Archives for August 2017

Blue Widgets – Google and CSS Files

With all this talk about Google Crawling CSS files I thought it might be nice to get an idea what’s within guidelines and what’s not.

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.

No The TSA Really Didn’t Take Your Baby

Late last week as we where all recovering from balloon boy, another minor kefuffle percolated to the top involving a mother and her child being separated during a TSA checkpoint screening. This story provides some interesting insight from a reputation management and social media perspective, so I’d like to delve a little deeper.

How Mturk Protects My Site from Panda

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.

What is the Best Time of Day to Tweet

Once you have gotten past the hurdle of getting followers on Twitter, chances are good that you will want to know what is the best time to push out your content-marketing tweets or commercially-oriented tweets. I recently came across a tool that analyzes your Twitter followers and tries to give you some statistics to help you find the best time to … [Continue reading What is the Best Time of Day to Tweet]

The Lisa – Search Engine Conference Clothing from Lisa Barone

Are you tired of wearing the some old dud’s to Search Engine Conferences? Does that tired matching Ken & Barbie polo shirt that your boss made you wear stifle your creativity? Does that blue pinstripe business suit not allow you to show your SEO FOO? Then you may want to check out the new line of clothing designed specifically for … [Continue reading The Lisa – Search Engine Conference Clothing from Lisa Barone]

Webmaster Central has Problems with 301’s to a New Domain

So one of the reasons I’ve been light on the blogging is I’ve got a lot of projects going on. One of which involved rebranding a domain from a crappy hyphenated domain to a brandable/purchasable one. So I had my XML sitemap ready to go. I had my htaccess ready to go with redirects in place. I let the dogs … [Continue reading Webmaster Central has Problems with 301’s to a New Domain]

$5 million spent on a domain? Here’s why.

Recently Slots.com sold for 5.5 million dollars, when the general public looks at a domain sale of six to seven figures it erupts feelings of envy, mysticism, curiosity and plain head scratching disbelief. Much to the delight of companies such as Godaddy.com people go out in droves registering hundreds to thousands of domains treating the url’s like virtual lottery tickets. … [Continue reading $5 million spent on a domain? Here’s why.]

Does Your Publishing Schedule Match Your Readers Habits

In old days newspapers and magazine figured out there where optimal times for publishing certain types of stories, example Tuesday was traditionally “Science Times Tuesday”. As old world publishers transitioned to online publishers those rules probably don’t apply anymore and just might be working against them.

Google Onebox with Maps Gone AWOL

So I was looking at something last week and I was getting onebox results with a map and three listings for [local town service]. Today I went to someone’s office and show them the onebox and the map with three local results were gone. Tried a bunch of others I know used to work in the past and they are … [Continue reading Google Onebox with Maps Gone AWOL]

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.

Zaggmate Ipad Case Review

I’ll admit that when I first saw the Zaggmate Ipad Case mentioned, I was stoked. An iPad case with hard body aluminum case and built in wireless keyboard… It was like combining chocolate and peanut butter in Reese’s cup. Genius. While I really wanted to like this product and use it daily, in then end, it just couldn’t meet my … [Continue reading Zaggmate Ipad Case Review]

Using Google Checkout Buttons Doesn’t Increase Adwords CTR

If you don’t believe that using that button from Google Checkout gives you a higher CTR and an advantage over your competition give me a call I’ve got some beach front property in Vegas I’d like to sell you 🙂

How to Build an Affiliate Website Google Doesn’t Hate

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.

The Role Social Media Plays In Crawling a Website

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.

How to Add a Carousel to Your Thesis Blog

If you’ve spent any time visiting blogs lately chances are you’ve seen those small little photo’s accompained by a title or bit of text in or near the masthead. I’m not sure if it has a proper name, but most people I’ve talked to call it a carousel, in this tutorial I’m going to show you how to add one … [Continue reading How to Add a Carousel to Your Thesis Blog]

Tips for Ajax for SEO

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]

SEO Spyglass Review

I remember when I was first getting started in SEO one of things I looked for was tools to make getting data easier. Back in those days things were played a lot closer to the vest, a friend either gave you something or you had to shell out top dollar to get a program developed for you. Two things have … [Continue reading SEO Spyglass Review]

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Keep Your Articles Narrowly Focused and Keyword Centric

One of the mistakes I feel many people make is that they write articles or posts chasing very broad topics. IMHO it’s much better to write narrowly focused posts, pages, or articles and tie it together later on. This is a concept I call head and tail content that I touched on in my How I Manage a WordPress Website.