20 Best Blog Posts Of 2013 For SEOs And Bloggers

Year 2013 in reviewIt’s time to learn from past history (or past mistakes) to prepare the digital marketing road-map for year 2014.

History is the best teacher. That’s why there is a saying that “Turn the pages and run the world.” In the ever changing world of SEO, if you think year 2011 & 2012 were eventful, then year 2013 was not far behind.

SEO and blogosphere are interlinked. Whatever changes happen in Search Engine Industry trickle down to blogosphere. For every change by the “Big G” there are effects felt by the bloggers. Sometimes trivial, and sometimes quiet severe.

Changes for good…

Below are the few notable changes in SEO world, and most of them are by Google in 2013:

  • Panda: With Panda update 25, Google integrated this thin content fighting algorithm with its normal ranking algorithm. Now Google runs Panda updates every month for a period of 10 consecutive days, unannounced.
  • Penguin: Google introduced Penguin 2 or “The Next Generation Penguin” to better detect spammy or manipulative links by webmasters. The affect of Penguin algorithm updates in 2013 was not so devastating as compared to year 2012.
  • Hummingbird: Google re-wrote its entire core ranking algorithm after a decade, and named it “Hummingbird.” It will help Google to implement – conversational search, social signal & subject authority while ranking content.
  • Link-network: Google ran after multiple link-networks involved in link spamming. Set example by taking strong action against them.
  • Link: SEOs and Webmasters changed their tactics of “link-building” to “link-earning.”
  • Content Marketing: Digital marketers relied mostly on content marketing for earning genuine links.
  • Guest Blogging: Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s web-spam team released multiple webmaster help videos about Guest Blogging dos and don’ts to control -article spinning, low quality guest blogging and manipulation of rich anchor-text links.
  • Page Rank Updates: Amidst a rumor about Google’s aborting Toolbar Page Rank forever, an update was released lately.
  • Not Provided: Google decided to encrypt (https) all the search data and made “not provided” 100% in Google Analytics. Now you can’t know “by searching which search term or phrases” visitors are arriving on your site. Irrespective of they are logged-In to their Google account or not.

To guide you through the SEOHour’s memory lane 2013, I’ve compiled 20 best blog posts of 2013 for you:

1. How Do-follow, No-follow & No-index Affect Your Page Rank…

2. Stealth SEO – Embrace It or Die Out…

3. Do Bloggers Really Make Money Blogging…

4. How Google Uses Co-citation As a Ranking Signal…

5. Panda 25 – Difficult Times Ahead For Bloggers…

6. Why I Don’t Care About Bounce Rate Of My Blog…

7. Begin Your Blogging Career With 5 Important Mistakes…

8. SEO Tips For The Rest Of The 2013 By Matt Cutts…

9. Can you Answer These 10 SEO Questions…

10. Is your Blog Ready For Subject Authority…

11. All My Fellow Bloggers Died In Traffic Accidents…

12. A $1000 Advice About Guest Blogging…

13. Is SEO A “Snake Oil” In digital Marketing…

14. What Is “Awesome Content” From search Engine’s Perspective…

15. What Is Google Hummingbird Algorithm…

16. Guest Blogging – Kill 5 Birds With 1 Stone…

17. How To Get Your Website Crawled And Indexed By Google Efficiently…

18. Why You Are Not A successful Professional Blogger…

19. Are Blog commenting Links Spam…

20. 3 Reasons Why Google Should STOP PR Updates…

It was really a tough task to select 20 posts out of around 200 posts published on SEOHour in 2013. Hope you liked my collection.

Happy blogging, and stay safe in year 2014 – both online & offline :)

Comments

  1. says

    Hello Akash,

    WOW wonderful list of blog posts mentioned above! Actually I haven’t been reading your posts since a while and it’s great to check the great posts once in a place. I’m gonna check that out.

    Thanks

  2. says

    Great compilation Akash, I am a great fan of your blog and also follow some great tips by you to increase my blog rank. I will surely read these articles to improve my seo skills…

  3. says

    Great list of posts mate, I’d say I’m gonna bookmark it and read it later. The “A $1000 Advice About Guest Blogging” is really nice post in the listed ones.

    Thanks

    • says

      Thanks Anil for liking the – List of blog posts (Year 2013 in review). Please stay tuned – many more exciting blog posts to come in year 2014…

  4. says

    Greatest list dear Akash, I am new in blogging and I get lot of help from your blog, and this post is awesome. Now I will add your blog on my daily visit blogs list. Keep it up…

  5. says

    Great list Akash ! I am new in blogging and I really got a lot of help from your lists in my blogging. I will like to say that keep up the good work and keep us informing so we can do better in blogging as there is a lot of competition going on.

  6. says

    Hey Akash,
    Nice post or Nice combination of post. SEO is like a big ocean and the more we learn about SEO, the more we have to learn about SEO. Change in algorithm is very common and Google making it very consistently. All post you mentioned above are very important and helps many bloggers.

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