Facebook Flagging Some Businesses as Spammers

Crying about your placement on Facebook.
Crying about your placement on Facebook.

Our experience as a user of Google, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter is all about the legitimacy of the experience. Are you connecting or is the business/site owner churning out content and links flooding the network without any regard for quality?

Facebook has recently announced that it is flagging and targeting in their algorithm to show less frequently in news feeds pages that are using these tactics:

  • Frequently repeating posts/updates or content
  • Asking for likes, shares, and comments (like-baiting)
  • Links in posts pointing to link farms or AdSense Arbitrage pages

It is already hard enough for a business to get exposure in the news feed of fans without having to revert to Facebook pay per click. It looks like Facebook is now making it that much harder by filtering out sites that are actively working to grow their Facebook base.



Should You Buy an Existing Domain?

Sometimes It Is All about the Money
Sometimes It Is All about the Money

I have had client’s over the past years buy existing domain names and have helped with the purchase and transfer. One of the most memorable, in the past several years, was for a client who bought a domain name for $10,000 through Go Daddy.

It today’s world, it is a scary thing to buy an existing domain name, especially as Google and Bing carry a history on domain names. It is not uncommon for a spammer to burn a domain into the ground and then not renew the name and it appears back for sale at Network Solutions or Go Daddy. So, how can you be sure that the domain name you really want and are ready to plunk down some cash for has not been abused?

In this interesting video from Matt Cutts of Google he talks specifically about the issues and problems as well as how to test before you buy a domain name. His biggest tip is that you go to Google.com and enter in site:domainname.com and if you see nothing in Google’s index know that this may be a red flag to do more digging before doing the transaction.

I encourage you to watch this interesting video at http://youtu.be/C-EdhaMDXho to get some more great tips before you make your domain name purchase.


Should You Follow Copyblogger and Elminate Blog Comments?

Let people connect where they want!
Let people connect where they want, on your blog!

Copyblogger, a very high profile and active blogsite, recently decided to stop allowing comments on its blog. Although the owner of Copyblogger tried to turn back the tide of negative pushback citing it was a simple business decision, several online pundits have challenged the purpose of this action.

Here’s what I think about allowing or not allowing blog comments.

1. Yes, it is each business owner’s decision to allow or not allow blog comments on their own blog. But…

2. Some of the best exchanges on high profile blogs are actually found in the comment section as other pros in the industry weigh in. In many cases I have followed links, researched additional products mentioned in a comment, and in some cases even expounded on a post and comments on my own blog.

3. If you only want to have a conversation about the blog on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter, where your real tactic is to drive links to boost up your blog, it seems weird to me to then have valuable content and just point to it, driving traffic away from your blog. Keep the conversation where the content is. Don’t say “read our blog, but if you want to comment on it go to our Facebook or Google+ page.”

4. Blogging is about commenting and soliciting comments. Although I will not chose to not visit a site that does not have blog comments enabled, many times I do read a post and scroll to see what others say to weigh the validity of the information I just read in a blog post.

5. I allow comments on my own blog and recommend that client do so as well, but encourage pre-approval of comments and a periodic review of what to publish. Not all comments on my blog are published as I will net out spam and self-promoting comment posts.

Click our comment link and let me know what you think, do you allow comments on your own blog?