A man named Joshua Spickler left a comment on my post Google Wants To Know About Incompetent SEO's (just below this one)
Here's what it said:
I really wish you posted more often. I find your blog to be one of the lesser known gems out there in the SEO blogging community. August 05, 2008I'm not going to respond in comments, doing it here instead:
Joshua - that is probably the nicest thing anyone has EVER said to me in the 8 years I've been in this business. Your comment is way better than all the compliments I get on my wonderful, trend-setting, killer long hair or fabulous fashion style.
If there is one thing I could manufacture it wouldn't be money, bigger boobs or a smaller waistline, it would definitely be time.
Between kids, clients, my own sites, husband, my friends, two sets of aging parents, the yard, dog, two cats and all the volunteer activities I'm involved with at the kids school, kid's sports teams, and the nursing home there's just not enough hours in the day.
There's also another reason I don't post much. I really really really REALLY hate regurgitation for the sake of "me too-itis" or to read stuff that's obviously been written as a result of someone else's ideas and testing. There's no way in hell people can test and report on everything they write and I get that, but to write about issues and pass off as fact when they've never tested them is... well... stooooopid. (IMO)
There isn't much fact based information in this business because the engines don't let us see it. But there's even less original thought material shared. There's a lot of people who write about SEO and don't practice it. To me that's nuts, SEO is a technical and marketing discipline so you have to know and experience how it works to be able to share it with some voice of authority.
If you come back and say "well people don't want to share all their secrets" I'd get that and totally agree. But there's also a way to share without having to give away the farm. Sometimes it's better to weigh in on discussions with an observation or opinion than to write (or rewrite) a post on a topic that's been discussed to death. People need to get over themselves and join in on other people's conversations instead of boring us to death with yet ANOTHER link building post.
(insert sound of gagging here)
Sorry to over dramatize your comment with my responsive rant. But a simple thank didn't see appropriate AND I got another post of it so....
Thank you Joshua from Just Joshing You. From the bottom of my over-weight, badly dressed, sometimes abrasive but well intentioned heart. :) A kindness is link remembered.
Ok, the link building takeaway here in addition to all the feel-good stuff? When you get involved in other people's blogs, leave positive comments or just support another business in general by mentioning them, there's a very good chance they're going to return the favor and link to you. Like I did with Joshua. :)
I'm not going to tell you how to act, that's your business. The people who preach "be nice, treat everyone fairly" get on my nerves, not because I don't agree with being "nice", but because I dislike anyone telling me how to act. I'm almost 50 (next month people!!) so I understand I'm responsible for my actions.
Here's a linking fact learned from years of experience: people tend to link to positive, news worthy items where they're mentioned or highlighted. Drivel doesn't usually attract links. So link out, the karma will come back to you in links.
And have a nice day.