If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
The most important skill a blogger can have is an ability to write. Sounds obvious I know, but the best way you can improve your blog is to improve your writing. If you think about your favorite blogs they are likely written well and have a unique voice guiding them. Here’s a simple exercise you can use to improve your own writing and help take your blog to the next level.
Will Barry tie and then pass Hank? Will A-Rod join the 500 home run club. Will Tom Glavine finally get his 300th win? All could happy this weekend if the cosmos align. What do these questions have to do with SEO, business, marketing, and the world of search? Nothing of course, but the links below all do. As always there’s plenty of news to cover and plenty of interesting articles on the other side of the links. On with the This Week In SEO show.
On Tuesday the Google Webmaster Central Blog announced that the supplemental tag would be removed from search results. While not unexpected, the news is disappointing and the reasons given for the tags removal still strike me as hollow and little more than supplemental spin.
How knowledgeable are you about search engine optimization? Rand wants to know.
Since he’s often disappointed with the level of knowledge of practicing SEOs, Rand decided to post 10 questions you should know before offering paid seo services. You should definitely know nearly all of these if you plan to charge for optimization, though these 10 questions are certainly not the end all and be all of seo. Rand promised to post his answers sometime in the next day or two, but here are mine.
Do you comment on blogs? Do you read blog comments? Do you think comments can add value to a blog?
Dave Winer doesn’t think comments are necessary and may even hurt a blog. Joel Spolsky takes it even further calling comments an infringement on the freedom of expression of the blogger. Rand takes the opposite point of view and sees comments as incredibly valuable. I side with Rand here, though I will offer the it depends caveat and also say that both Dave and Joel make some very valid points.