Archives for May 2011

Can Small Businesses Really Do Their Own SEO

Recently, during the Q&A part of a conference session I was attending, someone asked, “Can small businesses do their own SEO?” It’s not an easy question to answer but, in a post Panda Update world … I think the answer is no.

Linkbait and Content Marketing – What Are Your Goals

One of the most difficult conversations I have with new or perspective clients is about Linkbait and content marketing and explaining how its real goal isn’t to drive sales but to build links, build awareness, and send social signals to the search engines. To make this post useful and actionable, I’m going to take you through the process/planning stage for … [Continue reading Linkbait and Content Marketing – What Are Your Goals]

Foreign Languages As A Competitive Differentiator

A common issue online marketers have is coming up with unique differentiators. SEOs have this problem – it takes virtually no effort for an intermediate or advanced SEO to understand a competitors’ main link acquisition strategies in an hour or less. That allows new entrants into the field to easily duplicate your hard, pioneering efforts. Affiliates have this problem – there … [Continue reading Foreign Languages As A Competitive Differentiator]

Article Marketing in a Post Panda World

Article marketing has been one of the foundations of link building ever since I got started in SEO. However, since sites like Ezinearticles and Suite 101 have taken a huge loss in ranking and traffic as a result of the panda update, should article marketing still be a part of your overall strategy? We need to take a step back … [Continue reading Article Marketing in a Post Panda World]

Filter Bubble Book Review

The Filter Bubble is a new book by Eli Pariser that addresses the subject of how personalization of sites like Google and Facebook are sheltering us from information that doesn’t agree with our world view. Instead of the Internet being a window to new experiences and viewpoints, it becomes a mirror, reflecting back only what we already believe.

Linkbait Failure – Not Understanding the Need For Instant Gratification

Whenever I see someone else’s linkbait that fails, one of the common reasons is the failure to understand the need for instant gratification. I came across a text book example of this recently so I thought I would share it with you.

Chasing Keywords vs Chasing Conversions

One of the first questions that I like to talk with new clients about are their keywords: what are the keywords they want to rank for and why. The answers are consistently surprising.

Dear Matt Cutts, Will You Please Stop Waking Up My Wife in Bed

Dear Matt Cutts, will you please stop waking up my wife in bed! Ok, sure, I’m having a bit of fun. Matt Cutts isn’t really stopping by my house, and I certainly hope he’s not in my bedroom. He is, however, waking up my wife … or, more correctly, his webmaster central YouTube videos are …

Does the Number of Ads on Your Website Affect Your Linkability

Does the number of ads on your website affect it’s linkability? IMHO, yes it does. I do most of my reading on my iPad, using either Ziteapp or Instapaper. Both of these tools do a good job of stripping the content down to its most essential elements and displaying it in a readable format. Unfortunately for publishers, this includes stripping … [Continue reading Does the Number of Ads on Your Website Affect Your Linkability]

Using Images for Better Linkbait

The following is part of a series on image optimization. In this post, we’re going to be talking about images for increasing the success of linkbait.

Sonos AirPlay Review

I’m a big fan of the Sonos music system. When they recently asked if I’d like to review the new AirPlay integration feature, I was pretty excited. A few weeks later, an Apple Airport Express Base Station and some cables arrived with a diagram of how to hook it up. It’s pretty easy. You connect the base station via network … [Continue reading Sonos AirPlay Review]

How Businesses Should React to Negative Social Media & Reviews

Social Media still scares many businesses both large and small. But hiding from social media isn’t the answer. The real answer lies in embracing it … in all of its brutal, raw honesty.

How to Build Links with Images

The following is part of a series of posts on image optimization. In this post we’re going to be talking about using image optimization as a link building technique.

When Google Gets Mobile Detection Wrong

I have mentioned the dangers of having multiple versions of your website. On recent trip I had first hand experience with it as user as I searched for the term [jetblue parking laguardia]. Sending a desktop user to a mobile version is a bad user experience and not a problem you should have. Serve your content under one URL–just omit elements … [Continue reading When Google Gets Mobile Detection Wrong]