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.

About Michael Gray

AdSense Arbitrage: Tips, Tricks and Secrets

If you frequent any of the AdSense forums chances are you’ve come across the phrase ‘AdSense Arbitrage‘, while it’s been around for a while a lot of people don’t understand what it is, or how it works. While I’m not a big player in the arbitrage model I’ve been doing it profitably for a few months, so I can explain … [Continue reading AdSense Arbitrage: Tips, Tricks and Secrets]

13 Ways to Promote your Local Business for Free

Many local businesses struggle to find ways to promote themselves, get links, rank in search engines, and ultimately drive traffic to their websites. Most small businesses also have limited budgets making the task more difficult. For those businesses here are 13 ways you can promote your business online for free.

Is Having a High Exit Rate Bad

Is having a high exit rate bad? In pursuit determining whether Google is using analytics data to ranks SERPS, many marketers put undue focus and weight on factors like bounce rate and exit rate instead of taking a more holistic look at the statistics in relation to one another and what they really mean.

Skittles Twitter Experiment I Call it a Win for Skittles

In case you missed it, the official skittles website located at Skittles.com last night redirected their entire homepage to a twitter search for the term [skittles]. I applaud their effort to embrace bold new ideas but their execution leaves a lot to be desired. I thought I’d run through some of them in hopes some of you might learn something:

Is Google Stealing Your Content and Hijacking Your Traffic

Google has long been an advocate of “build great content”; however, in reality, it’s turning into “build great content … and if we like it we’ll take it from you, put it on our pages, and deprive you of that traffic. Without compensation.” Strong accusations, sure, but I’m willing to step up to the plate, put my money where my … [Continue reading Is Google Stealing Your Content and Hijacking Your Traffic]

What is Evergreen Content

Evergreen Content is a subject I talk about quite frequently on this blog, but it’s not something I’ve ever devoted a post to explaining. Hopefully this post will solve that problem.

Local Search Tips, Tricks & Secrets

This week I’m doing a series of posts about local search. I’ve got over 20 guest interviews scheduled over the next 5 days. I’ve also got some nice local search resources and a few surprises as well. Be sure to check out the schedule and let know what you think.

Understanding Confrontational and Controversial Marketing

Controversial and confrontational marketing are time tested methods for bringing traffic, attention and links to your company, product or website, however there’s more to it than just picking a fight.

Why I Turned Off Blog Comments

There’s been a bit of speculation as to why I turned off comments here, and the occasional are comments coming back or is this just a temporary thing. My apologies for not addressing this sooner, but I’ll give you the real reason and address some of the speculation as well.

Google Says Screw Accuracy as Long As You’re An Authority

I’ve often chided google for trusting wikipedia so much when Wikipedia says we don’t care about accuracy or truth, just verifiability. It now looks like they’ve taken it a step further and pitched truth out the window with the dodgeball development team. Here’s a screen shot from Sunday afternoon where according to the Google SERP’s Paul Newman died in a … [Continue reading Google Says Screw Accuracy as Long As You’re An Authority]

Using Social Media Profiles for ORM

Whenever you are involved in an ORM (Online Reputation Management) campaign, your goal is to displace negative results in the search engines with positive results. In a previous post we looked at creating microsites. In this post, we are going to look at leveraging social media profiles.

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How Small and Local Businesses Can Use Facebook

If there’s one aspect of social media that mainstream press seems to love, it’s Facebook. For this post we’re going to be talking with Greg Finn of Cypress North, Victoria Edwards of Linkshare, and Marty Weintraub of aimClear about how small businesses can use Facebook.

How to Write Blog Posts For Your Existing and Repeat Customers

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.

How to Use Coupon Codes to Promote your business

If you are an run an online ecommerce program, it’s very likely that you have come up against the coupon code dilemma. You offer a deal that allows customers to use a coupon code for a free item, free shipping, or to get a discount. However, what do you do when the promotion ends? If you leave the box open, … [Continue reading How to Use Coupon Codes to Promote your business]

Creating Microsites for ORM

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.

Matt Cutts on Link Brothels

So one of the more interesting panels at Pubcon was the organic site review with panelists, Tim Mayer, Matt Cutts, Barry Lloyd, Bruce Clay and Baked Jake moderating. In the first part of the session they reviewed bargaintravel.com and Matt recommended they stop interlinking all of their sites together. Later in the session they reviewed lendingtree.com and the footer section … [Continue reading Matt Cutts on Link Brothels]

How to Get Reviews For Your Website

Reviews are an extremely powerful asset for many websites. They can provide a continual stream of fresh, new, and unique content that is good for the users, which is ultimately what everyone wants. However, there are some upsides and downsides to reviews, and there is the big hurdle of figuring out how to get reviews and integrate them. In this … [Continue reading How to Get Reviews For Your Website]

Lee Odden – Local Search Interview

In this interview we’re going to be talking with Lee Odden of Top Rank Online Marketing.

No Optimizer Left Behind

While I was off doing some work Jill and Lisa engaged in a debate over whether or not we need SEO standards. Even though I’m a day late and a dollar short I’m still going to throw my 2 cents in.