Travel blogging tips for Google Panda 3.0 update

Travel blog tips for Google Panda 3.0 update

Travel blogging tips for Google Panda 3.0 update must be the top question for most travel bloggers, writers and businesses who want to get the best from the latest update from Google. While many are still unclear on what the full Panda 3.0 update is all about here are some basic information that you can use for help improve your travel blog or website. Actually, it works for all platforms, even if you do not do travel, it applies to anyone who has a blog or website. 

It's all a matter of understanding the Google Panda 3.0 update and how it can benefit your blog or website. Gone are the days of spammy linking and so on. and one of the most popular forms of getting link-backs are commenting on other peoples blog. If you should know, most southeast Asians love to post comments like "great post" or "nice post" which makes no sense at all. 

So, when did this Google update happen? The Google Penguin 3.0 update was officially released on Monday, October 20th, but it began to roll out on Friday, October 17th 2014. 

How can travel bloggers benefit from the Google Panda 3.0 update?

In a general view, the Google Penguin 3.0 update is all bout pushing businesses, individuals, and organizations to boost their SEO in a healthy, non-spammy way. 

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Here are 9 tips for boosting your PageRank for your blog or website on Google:

1. Link back to your website through your blog and importantly, your social media platforms.
2. Create a list of keywords for your brand, and use these words as much as you can throughout your website, blog, and social media platforms.
3. Backlink to relevant blog posts within your blog and backlink to pertinent website pages.
4. Guest Blog - Though this is subjective, it still works, providing you do it correctly.
5. Share your discounts and offers on social media; people love discounts, and they are more inclined to share these online.
6. Make sure your company is listed in the major online directories: Yahoo!, Google+, Yelp, etc.
7. Remain active on Google+, though for Southeast Asians, this is still new.
8. Update your website with new content as much as possible. Old story, content is always king. 
9. Share your blog or site on social bookmarking sites: Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc.

Again Google has stood firm with their warnings over and over in the last few years and this time around, the big G has mentioned that anyone who violates the Webmaster Linking Guidelines will be severely penalized. This means, if you are caught violating the guidelines, you can or may be sand-boxed, removed or demoted in search results. You should check out the linking guidelines if you want to improve your blog or website. 

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Here are the major linking guidelines for the Google Panda 3.0 Update:

1. No buying or selling of links that pass PageRank.
2. No excessive link trades. ("Link to me and I'll link to you")
3. No marketing campaigns that incorporate excessive spam anchor-linking (words with URL hyperlinks).
4. No usage of automated services which create spammy backlinks to your blog or website. 
5. No segments of text with excessive anchor text use (i.e. Christmas is around the corner. Have you bought your Christmas presents yet? Avoid the rush, buy online from the Christmas Store to save time and money and get a Christmas Discount.)
6. No low-ranking directory or bookmark links to your blog or site.
7. No embedding of low-quality links in widgets on your blog or website.
8. No embedding of low-quality links in your website/blog header or footer.
9. No embedding of low-quality links in your comments on websites, blogs, or social media.

Hope the information above will assist anyone with a travel blog or any blog and website to understand how the update will assist or even demote your blog or site. Generally, travel bloggers are also at risk due to the many travel companies approaching them to buy links or put in widgets on their blogs. With the Travel blogging tips for Google Panda 3.0 update, you can easily overcome all of these and if you have any comments, please feel free to comment below, minus your link-back. 

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Tran Thanh Binh said...

Thank you David for this useful article, especially for travel blogger like myself

I have three questions.

1. Do you know any good tools (preferably free) to monitor backlinks?

2. In general, how can nofollow links benefit my SERP?

3. How can I optimize Google Plus for SEO purpose?

Again thanks a lot,

David Jr said...

Hello Tran,

Thanks for the comment. Hope the below helps.

#1 - Try this from Moz:

#2 - Nofollow does not instruct search engine bots to not to follow the link. Rather, nofollow tells major search engine bots that the link can be followed, crawled, and indexed but the PageRank will not be taken into account during that.

Here's something to look at - Meta keywords tags are ignored by Google, no SEO value whatsoever.

For #3 - You need to actively promote your links on G+ and use hashtags that relate to the topic. Putting the G+ button on your site helps tons too. However, one needs to have a good following there just like any other social media platform.


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