OCTOBER 1

Number 1 for “Search Engine Optimisation”

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You dirty spammer you :-)

said Andy on October 2nd, 2008 at 10:24 am

Heh! :)
It wasn’t 301′d back then. There was real content and everything. Were you the DMoz editor that sent me down the path of whiteiousness then??? :)
Dixon.

said Dixon on October 3rd, 2008 at 6:33 am

So you really believe the DMOZ link made the difference?
Or is the same cause and effect issue like the guy with 9000 sitewide links? :)
Love the domain name:)

said Marius on October 6th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

:)

We didn’t have 9,000 sitewide links. But I take your point. I doubt DMOZ was the only cause.

Please bear in mind this was way back… I am not sure how old you are at this game, but it was the “Florida Update” when the domain took the hit – so a long time back. It was hit for the right reasons, but the interesting thing about the DMOZ listing is that it is the only domain I ever saw where (if you were ever a Dmoz editor) you could look at the domain listing history and saw a massive red warning over the history, saying that it was a doorway domain and should never be reincluded.

It wasn’t always thus… and here’s where the strategy really went “off the beaten track”… we originally set up the domain to be owned by a limited company called “Search Engine Optimisation LTD”… Belt and braces! Unfortunately, Search engine optimizers LTD complained to Compaines House (That’s the UK registry of English and Welsh companies) that the new company name might confuse people, so objected to the company name. We ended up called the holding company http://www.search-engine-optimisation.co.uk lTD… probably a bit of a clue eh? :)

Maybe I’ll add this to my “Internet Marketing Howlers” talk at A4U next week.

said Dixon Jones on October 7th, 2008 at 11:05 am

How lovely to look back into the time and search the 2001 results. Talk about nostalgia!
SEO was still simple then…

said Dave on October 15th, 2008 at 4:45 am

oh my!

I was doing some rubbish stuff then:

http://web.archive.org/web/20011201013059/www.5th-dimension.co.uk/

said Lee McCoy on October 16th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

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