There is always something that is about to be launched or some product just released and although I look at most not many excite me in the slightest, saying that there is something that is about to be offered and it looks really great, I am waiting for the release date and will post once bought and tried, it is from someone I have bought products from before and have not been disapointed with the purchases I have made, it is a shame that I can say that about all the products I wasted time and money on, it ios John Reese Traffic Secrets 2.0, I have been waiting for this for a while and am looking forward to seeing what is involved with this new product. Watch closely.

Links 1 2 3

Linking and linking strategies is always a difficult process especially for newbies and now with a lot of no follow attributes it seems that the search engines like Google are trying to make it harder, one way links on target or on topic are without doubt the best, the page rank may have some bearing but a one way link on topic with no rank out weighs a handful of off topic page ranked links, reciprocalsare always contentious there are different views and testing does not give a clear answer to how much weight they carry, the question is are reciprocals any good, yes they are still links, the next thing is paid links, these are still very good for on topic referrals and if Google do not know they are paid they can not penalise the site for using them (how would they know if you paid for that link or not), however buying links can get expensive so care needs to be taken to make sure the advantages out weigh the costs, finally we look at three way links, these are where you link to a site who links to a different site who links to you, this is a good way as they show as one way links to the search engines, tracking these links can be time consuming and having to put different pieces of code in he pages to keep tracking them and making sure that the links come back needs to be done.

Halfords Sat Nav

A quick post well maybe while I was driving around I tested three (I tested two a friend tested one) sat nav systems to see how good they were and if I had a favourite, the first was from Halfords sat nav list it was a Tom Tom Go 510 the second I tested was a Snooper, the third came from the Argos sat nav section and was a Garmin Nuvi, it seems all three have good and bad points and at times are a little inaccurate, they had wide screens, blue-tooth and a list of applications, the mapping on all three was good as was the points of interest which were slightly different, the camera detection on the snooper was far superior to the others, the Nuvi had an MP3 and audio-book player, Jpeg picture viewer which if these are things you want then good, all three did a good job on general directions and indications my choice the Snooper, why ? because I liked the look of it, it did everything I wanted it to do and the superior camera detection, I value my licience, this does not mean the Tom Tom or Garmin are not as good it is just my personal choice.

After a week of testing these two pieces of software I have concluded that for me at least track back software is inconsistent at best, maybe it is the niches I have been testing them in but after about a couple of thousand finds I got two yes only two links, it was not worth the time and effort I put in, I have posted on forums and to the builders to see if I am doing something wrong I will update. This week I am away for a couple of days I am really interested in trying out my Halfords Garmin Sat Nav system, I have never used one properly and am going a few hundred miles down south it will be great to see how it works and preforms.

Track Backs

I was asked the other week about trackbacks on blogs and what I thought of the software available, I have done trackbacks and they give reciprocal links to your blog from another, the important part of this is to remember that on target posts are the way forward, I mean only use these on sites/blogs that are on the same subject as your own, now as for the software desktop and online, I got out my cash bought a couple of versions to try, firstly yes the ones I tried do work one of the online ones I had quite a lot of trouble with setting it up, (it is supposed to give one way links but this seems a little dark), the software takes a little time to find on topic posts and then adds the trackback request for you and tests to see if it has been accepted, my view not sure, there are some very good things out there I would rather spend my money.

The social network

There seems to be no abating of the social network scene, I mention this mainly because like most I have a facebook account and am constantly getting emails of people adding me as their friends my list is over 400 now, marketers like to keep together and take advantage of these thing but I do not necessarily subscribe to this although it can be a powerful tool if used correctly. Myspace and facebook have millions of subscribers and a lot of marketers see this as a market place, many 2.0 and social sites now have hundreds of thousands of visitors and if you have a interest that other members have it is a good medium to help you promote your site, this does not mean you should use it for the sake of it or abuse their terms and conditions but be smart and be considerate.



Although SMARTS has finished and I did not really learn an awful lot from it, I have spent the majority of this month testing different things rather than guru products, I did buy one that I will tell you about in the next post but I have been searching for different linking techniques from one way, recips, and three way, after test upon test and a lot of hard work to get good links takes either a lot of time and luck in some cases or money to join these three way systems, do they work, yes but for most if you stop paying you lose all your links.