Category: Indexing Tips

Interesting Test Flight

Right now, I feel like how the Wright Brothers must have felt — unknowing if this is going to be the BEST thing that I’ll ever discover…or if it’s yet another ‘crash and burn’ moment.

The light bulb came on when I clicked a ‘share’ link on Google.  The pieces started to make sense.  All the ‘talk’ was actually lining up to become something I could believe in.  Talk is cheap after all…

Google Business Listings for San Jose Costa Rica

https://goo.gl/maps/2vinjFNw61y
https://goo.gl/maps/2Nc43a8DcCy
https://goo.gl/maps/C2AEYf3UHfy
https://goo.gl/maps/GiTvDZkcBSD2
https://goo.gl/maps/5XuxZskbxRA2
https://goo.gl/maps/7BPftAPj3n42
https://goo.gl/maps/ari1krNn2432
https://goo.gl/maps/uZ4WffCts7A2
https://goo.gl/maps/QZ8sVJrVF6p
https://goo.gl/maps/7pCjKmXDRj12
https://goo.gl/maps/yT68UggUPan
https://goo.gl/maps/hSATUvcnyAy
https://goo.gl/maps/E5cVYVcXHQG2
https://goo.gl/maps/U6ysdyqKVrE2
https://goo.gl/maps/wekFZJpSeBu
https://goo.gl/maps/51XbqtyDNXM2
https://goo.gl/maps/zkNM4zN3ag62
https://goo.gl/maps/Z88ptLgeSC52
https://goo.gl/maps/NAe6v1iMuPo
https://goo.gl/maps/a2dLUe4GyqQ2
https://goo.gl/maps/oMKpWrQBkPr
https://goo.gl/maps/JZD8wwSLm2w
https://goo.gl/maps/AnTb5Y6w3822

Don’t forget these guys.

https://goo.gl/maps/y1ynkKsJsx92
https://goo.gl/maps/U6CWvpryKtp
https://goo.gl/maps/Aq6ZQ3c7W872
https://goo.gl/maps/8nsGo6KwzXy

Hup, not so fast…there’s more if you act now! 😉

https://goo.gl/maps/5eamspgHLiu
https://goo.gl/maps/pUQTLazw6a42
https://goo.gl/maps/5ZAc5RwbzCU2
https://goo.gl/maps/goiiVwq5gEk
https://goo.gl/maps/dzXWzyvhNNr
https://goo.gl/maps/UEed7XwTXMn
https://goo.gl/maps/u2WE2wi44LM2
https://goo.gl/maps/zHDxwWUQAkn
https://goo.gl/maps/EeZYeazZevo
https://goo.gl/maps/rbNQiTQBoDL2
https://goo.gl/maps/vk3ZeKYT4qv
https://goo.gl/maps/YKe3JShvfJq
https://goo.gl/maps/BxvjmqqZsDS2
https://goo.gl/maps/gApgCvWtNyu
https://goo.gl/maps/aTMcVf2buER2
https://goo.gl/maps/9dyvVzLa1pL2
https://goo.gl/maps/3XizKLSCrVw
https://goo.gl/maps/9ikbevMe2jB2
https://goo.gl/maps/uNMWbNJ4qUP2

Interesting idea:  Who wrote the algorithm that makes these short links?  I mean how do you *guarantee* that a bad word doesn’t form from these “random” characters?!  You could *if* you separated the letters with numbers, but not all of the links have alternating letter/number combinations.  So…how’d they do it?  Does it have to cross-reference the Dictionary and auto-fail any that match a known word?  If so, okay, but then you’ve got to do multiple languages.  Just because it’s mumbo jumbo in English doesn’t mean that some other nationality isn’t pissed.

Short Links – More Useful Than You Think

So, if you’ve been in the game for any amount of time, you’d know that link shorteners were the rage for the emerging social media.  Yeah sure, they’re useful.  Who really wants a 50+ character string URL anyhoo?  Don’t look now, but this one’s over 60 characters…

But that was a different time.  When stuffing keywords in your title/URL was the silver bullet to ranking.  Well, the cycle has flipped and now, we’re not supposed to focus on that.  Instead, we’re supposed to write naturally.  That habit may be harder to break than it sounds…

Now back to link shorteners though, one thing that they didn’t do was let people ‘preview’ where that link wanted to send the visitor.  Then they came up with all this javascript to load a thumbnail picture before you clicked.  Again, sure it worked, but was it really the best band-aid?

Next came the ‘buy junky domains so you can have your own branded link shortener’ days — which, if you look hard enough, is still around.  Rebrandly is one of those putting a new spin on an old trick.  Notice, I’m not giving them any link love?  😉

These people are on the right track for having a better identifiable source.  Purely as an example, ‘p4u.com/adfj3’ may be better than ‘plumbers4you.com/clogged-sinks/’, but not by much.

I’ve spoken out against using things like Bit.ly on the sole reason of not being in control of your own links.  That’s still true today, but…there may be another use for them after all.

“Finally…spit it the hell out woman.  What are you telling me?!”

Quite frankly, I’m not going to say it because it’s freakin’ powerful.  I will give you a hint…and that’s all.

Now that the years has past and the dust has settled…what does Google think of these websites that shorten links for free?

Bueller?  Bueller?  Anyone?  Aged authority, that’s right.

Here’s a sample of what I’ve been testing.  Follow along if you want some juice.

https://vamosrentacar.com
https://goo.gl/NrUdnV
http://ow.ly/CcOR30eDu9t
http://bit.ly/2v7GuKj
http://bit.ly/vrac1hp
http://tinyurl.com/y8jpyoke

https://vamosrentacar.com/client-reviews/
https://goo.gl/M3jhCt
http://ow.ly/xp7C30eDufC
http://bit.ly/vraccr
http://tinyurl.com/y7hj3qzl

https://vamosrentacar.com/contact-us/
https://goo.gl/SWGA3k
http://ow.ly/gCTs30eDu7Y
http://bit.ly/vraccu
http://tinyurl.com/ycrqnyrr

https://vamosrentacar.com/car-rental-insurance-explained/
https://goo.gl/wbSZk4
http://ow.ly/h3P230eDube
http://bit.ly/vracins
http://tinyurl.com/h4z36qy

https://vamosrentacar.com/long-term-car-rentals/
https://goo.gl/HKRur7
http://ow.ly/DoAb30eDuef
http://bit.ly/vraclt
http://tinyurl.com/y7532pkh

https://vamosrentacar.com/specials/
https://goo.gl/Pdei1U
http://ow.ly/LWKc30eDuh1
http://bit.ly/2xdVIuL
http://bit.ly/vracsr
http://tinyurl.com/ya8pvdqu

Happy Labor Day Weekend America!

P.S.  Even this darn WP theme is ‘previewing’ the links for you.  What happened to the time where WYSIWYG actually worked?!

Update:  I fixed it by making the URLs working links instead of naked text links.  Ahhh, WordPress changing stuff.  Gotta love it.