Cross-eyed linking

May 22, 2008

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Los Angeles is as ambivalent as a cross-eyed cow crossing the street right now. Hot and Cold, hot and cold, wind and humidity, humidity and wind. Southern California is known for awesome whether, but it’s as unpredictable as the crazy bums in downtown and the crazy filthy-rich stars of Hollywood.

Well, on to linking. What shall we learn and explore today? Crosslinking — You don’t have to link in just one direction.

A great way to drive traffic to your website that I will talk about today is crosslinking. If you’re like me, you’ve gotten out there and shook hands with people and maybe applauded them on their blog efforts. You’ve left comments on other blogs to increase your web presence. If you’re like me, the first thing that comes to mind is to network with like blogs. If you have a dating blog, then you link from and socialize with dating bloggers. If you have a health blog, you socialize virtually with health bloggers. And so on and so forth. But the best kind of linking you can do is to link from sites that are indirectly related – sites with themes that have some connection to your site, but doesn’t mirror your site’s product or content. This is called crosslinking.

Just what exactly is crosslinking? It is linking from and making comments on blogs and sites that are diagonally related. If I’m promoting a blog about a toothpaste, I’d crosslink from a dating site and offer them information on how to get fresh breath on their dates. Maybe I’ll search for sites about diabetes because diabetics are more inclined to have bad breath and might need my toothpaste. If I’m promoting nightlamps I’d want to link from home and garden, home decor or home accessories sites. I might even search for sites that are related to rugs, beddings, or wall decor! The possibilities are infinite.

It’s time to get creative and think of other things that you might think of when you think of your product or service. Get out of your online “shell” and network boldly!


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Apologies to the blogosphere and my readers, it is quite a big crime not to post in two straight weeks, been inundated with several personal and career tasks, plus my brother visited from Philly. Excuses, excuses, I know. Learned much in the past couple of weeks. The only way to really learn viral is to ride on the viral tidal wave and surf and surf!

Apparently online surfing is much easier for me than actual surfing. Went surfing in Santa Monica Beach this past weekend and I barely saw a wave coming when I decided to back off enjoy the cool wind lying face down on my towel, and be a total girl and cheer on the guys as they embarked on the whole new world of riding the cool ocean waves. Water was freezing, I didn’t freeze to death, but I froze enough to want to back off.

Personal updates aside, I want to talk about viral video again — I bring up this topic so much because the explosion of viral video interests me — in how it plays such a big part in viral marketing, the kind of attention it gets (in the form of hits) and how different companies have leveraged user-generated video sites like youtube, viddler, metacafe and google videos put some spotlight on a person, service or product. I’ve found a lot of interesting viral videos — ones that have redefined what they could be used for. There really is no limit — after all, viral video is for us, by us. Many are called, few are chosen though. Posting a video on youtube doesn’t always translate to hits.

What weird purposes have driven people to use viral video? And what has generated a lot of traffic?

1. Communicate with the president. This is a video of literally a throng of Filipino prisoners telling our beloved president Gloria Arroyo to wake up from political slumber and start addressing the real problems of Filipino people.

2. Defend the case of religion. Religion has been getting a bad rap, something meant to be a boon but has been perceived lately as a society bane. Really, you’re not that original if you say that “religion is the root of all evil”. I personally think that my spirituality is an indispensable, inextricable part of me. Don’t be mislead by the sexy picture — it’s a cover to grab attention that has nothing to do with the content. I wish they didn’t have to mislead the viewer though. It is great to be socially relevant without having to use a sexual bait.

3. Apply for a dream job at Disney. Watch the video and learn. Resumes are so last century.

4. Publicly apologize. No apologies for this viral video purpose. Remember Kramer’s (of Seinfeld) big faux pas at his comedy club stint? He said sorry — how many hearts he won back I don’t know, but this video merited 1,686,941 hits so far since November 2006.

5. Lastly, and my favorite one — is to edify women. Too many videos use sex (usually in the form of the female anatomy) to sell, to catch attention. Why don’t we use viral video to inspire and lift up for a change? “I am a woman. Look at me. Get to know me. To be known is to be loved and to be loved is to be known.” Check out “Woman at the Well.” This is a contemporary oral interpretation of the Samarian woman at the well that Jesus spoke to in the bible.

The possibilities for viral video is boundless. Find any interesting videos lately?


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Hello sneezers and infecters. The Viral Trolls post is quite a success – I’ve now got bragging rights to the top one spot for the keywords “Viral Trolls.” Apparently, people throw around the troll word all the time, but have not really talked about it much in a single post. Yay, I got the top one spot. It’s not the most profitable keywords in the world, but it does allow me to brag about it in this itty bitty blog.

What I’ve chosen to write about today is to give some “DoFollow” help to viral blog commentors out there. The “revolution”, or “phenomenon” how over you want to call it has been going on for a year or more. So we can move on to why turning your blog into a “dofollow” is utterly profitable and why you should link from “dofollow” sites – let’s see what Wikipedia says about “nofollow” and what it is exactly:

“nofollow is an HTML attribute value used to instruct some search engines that a hyperlink should not influence the link target’s ranking in the search engine’s index. It is intended to reduce the effectiveness of certain types of search engine spam, thereby improving the quality of search engine results and preventing spamdexing from occurring in the first place. The concept for the specification of the attribute value nofollow was designed by Google’s head of webspam team Matt Cutts and Jason Shellen from Blogger.com in 2005.”

“Nofollow” was initiated to fight spam, yet it has affected decent backlinkers and blog commentors as well. Luckily for us we have a choice, as there are more “dofollow” sites emerging, where you can actually be rewarded for your linking efforts.

If you have SEO for FIREFOX you’ll notice that some links are actually highlighted in red — these are “no follow” links — meaning the search engine spiders crawl over them like they don’t exist. Blog comments on “nofollow” blogs usually have a purely viral effect. It could still drive traffic to your site though — in a viral way — somebody clicks on your link and finds your site.

Another way to find out if the link is no follow is to press control + U while you’re at the page in question and search for the words “no follow” on your page’s source page. (does that make sense?) It’s gonna look like a little something like this:

no follow

I actually did some research as to how to make my own blog a “dofollow” blog. I’d love to get a barrage of comments. (Come on, who doesn’t like attention? Even if it is virtual.) It entails getting a plug-in.. I currently cannot use this plugin as of the moment, having a free blog on wordpress.com — but this will be coming soon once I pay for outside hosting — a promise to myself and my readers. Here are some sites that offer wordpress.org hosting. Hosting your blog on another server has a lot of benefits — one among them is being able to join the Do follow revolution. Another is being able to install plug-ins, and some widgets that actually only work on wordpress.org (one of them is Blogrush – the traffic driving widget).

Some hosts:
DreamHost
MediaTemple
Blue Host

For a complete list of hosting services check out wordpress hosting .

Well the obvious question now is, apart from making my blog a do follow blog, how do I find dofollow blogs, forums and etcetera to link from? Where is dofollow web 2.0? A little skittle around the web for dofollow resources actually proved to be very productive. I actually posted a question on digitalpoint forums and asked how to get high PR links without spending a lot? Apparently, I end up answering my own question.

Do follow search engines. Type your keyword and find only dofollow results.

The best one garnering from the feedback of many is Backlinkspot
Some others are
Commenthunt
Ezbusinessneeds

One personal favorite is W3ec . The interface is very revolutionary. (If you check it out you’ll see what I mean.)

Here are some more great links:

21 Dofollow Social Bookmarking Sites
. Bookmark your way to the Pagerank you’ve always dreamed of!
Sites that really do follow. Dofollow directory.
Do follow blog community. Like blogcatalog or technorati, only these is exclusively for bloggers who follow. Did you follow me?
Do Follow Blogs. Another do follow blog directory.
List of forums that allow “do follow” signature links
Sign your way to link juice.

Backlinking has never been so rewarding, and having too many comments never so accepted. If they say you have something to say about everything, maybe you should be saying what you say in do follow blogs.

Hope this helps you. Spread the virus.


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I’ve stumbled upon several great tools for viral marketing that could make your business of spreading good disease much easier, and much more fun. These sites don’t seem to be that prominent on the net, which kind of surprises me.

First site I’d like to present is Cocomment , a community site for people who just seems to have opinions about anything and everything in the blogosphere, in short, blog commentors. I used to track my blog comments through google docs (in my opinion the best thing since sliced bread) , copying and pasting the URL. Cocomment automatically submits your blog comment to your account as a part of “My Conversations” and lets you know if there are any follow-up comments. You can easily join groups with similiar interests and join in the fun comment exchange. Saves the time of seperately looking for blogs and related discussion to your interest. You can also tag your comments so that other interested parties may find it more easily. You also get an rss feed of all your blog comments.

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What about forums and message boards? As we probably all know already, this is a great way to increase web presence, mingle, and generate traffic to your site. Omgili is simply a message board search engine. Just enter your keyword and find a gazillion related boards and forums. They also have a buzz widget that you can download to your site. Just enter any string of keywords and discover and compare just how much buzz has been generated on your keyword the past few days.
omgili

Lastly, the Seo Book Keyword Research Tool . This is a great way to find related sites to your keyword. Get a page with links to the news forums, product review sites, blogs, technorati links, answer sites and more related to your site.

seobook

Any thoughts and additional tips are welcomed. Isn’t web 2.0 a great thing?


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