Cons — Goes over some pretty heavy technical stuff on getting a domain, hosting it, and then installing WordPress such as how to set up name servers. I Cons — Goes over some pretty heavy technical stuff on getting a domain, hosting it, and then installing WordPress such as how to set up name servers. If you don’t know what you’re doing, and this book doesn’t give enough info, you could seriously screw up your website and how it works. — Keeps mentioning on embedding YouTube videos but doesn’t explain why. — Misspellings and grammatical errors abound. — Teaches how to download images illegally. — Incredibly short and not worth the price. — Uses SEO techniques on Amazon — which doesn’t work. — Uses first name, last initial. Doesn’t mention his credentials.
Middle — Recommends good plugins to install but there are better plugins out there that are more inclusive. — Goes through with a pretty decent checklist of things you should have set up but doesn’t explain how or where to do them. — Seems to be cutting and pasting content from other sites? — Mentions using sites like Fiverr to pay someone to generate content to get more backlinks.
Pro — Goes through (briefly) on how to set up a Tumblr, Google+, Facebook...more
Lots of great information that is easy to understand and follow. Provides a pretty good coverage of how SEO works with Google and what to do to make cLots of great information that is easy to understand and follow. Provides a pretty good coverage of how SEO works with Google and what to do to make changes to change your reputation. Also provides resources and links to helpful sites. My only quibbles are the page formatting, which was done in justification which make it hard to read AND that the book was last updated in March 2014. How Google searches and presents info has changed enough to keep this book fresh. Other than that, great purchase....more
As someone who is super interested in learning SEO, this was one of the most recommended books on Amazon. While it has _a lot_ of good things going foAs someone who is super interested in learning SEO, this was one of the most recommended books on Amazon. While it has _a lot_ of good things going for it, the drawbacks are what bother me the most.
— Book is updated for April 2015, yet refers to links that have been dead for years. ex: Mentions using moz.com/directories to get your link into “reputable” directories but that link has been dead for at least 2.5 years. — Mentions ifhtne.com, also dead since 2014 — Inconsistent formatting within the ebook itself — Inconstant use of URL formatting ex: randomly uses http://domain.com vs domain.com. — Some of the services he hawks shady as hell i.e. marketsamurai.com, which wants you to download software that is not cross-compliant (i’m on a mac, it’s PC only) AND is cripple wear (only good for X days before you buy), forces you to register for the site to get said software. Additionally, taking the previous lessons, marketesamurai.com doesn’t even practice good SEO — Under the Social Media chapter, breaks down FB and Twitter, then later mentions concentrating on Google+ without breaking it down until you get to the “other” social media networks section — Under Social Media Analytics, mentions viralheat.com, which is no longer personal but now enterprise only with no free window to use, only access to a demo. — Sproutsocial.com (also under Social Media Analytics) is now $59/mo not $39/mo — Under web analytics, recommends crazyegg.com for heat mapping, but fails to mention crazyegg.com requires you to login with your Google account. — Spends a lot of time going over the Google algorithm updates from 2013 and 2014, briefly mentioning the 2015 updates (of which there have been four) — A lot of the sites he recommends for additional SEO info do not practice the basic SEO themselves, SO. There is that. — Waffles if Social Media helps with rankings or not and then says, "Well, it could be helpful" Several SEO professionals (like Rand Fishkin from Moz.com) repeatedly state how much Social Media is important to your rankings, ESPECIALLY Google+. If you post on Google+ frequently, your rankings go up....more
Right off the bat this book has problems: — Has a disclaimer that says, “this book will have some flaws and maybe a few grammatical errors. If you readRight off the bat this book has problems: — Has a disclaimer that says, “this book will have some flaws and maybe a few grammatical errors. If you read for style or for literary quality, then this probably isn’t the book for you.” To ME that reads, “We’re too lazy (or cheap) to make sure this book is worth reading.” — Chapter 1 on Advance Keyword Research is already out of date. The instructions on how to use Google Keyword Planner is no longer applicable as Google has changed how Keyword planner works. — Keywordoptimizerpro.com requires you to download the software and is only available for Windows (not Mac). — Has outdated links to SEO Moz — Mentions plugins one needs to install without mentioning some of them might conflict with the other. Also does not mention Wordpress Jetpack which covers some of the plugins he lists, this includes commenting, sharing, and related posts. — Global keywords and front page keywords are no longer being used by Google for ranking. Google looks at page title, url, and page description for ranking purposes. — You do not need to bold or underline your keywords. Google, and other search engines, just looks at the first 100 words in your article. — Mentions you need to writer for your readers, not search engines, which is true. Says that keyword density is ridiculous and going overboard. But he uses incorrect grammar to stuff keywords in the previous examples — so what is it? — Makes recommendation for sits that do not use SEO themselves. — Google does not look at the last paragraph, no need to insert keywords one more time. You SHOULD, however, keep your articles between 300-500 words and use the first 100 words to emphasis your keyword phrase. — TrafficTravis.com is downloadable software, not web based. — “Spinning articles” is a frowned upon way to get links back to your website. — Article directries are also frowned upon because of the spam to fresh content — Briefly mention that if you create accounts on other social sites (like LinkedIn and such) you need to keep the content fresh for the back linking to work. If you create 20 or so social profiles, do you have time to post there regularly to keep up your ranking? The answer, I bet, is no. — Says if you google him, you’ll get quality links. Which is true — but doesn’t mention that the links come from, mainly, hawking his books. — RSS feeds are not “orange icons” — Yahoo Pipes is now discontinued. — Keeps mentioning not to contact SEO companies REPEATEDLY because you can do all of this for free — but yet he owns an SEO company. ??? — Goes over how reposting content on various sites is no-no, but gives instructions on how to cross-post content to Scribd, SlideShare, and others. — Spends one chapter on putting together SEO tips for WordPress, spends the rest of the book giving basic SEO info.
PROS — Gives good advice on optimizing images, how to find legal images. — Advice on blog commenting is good too....more
I'm going to disagree with much of the middling and negative reviews about this title.
If you're serious about writing, why would you dismiss somethinI'm going to disagree with much of the middling and negative reviews about this title.
If you're serious about writing, why would you dismiss something that would and could be of great help to you? Especially from someone who is as esteemed as Walter Mosley? Doesn't that seem ridiculous?
Like most writers, I collect, read, thumb, and tag writing reference titles to keep on hand and to get guidance. Mosley's title was recommend to me from an artist friend who thought its straight to the point advice given in bite sized allotments would be attractive to me and he was right.
Sure, yes, you can listen to CBC Writers and Company (one of the best writing podcasts out there), subscribe to a zillion magazines and newsletters, and read blogs and websites to get advice. But while some of that information is helpful and at times useful, distilling through the noise to get to the actual meat of matter is exhausting. This is why Mosley's works is important - it gets rid of all the high falutin pretentious twaddle that seems to crop up in most writing manuals and advice how-tos and gives you the real deal. ...more
This book is bizarre in that the premise is good, the writing is good, but it took me nearly six months to finish which should have been a few days, mThis book is bizarre in that the premise is good, the writing is good, but it took me nearly six months to finish which should have been a few days, maybe a week of solid reading. The Far Traveler become my albatross and I couldn't shake myself from its grip. What went wrong?
Simply put, this was not so much the tale of Gudrid rather Gudrid was the weak link for Brown to explore life and time of 10th century Iceland from a woman's perspective. By this I mean you'll be dozens and dozens of pages in with discussion on long house building or Viking weaving technology before you realise Gudrid has not been mentioned, even in passing, once. I learned a lot about Viking age, and this book definitely whetted my appetite to learn more, but I know even less about Gudrid than I did when I started the book - which seemed to defeat the purpose.
Brown admits in the beginning there is scarce information about Gudrid, just a few mentions in the sagas, but if you're going to explore the period of someone's life, shouldn't you at least tie them into the scene? And this is where I think the book failed. Brown had a lot of opportunity to make Gudrid a part of the conversation, and she isn't even a full stop at the end of a sentence.
I originally rated this 5/5 after the first 50 pages, but dropped it down to 3/5 because of the huge issue I had with Gudrid not being front and center.
Additionally, Brown does provide pages and pages of notes, acknowledgements, and sources to further your reading of the period....more
Just finished this for a project I'm doing for one of my classes and interestingly enough, I learned a lot from Kammen. She presents the how's and whyJust finished this for a project I'm doing for one of my classes and interestingly enough, I learned a lot from Kammen. She presents the how's and why's in a conversational style and a lot of the points she discusses are spot on with regards to local history societies as a whole. She also gives a lot of examples and techniques on the topic, which I also found extremely helpful. ...more