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Asking for SEO "expert" advice/opinions

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by nahor, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. nahor

    nahor Junior Member

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    I have a major client I am working with and am having a bit of a dilemma.

    I am doing SEO work for them using the usual tools and my knowledge but have a weird problem.

    Their URL where I have to direct traffic to is not a simple domain. It is a long URL with a '?' and '=' signs in it.

    for example its xyz.com/blah-blah/blah/blah-blah-blah?channel=blah

    My issue is this: when I build articles and profile links and backlinks and all the other nonsense, I sometimes lose anything after the '?' question mark. Alot of the sites cut off whatever is from the question mark on.

    I feel as if I'm losing link juice. I know I can just do links to with and without what is beyond the question mark and it does work to still go to the page. The issue lies in reporting to the client the links that were built, I lose alot of that reporting data.

    I am sure traffic still gets to the URL but I feel like I am fighting my way out of quicksand, lol.

    Any suggestions? And I don't think doing a shortened URL will do the trick as I cant prove work to the client with this shortened URL.
     
  2. aReJay

    aReJay Power Member

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    Buy {closematch.com} and 301 over to the exact link.

    If your client ever screws you on $$$ then you sell the domain to his competitors.

    -aReJay
     
  3. Whookidive

    Whookidive Registered Member

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    If you have FTP access or know someone that has you could just add a RewriteRule in the .htaccess file.

    RewriteRule ^short-link.html$ /blah-b:ah/lolwut/wtfbbq/cchannel?id=99898
     
  4. nahor

    nahor Junior Member

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    Thanks to the two responses above.

    @aReJay I don't care if they don't do business with me again. What they're paying me monthly they can keep the links. I know about doing 301 links. I do that to all smaller type clients (the regulars). This is a diff animal as to why I wanted to ask it here.

    @Whookidive I can't get access to the domain as they as well have no access to the domain.

    This is a fortune 500 company and they are driving traffic to a business partner's site. So I am only boosting one page on their partner's site for them.

    Anyone else know of what i can do or best approach? Or am I stuck with still fighting my out this quicksand?

    Thanks for any insight.
     
  5. nahor

    nahor Junior Member

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    You know the funny thing is when you are so big, you can't make minor adjustments to a single page of the site. They would have to get so many things cleared thru diff dept heads.

    I have been begging them to just change the meta info on the page so I can add keywords, and that has taken over a month, and I don't see it in the formidable future.
     
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    A 301 is definately the easiest way to solve that problem, we had similar problems on profile pages.

    I watched a Matt Cutts video the other day and he said link juice is passed through 301s but not always anchor relevance, so as long as you're building other strong anchor links it should be ok.
     
  7. Sorrus

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    try it . might ur problem get solved . all the best
     
  8. nahor

    nahor Junior Member

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    I appreciate the feedback. But what do I show as far as links that were created?

    As far as a 301, I tried this already, they have have one in place to a domain that is no longer in service, my issue is I can't get reports on redirects as from Alexa, Market Samurai, Traffic Travis, IBP and like Yahoo Site Exp.

    I have to show the client progress, weekly, the growth. In some instances I can retrieve backlinks but in most i can't. I feel that i regrettably have to suck this one up and live with it, just keep building links to this page and deal with retrieving link data on the domain with the '?' question mark and without.

    thanks for the help fellas
     
  9. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    It seems like your failing to explain how SEO works to your clients. I know how it can be with the bigger guys.

    @nahro: shoot me a PM w/ your contact info
     
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    It seems like your failing to explain how SEO works to your clients. I know how it can be with the bigger guys.

    @nahro: shoot me a PM w/ your contact info
     
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    lol you are doing seo and without making urls seo friendly.. re-write them first :D
     
  12. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    It seems like your failing to explain how SEO works to your clients. I know how it can be with the bigger guys.

    @nahro: shoot me a PM w/ your contact info
     
  13. nahor

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    Easier said then done when you don't have the ability to do this. You don't understand what the frustrations are asking a major company to implement something, how many dept heads it has to clear, then "legal" has to clear what you're doing.

    If it was one of my domains, it would of been done in 15 seconds.

    The_demon helped me because he deals with clients and their frustrations on the same level, you just have to suck it up and keep it moving...
     
  14. Charismatic

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    instead of having lengthy URLs, suggest your client to make the URL's having keywords instead of codes. If the site is in cms, it would be done under the admin panel. Otherwise you need the help of the developer