28 Aug 2006

Free SEO Advice – Ask Jim

I thought I’d try something new here and open my blog up to questions from readers.

I’ll collect your questions here and then start answering them in follow up posts.

I’m pretty much open to most "reasonable" questions…either dealing with "personal" or "Internet Marketing topics".

Got a question? Ask away!

ah….but there’s one topic I’m going to stay away from ….don’t ask about buying old sites 😉


  1. graywolf August 28, 2006 at 10:09 PM

    What’s the biggest SEO mistake you made (that you can talk about).

    What’s one piece of SEO advice you wish you could travel back in time and tell yourself 3 years ago.

  2. Michael August 28, 2006 at 10:12 PM

    When considering keywords, does the order of the keywords matter to the search engines? If so… How do they matter? Should I pick an order and concentrate on that, or treat different orders as different keywords? For example, I type “search engine optimization” (without quotes) and get ~68,200,000 and then I do “optimization search engine” and get ~68,400,000. The same sites seem to appear in the top 10 but in a little different order. Another example might be “photography equipment nv” and “nv photography equipment”.

  3. Peter August 28, 2006 at 10:25 PM

    Content, or Links?

  4. Peter August 28, 2006 at 10:27 PM

    Free public site review please -> classyauto.com

  5. Brett August 28, 2006 at 10:57 PM

    Who do you think the top 10 link building experts are? It is okay to add yourself to the list 🙂

  6. Mike Empuria August 29, 2006 at 12:28 AM
  7. garrett August 29, 2006 at 2:35 AM

    Can you over do it with free or paid directory links? How fast or slow should you go about building links like this? Any tips for avoiding duplicate content with CMS’s like phpbb or wordpress?

  8. Mikko August 29, 2006 at 3:36 AM

    “Want to know what I think about link buying?”

    Yes I do!

  9. Sohaib August 29, 2006 at 5:40 AM

    Hi Jim

    I have a client who recently changed domain names (around 3 months ago) I recommended a 301 redirect, and things went fine, PR passed to the new domain (PR6) and links pointing to the old domain where credited to the new one.
    However, non of the website’s pages are coming up on the search pages, the website is being spidered frequently, site:www.domain.com gives nothing at all, but link:www.domain.com does.

    Any ideas of the reason would be appreciated, I know that new domains take time to show up, but its been around 3 months, btw link ponting to the new domain have been placed as well.

    Thanks 🙂

  10. Nick August 29, 2006 at 8:04 AM

    To sort out a long debate over at the sitepoint forums, does it help your SERPs by linking out to authority sites on a page-by-page basis or even a site basis?

  11. chris dohman August 29, 2006 at 12:53 PM

    what are your top couple of tips for marketing a site to a local metro area or state?

    thanks much jim,

  12. randfish August 29, 2006 at 1:11 PM

    What are the keys to hiring good people?

  13. nathan August 29, 2006 at 1:31 PM

    what are reasonable expectations for link builders on a link building team? assuming the team as been trained to go after quality links, not just churning out links on link pages, what’s a reasonable level of production?

  14. Peter August 29, 2006 at 2:19 PM

    favorite NFL or College Football team?

  15. Eric Sopp August 29, 2006 at 3:43 PM

    How do you become an authority in your niche? I have many new and proven ideas, but what are yours?

  16. gzlatin August 29, 2006 at 3:57 PM

    How do you make a good struedel?

  17. Brian Turner August 29, 2006 at 4:08 PM

    When are you going to answer the above questions? 🙂

  18. Jim August 29, 2006 at 4:21 PM

    Thanks Guys for all the great ideas and questions to write about – Great way to overcome “writers block” here!!
    Brian – I’ll be answering these very soon 😉 – stay tuned.

  19. Ken Savage August 29, 2006 at 4:21 PM

    noob quesiton:
    When starting a new website what are the first things to do linkbuilding wise to start increasing traffic and jump into the serps?

  20. wheel August 29, 2006 at 4:35 PM

    How do you feel about working in (effectively) the middle of nowhere? Does it affect your business? Would you be better off moving someplace more central – easier access to employees and clients?

  21. Hawaii SEO August 29, 2006 at 10:03 PM

    Black Hat Spammers – Friend or Foe?

  22. Hawaii SEO August 30, 2006 at 4:22 AM

    Here are the tough questions…

    Any advice for getting Toddlers to bed, Potty training, Tooth brushing or Tantrums?

  23. other jim August 30, 2006 at 7:52 AM

    site review? http://www.bargaineering.com/articles

    and what’s it like balancing your time between your family and being ceo of a company?

  24. Martin Muller August 30, 2006 at 12:02 PM

    I would like to ask you for public site review of

    thank you

  25. 97th Floor August 30, 2006 at 1:25 PM

    Outsource or In house? Kind of to go along with Rands question as well.

  26. Jim August 30, 2006 at 1:36 PM

    Ok – no more site reviews please. other questions are ok. Those who requested site reviews I’ll be contacting first to verify ownership of those sites (I’ll make you create a jim.htm page).
    Other questions are fine…just no more site reviews.
    I’ll be answering these all very soon in new blog posts.
    Thanks again,

  27. Peter August 31, 2006 at 12:20 PM

    hey jim,

    here’s – what I consider – a tricky question: Person A buys an old expired domain that had tons of content on it. Now that Person A owns the domain, who owns all the old content (assuming the old owner didn’t copyright).. In your opinion, does Person A have the right to re-publish the articles/info?

  28. Brandon Hopkins August 31, 2006 at 6:55 PM

    Jim, I had a site that ranked very well in MSN and Yahoo for a very competitive keyphrase. After about 18 months I hit Google and begin climbing in the rankings. #80 was my best rank, now I can’t be found in any of the big 3. Not anywhere in the top 1000 results. I have been doing the same thing. On topic link building. Any tips?

  29. chris dohman September 1, 2006 at 6:26 PM

    how do you get your google serp data that you use in your tools and for monitoring domains? the google api is what google suggests but i read that it is not very accurate.

    what do you suggest for consultants, developers, and site owners?
    … use google api for custom set of data?
    … use and adapt to dandy seo tools such as those at webuildpages.com?
    … buy a piece of software that claims to get accurate results?
    … build a custom scraper?
    … use a free scraper that’s already out there?
    … one search at a time on google.com?
    … other?

    it seems to me it is in google’s best interest to provide a legitimate and easy method for site owners, developers, and consultants to obtain this data. having all these “hollow queries” going through the front door would surely seem to skew their user data.

    thanks again (for my second question)

  30. Peter T Davis » Content, Links, and Jim Boykin September 2, 2006 at 10:17 PM

    […] I recently posted a question to Jim Boykin’s recent “Ask Jim” post, where he requested SEO related question from his readers.  I posted simply “content, or links” to his request.  He gave a concise reply today, which you can find here. […]

  31. John Marx September 20, 2006 at 2:17 PM

    In relationship to page rank(for any and all S.E’s) will offline advertising increase online page rank, via people doing a search for a URL or company name and clicking on it. Another words, they see your advertisment in a newspaper, and search for you on the net in a search bar not the address bar. Does this increase the popularity of your page rank and presumably push it up.
    I guess a better way to state it is:
    If hundreds of people a day did a search for xyz company, would that have an effect on xyz’s page rank?

  32. Jim Boykin September 20, 2006 at 3:24 PM

    It wouldn’t increase your pagerank….but cutting edge SEO says that it could increase your rankings.

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