Welcome back to our weekly Twitter column. Last week I hailed Twitter crowdsourcing and suggested some ideas on how to motivate your peers to participate in your blog postings.
It worked very well in my case, the SEO FAQ I asked you to steal. Many readers and Twitter followers have taken part in the whole process. I credited those who added their questions and answers already in the FAQ itself.
This time I want to show off the contributions done after the SEO FAQ was finished, the stolen SEO FAQs.
Several web publishers (not only bloggers) have taken the questions and provided their own answers. Some of them were so hilarious that I had to share them already on Twitter. Others are both funny and insightful but too long for Twitter. So I want to highlight a few of them. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy:
Sort Everything Out
“What does SEO stand for? Search Engine Optimisation. It really should stand for Sort Everything Out, because these days it includes everything from code to copywriting to information architecture to accessibility. Almost every aspect of the development of a website is scrutinised by search engines today.”
Answer provided by buynary.
30 seconds to 1 year
“How long does it take to get indexed by Google?
30 seconds to 6 weeks. Without SEO it might even take 1 year. These are estimates as I don’t know the algorithm they have in place for indexing.”
Answer provided by SEO Web Help.
you can rank for anything
“Can we rank for iPhones? Sure no problem! Lets just invest $100,000 into a linkbuilding, viral, social, widget and offline campaign that ties it all in, build a site around the niche with tonnes of user engagement and so on. Basically, you can rank for anything – if you’ve got the time, money and aptitude.”
Answer provided by SEOForums.org
The length of a piece of string
“When will we see results?
Unfortunately, this is a ‘how long is a piece of string?’ question.
Ranking can take a while. Sometimes days, sometimes weeks, sometimes longer. It can depend on who is linking to you (if indeed anyone is), if you’ve submitted a sitemap to the search engines and simply when your site went live.
Results depend on how many people are competing for your main keywords, how your site compares to high ranking sites in terms of SEO, how regularly you’re updating your content, which sites are linking to you and the age of your site. Remember as well that SEO is a continuous process that never stops. Keep tweaking your site, monitoring your results, your competitors and your web stats.”
Answer provided by subhub.
Meta keywords are for SEO waardeloos (worthless)
“Moet ik meta tags gebruiken voor SEO? Nee, de meta description is alleen goed om te zorgen dat wanneer je gevonden wordt bezoekers ook daadwerkelijk op jouw resultaat klikken. Meta keywords zijn voor SEO waardeloos.”
Answer provided by E-Difference Blog.
You don’t really need to speak dutch to understand the last answer.
Btw. It’s not too late yet. You can steal the SEO FAQ any day and provide your own fancy answers. I won’t call the Scotland Yard! I promise.