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April 22, 2013

50% Off Best Of The Web

Best Of The Web, one of my personal favorite directories, is offering 50% off listings for today only (that’s Monday the 22nd of April).  To get the deal all you need to do is use the promo code PRO50 when you visit their site

Here are a couple reasons I’ve always liked BOTW as one of the very general directories I submit to:

  • They’ve been around for ages.  They started in 1994 making them the oldest decent directory on the web (even older than the Yahoo! Directory).
  • Over all those years they’ve held their PageRank and users’ respect.  No small feat these days.
  • They’ll say “no”.  If your site sucks, they’ll turn you down so make sure it’s decent before you submit.
  • They’re reasonably priced.  An annual listing is $149 and if you decide to pay their one-time fee it’s just $299.  Essentially, for the same price you’d get a year at Yahoo! you’ll get a permanent listing on BOTW (unless you take advantage of the 50% off in which case it’s half the price and still permanent.

And following my own lead, I’ve currently got one of our staff checking all our newer clients for listings and if they don’t have one yet, we’ll be submitting them today.  Hey, you can’t beat 50% off. :)

SEO news blog post by @ 9:08 am




November 26, 2012

50% Off BOTW Promo Code

For our regular readers you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Best Of The Web as far as general directories. In fact, it’s one of the only ones I recommend to most people based on cost and reputation. Well occasionally they offer discounts and this one’s a big one. They’re offering a full 50% off but only for Cyber Monday.

They have annual and one-time options.  At this discount however it’s pretty safe to say that the one-time payment at $150 (after 50% promo code is applied) is the way to go.  I know I’ll be submitting more than a couple sites.

To claim your discount simply visit
Promo Code: CYBER50

And if you’re looking for a way to say “thanks” … we do accept gift certificates from ThinkGeek. ;)

SEO news blog post by @ 1:00 am



August 16, 2012

You don’t want the next Penguin update…

Scary Matt Cutts

Is Matt Cutts just goofing around or is he really trying to scare us?

The statement in the title of this article, from Matt Cutts, has the SEO world looking for further information as to just how bad the next Penguin update will be.

During the SES in San Francisco this week Matt Cutts got a chance to speak about updates and how they will effect SEOs. One of the things he was quoted as saying really caught my eye:

You don’t want the next Penguin update, the engineers have been working hard…

Mr.Cutts has recently eaten some words, retracting his statement that too much SEO is a bad thing, and explaining that good SEO is still good.

Even with attendees saying that he spoke the words with no signs of ominous intent, how do you expect the SEO world to take follow up statements like:

The updates are going the be jarring and julting for a while.

That’s just not positive sounding at all and it almost has the tone of admission that the next updates are perhaps going to be ‘too much’ even in Matt’s opinion, and he’s one of Google’s top engineers!

My take is that if you are doing anything even slightly shady, you’re about to see some massive ranking spanking.

Reciprocal links, excessive directories, participating in back-link cliques/neighborhoods, pointless press releases, redundant article syndication, duplicate content without authorship markup, poorly configured CMS parameters, etc.. These are all likely to be things, in my opinion, that will burn overly SEO’d sites in the next update.

The discussion also made it’s way to the issues with Twitter data feeds. Essentially since Google and Twitter no longer have an agreement, Google is effectively ‘blocked’ from crawling Twitter.

Dead twitter bird

On the topic of Twitter crawling Matt Cutts was quoted as saying:

..we can do it relatively well, but if we could crawl Twitter in the full way we can, their infastructure[sic] wouldn’t be able to handle it


Which to me seems odd, since I don’t see any other sites complaining about how much load Google is placing on their infrastructure?

Clearly the issue is still political/strategic and neither side is looking to point fingers.

With Twitter’s social media relevance diminished you’d think +1′s would be a focus point but Matt Cutts also commented on the situation stating that we shouldn’t place much value on +1 stats for now.

A final point was made about Knowledge Graph, the new information panel that’s appearing on certain search terms.

Since the Google Search Quality team is now the Google Knowledge Graph team Matt Cutts had some great answers on the topic of Knowledge Graph, including the data sources and harm to Wikipedia.

There had been a lot of cursing about Google simply abusing Wikipedia’s bandwidth/resources but it was made clear during the session that Wikipedia is not traffic dependent because they don’t use ads for revenue.

Essentially, if Wikipedia’s data is getting better utilized, and they haven’t had to do anything to make it happen, they are happy.

If you wanted to get more details there’s lots of #SESSF hashed posts on Twitter and plenty of articles coming from the attendees.

I’m personally going to go start working on a moat for this Penguin problem..

SEO news blog post by @ 11:56 am



April 20, 2012

50% Off At Best Of The Web (BOTW)

Our regular blog readers will have heard repeatedly from me that I’m a huge fan of Best Of The Web.  BOTW is a now 18 year old directory that holds some very solid SEO value.  One of the niceties of BOTW is that their review fee is (if you want it) one time.  Another of the great things about this directory is that they’re turn you down if your site sucks.  Why is this a good thing?  It’s good because directories that include everyone who pays hold very little weight in the eyes of Google and for good reason.  A directory that will turn you away if your site is sub-par is naturally going to be a better vote in Google’s eyes when they do choose to accept a listing.

Well … today being their birthday they’re offering 50% off listings.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen them give this big a discount so today’s the day to submit that’s for sure.  You just need to use the code “SINCE94″ when submitting.  It’s good for all their submissions from web to blogs, etc.

To submit just head over to and click “Submit Site”.

And if you’re looking for something to do with the 50% you’ll save … we do accept cookie baskets and gift certificates as appropriate thanks. ;)

SEO news blog post by @ 10:42 am



November 28, 2011

Sale at BOTW

One of my big favorites among the directories is Best Of The Web and for today they’re running a sale at 50% off. This is the largest single discount I’ve ever seen them offer and so today is a good day to submit your site or blog to their directory.

One of the many things I like about BOTW is that you can get lifetime listings and at 50% off that listing costs less than a Yahoo! annual fee. Not to say Yahoo! isn’t worth it … just that (dare I say) it isn’t AS worth it from a dollar-in-dollar-out ROI perspective.

They don’t extend their deals and I doubt as though we’ll see 50% off anytime soon so my recommendation has to be to do it today. You’ll have to use the promo code STUFFED50 during your submissions process. You can do so at Needless to say, I’ve already submitted a number of sites. :)

SEO news blog post by @ 2:02 pm




February 1, 2011

BOTW Promo Code

BOTW is offering up a promo code thorough the month of February that gives those who submit to their directory 20% off. The promo code is valid for Web, Blog and UK Directory submissions.

For those of you who don’t know – BOTW (Bet Of The Web) is one of the oldest directories on the web and respected by Google. They will say no if your site doesn’t meet their guidelines which gives their say a boost in the eyes of Google. it’s not a paid link – it’s a human edited vote. Not much better than that. :)

If you are going to take advantage of the promo code deal I recommend going for the permanent listing. It’s twice the price ($236 after discount) however it lasts forever as opposed to $119.20 (after discount) which only covers a year.

To take advantage of the offer you’ll need to head over to and enter the promo code: FEB20

You can thank me later. :)

SEO news blog post by @ 5:45 pm




October 5, 2010

20% Off BOTW Submissions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Best Of The Web (BOTW) is having a 20% off directory submissions sale.

For our regular blog readers – you’ll know that rarely do we tout the wares of others.  I don’t make recommendations lightly and I rarely stick my neck out on the offerings of others.  You’ll also know that every time BOTW offers a discount – I’m one of the first to blog about it and one of strongest proponents of signing up.

Since DMOZ basically died, BOTW has become my favorite directory.  Yahoo! is obviously a good one but pricey.  For the same price (or 20% less right now) you can get a permanent listing on BOTW as an annual listing on Yahoo!  If you only want to commit to a year – you can get an annual listing on BOTW for less than half the price of Yahoo!

So my recommendation to you is to get yourself a listing on BOTW – but only if you have a good site.  They will decline you if you don’t.  If you do however you can get a good trusted vote/link with BOTW.

The promo code to use is: SAVE20

Alright, I think you know my opinion now. :)  Good luck and happy ranking. :)

SEO news blog post by @ 5:26 pm




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