pitch. It’s a very info rich resource, and free! – Thanks Andy! (And he’ll give ya a big chuckle when he talks about his new baby daughter).

Bill Clinton, Chinese Government, And Search Engines

Former president Bill Clinton on Monday helped launch a new Internet search company backed by the Chinese government which says its technology uses artificial intelligence to produce better results than Google Inc.

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Hey I like this Accoona Engine!! Search result #6 for a key phrase of mine on one aff site. This same aff site does well in Yahoo and MSN (top ten for both).

Accoona takes its name from the Swahili phrase, “accoona matata,” for “no worries,” popularized by Disney’s film, “The Lion King.”

Well this engine seems to have some high profile people involved, will be interesting to watch.

New Free Tool – PR Transfer Value

Wow this tool is new to me, and I think I’ll sneak it onto my bookmark page for steady use.

Use this tool to estimate the value of page rank (pr) that any page on the internet will transfer to a link on that page. We believe that the search engines use a more or less similar formula.

Biz Whiz PR Checker

Although I don’t want to get too selective in terms of soliciting inbound links, I will use this solely for link exchanges (where I intend to get quite picky). It will also be great to see which directories will perform best. I’ll keep in mind that this tool provides an estimate only, but I’m curious to see what I’ve been working with.

Run a few of your domains through this freebie tool, then cnn.com

We have a lot of work to do.

πŸ˜†

Tips To Submitting To Directories

My goal is to submit my sites to directories or link exchanges at least once a week, so I’ve been at it again. I found a few new ones to try and I’ll post those a bit later.

Here’s what I look for when digging for inbound links:

The link to my site must be a pure text link, no scripts at all. Some directories or link exchanges hide this with javascript, so right click on a link already displayed on the page you’re submitting to, then check the Properties. If the link is pure (http://domainname.come), then it’s more than likely a good link.

The page my site is going to be displayed on has to have some Google PR. I’ll bend this rule if the category is newish or not filled with links or if the main page has good PR. I’ll also dig around in the page source to see if there’s a block robots command in there. There’s a reason why there’s no PR displayed and unless the site or page is new, someone’s probably blocking the spiders somewhere. This trick is normally done with link exchanges or sites requiring a link back. Don’t bother – if the page your link will be listed on won’t be spidered, it won’t do you a dang bit of good. But they’ll get a nice boost from your link. Shady dealings huh. Chances are though if there is PR displayed – no spiders are being blocked. They wouldn’t get PR if it was.

I don’t usually start submitting my sites hardcore until I have some PR displayed on the site. Too many directories and link exchanges won’t accept your site because it displays a 0 PR. They don’t know if it’s because your domain is banned by Google, penalized or what. So they won’t link to it.

A few directories or search engines are willing to link to 0PR sites and I’ve had good luck with:

Jayde Directory
Search Sight

The links may be scripted, but they do bring some spiders to your new site. I’ve had good luck with these.

I know there are affiliates and webmasters that run their own mini networks and don’t worry too much about running out to fetch inbound links. I do think though that it’s important to have as many different domains and Class C IP Ranges linking to you as possible. A good mix can’t hurt.

Free Directories To Try

With the recent reminder of my pathetic progress in the Google PR game, I spent some time submitting a few sites to directories this week.

I found a few new ones (to me) and they were easy enough to submit to. Don’t mind me while I direct the links to the specific categories I most like (smile). I better get my site links approved for this or they’re off da list! lol

PrimoDirectory

WebWorldIndex

OneBigIndex

Fabarooni

Network-Room

Deep-Directory

Hedir

Onestop-Directory

Hobbyline

SightQuest

HaaBaa

Onestop-Directory

Google Page Rank

With the recent Google Toolbar Page Rank update, I still haven’t really budged.

One site dropped from a 4 to a 3, others stayed the same, and a new site was given a 2. I can only seem to manage a steady PR of 3 which is somewhat frustrating but at least it’s workable in terms of building link exchanges.

I’ve tried many things to get a site listed in DMOZ (I really want the authority and the PR a link from DMOZ would give).

I’ve built one content site, purely info driven with one single affiliate ad on each page. Didn’t get in.

I’ve built one content site, no affiliate ads, some direct ebook sales (reseller product) in an adsense style presentation – didn’t get in.

I’ve built one 100% all info site, no affiliate ads or sales of any kind. Didn’t get in. This one especially ticked me off because I just checked that category and a very plain, no page design of any kind, info quite a bit less than what I provided was approved. The site looks like a last minute “cut-and-paste” some notes and upload kind of job. I’m not kidding.

So to heck with DMOZ, I’m not wasting my time with building sites just for them to ignore.

I found this blog recently and I don’t know? Is it true? I guess human nature being what it is, and the authority and link quality DMOZ can give to websites, I believe it’s possible that many (not all) DMOZ editors protect their own interests so to speak.

Corrupt DMOZ Editor

I guess if I want in, I’ll need to find a good category I can work with and become an editor myself.