Archives for July 2012

Wanted Amazon WordPress Plugin

I’ve been looking for one of these myself for a while but have never found one. A plugin that lets me put in my amazon aff id and then appends it “automagically” to all previous and new amazon links that get created. All of the amazon plugins I’ve seen work with a search mechanism requiring you to go through and … [Continue reading Wanted Amazon WordPress Plugin]

Don’t Trust Jason Calacanis

It’s been five days since Jason posted his new rules on linkbaiting, five days may not be long IRL but in blog time it’s … like well forever … all I have to say is Dude Where’ My Link?

Looking at Fake Social Media Profiles

Somewhere in the middle of all the drama last week was a discussion on fake social media profiles, and as usual the white hat zealots were ready to crucify anyone associated with them, claiming they were yet another tool disparaging the SEO and internet marketing industry. Well it’s my profession responsibility to provide some examples of this nefarious behavior and … [Continue reading Looking at Fake Social Media Profiles]

Pubcon Recap

This post will be my brain dump for all things pubcon.

Understanding Confrontational and Controversial Marketing

Controversial and confrontational marketing are time tested methods for bringing traffic, attention and links to your company, product or website, however there’s more to it than just picking a fight.

Hey Matt Cutts How About a Domain Redirection and Consolidation Post

So during the Matt Cutts in Hotseat presentation at Pubcon Brett gave me the mic to ask a question (heh dangerous I know). While I did get my question out and Matt did kinda answered I think it’s a topic that could use a little enlightenment, especially considering there has been some back room chatter about it recently.

How to Invalidate Wikipedia Articles

Recently Google announced they are experimenting with including Wikipedia in Google News. Personally I’m not a fan of Wikipedia, so I think this is the perfect opportunity to share some tactics on how to make Wikipedia a whole lot more fun.

Facebook vs Twitter: Which is More Valuable?

Recently there has been a lot of talk about Facebook versus Twitter and which is more valuable to web publishers. If you’re looking for the short answer, IMHO it’s Facebook; but, to understand why, you need to have deeper understanding of how each system works.

Hey Google Can We Get a Clear Cloaking and First Click Free Explanation

One of the more common questions I get from people is how do I show my paid context to search engines, but not to non-paying/membership customers, and staying within search engine guidelines. The answer always comes dangerously close or steps over the cloaking line.

Foursquare Promotions Spotted

In my most recent column on Search Engine Land I wrote about Foursquare Tools for Businesses. After writing that article, I came across a local promotion.

SMX Interview

Here’s an interview I did with Kara Ratliff of Web Pro news You can check out more videos from SMX social in the archives

Google Needs to Change It’s Conference Presentation Policy

I learned quite a few things at SMX West last week, perhaps one of the most irksome was learning Google’s policy about conference presentations. Google does not share or allow any of thier conference presentations to be put online … period.

Hewlett Packard Giving Away Free Templates With Embedded Links

Seems the giving away free templates with embedded keyword rich links has filtered up to the fortune 500 level as Hewlett Packard released a series of free templates today

When Google Local Gets it Wrong

Now, don’t get me wrong. Google Local and Google Maps are extremely valuable tools that I use a few times every week. But every so often they get something wrong–so wrong, in fact, that I’m not sure where the wires got crossed.

Is There Really Such a Thing as a Social Media Expert

One of the common themes I see recurring in blog/websites articles are “How to use your blog to drive traffic”, “how to use twitter to engage your community”, and “how to use stumbeupon to bring you new RSS subscribers”. In some cases these posts do actually contain some useful nuggets of information,  however as is more often the case, I … [Continue reading Is There Really Such a Thing as a Social Media Expert]

Re Inclusion Requests Only For Verified Sites

I’ve submitted more than one reinclusion request over the years,  and the process was education in some ways (what you don’t think you can experiment with that too under the proper well planned and thought out conditions?). However I was looking at something in webmaster central recently and was reminded of something that bothered me. By default google shows you … [Continue reading Re Inclusion Requests Only For Verified Sites]

The Domain Question for Matt Cutts

All right since Matt Cutt’s and I are well on our way to be being best friends (as is clearly shown in the picture to the right of him telling me jokes) I think it’s ok to ask the question that’s on everybody’s mind regarding the site review session, can Google see behind a private registration, and what are some … [Continue reading The Domain Question for Matt Cutts]

SEO Automatic Plugin Review

For this post I’m going to review the SEO Automatic Plugin produced by Scott Hendison. Some of you may know some of Scott’s other work from Search Commander, Inc. and the WP Core Tweaks Plugin. For this post, we’re going to be looking at his latest creation SEO Automatic for Agencies.

Does Your Website Have a Squeezy Top

Does Your website have a squeezy top? Is it designed and laid out with the ruthless goal of facilitating conversions, or is it series of compromises that barely accomplishes it’s true goal.

KISS SEO – Keep it Simple Stupid

The following is a Guest Post from Michael Martin. When performing SEO its best to first implement the KISS strategy, Keep It Simple S….. Forget about the old school keyword density equations, being completely W3C compliant, creating X amount of content, pages or acquiring X amount of links. KISS SEO would include, but not limited to: Unique TITLE tag for each … [Continue reading KISS SEO – Keep it Simple Stupid]