If you had asked that question last week I would have said yes if you were starting a blog to promote an affiliate product and maybe if you were starting a blog for your local business. Today if you want to start a blog and buy a domain name I’d have to get you to watch this video before you decide because I am wondering if this is advanced warning from Google that something is about to change.

“….We have looked at the rankings and the weights that we give to keyword domains and some people have complained that we are giving too much weight for keywords and domains and so we have been thinking about adjusting the mix a little bit and turning the knob down in the algorthim so that given two different domains it wouldn’t necessarily help you as much to have a domain with a bunch of keywords in it” Matt Cutts, Google

 

Google are so great at keeping everyone on their toes. You can never become complacent and think you know it all because no sooner do you think you have found something that works in terms of getting ranked/SEO and they decide to change the goal posts.

This is one of the reasons why people new to the world of blogging who are searching for information on how to make money with a blog get so confused. They watch videos that promote one thing, then find out that is out of date and they should do something else, and usually end up frustrated and doing nothing. More evidence that you really can’t rely on free information on the web and that being part of a blogging community can help you avoid these pitfalls.

 

What is the Farmer/Panda Update?

If you haven’t heard about the recent changes Google made to site across the US (coming to sites in the UK soon) the articles below will help you get up to speed.

Is Google Rolling Out A Farmer / Panda Update?

So maybe we are seeing early signs of Google updating and rolling out the Farmer/Panda update even further? Our ongoing coverage and stories on the Content Farmer/Panda update: Status Check: Google Panda / Farmer Rebounds & UK Migration …

Publish Date: 03/29/2011 13:49

http://mes-live.com/2011/03/is-google-rolling-out-a-farmer-panda-update/

Lessons Learned at SMX West: Google’s Farmer/Panda Update, White

An amazing amount of great information came out of SMX West this week. Below is a summary of some of what I found to be the most actionable and.

Publish Date: 03/12/2011 19:35

http://www.ninebyblue.com/collected-writings/search-engine-land/lessons-learned-at-smx-west-google%E2%80%99s-farmerpanda-update-white-hat-cloaking-and-link-building/

Google Panda/Farmer Update: What’s The Status

We have been covering the Google Panda/Farmer update in extreme detail, giving you every theory, every slight update and everything I think can possibly help webmasters stay n top of the topic. The thing is, we still do not have any …

Publish Date: 03/28/2011 14:17

http://www.seroundtable.com/google-panda-status-13181.html

 

Maybe 3-6 months from now we will see another big shake up like the recent farmer and panda content clean outs and Google will wipe out keyword rich domain names from their first page position.