Google FINALLY Admits That GWO Could F*** Up Your Rankings

Google’s official line on their Google Website Optimizer (GWO) A/B testing tool was that using it would not make your site trip a cloaking filter (since essentially A/B or MVT testing shows different versions of the same page to different people). They claimed it was SEO-safe in other words. BULL****.

10 Commandments of Affiliate Web Design

This is a guest post by Gab Goldenberg, author of the advanced SEO book. Get a free chapter on link building here and check out his book affiliate program – the site boasts a 5.5% conversion rate to sale! Affiliate web design is not only unique because it’s purpose is to generate conversions – in contrast to providing an outlet … [Continue reading 10 Commandments of Affiliate Web Design]

How To Add Thesis Teasers To A Static Homepage

So you’ve got Thesis for your WordPress site (and if you haven’t got Thesis yet go and check out Michael’s excellent Thesis review to find out why you should) and you want to use a static homepage to give your visitors a consistent experience when they visit your site.  The problem is that you really like the look of Thesis’ … [Continue reading How To Add Thesis Teasers To A Static Homepage]

Five Search Queries to Find Sponsorship Link Opportunities

And regardless of the fact that they are paid, Google doesn’t seem to mind them so long as they are on-topic and coming from a reputable website. As the title suggests, this “link buy” comes in the form of sponsoring an event or website. The trick is to find sponsorship opportunities that are in your corner of the web (read: on-topic).

No More Link Begging: 4 Engagement Methods for Content-Based Link Building

Link begging is the practice of identifying link prospects, usually through competitor backlink analysis, and then contacting each one of those sites and begging for a link. Link begging typically ignores the original context of the link, as well as the probable motivation of the linker. Not only that, it’s potentially destructive to an organization’s industry relationships and the link … [Continue reading No More Link Begging: 4 Engagement Methods for Content-Based Link Building]

The 18 Most Potent Things I Learned Writing An Ebook

My book on advanced SEO is finally done. The book’s printed and the PDF is ready. Last week I entered the preorder copies into the shipping fulfillment system . But it’s been an incredibly long slog … if memory serves, I started on this project sometime around fall 2009. October? So it’s now almost 2 full years later! Learn from … [Continue reading The 18 Most Potent Things I Learned Writing An Ebook]

After Taking 3500 Point Olympic Dive, Web Says: “Follow My Lead!”

The economy is in a rut because of Big Risk – beyond just the subprime housing market. First, it was Big Finance – AIG and company. Second it was Big Media – the NYTimes and friends. Third, it was Big Auto – GM and gang. It’s quite plausible that the next victims will be Big Advertising – WPP et al.

Who’s Afraid Of The Big Gray Wolf? 1 in 7 SEOs

I’ve been promoting my advanced SEO book’s free chapter for a while now and, since virtually the beginning, I’ve seen a remarkable trend in my data. That trend is a roughly 14% unsubscribe rate. About 1 in 7 people who choose to get a free sample chapter go on to unsubscribe. Aweber email stats show that 59 out of 412 … [Continue reading Who’s Afraid Of The Big Gray Wolf? 1 in 7 SEOs]

Singing In The Rain

or “How To Be Creative In 4 Steps” Ever pay attention to the affiliate network ads that pervade the blogs-on-blogging-and-marketing blogosphere? If you have, then you know that they’re all interchangeable. Every network promises you “better payouts and unique offers.”

How Do You Measure ‘IT’?

I’ve been doing SEO for a few years, with specific focus on social media and ways businesses can find their audience, their prospects and make money out of utilizing social media to generate leads. What I am still troubled to see, maybe because I live and breathe this industry, is that social media still seems a place where businesses fail.

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]

Is Your Schlock Writing Dismembering Infants?

Schlock writing is bad. Schlock writing is bad because it is uninteresting. By uninteresting, I mean that writing in a schlocky manner is generic. Schlock writing is styleless and schlock is flat.

When To Pay Top Dollar for Copy

It took Leo Tolstoy six years to craft the 460,000-word War and Peace. A cheap copywriting service could churn out as many words for your website for just $9,200 (at 2 cents a word) over the course of a few weeks. Added to this, standards of literacy and attention spans on the web are plummeting. We’re all illiterate More than … [Continue reading When To Pay Top Dollar for Copy]

The Corrupted Screenwriter

The following is a guest post by a friend of mine, he’s a screen writer by trade and not an internet marketer. But I have exposed him to enough of the SEO world that it’s made a difference … mg So I was at a Hollywood party tonight.  A good buddy of mine is finally tucking his tail between his … [Continue reading The Corrupted Screenwriter]

An Introductory Guide to SEO for Real Estate Websites

3 Steps to Better Rankings and More Traffic It’s no secret that when it comes to SEO, a lot of real estate websites are in bad shape. If you are a broker or a service provider, there’s a great deal of potential in your online presence. For the vast majority of people – 90% according to a survey conducted by … [Continue reading An Introductory Guide to SEO for Real Estate Websites]

5 Ways to Get More Customer Referrals

Every business will probably agree that customer referrals are awesome!  Not only do they have a much lower acquisition cost than customers obtained from traditional marketing efforts, but conversion rates are usually much higher as well.   The amount of referral business you have is a good measure of success of your marketing efforts.  There are numerous ways to get referrals … [Continue reading 5 Ways to Get More Customer Referrals]

SEO Haters: Misconceptions and Misinformation

The following is a Guest Post from Melanie Nathan. There is a harsh wind blowing through our industry. We all feel it. and if we don’t, perhaps we’ve got our heads in the sand. The truth is SEOs are, for the most part, loathed. As a transparent and somewhat public SEO I personally receive at least one piece of hate … [Continue reading SEO Haters: Misconceptions and Misinformation]

Outrank Your Competition By Taking One More Step

I love competition. I compete against just about anyone, at just about anything. For the last few years, competitive webmastering has been my focus. I like to start a site in a small to medium sized niche, and outrank everyone. There are two niches that I hold the top 5 spots for, and it’s exciting. Let me give you a … [Continue reading Outrank Your Competition By Taking One More Step]

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]

7 Tips To Make Training Your Web Team Merry

Training is easily perceived as a chore by inhouse web teams, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 7 easily-implemented tips to make training fun and get your staff’s buy-in.