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February 05, 2008

Social Media Mom Scores 92 Out Of 100 On SEO Website Grader

Social media has been my passion for about a year. I started blogging two years ago and when I realized the influence social media can have on blogging, well...it was love at first site. As I grew more in touch with the different aspects of social media, it was not long before I found out what a big part SEO plays in social media.

I know very little about SEO, so I ordered the SEO Book through Shana's site in hopes to teach myself. I have not received the book yet but I did StumbleUpon this post at Techcrunch about a new site that actually grades your website based on it's natural search results.....

"Want to know how to get your Website high up in natural search results, but don’t want to pay a search engine optimization (SEO) firm just to find out what you are doing wrong? Now you can get a free, automated evaluation of your site on Website Grader.  Just type in your Website address, and it will spit out a report detailing what you can do to boost your site’s SEO juice."

Social Media Mom scored 92 out of 100. Unfortunately that does not mean my site received an "A" per say, what this does mean is that of the hundreds of thousands of websites that have previously been evaluated, their algorithm has calculated that this site scores higher than 92% of them in terms of its marketing effectiveness. Not bad for a blog only two months old.

Of course, Social Media Mom has some areas that definitely need improvement. For example, evidently I have too many images, a page rank 1 out of 10 and only 1,677 inbound links.

A. Score Summary
Website Grade 92
Google Page Rank 1
Traffic Rank 401,180
Blog Rank 12,978
Inbound Links 1,677
del.icio.us Bookmarks 2
Google Indexed Pages 70

Obviously, my site still needs work and while these numbers may not be completely accurate it still gives me a rough idea as to what is happening from an SEO standpoint on my site, at least until I get the book anyway.

Website Grader is operated by HubSpot and for the time being, is a free service, but don't be surprised if after long they start charging for it, they are, after all, a web-marketing optimization company.

February 04, 2008

Post On Fire - Social Bookmarking Site

Post On Fire is a fairly new social networking/bookmarking site that is already off to a fantastic start. Having launched late last year, Post On Fire is currently reporting over 20,000 unique visitors and over 500,000 page views.

What makes this site unique is that it is all about the blogger........

When a new link to a blog post is submitted, it will be added instantly to our "just submitted" section. When a blog post link in the "just submitted" section receives enough votes and less "extinguish", it will move to the front page "hot posts".
"Extinguish" is a feature that let users report a link that is not worthy or it's a spam. When a blog post link receives too much "extinguish", it will be discarded.

Topics include everything from business to blogging and pets to politics. They encourage bloggers to submit their own posts as well as leaving comments on other's submissions. In fact, things are going so well and their community is growing so rapidly they have started a contest with some fantastic prizes that will surely promote anyone's blog..........

-There will be 1 winner
-And The prizes are:

a) 1 banner at PostOnFire.com on the sidebar on every page (100s of pages - site wide)

b) 1 banner at PostOnFire Blog ( main page PR3)

c) 2000 EntreCard credits ( That’s a good amount of credits to buy tons of ads)

d) A review of the winner's site.

Hop on over and take a look see if maybe some posts you've written can ignite and drive some traffic to your site.