Why Rank Checking Is Not Critical (at least for me)

Recently, I was talking with Graywolf about rank checking, a topic that we disagree on.  Personally, I really enjoy debating business topics.  It helps me to see different ways of thinking.  I figured I would share my rant *cough* I mean debate points with you.

Google Sandbox Patent?

I picked this up from Rustybrick who got it from SearchEngineWatch. Looks interesting the whole thing is here. [0077] The dates that links appear can also be used to detect “spam,” where owners of documents or their colleagues create links to their own document for the purpose of boosting the score assigned by a search engine. A typical, “legitimate” document … [Continue reading Google Sandbox Patent?]

Where to Get Photos for Your Website or Blog

The following is part of a series on image optimization. In this post we’re going to be looking at sources for images. Premium Stock Images There are a lot of sources for stock images on the web. On the web, however, there is a huge divide in prices. While the images from this category are very professional, and very high … [Continue reading Where to Get Photos for Your Website or Blog]

Why Google Doesn’t Like to Talk About Updates

One of the recurring themes I’ve been seeing in the past few months, comes from web publishers trying to confirm when and where Google updates actually happen. This type of thing has been going on for years and it’s not a new topic, what is new is that Google is now confirming that there is a lot of contradictory information … [Continue reading Why Google Doesn’t Like to Talk About Updates]

Building a Niche Website

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

Use Scribe SEO to Optimize Your WordPress Posts

As you know I’m a big fan of the WordPress platform. Although it’s not the most optimal platform, there’s no question that it makes it easier to run a website. I was recently asked by Brian Clark of CopyBlogger to review Scribe SEO a new service/plugin for WordPress, one that was designed to help you do a better job of … [Continue reading Use Scribe SEO to Optimize Your WordPress Posts]

Picture Bait

Ok I am so getting out ahead of the pack on this one and am taking full credit for coining the term and of picture bait. Sure people have been doing, maybe even in very deliberate and manipulative ways, but gosh darn it I’m giving it a name, and if science has taught us anything it’s that naming something gives … [Continue reading Picture Bait]

How To Silo Your Website: The Footer

This post is part of a series on How to Silo Your Website. The other parts in the series are: How to Silo Your Website: The Masthead, How to Silo Your Website, The Breadcrumb , How to Silo Your Website: The Content, and How to Silo Your Website: The Sidebar. For this last part, we’ll be looking at the footer.

Using Images for Better Linkbait

The following is part of a series on image optimization. In this post, we’re going to be talking about images for increasing the success of linkbait.

Why Old School Real Estate Brands are Losing to New Web 2.0 Innovators

The following is a Guest Post from Joe Hall. The internet is changing the real estate industry on a daily basis. And, not surprisingly, it’s the Web 2.0 innovators that are leading the revolution. Of course this isn’t the first time that new media gurus have redefined an industry. However, this time around old school brands are being left in … [Continue reading Why Old School Real Estate Brands are Losing to New Web 2.0 Innovators]

Why No Follow Can Break The Web

I was looking up train schedules today and came across a complete missuse of the nofollow tag. The way these two pages are set up, absolutely nointernal anchor text is passing value. This is a classic example of how “nofollow” makes the web less usefull.

Let’s Talk about Keyword Density

Recently, I received an email question wanting to know about keyword density, asking questions like how do I deal with it, is it still a factor, and how important is it. As with most things in SEO, the answer is … it depends…

Optimal Titles: SEO Case Study

SEO Case Study: Optimal Title Structure Experiment: To determine what the optimal structure is for a title soley for page ranking. Hypothesis: Page titles are one the most important on page ranking factors, and achieving the best layout will help a page rank for it’s desired phrase. I believe that that [Keyword Phrase : Title] will rank higher than any … [Continue reading Optimal Titles: SEO Case Study]

How to Build an Effective Footer

Footers are one of the most often underused, misused and abused areas of a website. In this post, I’ll be taking a look at footers and passing on some tips to help you get more out of them.

Seth Is Wrong On Paid vs Free Journalism

I’ve been writing about thinking critically recently and the Malcolm vs Chris vs Seth thing is great fodder.

If Google Ran The World

This is the way things work in the real world this is the way things would work if Google ran the world any questions …

Google, Dictionaries and SEO

One of the things toolbars and personalized search will do is reduce algo busting to the equivalent of speaking Latin. However personally I hate personalized search, and don’t think it’s going to be as big as they all hope, so I like to practice a little algo dissection from time to time. One of my favorite methods is pushing a … [Continue reading Google, Dictionaries and SEO]

An Introductory Guide to SEO for Real Estate Websites

3 Steps to Better Rankings and More Traffic It’s no secret that when it comes to SEO, a lot of real estate websites are in bad shape. If you are a broker or a service provider, there’s a great deal of potential in your online presence. For the vast majority of people – 90% according to a survey conducted by … [Continue reading An Introductory Guide to SEO for Real Estate Websites]

Hey Google Can We Get a Clear Cloaking and First Click Free Explanation

One of the more common questions I get from people is how do I show my paid context to search engines, but not to non-paying/membership customers, and staying within search engine guidelines. The answer always comes dangerously close or steps over the cloaking line.

Lodefizzle

Lodefizzle this is a zugzwang post so avert your eyes nothing to see. Trying to find the meaning of life for Lodefizzle: click here Learn about HTML and Lodefizzle: click here Unwashed masses fawning over Lodefizzle: click here Lodefizzle: something I was fiddling with because the kids were home sick and I couln’t get any real work done. read more | digg … [Continue reading Lodefizzle]