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Don't Let SEO Sink Your Site

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Don't Let SEO Sink Your Site
Matt Cutts (@mattcutts), the head of Google’s Webspam Team, is on record as a believer in SEO’s ability to make the internet a better place. Search engine optimization (SEO) is integral to effective online marketing; without it, getting your message out to a wide audience is extremely difficult, at best. SEO will have a place in internet marketing for the foreseeable future, but do it wrong and there is a price to pay. Google will penalize your website for perceived attempts to manipulate rankings with grey or black hat techniques. The old-school is out, and the new-school is focusing more and more on visitors, less and less on search engines. There are many different ways to implement SEO strategies. Analyzing and optimizing speed, navigability, ad designs and placements, and of course keywords, will improve page rank and increase revenue. Each of these factors can be assessed, and usually improved with a good SEO strategy. However, Google is developing something...

Do Backlinks Even Matter Anymore?

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There's an old joke that goes something like "99% of lawyers give the other 1% a bad name." You chuckle, but you know it's true. And that's not all - it's become something of a running gag in the SEO industry too. For years, SEOs have been beating the backlinks drum and small business owners have been marched off an optimized cliff. After Panda, a lot of the old backlink strategies just up and died. Article directories withered away into obscurity, and link networks were (and continue to be) crushed by Google. Anchor Text Isn't That Important SEO firms (and their clients) got a major wake-up call when Google dropped this bombshell on its Inside Search Blog in 2011: Better page titles in search results by de-duplicating boilerplate anchors: We look at a number of signals when generating a page’s title. One signal is the anchor text in links pointing to the page. We found that boilerplate links with duplicated anchor text are not as...

5 Killer Search Operators That Make Research Easier

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5 Killer Search Operators That Make Research Easier
Doing keyword research is part of SEO (if you're doing it yourself, that is). It's hard word. You have to grind it out, sitting at your desk all day, thinking of what your ideal audience is looking for. Sometimes, it's helpful to look at your competition. But, your competition isn't exactly banging down your door and telling you what they're doing. So, you have to do a little research. Here's how: Allinanchor This search operator allows you to query terms that you specify in the anchor text on links to the page. It's helpful for finding pages with the same anchor text you're targeting. While Google has placed a lot less emphasis on this, it's still helpful to see who's out there - because for many years, anchor text was important. There are a lot of anchor text links still floating around out there, and so this is still one way to spy on your competition. Allintext If you start a search query with the...

5 SEO Improvements You Can Do In 15 Minutes

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Sometimes the simplest SEO tweaks make a huge difference in how you're perceived by the search engines. A finely tuned site can boost traffic and even make conversion easier as visitors find it easier to find what they're looking for. While many webmasters think of SEO as a long-term strategy, here are 5 things that will make an immediate impact. 1. Review Your Robots.txt File If you have a robots.txt file on your site, check it out. You might be surprised by what you find. Many sites are unknowingly withholding pages, folders, and images that would make for good search engine spider food. Also, run a site scanning tool like "Screaming Frog" to see if you're excluding any pages. Both of these provide a quick fix and have both short and long-term benefits for you. 2. Assess Canonicalization of your Domain Search engines hate duplicate content. Most sites unwittingly hurt themselves by giving the search engines two copies of their...

8 Link Building Lessons I Picked Up From Being a Social Butterfly

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8 Link Building Lessons I Picked Up From Being a Social Butterfly
When working on link building for your website, don’t just look at it from a technical perspective. While the technical details of link building matter a LOT, another refreshing way too look at it is by seeing it through the eyes of a social butterfly. A social butterfly is by definition, a “people person”. Social butterflies are the types of individuals that are always connecting with others and aren’t afraid to put themselves out there. And while it’s tempting to associate them with social media alone, the fact is, being a social media butterfly can also have tremendous advantages to your SEO strategies. Consider the following traits and see how they can be relevant to your link building efforts: They focus on others (Feature other businesses on your site) – One of the reasons why the world loves social butterflies is the fact that they are not self-absorbed. They fly off from one person to the next with interest, and...

Google Still Allows Paid Links to Influence Rankings, Despite Protestations

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Google Still Allows Paid Links to Influence Rankings, Despite Protestations
Optimistic SEOs all believe that Google's message is consistent: meritorious links win the day. Content is king. Play by the rules, and you will be rewarded. Blackhat SEOs believe the opposite - that Google is pragmatic in allowing some paid links to influence search results while punishing other companies who use them. Officially, Google tells us that paid links are a one-way road to nowheresville in the search engine. However, there is evidence that Google allows spam to make it through - despite its much-touted Panda and Penguin solutions. Proof That Google Allows SERP Manipulation Our site specializes in sending traffic to other sites - a service that, arguably, a lot of webmasters need. Last month, we noticed a significant drop in traffic: While this could happen for any number of reasons, we decided to look into the problem a bit further. What we discovered shocked us. Another site had taken our spot in the SERPs for one of our keywords using less...

5 reasons why Google PR isn't relevant anymore

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Google PageRank is an algorithm developed and used by Google to determine the popularity of a website based upon the incoming links, as compared to other similar pages. It is assigned in the number from 0 to 10 with 0 being the lowest and 10 being the highest PR. It shows how reputable a webpage is as per Google’s quality guidelines. The quality, quantity of incoming links for the website, number of outgoing links per page, the visibility of links and their position on the linking page are a few factors which determine the site’s PR according to Google PageRank. However, due to the ever-changing search engine algorithms, it has become harder than ever to know what works and what doesn’t. There has been no “one size fits all” SEO or internet marketing strategy that actually works. There is a heated debate going online regarding the importance of Google PR. Many consider it to be important whereas others don’t consider it to be important for...

Shhh... The Secrets of Google Panda: What you need to know

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Shhh... The Secrets of Google Panda: What you need to know
Don’t know the answer to a question, just “Google it!” Google has certainly made a name for themselves as one of the top ranking search engines in the modern world. Providing millions of people all over the globe with the ability to navigate the internet effectively to gather any tidbit of information one could possibly think of, Google has it all covered. But when you type in your keyword and hit “google search,” what guarantee do you really have that the websites you’re being directed to do indeed feature the latest and most accurate information? Well, that’s where Google Panda steps into the spotlight. Google Panda, named after Google engineer Navneet Panda, was launched on February 24th of 2011. Using a type of artificial intelligence in algorithm form, Google Panda’s targeted purpose was to reconfigure the ranking of websites, boosting high quality and purposeful content sites up the list while demoting low quality ones....

SEO in 2013: How To Leave Killer Blog Comments and Get Steady Traffic

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The fact that SEO experts were caught off guard by radical changes to Google's search engine suggests that the experts aren't that good at predicting Google's moves. Yet, predicting algorithm changes is implicitly why clients hire SEO firms - to make sure that rankings don't tank, traffic keeps flowing in, and visibility is consistent. To be fair, no SEO firm owns Google. No one really could predict the devastation of the Panda and Penguin tweaks, so how much blame can website owners really place on SEO firms? A little, but not a lot. Why a little? Consider Google's constant updates to Panda. It was just last month that 'G' updated its algorithm for the 23rd time. Did any SEO expert call it in advance with preparations for clients? It's unlikely, and here's where SEOs can take the blame. They know that predicting algorithm changes is shaky, at best. In fact, the better firms disclose this and focus heavily on providing quality. Jayson...

An In-Depth Look At Using Evergreen Content And Knowing Why Is It Important For A Blog's Overall Success

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An In-Depth Look At Using Evergreen Content And Knowing  Why Is It Important For A Blog's Overall Success
But first what is evergreen content? Honestly, it has nothing to do with the color or even trees for that matter. SEO content that stays fresh and relevant throughout the test of time is called evergeen content. Regardless of the up and coming trends and developments in the world, evergreen content still provides something of value to a lot of audiences. So if you are content writer then ensure that the web content that you write never grows brown. An example of evergreen content in an SEO blog would be the frequently asked question, “What is the definition of SEO”. The relevance of the definition of SEO would never change over time. It would always be helpful to the newcomers in the industry. On the other hand the topic, “What are the current SEO best practices” would not be an example of evergreen content because every Google algorithm change necessiates a change in SEO strategy. That is in a nutshell the definitioin of evergreen...

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