Happy First Birthday CanuckSEO.com!
One year ago today, I launched this blog on “Canadian SEO for Google Success…” and as a result of same, I can honestly say, I’m a happy canuck camper! This post, ie my one year blog birthday post has been gnawing at my psyche for about two weeks and I’ve had mixed feelings about what to write about but I’ve settled on the whole tone and content of same — I just wanna tell it like it is!
A full year ago today, I wrote that to be a succcessful SEO practitioner, you needed quite a large variety of skills, patience and resolve that you were going to succeed for your clients…and that’s something that I’ve been able to live up to over the past year which is a good thing, I know. So far, we’ve posted 112 blog posts and have had 876 comments/postbacks, with more than 4000+ incoming backlinks in that 12 month period. Not too shabby for a blog newbie, IMHO, eh!
You still need, as I said before, to be able to hypothesize based on the latest leading edge SEO news, on what may work – or may not and you need to do that on a daily basis — that’s not changed an iota and if you follow Google, you’ll know what I mean, eh! Google this year published/launched many many new items for web results, Places/Maps, GWT areas that frankly, made it damn hard to even try to keep up, never mind the research into what worked via testing for all your client roster. The amount of reading required to even try to stay “up” has grown and the number of blogs/forums that one must visit daily makes getting up that hour earlier just to try to accomplish same, tough…but a required neccessity.
I’ve been able to get quite a goodly number of posts on the various folks that I read often, i.e. marketing companies, blogs for security companies, research reports or surveys from top notch firms who provide a great pile of research material — all of course taking time to read, digest and then test against. We’ve found some dang good new tools and new stats places from other web firms that allow us, whenever possible, to automate both the development of keyword research and competitor backlink analysis as well as the regular gathering of serp rankings for all of our clients. Again, all this takes is time…which IMHO, is really worth more than $$$, eh!
We also of course continue to look for, find and then post here anything with a Canadian angle on SEO; from other SEO practitioners here in Canada, to watching some of the best ever Yankee SEO types dig out as research into google.com and then we test right here against google.ca and note the differences or similarities tween same. And for the past 8 months or so, we also test against google.co.uk….a small little island with some rightous SEO practitioners there too, eh! And since summer we now also (as we’ve a new Australian client) test against the aussie google.com.au too! We’ve expanded our globe for all things Google is I guess what I’m trying to say and the differences and similarities between these datacenter’s is very surprising!
And we continue to do just that. Read, research, hypothesize, test….then analyze the serp results and try to formulate what “works” and then and only then, instill this new tactic into a client SEO Campaign. Nothing else works, in our opinion, and nothing else should, eh!
One last thing. In the past year, I’ve noticed that the number of “SEO wannabees” — i.e. those who pose as real SEO practitioners in forums, on blogs or at conferences…continues to grow! As I said a year ago today — “is that more and more and more “SEO practitioners” or folks who’d like to think they can ‘walk the walk,’ show up with that all too prevalent “get rich quick” series of short cuts, tricks, gimmicks, cons, scams, old long-past-the-best-before-date’ advice and they want immediate results and they want it NOW!” …sigh….
These idiots still make me pound my desk in frustration when I read the same old out-of-date, bad advice/counsel that they continue to idiotically pass off as their SEO abilities…and as many others in the SEO world have noticed and blogged about same over the past year, I wont bother reiterating what we all know….that an SEO practitioner needs to be able to perservere thru all of the normal regular ups-and-downs of getting great serp Rankings for their clients via hard work….there is no other way, eh!
And that’s about how I see things, one year in!Google