Why Big Brand Media Sites Are The Real Cesspool of the Internet

Eric Schmidt of Google famously remarked last year that “The internet is fast becoming a cesspool where false information thrives” and that brands were the way out. Well Eric I’m going to show you not only did you get it wrong , but you got it very wrong, not only are big brands just as responsible for the pollution of … [Continue reading Why Big Brand Media Sites Are The Real Cesspool of the Internet]

Is a High Bounce Rate Bad?

Is having a high bounce rate bad? It depends. In this post, we will be looking at bounce rate in association with other factors to help you spot a bad high bounce rate from a high bounce rate you don’t need to be worried about.

The Need For Better Communication From Google

As a company, Google tends to favor automation, whether it’s in Adwords, organic algorithm updates, or dealing with the public in general. This automation makes them efficient and profitable, but it also makes it very hard when doing any sort of customer service interaction. Have a problem with feedburner? You are more likely to see Big Foot riding the back of the … [Continue reading The Need For Better Communication From Google]

Side Effects of a DMOZ listing

Much has been said about having a listing in DMOZ, whether it’s important or not, whether it’s necessary, or how much time and effort it’s worth to get in. I was reviewing a potential clients site and I suspect the DMOZ listing may actually be doing them more harm than good. The company has been around for a few years … [Continue reading Side Effects of a DMOZ listing]

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 🙂

New Ad Format For Image Search

Had to redact the terms (sorry) but here’s a new advertising format I cam across while doing image searchs

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!]

Prisoners of War in the Battle for Paid Links

Yesterday I came across a post from Dazzlin Donna entitled Matt Cutts, Why Am I Still Being Punished, there are several points in that post worth noting and discussing in more detail.

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.

The Only Real Hoax is that Google Treats Everyone The Same

Lately there’s been quite a bit of brouhaha over a fairly popular bit of hoax marketing involving a teenager, stolen credit cards, and prostitutes. I’m no stranger to hoax marketing in fact I advocated it back in 2006 and have been debating it with Matt Cutts for at least as long. While I don’t expect either of our viewpoints will … [Continue reading The Only Real Hoax is that Google Treats Everyone The Same]

Google Documents Folders Bug

Not really sure what’s the best/most efficient way to get this info to the right person so I’m totally going to link and hope I show up in Matt or Adams ego surfing. In the new google documents UI if you have a lot of folders/tags (they changed tags to folders) the bottom one’s drop off the screen and you … [Continue reading Google Documents Folders Bug]

How to Turn Google Knols into an MFA Scraper

The following is purely hypothetical and should not be taken as advice or a suggestion.

Are You in Violation of Google’s Double Serving Policy? You Just Might Be!

The following is a Guest Post from Amber Benedict. A client of mine emailed me in a panic, saying two of their affiliate PPC sites have been “tagged” by Google Adwords for violation of the Google double serving policy. “Tagged” meaning that Google is planning to take down my clients’ paid ads for violation of the policy.  The Google double … [Continue reading Are You in Violation of Google’s Double Serving Policy? You Just Might Be!]

Google is Scarier than Facebook on Privacy

In the past few weeks Facebook has been publicly criticized over privacy policies; however, when Google invades people’s privacy, the offenses don’t receive the same level of scrutiny or public outrage.

Adwords Quality Score – Why It Won’t Roll Back

I’ll admit that when I first saw the new adwords quality score I thought they were crazy, they’ll have to roll this thing back, and was not alone in this belief. However after poking ad proding the beast a little I say it’s here to stay.

The Importance of Testing in SEO

As a WebmasterWorld Moderator for the Google SEO section I am asked questions everyday and honestly most of them really upset me. I don’t mean a little upsetting, I mean like turning into a big green monster that starts saying “me hulk smash tings”. Why am I so worked up? Because the questions are simple and already answered? Nope. Just … [Continue reading The Importance of Testing in SEO]

Get Paid Links from the US Olympic Team

So hey Google care to explain why this isn’t a paid link page? Any reason you haven’t dinged the page rank of this known link seller or cut off their ability to pass page rank or anchor text? Now I’m not daft enough to believe that any of those companies gave money with the primary goal of getting a link, … [Continue reading Get Paid Links from the US Olympic Team]

Peek-a-Boo in the Sandbox

First off let me say Google’s constantly updating non synchronized data centers are actually becoming quite annoying. Big Daddy data centers not being in sync with anything even more annoying. Anyways, I’m starting to see some sites coming out of the sandbox in the past week or so. Let me clarify that I’m starting to see pages not entire sites … [Continue reading Peek-a-Boo in the Sandbox]

Behold the Power of Authority

It’s been interesting to watch [Eco-Friendly Flip Flops]

Site Links are Ephemeral

When I see things like this I have to admit I’m fascinated about the inner workings of the Google Borg Anybody think they aren’t using user/toolbar data? Want to do a nice experiment repeat this search every 15 days and watch for changes …