Archives for February 2006

SEO Advice: A full clean-up

At SES NYC, I’ll be talking more about how we’ve been ramping up our program to email webmasters when we notice problems with sites. We want to let legitimate sites know when we spot issues like hidden text.

Based on that, I was interested to see an article about a site in the Philippines that is removing hidden text from its front page. Kudos to for taking that action. A quick check still shows some hidden text though, e.g. has some white-on-white text that I highlighted:

Hidden text

If you’re doing a reinclusion request, my advice is to make sure that all of the hidden text is gone from the site before requesting reinclusion. It may just be an oversight, but doing a full clean-up on a site before doing a reinclusion request really improves the chances of everything going smoothly.

Scoble 2.0

Scoble and I will be on a panel together next week, so I was happy to learn that his blogging is a father-and-son thing: Scoble’s son Patrick blogs as Mini Scobleizer. So far, I’ve learned that Patrick prefers Apple to Wintel machines. Among the questions Patrick poses is whether to sticker up your laptop. My answer? Well, here’s my laptop:

Skull and bones on a laptop

Go for it. Sticker that baby up. Also, I’m a firm supporter of writing in books. If you bought the book, you own it! Go ahead and write in the margins, read it in the bath tub, dog-ear the corners to mark a favorite passage, whatever you want.