Well, I did not attend “Sepetang Bersama Blogger 2013” (SBB 2013) though I wish I did. Honestly, I don’t feel disheartened about it or jealous seeing other people enjoying the big event but after reading several postings by bloggers that attended the annual blogger gathering, I feel like writing something about it.
First of all I would like to congratulate everyone that made the event a success. Hats off to bro Amir Hassan aka Denaihati for being ‘murah hati’ hosting the event. Thanks to AkuBiomed and Nurmisnan for their excellent coverage of the event. I really enjoyed reading their postings. Well done!
I would like to touch on two issues raised during the forum at SBB 2013. Both were brought up by well-respected blogger, Kak Kujie and both were highlighted by Akubiomed HERE and HERE. The two issues were actually related to each other – commenting and backlinkings. However, you can see them from two different perspectives – SEO and etiquette.
During SBB 2013, Kak Kujie says (and I quote from Akubiomed):
Yang menarik perhatian saya adalah nasihat Kak Jie sarankan untuk menjadi blogger perlu rajin membaca dan berilmu. Komunikasi penting bukan sekadar meninggalkan komen untuk mendapatkan backlink semata-mata – Source: Akubiomed
Beliau memberi tip blogger perlu membaca dan beliau berjaya menangkap blogger yang tidak membaca apabila menanyakan soalan yang jawapannya sudah ada didalam blog - Source: Akubiomed
Now, let me touch on the first comment by Kak Kujie during SBB 2013 i.e “Komunikasi penting bukan sekadar meninggalkan komen untuk mendapatkan backlink semata-mata”.
Obviously, she is referring to certain bloggers that spend much of their time commenting on other people’s blogs without updating their blog or improving the quality of contents or PR of their own blog.
Well, Malaysian bloggers is like this: When it comes to SEO, they believe more on off-page factors than on-page. So, they put in quite a lot of effort in commenting and getting those backlinks and other similar methods.
However, the recommended approach by many SEO gurus is to concentrating on on-page factors. Those who talk about on-page factors speak more about things like keyword optimization, using the right title tags, using less HTML, using the right fonts and images and of course producing quality contents in their blog.
Many studies show that in terms of numbers, such websites (concentrating on off-page factors) will have to get 10 times more backlinks than the website that has good on-page factors. In other words, if you haven’t started working on on-page factors, then you probably have to work harder to get good ranking in Google via off-page factors for the rest of your life!
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Now, we go to the second comment by Kak Kujie. She said:
“blogger perlu membaca dan beliau berjaya menangkap blogger yang tidak membaca apabila menanyakan soalan yang jawapannya sudah ada didalam blog”.
Ironically, many bloggers who read Akubiomed’s blog gave comment that “it was a good posting” and continue by saying they will try to start reading more BOOKS (???) in the future. Well, read what Kak Kujie said once again and see what she means by ‘tidak membaca’ (not reading).
Like I said the second one is more a question of etiquette than SEO. I think Kak Kujie probably feel a bit offended when commenters “menanyakan soalan yang jawapannya sudah ada didalam blog” (asking a question in which the answer is already in the blog). Maybe she’s not offended, but I think I would be :D Plus, when someone is asking something that is already in the posting, you can smell SPAMMING all over it, especially when that someone throws in two or more short comments there.
I know this postings might make me less popular among the Malaysians blogger especially those who ‘termakan cili’ and ‘rasa pedasnya’. Still, I write this in good faith and for the good of all bloggers in Malaysia. Lastly but not least have a good holiday and to all who are celebrating the Chinese New Year around the world “Gong Xi Fa Chai”.
- SBB 2013: SEO And Etiquette In Blogging