Why Simple Websites Will Always Lead to Better SEO

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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 Build an Affiliate Website Google Doesn’t Hate

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In over a decade of working on websites I’ve see a lot of affiliate websites. Some were good but a lot were very bad. In this post, I’ll share my experiences about what I think Google is looking for and the common traits of things I’ve seen fail.

Building a Niche Website

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Tips on how to build a successful niche website, that is easy to run and doesn’t require much maintenance.

Tips to Prevent Negative SEO

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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]

WordPress SEO: How to Use RSS and Scrapers to Build Links

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As of July 2012 I no longer recommend using this tactic, as it creates too many low quality links to your website When you run wordpress or any other blog for that matter, chances are your blog is getting scraped, and re-used without your permission. In this post I’ll show you how you can use this to your advantage to … [Continue reading WordPress SEO: How to Use RSS and Scrapers to Build Links]

Why Offline Stores and Small Businesses Need to Embrace Online Shopping and Build Better Websites

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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]

Why You Need Different Templates for Your Website

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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]

SEO 101: Getting the Right URL Structure

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On my list of top 5 problems I encounter when doing client work, the number one problem is poor URL structure. In this post I’ll go over the basics, how to get it right, what are the most common problems, and how to fix them.

How to Write Blog Posts For Your Existing and Repeat Customers

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When you run a corporate blog sometimes it’s difficult to come up with interesting topics on a regular basis. In the past I’ve spoken about a few options like creating a series, how to posts and evergreen content. In this article I’d like to tackle another option, blogging to your existing customers, and turning them into return/repeat customers.

Creating Microsites for ORM

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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.

Building Links & Driving Traffic with How To Posts

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When you are looking to build links and drive traffic, one of the time tested methods that continues to work is creating “how to” style posts. In this article, we’ll look at some examples and discuss how to get the most out of the tactic, how to take advantage of seasonal search/traffic volume, and some potential trouble spots to watch … [Continue reading Building Links & Driving Traffic with How To Posts]

Tips for Ajax for SEO

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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]

When is Using Microsites a Good Idea

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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.

How to Create a Custom 404 Page

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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]

Why You Should Avoid Numbers in Your URL

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While linkbait posts aren’t as popular as they once were, top 10 lists have been popular ever since Moses came down from the mount with his top 10 list of “thou shalt nots.” Magazines like Rolling Stone will always have top 500 playlists and AFI will always have top 100 movies lists. However, as a responsible publisher, marketer, and SEO … [Continue reading Why You Should Avoid Numbers in Your URL]

How to Choose Keywords for Your Blog

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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]

How to Create Google Author Profiles for Thesis on WordPress

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Having a verified author profile picture appear next to your articles that show up in search results is a new feature Google recently added. In this post, I’m going to show you how to add the functionality to your thesis theme in WordPress.

How Often Should You Update Your Website

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When I talk with small business owners or look at their websites, one of the frequently-asked questions (or subject that I notice requires attention) is how often should you update your website, and how many websites are filled with outdated information.

How Mturk Protects My Site from Panda

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Because Google’s Panda filter has so dramatically impacted many websites, there is a lot of speculation about which specific triggers activate  Panda’s filter.  I am not going to pretend that I know the exact causes.  However, I do know the warning signs that are common among Panda sites, and I am working to avoid them.

Interview With Chris Boggs of SEMPO

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For today’s post, I present Chris Boggs, the current  president of SEMPO.