Posts Tagged ‘seo’

SEO advice: Commenting on blogs

June 29th, 2009

This topic came up on site-reference.com and it is a common topic for people looking to improve SEO. It is important to know about because if you’re running a fansite or fan fiction archive and wanting to learn SEO through link building, this method is probably one of the first one’s you’ll see.

Commenting on blogs can help increase your traffic in two ways: 1) Click throughs on your name or from links in your comment. 2) Search engines if the links are not rel=nofollow.  For the second, the advice is that the more you comment on a diverse range of blogs, the more search engine juice you’ll get and the more visits from Google you’ll get.  Bad SEO people encourage you to comment as much as possible where ever the links are rel=follow.  What these bad SEO people fail to tell you is that doing so can actually hurt your SEO because you may end up on blacklist as a spammer.  People report spam to services they use like akismet, disqus, etc.  They develop their own internal blacklists.  Your hard work commenting will go to waste as comments disappear.  You risk worse for your site.

If you want to avoid the possibility of going into a black box because of your commenting, remember the following advice:

1. Read the article that you are responding to and respond accordingly.  Title isn’t enough to demonstrate that.  “This was interesting.  I will read more of your blog.”  is generally a sign that a comment is a spam comment and that you haven”t read the post.  (If you want to say that, e-mail the author of the blog.)
2. Comment once in reply to a particular blog unless you’re willing to do a lot of number 1.  Several comments of  “This is fascinating.  I learned a lot from it.”  That is a great big signal that you’re not reading and you’re spam commenting.
3. Reply with your real name.  If you comment with “Gold 4 Warcraft” instead of “John Doe,” people will REALLY think you’re link baiting/spamming and delete your comments.  If you really want to optimize for “Gold 4 Warcraft,” then blog commenting with that as your name is likely not the SEO method you want.  Comment as if you’re a real person.
4. Watch what referrer you use to visit a blog with rel=follow. An easy way to spot comment spam is if a person self googles to see if their newly created link shows up, if the visit came through Disqus (and has 100 similar comments to their names) or includes SEO or other search terms that indicates that you are looking for a chance to link bait.

If you want to comment for SEO, follow that advice so that your time is not wasted and you don’t get punished for spamming.  If you are paying some one for SEO and they advice blog commenting and don’t follow the above advice, fire them and get your money back.

What was hot on Fan History for the week of June 7 to June 13, 2009

June 15th, 2009

It’s another week and I’m in the mood for another post about what’s popular on Fan History. This edition includes our most popular traffic sources outside search, our most popular articles and our most popular keyword based searches for the week of June 7 to June 13, 2009.

Most popular articles
11,848 pages were viewed a total of 44,012 times

  1. Draco/Hermione – 920 times
  2. Cassandra Claire – 551 times
  3. Race Fail 2009 – 423 times
  4. Torchsong Chicago – 383 times
  5. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction Archive – 323 times
  6. AdultFanFiction.Net – 282 times
  7. Digimon – 226 times
  8. Hurt/comfort – 225 times
  9. Naruto – 225 times
  10. Twilight – 216 times

Coming in Number 11 is Russet Noon with 206 and FanFiction.Net with 204.

Top non-search referrers
Referring sites sent 2,620 visits via 361 sources

  1. journalfen.net – blog entry about conventions is where the traffic was from – 298 visits
  2. animenewsnetwork.com – 287 visits
  3. chickipedia.com – 232 visits
  4. community.livejournal.com – 179 visits
  5. twitter.com – 83 visits
  6. twilighted.net – 81 visits
  7. fanfiction.net – 79 visits
  8. deviantart.com – 67 visits
  9. tvtropes.org – 61 visits
  10. fanpop.com – 57 visits

Coming in at referer rank 77 was russet-noon.com with 4 visits.

Search key phrases
Search sent 12,029 total visits via 8,537 keywords

  1. naruto wiki – 64 visits
  2. adultfanfiction – 60 visits
  3. galbadia hotel – 53 visits
  4. restricted section – 50 visits
  5. adult fanfiction – 49 visits
  6. cassandra claire – 44 visits
  7. emo porn – 43 visits
  8. fan history – 35 visits
  9. cassandra clare – 34 visits
  10. gosselins without pity – 33 visits

Coming in at the 40th most popular keyword search with 17 visits was russet noon.

Fan History referrer patterns revisited

June 12th, 2009

I was looking through old blog entries and saw Fan History referrer patterns with data from 2008. Since then, we’ve done some work to increase our traffic. We’ve succeeded in increasing the number of visitors to the wiki. We’ve got some new referrers. So time for a compare and contrast. Where have we improved from September 2008 to May 2009? These numbers are based on daily average visits from that referrer.

Sep-08    May-09    Increase
Google                   852          1,427.6    575.6
Yahoo                     144          187.7        43.7
LiveJournal             54            42.8        -11.2
NarutoFic.Org        16            0.0          -16.0
Wikipedia               14           9.2           -4.8
Ask                         11            5.2          -5.8
AnimeNewsNetwork    8        33.0         25.0
Wikia                       8              6.3         -1.7
AOL                          7            13.6          6.6
FanFiction.Net 6             9.1          3.1
MSN                       4               10.8        6.8
FanPop                   3              5.7           2.7
DeviantArt              3             0.6          -2.4
TVTropes                2             6.1            4.1
EncyclopediaDramatica    2    0.7          -1.3
Altavista                   2             1.5        -0.5
FaceBook                  1            2.4         1.4
hogwartsnet.ru    1               2.0            1.0
Total Daily               1,138    1,764.3    626.3

We’ve really increased our Google traffic. This was done by increasing our overall link diversity.  It is why we can take a hit with LiveJournal traffic, EncyclopediaDramatica traffic, DeviantART traffic and Wikipedia traffic and see an increase in our overall traffic.  What you aren’t seeing is our increase in traffic from places like Chickipedia, Twitter, answers.yahoo.com, wiki.fandomwank.com, ident.ca and jumptags.

Same advice as I had in October:If you’re running your own fansite or you have no money to promote your site, our suggestion is to spread yourself out some and focus on all aspects: Link building, quality content creation, quantity content creation, back end SEO optimization.

FanFiction.Net downtime leads to more traffic for Fan History

April 7th, 2009

Yesterday, FanFiction.Net was down for a while. As a reader, as mentioned here, I was kind of annoyed because I wanted to read fan fiction.

This afternoon, I looked at Google Analytics for the first time in a couple of days. (We had downtime so I hadn’t wanted to see the big traffic drop off as a result. It can be depressing.) Surprisingly, our traffic was pretty high. It probably was our fifth heaviest traffic day. I wondered why. The chart below really explains it. To give this chart some perspective? The previous day we had 22 visits from FanFiction.Net related keyword searches. Other high traffic days include January 5, 2008 (145 visits), February 24, 2009 (131 visits), and February 23, 2009 (110 visits). No other days had more than 100 visits as a result of this keyword. So FanFiction.Net’s downtime led to increased traffic for Fan History.

Keyword Visits Pages/Visit Avg. Time on Site
fanfiction.net 33 2.8 123.9
fanfiction.net down 27 3.3 274.7
fanfiction net 20 1.4 34.8
fanfiction.net down? 12 2.4 307.1
fanfiction.net is down 6 2.7 366.0
fanfiction.net downtime 3 1.3 27.7
fanfiction net down 2 4.0 696.0
fanfiction.net is down! 2 2.0 454.5
fanfiction.net server down 2 2.0 96.0
www.fanfiction.net 2 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net”" 1 7.0 129.0
to love and be loved”" fanfiction.net csi 1 1.0 0.0
adultfanfiction.net harry ¨potter 1 1.0 0.0
down fanfiction.net 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction net down? 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction net draco hermione 1 2.0 28.0
fanfiction net problems 1 4.0 528.0
fanfiction net story 1 7.0 129.0
fanfiction.net 503 server not found 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net blind sight 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net cima1305 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net d.gray-man 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net down ? 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net down april 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net down april 2009 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net down april 6 2009 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net down april 6, 2008 1 6.0 93.0
fanfiction.net down? 2009 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net hisotry 1 2.0 123.0
fanfiction.net house md community cameron house 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net is down april 6, 2009 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net issues 1 7.0 300.0
fanfiction.net not working 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net not working 503 service 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net not working april 6 1 5.0 243.0
fanfiction.net server error 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net server problem 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net servers down? 1 4.0 723.0
fanfiction.net website is down 1 1.0 0.0
fanfiction.net wiki 1 1.0 0.0
high school musical community fanfiction net 1 1.0 0.0
http://www.fanfiction.net/ 1 5.0 404.0
luke skywalker and darth vader community fanfiction net 1 4.0 57.0
most reviewed fanfictions on fanfiction.net 1 2.0 76.0
related:www.fanfiction.net/tv/gilmore_girls/ 1 6.0 1110.0
un pari dangereux – elsar pour fanfiction.net 1 2.0 17.0
when was fanfiction.net founded 1 1.0 0.0
why is fanfiction.net down 1 1.0 0.0
why isn’t fanfiction.net working? 1 1.0 0.0
www fanfiction net charm3power . com 1 1.0 0.0
yu yu hakusho fanfiction net 1 1.0 0.0
Total/Average 150 2.2 124.3

Race!Fail: Search terms generating visits

March 15th, 2009

Over at Fan History, we’ve mostly been reading about Race!Fail. Our reading has been helped along because another admin and a contributor have been developing a list of links related to Race!Fail.  I first noticed a few search visits a few days ago as a result of the articles and so I was kind of curious as to what people were interested in Race!Fail as it pertained to Fan History’s content and how they interacted with it.  So we took a poke through Google Analytics and the following table should give you a good idea.  We thought it was interesting.  (Coffeeandink?  Not so interesting.  Patrick Hayden? Much more interested.  Will Shetterly? Not as fascinating as Elizabeth Bear.)

Fan History's Race!Fail related keywords as of March 15 2009: bear eliazbeth novel race bear poc elizabeth blood and iron   racefail coffeeandink coffeeandink outed elizabeth bear   writing the other   elizabeth bear + racism elizabeth bear cultural appropriation elizabeth bear debate elizabeth bear literary elizabeth bear open apology elizabeth bear other elizabeth bear race elizabeth bear race fail elizabeth bear racism elizabeth bear racist elizabeth bear racist character elizabeth bear wank elizabeth bear writing the other elizabeth bear   blood iron racist elizabeth bear   racism elizabeth bear   racist elizabeth bear   wank elizabeth bear, racism elizabeth bear's racist comments fandom wank elizabeth bear fandom wank race fail fandom wank race fail 09 higher races doctor who wiki kerfuffle doom cultural bear livejournal race wank livejournal racewank neilsen hayden race wank nielsen hayden race fail patrick nielsen hayden bear elizabeth patrick nielsen hayden deleted journal patrick nielsen hayden race fail patrick nielsenhayden wank patrick nielson hayden bear racism race and fandom race fail race fail 09 wank race fail nielsen haydens race fail wiki race fail   + nielsen hayden race in fandom race wank race wank meta livejournal racefail 09 racefail 90 bear racefail fandom wank racefail fandomwank racefail patrick nielsen hayden racefail wank racefail, patrick nielsen hayden racefail/wank09 racewank race-wank racewank 09 racewank 2009 racewank hayden stargate race fail teresa nielsen hayden  teresa nielsen hayden racist teresa patrick race nielsen hayden the doom race wank theresa nielsen hayden race science fiction theresa nielsen-hayden   wiki coffeeandink wiki race fail will grace list wiki will shetterly race fail writing the other elizabeth bear writing the other   elizabeth bear writing the other, elizabeth bear

The most commonly searched for phrase getting here was Elizabeth Bear Racism.  The most pages per visit?  Race-Wank.  Interesting stuff.

SEO question: Increased search traffic, fewer pages per visit?

February 27th, 2009

I have a question for those who do Search Engine Optimization! If you see your search engine traffic increase, do you tend to see a downturn in the average number of pages visited per visitor?

It looks like that way for Fan History. Is this normal?

ref = follow

February 27th, 2009

In Fan History news, we changed our links from ref = nofollow to ref = follow. This was done to help sites, authors, etc. who have links on Fan History. It can help you/them get more traffic to your site from search engines. If you have any questions about this, let us know!

Templates are not mandatory but blanking is still vandalism…

February 11th, 2009

Over on the wiki today, we had a contributor blank a number of articles related to the Rescue Rangers fandom and then set up redirects to the Rangerphiles wikis with an explanation of “Since templates are not mandatory, and the Ranger Wiki carries a lot more information about CDRR fans, I changed this article into a Ranger Wiki redirect.” Needless to say, these edits were immediately rolled back and the contributor was banned.

Templates on Fan History are NOT mandatory. We use them because we’ve found that they increase the number of contributions that we get. People feel more comfortable editing articles when they have an established framework to contribute to. The templates also help give an idea as to how we organize, what is and isn’t allowed, where emphasis on the wiki is placed. Sometimes, people who know wikis really well come in and remove our template format. So long as they keep the information, that’s fine. The article about Elwin Blaine Coldiron is a great example of that.

But you cannot just blank an article and say that information is available elsewhere. It doesn’t work like that. Blanking is vandalism. And while YAY! GO YOU! AND YOUR FANDOM’S EFFORTS TO DOCUMENT ITS OWN HISTORY!, that doesn’t mean you can vandalize a wiki, violate its rules in order to promote your own project. And you most certainly can’t use a redirect to try to get our traffic. A redirect should be for wiki articles on our site only. Otherwise, that redirect implies a relationship between our project that doesn’t exist. If you want that, you let us know.

We have relationships with other sites and other wikis where shared documentation goes on. (Police Wiki is our biggest and most important relationship.) We don’t redirect. We MIRROR content and we have article boxes on top of those articles that say the content is mirrored. We have different audiences, different purposes, different rules… and those mirrored articles are based on a relationship where both wikis are willing to play by the same set of rules for those articles.

What was done, blanking and redirecting to an off site wiki, amounts to a form of black hat wiki promoting. We normally would probably ban for two weeks. This particular user was banned permanently. He’s edited before. He should know better. And if you want to promote your wiki (or any site for that matter) on Fan History, there are a lot of ways to do that. You can put in a see also section for interwiki links. You can add links in the external links section. You can put an article box on the top, saying that this series of articles is being jointly worked on on Fan History and your wiki. You can cite your own wiki all over the article.

Templates aren’t mandatory. Promoting your wiki is fine. Citing first hand sources is awesome. But blanking is still vandalism and redirecting is still black hat promoting. Also, it annoys us.

Fan History LLC: Search Engine Optimization Internship

February 10th, 2009

Are you interested in gaining experience with a startup?  Would you like to work directly with the people who help shape the vision for the company?  Do you want to be able to make a measurable impact that you can show future employers?  Then considering working with Fan History LLC as a Search Engine Opimization Intern!

Company Background:

Fan History LLC is a developing entertainment company focused on our core products of an wiki and a fan fiction, fan art and fan vidding link site.  Fan History was founded two and a half years ago and incorporated 6 months ago by Laura Hale.  In that period, Fan History has grown from a wiki with a few hundred pages and 200 visitors a month to a become a wiki with over 600,000 pages and getting over 45,000 unique visitors a month.  We offer fans and entertainment related companies information that cannot be found elsewhere including a history of fan communities, the Internet’s largest directory of fans grouped by community, metrics data regarding the growth of fandom community and more.    To learn more about our company and our sites, visit http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Fanhistory.com:About .

Role Description and Responsibilities:

Fan History LLC is currently seeking candidates interested in a part-time Search Engine Optimization Internship.   This is an unpaid internship that will be virtual in nature (i.e., much of the Intern’s work will be done remotely with regular interactions with Fan History LLC’s team via e-mail, instant messenger, phone, and face-to-face depending on location.)  While the Internship is unpaid, the selected candidates will have an opportunity to be highly involved with the future direction of the company and will have an opportunity to attend events with Fan History LLC staff should any occur during the Intern’s tenure. Additionally, Fan History LLC is willing to work with the selected candidate for the purpose of obtaining academic credit related to this unique opportunity.

The primary responsibility of the Search Engine Optimization Intern will improving Fan History Wiki and FanworksFinder visibility in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Ask, MSN and Cuil through link building.  As such, the Intern will be responsible for assignments and projects that include but are not limited to:

  • One way link creation
  • Content creation when breaking fandom news happens
  • Coordinate with other Fan History staff to promote selected content and keywords
  • Identify keywords driving traffic where content needs to be improved to get better placement for those keywords

Candidate Qualifications:
Fan History LLC is seeking some one with a strong mix of hard and soft-skills.  To that end, the ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Interest in marketing, public relations or computer science
  • Interest in search engines and how to use them to promote websites
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of Google’s Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics
  • Ability to work through ambiguous problems and drive to answers
  • Action-oriented mentality and strong drive for results
  • Knowledge of popular culture

This internship opportunity reports to the Founder and the CTO.  This is an immediate opportunity and we are seeking candidates that can work a minimum of 10-15 hours each week.  The weekly schedule is extremely flexible and can be developed around a candidate’s availability.  This internship requires a minimum of an 8-10 week commitment.

What’s In It For You:

The selected candidate will be afforded the opportunity to immerse themselves in a developmental, exciting, and entrepreneurial work environment.  Our business is about sharing information, teaching others about what is happening in the fan community and how this information can be applied to help them meet their goals.  That premise carries through our activities both internally and externally – we place just as much an emphasis on our growing our audience share, growing the amount of information that we have available as we do on developing our staff’s skill sets and knowledge base.

The Intern will be afforded extraordinary opportunities for mentoring via interaction with our team.  Our team has been involved in entertainment and fan communities for over ten years and has worked with entertainment companies to help them meet their goals.  The Intern will be personally mentored by Fan History’s Founder and will gain access to our professional network for future job networking opportunities.

What’s Next:
Are you ready to learn more than you think you can handle?  Interested in launching new projects and learning how to harness the power of search?  Then contact Laura Hale, Founder of Fan History ( laura@fanhistory.com ) for more information or to express interest.

This is a Part-time internship offered for a term of 2 to 4 Months.

Fan History is optimized for strange key phrases… like incest wiki.

January 9th, 2009

Over on twitter, I’ve been having some conversations with SEO non-fandom folks about key phrase optimization. The major question I’ve had is would a site rather be optimized to have one keyword as the top search result or ten keywords which appeared as number ten in the search results? The answer tends to be context specific. I’d love to get more opinions on that. What are your thoughts?

As a result of these conversations, I went looking through Fan History for phrases where we’d been optimized near the top. One phrase that I see about once a day is “incest wiki” which Fan History ranks number 2… right behind Wikipedia. (And ahead of Fandom Wank, and FanLore which are both fandom wikis. And ahead of wikitionary, simple English Wikipedia.) This phrase that we’re optimized for gets us an average of 4 visits a day. (Where the average visitor for that keyphrase visits 2.5 pages per visit.) It isn’t one we were looking for optimization wise but we’ll take it because there is a huge community of incest fan fiction fans around and there have been some large discussions about it that have had an impact on fandom.

The incest article could use a lot of work because it really isn’t as good as it could be. If you’re knowledgeable about the subject, please contribute.

Fan History referrer patterns

October 2nd, 2008

I spend a lot of time looking at Google Analytics as we’re trying to figure out how to promote the wiki, what works and what doesn’t work, where problems are likely to occur, areas that we need to watch, etc. We’re also working on trying to improve our traffic. Fan History’s goal for the past six months has been to get over 1000 visitors a day. The following is the average number of daily visitors to Fan History in September as a  result of the specific referrer:

Average             Source
852              Google
144             Yahoo
54              LiveJournal
16              NarutoFic.Org
14              Wikipedia
11             Ask
8             AnimeNewsNetwork
8             Wikia
7             AOL
6             FanFiction.Net
4             MSN
3             FanPop
3             DeviantArt
2             TVTropes
2             EncyclopediaDramatica
2             Altavista
1             FaceBook
1             hogwartsnet.ru

What that basically means is that, Fan History can count on averaging 1,138 unique visitors a day based on the average amount of traffic we get from the sources. Assuming that we’ll continue to get them (none of the links on FanPop, ANN, Wikia, TVTropes, LiveJournal are deleted), then all we have to do is beat those averages, hope others (like you!) plug Fan History or promote the wiki ourselves to meet the traffic goal of 1,000 unique visitors a day. The next step is to average over 1,500 unique visitors a day based on existing traffic patterns. We’re really close but until that number gets to be over 1,300, it isn’t something that can very well be counted on.

Google and Yahoo are at the heart of our traffic and we’re rather pleased with that. It has taken a lot of work: Article linking, content building, article titles and our site name appearing in the page title.  A lot of what I read about in SEO tends to focus on content building or improving your back end to optimize it for a search engine.  The other view is to do article linking and article linking.  As we’ve focused on both, it has worked out well really well.

If you’re running your own fansite, our suggestion, based on what we’ve learned, is to spread yourself out some and focus on all aspects: Link building, quality content creation, back end SEO optimization.

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