A lot of bloggers feel that the key to increasing their traffic is to get on the Digg front page as often as they can. Most of these bloggers do so by scooping news, writing how to guides or even top 10 lists, but most don’t realize that you have to be careful or else your URL will get banned from Digg.
Links play an important role in search engine rankings which is why webmasters go to great extents to obtain them. Most people think that if you want millions of backward links you have to have a large brand such as [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com), but there are small companies who actually have more back links according to Google, then even Google.com.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from all of us here at Pronet Advertising. We especially want to say thanks to all our readers because without you we wouldn’t be where we are today. We also want to say thanks to all of our families, friends, and colleagues.
Although URLs play an important role for search engine optimization, they also play an important role in [social bookmarking](http://neothoughts.com/2006/08/15/urls-matter-in-social-bookmarking/). One of the most important factors to maximizing your exposure on [del.icio.us](http://del.icio.us) and other social bookmarking sites is the URL of a website.
I’m proud to welcome [Ryan Fujiu](http://www.calwineries.com/profile/maverick) to our blogging team at Pronet Advertising. Ryan has been working with [ACS](http://www.acsseo.com) for some time now developing [Calwineries](http://www.calwineries.com/); a social network built around California Wine. Although relatively unknown in the Internet community, he understands how online marketing works.
These days it seems like new social networking websites are popping up like it’s going out of style. The main problem with this is that most of them are being created in the hopes of making the owners rich instead of building a thriving community. Here are the main reasons why most of them fail, and how they might be able to avoid failure:
Last week at [Pubcon](http://www.pubcon.com) I had a discussion with someone on backward links and their importance. His view point was that backward links where only useful for search engine rankings. He also claimed that the context of the links does not matter. I also think links are very beneficial when it comes to search engines, but there is a lot more that can be discovered by analyzing your backward links. Here’s why:
Michael Jordan, David Beckham, and Terrell Owens are all famous athletes that people look up to. If they wear a specific shirt, drink a specific soft drink or even drive a certain car everyone will copy them. No matter what they do people will mimic them in the hopes of looking cool. Because of this, athletes are commonly used in advertisements.
Last week [Text Link Ads](http://www.text-link-ads.com) launched a service called [ReviewMe](http://www.reviewme.com) which competes with [PayPerPost](http://www.payperpost.com). I am not sure how successful ReviewMe will be but their marketing plan has been pretty effective at creating a lot of buzz.
There are thousands of blogging related resources on the Internet which can create an overwhelming experience for anyone looking to get into blogging. Because of this I created a list of blogging resources that I use on a regular basis. Here is a list of 50 blogging resources that can be helpful to any individual and corporation looking to get into blogging or wanting to learn more about it.
[Riya](http://www.riya.com), a visual search company just launched a new visual image search engine called [Like.com](http://www.like.com). A few months ago I did a post on [Riya](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/riya-photo-search-can-be-simpler.html) and how they were making a lot of usability and search engine optimization mistakes. The CEO acknowledged my blog post and said that they were working on fixing these issues with Riya.
One of the greatest things about political elections is the TV commercials each party plays. You always see one party slandering the other by exposing dark and dirty secrets in hopes of winning the election. …
Blogging looks simple and many people think there is not much to it, but thousands of bloggers are making dumb mistakes everyday. Some of these mistakes seem obvious while others are not so obvious; if you are starting a new blog or even if you have been blogging for 3 years, here are 5 deadly mistakes to watch out for.
If you have ever felt like you had to dig around the Internet for good content, you might want to look at something called Digg ([digg.com](http://www.digg.com)). Digg is a site that will help you avoid the process of digging and instead, get exactly what others have dug up so you can see some of the great sites/stories/things out there on the Internet. …
People try to be perfect throughout their whole life, but chances are they are going to make some [mistakes](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/mistaken-marketing.html) along the way. They might have bought the wrong car, picked the wrong house or even married the wrong person. Whatever the mistake may be, marketers love reminding you throughout their advertising campaigns.
Greg Hartnett is one of the few individuals who has been in the online marketing space for quite some time. He is well known in the industry as a [blogger](http://greghartnett.com/), [speaker](http://www.pubcon.com/sessions.cgi?action=view&record=60) and [entrepreneur](http://www.botw.org). Due to the experience he has gained from running many successful companies I decided to do an interview with him.
Today [Digg](http://www.digg.com) made a major modification to their algorithm. With [thousands of stories](http://www.digg.com/view/all/upcoming/most) being listed on Digg everyday it seemed like too many mediocre ones were making the front page, so it appears that Digg modified their algorithm (or the algorithm automatically modified itself) for stories to require more diggs before they hit the front page.
[Gerber](http://www.gerber.com), [Huggies](http://www.huggiesbabynetwork.com/na/index.aspx), and [Cheerios](http://www.cheerios.com/) are all popular brands with 1 thing in common. They use cute little kids in their commercials. Many people take the impact of children in advertising for granted but cute kids are very memorable which is why they are used in TV commercials. If you want to create a memorable advertising campaign you might want to think about using some cute kids.
I recently did an email interview with [Chris Pirillo](http://chris.pirillo.com/) who is a well known blogger and entrepreneur. I asked him a few questions regarding linkbait, blogging, his [conference](http://www.gnomedex.com/) and the web. He had some very interesting things to say and I am sure everyone will enjoy the interview.
A lot of people consider digg traffic as being [useless](http://sonspring.com/journal/deflecting-digg) because they think most digg visitors will never come back to your blog. This is not necessarily true, especially if you do a few tweaks to your blog so you can actually get some benefit from the traffic. These tweaks will not only help you retain visitors from [digg](http://www.digg.com), but also will help retain regular visitors as well.