Michael Gray has been involved in developing and marketing websites since 1998. He currently is the president of his own consulting firm, where he publishes his own sites and work with clients on improving their search engine optimization and social media strategies. He is a frequent speaker and can be seen regularly at Pubcon, Search Marketing Expo, Search Engine Strategies, and Affiliate Summit conferences throughout the year. Below is a collection of articles he has written.
You can connect with Michael on his Twitter, Facebook profile.

Where to Get Photos for Your Website or Blog

The following is part of a series on image optimization. In this post we’re going to be looking at sources for images. Premium Stock Images There are a lot of sources for stock images on the web. On the web, however, there is a huge divide in prices. While the images from this category are very professional, and very high … [Continue reading Where to Get Photos for Your Website or Blog]

HCards, Microformats and Address Data does it Matter for SEO

A few weeks  ago @etnainteractive asked me a question on twitter about HCards and Microformats, and do they matter for SEO. I’m going to explain what they are for those of you who don’t know what thay is. I’m also going to be taking a bigger look at address data and SEO implications.

Interview with Michael Streko of Knowem.com

The following is a sponsored post and part of new advertising option I’ll be announcing later today. For this post we’re going to be talking to Michael Streko Co-Founder of KnowEm.com. For my readers who might not know, you can you tell us a little about yourself, and some of your experience in search marketing. Michael Streko: Sure Michael. I … [Continue reading Interview with Michael Streko of Knowem.com]

Optimizing for Creative Commons Images

The following post is part of a series on image optimization. In this post we’re going to look at optimization techniques for creative commons images.

Content Farms – What You Can Learn and Apply

While Google has taken action against content farms, from a strategic perspective I still think there are lessons that every publisher can learn from the content farm model. If you haven’t already seen it, please take a look at the leaked AOL document on content farms.

How I Create and Manage A WordPress Website

While I do have some issues with WordPress, it is one of my favorite CMS tools, because it’s easy to use, manage, and customize. In this post I’m going to give you a bit of insight into how I manage a WordPress website.

How to Add Singular and Plural Keywords to Your Page Titles

This post is a short response to a question I received via email last week. The question was how to do deal with singular and plural versions of a keyword in that page title.

How to Create a Custom 404 Page

If you’ve spent any time on the internet, chances are you’ve seen silly, funny, or just plain insane custom 404 error pages. However, this article isn’t about creating one of those types of custom 404 pages; this is about creating a better 404 page that is not only helpful to your users but solves technical problems you might not even … [Continue reading How to Create a Custom 404 Page]

How to Optimize Your Images For Search Engine Traffic

The following is part of a multiple part series covering image optimization techniques. This article is intended for beginners through intermediate SEO’s; if this doesn’t pertain to you, you may want to skim as most of this will probably be review material for you.

Why You Should Blog Less and Update More

While there aren’t many marketers who still feel you need to blog everyday, most will agree that you should blog often for a variety of reasons. However, I’m going suggest that it might be time to bring that sacred cow to the slaughter house and that, the more posts you publish, the more of a liability you are creating for … [Continue reading Why You Should Blog Less and Update More]

WPTouch Pro Mobile Theme Review

The following is a review of the WPTouch Pro Mobile Theme. This is a premium theme that I paid for. This is NOT a sponsored review. I’ve been an big advocate of keeping a website on one URL and not using m.example.com, example.com/mobile/, or example.mobi as your solution (see Dangers of Multiple Website Versions). I’ve also shown example of how … [Continue reading WPTouch Pro Mobile Theme Review]

Why Simple Websites Will Always Lead to Better SEO

Earlier this year it was discovered that Google was having a problem crawling Apple’s website and, as a result, direct links to apps weren’t showing in the results. The next few days involved lots of finger pointing, blame shuffling, and hang wringing; but, a few non public changes later, things were sorted out. This, however, set a very bad example that … [Continue reading Why Simple Websites Will Always Lead to Better SEO]

How to Choose Keywords for Your Blog

How to choose keywords for your blog? If you’ve ever seen me at a conference, giving a presentation, or ranting on any of the social media  hangouts, chances are good that you’ve heard me pick on bloggers for not choosing their keywords properly when writing their posts. In this article, I’ll explain what I see as the real problem, why … [Continue reading How to Choose Keywords for Your Blog]

Shopping Cart SEO Tips

When you run an online ecommerce store with a shopping cart, it’s quite easy for your architecture and URL’s to enter into territory that’s not friendly for search engines. Here are some basic tips I recommend for everyone working with an online shopping cart.

Why You Can Almost Guarantee Google is Using Your Analytics Data

While many webmasters and publishers use Google analytics without a second thought, smart publishers, marketers, and SEOs are left to speculate… Is Google using this data? What might they use it for? And am I doing myself more harm than good using it?

SEO Case Study: Outbound Links

SEO Case Study: Outbound Links Experiment: To determine if outbound links help a page rank for a term hypothesis: By linking out to other websites you improve your “hub score” and become a resource for a particular search term (see Hilltop algorithm). Background: One of the questions that gets asked fairly frequently in search engine forums is do outbound links … [Continue reading SEO Case Study: Outbound Links]

How Google is Reverse Engineering Page Dates

In recent weeks I’ve noticed a disturbing new trend in Google SERP’s: Google has become much more aggressive at trying to reverse engineer the publication date of a post/page.

How to Handle Old Directory Listings, Links and off Topic Traffic

Today’s post is another answer to a question–this time from Nathan Schubert, who wants to know what you should do with old links from directories and websites that still drive traffic if you’ve changed the content on your website.

Google and Deep Crawling

I’m having quite a bit of difficulty getting deep crawls from Google recently. Adding new subdomains to existing sites in some cases sites that are 4 and 5 years old are taking over a month to get the just the main page on a new subdomain indexed. Yahoo seems to be doing ok by comparison, and you gotta luv’ that … [Continue reading Google and Deep Crawling]

TextBroker.com Copywriting Service Review

Like most people who work in the marketing space, I’ve been hearing more and more about “demand media” and “content farms” in recent months and how they are either the death of quality writers or the greatest thing since sliced bread. Rather than sit on the sidelines, I thought I’d give it a test drive before forming an opinion.