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Is there any way to boost SERP rankings without contextual links?

I am really scared to buy HQ backlinks...
 

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@Rrocks:
  1. Get those links through marketing instead of buying.
  2. Improve your on-page optimization.
  3. Publish content related to the page you want to increase and interlink to it with the right anchor text.
  4. Improve your site's page speed loading times.
  5. Improve your existing interlinking patterns to flow page rank where you want it to go.
  6. Improve your CTR in the SERPs by improving your title tag and meta description.
I'm sure there's more but I'm still drinking my first coffee. All of those except #1 are fairly simple things to do. #1 is simple too but takes more time.
 
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Anyone have tips on partnering up with a salesperson for commission based deals?

We can agree on a % but, these are deals that will happen on the phone after multiple calls/emails. I can track the first call, but after that will lose visibility.

Is it simply a matter of trust? That is, I test working with someone for 3 months, see if they make sales and report them back to me? If it doesn't work out, test with someone else?
 
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We can agree on a % but, these are deals that will happen on the phone after multiple calls/emails. I can track the first call, but after that will lose visibility.
I'm not an expert on this but I'd suspect you should be able to tag a number as "yours" and have your pal attach email addresses to it too and any additional phone numbers. Then on the conversion, you could then check all that to see if you played a role. It boils down to trusting him to do that, and if he does it zero times over the course of time, he's not playing fair.

Otherwise, that's typically how it goes for lead gen and affiliate sales. You get scraped and shaved and cheated. A old story told since man still walked on four feet.
 
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Is there any way to boost SERP rankings without contextual links?

I am really scared to buy HQ backlinks...
You could try safe ones such as profile links

Anyone remember the good old times when Google had that "keyword wheel" in the bottom of serps? You could basically see exactly how Google grouped keywords. Of course, this was before AI and content grouping. What would be the current equivalent?
I would assume "Related Keywords" through the chrome plugin keywords everywhre.
 
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Hi everyone my first post here.

I learnt SEO in 2012 (mostly reading on blogs and warriorforum) and then stopped doing internet marketing.

I want to restart learning SEO again for my new side project. I plan to have the site with passive adsense and amazon affiliate/ebooks.

One of my friend recommended buildersociety.

Do you guys recommend any blog or video course (free/paid) which will be helpful for learning SEO?

Sorry if this is not the right place to ask the question.

Cheers
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Do you guys recommend any blog or video course (free/paid) which will be helpful for learning SEO?
Don’t waste your money on “paid” course for SEO, SEO is extremely easy, there is no magic. You were recommended BuSo cause of this: Digital Strategy Crash Course

Start there and it will open your eyes on what is possible.
 
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Does Medium allow affiliate links or redirects? I want to test a viral technique in a niche, that I don't have or want a site in.
 
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I don't think I'm allowed to post a comment that is only saying "thank you", so I'll take my chance now. Thanks @Ryuzaki for your help with my Adsense question. I have not had the time to test all your recommendations yet, but will hopefully find time to do it today. Thanks a lot!

I have another newbie question: I've found a domain that is to be free soon. It has over 2k links to it. The link profile is very strong. However, the site is an old blog portal. So all the links are to sub-domains like:
charles.domain.com
Fitnessgod.domain.com

And so on.

My idea is that I will just make a 404 that redirects to homepage. But what do you guys think? Does this make the domain worthless, since the links are coming to sub-domains? What's your thoughts?

I bought another domain and now thinking of buying the above domain and 301 it to my new domain.

That would mean that all of the subdomains (emma.domain.com, fitnessgod.domain.com etc.) would also go via this 301. Could this be seen as 100's of different domains being 301'd to my new domain?

I'm cool with 301'ing like this. But since this domain has several subdomains, I wonder if this could potentially be a problem? What do you guys think?
 
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That would mean that all of the subdomains (emma.domain.com, fitnessgod.domain.com etc.) would also go via this 301. Could this be seen as 100's of different domains being 301'd to my new domain?
I'd expect every single subdomain to be treated as a separate domain in the eyes of Google. If you're concerned, I think 301'ing them to their own main domain is safer than shooting them all off to another domain. I think if you're legitimately acquiring businesses you can do as many as you want. I've seen people do a dozen or more and it's fine. But 100's is getting funky to me, not that I have any proof of such a thing. But 100's of subdomains redirecting to their own parent I think is fine. The real question is, are they all worth redirecting? Do they all have links? You only need to salvage what's worth salvaging.
 
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You definitely want to use business accounts on Pinterest and I would say as many business account as makes sense. Pinterest seems to be wanting to start halting anything too broad, for instance they're doing this with group boards and favouring organic search from group boards with related niches, etc rather than free-for-alls. Am I an expert? No, but I've read my fair share around the subject.
 
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What is the best method to scrape Facebook Marketplace listings?
Selenium?
 
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What is the best method to scrape Facebook Marketplace listings?
Selenium?
Yes, or puppeteer. The client is very JS heavy with a lot of bot traps and dynamically generated styling and structure.

I advise using xpath selectors for extra logic firepower
 
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Yes, or puppeteer. The client is very JS heavy with a lot of bot traps and dynamically generated styling and structure.

I advise using xpath selectors for extra logic firepower
Honestly seem like more hassle than it's worth for my strictly data reading purpose.
 
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I just Googled "Best drill machine", and basically every result is Indian. What the hell is this? If the adress doesn't end with "domain.in" then there is "India" in the article title. Really strange.

I went on google.com/ncr just to make sure there isn't a DNS problem, but the result is the same. Do you guys get the same Indian results?
 
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My guess is that the term 'drill machine' for a normal drill is typical for Indian English, and not as common in US/UK English. (Native speakers, please correct me if I'm wrong)
 
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My guess is that the term 'drill machine' for a normal drill is typical for Indian English, and not as common in US/UK English. (Native speakers, please correct me if I'm wrong)
Depends what you are talking about: hand drill, pneumatic drill, power drill, cordless drill, etc. etc.

If I saw 'drill machine' (as a native UK English speaker) I would expect an industrial-style drill for use in a factory setting.
 
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Depends what you are talking about: hand drill, pneumatic drill, power drill, cordless drill, etc. etc.

If I saw 'drill machine' (as a native UK English speaker) I would expect an industrial-style drill for use in a factory setting.
Ah, yes, that is what I would have guessed. The search results are about simple hand-held power drills.
 
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My guess is that the term 'drill machine' for a normal drill is typical for Indian English, and not as common in US/UK English. (Native speakers, please correct me if I'm wrong)
Haha yeah, I figured that out a few seconds after my post. Tried to delete it, with that reason, but apparently admin didn't agree to that. :-)
 

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Haha yeah, I figured that out a few seconds after my post. Tried to delete it, with that reason, but apparently admin didn't agree to that. :-)
I undeleted it because you started a conversation that several people had replied to but hadn't quoted you, so the context wasn't obvious for other readers. It doesn't make sense to ask a question, get answers, and then delete the question.
 
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I undeleted it because you started a conversation that several people had replied to but hadn't quoted you, so the context wasn't obvious for other readers. It doesn't make sense to ask a question, get answers, and then delete the question.
I understand. There were no replies when I requested it to be deleted, though. Otherweise I wouldn't have tried deleting it.
 
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Earlier in my website's life, I made a 'best of' post that was pretty generic - imagine "best flip phones". Is it possible to edit the slug on the URL to "best fip phones for running" without having to do any redirects? If there does need to be redirects, or something else, what ones?

I want to make the URL more specific because I'm writing another article in a similar area at the moment (but not similar enough to be part of the same article) and don't want there to be any confusion of duplicate content.
 
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Why don't you just leave the slug as it is? And use a different one for the new article? The slug doesn't mean anything when it comes to what is on the page or what people use to link to it (unless they are using the url as the text in the link and even then it's hardly crucial).

If you are thinking 'oh, I have to do this because this SEO tool told me to', then whether a web page is called jlkj34gmlke.php or best-flip-phones-forever-honest-guaranteed-guv-youll-never-find-a-bargain-like-this-again.php really has minimal influence on any rankings.