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SEO jungle_No# 002

All the resources you need to handle the never ending story of SEO.

SEO is obviously a never ending story, so I assume there is no such thing as to much information.
But there is apparently a few things one should make sure of in any case. Rules of thumb so to speak.

As I rumbled through all the different bloggs going on about SEO and such (some good, some not so good and a few down right awful), it slowly became clear to me what was the most important issues one had to make sure of. The ones you can not do without.
The rest is up to you, depending on time available, recourse at hand, knowledge and determination.

But before we get down to the nitty gritty specifics of SEO, there is a few resources I used to reach the conclusions I’m about to reveal here in this article series.
For various reasons I find it important, that you too get access to thees very same resources.
Cos like I said, SEO is obviously a never ending story, and one needs to stay on top.

Key word here is time.
SEO is obviously serious business, but so is sales, marketing and production too.
We have to make sure the time we spend harvesting knowledge and news on SEO, are time well spent.
That’s where I think I can help you a little bit.

You see, there is a few of the resources I used for this article series, that have been with me for some time, and I feel I can really recommend them to you as very useful and time saving.
I have went through a lot more than this, but if I knew then (before I started the research for this series), what I know now…the ones I am about to mention, would have been enough.

So let’s hope it saves you time that I have done some sorting out for you.
Don’t forget, this will take time and work. And there is no short cuts.You just need to hang in there, take one step at the time, load the recommended bloggs and podcasts in to your feed (you got to have one, ore you are already lost before you get started) and start soaking up the basic knowledge.

Boagworld and net magazine
First I want to lead your attention to a podcaster, web designer, twitter nerd, accessibility expert, sworn advocate of web standards and all around nice guy Paul Boag from the podcasts Boagworld and net magazine.

I started to listen to Mr. Boag a year and a half ago on his podcast Boagworld, and when he started the net magazine podcast I just rolled with that to.
This is two podcasts that I can guarantee will give you all you need to know about web design, SEO, marketing, technology and everything else associated the web in general. And it is entertaining too. I mean, what more can you ask?

The blog that comes along with Boagworld, boagworld.com is a treasure full of resources for the seasoned web designer, the beginner, the web owner and everybody else involved with the Internet.

So Boagworld, boagworld.com and net magazine is my top tips today, but not my only tip.
Here comes a list of blogs, web pages and podcasts, that have been in my feed for some time, And have proven them self more than worthy.

Internet marketing voodoo and Internet Marketing Podcast Network
Both thees podcasts comes highly recommended.
They both have an archive full of goodies and sound advice for the web oriented business entrepreneur. And I would recommend anyone with the time and a mp3 player to download thees two podcasts (all posts), and get down to it.

When you want to dig down really deep in to something, the verbal advice is not always enough. Therefor we must supplement the podcasts with the finest there is of bloggs

I have to admit that this first blog has not been with me for very long time, as opposed to the rest of them. But I will still put it up as my top blog tip this time around.
A list apart
Is a blog that covers everything related to building and running web sites. This is what it says in the intro to the blog:
“A List Apart Magazine explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices”.
I would just recommend you read as much as you can from this blog. And don’t forget to load it in to your rss feed.

My next tip is:
The Web Optimist
This is a blog that very often brings relevant and interesting news about SEO, and also the web in general.
So if you are a web entrepreneur with goals, and plans about monetizing your web page, you would want to keep this blog in your feed
Back in may, he published a list he called:

SEO 101 – A beginners guide to Search Engine Optimization.
It’s a list with descriptions of what the best SEO tips are. This compilation is well thought out, and can be used with minor modifications.
The list is a very good starting point if you just like me, are in the very beginning of the SEO process.
There are a few things in the list that does not work for the free blogger account, but we’ll get to that in a later blog post.And there is another post here in this blog, that i will bring to your attention:

SEO 101 – Image Optimization

In this post, he shows us that the pictures in your page/blog also are objects for the SEO process.

One of the things we are going to have a closer look at, is writing copy for your blog.It is an all over accepted thought that the content (your copy that is) of your blog has a great influence on your ranking with Google, and most likely the other search engines too.

This is my last tip for today, but obviously not the least important since it is a blog about writing good copy.

Copyblogger
Copyblogger is run, written and kept by Brian Clark, who is said to be one of the web’s absolute top experts on the topic.
And for starters I would like to recommend this post. It’s about the most important topics in web copy writing.

I guess this should be enough to keep you occupied for a day ore two, and then I’ll be back with the list of the “must do” SEO tips before you know it.

Stay ranked, and keep blogging
Pos’n

A step by step path through the SEO jungle, for free blogger accounts_No# 001

My blog status at this point was as follows:
My blog was up and running, I had implemented the ads from Adsense. I had even
managed to implement a
sitemap installation , through the Atom feed.
And registered it with Google.

So here I was wondering where to next.
I knew this couldn’t be all there was to SEO. Not after all that racket?… No way! There just had to be more.

First I went around to a few sites I usually go to when there are questions related to web standards, blogging software, web marketing, blogging, web 2.0 matters, accessibility and stuff like that.
I also thought I’d see if I could find a good article on the matter SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

SO first I headed over to boagworld.com, to see what Paul has to say. cos if I’m lucky he might even have a podcast onthe matter. For me that is a time saver.
But if you really want to digg in to something, you need to go further than a podcast can/should aloud it self to go.

As I went on searching for what else to do, in order to improve my blogs ranking with the search engines, something started to dawn on me.
I realized, that if I were to listen to, and follow up on every good CEO advice I came over, it would have me busy for a decade ore two. And that is a tad more than I had in mind. So screening would be necessary, but how?, and by what criteria?
I started to feel swamped.

How on earth was I to know what advices were sound? and what best forgotten
about.
Right! there was no way around it. I had to research a lot more, before I started doing what had to be done. In order not to waste too much of my oh so precious time.

I knocked out a spreadsheet, where I put in and organized everything I came over
related to the subject mater. Links to all the advices, neatly organized in a row, with the short version of the advice as indicator.
There is also a couple of podcasts about the matter, that I
would recommend. They have been in my feed for some time, and I must say it is really worth listening to for the all over advices.

After a few hours of intense research, I had what I needed, and a whole bunch more. But first I had to filter and refine. Then after a little while I had my list of actions to take and, things to read and listen to.
And the spreadsheet I cooked up can be found here.

It’s obvious that it would take more to have this over and done with, than I should squeeze in to a single blog post. So here’s what I’ll do:
I will based upon the different listings, links and posts I have gathered with my research, make a “progression plan”.
Then I will go through that plan one point at the time, one post at the time.

The reason I can’t just point you all in the right directions, and leave you to it; is that most of the advices you find out on the net, is meant for blogs and podcasts with their own genuine IP address on a a dedicated web hotel ore server.
And it is a fact that having your own server ore at least a host address on a
web hotel, is highly recommended considering SEO.

But this post series (yes there will be more episodes), is solely aimed at bloggers/podcasters with a free Google Blogger account.
Not to say that the rest of you won’t benefit from the posts. Cos you will. A lot of this applies to you too.
But I have to sort out what doesn’t applie for us with the free accounts. That’s the purpose here.

Meanwhile check the spreadsheet, and I’ll be back with the next episode of this epic before you know it, and then I will present my brand new SEO agenda.

POS’n