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.

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 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]

Google and Deep Crawling

I’m having quite a bit of difficulty getting deep crawls from Google recently. Adding new subdomains to existing sites in some cases sites that are 4 and 5 years old are taking over a month to get the just the main page on a new subdomain indexed. Yahoo seems to be doing ok by comparison, and you gotta luv’ that … [Continue reading Google and Deep Crawling]

QuadsZilla – Local Search Interview

For this interview we’re going to be talking with QuadsZilla who runs Black Hat SEO blog.

Content Farms – What You Can Learn and Apply

While Google has taken action against content farms, from a strategic perspective I still think there are lessons that every publisher can learn from the content farm model. If you haven’t already seen it, please take a look at the leaked AOL document on content farms.

How Businesses Should React to Negative Social Media & Reviews

Social Media still scares many businesses both large and small. But hiding from social media isn’t the answer. The real answer lies in embracing it … in all of its brutal, raw honesty.

Don’t Trust Jason Calacanis

It’s been five days since Jason posted his new rules on linkbaiting, five days may not be long IRL but in blog time it’s … like well forever … all I have to say is Dude Where’ My Link?

How Google Plans to Steal More of Your Traffic

At the SMX Advanced Conference in June of 2014, Danny Sullivan had a Question and Answer session with Matt Cutts. During this session, Matt did a live search demo that, in my opinion, demonstrated that Google wants to take the search traffic it’s currently sending to other websites and keep it for themselves.

A Good Accountant or a Blackhat Spammer SEO

So here’s a question for the Jason Calacanis’s and Robert Scoble’s of the world. Why is an accountant who knows the regulation and codes and takes advantage of tax loopholes that save you thousands of dollars each year good, But SEO’s who take advantages of loopholes and flaws in Google’s algorithm to bring you traffic that makes you thousands of … [Continue reading A Good Accountant or a Blackhat Spammer SEO]

Google News is Getting the Date Wrong on Old News Stories

Last week there was a bit of a brouhaha over Google news incorrectly giving the wrong date for a news story. In that particular incident Google news picked up a 6 year old story about United Airlines filing bankruptcy which upset the stock market for that particular stock. I’ve seen things like that happen before in the past despite Google … [Continue reading Google News is Getting the Date Wrong on Old News Stories]

Las Vegas Pubcon 2008 Wrap Up

As I try and dig my way through my overflowing post conference inbox, and mostly overdue Remember the Milk to do list I thought I’d take a few minutes and share my thoughts on Pubcon 2008.

Two WordPress Plugins That Need to be Developed

After my SEO plugins for wordpress and backend plugins for wordpress most people would think that should cover most of the things anyone would need. However I can think of two that are needed right off the bat.

Google Needs to Stop Being a Crybaby About Paid Links

The following post is a response to Matt Cutts blog and the Official Google Blog, please stop being a bunch a cry babies …

Google MFA and No Way Out!

I know Werty showed something similar to this at pubcon, but this is as bad as I’ve ever seen it. 12 sponsored ads on a page and almost no way out but to click the ads. Yes I know there are two links in the upper right but well seems a bit like an MFA site to me (screen shot … [Continue reading Google MFA and No Way Out!]

Pubcon Recap

This post will be my brain dump for all things pubcon.

How to Automate a Twitter Feed with Hootsuite and Bufferapp

The following is part of a series on automation. In this post we will be looking at using two tools, Hootsuite and Bufferapp to complement each other. If you haven’t read my Hootsuite review and Bufferapp review already, it’s probably a good idea to read them first because I will be building on those two posts. It’s also probably a … [Continue reading How to Automate a Twitter Feed with Hootsuite and Bufferapp]

What Social Signals Might Search Engines Use

Late last year both Google and Bing announced they are both using social signals as part of the ranking algorithm. Those of us who have been in the game a while have long suspected this, but it’s nice to see it come from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. So, as a search marketer, what signals might they be looking … [Continue reading What Social Signals Might Search Engines Use]

FeedProxy.Google.com What The Heck is That

So What the heck is feedproxy.google.com why is it out there, what’s it being used for, why is google letting it be indexed, why are 164,000 pages in the index [site:feedproxy.google.com] and why is it ranking? it’s not like google places to much value on domain authority or anything … photo credit: dannysullivan