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Posted in: SEO by Richard Hearne on March 20, 2007
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Before I even start, this is not a post about me offering a free SEO course. It’s been on my mind recently though whether a training course of some description would work here in Ireland. This is a post to help out someone who is quite certainly one of the more astute SEO’s out there.

You’ve probably never heard of him. His name is HalfDeck.

I came across HalfDeck over on the Google Webmaster Help Group. He claims not to be an SEO, but I always pay attention to the comments of two individuals more than all others on the Group – HalfDeck and Softplus (of GSiteCrawler fame). That’s not meant as a negative reflection on all the other great contributors who do absolutely trojan work on the Group. It is solely a reflection on my belief that these two guys have a technical knowledge of the subject matter that far outstrips most professional SEOs.

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HalfDeck is notorious for running experiments to better understand the algo. His site www.seo4fun.com is a treasure trove of experiments he has conducted over the years.

Now he is testing a theory about ranking a page based on relevance Vs. Pagerank:

If I can get at least 8 links pointing to this post with “seo course” somewhere in your anchor text, that should be enough to either prove or disprove my claim that what you publish and what people think of your page is as important if not more than where a page is published.

So there’s the link, and I look forward to the result.

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  1. Thanks for the seo4fun. It’s a truly nice and fun site. I guess we would all need the patience HalfDeck has for all the SEO thing.

    Comment by Dmitri — March 22, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

  2. Halfdeck has some fantastic material on there. He’s always tinkering around from what I can tell.

    Dmitri – I was half going to edit out your link – that site really is borderline for my liking. I’ve left it in as it seems to be legit.


    Comment by Richard Hearne — March 22, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

  3. [...] If you ever paid for an SEO course run by an expert SEO training you to conquer the Intarweb, you’d be taught what you’ve known all along – that the two major factors Google uses to rank a page are relevance and value. [...]

    Pingback by Free SEO Course Offering Expert Training - Overestimating Domain Authority » Half’s SEO Notebook — March 27, 2007 @ 4:01 am

  4. I don’t know, the people I’ve talked to who have paid for a course have not learned all that much that they couldn’t have learned by reading free SEO resources on the web.

    On the other hand, what I do think is helpful is spending time with an SEO consultant who actually looks at your site and gives specific feedback relative to your niche, your websites construction and link configuration (both inbound and on-site). The problem here is that this kind of consultation usually runs between $500 – $1,500, and people can’t afford that.

    There are, albeit rare, promotions from time-to-time from search optimization firms where they give away free consulting or free seo analysis sessions. Snatch these up when you can… And then DO WHAT THEY TELL YOU…

    It’s that simple.

    Comment by Albert — December 7, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

  5. I love what Halfdeck posted on there. He is definitely an expert and his experiments have helped out a lot of SEOers out there.

    Comment by Mike @ Vindictus Forum — September 9, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

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