Harith, I’m comfortable with SEO being whitehat/blackhat; I don’t think you’d get many blackhats to say “I don’t do SEO; I do spam!”
Colin Colehour, thanks for asking. Right now I’m in bed with a pack of frozen peas again. I start to get a little better and stress da back too much. I’m hoping to get some lie-down-for-long-stretches-of-time cycles soon.
Barry, I didn’t want to copy the photos without permission, but also wanted people to see the photos first. But your link will cause people to see it.
Anjanesh, you’d have to check with John; he uploaded it, not me. If I did it, I would have put it up on Google Video. 🙂
Barry, I use WordPress (that’s part of why I was speaking at WordCamp) I think using the “blockquote” tag is the way to quote in a box.
Steve Hill, Danny always teases gently. And in fact I teased a bit for the site using Comic Sans as the font. It’s still around on the site a little bit, but not on the main page now. Alls well that ends the use of Comic Sans, I always say.
Matt_Not_Cutts and Robert, normally I get the question in the exact opposite way: “Suppose I run a heavy farm equipment blog. There’s clearly nothing interesting to talk about or linkbait to do in the farm equipment space.” David’s blog proves that just taking part in web-wide conversations can stir up interest. Blogs are a great way to humanize, to participate, and yes, to get links. People sometimes link to my Firefox posts more than my SEO posts, for example. That’s not a horrible thing. And simply by putting on his thinking cap and participating in the conversation (David sometimes comments over here, although I didn’t connect it in my mind until we talked in person), that contributes to your web savviness and success.
SEarCHEnGinESWEB, this was not a search/SEO conference. This was a room full of bloggers who had different levels of SEO awareness. If you watch the talk, one of the big themes I tried to hit was creativity for post ideas. I do think that’s a useful skill that will pay off for the people that were in the audience.
Philipp Lenssen, my “root page” point was to leave yourself room for future expansion; if you ever want to do something on your root page *other* than a blog, it’s a pain to migrate all those urls. So I recommend adding a qualifying namespace (e.g. /blog/) so that you’ve got room to grow beyond just a blog. On ALT tags, my point was more to do them and have them accurately describe the image, rather than not do them. I love that WordPress asks you for ALT text for each image you add. I would run the risk of getting lazy if I were adding the tag myself.
Philipp, On the whole “controversy” and “make lists” ways of link baiting, if you read the talk transcript, I said things like “Ah, I don’t care as much for creative controversy.” and “Use this sparingly, cause, boy, you can give up some credibility as well.” So I tried to convey that if linkbait is in tiers of goodness, creativity is at the top, and just being controversial is definitely one of the lower forms of linkbaiting in my book. Given that this was a room full of bloggers, I thought it appropriate to point out that people do things like “slip the name Robert Scoble” into a post, but it’s better to come up with creative ideas of your own.
Danny Sullivan, absolutely, he’s doing much better for his terms. David talked to me at WordCamp about some of the success he’s had with SEO, but I wasn’t going to remark on his success; I’ll leave that up to David to decide whether/how to comment. But the people who said “I don’t think some of this stuff would help,” — David has done well with the search engine optimization that he’s taught himself.
Michael Wilson SEO, ten posts on the front page is pretty good for lots of folks. I lowered mine to five mainly for mobile/iPhone readers. I think 25 or 50 is a bit much, but that’s more my personal opinion. Depending on your industry, I’d experiment for a week or two with different numbers of posts on the front-page, and go with whatever seems to work well.
Philipp Lenssen, I covered ALT tags a bit earlier in this comment but my short three points would be
1. Use them
2. Make them accurate
3. After the first two, it doesn’t hurt to be aware and use keywords that users might type.
Brian, thanks for the plugin advice! I heard good things about Spam Karma and also Bad Behavior at the conference.
Michael Dorausch, but it’s also true that David has at least a couple online resources that are directly work-specific that I found interesting.