The Google “Search, Plus Your World” Update: 6 Must-Read Blog Posts…

Google Search Plus Your World Update - SEO and Google+ AdviceLast week Google made another change to its algorithm.

This is an update they’re calling Search, Plus Your World.

So what is this change? 

How will it affect SEO services?

And how will it affect your Internet business?

Basically Google now includes three factors in an individual’s search results.

These are all taken from a searcher’s Google account and experiences from specific websites:

  1. Personal Results: Photos, posts and preferences from your Google + account and other Internet properties.  This includes what has been shared and things that people in your “Circles” share with you.
  2. Profiles in Search: Search results from people in your Circles, plus anyone you might want to follow – Based on your interests.
  3. People and Pages: What people and Google+ pages are related to a specific topic.  This will make it easier to follow someone because you can immediately add them to your social account.

It’s the intention of the Search, Plus Your World to incorporate personal contacts into search results.  For instance, here’s what I get when I enter the phrase train for a marathon:

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How to Get 1 Million Website Visitors in ONE Year [Traffic and Conversion #4]

How to Increase Your Blog Traffic SeriesWelcome to the January 2012 edition of the Traffic and Conversion series!

In this monthly blog report, I list the exact strategies I use to increase traffic to this blog {and other websites.}

Today’s post is a special one.

That’s because I’m going to provide an overview of how I plan on getting 1 million visitors to this blog in 2012.

This is a major goal that will take a lot of work to achieve.

But I’m fully confident that it can be done.

Before we get to the *meat* of this post, let’s go over the stats from last month:

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103 High PR One Way Backlinks to Improve Search Engine Rankings

One Way High Page Rank (PR) Backlinks

All Internet businesses need a solid search engine optimization (SEO) strategy.

One Way High Page Rank (PR) Backlinks…And every search engine strategy needs a variety of backlinks.

…And the backlinks need to come from sites with high Google PageRank (PR).

Ultimately it’s these high PR backlinks that determine where your site will rank in the search engines for specific keyword phrases.

The question is – “How do you get a variety of backlinks without wasting a lot of time or money?”

This is something I’ve asked myself in the last few months as I develop my niche affiliate income sites.

When it comes to search engines, I believe in the 4 V’s of backlinks:

  1. Volume: The quantity of links to your site
  2. Variety: The number of different links to your site
  3. Velocity: The speed you get links to your site
  4. Verbiage: The anchor text on the link to your site

Now there’s one thing that sucks about building backlinks – If you do it wrong, you’ll get “Sandboxed” or even delisted by Google.  {This is bad.}

My advice is to think carefully about how you get backlinks to your site. In other words, only get links from sites that Google likes.  To help you get started, I’ve found a number of high PR sites where you can get backlinks.

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How to Increase Your Google Website Traffic by 30.01% [Traffic and Conversion #3]

How to Increase Google Ranking Traffic

How to Increase Google Ranking TrafficIt’s time for another update of Traffic and Conversion!

In this series, I list the specific tactics I use to increase web traffic to my Internet properties.

(Specifically I talk about what I’m currently doing to get more visitors to

In the last month I’ve worked hard at improving my blog traffic.

And in this post I’ll show…

How to increase search engine traffic by 30.01% in a single month! < – – Re-Tweet this!

Before we get to that, let’s look at the overall traffic stats for November.

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Build My Rank Review – How to Get Backlinks that Google LOVES

Build My Rank Review Update: Build My Rank has shut down because many of the sites in its blog network have been de-indexed by Google.  So I no longer recommend this tool.  You can get more details in this blog post

As we’ve all learned, backlinks are a key factor for how Google ranks a page in their search results.

Put simply, the more quality backlinks you have the higher your site will rank.  (Okay… that was a major simplification.)

Basically there are two choices when it comes to backlinks:

  1. You can hope people will link to a site because they like the content
  2. You can use tools to [semi] automate the process of getting backlinks.

Frankly, I have always thought that most backlinking tools are complete junk, because they usually are.  Some will get your site penalized by the all mighty Google.  Others create lots of “junk content” throughout the Internet which does nothing for your site.

In the last month, I’ve tested about a dozen backlinking tools for my niche affiliate income series.

And the only one I endorse is Build My Rank {yup, that’s my affiliate link.}

So let’s talk about Build My Rank (BMR) and learn how it gets backlinks that actually improve your search engine listings:

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How to Increase Visitor “Time on Site” by 618% [Traffic & Conversion #2]

How to Increase Blog Visitor Length

How to Increase Blog Visitor LengthWelcome to the 2nd update of the traffic and conversion series.

This is a monthly blog post where I discuss specific strategies I use to drive more traffic to my sites and how I convert these web visitors.

(Specifically I detail what I’m currently doing with

Last time, I discussed 7 ways to increase blog traffic by 25.35%.

Today I’ll talk about a strategy that I’m currently using to increase the amount of time people spend on my site…by as much as 618%.

But first, let’s see what happened in October…

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7 Actions that Increase Blog Traffic by 25.3% [Traffic & Conversion #1]

How to Increase Blog TrafficWe all want to increase blog traffic.

And we all would like to make more money.

That’s why it’s important to take a strategic approach for growing our blogs.

Starting last month (September) I made the commitment to focus on increasing readership for the Steve Scott Site.

My goal is simple:  Get more blog traffic and convert readers into ‘action takers.’

In addition, I’m also implementing the same strategic approach with my niche affiliate sites.

The end result is a series called Traffic and Conversion.

Each month, I’ll test something new with my sites.

Then I’ll report back the results.

The idea here is to provide YOU with specific actions for expanding your Internet business.

I’m pretty excited about this series.  I think you’ll learn a lot from it!

To get things going, I’d like to talk about something that’s important to any blogger…

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Weekend Reading: 7 “Must Reads” on Improving Web Traffic

Improving Web TrafficI’m almost done with my travels for the summer (Just one more trip to Mississippi.) Once that’s done, I’m dedicating my time to a simple goal: Get more traffic to the Steve Scott Site.

Now, I need a strategy if I want to increase traffic. That’s why I’ve been reading a lot of content on this subject. In today’s post, I’d like to mention some of the best resources I’ve found:

1) 5 Ways Google Plus can Help Affiliate Marketing: On my blog, Peter wrote a detailed analysis of how to use the brand-new Google+ site. Some people have been raving about this service. Read this post to learn how it works and how to add it to your Internet business.

2) Web Traffic: Yes, this is a link to a blog; not a piece of content. But I want to give an overall recommendation of Ana’s Traffic Generation Cafe. This is one of my favorite destinations for staying current on web traffic strategies. So check out her latest articles and subscribe to her to RSS Feed for future updates.

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5 Ways Google Plus can Help Blogging Affiliate Marketing

Today’s guest post is really timely.  In the last week, I’ve signed up for the new Google Plus service.  But I’m not really sure what it is and how to use it.  Fortunately Peter Mugi does a great job of explaining how to use this site…

Google Plus (Google+) is Google’s latest attempt at social network.  It has become a hot talk on the internet (it accounted for 35% of tweeted news links in the week immediately after it’s launch in June 2011).

I like Google+ not only because it’s a great social networking service, but also since it’s an amazingly powerful tool for all bloggers and affiliate marketers.  In just a few days, it boosted the visitor count of one of my blogs and assisted me to prepare a niche marketing campaign I’m going to launch soon.

In this article I’ll show you all bloggers and affiliate marketers how you could benefit from Google+.  Before I introduce it, let’s have a look at some solid data.

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11 Article Marketing Lessons YOU can Learn from an Account with 2,338,985 Views

Do you use ezine-articles a major part of your article marketing strategies?  If so, you’ll want to pay close attention to this po

Today, I’m going to reveal 11 lessons from an article marketing account that has over 2,338,985 Views.  I learned these the hard way – By making LOTS of mistakes!

So read on to see how to take your ezine articles to the next level.  (Also keep an eye out for the free article template hidden somewhere in this post.)


POST PANDA NOTE:  Since this article was written the Google “Panda” and “Scrapper” have come and gone.  6 months have nearly come and gone since these updates.  This has been enough time to prove that these article marketing strategies do, in fact, still work.

Let’s be honest.  The days of writing a single ezine-article and having it rank #1 for competitive keywords are long gone.  This is as much due to increased competition as the Google updates.  But article marketing is far from dead.

The Article Marketing Strategies in this post have been changed (where needed) to better match the Post-Panda article marketing world.

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Herding Kittens- A Review of Best-Reviewer

Herdint kittens and backlinking

Herdint kittens and backlinkingGetting traffic

whether to your article, blog, landing page or affiliate offer is a huge desire for many.

Whether they are bloggers, affiliate marketers, article writers, freelancers, amazon affiliates or website owners.

The desire is for more.

More traffic.  More eyes on what you write.  More!  More! More!!!

The problem is that getting this extra traffic can seem like herding kittens.

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