Penguin 3.0 Google ‘refresh’ update and free backlink checking tools:

4GoodHosting to the rescue
Hi Folks. Have you checked your website rankings in google this week? The recent ‘Penguin 3.0’ update, also called a refresh, has just been completed. Supposedly only 1% or so of search queries are affected by this recent Google search index update. Simply, Google support ( support.google.com ) recommends avoiding the following linking techniques:

Excessive link exchanges

  • Buying or selling links
  • Using automation to create links
  • Low-quality directory or bookmark site links
  • Forum comments with optimized links in the post or signature
  • Links with optimized anchor text in articles or press releases
  • Widely distributed links in the footers or templates of various sites

So if you haven’t participated in ‘link spamming’, you should not need to worry, but it is always good to verify anyways, and perform any cleanup that may be necessary to improve your website’s search ranking.

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We recommend the following free online tools to help diagnose your website’s relation to Google’s new update and guidelines.

http://www.analyzebacklinks.com/

http://moz.com/tools/seo-toolbar

http://www.ahrefs.com

http://www.backlinkwatch.com/

http://www.opensiteexplorer.org/

http://www.linkdiagnosis.com/

&

http://www.traffictravis.com/

From our review of these tools, we recommend you try Traffic Travis first.

Traffic Travis offers:

  • Keyword Tracking
  • Backlink checker for individual pages
  • Competition Analysis
  • Find Keyword ranking based on different geo specific search engine
  • Page rank checker for Individual pages
  • Sitemap Support
  • Domain name research
  • SEO warning for individual pages
  • Filters to refine your report
  • Adsense finder
  • Keyword research

Please let us know about your own experience with any tools concerning your search engine optimization efforts. We’d be glad to offer you some more advice or you can even hire us (more info here: http://4goodhosting.com/seo-services.html ) to bring up your search engine ranking; as this can be complicated or overwhelming for many of us. Please write us anytime at support@4goodhosting.com and one of our friendly agents will respond to you soon after receiving your email.