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SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Fall of Guest Blogging, Facebook and Twitter Signals, Social Media Traffic, Speedlink 4:2014

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great and productive week. Undoubtedly, this weeks most noteworthy SEO news is that of Matt Cutts post about guest blogging. In case you've missed it, Matt has literally said he had enough of guest blogging and that you should "stop" ASAP, if you are using this practice as part of your link building campaign.

Link Building Crackdown, New vs Old Domains, Black Hat SEO, Speedlink 5:2014

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great and productive week. Google continues on with its link building crackdown, taking down recently yet another link network, the French Buzzea. Although Buzzea is defending itself, saying that they always kept the ethical side of sponsored articles focusing on quality and natural links, Matt does not seem to agree based on his tweet.

Hummingbird's Unsung Impact on Local Search

There seems to have been a significant qualitative shift in local results since Google's release of Hummingbird that I haven't seen reported on search engine blogs and media outlets. Here's my take on what's going on and why.

Why the Rap Genius Story Is Really About Google

Last week, lyrics-annotation site Rap Genius made headlines for a major Google no-no. The startup was accused of sending spammy emails asking bloggers to insert Rap Genius links into their sites in hopes of ranking higher on Google's algorithm for organic search.

Why the Rap Genius Story Is Really About Google

Last week, lyrics-annotation site Rap Genius made headlines for a major Google no-no. The startup was accused of sending spammy emails asking bloggers to insert Rap Genius links into their sites in hopes of ranking higher on Google's algorithm for organic search.

Building SEO-Focused Pages to Serve Topics & People Rather than Keywords & Rankings - Whiteboard Friday

With Google getting better and better at recognizing the true relevancy of pages, we can't stay focused on keywords. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand explains how focusing on the right topics and being relevant to the right people can drive more valuable traffic than simply ranking for keywords.

Building SEO-Focused Pages to Serve Topics & People Rather than Keywords & Rankings - Whiteboard Friday

With Google getting better and better at recognizing the true relevancy of pages, we can't stay focused on keywords. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand explains how focusing on the right topics and being relevant to the right people can drive more valuable traffic than simply ranking for keywords.

Will Keywords be Replaced by Topics for Some Searches?

By , on Jan 16, 2014, at 12:29 am The example for the post I was writing for today appears to have been hijacked by the Simpsons. They made an apology to Judas Priest, after referring to the band as a death metal band.

The Ultimate Guide to Vine for Bloggers

A relative newcomer to the world of social media, Vine is a Twitter app that deals exclusively in short videos. 6 seconds of video, to be exact. This doesn't seem like much, but can be powerful when used well.

55 Quick SEO Tips Even Your Mother Would Love

Everyone loves a good tip, right? Here are 55 quick tips for search engine optimization that even your mother could use to get cooking. Well, not my mother, but you get my point. Most folks with some web design and beginner SEO knowledge should be able to take these to the bank without any problem.

3 Ways to Use Google+ to Increase Search Rankings

Do you want to increase your search rankings? Did you know your Google+ page and profile could help? Google+ can help you increase search rankings for your website, but you have to take the time to optimize your page, profile and content.

Can Google's 'rich snippets' penalty hit your site?

Urgent: last week Google started issuing a new type of manual penalty - targeting rich snippets considered fake and spam-like. Some webmasters have already received the new type of alert: Spammy structured markup Markup on some pages on this site appears to use techniques such as marking up content that is invisible to users, marking up irrelevant or misleading content, and/or other manipulative behavior that violates Google's Rich Snippet Quality guidelines.

12 On-Page SEO Techniques Search Engines Love

On-Page SEO is one of the most discussed topic on #SEOTalk Twitter Chat. There were few techniques that we already know, but it is always better to revisit everything that is related to search engines. Google very much emphasizes on the fact that your website should be well optimized in order for it to rank higher.

Google Didn't Want Us To Use The Keyword Planner This Way. But It Works Nicely.

Just practicing my Upworthy titles. Did it make you click? Now that you're here, we'll look at what I'm talking about in a moment. But first let's set the scene as to why and when you'd want to use keyword planner in such unorthodox manners... It's 2:30 on a Friday.

3 Things You May Not Know About Google and SEO - #FridayFinds

Do you know how to exploit the landing pages search function of Google's keyword planner tool? Did you know that using underscores in the URLs of your website pages ( for example blog posts) could potentially be costing you search traffic? Interested in learning ways to drive traffic to your website that don't involve SEO ( Search Engine Optimization)?

How to Protect Your Website From Negative SEO

The entire SEO industry experienced a major transformation over the past two years. As a result, many online marketers have dramatically changed their strategies. Ranking high in Google for competitive keywords is not as easy as it was three years ago.

7 Things You Must Do To Get Your Blog Found

Besides the obvious advice of creating epic content and promoting your blog on social media, there are some strategic SEO fixes and a few old school tricks that can make a big impact in generating traffic for your blog. First, do you have a Google Webmaster Tools account?

Google Manual Web Spam Actions and Penalties #FridayFinds

March is proving to be an eventful month. According to Fruition.net, on March 7 th, many website owners received " manual web spam" notices from Google for unnatural inbound links. Then, there was the announcement that Ann Smarty's site MyBlogGuest.com was penalized and de-indexed by Google.

Quick SEO Tips, WP Plugin Dangers, Domain Redirects, Speedlink 13:2014

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great and productive week. With all the things that has been going on lately on Google's continued crackdown on webspam, the "remove links" craze and making use of the disavow tool has reached to a point where it is close to being ridiculous.

Google Manual Web Spam Action or Algorithm Change?

Last week, in light of the massive amount of manual web spam actions that Google enacted, I wrote an article that took a closer look at what was behind some of the actions. This week, let's hear what Matt Cutts has to say about the differences between a Google algorithmic penalty and a Google manual web spam action.

How Safe Are Your Backlinks? #FridayFinds

For years, link building has been a cornerstone of SEO. Webmasters have used links in blogrolls, anchor text, forum signatures, user profiles and comments ( just to name a few). Linking strategies have ranged from building links naturally to buying links.

Google Website Signals SERPs and Title Tags #FridayFinds

With all the Google manual web spam actions and algorithmic penalties that have been going on in the past year, some bloggers are starting to shy away from SEO. After all, it's very difficult for the layman to know what they should and should not be doing.

6 White Hat Link Building Tips for 2014 and Beyond

White hat link building is any tactic employed on behalf of a website to acquire backlinks in which the sole motivating factor for the placement of that link is the value target content offers the linking website's audience. What does this really mean?

How Can You Get Started With SEO? #FridayFinds

Could you use more organic search traffic? How do your blog posts appear in the search engines? This week’s #FridayFinds is a roundup of posts that can help you get found in the SERPs (search engine results pages).