Archives for May 2012

Why You Should Be Worried About Google Search Wiki

I’ve been beating the drum about why personaized search and google’s search wiki are bad since their rollout. Even though I understand why google does it, and get that why they push it’s adoption. But I still think it’s a bad idea, and late last week I saw an example of why it’s bad and dangerous, and why it’s something … [Continue reading Why You Should Be Worried About Google Search Wiki]

Crunchbait … or How to Be a Sucker on the Internet

It’s hard to imagine that if you’ve been involved in internet marketing for any length of time, that you aren’t familiar with the concept of linkbait. Since most of you are part of the Generation X/Generation Y crowd, and supposedly aren’t easily fooled by “the media”, it’s inconceivable that so many of you took the bait and fell the latest … [Continue reading Crunchbait … or How to Be a Sucker on the Internet]

Google Analytics Why Do You Make Me Distrust You

So I logged into Google Analytics this morning and I get the following message

Is My Website Banned in Google?

One of the more difficult problems to diagnose is has your website been banned or is there something else wrong? I have the unfortunate task of trying to diagnose the problem for one of my sites and I thought it might be educational to let you in on the process.

Your Facebook Fan Page – 5 Ways to Make the Most of It

If your business targets consumers, do you already have a Facebook fan page?  If not, why?  With more than 350 million active Facebook users, it is time to embrace social media and let it help grow your business.  Not only is Facebook a great place to expose yourself to thousands of new customers, but Google is now using content from … [Continue reading Your Facebook Fan Page – 5 Ways to Make the Most of It]

Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I

I was building new site this past weekend and I got into the liquid width versus static width debate with myself again. Now I’ve been involved in designing, programming, running, and optimizing websites in one way or another since 1998, and while I’m no usability expert I think I’ve seen and built enough websites to have a educated opinion, so … [Continue reading Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I]

No The TSA Really Didn’t Take Your Baby

Late last week as we where all recovering from balloon boy, another minor kefuffle percolated to the top involving a mother and her child being separated during a TSA checkpoint screening. This story provides some interesting insight from a reputation management and social media perspective, so I’d like to delve a little deeper.

Michael Gray and Jason Calacanis Best Friends Forever

This story is dedicated to my best friend, and guiding mentor Jason Calacanis.

How Do You Archive Pages on a High Post Volume Website

Today’s post is an answer to a question I took a few weeks ago: How to organize archives/categories on WordPress for news site/blog that publishes a lot of articles, around 30-50 daily.

SES Paid Link Presentation

Since I’ve had so many requests here’s the presentation from the SES Paid Links Panel mgray-paidlinks-ses2007 (powerpoint)

Yes Virginia You Can Hurt Yourself With Duplicate Content

So last week google had a blog post entitled Demystifying the “duplicate content penalty” and if you haven’t read it I’d recommend doing so. However I’m going to disagree with some parts of the post, because IMHO you really can hurt yourself with duplicate content.

How Google Treats Trusted Sites Differently With Duplicate Content

One of the things that a lot of people don’t get about the new Google is the over-reliance on trust in the algorithm. It’s this over-reliance on trust that puts wikipedia at the top of so many searches. However if you have this trust it’s like having a laminated get out of jail free card for what you can get … [Continue reading How Google Treats Trusted Sites Differently With Duplicate Content]

Repeat Business: There’s More of You to Love

Are you familiar with the following concept?  It is much easier and more cost effective to sell to existing customers than it is to acquirer a new one.  Which one would you rather have?  Sell 50 items to 5 people or 50 items to 50 people.  When you are designing and tweaking your marketing campaigns, be sure to include your … [Continue reading Repeat Business: There’s More of You to Love]

Deep Crawling a Mini Site Part II

After correcting some “errors” in my mini-site architecture (see Deep Crawling a New Mini Site) I am happy to report posting links to all of the pages in the footer, got 90% of the site indexed in about a week. So let’s clear up some of the confusion I created. For sites that are brand spankin’ new to relatively new … [Continue reading Deep Crawling a Mini Site Part II]

Badges & Widgets Can Take Your Rankings to the Top!

SEOmoz has mentioned it before in their link building videos that badges and widgets are a great way to get links, but can they really help you get to the top for very competitive terms?  I believe so and have some proof to demonstrate it.  Most badges I have seen are some type of image that is hyperlinked to the … [Continue reading Badges & Widgets Can Take Your Rankings to the Top!]

The Loss of Privacy in An Opt-Out World

Anyone over the age of 30 who spends any amount of time online has to be aware of the gradual erosion of online privacy and how we are slowly moving to a point where our online life has become opted-in by default.

How to Use Twitter Lists To Create Reputation Management Problems

When twitter lists first came out and I commented about how awesome they are, I also warned they had the potential to become a tool for evil and create reputation management problems. Since no one paid attention, I figured what better way to illustrate the problem than to see it in action?

Las Vegas Pubcon 2008 Wrap Up

As I try and dig my way through my overflowing post conference inbox, and mostly overdue Remember the Milk to do list I thought I’d take a few minutes and share my thoughts on Pubcon 2008.

Bad Architecture and Band-Aid Solutions

In the past few months all of the search engines, but especially Google have released or started supporting new ways of fixing site architecture issues. However IMHO these are band-aid solutions for bad site architecture, and not something you should rely on … at all.

Blogging Code of Conduct … Stupid Idea

Boy it’s a good thing that someone came up with the blogging code of conduct idea, because that will almost certainly put and end to people who people who do stupid things and act like jerks … I mean really does anybody think troublemakers and rule breakers give a rats ass about rules, regulations or guidelines … rules, laws, guidelines … [Continue reading Blogging Code of Conduct … Stupid Idea]