The Giveaway Bloggers Guide to SEO: The fictitious memoir of a giveaway blogger by Leslie Mayorga
For most Review and Giveaway Bloggers, the computer is their second career. I’m a Registered Nurse and Sign Language Interpreter for the DEAF. Blogging for me came as a second job later in life and I had to learn it, on my own. I’ve had no classes in Search Engine Optimization. No one taught me HTML coding and I didn’t have a seminar on WordPress for dumdums. I flubbed this up all on my own thank you very much.
I blog because it makes me happy! This shouldn’t be rocket science, no matter what the lovely folks at Google say. While I realize that there needs to be guidelines in place to keep the Internet from running amok, it’s become such a maze of ever-changing rules and regulations even the most ardent blogger can’t keep up.
PageRank Does Matter
PageRank Matters! Anyone who says it doesn’t is a big fat liar or is living in LaLa land! PageRank is what companies look at when they decide who will receive the coveted appliance to review, the trips to attend and the huge ticket items to review and giveaway. PageRank isn’t the end all and be all but it matters! Trust me and feel free to check mine.
What You Need To Know
Do you monitor your Webmaster Tools? No? You need to! Be sure you’ve added your email so Webmaster Tools can notify you if any changes occur. Have you submitted a sitemap to Webmaster Tools? Check it and make sure it’s working. Mine wasn’t. Be sure to link your Google Analytics while your poking around in there.
Google your website name in quotes “www. Domainname.com” you’ll be shocked at the stuff that pops up. Do yourself a whopping favor and set your RSS feed settings to summary. Scrappers have a field day when they find whole posts! Why make it easy for unscrupulous crappers (yes I said a dirty word) to steal your copyrighted material!
Backlinks are good! Tons of backlinks can kill your blog
Bloggers write a review, they post a giveaway and then what? Well, the good Giveaway Bloggers then get busy and link that giveaway on contest sites to give the company they are working for lots of exposure. That creates backlinks, lots of them. And Google doesn’t like that. We walk a virtual tightrope folks. The solution is simple. Be very selective in the sites you list your giveaways on.
If you’ve worked like a dog and can’t remove the backlinks to low quality sites that are keeping you from becoming a Blogging superstar then you may want to consider using the Google disavow tool.
Leslie Loves Veggies is my online home, welcome!
I use Rafflecopter for setting up contests on my site. It’s makes entering giveaways easy, allows me to moderate quickly and has almost eliminated cheating. I love to read your comments! It makes my day when you leave tidbits about your lives and what’ve been up to. But I can no longer allow comments such as “I want to win” to remain on my site. They are regarded as spam by the powers that be and are wrecking havoc on my site. If you want to leave a comment, and I hope you do please make it a good one!
I’m not an SEO expert. I just want to dish the dirt about products I love and host the most awesome product reviews and giveaways on the planet! I’m not an affiliate blogger. (What’s an affiliate blogger?) I’m just me, lovin’ veggies and being real!
This is not a paid or sponsored post!