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I'm quitting dentistry. I'm now a "smile repairman!"
The blog comment spam example is exactly right. A lot of my developer colleagues blog and this is their experience of SEO (other than genuine onsite technical tweaks and front-end/HTML design stuff that their job might introduce them to). I wouldn't be surprised if this is what they think this 'link building' malarkey is all about and that's it...
Saw this earlier -- on G+ or perhaps in RSS. Great post -- and no doubt PR and SEO are close and getting closer. These two functions need each other and they hardly know it.
I used to get a lot of spam comments on my blog when I used the Akismet wordpress plugin. But now that I use G.A.S.P. which comes free with the Comment Luv Premium plugin. My comment spam is virtually zero
Same here, except I use Animal CAPTCHA. I went from 1-200 spam comments a day (some of which were genuine comments, meaning I had to manually check them) to about 1-2 a week.
Hi Steve, You might want to consider replacing Animal CAPTCHA as this plugin has not been updated in over 2 years according to the WordPress Org Directory
Oh! I'll get right on that. Thanks Paul!
In the past, I have avoided the term SEO since it is only part of what I do. I tried inbound marketer and a few other things... eventually just surrendering to SEO and having to deal with the stigma. I have just about had it, though. People still assume the worst, or can't figure out why I am not sending link building reports with hundreds of new links daily.
Enough spam-SEOs have started calling themselves inbound or content marketers, and some consumers have figured out that it is just smoke and mirrors for many. Kind of like how there is no mafia: "I'm in the waste management business".
So I try to get clients to forget the keyword-stuffing, link-spamming, keyword focused ways they have learned - only to hear "yeah, that's great - good content, social stuff, yadda yadda yadda... Should I buy these domains that are all my keywords and buy some articles to spin? When will I be number one for (insert highly competitive yet non-converting keyword here)?"
Matt Cutts & Duane Forrester spoke about this at SMX West. Basically they said that links are still a very good signal, and only a small fraction of the web uses nofollow links or is manipulated by SEOs for rankings. From our skewed perspective we see link manipulation everywhere, but most links are still earned organically.