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Mahalo = Local SEO?

February 28th, 2008
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Mahalo Logo = Local SEO

Last week my post How to Find Vicki Iseman’s Bio – The SEO Way got a lot of traffic not only from Google blogsearch but also from Mahalo.com. I had submitted a link to the post on Mahalo’s Vicki Iseman page in the user-submitted links section. Mahalo is a SEO machine and its Vicki Iseman page immediately ranked well in Google. Vicki was probably one of the most-searched persons in the world last Friday and I was only one of three user-submitted links on the page which helped me get a lot of referrals.

It got me thinking that even though Mahalo’s content is not very local in nature it has a number of pages that might be relevant to generating local referrals:

1. Pages about cities such as Atlanta

2. How To Pages – this one might be good for a local hair stylist

3. City pages that don’t exist yet – like this one for Pleasanton, CA where it asks you to submit links.

These links won’t help you much in rankings as they are tagged as “nofollow” but as Mahalo continues to grow over time they might send you some traffic. A good way to check if a page is worth your time is to see how it ranks in Google for the terms you are targeting.

And if you are really on your game wait until the next political scandal occurs and put up a post on your site about how “Barack Obama’s Says the Cabinet Center has the Best Kitchen Cabinet Selection in Pleasanton, CA”. :)


Tags: Local Advertising

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TzuVelli.com // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Interesting, I had not thought about using Mahalo this way. Good idea for creating links.

    Beau Hooks

  • 2 Marc // Mar 2, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Mahalo dropped me a nice link two weeks ago and the effects are resonating already!

    They have people actively updating top pages and now accepting submissions done in flash with the toolbar and social service.

    Google could have hired an entire country to do this wth their markep cap flirting with like a trillion dollars

  • 3 peter caputa // Mar 12, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Innaresting.

    Is there a word for this:

    Where a page you publish on another website that links to your website, ends up showing up higher on SERPs than your own site.

    With social media sites, it happens all the time. And it’s certainly beneficial if you can get an article (or excerpt) published on another site which links to your site (no follow or not) where the original site shows up in the SERPs.

    I’ve been calling them “Secondary Result Pages”, but that doesn’t really explain it well.

    (Click my website link – it goes to a post about.)

  • 4 Palmer Web Marketing // Mar 26, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Great post. I’d been wondering what Mahalo was all about.

  • 5 David Saunders // Jun 14, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Personally I think Mahalo is pretty cool – not the Google killer, that’s not going to happen.

    I slightly admire Jason C and his efforts – let’s face it the interface looks and feels way better than MSN or even Yahoo!

    It’ll be interesting to watch this grow……

    David
    Charlotte, NC

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