More Link Building Resources

Found this comprehensive list from a the SEO Playbook post from, and had to share.

Link Development Resources:


Webmasterworld Link Development Threads


How Search Engines Work Video

Just in case you haven’t been able to attend one of my training sessions, you can hear from SEOmoz’s Randy Fiskin about how search engines work in this video.

Google Webmaster Tools Quick Start Guide Now Available

If you haven’t already checked out Google’s Webmaster Tools, you now have no excuse! They have released a quick start guide that you can use to take a tour of the tools they provide which allow you to:

  • Know which of your pages are included in Google’s index
  • See any errors Googlebot had when crawling your site
  • Find which search queries list your site as a result
  • Find out which sites link to yours

There’s not other way to know if Googlebot is having trouble indexing your site, so sign up for the free Google Webmaster Tools!

Join a Forum about how Non-Profits Market Themselves Online

I wanted to let folks know about a new bulletin board where nonprofits can talk about their online marketing issues.

The board covers the issues that nonprofits face in search engines, marketing, branding, competition, credibility.

Check it out!

Visit Non-Profits on the Web

Get Students to Help you with Paid Advertising – $200 from Google

While the registration date for this year is now past, I wanted to spread the word about Google’s search marketing competition. You would need a professor to register his/her class, but the winner gets $200 of free advertising from Google. You can find more information about the competition here

They will be accepting new registrations for classes who want to participate in October 2008.

How to Not be a Social Media Idiot

I had to share this Bruce Clay article I read the other day, and share some of his wit here on my blog, because it made me laugh. It talks about how as a marketer you need to understand how the social media sites work and have a clear understanding of why you are becoming involved in a particular social media site and what you’d like to do while you’re there instead of just barreling into those communities.

If you joined Facebook to build professional brand equity and now spend your days throwing sheep at your colleagues and trying to bite your customers to turn them into vampires, well then, yeah, you’re a social media idiot and probably hurting your brand. That sure ain’t Facebook’s fault.

…marketers who leap into things with no purpose and spam everyone around them will absolutely tarnish their image. No one wants to be friends with the guy who’s going to sit next to them, talking during the movie and then stick their finger in your ear all day. Marketers have to be cautious when they enter the social sphere. If you don’t know why you’re there, you’re likely to spend your days gift giving, cause-hopping and SuperPoking your day away while branding yourself as a total annoyance.

There are hundreds of social media sites out there, and many aren’t suited for our community – finding volunteers to help solve local community issues. That is why you’ve only seen me comment on Facebook, Craigslist, Meetup, and Gather as the primary communities on this site.

For instance, Linkedin, while great for career networking, is not the best community to join to
find volunteers.

When creating a Facebook account, you should follow the lead of the other Volunteer Centers who have already created profiles there (see my post below) and while it’s tempting to install and use the vampires application in Facebook, it’s probably not the best way to recruit volunteers. However, using the event feature, and posting flyers in your network, will probably be a successful way of getting folks involved.

Let me know how you’ve successfully used social media to recruit volunteers – I’d love to share your story on this blog and during our upcoming workshop at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Meeting Others Who Search Like You Do

So it’s not one of the big players, but the new natural search engine,, has a “meet others who asked the same query” feature that is kind of interesting.

Search for “volunteer + chicago” and you’ll notice who has left messages wanting to meet other people interested in volunteering. If there’s isn’t a current conversation you can start one.

So go to, type in volunteer + your city and see who else is looking to volunteer in your area.