Don’t use the Google Link: Operator

Every webmaster knows that getting links to a website are crucial to help the ranking for their websites. For that reason, many webmasters like to check and monitor the backlinks they have to their site. Some use the Google link: operator and then get dismayed as they see so few links to their sites and think that Google has not found all the links to their sites and start to panic and think that is the reason their site is not ranking as well as it should. The problem is that the Google link: operator has never shown all the links to a site and only ever shows a small random sample. If you want to check your backlinks, do not use the Google link: operator and use more reliable services.

The Value of a Good Alexa Ranking

It has no value! I hate to think how many times you see in webmaster forums people asking advice as to how they can improve their Alexa ranking. I can never understand why they would want to. A good or bad Alexa ranking counts for nothing.

Alexa rank websites based on the number of visitors to a site with the Alexa toolbar installed in their browser. They claim over a million users, which is impressive, but the pool of user is probably a more technically orientated group of users, so the Alexa rankings are obviously going to be biased towards the sorts of sites that more technically orientated people visit. It is also so easy to fake an Alexa ranking, simply by visiting your own site every day (and get a few friends to do it as well). Even if your Alexa ranking improves, it does not mean anything. The search engines do not use the Alexa data.

Perhaps the only advantage to a good Alexa ranking is that if you want to sell a site, you can increase the Alexa ranking to impress a future purchaser about your traffic. Too bad most buyers are wise to this sort of manipulation. What do you think will happen to the Alexa ranking after the sale?

Podiatry Experts

Podiatry Experts is a question and answer forum where people with foot problems can ask a podiatrist expert about it. We were given the assignment of creating questions for the experts to answer. This assignment came from the administrator of the Foot Health Forum following our project with them and who is also the administrator of Podiatry Arena (another popular site in that niche). Some of the simple questions we created were to do with barefoot running; plantar fasciitis and medial tibial stress syndrome.

Foot Health Forum

This was one of our previous assignments. The Foot Health Forum was originally developed for those with foot problems and complications to discuss with each other and with podiatrists about their foot problems. Some of the common topics of discussion at this forum included plantar fasciitisSevers disease; Jones fractures and many other common foot problems. This forum has really got going and is self sustaining. There is plenty of activity and plenty of advice for those with foot problems.

Coca Cola Collectibles

We just finished up doing a job for the Coca Cola Collectibles forum. This is a forum for Coca Cola enthusiasts and collectors of Coca Cola Memorabilia. It was a challenging assignment, as knowledge of this topic is not an everyday thing! We had to check out a number of Coca Cola Memorabilia sites to get a good understanding of the area and to know what sorts of questions to start discussions and interaction of with. We even managed to get them a featured listing at the forum directory.