I just finished a full review of Post Affiliate Pro (an affiliate tracking application) and I'm quite impressed. If you are going to build your own affiliate network, you should take a look at this application.
Read the full Post Affiliate Pro review.
If you are thinking of starting your own affiliate program, then this interview should interest you.
David Cacik (of Post Affiliate Pro) explains what to look for in affiliate tracking software.
Check out: How to Choose the Right Affiliate Software
Is SEO really dead?
In many ways this is true. At least in the way that it has always been done.
Things like link buying and keyword stuffing is disappearing - because it doesn't work. Google will penalize sites that do this - or even remove them from the index completely.
Instead of these old black hat techniques, focus on creating quality (shareable) content. Google will rank this based on the new semantic search.
Read more about Google Semantic Search.
AuthorRank is an important metric when evaluating the quality of a specific site. The idea is that influential authors will continue to write valuable content.
While Google hasn't announced that this algorithm is being used in current search rankings, there is no doubt that it will become a critical part of search engine optimization.
Learn about AuthorRank.
Organic traffic is very important.
It is the goal of all SEO activity: produce content that ranks in search and sends visitors to your site for free.
Learn more about organic traffic.
Similar to PageRank, TrustRank aims to measure the value of your site compared to others in your category.
The intent is to sort out the authority sites from all of the low-quality, poor-experience ones. Google has established a complicated algorithm that considers a set of social signals to measure the value of each site.
PageRank is the first algorithm (and by far the best known) that Google used to determine quality content. Just like all other SEO factors, PageRank can be improved over time.
There are many SEO tools to measure your current ranking - and compare with other sites in your niche.
Learn more about PageRank.
If you are curious about selling your products online, you need to learn about affiliate tracking software.
It will keep track of your affiliates, and the clicks and transactions that they generate. Affiliate software is a very important tool for most online businesses.
If you have a product that you sell online, you should consider creating an affiliate program.
There are some premium affiliate networks that will do everything for you. And there is some basic software that you can purchase / lease that you can use on your own.
Old-style SEO is dead!
Long live semantic search!
Gone are the days of buying links, keyword stuffing and link spamming. SEO has grown up and is based on quality content.
I just completed a review of David Amerland's new book: Google Semantic Search which explains everything you need to know about optimizing your sites for semantic search.