Thursday, April 27, 2006

If you had bunker busting bombs at your disposal ...

Yes, this is a hypothetical question:

If you had bunker buster bombs at your disposal, and you could choose to bomb Iran or all the editors at DMOZ at a meeting conspiring how to be the worst, blatantly biased editors possible, which would you pick?

Let me know.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Press Releases

Many of us may know that press-releases for the most part, at least in Google, do not bring about much in the realm of "link juice." But, like any good "whitehat" SEO, I would tell you that it's not all about link juice. Press releases can be a great way to get business when news comes out. I call this "riding on the coattails." I'm sure it's not a new idea, but it's a valid technique that can get results.

Here is the press release:
http://www.primezone.com/newsroom/news.html?d=97335

Users were then directed to:
http://www.lawyerseek.com/Practice/Pharmaceutical-Injury-C1/Fosamax-P76/

And besides, press releases do still yield "link juice" in MSN and Yahoo.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Site Downtime and SEO

It's common sense that if your site is down that it cannot get spidered. But I'll reiterate it anyway.

"When a site is down, it cannot get spidered."

And when DNS is down, your site cannot get spidered even if your webserver is up. And many people use managed DNS these days because it's easy and hosting agnostic.

Today, for about 1 hour 9AM-10AM EST, Network Solutions was entirely down. Yes, even their homepage (networksolutions.com) wouldn't load. I believe it was as a result of a DNS outage, since some of my customers use them for managed DNS.

You would think that Network Solutions, the company that, I believe, even manages the root servers as the result of the privatization of Internic, would be able to manage a standard DNS. I guess not. The root servers were fine, but isn't that a bit scary?

I'd accept periods of slow resolution when, for example, a few of their NSes go down for whatever reason, but all of their DNSes going 100% down? That took down a small part of the internet.

Scary.