I like how my posts appear on page one of Google for many basic shirt related searches.
I'm always finding Solmu, Twinge
, and my posts popping up when looking for something.
Hooray! Gone for half a year and still famous!
(I don't know that I'm still really 'back' per se; I'm still very busy these days. I'll try to stop by occasionally though. Surely a vertible wealth of information I've missed of the months.)
Just wondering if out-links to a site from forum boards like this one carry any value with Search Engines.
From what I've seen, there is a bonus, but it is fairly insignificant. Same if you're linked from your name when you post on someone's blog for example.
For perspective: Say you're trying to achieve 100 'points', which would rank you at the top of search results. Links from blog comments, forum signatures, etc. might give you 0.01 'points' in this scale. On the other hand, being linked on the front page of a very popular related
website is worth a lot more.
Also keep in mind that search engines can often detect if you're being spammy about this -- if you're oging around to tons of forums and jsut dropping your URL you may very well be penalized or even blacklisted.
In doing some research for things related to my business, I frequently get search results that include things that I've said here!
I have been very free with the help and info that I give, which sometimes includes detailed particulars, but I am certain that I don't want every one of my customers knowing the details of my business.
That's the catch22. Being active on the forums, and giving good sound advice may get me a few sales when I go live. But it also opens some of the details of my business to the general public.
I think the thing to realize here is (*based on what I've seen in general; I've not seen any info on this case specifically)
that very few
potential customers will be taking the effort to find out enough about your company to find pages like this. Those that do are going to be more likely to be saavy enough to know they can google 'wholesale t-shirts' and find aproximate prices that you might be paying, etc., etc. I would consider it a net gain; the 0.01% of customers that are looking that deep can see I'm a real person, that's fine by me =)
Customers want to idolise the brand, not think "hey, I could do this!" - some people aren't interested in buying anything they perceive they could just do themselves.
Well, just because I can steal someone's cool t-shirt design and print it myself doesn't mean that I will, and I know several other t-shirt printers feel the same way.
Granted, I know that some people have (heck, I've even seen this happen to me with what little web exposure my site currently has), but seeing some of the details of the process won't necessarily make them want to try it themselves.
Besides, iron-ons are common enough that most people already know they can make shirts that way if they really want to 'do it themselves'.
Edit: Geez, only ~750 posts? More people passed me than I had expected, hehe. I remember when I was (briefly)
ahead of Rodney even