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Avoid The FUD By Following These Three Simple SEO Tips

Written by George Manty  · August 28, 2007

One of the biggest ways I get traffic to ALL of my blogs is from the Search Engines. I have designed most of my blogs to get more Search Engine traffic than you might expect. Well, I am about to let you in on a little secret about increasing the Search Engine traffic to your blog…

It Is Not As Complicated As Some People Make It Seem

There is a lot of FUD out there about Search Engine optimization. The Search Engines give you FUD, SEO experts spread FUD, FUD gets spread on forums and blogs. It’s hard to avoid the FUD!

By now you might be wondering:

What In The World Is FUD?

FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. A lot of people (the Search Engines included) want you to have fear, uncertainty and doubt about how to get higher Search Engine rankings. The Search Engines want you to have FUD, because it pays their bills. How else can they get you to pay for advertising on their Search Engine? Some (not all) SEO experts want you to have FUD, because it pays their bills. Your competitors (people trolling in forums) want you to have FUD, because they don’t want you competing with them (and it pays their bills).

Just say no to the FUD!

Sure there are a lot of of complicated tweaks you can make to ensure your blog is SEO friendly, but to get high rankings in the Search Engines it doesn’t have to be so complicated. And I will prove it!

Here Is The Proof

Go visit the site

Next, type in this domain name ( in the search box.

Check out all the terms that this site ranks high for in Google. Not bad, eh?

Well guess what?

I don’t have a robots.txt file, I don’t use SEO plug-ins, I don’t do all the complicated things that people tell you that you are “supposed” to do to rank high for search terms. In fact, I only recently started putting the nofollow tag on links to my rss feed (it hasn’t made a difference in my rankings yet).

Yes, there are things you can do with your robots.txt file, with the nofollow tag, with plug-ins, etc. that will help your Search Engine rankings. However, if you don’t have enough time to keep up with the latest and greatest Search Engine techniques you can still get solid traffic from the Search Engines and THIS blog is a great example of that.

So, How Do I Get High Searh Engine Rankings?

Well, here’s the deal. There are three major components of SEO. Anyone can master these three components. Once you master them, you will have no problem at all getting more Search Engine traffic to your blog, because everyone else will be caught up in the FUD.

Three Major Components of SEO

Seach Engine Optimization (SEO) can really be broken down into three major components:

  1. Keyword Research
  2. Quality Content
  3. Links

All you have to do is conduct good keyword research, write killer content that uses those keywords, and get links to your blog. It’s really quite simple!

In the next post in my ongoing blog traffic series, I will include a very simple way to do keyword research, some easy ways to get links to your blog, and I will discuss a little more about writing quality keyword rich conetnt to make the Search Engines happy. I will also talk about a few other steps I have taken to get high Search Engine rankings with this blog. None of them involve doing a Triple Lindy, or anything else too complicated ūüėČ

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7 Responses to “Avoid The FUD By Following These Three Simple SEO Tips”

  1. Jon Beebe on September 2nd, 2007 4:48 pm

    I agree that SEO isn’t quite as complicated as many people make it seem. I’ve noticed that if you gain genuine popularity… everything else seems to fall into place (must mean you have good content, you will/must have lots of links going to your website).

  2. George Manty on September 2nd, 2007 7:31 pm

    Jon Beebe,

    Thanks for the comment and yes I have lots of links to the site. Not as many as I would like.

  3. Rafael - Seo on September 27th, 2007 1:50 am

    A simple but great SEO Tips. I agree, it is important that you know what do you want to rank for. Through Good keyword research and create great content out of those keywords, get links to other related sites, and also good on page optimization will get you higher on the search engines.

  4. Widgett Walls on October 1st, 2007 9:35 pm

    The only thing I’ll say about robots.txt is that I had to implement one just to put crawl delays on the search engines…they were trying to eat me alive. Every once in a while when I see the site bog down I’ll check my access logs and find some bot hitting a page sometimes once a second and I’ll either get it with a crawl delay or if it’s just flat out misbehaving I’ll deny it completely. That’s about all I use it for, though.

  5. George Manty on October 1st, 2007 9:50 pm

    Widgett Walls,

    That makes sense.

  6. Optimization New Zealand on February 8th, 2008 2:09 am

    Hey Jon,

    I agree, there are a lot of scare tactics out there, the way I got through a lot of the haze being a once up and coming SEO kid of NZ was to stay the hell away from forums – that is where I found a lot of FUD and would be my advice to the noobs.

    Could you suggest some big names in SEO that you take as gospel?


  7. George Manty on February 8th, 2008 7:40 am

    Optimization New Zealand,

    Unfortunately, I don’t have anyone in the SEO field that I trust 100 percent of the time. I always test what they say, especially when I haven’t had similar experiences.

    The truth of the matter is that there are only handful of them doing their own intensive experiments and the rest are just repeating what others in the field are saying or what they WISH was the case.