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What Is Search delisted by

What Is Search appears to have been substantially delisted by

I won’t go into details about the technique I was experimenting with just before the incident occurred, but the odd thing is it appeared to work for

Earlier today, the site was ranking 1st in for “What Is Search” but over on, it doesn’t even rank in the top 100.

There haven’t been any warnings or notifications via Google Webmaster Tools, so it seems unlikely that it’s a manual penalty.

However, the technique I employed is, I suspect, one often used by black hats looking for quick gains, so it may be that I’ve triggered an algorithmic penalty.

That said, it’s confusing that the penalty only seems to apply to the .com version of the site and not the version.
I did notice a brief fall in rankings after I deliberately published some garbage content a little while back, so there’s a chance the recent Panda rollout has hit the site.

Overall though, I’m not too worried – What Is Search isn’t a serious endeavour, it’s just a little SEO playground where I can fire off the odd blog and experiment with techniques I wouldn’t want to use elsewhere.

Here are the steps that I’ll be taking.

1) Do nothing and see if it blows over

2) Post more content to What Is Search

3) Do nothing for a while longer

4) Maybe remove the rubbish content I posted

5) Do nothing again

6) Maybe remove the links I built.

We’ll see what happens…

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123-reg review

Hello and welcome to this 123reg review. Here I’ll detail my experiences of using UK domain name registrar 123-reg and tell you all you need to know about the company.

The history of 123-reg


One of the oldest domain name registrars around, 123reg has the kind of track record that just screams credibility. If you’re the kind of person who is concerned about the credibility of firms with which you do business, then you won’t have any worries when it comes to 123-reg.

In the grand scheme of things, 123-reg is part of Host Europe Group, one of the biggest web companies around, so that adds extra credence to their brand.

What does 123reg offer?


You can get everything you need to get yourself online with 123-reg. They offer web hosting, domain names, website builder packages and much, much more.

The focus of this 123reg review, however, will be on their domain names, as it would be unfair to talk about products of which I do not have personal experience.

If anyone has their own 123-reg review, then feel free to leave it in the comments below.


A 123-reg review of their domain names


Domain names are a fairly simple product and there are only a couple of things you can really look at when reviewing them.

The first is price, and 123-reg is certainly competitive across the board. They also offer plenty of special deals, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for any offer which they might have on.

The second part of this brief 123-reg review will focus on usability and customer service, both of which I’ve found to be excellent.

123-reg’s control panel is easy to use and there is no problem adding extra features or cancelling domain names.

Their customer service is also very good, so if things do go wrong it should be easy to put them right.

In conclusion, 123-reg offers a great service.

Should you read another 123-reg review?


I’d say yes, obviously this 123reg review can only be based on my personal experience of using 123-reg and other people are bound to have different things to say about them.

Reading more than 123-reg review is a great idea as it will allow you to get a full picture of what they have to offer.

Remember though, you should feel free to leave your own 123-reg review below in the comments section as that way we can build a collection of accurate, independent 123reg reviews.

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Content binge episode IV – A new hope

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And there you have it. It actually took longer than I thought it would, but I’m sure you’ll agree it was more than worth the effort. Will this help with the rankings? It better bloody not.
This article is part of an on going project looking at the effect of content creation on search rankings. I’m a bit bored of it now, to be honest.

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Content binge part three – the saga continues

So what happened after yesterday’s update?


And then nothing.

The content seemed to be indexed quickly, and the site was showing as being updated in SERPs just minutes after publication.

In fact, the rankings even increased by a couple of places which was interesting, if not exciting.

And then…

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The What Is Search content binge – part 2

Hello and welcome to the second part of the What Is Search content binge.

Let’s start with a recap of what we’ve learned so far.

Absolutely nothing.

Fantastic, ey?

Still, it’s early days and although the site hasn’t seen an uptick in its rankings, the content is still being indexed quickly which fills me with hope.

Ok, it doesn’t but if I say it does maybe it’ll encourage me to keep going.

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This is part one of a What is Search experiment

This is part one of a What is Search experiment

Following recent ranking drops which seemed to coincide with a fall in activity on this blog, I’m going to write a series of stream of consciousness posts with little aim other than getting a number of ~500 word articles on the site every day for at least a week.

The aim is to see whether this will help restore the rankings, with the drop taking place before Penguin 2.0 landed and with no messages regarding unnatural links, it seems the fall was down to a low-traffic site essentially giving up.

This would make sense as if a blog stops publishing timely content it quickly loses relevance, especially if it is not well-established in terms of social media and links.

Interestingly, the Google bot has continued to crawl the site at essentially the same rate as it did when content was being uploaded on a regular basis so hopefully the new stuff should be indexed pretty quickly and any results should be realised soonish.

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Can anyone learn to be a content marketer?

brain-training-gameRecently, I’ve been doing something which is a little bit unusual for me – conducting training.

Admittedly, in the past I’ve run people through various SEO tools and given them advice on the kind of things they should be doing to rank well, but I’ve never actually taught anyone to do what I do.

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