Off-Site SEO and Link Building Ideas

Posted by: Mark on January 7, 2015

Links are still one of the most important factors when it comes to SEO and improving your websites organic ranking. This post will discuss 8 ways to build quality links to your website.

1). Sharing and collecting content

One way is using the “link love” tactic. This is done by taking the best articles that you have read during the week and sharing them in a blog post. Sharing content will, get you noticed by other bloggers, develop devoted fans and this should get you links from them sharing your posts with others.

2). Getting links through businesses

This is time consuming, but you get great results. In order to get businesses or local sites to send you traffic, join the Better Business Bureau. They will link you up as soon as you join. You can get linked when you join your local Chamber of Commerce. Offering your business to appropriate government sites will get you links. Have your local library link you. Get non-competing businesses and your business partners to link you. Launching an affiliate program will get you traffic generating links, but they probably won’t directly give you any link juice or boost your rankings.

Links from local sites that are related to your business will give you excellent results within local search. They will tell search engines that you are trusted within your local area.

3). Gathering opinions or testimonials for articles

Call for testimonials, opinions and stories by writing an article on your site, bloggers will read your article and possibly link back to you.

4). Interview huge bloggers

Asking for interviews from huge bloggers will help build links to your site. Since influential bloggers are very busy, make sure that you present an interesting interview. Obtaining an interview with a huge blogger will give you links to your site when he or she shares it with his or her audience.

5). Create a good looking site

You can present your site in a gallery if you have a nice design, being accepted in a gallery can give you links back to your site.

6). Have contests

Having contests will generate more traffic and links to your site. Make sure the contest is vote based. Contestants will blog about and share their entries socially asking their followers to vote for them. The idea of contests and contest promotion has been discussed before here.

7). Comparing competitors link data

Scoping out your competitors can help you discover missed opportunities and gaps in your link building plans at the same time as helping you rank for the same keywords. Use a tool like opensiteexpolorer to compare your competitors link profile to your own.

8). Write a social bookmark worthy post

If the post becomes a trending topic, expect high quality links and lots of traffic to your site. Make sure your content is original and about a trending idea, then submit it to sites like reddit, digg and Stumbleupon. Don’t just share your own content with social networks, though, if you just share content for your own site, you may be considered a spammer and put people off of you following you or sharing any of your posts.

Thanks to Cody Bollerman for this post, Cody is a San Diego based SEO Consultant.

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A Review of the Battles in Wind of Luck – a Multiplayer Game

Posted by: Mark on October 16, 2014

In Wind of Luck, you place yourself in battles to defeat the enemies and claim treasure, ports, and bases. The game features several different battle modes and maps. With the combination of these and the ships, players have a whole world at the palm of their hands. They are able to create strategies that will likely lead them to victory and defeat the other team. The battles are very interactive allowing lots of free space and freedom in general for players.

Wind of Luck features six different and very unique maps. Each map has something different and something more challenging that players will come face-to-face with. Among the maps is Aztec Gold. This map has several small islands that your ships can use to their advantage. Either to hide behind or blend in with. The islands are beautiful. They have beautiful mountains surrounded by palm trees. The other maps that players have are Skeleton Island, Lost Expedition, Archipelago, Straits of Makassar, and a map called Imperial Pearls. Each map is different. The one thing they really have in common in the beautiful scenery. The water and sky are so beautifully textured.

There are five different battle types in Wind of Luck. Each battle type presents players different challenges and obstacles that they will face in trying to claim themselves as victor. The first type of battle is Lost Treasure. This battle involves two teams of ship captains trying to claim a treasure sunken at the bottom the sea in a lost ship. The teams are meant to fight to finally get the treasure out from underwater. First to claim the treasure is the winner. The second battle is the Royal Caravan. This battle is personally one of my favourites. This battle mode features only one team. Players are required to work together to protect the passing caravan from pirates trying to steal the treasure. After a certain time, if the team still stands they will complete the challenge. A third battle mode is Port Siege. This battle mode is also very fun. It features two teams trying to claim the other team’s port. By defeating the enemy team and claiming their port, you win.

After each battle players are rewarded with Fame, Expertise, and Piastres. Fame is what players use to unlock new ships in the shop. Expertise is what players use to unlock new features from the Tier Tree. Piastres is what players will use to repair their ship and replenish ammunition and crew members.

The entire game revolves around battling and coming out as victor. Each battle mode presents challenges that player will need to work together to solve. The battles are very interactive. The game was designed to allow freedom to the players and let them make decisions on how they will become victor. The possibilities of the results of each battle remain the hands of the players. Will stealth be your winning strategy, or will it be tanking?

You can download WindofLuck here.

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How to promote your competitions and contests

Posted by: Mark on January 26, 2014

Holding a competition is a really good and extremely cost effective way to get some exposure for your website, product or brand. If you can get your competition or contest to go viral it could be an excellent way to get traffic but if you don’t bother or don’t know how to promote it the contest is probably not going to do much for you.

Free ways to promote your competition or contest

One great way to promote your competition is to get it listed on a dedicated site like my one, you can let me know about it via the contact page but to be honest I am very busy and don’t check the email of this site very often so it will probably never get listed unless you visit the Fiverr link and pay $5. For just $5 it will get emailed out to my 3,000 subscribers, posted to Facebook (you can instantly post it on my Facebook page yourself for free) and Twitter too.

Other competitions sites that post competitions for free are:

When asking a site to list your competition make sure that you provide them with all the information on it, at the very least they will want to know what the prize is, how people enter, the closing date and if there are any special terms. You can find a free to use terms and conditions generator here.

A site which is dedicated to the promotion of competitions will have a mailing list and search traffic. Posting your competition on a competition site will most definetly get you traffic and entrants but they are probably just looking for free stuff, most of them are unlikely to convert into real buyers.

Savvy entrants will probably realise that by sharing your competition with they’re friends they reduce their own chances of actually winning anything, by holding a competition that people can enter by just joining your mailing list you’re missing about on a big advantage that competitions can offer. If you hold them properly competitions can be a great way to generate viral traffic.

How to make a competition generate viral traffic

To make your competitions and contests viral you need to incentivize your users to share them, you can incentivize them by offering additional entries, etc. if they tweet or like and share your competition with their friends. People usually associate with people that have similar interests to them so this kind of social traffic usually creates mailing lists that are much more responsive and interested in your products. People that are interested in what you sell and not just looking for free stuff are going to make better competition entrants, aren’t they?

There are a few apps that enable you to create viral competitions and incentivize entrants, one such app that most marketers have probably heard of is Wildfire, Wildfire offers a lot of features but is a bit pricey for most budgets.

Whilst searching for the terms and conditions generator I found Comprized. Comprized is a new site that seems to offer similar features to the Wildfire app it is still in beta mode, to use it you need to request access. I haven’t tried it but if you want to you can visit

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I’m a Celebrity……………..Get me out of here!!! 2013

Posted by: Mark on January 25, 2014

I’m a celebrity………….get me out of here first aired on UK TV screens in 2002, the show was aired on ITV and hosted by comedy duo Ant and Dec. The concept show is to place 12 celebrities into the middle of the Australian Jungle and leave them to fend for themselves with very basic rations. The camp set up is extremely basic, far from the lavish settings that the celebs are used to, beds would consist of hammocks or sleeping beds, due to the location – the beds have to be checked regularly for snakes, spiders and any other type of insect that is found in a jungle enviroment.

Entrance into the jungle has always been a challenge in itself, previous years have seen contestants skydiving into the jungle and then to navigate themselves to the camp. Entrance to the camp last year was slightly different. The starting line up of contestants was 6; the contestants were then split into 2 groups of 3. The groups then had to skydive onto a beach, once they had landed – they had to work together answering clues which would lead them to a new celebrity to join their group, once the 3 new celebrities have joined the group – the team have to race to the finish line, where a boat took the winning group to the camp, the losing team had to then navigate themselves to the camp.

Last year’s celebrities included Westlife band member Kian Egan, Emmerdale actress Lucy Pargeter, Reality Star Joey Essex, Eastenders Actress Laila Morse, Snooker player Steve Davies, Fashion Designer David Emmanuel, Talkshow host Matthew Wright, Olympic Swimming Rebecca Adlington, Miss Universe contestant Amy Willerton, Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro, the contestants were joined a few days later by Annabel Giles and Vincent Simone.

The public would choose a member of the camp to undertake the daily task, the tasks vary every day. The daily tasks have included being placed into a dark tunnel, with no light available – in which the contestant has to search for stars, but the twist is – they aren’t alone in the tunnel, they are joined by rats, cockroaches and any other type of insect imaginable.

One very scary task last year involved Kian, Alfonso and the Plank of Peril. The Plank of Peril task involved two planks of wood hanging side by side, high up in the sky. The task required a huge amount of trust and teamwork, the celebrity that took on the role of obtaining the stars hanging overhead had to walk the plank blindfolded whilst being direction by their fellow team-mate, whilst the task was in progress – the production team set of distracting bangs – to which Alfonso ignored perfectly. Alfonso successfully retrieved all the stars, but just as they started to relax – the plank went from underneath Alfonso and he fell towards the ground, only saved by his bungee cord.

Controversy has plagued the camp this year regarding contraband – to the extent that Amy was warned by the producers that if she did not give up all her contraband – the entire camp would not get their meals, treatment of fellow camp members, some camp members not being eligible in taking on a particular task and whether there was some sort of communication from inside the camp to family and friends back in the UK.

Early from the start Joey Essex was favourite to be crowned King of the Jungle, he was chosen for a majority of the tasks and attacked these tasks full on – without complaint; he has been recorded as the most successful camp mate to collect the most amount of stars during his tasks. Joey was eventually voted off the show – much to everyone’s shock.
The final of I’m a Celebrity 2013 was between Kian and David, both of which became firm favourites with the public, their last task seen them eat a variety in order for them to receive a 3 course meal afterwards, the items they had to eat included fish eyeballs, live cockroaches and a pigs penis to name but a few, they were rewarded with smoked salmon, pizza, steak and a cheeseburger.

Kian was voted as the King of the Jungle in 2013. After being crowned as the new King, he spent the evening with his loved ones and enjoyed the luxury that he is used too.
So, why do people continue watching I’m a Celeb? The comedy factor of watching a celebrity they don’t like suffer is one of the main reasons. Whatever the reason, I’m a celeb is here to stay and will be back in 11 months.

For the latest on ITV shows like I’m a celebrity visit

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Posted by: Mark on June 3, 2013

A couple of funny pics to brighten your Monday.



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Online competitions infographic

Posted by: Mark on February 20, 2013


Would you like to use this info graphic on your site? Just use the embed code below

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Reality TV Shows like Xfactor

Posted by: Mark on November 26, 2012

I’m a Celebrity…..get me out of here, Big Brother, Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice, X-Factor The reality TV guide goes on and on, but why are people addicted to reality TV?

In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s most people watched soaps-  soap operas were mostly watched by females who often lived their lives through the soap, then at the turn of the millennium came the beginning of reality TV – starting with Popstars – which eventually formed Hearsay.

Reality TV is currently at its peak, you either love it or loathe it. What makes reality TV so addictive is the way we get to see other people’s lives and see how different they are compared to our own. Reality television demonstrates how real people react to different scenarios;  fear, romance, embarrassment and anger. These shows are a hot topic of everyday life, social media becomes taken over with status updates – because someone is still in X-Factor, or in the staff room, wherever you go – reality TV programs will be mentioned. Did you see all the posts about Rylan yesterday? Do you think he should have gone? Is he a good singer? If you said yes to the last question, I have another – are you deaf?

What most people like about reality TV is when celebrities “get involved”, these are people we watch on TV or listen to on the radio, add a few people with “status” or a bit of money , place them into a house together (Big Brother) or in the jungle (I’m a celebrity…..get me out of here!) without their entourage of stylists etc. and see how these people survive. We love to watch celebrities out of their comfort zone, away from all the “necessities” of everyday life and to be able to see how they react in situations beyond their control and whether they will cope well or breakdown under the pressure. It’s quite good fun to watch anyone eating cockroaches or covered in maggots but when it’s a celebrity that makes it even better in my book, what do you think?

So, whether we are watching people skating on the ice, eating bugs, camping in the Australian outback, as a nation we love it and reality television will always continue to feature in the news, magazines and most importantly on our televisions.

Have you noticed what these shows have in common, especially the ones on ITV? That’s right it’s viewer competitions. This guest post was supplied by, the site primarily provides questions, answers & links to popular UK television competitions (alongside some other comps & offers).



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Otter Pictures

Posted by: Mark on September 12, 2012

Here’s some nice pics of cute and fluffy otters, enjoy.

To see more pics like this visit

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August Competition Winner

Posted by: Mark on September 3, 2012

As promised today is the day we announce the winner of our Bloc Sunglasses competition.

And the winner is:

John Kehoe

Could John please email his postal address to us.

Not to worry if you didn’t win this time, we still have our corset and football shirt competitions. More will be added soon.

To help you win more competitions, I have created a quick video which you can view here on youtube.

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Win Prizes Video

Posted by: Mark on September 2, 2012

Made another video, check it out below

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