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All That Negative SEO… It’s Working

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For the past few weeks Stickboy Bangkok has been receiving some unusual search traffic and all of it is bad. Really bad. The search terms are massage, escort or sex related and all contain Stickboy either at the beginning or the end of the phrase.

Now if this site was offering massage or escort services then this would be normal and just what I was looking for but as you know, aside from a few massage shop and escort ads plus a couple of galleries in the Girls section then that’s about as far as it goes here on those subjects.

This site isn’t well known enough for people to use Stickboy as part of any search they do when looking for rub’n’tug recommendation in Bangkok, if it even had that kind of content to begin with.

Today alone there have been 21 referrals from search engines for “erotic massage bangkok stickboy” which screams out negative SEO campaign to me.

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Why would anyone want to attack this site with a negative SEO campaign?

I’ve no idea and I really couldn’t care less because the site does not and never will depend or rely on the all-too-powerful Google for traffic. If Google send me traffic it’s a case of thank you very much, that was kind of you. If one day they decide to turn off the traffic tap then it’s nothing more than a shrug of the shoulders and a muttering from me of the all too famous Thai phrase, “Up to you”.

I chose this path for Stickboy because I was bitten by Google back in the day when you’d wait every month for the latest “Google Dance”.

Sometime around 2005 I got burned during one of those dances and never recovered from it for almost two years. After I got over losing a truckload of traffic every day in Google referrals I set about rebuilding that particular site to survive without the mighty G and at it’s height it was doing 2.4 million uniques and 14m plus pageviews per month teaching me not to fuss over what Google are doing and focus on what I can do without them.

Whoever is behind all that negative SEO, they can carry on wasting time and money because it’s not going to do Stickboy any harm.

Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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  1. Return to Sender

    November 12, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    SEO is still a thing?

  2. Gaht

    November 13, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Return to Sender: it’s only a thing for people who do SEO and the idiots they convince to give them money. For years Google has been telling people produce quality content and don’t spam and you’ll succeed. Google is the only game that matters. Has been for years and will continue to be. Nothing else comes close.

  3. whut

    November 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

    A site like this doesn’t need SEO, it’s an interesting enough topic to get large amounts of social traffic.

    Gaht however is completely wrong. In an interesting niche you might do ok just posting content but without promoting posts it’s unlikely it will get much traction.

    Also why do google suggest it – they suggest that you produce good content and then people share and link to it and then you’ll get good rankings – they are saying one thing: links still work.

    As long as links still influence the search results then SEO still works. What Google suggest might work but what about in a boring as fk industry… Bob from Bradford who has a company unblocking drains isn’t able to produce that many viral posts on drainage (surprisingly). But good old Bob swallows Google’s lines and keeps blogging anyway and guess what, he languishes on page 4 and never gets any business, disheartened he spends on Google adwords instead. In the meantime his competitors use shady tactics, hit page 1 and bank and so what if they eventually get penalised, at that point they’ve made more money and can go to paid advertising anyway.

    Saying Google is the only game in town shows a lack of knowledge. It’s the biggest game in town but since IE10 auto switches every user to use edge by default (bing search) and Firefox has changed their search to bing the % have changed somewhat.

  4. Gaht

    November 15, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Whut makes a living selling SEO.

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A Legit Question

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A Twitter follower has a legit question – What is the point of leaving a seat vacant when other people who are standing on the BTS can literally smell each other’s armpits?

This very topic came up in conversation the other day with me and a few friends who pointed out that everyone on the BTS wore a mask and it couldn’t be compared to sitting in a pub or a restaurant.

As you might expect, I disagreed.

A Legit Question

Sure, while waiting on the train stood on the platform everyone is spaced out 1m apart… most of the time. And yes, everyone is wearing a mask but once inside the carriages during rush hour people are touching each other. Isn’t that the main way this coronavirus spreads?

By comparison, if you were sat in a pub or restaurant you’d be sat apart, no touching, no nothing. Sure, people wouldn’t be wearing masks but with numbers now so low the chances of catching anything has to be very unlikely.

So squashed together wearing masks is safer than being sat apart without one?

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EMAIL OF THE DAY: Hey Dickboy

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Hey Dickboy, why aren’t you talking about what’s going on in America right now instead of sharing pictures of ugly women?

hey dickboy

Stick Says: I have no interest in what’s going on in my own country let alone yours.

Keep em coming… your feedback, thoughts and abuse make it all worthwhile.

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A #GammonSteakMoment – What The Hell Is That?

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In the most basic terms, a #GammonSteakMoment is a simple and silly event that can occur anywhere at any time that is guaranteed to ruin my whole day and comes from a hilarious conversation over a few beers with J & J who were taking the piss out of old Stick for spitting the dummy at insignificant shite.

It all started out with me ordering a Gammon Steak for my lunch one day that despite telling the waitress twice what I wanted as we confirmed the order the food failed to appear on the table in front of me.

I was bloody starving and my entire day was ruined.

I sat buggering about on my phone while the other half fed her face as often the Thai dish will arrive first. My belly was rumbling and my mouth watering as I sat thinking about my food. I’d not eaten gammon steak with pineapple, a fried egg and chips for about 4 years and this was all I wanted.

Fat face had already licked her plate clean and there was no sign of mine. I even sat there making excuses like the kitchen must be busy.

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“Do you want me to ask the waitress will it be long?”
“Nah, it will be here in two tics”.

Two tics my arse. The gammon steak never made it out the fucking fridge.

Bastards.

The silly service lass couldn’t even get a two meal order right and there were only about six people in the bloody place.

My day was ruined. And no, I’d waited 30 minutes already and I wasn’t waiting for another 30 so don’t even think about suggesting such a sensible idea.

And so, it began.

Now any time something trivial gets on my goat it is referred to as a #GammonSteakMoment and yes, it is always something that doesn’t really matter but for some reason, I let myself get wound up by it.

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