Secure Pages, Shopping Carts and Duplicate Content

Last week at SES Chicago, we were sitting in some site review panels and came across an identical problem on two completely different sites: duplicate content on both secure and non secure pages.

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.

Local and Mobile Local Search

Moderator: Brad Geddes Speakers: Warren Kay, Director, Emerging Products, Yahoo! Steven Stern Jake Baillie, President, TrueLocal.com Doug Perlson, Chief Operating Officer, Seevast

When is Using Microsites a Good Idea

Microsites are often abused and looked down on as a tactic in the SEO world. They get used for the wrong situations, the wrong reasons, and to solve the wrong types of problems. In this post, I’ll talk about some of the bad ways Microsites get used and some of the ways you could use them to your advantage.

Foreign Languages As A Competitive Differentiator

A common issue online marketers have is coming up with unique differentiators. SEOs have this problem – it takes virtually no effort for an intermediate or advanced SEO to understand a competitors’ main link acquisition strategies in an hour or less. That allows new entrants into the field to easily duplicate your hard, pioneering efforts. Affiliates have this problem – there … [Continue reading Foreign Languages As A Competitive Differentiator]

Tips on How To Improve Your Website – Checklist

At the dawn of the internet websites were created without much thought as to what changes, if any, would need be made in the future. To keep your website relevant, gaining new links, keeping users satisfied and getting traffic from search engines, you need to have a maintenance plan. As with any maintenance plan small improvements performed regularly are better … [Continue reading Tips on How To Improve Your Website – Checklist]

The Art and Science of Writing Good Titles

Crafting a good title for your pages or blog posts is a problem many people struggle with. Do you focus on keywords or on attention grabbing formulas? Hopefully this post will give you some insight into how to write better titles. The difficulty with crafting good titles is that it’s part science and part art, and you have to know when to lean in one … [Continue reading The Art and Science of Writing Good Titles]

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]

6 Tools & Tips to Help You Improve Your Blog Posts

I was having a a few conversations on twitter last week. It was clear that more than one person needed a little bit more explanation about how to put some of the tips I mentioned into action, so here are 6 quick tips to help you improve your posts.

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…

How Often Should You Update Your Website

When I talk with small business owners or look at their websites, one of the frequently-asked questions (or subject that I notice requires attention) is how often should you update your website, and how many websites are filled with outdated information.

The Power of Internal Links

I often talk about the power of internal links and how they can be very effective at helping you use your link equity wisely and rank for competitive terms.

Spammers Google’s Defensive Line

In case you missed it last week an analyst predicted Google will climb to $600 a share. Not to be outdone with preposterous pontifications another analyst predicted Google would reach $2000 a share. Both of these numbers are completely ridiculous ( I might feel differently if I owned a few hundred shares though). However it got me thinking what would … [Continue reading Spammers Google’s Defensive Line]

Can You Get a Website Indexed with No Links and XML Sitemaps?

This weekend I was doing a little housekeeping on some of my domains and hosting accounts and decided to test and see if it was possible to get a website indexed using XML Sitemaps and no external links.

How Much Time Do You Spend Actually Doing SEO

How much time do you spend doing SEO per day?  Or, specifically, how much time do you waste reading about SEO instead of doing it? Unless you are beginner who is still  learning, if you’re spending more than an hour reading about SEO everyday, you’re probably wasting your time.

How to Create a Dynamic Footer Carousel

In my piece on How to Build an Effective Footer, one of the tips I mentioned was making your footer more dynamic by including links to posts that are currently popular on your website. It’s something I do on the bottom of this website. I’ve gotten a few emails asking how, so I figured I’d turn it into a tutorial.

The Dangers of Having Multiple Website Versions

With the proliferation of smart phones of varying screen sizes, flash compatibility, and most recently apple tv and google tv, many website owners are choosing to solve this problem with multiple sites and domains. While this solution can work, there are plenty of ways it can go wrong. In this post I’ll try to help you understand why this is … [Continue reading The Dangers of Having Multiple Website Versions]

SEO Secrets, Tips & Tricks – Why it’s Not Worth Your Time

Whenever I go to a conference, or at least a dozen times a week by email, I get asked “What are some ‘SEO secrets’?” or “Hey–what keywords do you rank for, and can you show me some of your websites?” Until you have earned my trust, though, I’m really not going to show you anything. I made that mistake once … [Continue reading SEO Secrets, Tips & Tricks – Why it’s Not Worth Your Time]

Testing the OOP

Just for kicks let’s see what happenes for [Aequeosalinocalcalinosetaceoaluminosocupreovitriolic serps] with this post on [Aequeosalinocalcalinosetaceoaluminosocupreovitriolic]

Building Links & Driving Traffic with How To Posts

When you are looking to build links and drive traffic, one of the time tested methods that continues to work is creating “how to” style posts. In this article, we’ll look at some examples and discuss how to get the most out of the tactic, how to take advantage of seasonal search/traffic volume, and some potential trouble spots to watch … [Continue reading Building Links & Driving Traffic with How To Posts]