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]

Tips to Prevent Negative SEO

In mid July of 2012, Google sent out a wave of “unnatural linking warnings” to many webmasters. They later said you could ignore these warnings. This was followed up by a Microsoft clippy style passive aggressive letter saying they were going to discount the “unnatural links” but that you should file a re-inclusion request anyway. The whole situation is insane … [Continue reading Tips to Prevent Negative SEO]

SEO for Your Competition

In my opinion, SEO for your competition is one of the more underutilized tactics today. You can try to optimize for your competition’s company name, products, or even comparison searches. In this post, I’ll take you through the process and what to watch out for. Anyone who has done any work in the ORM (Online Reputation Management) space can tell … [Continue reading SEO for Your Competition]

Raven SEO Tools – How to Use the Event Manager

The following post is part of a series on Raven SEO tools. In this post, we’re going to look at the event manager.

Change Your Content Based on Traffic Intent

A few weeks ago, Brent Payne made a post about “whitehat cloaking” and changing your content based on referring website. He asked for some feedback on Twitter, causing some follow up discussions. I had a few people asking for examples about how to do this. In this two part post, first we’ll look at some theory about why would you … [Continue reading Change Your Content Based on Traffic Intent]

Why Categories Matter in a Blog Setup

In this post we’re going to be looking at blog categories, why they matter, and how to use them most effectively as publisher.To be honest, I get asked about date, category, and tag archives fairly regularly. It creates a lot of potential for duplicate content, which is why so many people have things set up incorrectly and do more damage … [Continue reading Why Categories Matter in a Blog Setup]

Traffic Down From Panda Update – Diversify Your Traffic Sources

Recently Google had an update and some webmasters were significantly impacted. Google has had many big updates and will have many more. If your rankings are soured by an update you may become angry at Google. IMHO that is just not the smartest or most profitable approach.

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.

SEO 101: Getting the Right URL Structure

On my list of top 5 problems I encounter when doing client work, the number one problem is poor URL structure. In this post I’ll go over the basics, how to get it right, what are the most common problems, and how to fix them.

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.

Content Ideas – Creating an Ongoing Series

One of the problems that website owners and bloggers encounter on a regular basis is coming up with ideas for posts. One of the tactics that I like to employ is creating a regular ongoing post series.

How to Practice Kamikaze SEO

One of the key aspects of any SEO strategy is knowing the risks of the tactics you use. As those tactics approach or break Google’s guidelines the more likely they to get you penalized or banned. Knowing where you are on the risk scale helps you know when it is imperative that you take precautions and try to create a … [Continue reading How to Practice Kamikaze SEO]

How to Create an Amazing About Us Page

About Us pages are one of the essential elements of a trusted website (see How to Make Your Website Seem More Legitimate); however, most people dread writing them or treat them as an after thought. But, with a little creativity, you can turn an ordinary “About Us” page into something really interesting. In this post, we’re going to take a … [Continue reading How to Create an Amazing About Us Page]

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]

Why Offline Stores and Small Businesses Need to Embrace Online Shopping and Build Better Websites

I recently wrote a story How Brick and Mortar Stores Can Use eCommerce to Drive Sales about tips that eCommerce stores can use to drive traffic to their brick and mortar locations. However, what really needs to happen is offline stores and small businesses need to grow up and  stop hiding in the corner from online commerce bogeyman. They need … [Continue reading Why Offline Stores and Small Businesses Need to Embrace Online Shopping and Build Better Websites]

How Many Websites Should I Run

A question that I get asked fairly regularly is “how many websites should I run? Am I better with one website or lots of little ones?” The question has some different aspects, so, as someone who runs more than one website, I’ll try to share some of my experience.

How Mturk Protects My Site from Panda

Because Google’s Panda filter has so dramatically impacted many websites, there is a lot of speculation about which specific triggers activate  Panda’s filter.  I am not going to pretend that I know the exact causes.  However, I do know the warning signs that are common among Panda sites, and I am working to avoid them.

How To Figure Out What Parts of Your Website Aren’t Being Crawled

When Google took away the supplemental index last year, they killed one of the key diagnostic tools in the SEO’s toolbox, the ability to identify which parts of a site were unimportant (and being infrequently crawled) in a search engines eyes. However with the use of some structured text and clever searches I’m going to give you back that valuable … [Continue reading How To Figure Out What Parts of Your Website Aren’t Being Crawled]

How to Diagnose and Improve Website Crawling

When you are reviewing a website, whether for your own projects or for a client project, one of the important areas to review is crawlability. In this post I’d like to talk about some of the ways you can look for and diagnose crawling issues.

Interview With Chris Boggs of SEMPO

For today’s post, I present Chris Boggs, the current  president of SEMPO.