View Poll Results: What types of changes have you made to your sites based on input from others?

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  • I've never asked for or received any suggestions to improve my sites.

    0 0%
  • I've received suggestions for improving my sites but have never used any of them.

    0 0%
  • I've made changes to improve my sites SEO based on suggestions.

    4 66.67%
  • I've made changes to improve my sites existing content based on suggestions.

    5 83.33%
  • I've made changes to add new and different content to my sites based on suggestions.

    5 83.33%
  • I've made changes to the design of my sites based on suggestions.

    5 83.33%
  • I've made changes to the navigation on my sites based on suggestions.

    3 50.00%
  • I've made changes to the technology used to support my sites based on suggestions.

    1 16.67%
  • I've made some other type of change to my sites based on suggestions (please share in a post).

    1 16.67%
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    Question What types of changes have you made to your sites based on input from others?

    Today I put up an announcement about the CBG Affiliate Weekend, and in doing so I pointed out that this year the event will feature talks by SEO guru Leslie Carruthers.

    One of the major benefits of listening to experts and what they have to say is the possibility that they will make a suggestion that resonates with you, and that you will change something you are doing because of what they said.

    So, for this week's poll question I thought I would ask about what types of changes webmasters have made to their sites as a result of suggestions by others.

    Be sure to share what you learned with other webmasters here also. That way we can help keep the cycle of improvements going by passing them along.

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    I'll go first in terms of passing on suggestions from others that have influenced what we have done. In the last week Casino City launched a new version of our CasinoVendors.com website. There were lots of changes made in the new version, but a couple of them I can identify as being specific changes based on SEO advice I have heard over the past year.

    1. We used a robots.txt file to exclude pages that should not be indexed in the search engines. The site has pages for over 13,000 vendors and every one of those pages has a link to update the information on the page. It was really just one page, but since a parameter was passed to the script to perform the updates it potentially looked like another 13,000 pages to search engines. Adding the robots.txt file eliminates all of those junk pages from being improperly indexed.

    2. We added nofollow links in selected places to better sculpt where our link juice is being spread around in the new site. We did this for all of the update links described above (why would we want to provide any link juice to pages that we don't even want indexed) and we also did it for a few pages that are linked to from all over the place the we don't want the search engines to treat as important pages on our site such as our "privacy policy" page.

    Michael

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    Wow I had to tick almost every ' I have Made changes' box!

    Over the years I have asked opinions of other people for a number of reasons, and other times people have just made a comment which has then resulted in me doing a bit more digging and then made a change to further improve a site in some way.

    In fact the site our company is named after (SlotsJam Ltd) was actually a concept we came up with whilst talking with our Intercasino Affiliate Manager at the time (Mark Waxman) whilst at a conference in Vegas.

    I am always open to new ideas, and although as my business partner will no doubt happily tell you (and anyone else who will listen) that I can be very stuburn once I have made up my mind, I am sure he will agree I do consider all options very carefully and am always open to better more effecient ways to achieve the desired outcome.

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    I've been at this a long time... and asked for a lot of people to look at my site. I've implemented changes from SEO tactics to design, navigation, even new content.

    I think site reviews are critically important. Each site has its own set of challenges - and we each have different experiences and advice to offer.
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