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    Thanks for discussing link farms in more detail, Lilith eZine.

    We have a correction though:
    We didn't say that link farms ARE are good way to increase traffic. We said the WERE a good way. They no longer are, and usually result in the page getting blacklisted.
    2008-06-30 09:19:02 Posted by WebRing ()

    Heya Charles and Suzanne,
    I like your overall message in this post: "you're better off spending your time making great content and letting word-of-mouth do its job."

    One thing you said, though, I just couldn't let roll by without a touch of disagreement:
    "The fact that search engines don't rate or rank videos/graphics very well isn't going to help you."

    This goes against everything I've learned within the last year. Google Image searches are out the roof. They've even invited folks to help label images to improve search results. Right now, Google actually looks to the image name first, then next to the content that is positioned closest to an image to help find relevant images.

    As for video, things are in the works for scraping video text to produce higher results.

    Social Media marketers like Jack Humphrey and Maria Reyes-McDavis and Darren Rowse all report incredible increases in web traffic because of video. Proper titles, descriptions and supporting comments all help the videos rank high in search results. Or so they report.

    As for the YouTube "sexy" thumbnails? Well, I'm a bit of a YouTube addict and I've almost never encountered this phenomenon. If I did encounter it, it's because it was a "sexy" video. I'm not sure where you got that idea from in the first place, but I've never encountered that as an issue. I just opened their homepage and didn't see one single "sexy" thumbnail.

    I'm not going to say you're incorrect in stating this; you very well may have witnessed this in action. I'd love to see some examples of this form of marketing trickery. Mostly because I've never witnessed it in my own experience - and I'm on YouTube nearly every day!
    2008-06-30 13:20:33 Posted by roguewriter ()

    Here's an example of what we're talking about:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccSpVAuFCd0

    90% of the video is cat pictures, and the very middle is scantily clad females. Quite a few videos fall into this category. Complete waste of time and space.
    2008-06-30 13:51:35 Posted by Suzy ()

    Thanks for providing that link, Suzy. You do realize, of course, that this video is a joke, right? The point of the video has two obvious goals:

    1. To trick "perverts" into watching the video so they can make fun of them.

    2. To show how one can trick the YouTube system.

    This was a great little video, though. I was cracking up so hard the second it started playing.

    This video is obviously a practice in jiving or someone hoping to make their video go viral for the sheer humor of it. Do you have any examples of authentic marketing videos that engages in this technique?
    2008-06-30 14:16:43 Posted by roguewriter ()

    Oh, as for it being a complete waste of space...

    Yeah, the woman in the middle ruins it, but a lot (and I mean a lot) of people love to watch videos of cute, furry babies (kittens, puppies, chicks, etc.)
    2008-06-30 14:18:30 Posted by roguewriter ()

    No, haven't spotted any trying to sell something yet... but we can guarantee someone has already thought of it or done it already.

    2008-06-30 14:20:15 Posted by Suzy ()

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