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]
As someone who has been involved in the search industry for over a decade, one of the things that really bothers me is how Google is slowly but inevitably taking all of the “above the fold” organic search result space and giving it to paid results, Google web properties, and to the Google Knowledge graph.
There have been many debates about the value social media plays in having content rank. While nothing has been definitively resolved, it has been shown to be beneficial in the short term. In this post I’d like to take a look at a different aspect: the impact social media has on crawling and indexing.
As a WebmasterWorld Moderator for the Google SEO section I am asked questions everyday and honestly most of them really upset me. I don’t mean a little upsetting, I mean like turning into a big green monster that starts saying “me hulk smash tings”. Why am I so worked up? Because the questions are simple and already answered? Nope. Just … [Continue reading The Importance of Testing in SEO]
In mid July of 2012, Google sent out a wave of “unnatural linking warnings” to many webmasters. They later said you could ignore these warnings. This was followed up by a Microsoft clippy style passive aggressive letter saying they were going to discount the “unnatural links” but that you should file a re-inclusion request anyway. The whole situation is insane … [Continue reading Tips to Prevent Negative SEO]
I recently wrote a story How Brick and Mortar Stores Can Use eCommerce to Drive Sales about tips that eCommerce stores can use to drive traffic to their brick and mortar locations. However, what really needs to happen is offline stores and small businesses need to grow up and stop hiding in the corner from online commerce bogeyman. They need … [Continue reading Why Offline Stores and Small Businesses Need to Embrace Online Shopping and Build Better Websites]
Recently I’ve been talking with some friends who don’t fit into the traditional SEO, publisher, or writer-with-delusional-dreams-of-becoming-a-famous-blogging-rock-star categories. They want to build and run websites in their spare time about subjects they are interested in. But they don’t want them to be hobby websites; they want to use them to supplement their income. One of the lessons I’ve tried to … [Continue reading Why You Need Different Templates for Your Website]
Whenever I go to a conference, or at least a dozen times a week by email, I get asked “What are some ‘SEO secrets’?” or “Hey–what keywords do you rank for, and can you show me some of your websites?” Until you have earned my trust, though, I’m really not going to show you anything. I made that mistake once … [Continue reading SEO Secrets, Tips & Tricks – Why it’s Not Worth Your Time]
Generally speaking, Using Microsites is a bad idea. However, Using Microsites is a good idea is when you are conducting an ORM campaign (Online Reputation Management) and are looking to displace some negative or unfavorable results. In this post, I’ll cover the basic theory, give some tips on how to use them, and show you an example.
Many of the poorly ranking websites that I am asked to fix share a common problem – they do not link out to any websites. Apparently, some people still think this is a terrible idea and go to extremes to never link out to anyone. Taking any idea to an extreme is generally never a good plan. By changing the … [Continue reading Outbound Linking Can Boost Rankings]
At the dawn of the internet websites were created without much thought as to what changes, if any, would need be made in the future. To keep your website relevant, gaining new links, keeping users satisfied and getting traffic from search engines, you need to have a maintenance plan. As with any maintenance plan small improvements performed regularly are better … [Continue reading Tips on How To Improve Your Website – Checklist]
Whenever Ajax enter the conversation for an SEO or internet marketer, chances are good there will always be a deep sigh or an “ugh” face. While it is true that search engines are getting better at indexing this type of content, we still aren’t at the point that you can realistically rely on them to index it properly or even … [Continue reading Tips for Ajax for SEO]
Microsites are often abused and looked down on as a tactic in the SEO world. They get used for the wrong situations, the wrong reasons, and to solve the wrong types of problems. In this post, I’ll talk about some of the bad ways Microsites get used and some of the ways you could use them to your advantage.
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]