Filed Under (SEO Basics) by Mark on January-17-2009

A little story to share with you.  I have a friend with a website that posts 5 days a week.  I was reading his most recent post, when I wanted to check how many links he had coming into his website (it showed around 2400).  I quickly sent him a text saying, “You have 2400 incoming links for your site”.  He said, “How did you see that?”.  Which brings me to a SEO tool that you should be using.

SEO for Firefox, while a great resource for research, can help you learn SEO as you’re using it.  If you’re not using FireFox this might give you a reason.  I won’t go into to much depth of how this tool works, (there are plenty out there) my suggestion would be to play around with it first.

First thing to look at will be the options of the tool where you will find what kind of info you want to know about a website.  You can set any of the options to automatic, hide, or on-demand.  You may hide one that I may have automatic, and you might ask: “Which ones do you have hidden, automatic or on-demand?”  I don’t want to push my bias onto you, because then you won’t do any research on your own to understand why it’s important.

I’m now in the habit of right clicking on every website and using my “look up this page” function.  I can spend hours looking at where websites are getting their links from, then reading the articles that have been written or directories they have submitted to.  If you can understand why they have the link and how its helping them you will be able to convert this into learning SEO techniques for your site.  We will revisit this tool and touch on different aspects of what the information can do for us.

The SEO School Bus has and will have plenty of ways to learn SEO, but just like school you will have to do some homework: setting SEO goals.  Feel free to e-mail me your goals and I will give you some of my thoughts.

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Chris on January 19th, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

I just used this on my site and I only have 40 links… I have a lot of work to do.

admin on January 19th, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

Just remember it’s not always quantity, it’s also quality. One great link could make the difference for you. Check out who’s on the first page for the keyword your optimizing for and try and get them to link to you.

Bryan on January 27th, 2009 at 5:07 am #

Your friend (the one with 2400 inbound links) has a really cool site, its a great concept and he is really talented. If you know and don’t mind sharing, how much traffic does the site get?

mark on January 28th, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

You know I asked him, and he is kind of private about the traffic part. He started the blog, so he could have a place to share his writing and didn’t expect anyone to ever find it or read it. In his own words he said, “content is king”. Hopefully that helps.

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