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  1. Nicolas

    Definition of Social Bookmarking & List of 5 free sites

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    What is social bookmarking?

    Social bookmarking is a free website offering you an account where you can share your social bookmarks and engage with other users. You can make friends and also get high rankings for non competitive keywords. They are hundreds of social bookmarking sites out there but me I am gonna list below the best (in my opinion, judged by various factors) and you can use them to benefit for SEO. When you bookmark a page you may add description in the form of metadata, so the users of that specific site to understand what kind of content is gonna find if click on the link. Various kinds of descriptions can be votes, tags, or text comments. Also in case that you want to keep your bookmarks privately then be sure to check the options in your account. If you keep them privately most possible will be not indexed by Google and you will don’t have any SEO benefit. Me personally I tested the websites which I will describe below, and I guarantee that if you use them correct you will generate traffic from the site it self and you will rank higher in search engines for very low competitive keywords. The known long tail keywords. Make sure to read all the terms and conditions before you submit your links so you can be fully compliant wit the rules of the sites. Most of this sites don’t accept gambling, adult and pharmacies.

    Here is the top 5 social bookmarking sites list

    Site 1 : Twitter  can have a huge impact on your ranking if you share a link and that goes viral. The con of the Twitter is that your link will be no follow but me personally I don’t believe in no follow/dofollow factor as a ranking signal.The pros of Twitter is that you will meet a lot of new interesting people, sharing news, opinions and other interesting things.Twitter allows all the types of content to be shared.

    Site 2 : Bidsonomy This site do not offer do follow links but you can make easy friends there. You can also create publications and insert to the publication links. Bitsonomy at the moment have a page rank 7 and allows you to have a link to your homepage from your profile. Bitsonomy is mainly a scientific bookmarking site.

    Site 3 : CiteULike is user friendly and you can login with your Facebook account. You can create articles meet new people and have a lot of do follow back links to your site or inner pages. Personally I loved this website. This website is family friendly and is very strict against adult,gambling and pharmacy sites.

    Site 4 : Diigo is a modern social bookmarking site. You can sign up thru the traditional way (sign up form) or with Facebook,Twitter,Google or a Yahoo Account. Diigo have a public library and the links are do follow. Along with the bookmarking features have a great community.

    Site 5 : Delicious is a social bookmarking site founded by Avos Systems. You can login with your Twitter, Google+ or Fcebook account. Very easy to use.

    Above I listed my top 5 social bookmarking sites. On the next post I will list describe the next 5.

    Note: We offer social bookmarking as a service too, in case you don’t have enough time to do it by yourself.

     

  2. Nicolas

    5 Tips of Effective Multilingual SEO for Your Business

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    Multilingual SEO is imperative for businesses that are running their operations in different markets across the world or intend to do so. Mere translation of your website and the contents within it will not help you much. When you are adapting your website for the audience of a foreign market, you have to keep two things in mind: localization and SEO. Localization is different from translation because when you localize your content, it suits with the culture and context of the foreign market. Next comes the issue of multilingual SEO. Though the major part of the web uses English, other languages like Chinese and Spanish are growing so fast that you cannot ignore their importance. Multilingual SEO follows the same basic principles of SEO such as finding out the right keywords, integrating the keywords within your website for search engine indexing, creating relevant backlinks and design a well-coded search engine friendly website. However, multilingual SEO may seem a bit technical if you are a starter. Here’s we are offering five tips that might help you with applying multilingual SEO for your website.

    Do not use auto-translation

    There are tools that you can use to automatically translate your website. But we recommend you not to use it. Why? Because, machine translation is not yet sophisticated enough to replace human translation. Also, you are actually localizing your website rather than merely translating it into another language.

    Apply Unicode and UTF-8 for characters

    When you are launching the versions of your website in different languages, you will not want it to show any missing character. Applying a proper system to display international characters can help you with that issue. Before going live, make sure that your localized website is showing all the characters of the language it is adapted to.

    Emphasize on local search engines

    Google is the most frequently used search engine worldwide, but for some languages, local search engines play a big role as well. For example, Baidu is the major player in Chinese search engine market while Yandex is the most frequently used search engine in Russia. That’s why you need to optimize your website for search engines other than Google, Bing and Yahoo. In fact, alternative search engines that are often overlooked, have a lot of potential to take your business to your intended audience in a foreign market.

     Understand local consumption culture

    Consumer behavior is not the same in every country. For example, consumers think, act and purchase in a different way in China than they do in the USA. In some countries, consumers prefer to call and tlak to someone before making the purchase. That’s why you need to understand the local culture and adapt your website accordingly. Also, make sure that you are not including any culturally sensitive reference.

    Consider agency dominated SEO practices

    Markets outside the English speaking countries are less competitive. It is easier to rank a website higher on search engines that are not in English language. The result is, SEO companies apply the common practices of SEO and usually dominate these local or localized search engines. Hence, you should understand how the SEO agencies work and might consider using a local SEO company with a proven track record.

    Applying these five tips will help with your multilingual SEO practices as well as with the expansion of your business in foreign markets. If you are still not considering adapting your website for other languages; you should move first for multilingual adaptation otherwise it might be too late.

  3. Nicolas

    SEO services in Glasgow for Local Businesses

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    SEO is imperative now for any kind of business. Why? Because you need to optimize your website to have a better presence on the search engines for your business related search queries and thus drive organic traffic. Glasgow is growing in business importance radically and SEO services in Glasgow are also growing exponentially to enhance the web presence of the businesses.

    If you have a business based in Glasgow and looking forward to improve your website in terms of SEO, why should you consider working with local SEO’s? There are several advantages of partnering with a local SEO.

    Local SEO’s understand the local culture and market situation.

    You can personally supervise the progress of the work.

    Now that you can see why you should work with a Glasgow-based SEO service provider, next comes the questions of what services you can take from them. Search engine optimisation services cover a broad range. Let’s see what type of SEO services can you get from the SEO providers in Glasgow.

    SEO Audit: With SEO audit, you can have a look at the current condition of your website and decide on where it needs improvements.

    On-site optimisation: On-site optimisation is the craft of optimizing your site structure and contents for the search engines. It includes keyword optimisation, URL canonicalization, on-site link architecture, site map generation, schema micro-tags development etc. SEO services in Glasgow can help you with the whole on-site optimisation process.

    Content marketing: Though content marketing technically does not fall within the spectrum of SEO services, most service providers offer content marketing services these days. Content marketing is the process of generating high quality contents such as articles, videos, audio etc. that is useful for the target audience and thus gain leads through the contents.

    Social media marketing: Social media platforms have become huge in last one decade and the situation opened up an opportunity to reach your target customers more conveniently. However, you will need a specific strategy to run your social media marketing properly.

    Video marketing: Video is most popular type of contents. If a video goes viral, it can dramatically increase your market and quickly promote your brand. Video marketing can be the most effective way for online promotion. Your local SEO provider can help you with creating video marketing strategy and distribution of your video on the web to ensure the maximum exposure and virality.

    If you are looking for SEO’s to grow your business, we would like to recommend you partnering with a local provider unless any good SEO agency is not available in the area. But Glasgow has no shortage of good SEO services companies and you can easily pick one from them to help you grow your business.

  4. Nicolas

    5 Things to Consider before Choosing an SEO Company

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    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become imperative for any website to make it stand out in search results and attract visitors. However, SEO, as we knew it couple of years ago, has gone through a lot of changes in recent times. SEO has become a craft and without proper knowledge and know-how, anyone trying to optimize a website might actually end up messing up search engine ranking of that website. That’s where the necessity of using expert help becomes important. Choosing an SEO company to optimize your website can be good decision if the company is capable of delivering the result you are looking for. However, it’s not always easy to find out the best SEO company who can really meet your expectations. As choosing an SEO company that is capable and skilled is instrumental for the online presence of your website; it is better to consider doing the following 5 things before reaching a decision.

    Know what you want

    Even the best SEO company cannot help you much if you are confused about what you want. It is important to know what your purpose is and how you would like to achieve that. You might want to increase sales on your e-commerce website or you might just want more visitors. Analyze your situation and set realistic expectations.

    Research and make a shortlist

    There are many SEO companies and almost all of them claim that they can provide the best output. You cannot practically approach all of them. Obviously, you need to settle on a short list and to do that you need to research a bit. If you are looking for a SEO company that is located nearby, then search Google with “SEO company in (insert the name of your city)”. Google will give you some results and definitely the ones at the top are likely to be better than others cause they optimized their websites pretty well. However, you should still check the company website for SEO indicators such as Pagerank, backlinks etc. If you use Chrome, you can install this plugin to check these SEO metrics: Webrank SEO. Also, look at the portfolio, customer feedback and reviews (if available). Take your time to make the list, but make sure that you have listed five to ten SEO companies.

    Ask for examples

    Now that you have a list of possible SEO providers, it’s time to approach them. Contact them and after initial discussion, ask for some past examples that prove his eligibility for your project.

    Talk to previous clients of the SEO company

    Do not rely on the rep of the company too much. Ask for contact details of some of their previous clients and talk to them through email or phone. It will help you a lot to evaluate the actual performance of the SEO company.

    Avoid the companies who serve the same niche as yours

    Do not choose an SEO company that serves other companies operating in the same business sector as yours. For example, if you run an e-commerce business selling t-shirts with custom designs, then avoid those SEO companies who have other custom t-shirt selling websites on their client list. The logic is pretty simple- an SEO company cannot ensure the top spot for the same keyword for two of its clients.

    Following the above-mentioned five actions will help you to decide better regarding your SEO partner. And choosing an SEO company that matches with your expectations and situation can give you additional advantages in this hyper-competitive cyberscape.

  5. Nicolas

    What are the SEO Tools You Need in 2014

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    The craft of SEO depends much on the tools. An SEO expert should know about the right resources and how to use them. There are a lot of wonderful SEO tools designed specifically for various SEO operations such as keyword research, backlink analysis, social media monitoring, data mining and reporting etc. However, SEO is a dynamic field that often shifts its shape. With each new Google algorithm update, something new comes up and some features of these tools become obsolete.

    Wondering what are the SEO tools that will help you next year? Let’s take a look at some of the current SEO tools that will help anyone practicing SEO focusing on the key phases of the SEO practice: keyword research, on-site SEO analysis, backlink building and social media monitoring.

    Keyword Research

    Google Keyword Planner:

    Google has recently retired its famous Adwords Keyword Tool and introduced the new Keyword Planner. Keyword Planner has more functionality compared to the Keyword tool with the new features such as inclusion of negative keyword, monthly search trend etc.

    Bing Webmaster Keyword Tool:  

    Bing Webmaster Tools is very resourceful and it comes with a handy keyword research tool. With the tool, you can check the average ranking position of your keywords, number of clicks and number of impressions.

    Grepwords: 

    Grepwords is introduced recently with many advanced features. It gives the user the capability to use powerful expressions to find out complex phrases and segmentize keywords on the basis of historic data.

    Searchmetrics: 

    Searchmetrics is another new comer in the area of keyword research. It can calculate search volume of a keyword on the basis of a customized traffic algorithm.

    Search Engine Visibility Analysis

    Search Latte: 

    Want to check your search enging ranking for keywords on local search engines in different countries? Search Latte will help you do that.

    GetStat: 

    Stat is an enterprise-level keyword tracking system that provides detailed search engine visibility report, data analysis utility and alert services. If you have to manage the SEO of a large scale website with thousands of pages, Stat can be a very useful tool.

    Advanced Web Ranking: 

    Advanced Web Ranking is really advanced. It lets you schedule ranking and link monitoring for localized search engines. This powerful site-crawl based accessibility monitoring system also allows you to conduct research on keywords.

    On-page SEO Analysis

    Bing SEO Analyzer: 

    In order to quickly scan your website for on-page optimization issues, malfunctioning containers, missing HTML tag elements and more, Bing SEO Analyzer is really a handy tool. It comes with a really simple interface which is its best advantage.

    Moz Pro Toolset: 

    Moz.com’s Pro Toolset features Roger Mozbot, a deep site crawler. The toolset sends you weekly update on your crawler data with error report, notices and warnings. Added utilities for link analysis and social media monitoring helped it to become an all-rounder SEO toolset.

    SEO Spider: 

    Screaming Frog’s SEO Spider recently gained a lot of popularity as the industry-standard site crawler. It is very powerful and comes with hundreds of functions. It can even generate sitemaps for your website.

    Backlink Analysis and Reporting

    Check My Links: 

    Check My Links is a nifty chrome browser extension that can quickly identify broken links issues and check all the links on your website. It can also fetch URLs in batches to make life easier.

    Redirect Path: 

    Redirect Path is another useful browser extension from Ayima that has the capabilities to log every redirect steps that takes place when the browser requests a URL. With this you can identify if there’s any SEO-unfriendly issue along the process.

    Ahrefs: 

    With Ahrefs, you can check your backlinks, compare with competitor data, monitor link data on a schedule, and run data mining process for large number of backlinks. Ahrefs is extremely resourceful and a must-use tool for any SEO professional.

    Social Media Monitoring

    Social Crawlytics: 

    Social Crawlytics is a comprehensive social media intelligence platform. This tool can produce detail report with social metrics for every page of your website, author ranking, and page-level social sharing data. It is also free to use.

    Topsy: 

    Topsy is a real time social media search engine, and the best one around for this purpose. You can search by URL or specific search query and find out what’s going on the social media platforms.

    Fresh Web Explorer

    For the purpose of monitoring real-time social mentions, Moz brings Fresh Web Explorer. You can see the social mentions of your search term up to a period of four weeks and export the data.

  6. Nicolas

    10 Techniques to Attract UK Online Traffic through SEO

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    This is a quick guide on how to get traffic from UK. Here it is.

    Make pages with rich and helpful content

    Perhaps the most important consideration that must be put in mind when trying to dominate search engine results is by making sure that you have high-quality contents. In other words, your web pages must be useful to your target audience. Your web pages must have informative articles which are highly organized and with minimal SEO keywords. Overstuffed articles actually look cheap and desperate, so stay away from keyword overstuffing. It is also advised that your articles per page must be no less than 500 words, and they must be divided into sections for easy and comfortable reading.

    Establish friendly links with related websites

    It is also smart to list down websites with .co.uk extensions which are somehow related to your niche. Creating links with these websites will help you out a lot in improving your rankings. Basically, you can post constructive comments in their blogs and web pages, and you can ask them to do the same to yours. This will establish a kind of symbiotic relationship between your web pages. When posting comments to a friendly website, make sure that you do not copy-paste existing comments (this is very bad for you and your business). Also remember to add links to your webpage to maximize web visibility.

    Keywords in the page title 

    Every page needs to have titles, and one or two keywords. One way of maximizing the effectiveness of SEO is by making sure that your title has all the keywords of a particular page. Remember, however, that your title needs to be brief.

    Keywords in the URL

    The keywords need also to be mentioned in the page URL. There are two ways to do this: by putting the keyword or keywords in the directory structure, or the page (HTML file) name itself.

    Keywords in the Meta Tags

    Meta tags used to be important. Nowadays, search engines have largely lessened the weight of the roles of meta tags in your search. Basically, meta tags or meta data are short descriptions of a specific web pages. While it may be true that they are no longer as important as they used to be, it cannot be denied that they still somehow matter. A carefully and intelligently created meta tag (with a maximum of 150 characters) will be able to improve your pages’ visibility.

    Keywords in the Headers

    Besides the title, you also need to put the so-called header text (H1 text). The H1 serves two important purposes: first, it gives that atmosphere of organization in your article; and, more importantly, it becomes easily identifiable b the each engines. Search engine, by the way, categorize and index web pages principally through the H1 text.

    Keywords in the Content Body

    In the body of the article, you need to mention your keyword or keywords several times. However, the overuse of keywords is vey bad. Search engines nowadays consider keyword overstuffing as cheating. That being said, it is wise to limit the use of keywords between 4-6 or 10-12 times. Some SEO authorities today even advise against the use of keywords in the body of your page.

    Image Keyword Optimization

    Images are also indexed by search engines. As such, make sure to also optimize your images. You can do this by putting certain SEO keywords on your pictures’ ALT ext.

    CTA Buttons

    The Call-to-Action icon is a special icon that you need to put on top of your web pages (including your blogs). But, first, What is Call-to-Action (CTA)? The purpose of the CTA is quite diverse. However, we can summarize it into a few words: CTA is meant to encourage the visitors of a page to perform an action in favor of your webpage. CTAs actually also aid in SEO optimization; your web page has a bigger chance of making it to the top three of the search engines if it has internal links to specific landing pages.

    .co.uk Inbound Links

    Another way of improving your ranking in the search engines is by getting reliable inbound links to your website. If you are targeting UK-based traffic, you may want to increase the number of .co.uk links. This will not help your rankings in international search engines, but this will definitely put you on top in the google.com.uk. The same principle applies if you target other countries.

     

  7. Nicolas

    The Best Stock Photography Sites for Royalty-Free Images

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    These days, when it comes to internet marketing, the name of the game is user engagement.  Sites that showcase the products and services they offer in an attractive and appealing way to people show significantly higher conversion rates and profit margins over sites which don’t attempt to be as engaging.  Image SERPs are also of growing importance as people turn to using tools like image searches to avoid having to wade through affiliate or sales-oriented content and sites.

    Studies have consistently shown that one of the very best ways to spur interest and engagement with your site is through the proper use of graphic assets; pictures, videos, and the like.  As the old saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and that applies to web design and user experience as much as anything else.

    However, not everyone has the ability to create the kind of graphics and pictures they will want to use; indeed, graphic design talent can be hard to come by.  If you can’t do the work yourself, you will find that it isn’t cheap either; having a person on staff for the work is obviously expensive, and most reputable and skilled contractors command premium wages.  So what is a site owner to do?

    The answer?  Take advantage of stock photography websites.

    There are plenty of sites out there which offer all sorts of images for use, without having to worry about issues like copyright and ownership (if you wouldn’t copy paste a webpage in its entirely, why would you do so for photographs?)  Collectively, these sites are referred to as ‘royalty free stock image sites’.

    Here is a list of ten of the most popular sites on the net for stock photography:

    • Getty Images
    • Jupiter Images
    • Corbis Images
    • PunchStock
    • SuperStock
    • Images.com
    • Alamy
    • ShutterStock
    • Fotosearch
    • Image Source

    Usually, you won’t need to visit this many sites to find something usable, but the various stock photography sites listed do have differing feature sets and content, so you may need to visit a few of them.

    For example, only about half of the sites in the list feature video footage (Getty, Corbis, ShutterStock, Fotosearch, & Image Source), so visiting Jupiter Images won’t be of help if you were looking for video assets.  Similarly, only one stock photography site, Getty Images, offers sound available for download as well.

    The sizes of the databases also differ, though obviously even the smallest has a catalogue of several million assets to choose from. PunchStock and Fotosearch have advertised the smallest image catalogues, at approximately 2 million and 6 million respectively.  Getty and Corbis are the largest, boasting impressive collections of 70 and 100 million.

    Additional areas the sites differentiate themselves include their supported features (only about half have configurable user submission options, for example), and their navigation interfaces.  Some sites choose to categorize and organize their content thematically or by concept, while others have a more regular name/event based tagging system.  Support options tend to be similar across most of these sites as well.

    Now that we have a broad understanding of what stock photography sites are, and a large library of sites to choose from according to our needs, we need to know how to properly utilize these assets to enhance your site SEO.  How does this work?

    If you are familiar with how basic keywords work, to increase the prominence of your page, images work much the same way.  Having proper keyword density and prominence (among other things) in the body of the text is analogous to having the correct alt and meta data and tags for your images.  When this data is optimized correctly, it will not only help the rankings of your base site, but it will also increase your standings in image searches and other alternative methods customers use to find websites.

  8. Nicolas

    MajesticSEO Review by Nicolas

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    One of the popular subscription-based SEO tools available for purchase is Majestic SEO.  The chief strength of this platform lies in the site analysis tools it offers; more specifically, the link analysis it is able to perform.  The site offers varying degrees of access and reporting, based on which subscription level you are willing to pay for.  As of early 2013, there are 4 separate pricing levels available, which range from free, to $400 monthly.

    If you are interested in using the free tool, you are restricted from most of the valuable features.  You aren’t even allowed to access the “Site Explorer”, arguably the most valuable tool of the entire platform.  Alternatively, their Platinum level access allows analysis of up to 100,000,000 backlinks on an individual site, making it ideal for enterprise-level ventures and SEO teams.

    So what are some of the big features Majestic SEO offers?  Let’s take a look:

    • Site Explorer – This takes an individual URL, and will extract an incredible amount of data.  It will present a summary screen, details on top site back linking domains, referring domains, the top pages within the URL itself, and more.  You are able to configure the Site Explorer to run with either fresh or historic indices, which means that it can be used both to measure growth over time, and growth from a baseline point.
    • Keyword Checker Tool – This tool is able to measure how often a given keyword phrase appears in the pages which have been indexed by the Majestic SEO database.  One of the major benefits of the Majestic database is the fact that most of the data originates from organic sources.  The higher your subscription level, the more words you can monitor at once using this tool.
    • Link Profile Fight – In our opinion, this is one of the more gimmicky features of the package, but it still does have valuable insight.  It is able to compare the citation flow and link profiles of different sites (in most cases you will use this to compare your own site to that of your competitors), and give a basic breakdown of various metrics that can help you to identify areas where you can improve and areas where your competitors are doing well.
    • Backlink History – The prime advantage of this tool is that it offers a chronological display of the backlinks that shows when they were discovered on a monthly basis.  This means that you can do very interesting A/B setups on small domains over quarterly or semi-annual periods, and get fantastically detailed information on which link building strategies work the best for your particular niche or keyword phrase selection.
    • Bulk Backlink Checker – This tool is a broader and less deep analysis of a URL’s backlink structure.  You are able to look at up to 400 URLs simultaneously, and build large spreadsheets for comparison.  The total number of links discovered, the number of referring domains, the proportion of links which come from .gov or .edu sites is mentioned, and more.

    There are a few other tools included as well, but this represents the majority of the functionality a regular user will want to use if they are interested in subscribing to the Majestic SEO package.  Majestic is one of the most highly regarded backlink analysis tool suites on the market, and they are most definitely looking to adapt to the recent changes in the SEO tool market by providing additional functionality.

  9. Nicolas

    Blog Directory List (with data) : Compiled 15, March 2013

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    Looking for a good blog directory list where you can submit your blog and gain some backlinks and  more exposure to bloggers with similar interests? Below is  a nice list which I compile in 15 March 2013, based on Google Page Rank, Alexa Rank, number of referring domains, number of external backlinks, Citation & Trust Flow (MajesticSEO Metrics) and main anchor text used by the site. Submitting your blog in this list you will gain a quality backlink along with some visitors which may convert to followers of your blog. Some of the sites are paid and some are free. Have in mind that this facts can change after some time, for various reasons (internet is like the ocean, nothing is stable). In case some of the sites are not working, or are not accurate to my description please email me ASAP to remove them from the list or to change the data. If you will like to add a directory in this list just email me with the url. I hope that you will find useful my list.

    Here is the list :

    Number 1 : Technorati

    I choose Technorati as the number 1 because is one of the most popular blog directories, with real members and follows best SEO practises. Submitting your blog there will bring natural traffic to your blog, and possible natural links if your content is great. Here is the info about Technorati.

    Google Pagerank : 8

    Alexa Rank : 1,653

    Referring domains : 24,757

    External Back links : 2,812,640

    Citation : 75

    Trust : 84

    Cost : Free

    Anchor Text : Technorati

    Number 2 : BlogLines

    Bloglines is a great directory, where you list your blog. The website have pagerank 9 and is the second most trusted directory by Google (from this list) according to MajesticSEO.

    Google Pagerank : 9

    Alexa Rank : 9,083

    Referring domains : 43,701

    External Back links : 1,148,142

    Citation : 73

    Trust : 77

    Cost : Free

    Anchor Text : bloglines

    Number 3 : BoingBoing

    BoingBoing is great blog directory, with lots of categories such as podcasts, comics, family, games and much more. This what I didn’t like in this directory is that they have a lot of adsense on the site. However you can get a link and meet some other bloggers. Here is the stats about this directory.

    Google Pagerank : 7

    Alexa Rank : 3,599

    Referring domains : 16,634

    External Back links : 1,653,725

    Citation : 73

    Trust : 70

    Cost : Free

    Anchor Text : boing boing

    Number 4 : Blogarama

    Google Pagerank : 6

    Alexa Rank : 22561

    Referring domains : 10,461

    External Back links : 5,374,999

    Citation : 68

    Trust : 65

    Cost : Free

    Anchor Text : blogarama – the blog directory

    Number 5 : OnTopList

    Google Pagerank : 6

    Alexa Rank : 17,192

    Referring domains : 5,878

    External Back links 2,437,703

    Citation : 69

    Trust : 56

    Cost : Free

    Anchor Text : online marketing (spammy anchor text)

    Number 6 : BlogRollCenter

    Google Pagerank : 5

    Alexa Rank : 33,292

    Referring domains : 1603

    External Back links 902,716

    Citation : 62

    Trust : 56

    Cost : Free

    Anchor Text : submit blog & rss feeds

    Number 7 : Blog Universe

    Google Pagerank : 5

    Alexa Rank : 121,070

    Referring domains : 1,538

    External Back links 82,544

    Citation : 48

    Trust : 56

    Cost : Paid

    Anchor Text : blog universe

    Number 8 : Blog Flux

    Google Pagerank : 6

    Alexa Rank : 34,009

    Referring domains : 1,209

    External Back links 65,416

    Citation : 62

    Trust : 57

    Cost : Free

    Anchor Text : blog flux

    Number 9 : Bloggeries

    Google Pagerank : 5

    Alexa Rank : 39,655

    Referring domains : 1,407

    External Back links 85,693

    Citation : 50

    Trust : 56

    Cost : Paid

    Anchor Text : bloggeries

    Number 10 : Globe Of Blogs

    Google Pagerank : 6

    Alexa Rank : 72,201

    Referring domains : 2,263

    External Back links : 183,141

    Citation : 64

    Trust : 55

    Cost : Free

    Anchor Text : Empty Anchor Text

    Number 11 : Marketing Scoop

    Google Pagerank : 4

    Alexa Rank : 38,148

    Referring domains : 1,179

    External Back links : 7,388

    Citation : 45

    Trust : 52

    Cost : Paid

    Anchor Text : internet marketing expert (spammy anchor text)

    Number  12 : Best Of The Web

    Google Pagerank : 6

    Alexa Rank : 9,365

    Referring domains : 1,347

    External Back links : 73,468

    Citation : 51

    Trust : 40

    Cost : Multiple prices. Over 200 USD.

    Anchor Text : http://blogs.botw.org/

    Number 13 : Blogadr

    Google Pagerank : 4

    Alexa Rank : 84,103

    Referring domains : 718

    External Back links : 162,392

    Citation : 53

    Trust : 50

    Cost : Free

    Anchor Text : Blog Directory

    Number 14 : Blog Rankings

    Google Pagerank : 5

    Alexa Rank : 49,930

    Referring domains : 2099

    External Back links : 614,841

    Citation : 54

    Trust : 41

    Cost : Free

    Anchor Text : Empty Anchor Text

    Number 15 : Eaton Web

    Google Pagerank : 2

    Alexa Rank : 72,201

    Referring domains : 2,263

    External Back links : 246,891

    Citation : 54

    Trust : 39

    Cost : Paid

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    Number 16 : BlogVille.Us

    Google Pagerank : 5

    Alexa Rank : 66,121

    Referring domains : 1000

    External Back links : 284,824

    Citation : 51

    Trust : 39

    Cost : Paid

    Anchor Text : Blogville.us

    This is my list with all the 16 blog directories. If you like to add any, or edit the ones above please email me.

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    What are Cookies, and Why Should You Care About Them?

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    Unless you were involved in website design or programming, you probably didn’t care too much about what cookies are, and how they affect businesses across the world, until the EU passed new legislation that addressed the behavior of websites that use these tools.

    We are going to answer the question “What are tracking cookies?” and explain what specifically they are, and how they can affect your web design and SEO choices moving forward.

    So, what are tracking cookies?

    In a nutshell, it is a small text-based file that is created on computers which visit particular websites.  Their intended purpose is to help enhance the experience of visitors, by enabling the site to recall information about specific users which it can use to streamline the experience.  There are three main purposes which webmasters can use them for:

    1. Site Engagement Statistics – Cookies can be utilized to monitor how visitors to your site engage with it.  This can help you to identify areas you may need to adjust or tweak in order to deliver a better experience to visitors.
    2. Targeted or Behavioral Advertising – Cookies can carry information about products or services the user has looked at in the past, and help guide them towards ads which are both relevant to their search queries, as well as their interests.
    3. Shopping Process Optimisation – Cookies can help speed up the shopping process for regular visitors by recognizing users and funneling them towards their frequent purchases.  They can also help you track conversion rates to make sure your marketing efforts are succeeding.

    While those are the three primary purposes of cookies, there are all sorts of different individual types.  This can include geotargeting cookies (they identify the locale of the searching party), third party cookies (often used by social media apps such as Tweet Share, Facebook, and Google+), direct advertising cookies, Google Analytics cookies, registration cookies, and more.

    Now that we know the answer to “What are tracking cookies?” we need to take a look at why they are important for your business.

    Essentially, the new EU legislation is a form of expanded personal privacy.  The law itself is intended to ensure that no party is mining the data of users without their explicit knowledge.

    In practice, this means that if the functionality of your website uses cookies, and you deal with customers in the EU, you need to take steps to ensure you are in compliance with the new regulations.  Site owners have been left with three real, practical options to comply.

    Firstly, they could ignore the new law.  However, this is obviously not a long-term solution, and not one that most law-abiding businesspeople will wish to choose.  However, it is theoretically possible to get away with ignoring the law, until the Data Protection Authorities catch up with the site owner.   They would then be subject to fine.

    Secondly, they could simply choose to deactivate cookies and discontinue their use on their website.  However, doing this will have negative impacts on both the functionality of many sites, as well as the ability of the businesses or owners to (legitimately) collect information about their users for the purpose of improving their site.

    Finally, they can comply with the law by adjusting the privacy policy of their site to fully be in accordance with the new law.  This is what most owners will want to do.

    The new privacy policy must disclose how sites handle and protect the data of their users, disclose what the DPA dictates, answer the “What are tracking cookies?” question, and disclose the types that are used, and more.  It should also address how the information is used by the site, whether or not any personal information is retained, how changes to the policy are promulgated, and more.  Make sure to check with the DPA laws to ensure compliance.

    Hopefully after reading this article, you won’t be wondering “What are tracking cookies?” any longer.

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