Last month, I included my first monthly blog post roundup.
The reasoning behind it was simple: to share actionable tips.
As mentioned last month, I do a lot of reading every week, so the truly unique gems start to stand out brilliantly after while. In other words, it is great to come across articles that are not a re-hash of what you have read everywhere else.
My quest has been to share articles that really say something significant or present something actionable or cover a new strategy that has been implemented or present a new case study with findings.
The list below (which will be added to throughout this month) consists of the best articles I have read that add something to our knowledge. They are relatively unique and certainly actionable.
The Best of the Best Articles this Month
Traffic and Income Reports
The first article that I want to share with you this month is simply a report of traffic achieved and subsequent income.
You can certainly find a number of these reports around the web but most of them give you a real insight into what strategies were followed to achieve traffic growth and whether or not the growing number of visitors led to an increase in income. This traffic & income report is no different:
February Round Up – Traffic and Income
~ by Jason Chesters
The reason that I have chosen this particular traffic-income report is because the blogger, Jason Chesters, includes some truly actionable ideas that you can try.
He just started publishing his Income Reports last November. It is early days, but we can now see Jason’s progress over 4 months. I think the progress he has made in that time can be very inspiring to those just starting out.
Plus, I really like how Jason publishes what did and what didn’t work in his blog posts. We can always benefit from such transparency.
Which Backlinking Strategy
There is so much debate about whether or not you should implement a backlinking strategy for your site. We are well aware of Google’s take on the practice of artificially building backlinks. Google would prefer to see a site that produces such good content, that others will want to link to it naturally, thus attracting high quality links by merit.
Regardless of the rapid pace at which Google’s algorithms are becoming more sophisticated, backlinks for better or for worse do continue to affect rankings. The impact of quality backlinks pointing to a site cannot be disputed. Conversely, the impact of an unnatural backlinking strategy can see rankings nosedive overnight.
So how can new sites or smaller players, compete to earn backlinks naturally?
Here is one article that is full of tips and advice. It has been updated for 2014 and provides a lot of video evidence to back up statements:
Free Link Building Tips For 2014
~ by Shaun Anderson
This post provides you with a very good idea about how Panda and Penguin have changed the landscape of backlinking strategies.
You can find out which linkbuilding strategies Shaun would advise against in 2014 and why. Plus, you can get a very good idea of how the different search engines view backlinking strategies and what you can do to start attracting links.
I like how Shaun expresses it:
The truth is, if you work on your site and put a bit – OK a massive amount – of effort into it, you can still achieve top rankings and better traffic, month on month, while your competition is slapped about by Google.
If you are confused about link building in general, then Shaun’s post is a great place to start.
Feel free to add your own suggestions of exceptional blog posts via the comments section below.
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