Maybe SEO Standards Aren’t Such A Bad Idea

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of seo standards since my last post on the subject. Initially I was set completely against standards, thinking them both impossible to enact and basically unnecessary. I’m still not sure if a standards body is feasible, but I am beginning to rethink my stance somewhat or at least I’ve begun to see cases where standards could prove useful.
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Standards? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Standards…Do We?

Every so often the subject of SEO standards makes the rounds through the community. Are standards necessary? Would they help or hurt the industry? One of the sessions at SMX West last month led to a recent post by Jill Whalen arguing against the need for standards which is raising the issue again. Two posts after Jill’s in favor of standards are also generating discussion. I’ve written in the past that I don’t think SEO should be regulated, but there’s more to the debate and I wanted to mention a few points here and ask a few questions of everyone.
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How Many Links Do You Need?

One of the more common questions you see asked in forums is “How many links do I need?” in order to rank for a certain keyword phrase. The question doesn’t really have a specific numerical answer, rather the number of links you need is proportional to the number of pages competing for the phrase. Less competition requires fewer links to rank. More competition requires more links.
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Let The Voting Begin: SEMMY Finalists Announced

2008 SEMMY Finalist

You like me. You must really like me.

Well, maybe it’s not so much me, but the judges accepted my bribes lost their senses and pushed my post on branding for small business and bloggers from nominee to finalist for a Small Business SEMMY.
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SEO Is The High School Cheerleader

Imagine you’re back in high school (painful for some I know). You’re parents are going away for the weekend and you want to have a party; a big party. You want as many people as possible to attend. Unfortunately you only have one invitation to hand out, which asks the person receiving it to invite more friends. There are three people you genuinely like and hope will come to your party, but you can only give out the one invitation. The first person is the school’s computer geek, the second is your English teacher, and the third is the head cheerleader. Who gets the invitation?
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