Connecting Twitter with SEO March 5, 2010Posted by Edwin Ritter in Trends.
Tags: Search Engine Optimization, SEO, SEOmoz_org, Trends, Twitter
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I just came across an interesting vlog that talks about using twitter with Search Engine Optmization (SEO) efforts. It is very timely and the vlog is fairly short. This is what makes working in this space so interesting and fun The vlog talks about using twitter as a research tool for SEO and is included in a series titled ‘White Board Friday’ by the SEOMoz group. As the title implies, each week, there is a video on a specific SEO topic. This week’s entry caught my attention as I use twitter and have been working on organic SEO for some time now. Watch the video here.
The main message is how to use information from twitter such as trending topics to determine the proper timing for your blog posts. The key is to post in the right window -not too soon, not too late. Another takeaway is in leveraging a Google algorithm based on content freshness. By posting within the window, you take advantage of the spike in real time search for a popular topic such that your blog post will be found using their Query Deserves Freshenss (QDF) algorithm. As that content is fresh and trending, your chances for getting indexed are higher and will be found sooner. Brilliant! Part of the same storm lifting all boats, to use an old phrase.
I have used twitter for quite a while and was aware of the trending topics shown on Twitter. Until watching this video, I did not make the connection on how to use this information.
What other tools can we use in combination to gain further insights into web traffic and behavior? Have any favorites you’d care to share?
Water mean bag ice? February 2, 2010Posted by Edwin Ritter in Trends.
Tags: choice, Language, limits, transition, Trends, Twitter, words
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In our modern digital age, we have many choices on how to communicate. Saturated with choice, in fact. What if we didn’t have unlimited choice? What if words were rationed? How would that change how we communicate? Which brings me to Anguish Languish. Perhaps you’ve heard the story of ‘Ladle Rat Rotten Hut’ – the most common example.
This is the story of Little Red Riding Hood re-told in the ‘Anguish Languish’ style. It demonstrates how important intonation is in spoken English. It also shows how versatile our language can be. It was written during WWII when many things were rationed to support the war effort. If words were rationed, perhaps, the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut would be common. It is easy to understand how certain words are used in place of the original. Example – reading ‘Water bag noise!’ instead of ‘What a big nose!’ If you don’t want to read the story, you can watch the video.
I had read the story years ago posted in a newsgroup. Thanks to wikipedia, google and other available resources, lots of information on this topic is at our fingertips. Of course, we have no shortage on words. However, we do use Twitter and SMS text messaging even with their respective limitations. Tweets are confined to 140 characters – we willingly accept that. Both Twitter and text messaging encourages acronyms, abbreviations and, at times, some creative spelling. We accommodate those restrictions to convey our thoughts as succinctly as possible. They are not the most effecient forms of communications but their effectiveness cannot be denied.
We all influence our language. It changes constantly and our ability to communicate will continue to evolve. Looking ahead, I anticipate using audio and visual images as easily as I can manipulate text today – a topic I have addressed previously.
Until then, have fun with words. “Water bag ice! A nervous sausage bag ice!” Say it aloud. Better yet, have someone else say it. Know water mean?