New Media Tool Blog Signature Comment ID Grease Monkey Userscript

New Media Tools: Blog Signature Comment ID for Grease Monkey at Userscripts.org

Blog_Signature_ID_PanelAs a researcher and new media social user I comment on blogs news sites and various other places on a daily basis. Being I am use the same gravatar linked email and ‘signature’ almost every time, I wanted to save myself a bit of typing. Yes this is a common reason for most things I code. I wanted to save a few keystrokes and horde as many seconds as possible for myself. The bright side being, I am more than glad to share.   This script will enter your name, email, signature and website. It will ‘autofocus’ to the pages comment form on activation. You may also set your own hotkey up for use. Setting can be reached from the greasemonkey settings tab. The official version is hosted at UserScripts.org [install link]   Please do join the discussion there or here in the comments to let me know what you find. I have include the codebase used as well, if you make a better version let me know 🙂 Blog Signature ID for Greasemonkey Blog Signature Commenter ID Code:

 
// ==UserScript==
// @name		Blog Signature ID
// @author Mich De L'Orme http://blog.michde.com
// @description Searchs for and prefills comment fields (url, name, email) for many mainstream comment systems.
// @include		*
// ==/UserScript==

function shortcut(shortcut,callback,opt) {
	var default_options = {'type':'keydown','propagate':false,'target':document}
	if(!opt) opt = default_options;
	else {for(var dfo in default_options) {if(typeof opt[dfo] == 'undefined') opt[dfo] = default_options[dfo];}}
	var ele = opt.target;
	if(typeof opt.target == 'string') ele = document.getElementById(opt.target);
	var ths = this;
	var func = function(e) {
		e = e || window.event;
		if (e.keyCode) code = e.keyCode;
		else if (e.which) code = e.which;
		var character = String.fromCharCode(code).toLowerCase();
		var keys = shortcut.toLowerCase().split("+");
		var kp = 0;
		var shift_nums = {"`":"~","1":"!","2":"@","3":"#","4":"$","5":"%","6":"^","7":"&","8":"*","9":"(","0":")","-":"_","=":"+",";":":","'":""",",":"<",".":">","/":"?","":"|"}
		var special_keys = {'esc':27,'escape':27,'tab':9,'space':32,'return':13,'enter':13,'backspace':8,'scrolllock':145,'scroll_lock':145,'scroll':145,'capslock':20,'caps_lock':20,'caps':20,'numlock':144,'num_lock':144,'num':144,'pause':19,'break':19,'insert':45,'home':36,'delete':46,'end':35,'pageup':33,'page_up':33,'pu':33,'pagedown':34,'page_down':34,'pd':34,'left':37,'up':38,'right':39,'down':40,'f1':112,'f2':113,'f3':114,'f4':115,'f5':116,'f6':117,'f7':118,'f8':119,'f9':120,'f10':121,'f11':122,'f12':123}
		for(var i=0; k=keys[i],i<keys.length; i++) {
			if(k == 'ctrl' || k == 'control') {if(e.ctrlKey) kp++;
			} else if(k ==  'shift') {if(e.shiftKey) kp++;
			} else if(k == 'alt') {if(e.altKey) kp++;
			} else if(k.length > 1) { if(special_keys[k] == code) kp++;
			} else { if(character == k) kp++;
				else {if(shift_nums[character] && e.shiftKey) { 
						character = shift_nums[character]; 
						if(character == k) kp++;
					}
				}
			}
		}
		if(kp == keys.length) {
			callback(e);
			if(!opt['propagate']) {
				e.cancelBubble = true;
				e.returnValue = false;
				if (e.stopPropagation) {
					e.stopPropagation();
					e.preventDefault();
				}
				return false;
			}
		}
	}
	if(ele.addEventListener) ele.addEventListener(opt['type'], func, false);
	else if(ele.attachEvent) ele.attachEvent('on'+opt['type'], func);
	else ele['on'+opt['type']] = func;
}

(function(){
	function preFillComment() {
		var author = GM_getValue('author');
		var comment    = GM_getValue('comment');
		var email  = GM_getValue('email');
		var url    = GM_getValue('url');
		if(author == undefined) {
			author = prompt("What name should be used for comments?");
			author = author || '';
			GM_setValue("author", author);
		}
		if(comment == undefined) {
			comment = prompt("What signature should be used for comments?");
			ecomment = comment || '';
			GM_setValue("comment", comment);
		}
		if(email == undefined) {
			email = prompt("What email should be used for comments?");
			email = email || '';
			GM_setValue("email", email);
		}
		if(url == undefined) {
			url = prompt("What url should be used for comments?");
			url = url || '';
			GM_setValue("url", url);
		}
		if(document.getElementById('author') && author != undefined) document.getElementById('author').value = author;
		if(document.getElementById('comment') && comment != undefined) document.getElementById('comment').value = comment;
		if(document.getElementById('email') && email != undefined) document.getElementById('email').value = email;
		if(document.getElementById('url') && url != undefined) document.getElementById('url').value = url;
		var textareas = document.getElementsByTagName("textarea");
		for(var i=0; i < textareas.length; i++) {
			if(textareas[i].id == 'comment') {
				textareas[i].focus();
				break;
			}
		}
	}
	function resetPreFillComment() {
		var author = prompt("What name should be used for comments?");
		author = author || '';
		GM_setValue("author", author);
		var comment = prompt("What signature should be used for comments?");
		comment = comment || '';
		GM_setValue("comment", comment);
		var email = prompt("What email should be used for comments?");
		email = email || '';
		GM_setValue("email", email);
		var url = prompt("What url should be used for comments?");
		url = url || '';
		GM_setValue("url", url);
		alert("Thank you all values set :)");
	}
	function setKeyboardShortcuts() {
		var mainShortcut  = prompt("Please enter signature shortcut. Examples:nALT+CnALT+SHIFT+C");
		var resetShortcut = prompt("Please enter signature-reset shortcut. Examples:nALT+CnALT+SHIFT+C");
		if(mainShortcut) GM_setValue("mainShortcut", mainShortcut);
		if(resetShortcut) GM_setValue("resetShortcut", resetShortcut);
	}

	GM_registerMenuCommand("Sign Comment", preFillComment);
	GM_registerMenuCommand("Reset Comment Signature", resetPreFillComment);
	GM_registerMenuCommand("Set Comment Signature Shortcuts (Adv)", setKeyboardShortcuts);

	var mainShortcut = (GM_getValue('mainShortcut') != undefined && GM_getValue('mainShortcut') != '') ? GM_getValue('mainShortcut') : "ALT+C";
	var resetShortcut = (GM_getValue('resetShortcut') != undefined && GM_getValue('resetShortcut') != '') ? GM_getValue('resetShortcut') : "ALT+SHIFT+C";
	shortcut(mainShortcut,preFillComment);
	shortcut(resetShortcut,resetPreFillComment);

})();

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Google Chrome Extensions 24 New SEO Plugins

seo-logo2 Chrome Seo for modern search engine optimizers, search engine marketers and webmasters. Now more than ever seo is tied directly to the live web and real-time actions. Blog farms and scrapers, gave way to mass social spam and vote rigging. Brokering links was safe, then unsafe for Google whitehat seo, and everything in between. Page rank was abandoned even though its still with us. No-follow links and page sculpting turned out to be a shame, even with proof of concept.

Now oddly like once before we must track the structure and wider statistics. Serp rank, page rank, site rankings and social authority all now weigh against the new real-time focus. Links are still important but reputation global impact and social reach are just as much a search ranking factor in modern search analysis.

seo-for-chrome Google’s chrome browser has been with us now for many month but only recently opened the extension arsenal to the world. Social tools, blog extensions, seo plugins and more can all be found. That was half the problem. With so many changes happening every day in the world of search more than the same old tools were needed. With so many old idea once again seeing the light of viable search marketing use, the old tools were sorely needed.

After weeks of trolling the Google extensions directory I was able to round up a multi-layer seo toolkit of chrome extensions. Combine they can take a large chunk of dismay in your conversion to chrome, the extensions we need to assess our clients sites, links and reputation are now includable. The list includes three sections of focus, seo data, site research and technical helpers for the search marketers and seo’s trade.

The SEO ranking and Analysis Section:

Chrome SEO

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The Google Chrome SEO extension provides easy access to Search Engine Optimization Tools that can help you with Competitive Analysis, Keyword Research, Backlink Checks and other daily SEO tasks. [link]

Current functions list:

  • Pages Indexed on: Bing, Google, Yahoo
  • Backlinks as reported by : Alexa, Bing, Google, MajesticSeo, Yahoo
  • Current Traffic and Rankings as reported by : Alexa, Compete, Google PageRank, Quantcast, SEMRush, Technorati
  • Social Bookmark counts on : Delicious, Digg, Dmoz, StumbleUpon,
  • Cached Versions of the website from : Archive.org, CoralCDN, Google, WebCite
  • Domain Details such as : DNS, IP Address, Server Location, Whois details

 

Kuber PageRank Checker

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This handy SEO tool shows you the Google PageRank of webpages beside the address box. If the PageRank of the page in current tab is not available, the tool shows the PageRank of the domain instead, prefixed with ‘S’. The PageRank value is cached locally, so it doesn’t have to hit the server every time you switch tab. Moreover, click the icon Alexa rank of the site is displayed in dropdown, as well as links-in number and WHOIS check link. [link] Developer website

META SEO inspector

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50901 Meta data is not just the usual HTML meta tags, but the XFN tags, various microformats, the recently introduced canonical attribute, the no-follow links and so on.

This extension is mainly aimed at web developers that need to verify the description tag of their site to follow the Webmasters’ Google Guidelines, SEO, or even to who is curious about page contents that are usually not visible, but can reveal interesting site properties.

Alerts are showed when the meta data is not within certain ranges, for example when the description tag is too short, or too long.

There are links to info-sites ( mainly SEO-oriented ) pointing to the exact page about the site you are watching. [link] Developer website

PageRank

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The ‘Fastest’ and very light weight. It shows Google page rank on toolbar. [link] Developer website

SEO

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This Chrome SEO plugin implements the SEO Playground Tool (Bookmarklet) by David Naylor. Making it easier to use in Chrome. [link] Developer website

SeoQuake Lite

81

Display the Google PageRank and Alexa rank of any webpages, in your browser (right-bottom). It’s similar the SearchStatus for FireFox but it works in Chrome. SeoQuake Lite is FAST and SIMPLE [link] Developer website

SeoQuake

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Inclusion of parameters in SERPs: After submission of the query into the search engine user is presented with SERP with search results. SeoQuake shows values of the parameters for search results under each result shown on SERP.

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SeoQuake is a Chrome extension, which allows user to view a large number of SE parameters on the fly. Displays the Google PageRank, Alexa rank and other SEO parameters of any webpage, highlights nofollow links.

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SeoQuake is Chrome SEO extension aimed primarily at helping web masters who deal with search engine optimization (SEO) and internet promotion of web sites. SeoQuake allows it’s users to obtain and investigate many important SEO parameters of the internet project under study on the fly, save them for future work, compare them with the results, obtained for other, competitive, projects.

Beginner web masters and seos will find SeoQuake useful for estimating effectiveness and competitive ability of their SEO efforts. In the hands of professional SeoQuake will become a powerful and indispensable tool for analyzing optimization and promotion level of internet web-projects. [link] Developer website

Full list of SEO parameters:

  • Google PageRank
  • Google Index
  • Yahoo links
  • Yahoo linkdomain
  • Bing index
  • Alexa Rank
  • Webarchive age
  • Delicious index
  • Whois link
  • Page source
  • SEMRush rank
  • Nofollow links

SEO SERP

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A simple tool to quickly check the position of a list of sites given a keyword. For example, on the sample image you can see Wikipedia ranking #3 and Amazon ranking 16 for the keyword “lcd”.

Countries available:
com, brazil, india, japan, uk, germany, spain, france, italy, netherland [link] Developer website

SEO Status Pagerank/Alexa Toolbar

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SEO Status is lightweight. It will check the Google Pagerank (PR) & Alexa rank for every page. Using this may increase your Alexa.

The PageRank and Alexa rank do not rely on a third-party website to gather its data, but retrieves it from Google and Alexa directly. When the button is clicked, it shows more data such as an Alexa traffic graph, ranking number, and useful tools for the avid webmaster. [link] Developer website

When you click the extension icon it will show the additional information:

  • Alexa rank number
  • Google PR and PR bar
  • Backlinks link
  • Whois link
  • Domain availabiliy for other TLDs

The Section of Google Chrome Research and Metrics Tools

Analytics Helper

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Detects if Google Analytics script is installed on page. Displays a notification in the omnibar if a Google Analytics UA code is detected in the web page, if no UA script is found, the icon is not shown either. Hover over the notification icon to see list of UA codes detected. [link]

BuiltWith Technology Profiler

23001 Find out what the website you are visiting is built with using this extension.

BuiltWith is a web site profiler tool. Upon looking up a page, BuiltWith returns all the technologies it can find on the page. BuiltWith’s goal is to help developers, researchers and designers find out what technologies pages are using which may help them to decide what technologies to implement themselves.

The BuiltWith Chrome Extension lets you find out what a website is built with by a simple click on the builtwith icon!

BuiltWith technology tracking includes widgets (snap preview), analytics (Google, Nielsen), frameworks (.NET, Java), publishing (WordPress, Blogger), advertising (DoubleClick, AdSense), CDNs (Amazon S3, Limelight), standards (XHTML,RSS), hosting software (Apache, IIS, CentOS, Debian). [link]

Chrome Flags

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Chrome Flags displays a country flag indicating about the physical location of the websites you’re visiting. The extension also provides access to detailed information regarding the website’s servers, owners, traffic and trustworthiness.

During visiting a web page you’ll notice a flag icon on the address bar. That flag tells you where the server you’re visiting is actually hosted. [link]

If you click on the flag, a popup menu provides quick links to additional details:

  • IP address.
  • Who owns it (whois)
  • Web analytic information from Google Trends, Quantcast, Compete and Alexa.
  • McAfee Site Advisor.
  • Users opinion from WOT – Web Of Trust

DNS.l4x.org Resolver

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With the ‘DNS.l4x.org Resolver’ extension you can handily look-up DNS records of the page you’re viewing. The extension can show you IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, mail-servers (MX), aliases (CNAME) and nameservers (NS). The addresses are retrieved and link to https://dns.l4x.org, where further information, like whois excerpts and screenshots can be found. The small badge next to the icon informs you in a blink of an eye of the number of found records. As an extra feature, the extension will also show you your externally visible IP address.

Privacy: The extension will securely contact https://dns.l4x.org (Run privately by the author of this extension) if you open the popup to retrieve the necessary data. No personal data is collected, and the IP addresses of the requests will not be linked to the retrieved domain names. If you want the small badge with the number of records, you have to activate it under the options dialog as it sends a request for _each_ new domain you’re visiting. Results are cached. [link] Developer website

Domain Details

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Shows server’s IP address, country flag, software, headers, and provides links to whois reports [link] Developer website

Domain Details provides the following information on the site you are visiting:

  • Server IP Address
  • Server’s Location. Based on a Geo IP database in the extension, does not poll an external service.
  • Server Software. Shows icons for common servers.
  • View server response headers within the extension
  • Domain Whois Links
  • Additional links to useful domain information

SitezMeter

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SitezMeter displays traffic charts from Google Trends, Alexa and Compete side by side, as well as ranks. [link] Developer website

This browser companion provides users with extensive information about web sites traffic – instantly find out how popular a web site is, its rank, and how fast it is growing.

With SitezMeter you can quickly compare traffic of up to 3 websites.

SitezMeter is a handy tool to webmaster, web site owner and SEO/SEM specialists.

 

HostTitle

An extension that appends the hostname of the site to the title bar. [link] Developer website

Site Information Tool

10001

Shows information about the current page (PageRank, Alexa rank, IP info, server response headers, whois and other SEO parameters) Site Information Tool button allows one to explore the most valuable information about the current opened page. [link] Developer website

Site Information Tool includes:

  • Rankings information (Google PageRank, Alexa rank, Compete.com rank, Quantcast rank, Technorati rank)
  • IP address information (IP, network name & range, country)
  • Linking information (indexed pages count, inbound links count, etc.)
  • Server response headers
  • Page information (title, meta tags, size)
  • This page in social networks (del.icio.us, digg.com)
  • Domain whois information (domain nameservers, registrant & owner information)
  • Feed subscribers count
  • List of top performing keywords in Google
  • Competitors list

Social Graph Analyzer

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Discover profile pages whose owner is similar to the page you’re currently browsing. Try Twitter, FriendFeed, Facbook or similar site to start analysis. [links] Developer website

WOT (web of Trust)

Web of Trust is a safe browsing tool, which warns you about risky sites that cheat customers, deliver malware or send spam. [link] Developer website

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WOT’s safe browsing tool warns you about risky sites that can’t be trusted: Online shops that cheat customers; download sites that deliver malware; sites that send spam; and those with inappropriate content for kids.
Millions of members of the WOT community rate websites based on their experiences, giving you an extra layer of protection when browsing or searching the Web. The WOT add-on provides reputation ratings to search results when you use Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Wikipedia and other popular sites. Your Gmail, Yahoo! mail and Hotmail account is also protected.

Technical and Helper Tools Section:

Chromeleon User-Agent Spoofer

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Chromeleon is a navigator.userAgent and navigator.vendor spoofing extension. This allows Chrome users to access sites that intentionally or unintentionally serve incompatible content or block Chrome. The extension allows you to set a specific filtering list, so Chromeleon will automatically switch user-agent strings based on the domain or URL you specify. Also, it will use and auto-update a list of sites known to use incorrect user-agent sniffing (which can be disabled.)

Chromeleon does not modify HTTP headers because the Chrome Extensions API doesn’t yet have a way to change them. Sites that sniff user-agent strings at the network level will see through the spoofing. Fortunately, most sites just detect the user-agent at the JavaScript level. [link] Developer website

iMacros for Chrome

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80001 iMacros was designed to automate the most repetitious tasks on the web. If there’s an activity you have to do repeatedly, just record it in iMacros. The next time you need to do it, the entire macro will run at the click of a button!

With iMacros, you can quickly and easily fill out web forms, remember passwords, create a webmail notifier, and more. You can keep the macros on your computer for your own use, use them within bookmark sync / Xmarks or share them with others by embedding them on your homepage, blog, company Intranet or any social bookmarking service as bookmarklet. [link] Developer website

1002 Popular uses are as web macro recorder, form filler on steroids and highly-secure password manager (256-bit AES encryption). Web developers use iMacros for web regression testing, performance testing and web transaction monitoring. It can also be combined with Google Speed Tracer, Firebug and other web development and test tools. XPath support is included.

iMacros can be combined with Greasemonkey style content scripts and the macros can be started via the command line e. g. via the Windows task scheduler, batch files or a Linux crown job. You can combine iMacros with ad-blocking extensions like AdBlock, FlashBlock and AdThwart to speed up the web browsing.

Macros recorded with iMacros for Chrome can be replayed in iMacros for IE and iMacros for Firefox without changes! All iMacros versions combined have millions of active users, making it the most popular web browser automation tool.

Search Center

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Quick Search of common sites & search engines without having to re-type your search every time. Remembers your last search, or what text you have selected. Can add custom sites from the options page. [link] Developer website

Session Manager

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With Session Manager you can quickly save your current browser state and reload it whenever necessary.
You can manage multiple sessions, rename or remove them from the session library.
Each session remembers the state of the browser at its creation time, i.e the opened tabs and windows.
Once a session is opened, the browser is restored to its state. [link]

Some common usage:

  • Create sessions for daily routines: Pages you open on morning, noon and evening
  • Group pages of common interest such as News, Financial and Social Networks.
  • Save the pages found during a research session that you’d like to revisit later.

Shareaholic

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Share, save, research or email any web page with your friends right from the page you are on using Twitter, Facebook, GMail, and many more! This extension adds a button to your browser toolbar. Click the share icon whenever you want to share, save, or e-mail the page you’re visiting. Add an optional personal note and send to your friends. Share directly to your favorite services by customizing Shareaholic settings. Shareaholic currently supports over 100 services with weekly updates and additions. [link] Developer website

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A sample of the supported services:

WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, Posterous, Soup.io, Tumblr, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Delicious, Google Bookmarks, StumbleUpon, Dwellicious, Bebo, Mister Wong, Evernote, Netvibes, Stumpedia, Twine, Amazon Wish List, Connotea, Diigo, Folkd, Simpy, Box.net, Google Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Share Button, AOL Mail, Outlook, Eudora, Thunderbird, Mail, Buzzster, Digg, Yahoo Buzz, Reddit, Google Reader, Techmeme, YC Hacker News, ShareThis, Shareholic, SmakNews, Tipd, Care2, Current, Fark, Khabbr, Mixx, NewsTrust, NowPublic, Propeller, Slashdot, Sphinn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Orkut, Plurk, Identi.ca, Mozillaca, FriendFeed, Hyves, LinkedIn, Netlog, Plaxo, Tweetie, Hub.tm, Hubspot, Bit.ly, Is.gd, j.mp, TinyURL, Goo.gl, Tr.im, Clicky.me, Su.pr, Instapaper, PrintFriendly, Read It Later, Yammer, Google Translate, Box.ne

As you can see, there are many old familiar seo tools, some with slight changes other nearly the same. Many of the newer metrics and trust based tools have been getting some buzz of late and are a very large part of the new world of management in both reputation and rankings. As the extensions are being made faster than any individual can find them all, by all means comment us if we missed something great. The more tools at our combined disposal, the better our entire industry will fair.

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An SEO minded roundup of Google Chrome Extensions Blogged by Mich (@MichDe) De L’Orme

Published for Search Engine Marketing Group

SEO Blackhat SMO Tricks Can Hurt You Even if You Didn’t Do it Yourself!

“Search engine optimizers’ Blackhat social media optimization tricks can hurt you without you doing it yourself? Yes, it’s true, and here’s why.”

Today’s search engine optimization or SEO is rapidly changing to meet the New World Wide Web order of things. SMM (social media marketing) SMO (social media optimizing) SSM (social search marketing) and ‘personalized search’ are not only the catch-all SEO phrases or marketing fads of the moment: Search and social marketing now go hand in hand. Both social media and search optimization can work beautifully in tandem when used properly as a combined marketing strategy. Social media is here to stay, but Web 2.0 is old. Personalized Active Semantic Grid 3.0 is going to be the next Big Thing.

All in all, while technically things are different, nothing has really changed for SEO. What’s different to the Web as it was a short while ago is that Blackhats, marketers and Whitehats alike now use social media as part of their daily routine. The core principles of optimization have maintained identical faces in both worlds. Good gets good results and bad gets bad results. So most likely SEO professionals will continue to develop their talents and meet a demand through to the next phase of the Internet.

Why ramble on about what we already know? For some reason no SEO has yet broached the subject of the real issues with Blackhat optimizers. Once, link farms and mass directory submissions were just about standard practice, and when a Blackhat got started on your site, all that would be left was a disreputable, hollow husk. Even then, using these shady methods would hurt your ranking far more than they would help, and the same is true today. But what so many online business owners don’t realize is that when you have a Blackhat inside your social circle operating in stealth mode, you will unknowingly be ruining you own social search rankings just by associating with them.

“HOW in the WORLD could that possibly EVER happen?”

If you’re a quietly-observant person who is active on the internet, you may have already asked yourself this question. It may also be that you have already noticed the very thing I am about to unveil.

To make my point I can give some simple examples any social media user would have seen recently.

Blogs: Have you ever heard of Akismet? How about these spine-chilling terms: comment spam, feed scrapers, hacked blogs, hidden links, pingback spam, trackback spam, XSS injection? These are Blackhat tools and blog-abusing tricks. Every single one of these can destroy a site’s authority, ranking and traffic.

Take Delicious: Once a quality indicator for websites across the internet, now the most overcrowded, insanely dense sea of innumerable tags, more an exercise in pointlessness than anything at this point. What does that mean for you? Your bookmarks may or may not get credited, listed or scanned. Why? Because of the flood of spam, Delicious is now filtered to protect the site itself. Poisoned links can seep into your pool, fed by mass shares, bot armies and forced homepage listings that only seem interesting at first glance.

Digg: Wow this one is Easy. Digg.com has virtually ground to a halt in the last few weeks. Reports of hundreds, if not over a thousand diggers banned for unwittingly aiding technical social Blackhats. It’s a story that has played out many times, but perhaps not on so large a scale.

As the redirected sites and obviously ad-fueled ADVERTISEMENT INCORPORATED sites flooded the Digg gates, scores of unwittingly complicit users then vanished. A new community of new and old faces replaced them. Now those users are mingling in a social site permeated with fear. Yes, it could and probably will happen again.

StumbleUpon: This is by far the most dangerous target for users. Blackhats can send you direct pages, often in a friendly way that will leave you unsuspecting. Yet according to the terms of StumbleUpon, no click should be asked for or suggested. Users guilty of asking for Stumbles can be banned, no questions asked. So next time you get a Stumble request, ” blah blah … stumble and review plz” read “make me money … get banned dummy”.

Twitter: Twitter oh our cruel mistress of dread. It’s addictive once you get started, yet staring you in the face is the Blackhat core from the dark depths of the Internet. Everything from adult and hijack redirects to mass-Google blacklisting has befallen Twitter users. Again as a Twitter user you may not be doing anything you would think could harm you, but you can get tagged as a spammer by association, and this can be visible to everyone and totally out of your control on ratings sites all over the Web. Talk about a reputation management nightmare.

As you now may see, the Internet as we know it has changed, in many ways for the better, but in some ways for the worse. Facets and faces of marketing will always be part of any product or consumer driven society, therefore greed or need will always drive some to choose the darker path.The bright side for all of us is that as technology changes, new and better is always just ahead. Test it, try it, explore the possibility of the Web. Go search and be thoughtful, be vigilant while you’re being social. Consider your actions and your associates carefully, and all will be well.

Another ridiculous yet interesting searchable socialized rant-ramble by: Mich D … yeah the very same dude :) [ @MichDdot 4D twest U pleepz N tweepz ;) ]

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