Archive for December, 2009

What’s all this talk about SEO being hard?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

CupidGoldFish SEOThis company boasts a big claim about getting your website in the top-10 or your money back. This will be a CGF “members only” read. Great review in your members section.


Xrumer- Full Review- Fear it

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Xrummer review

If you have an outdoor blog, forum, or website the Xrumer will strike the worst possible fear you can ever imagine. CGF staff had to think long and hard before posting a review and now it’s time for the good, the bad, and the ugly about the notorious Xrumer.

Introduction

Xrumer is not a program that you can just buy off the shelf or a reliable software site. This CGF members, is a pure SEO tool made in Russia and programs like this only come around once a decade. How you get the program is a bit of a mystery because you first send $540 dollars to some person in Russia or you can pay via PayPal, but you have to wait a week for the program access code. Then after you get your access code they contact you and tell you that if caught copying the program your access code will be terminated with no refund. Anyway, like clockwork a week later the program came and so did the access codeS.

This is not one program but many that all work in tandem and very complex to understand. Like all programs made in Russia they are brilliant, extremely effective, and built to last. A completely open source program so you can change many functions to suit your needs or niche. This being a Russian program it does not come with instructions on how to fully use the program, ZERO (unless you speak Russian) support, and the instructions are in English, but via a Russian translator! CGF had our work cut out for us.

What’s under the hood

When you are ready to install the program you have two options,  a PC (desktop) or server and once setup it’s difficult to understand on what to do next. The first step is to use a tool called “Hrefer” and type in a keyword/phrase (or import 1000′s) and then Hrefer (via proxies) spiders the internet and collects websites with your targeted words. Hrefer is an amazing tool alone because not only does it compile a list of the websites/blogs you are targeting, but grades them by Google PageRank. One of many very cool options.

So we added 10 key-phrases (Fishing forums, fishing blogs, ETC.) and 16 minutes later an 11,000+ website forum/blog list was compiled and ready to be imported into the Xrumer program. To say we were amazed, would be an understatement because the quality of the list was 95%  accurate with ZERO duplicates.

The true power of Xrumer

The next step is to load your compiled forum/blog website list into Xrumer and fill out a simple form. This is where Xrumer truly shows its power because with a click of a mouse (via multiple open proxies) the program creates an account and logs in to most forums/blogs  in seconds. It automatically breaks most captchas or a pop-up window opens for manual input. The forums and blogs we tested: vBulletin, YaBB, phpBB, UseBB, and Blogger failed to stop Xrumer. We tested our own 11,000+ website forum/blog list and 6,334 accounts were created in less then an hour with one campaign and you can create and run several campaigns simultaneously.

So whats the big deal?

After Xrumer creates the account another program submits a message to all the forums and blogs and then tracks (spreadsheet) all replies rated by popularity. A common tactic for Xrumer users is to bait a forum/blog months in advance with many threads/replies from previously generated accounts to insure multiple replies. In short, the same person is pumping their own thread.  So what? Now drop anchor text and targeted links in the thread with multiple replies (packed with relevant key phrases) on a PR-4-5  forums/blog insuring backlink juice. Now multiply this action with 6,334 accounts automatically at a click of a mouse. Obviously, there’s some advanced prep-work needed for relevant content/links/Etc. This simple marketing method is very effective pumping your message and links to the SE stratosphere instantly. Also, this is only one of hundreds of marketing strategies you can use with Xrumer.

The Good

This program works as advertised and we truly feel the price tag should be $1000′s more. It’s that effective. We now understand why Xrumer did not come with clear-cut instructions because due to the open source format there are hundreds of marketing methods you can code and implement. As mentioned, this program only comes around once a decade. WTS, you can easily outrank your competitors using whitehat methods and advance your website to the top of search engines and keep it there indefinitely. The best way to use this program is low and slow with genuine quality content and lots of feeder pages.

The Bad

The learning curve on how to use the program is extremely difficult and if we rated the difficulty level 1-10, the Xrumer is a true 10 and probably why the price tag is so low in comparison to performance. In short, we would bet more then 50% of webmasters who bought the program can’t even set it up or understand the basic functions. Also, you must have basic knowledge of various forums and blog functions to build an effective marketing strategy. Plus, you need advanced SEO skills our your outdoor website will be banned in a heartbeat. Period. There is noway an average outdoor website with a dozen (indexed) quality backlinks one week has hundreds a month later without catching Google’s attention.

The Ugly

Due to the learning curve, cost, or lack of blog/forum marketing strategy this program frustrates the owners to go full blackhat spammer. This program is also feared and hated because to date, there is noway of stopping it and many companies are now using the tool to eliminate their competition. Matter of fact, it’s a very lucrative growing business and you can get a website de-indexed in less then a week from most search engines.

Conclusion

CGF only supports Whitehat methods and wants to warn all outdoor webmasters to stay far away from this program unless you spend the time and research to truly understand the power and use of this program. It took CGF two months to work the basic functions and understood this is a very dangerous tool unless you completely understand its use. Remember it’s just a tool, but unless you have a sound strategy you will do far more harm then good. In the right hands this program will deliver results you must see to believe and can only be described as truly remarkable.

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Disclaimer: CGF will ban your account and seize your funds if you spam anyone or use this service in a malicious way. CGF will be happy to setup a run for $99 for our members, but you must provide relevant original text/content and you will need lots of it.






Yes, we have it and YES it’s awesome!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

largepack Page Prowler

Introduction

The Page Prowler was built as a necessary aid in researching and obtaining highly relevant link partners. Link acquisition is the single biggest factor when it comes to search engine optimization, and this task had previously become far too tedious and labor intensive. The Page PRowlers team of programmers have created unique methods for parsing web pages to quickly analyze and extract relevant data that is essential to ascertain the relevance and value of any potential link partner.

Page Prowler allows you to input your keywords or URLs to find relevant link partners. This new version takes it one step further by allowing you to then email each potential link partner and customize each email you send out. They have made many changes to this new version that streamline the process of acquiring the right links to your site. You can watch it in action here.

Features

• prowls keywords and URLs to find highly relevant and valuable potential link partners

• performs a quick “Limit each query” analysis (quickly shows trends for any keyword market). This feature allows you to limit the query to the top x ranking results in Google, rather than querying the entire results.

• ability to follow all links one level deep to find even more potential link partners (URL Prowl only)

• prowls backlinks for any URL

• returns backlink count and outbound link count of all results

• performs a custom “PR Boost To You” calculation for every potential link partner found (*assuming your PR is currently 0)

• option to search only for pages with a visible email address, and return this email address in the results

• option to search only for pages that also have a Contact/Feedback/About page and return the URL of this contact page in the results

• option to search only for pages with specific words on the page

• option to return “WhoIs” results where available (WhoIs queries display the email address of the party that registered that domain name)

• option to return age of domain to find “Trusted” sites

• option to search for link anchor text and link validity (URL Backlink Prowl only)

• ability to select which backlink engine to parse, Google or MSN

• ability to email potential link partners from within the program using the custom email interface

• ability to specify which link partners to link to (automatically removes duplicates)

• ability to display the age of the domain for the queried URLs

• shows the search engine rank of the results (Keyword Prowl only)

• URLs within the program results are hyperlinks

• ability to insert a delay between queries (in milliseconds) so as not to upset the search engines

• prowls complex pages efficiently and parses pages optimally using Regular Expressions parsing (can run in the background while you work)

• all reports can be saved as either HTML or CSV files

• it now detects Private Whois

• it searches Google blogs based on keyword and PR

• it allows to search only for sites with a minimum # of pages that match the search criteria

• ability to specify certain Google engines, to only search for specific .tlds (like only .edu or .gov sites, which are the best possible backlinks) and you can omit certain URLs from the query.

Conclusion

This is hands down, the easiest program to learn and use. CGF was amazed on how easy (and fun) it was to discover and get high value backlinks from the outdoor community. What we found puzzling is the Page Prowler does not promote the best option this program has to offer. The program finds the highest Google PageRank outdoor websites, but then assesses what your (assuming your PR is 0) website PR-value will be if you’re granted a backlink. Meaning, there are a lot of high PR-4-5-6 outdoor websites, but why waste your time trying to get backlinks if the targeted website does not increased PR value to your own website?

This program straight out saves time and has a 90 day 100% money back guarantee and worth the $97 bucks. You can order it here and give it a go.



All Hail the WordPress….

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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CGF needed to post on one of the most important and powerful resources that will separate your website from most competitors in the fishing our outdoor Community. If you are new to WordPress (WP) and looking for reasons to use WordPress as  in your new website, let me give you some besides being free and incredibly simple to use.

Open Source Software

WordPress is an Open Source software which allows it to be used free of cost. You can use it on any kind of personal or commercial website without have to pay a single dime for it. It is built on PHP/MySQL (which is again Open Source) and licensed under GPL.

User Friendly

You don’t really have to be experienced to use WordPress on your website. Nowadays most of the hosting companies provide the ability to install WordPress on your site at a single click of the mouse. The administration section is easy to navigate and its even easy to add articles/content to your website.

Themes Support

You will never run short of templates when using WordPress. If you don’t like the themes that come with the default installation of WordPress, you can hunt on the Internet and you will find thousands of free themes that you can download and use for your website. There are themes which can even make your website look like a regular site instead of a blog. Or you can simply build your own.

Plugins Extend Functionality

WordPress plugins allow you to do just about anything that you want and can be installed in a jiffy. For example, you want to paginate your blog posts, just look on Google and you can easily find the relevant plugin that will easily do the job for you.

Standards Compliant

WordPress is one software that follows all the Web Standards and keeps your blog or website compliant to all the rules that have to be followed when running a website.

SEO Friendly

Search Engines have to be definitely kept in mind when building a website. WordPress uses different functions which allow it to be search engine friendly. For example sending pings to other sites, making categories, tagging your posts, use of h1/h2 tags etc. Plus the free plug-in All-One-SEO makes search engine marketing a breeze.

Large community Support

As per recent statistics, WordPress is used on more than 1% of the websites on the Internet in the world. There is a large user community backing the development of this software. So, whenever you face any problems, you can go through all the available WordPress forums and communities and find answers for all your questions. It is simply the easiest way to launch or drive traffic to your website. This software completely evens the playing field for novice webmaster to take-on professional Outdoor websites. Matter of fact, most professional webmaster are very familiar with WordPress. IMO, the most valuable reason (besides being free) to use WP is once setup your site will completely run on it’s own including all SEO functions. This alone is worth building or changing your website for.

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CGF does offer our members a full WordPress install with all the services/plugins mention plus consulting for $99. Depending on the website we also offer free lifetime hosting. It’s just easier and more effective to get you setup correctly from the start. We only accept websites in the outdoor community.






Google Page Rank explained

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

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CGF will try to explain how Google Page Rank works and benefits you in simple to understand English.

How Does PageRank Work?

1. PageRank is only one of numerous methods Google uses to determine a page’s relevance or importance via 0-10. Obviously 10 is the best.

2. Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. Google looks not only at the sheer volume of votes; among 100 other aspects it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. However, these aspects don’t count, when PageRank is calculated.

3. PageRank is based on incoming links, but not just on the number of them – relevance and quality are important (in terms of the PageRank of sites, which link to a given site). PR(A) = (1-d) + d(PR(t1)/C(t1) + … + PR(tn)/C(tn)). That’s the equation that calculates a page’s PageRank. Not all links weight the same when it comes to PR.

4. If you had a website with a PR8 and had 1 link on it, the site linked to would get a fair amount of PR value. But, if you had 100 links on that page, each individual link would only get a fraction of the value.

5. Bad incoming links don’t have impact on Page Rank.

6. They say ranking popularity considers site age, backlink relevancy and backlink duration. PageRank doesn’t. (This confused us)

7. Content is not taken into account when PageRank is calculated.

8. PageRank does not rank websites as a whole, but is determined for each page individually. Each inbound link is important to the overall total. Except banned sites, which don’t count.

9. Each Page Rank level is progressively harder to reach. PageRank is “believed” to be calculated on a logarithmic scale.

10. Google calculates pages PRs permanently, but we see the update once every few months (Google Toolbar).

Now this is basic information and the logarithmic calculation is very difficult to explain so we will make it simple to understand. First, understand if your site has a low page rank is not the end of the world. Eight of the top 10 websites on the Internet PR varies from 7-9.  Hell, YouTube PR is a 9 and they are owned by Google! It makes you wonder if it is even possible to get a PR-10.

Anyway

CGF ran our own tests and this is what worked for us as we started with four fishing domain (websites) names. Domain 1. was less then a year old. Domain 2. was five years old. Domain 3. was 10 years old. Domain 4. was a three year old blogger account. All domains/websites/blogs had accurate relevant content and all basically got the same amount of  PR ranked backlinks. After nine months we checked the rank (domains/websites/blogs) for their Google PR.

Domain 1. PR-2

Domain 2. PR-4 (Started with PR-2)

Domain 3. PR-5 (Started with PR-2)

Domain 4. PR-1 (Blogger)

In a nutshell

A higher Google PageRank does not necessarily mean you’ll get more traffic. BUT much more relevant traffic and all new site content will be index instantly and usually in the top ten search engine (SE) listing and stay there compared to lower PR websites. Also, our test showed the higher PR the easier it was to rank for very competitive keywords/phrases. Many times the PR-5 website outranked professionally managed websites. Webmasters grew angry with us because our site outranked theirs with content that read:  My dog Spot went to the river (famous fly-fishing spot) and caught a trophy brown trout using a silver spoon he found in the dog catchers ass ETC. The images on the site were stick-figures drawn with MS paint shop. The PR-4 website outranked many websites using Latin temp text and English keywords/phrases and balloon (titled correctly) images . No joke!

Conclusion

The point is we were never able to prove the PageRank concept or maybe even understand logarithmic scale 100%. Matter of fact, the time researching and trying to understand the PR formula could be used for easier methods to get quality traffic. What our tests did prove is that older domains with quality backlinks will get you a high PR quickly. Period. The main obstacles we came across was other webmasters furious they were outranked and it is possible to kill someones PR ranking.  Call it logarithmic scale Kung fu? This opened our eyes to new marketing techniques and quickly learned this brilliant style of Kung Fu ourselves.

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Is there an easier way to get a better Page Rank other then trying to find or buy an older domain or spending endless hours getting quality backlinks?  As we researched/tested more (in many cases) we were able to get 1-2 year old websites to PR-2-3′s  in a matter of months. All you have to do is join us and we will be happy to explain the details.