The Dissolution of SEO Misinformation
Scouring the blogs lately, I’ve seen a couple get frank with the SEO community about respecting one another and “SEO haters” and misinformation. So a special thanks to Graywolf’s SEO Blog and Search Engine Roundtable and for leading the way with two good posts on the subject.
Myself, I’ve never really been accused of “ruining search” or manipulating search engines for my own gain (or my clients’). In fact, I’ve never really heard anything but thanks for helping to stave off a massive decline in leads and sales with the work I do.
A SEOs mission, at least it should be, is to make, like Google and other SEs, the best possible information available to users. I don’t consider it “manipulation” or “spamming” by following the rules set in place in order to give you, the user, the most relevant information available.
We’re not saintly, none of us can claim to be, but we are Good Samaritans. There isn’t an industry I can think of that is virginal and doesn’t have the “smudge” they’d rather not talk about. I’ve dropped the holier-than-thou act, and you, as a “hater” or whatever negative attitude you bring to the SEO party, should as well. We all have dirt under our fingernails.
Here’s why you want SEOs to continue doing SEO for you:
SEOs clarify and refine page information in SERPs
SEOs make the web a better experience for you:
SEOs help Mom and Pop level the playing field:
So, the next time you’re about to bash, hate, or be disrespectful to an SEO, think about these three reasons above, and think about your own industry.
The Reviews are Mixed: Firefox 3 Friend or Foe?
On June 17th, Mozilla released Firefox 3 browser; a browser with purported enhancements for “faster, safer web browsing”.
The Synopsis of Firefox 3 release:
Available today in approximately 50 languages, Firefox 3 is two to three times faster than its predecessor and offers more than 15,000 improvements, including the revolutionary smart location bar, malware protection, and extensive under the hood work to improve the speed and performance of the browser.
Here are just a few choice conversations from the community:
But then there are folks that think Firefox 3 has been nothing but awesome thus far. I’ve seen comments like, “FF3 is smoother” and “I’ve had no problems with it thus far.” So, it appears to be a mixed bag at this point.
I’m waiting for a Firefox 3 update when they release some updates to play nicely with other web-standards like JS and AJAX, and when adding Add-ons doesn’t crash the entire browser. I would downgrade back to Firefox 2 until a new version is released. There’s been quite a backlash thus far, so I imagine that Mozilla been busy working on an update already. Downgrade as quickly as you can, and then upgrade when they release a new version.
Matt Cutts: Google’s Moral Compass?
At SMX Advanced today, at the Y & A with Matt Cutts (moderated by Danny Sullivan), Matt was asked how he feels being the “moral compass” for Google. This was in the context of the money.co.uk hoax article.
For a complete transcript of the Y & A with Matt, check out Search Engine Roundtable’s post. (Excellent job by David Wallace)