Spam marketing emails are bad, too.
So when I get emails from people who want to write a “guest post” on my website because they want to get a backlink, I’m automatically suspicious. I don’t mind linking to something valuable, but I’m not dragging my site into the mud to link to someone who clearly doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Spam Marketing Emails: They Don’t Work. Really.
I get a lot — really, a lot — of crappy email proposals asking me if people can write here for a backlink to their own sites. The main problem isn’t always that they’re poorly written (although many are); it’s that they’re not even bothering to target the right people with their mass marketing efforts. (Okay, it also pisses me off that they send marketing junk to my work email.)
Today, though… this one! Something in it struck me as a bit similar to military stolen valor but in the writing world. (Shameless plug for my favorite stolen valor website of all time: Military Phonies. These guys do excellent work busting out people who have no guts but want the glory, which is a pretty shady thing to do.)
Back to the marketing email, though:
I recently had the pleasure of writing about a 14,000 square-foot home in a cozy little community near Houston. It’s a gorgeous house (the pool… unbelievable!) and it was a lot of fun to write about.
My SEO Experiment
The broker who found me to ask me to write her luxury real estate listing description typed hire a real estate writer into Google. If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I wrote “What Animal Eats Begonias?” to show in real-time how SEO works (and why it works). The follow ups, SEO Experiment Update (VIDEO) and SEO Experiment Update: Still #1 and Still Branching Out can give you a little more insight on how SEO is a developmental process that keeps paying off over time.
The bottom line: When you start an SEO project, stick with it. Let it grow. Continue to build on it.
It’s going to pay off for a long, long time.
Should you use a content site like MySmartBlog?
“In some cases, content is deliberately duplicated across domains in an attempt to manipulate search engine rankings or win more traffic. Deceptive practices like this can result in a poor user experience, when a visitor sees substantially the same content repeated within a set of search results.”
You know who said that?