Basic SEO Guide for Beginners: How to Start Getting Website Visitors

Someone recently asked me about how to start doing SEO for his website, a small local business that he recently started. I decided to turn this into a blog post since I spent so much time on the reply. --- The 2 main aspects of SEO are on-site and off-site. Focusing on these would be a great … [Read more...]

Google’s Penguin and Ranking Payday Loans with Hacked Backlinks

Payday Loans SERP

Everyone in the field of online marketing, and beyond, has heard of the latest update from Google, codenamed Penguin. This isn't actually an algorithm update but rather a filter that will be run occasionally. When it was introduced last month, it caused chaos in the SERPs and that chaos has still … [Read more...]

Yahoo Site Explorer is Closing Down

Yahoo Site Explorer Closing Down

In a huge blow to the SEO community, Yahoo has announced that it's closing down Site Explorer on November 21. We had known this was coming ever since the Yahoo / Bing merger was announced, but we didn't know the date until now. YSE has been an invaluable tool for our community for years, with no … [Read more...]

Google Introduces +1 Button for Pages

Google Plus 1 Button for Pages

The +1 button was rolled out in SERPs about a month ago, so it's relatively old news by now. But today, when I logged into my AdSense account, I had a recommendation add a code snippet to my pages that would put a +1 Button directly on the page. Sounds a lot like Facebook's Like Button, … [Read more...]

Google Places Reviews Now Separated by Source

Google Places Reviews

Today I noticed an interesting change to the way reviews are displayed in Google Places. They used to all be in the same section on the page, regardless of source. So reviews that were left directly on Google were displayed together with those that were pulled in from other trusted sites like … [Read more...]

Still Using Google AdWords External Keyword Tool?

Most SEOs and internet marketers will tell you that they rely heavily on the Google AdWords External Keyword Tool for keyword research. It's commonly used for choosing domain names, page titles, in-content keywords, domain selling and so on. However, what most people don't realize is that the … [Read more...]

Google Sells Out

Google Sells Out

I suppose we all knew this would happen eventually,  so it's no big surprise that the Big Google Sellout of 2010, as I will now call it from now on, has begun. What am I talking about, you ask? Allow me to direct your attention to this screenshot: Please take a good look at that search … [Read more...]

Google Places Allows Editing of Rejected Ads

Google Places - Alerts

With the transition from Google Maps (aka Google Local) to Google Places, we saw a few changes in the way business listings are presented and administrated. Some of these features include stats reporting directly on the dashboard page, the ability to define a service area for businesses that serve … [Read more...]

Different Colors for Sponsored Search Results

Sponsored Section - Peach

It looks like Google is testing out different colors for sponsored search results. I noticed this today - the sponsored section on the first SERP is a pinkish-peach color in the background, which is how it always has been. But the same section on the 2nd SERP is a blueish color. Looks like Google is … [Read more...]

Why You Want to Rank First in Search Results

Chitika, a leading internet advertising company, has published a study in which they measured the true value, in terms of traffic, of having the #1 position in Google search results. We all know that being #1 is best, and these experiments have been done before, but this is the latest information … [Read more...]

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