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Linking myths – post Panda and Penguin

by Katinka Hesselink on October 17, 2014

Google has been making life harder for those of us who make a living online. With sites closing left and right – because Google stopped giving them traffic – authors are getting a big paranoid about what linking practices are ‘allowed’ and/or considered ‘spammy’.

I can’t really blame people: common sense just isn’t enough anymore. However, some things floating around the online forums are just plain nonsensical.

So here are some questions I have been asked recently, and my answers. [click to continue…]


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Squidoo is dead, Long Live Hubpages

by Katinka Hesselink on August 28, 2014

On August 15th, Seth Godin announced that the website I have long been making a living on, Squidoo, is going. The content and it’s authors are moving to Hubpages (and therefore the money making opportunities as well). It was a stressful day, so I had to process information quickly. I decided within half an hour that I liked this news. While I once loved Squidoo, I had come to distrust its management. Hubpages was always slightly annoying, and boring, but it is run by competent people. The kind who actually know how to build a site.

Was it really that bad at Squidoo? Yes, it really was.

I’ve been silent on Squidoo’s many mistakes in public, over the last year, because I was still making money there and it was becoming clear HQ wasn’t listening to feedback anyhow. The only thing I did was advise people to stay out of Squidoo if they weren’t already in.

Now that the take-over is official, I can finally open my pen. This is mainly about the stuff that happened after the panda update that penalized Squidoo late 2012, early 2013. [click to continue…]

Google+ help: circles vs communities

February 15, 2014

Google+ is the upcoming social network according to industry stats. Google+ shares are directly correlated to high search rankings. This may mean that shares actually help stuff rank (which I doubt) or it can mean that stuff which ranks, tends to be shared (which seems likely). For that reason I think it’s time to revisit […]

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Duplicate content on WordPress – hey, Google indexed my tag pages!

February 4, 2014

On Facebook I’ve recently seen people ask about duplicate content on WordPress blogs. People are panicking. It’s logical to panic, unfortunately, because Google has been acting strangely lately. However, no-indexing ALL your tag and category pages is a mistake. You do want normal links between pages of your site. You do want Google to FIND […]

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Squidoo vs Hubpages vs Wizzley vs Zujava summer 2013

July 12, 2013

[edit] Autumn 2014: this article is thoroughly outdated. Squidoo has closed shop. Zujava has been banned from the amazon affiliate program and Wizzley is apparently incapable of fixing (or getting rid of) a broken link-checker. Hubpages is the only quality platform in town today. Unfortunately, it is experiencing a Google slap, so even that option […]

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How to change your WordPress admin username without going into the database – WordPress security

April 19, 2013

The blogging web was roughly awakened to the security issues around running a (self-hosted) WordPress blog last week as a botnet with 90.000 ip adresses at it’s disposal tried to hack all WordPress sites it could find.  Matt Mullenweg has three tips – and this post is about the first and hardest one to implement: […]

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WP Engine WordPress Hosting experiences 2013: my review

April 11, 2013

When I got into hosting trouble last year, I found help with Anne Corcino at SEO Praxis to carry me over the busy months before Christmas. I told myself that March next year (that was last month) I’d decide on a permanent hosting solution. I had figured out just how tough WordPress hosting can be if […]

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Thesis – the best CMS-style WordPress Theme

March 14, 2013

Lately someone bought Thesis off the affiliate banner on this site. I felt somewhat guilty. After all, it’s been years since I did my Thesis review and I have no idea if Thesis is still the best theme on the block for affiliates.  The new Thesis (Thesis 2.*) is so different from the Thesis I […]

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How to speed up your WordPress blog on shared hosting

September 28, 2012

Yesterday’s post was about how I was forced to find myself a new host and ended up with shared hosting (again). Today’s post is perhaps more useful: the tips I was given from various sources on how to speed up my blogs. There are several advantage of speeding up your blog: Google likes fast sites […]

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What I learned about WordPress hosting this week (Hostgator vs VPS.NET)

September 27, 2012

Hosting is complicated Hosting is not as simple as you think it is WordPress hosting is definitely not as simple as you think it is Wow – that was eloquent, wasn’t it? The reason I’m writing this post is that I think my experiences with Hostgator and VPS.NET over the past week are probably instructive […]

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