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The Beginning for Me to Learn Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

By Edited Jun 10, 2015 1 16

Do you remember the way you were when you hardly knew anything about Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? It was just recently that I practically hardly knew the details about it. I don't clearly remember any article about SEO that I read. I vividly remember technology journalist Leo Laporte telling his listeners DON'T spend any money on SEO. I unfortunately, don't remember how he phrased his reasons for spending $0.00. He always tells callers to go out and do the marketing of their products/services by themselves.

Now I know quite a bit of Search Engine Optimization after learning how to create pages that are on par with Mahalo's standards, and being part of Questions & Answers at Mahalo. I had enjoyed the revenue sharing aspect at Mahalo's website. They got rid of the writers who wrote pages for them. Now, they have guides who work for a salary and a bonus revenue sharing from Google Adsense.

It is, or maybe it was, a human-powered search engine. The CEO shall not be mentioned here. Mahalo investors are Sequoia Capital, News Corporation, CBS Interactive, Mark Cuban, and Elon Musk.

The main focus of this article is telling you what I've recently read about Google Adsense, Matt Cutts, and Mahalo. First, there is a short blog post dated June 17, 2010 about Google's possible viewpoint of Mahalo. It is at seroundtable.com/archives/022393.html. A thread on Sphinn (sphinn.com/story/151764) has a person saying that, "Danny pressing Matt C. in You&A might be good for us . . ."

Danny is Danny Sullivan, who is a journalist and founder of Search Engine Land.

Matt C. is Matt Cutts, who joined Google in 2000 as a software engineer. He is now the head of Google's webspam team. A video with him is prominently placed in on one of the pages that Mahalo has. This certain page was apparently created by one of its member, Robbrown.

I am clueless as to what You&A is.

Matt Cutts is the person to talk to about Google's Mayday and SERP (search engine results page) changes.

Two eminent people in the SEO industry think Mahalo is spamming. They are Aaron Wall (seobook.com/official-mahalo-com-spam-according-googles-internal-spam-documents) and Ben Cook (skitzzo.com/archives/mahalo-stealing-content.php).

On Aaron Wall's post dated March 21, 2010, there is a quote from a Google document defining what spam is. I am copying about half of what you would see on his blog.
". . . remove the scraped (copied) content, the ads, and the links to other pages, is there anything of value left? . . ."

Yes, I do agree with you this article turned out quite funky. There's nothing but quick tidbits about people and entities. Yet, it is a start for others and me to learn a lot more about the ongoing of SEO. I'm trying share something important in a unique fashion. At least I didn't stuff this insane article with keywords. LOL. I may write another article about SEO even though I didn't enjoy writing this.

The key thing about SEO is to just use your creative mind to have your blogs and websites to avoid looked upon as spam, which can be relative.



Jul 9, 2010 12:57am
The personal perspective is interesting, might be worth doing it from the first oerson perspective, even if everything is not strictly first person, faction, I think it's called and it can be very powerful
Jul 9, 2010 9:24am
I agree with you (Philtrate) that faction can be very powerful. Some of my articles are written from a first person perspective, even though it isn't me, but I know the person who is playing FaceBook games very well (So my FaceBook articles are 'fiction based upon facts' = faction)
Jul 9, 2010 9:28am
Freedomw, Your article is a good starting point about what to do, or not to do about SEO. But I find it difficult to see whether you did some keyword research (SEO) and wrote your article around your chosen keywords.
Jul 9, 2010 10:53am
Interesting info on SEO's.
Jul 9, 2010 11:28am
It was a bit difficult for me to follow the article with it's broken "tid-bit" nature, but after a second read it came through better. I definitely need to learn more about SEO.
Jul 11, 2010 10:31pm
Thank you everyone for reading my article and commenting on it.

askforme - I didn't do any keyword research while I was writing it. Right now, I just put out articles for others to see.
Jul 23, 2010 7:05am
Hi, I was once like you...not wanting to really concentrate on SEO, SMM, and SEM and then I got certified by taking online courses...It really helps you understand the main purpose of search engine optimization. If you get a chance, check out: http://helpwithyourwebsite.com/searchenginemarketing.aspx
Jul 25, 2010 8:56pm
Thank you Tammy for reading and commenting. I did checked out the link that you recommended, and it looks like I should start learning SEM and SMM.
Aug 15, 2010 10:36pm
What an awesome definition of spam:

“. . . remove the scraped (copied) content, the ads, and the links to other pages, is there anything of value left? . . .”

That should almost be on the top of our draft spot when we're writing. When I started out with this I had no idea what SEO and all this stuff was and I'm still learning it. I do know that though it makes a significant difference once you implement it into your articles in the right way. That's w/o doing keyword research. Just using SEO will increase your views/earnings/etc.
Sep 2, 2010 10:41pm
Thank you jpwriter for reading and commenting on my article. Just like everything else, there's always things to learn about SEO as the ideas of it changes.
Aug 18, 2010 10:13am
Thank you for this article. I am still clueless on a lot of these issues. This is an article filled with advice that is worth a another read. So are the comments. I do not understand that much about keywords. I use social media websites to promote my content. Right now my focus is on guantity with quality. I know that I can eventually go back and tweak my articles as I learn. I will definitely refer to this article again.
Sep 12, 2010 6:33pm
Thank you pwarlick for reading and commenting on my article. I'm glad you found something that you can refer to in the future.
Sep 29, 2010 10:38am
Thanks for sharing your take on SEO, I get bits and pieces, hit and miss and try to do the keywords. thanks for sharing
Sep 29, 2010 7:01pm
Thank you eileen for reading and commenting on my article.
Oct 26, 2010 10:24am
A neat article from your perspective. I think you could build on this and add even more articles that go into further detail about what you've continued to learn, that would be very helpful to others!
Oct 26, 2010 6:58pm
I've thought of writing another article of what I've learned related to SEO, but so far I haven't come up with a lot of ideas. Thank you chberchica for reading and commenting on my article.
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