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July 2nd, 2012

Recover From Google Penguin Update: How to Remove Link Spam

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Written by Dominic Lee

Topics: Ecommerce, Internet Marketing, Search Engine Optimization

A lot of website owners have been hit (quite hardly) from the recent Google Penguin update, one of the site which we previously own went from top of Google for a very competitive keyword to no where to be found. (scary… huh?)

For those suffering under Penguin’s iron wing, here’s a plan of action for you to identify and remedy the causes of penalties and devaluations:

1. How do I know if I were really hit by Penguin?

Penguin went live on April 24th 2012, review your site’s search traffic immediately after that day - if your search traffic dropped, you are probably hit by Penguin =S

2. Find out which sites are linking to you!

Use Google Webmaster Tools backlink report to identify the sites that are linking to you, use the export function and export it as an excel spreadsheet.

3. Investigate which sites linking to you are of “low quality”:

Go down the list of backlinks to find the poor quality ones. Usually if I see links coming from spam blogs or directories, I’d mark it as “to remove” on the spreadsheet

4. Send requests to get your links removed

Create a template email requesting link removal that you’ll send to the webmasters in charge of the links identified as low quality. The template should candidly explain that you are a site owner trying to recover from Google penguin update and ask if they can please remove the following links. List the URLs where the links can be found, the URL on your site they point to, and the anchor text ─ all the info needed to easily find the link you’re requesting removed.

Sometimes you may be able to find the contact info on the site, but in case where the contact info is not available, you may need to do a whois search, in order to get the names and email addresses.

5. Wait to hear back from webmasters

After you’re done, you can expect to receive four types of responses to your requests:
● Remove link and tell you.
● Remove link and not tell you.
● Not reply or do anything.
● Will remove the link if you pay them.

In the case of the first, verify by going to the page where the link was and if the link was removed, then check it off your list. If you haven’t gotten any response back from a contact in 2 weeks, check to see if the link has been removed. It may or may not. If it’s been removed, again remove it from the list. If it hasn’t been removed, send a follow-up request. Depending on the sites linking to you and your luck, you may have to follow up several times. If you run across a webmaster requesting payment for link removal, you can threaten them that you’re going to report it to Google.

Throughout this process you must keep detailed records of your actions. A spreadsheet with columns for the linking URL, the contact name, the contact email, the date a request was sent, and responses or actions taken by the linking site.

If you went through this process, now its time to get your fingers crossed, let’s hope you get some love back from the Big G!

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June 20th, 2009

Heart Attack Grill - Smart Marketing Twist

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Written by Dominic Lee

Topics: Internet Marketing

Take a look at this restaurant, it is AMAZING. I would recommend a whole week a diet before AND after going there.

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May 29th, 2009

Some Link Love & How To Get Rid Of Bad Google Listings

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Written by Dominic Lee

Topics: Internet Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Startup Business


A funny plumbing commercial

So first of, want to give some link love to my friend’s new plumbing business Guillen Plumbing . From the reviews that they’re getting from Service Magic, seems like they’re doing a good job Continue Reading »

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April 20th, 2009

Be Creative About Monetization

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Written by Dominic Lee

Topics: Business Opportunities, Ecommerce, General Business, Internet Marketing, Retailing, Yahoo Store


“Guru’s Guru” Rich Schefren at one of his seminars

So I listened to a webminar by Russell Brunson and Rich Schefren the other day about ways to monetize an online business. While some may not apply to ecommerce, I jotted down those that do, and I’ll post it here to share.

Some of these ideas I don’t know Continue Reading »

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April 13th, 2009

Inspirational Performance - 47 Years Old Susan Boyle

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Written by Dominic Lee

Topics: General Business, Internet Marketing


Susan Boyle at “Britains Got Talent”

Britains Got Talent 2009 Susan Boyle 47 Year Old Singer

Go check it out and seriously, stop judging a book by its cover and stop being cynical. =)

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March 30th, 2009

A Great Blog Post About Personal Finance

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Written by Dominic Lee

Topics: Internet Marketing

Just have to share the love.

The Psychology of Automation: Building a Bulletproof Personal-Finance System

(from my favorite author Tim Ferriss - 4 Hour Work Week)

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November 5th, 2008

Important Message from Hilary Schneider Regarding Yahoo!/Google Agreement

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Written by Dominic Lee

Topics: Google, Internet Marketing, PPC, Yahoo


Things are not looking good for Yahoo

Got this email today:

Dear Advertiser,

We wanted to reach out to you directly regarding Google’s decision,
announced earlier today, to terminate the advertising services
agreement that the companies announced in June. Yahoo! continues to
believe in the benefits
Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2008

You Need To Be Doing Business, Not SEO

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Written by Dominic Lee

Topics: Google, Internet Marketing, Link Building, Search Engine Optimization

I just checked the Google Pagerank today for my various sites and noticed that Google have just updated their pagerank. I have some sites which Pagerank have gone up and some which have gone down - that wasn’t what surprises me.

What surprises me is that for the FIRST time EVER - Google Pagerank is proportional to the level of business I’m doing on a site and the traffic that I get for it!! Continue Reading »

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September 4th, 2008

Google Chrome Launched And My Review!!

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Written by Dominic Lee

Topics: Ecommerce, Google, Internet Marketing


Check out this video by Google on Youtube to find out this new browser by Google.

You can download it at www.google.com/chrome

Couple noticeable differences between Chrome and other browsers:
- Integration of the search box with the address bar
- Ability to drag and drop tabs (amazing)
- Automatic detection of in site search engine
- Seperation of browser application with desktop application, so one’s crash would not affect the other

I’ve downloaded it and started using it, it is, as advertised, very fast and stable. The only setback I have so far is that it doesn’t work with Roboform (which I cannot live without) yet.

Anyway, go download it and check it out for yourself.

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July 22nd, 2008

Internet Retailer Conference 2008 Day 2

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Written by Dominic Lee

Topics: Ecommerce, Internet Marketing, Retailing, Traveling, Yahoo Store


Day 2 of the conference consists of day long of seminars

Day 2:

We started off day 2 with the keynote presentation from Mike Boylson, the CMO of JC Penney, nothing special, some pretty corporate branding stuff and no one knows if its even useful. It sounded great and all, and the ad looks kind of cool, Continue Reading »

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