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This post above was supposed to be written upside down. Really. Here’s the post, rightside up. Apparently WordPress can’t handle this upside down text. Oh well.

What If Your Blog Post Was Upside Down?

For some crazy reason, I thought that it would be interesting to write a blog post upside down. Seriously. Sure, it’s kind of weird, but I have a few reasons why I want to test out writing a blog post upside down.

Well, the blog post itself isn’t upside down, but the text in this post is written upside down, using a website called fliptext dot org.

Take a look at the screen shot below, you can actually write normally or type normally and then it will automatically take that text and put it upside down, on the fly.

One of the reasons I want to test the upside down text, is that there are several websites out there that allow you to post upside down, like Facebook, and Twitter, I tested this earlier and the posts are actually upside down.

I suppose that if you’re using a smart phone to see the post, or the social media post, you’re able to see the text as it should be, but just upside down.

But the real reason for this upside down post? I want to see which websites allow you to post upside down, and which sites will handle the text and flip it rightside up. What will be interesting to see is how Google (organic search) deals with this, as I bet that the Google search listing (once this gets indexed) will be upside down. Let’s see if I can get this post indexed upside down.

And see if it’s searchable in Google only by the upside down text title, or if Google can deal with it properly by flipping the text rightside up and then allowing you to find it that way.

This Is My 1000th Blog Post

Screen capture of my WP Dashboard before my 1,000th post.

Wow, what an amazing ride it’s been. I’m happy to say that this blog post is my 1,000th blog post that I’ve posted on BillHartzer.com. It has certainly taken quite a few years to get to this point. But I honestly can say that I’m quite surprised that I’ve been able to write 1,000 blog posts just on this blog. If you count up all of the other blog posts that I’ve written over the years and contributed to other blogs (not including other blogs I own) it’s a lot more than 1,000, I bet it is well into several thousand blog posts. [Read more...]

How Often Should You Write a Blog Post?

Image courtesy of hywards / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Working with clients’ online marketing plans, SEO, and their websites, I often recommend during an SEO audit that a website should have a blog. A blog is a good way to regular add content on your website and start engaging with your website visitors. Both are key to your site’s online visibility and success, especially when it comes to search engine rankings. [Read more...]

Why Bloggers Need to Audit their Links

Link audits are essential for bloggers who wish to optimize their sites for search engines. They are now just as important as developing the right content and getting people to link to your site.

Ever since Google rolled out the first version of Penguin, negative SEO has become a serious concern. Penguin’s algorithm penalizes websites that used manipulative methods of link building to attain high rankings, such as spamming the comment sections of other websites. That legacy spam could now damage the rankings of those websites. However, many legitimate websites have also been affected by the algorithm change. [Read more...]

Guest Blogging is Not Dead

guest blogging is not dead

No, guest blogging is not dead. In fact, it’s alive and well, and it’s a great marketing tactic to open up your business and personal brand to opportunities and audiences that you normally would not have a chance to reach. Recently, Matt Cutts, the head of web spam for Google, declared that guest blogging for SEO was dead. And there has been a lot of publicity lately because of his statements about guest blogging. [Read more...]

Blog Comment Spammer Leaves Comment. Forgets to Spin the Content.

When you have a fairly popular blog, you have to deal with comment spammers. Unfortunately, blog comment spamming still works apparently, or at least the blog spammers haven’t learned that it doesn’t work. Nonetheless, I’m still amazed at some of the comments left on the blog. There are always the really bad comments that make no sense at all, and then there are actual comments by real people.

Occasionally I get some really funny blog comments. And this one, left below, is pretty funny if you ask me. Apparently, the blog comment spammer forgot to “spin” the text before they posted the comment. If you’re not familiar with spinning, it involves using code (as you’ll see below) to randomly choose a phrase or keyword and create text that’s supposed to be unique. In some sort of effort to bypass Google’s duplicate content filter.

Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Apparently this comment didn’t work very well for this blog comment spammer. Here’s the comment they left.

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My Last Blog Post of 2013

Well, here it is, December 31st, 2013, the evening is drawing to a close. Still a few hours until the ball drops in New York City’s Times Square. Around this time I am always thinking of Times Square, the original(?) place where it all happens. But, maybe because I’m from the New York area, and am used to always staying up to watch the ball drop.

This past year has been quite interesting, and personally I’m very happy to get on with 2014. Not that 2013 was a bad year, or that it was actually an odd (unlucky 13) year. But to be honest with you, a lot of good happened for me, and a lot of not – so – good things happened. Let’s start with the ‘not so good’. Probably the biggest most memorable blog moment for me? A post that I ultimately removed. Have you ever written what you thought was a really good blog post, not because of the writing (yeah, my writing is always good, huh?). But because of the subject matter. The topic. What you “found” and what you felt was a really big issue that had to be dealt with. And boy did I deal with it:

My most memorable (at least for me) blog post of 2013 was one of those. One of those posts that impacted quite a few people. It stirred up the pot, and was, in fact, quite a controversial subject. Needless to say, there were a few comments posted and a few responses that were posted here on my blog. But that’s not where it blew up. It blew up in a private forum so to speak, a place where the general public (and the search engine crawlers) didn’t have access to: Facebook.

That’s actually kind of ironic, I guess, and probably (ultimately) a good thing. A lot of people impacted by one blog post of mine said a lot of things that the probably now regret saying. Or maybe not. But it was in a private venue, a private forum, where only a select few (a few hundred?) people actually knew what was being talked about.

So in 2013, I saw a big change. Where, say, 10 or even 5 years ago these sorts of public outcries over what was a seemingly innocent blog post, that ended up causing quite a stir, played out on Facebook. And not in public, where others’ comments were not so public. Did this have an effect on what was said? You bet. I believe that people in this exchange over 1 measly blog post (that I wrote) said things that they would not have said if they knew they were saying these things for the public to see. Again, there were public comments made on the blog post: but they weren’t as harsh as what was said on Facebook.

So, looking back at 2013, it was the year that the SEO community, as well as quite a lot of others, finally fully showed that they embrace Facebook as a means of communication. Prior to this past year, if there were blog posts like the one that I ultimately removed from my blog, people would have written blog posts and made public responses. Not anymore, though.

And then there was a terrible incident that occurred to one of our beloved, respected, members of the SEO community. This person was hospitalized, and (thank goodness) is making progress towards her recovery. In 2013, when this happened, the SEO community used Facebook as a means of communicating. 5 years ago, this might have played out in a more public way, in a place other than on Facebook.

Then there were the updates. In 2013, Google really turned Search Engine Optimization on its head and ‘shook really hard’ so to speak. I can honestly say that the way I have done business in the past (promoting my own and my client websites through SEO techniques) has changed dramatically in 2013. I will always remember 2013 as the year when I spent cleaning up after bad SEOs and bad SEO techniques. There certainly is no automated, cheap, link building anymore. At least that’s not recommended anymore. 2014 is now the beginning of Link Earning. And we’ll only see link earning (not link building) be more powerful and more respected in the future.

2013 probably is going to be the year that we see a lot of SEO firms go out of business: or start to go out of business in the beginning of 2014. I suspect that at the end of 2014. we will see a lot of SEO-related domain names suddenly become available. Some, perhaps with a lot of bad links pointing to them. But there may be even more with a lot of their former clients’ sites linking to them, as well. So, if you’re enterprising, you may want to start watching the SEO domain names during 2014, I bet there will be quite a few that become available on the domain auction circuit or just drop entirely. And, as well, in 2015.

2014 SEO predictions

I’ve already offered up some of my predictions for SEO in 2014, so I won’t dive into that right now. Especially since that posts seems to already be doing quite well.

So, what did I start doing in 2013 that seems to be making a difference when it comes to SEO and rankings? Here are a few things that one could call “SEO tips” that are worth investigating. Pay attention, because I normally don’t give out info like this. Really! Here’s what I think is worth mentioning:

- Pay attention to Google Plus. Work towards being an influencer there. Don’t just get followers. Don’t just follow people. When you post, make sure you get +1s and shares. It makes a huge difference. You don’t have to have thousands of followers (although that helps). But when you post, make sure it is noticed.

- Pay attention to Twitter. If you have a blog, make sure your blog post URL is tweeted and retweeted. Not just once, but more than that. If you’re not popular, and not an influencer, then there are other ways to get people to tweet and retweet stuff for you. Yeah, I just said that.

- On Twitter, look at how many people you’re following. Look at how many people are following you. Fix your following to follower ratio. Following 2500 people? Then make sure you have more than 2500 following you. If 2500 are following you, then only follow 10 percent of that, which would be around 250 people.

- Facebook. Yeah, Facebook can send a lot of traffic to a site, especially to blog posts. Get yourself a public biz page if you don’t have one. Those are crawled. Work on getting Likes on your page. Have a blog post? Post it on your Facebook page and pay to promote it. Even $20 can go a long way.

- Title tags. Title tags still count. Write awesome headlines. Headlines always have (even since 1997) always gotten people’s attention, and will get people to click on through to a site.

- Got a blog? Think like a journalist. Uncover something in your industry. Post often. Even if you “see something” peculiar or something that’s changed, don’t forget to write about it. Honestly, some of my best blog posts have been “trivial” to me, and I really didn’t think people care about the topic I was writing about. But believe-you-me, those are the posts that end up going viral.

So, goodbye 2013. The old-ball, ‘unlucky’ 2013. And hello 2014. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be hone heck of a year. Besides, I’m already set for four huge conferences in the first 3 months of this year, which is going to be a record year for me.

Post often, and stay thirsty for content, my friends.

What Happens When Non-Technical People Suddenly Discover Web Developer Tools

It’s always interesting when a non-technical person sees something technical. I mean, the technical terms oftentimes are like a foreign language to people who are not so technical. Let’s look at what happened when someone who was obviously non-technical suddenly discovered web developer tools.

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Apparently this person was in Firefox and somehow brought up the Web Developer Web Console, which is available under the “Tools” menu on Firefox. Here is what they asked on Facebook:

My Facebook suddenly split in half and this screen popped up with al these random cyber space options and it was like watching and assessing things soooooo weird? and talking about chile… and children being forced WTF???? is this some sort of cyber police thing that my IP was accedently allowed to access so i could help stop child abuse on the net or am i going crazy???? as this happened to anyone else??? – feeling confused.

Well, I guess you could see it that way if you didn’t know the “parent and child” relationships when it comes to web development.

My Best Blog Posts of 2013

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2013 was a pretty exciting year, and there has been a lot of activity in the search engine optimization industry this past year. Looking back, the updates to the Google Penguin algorithm and Google Penguin Recovery have been the most memorable for me, since I’ve been so involved with companies recovering from “bad SEO practices” in the past several years. but that’s not only what has been interesting. There have been quite a few posts that I didn’t expect to get so popular. With my ultimate goal of writing a blog post each day, there have been quite a few memorable ones. Here’s my wrap-up of my most memorable and best blog posts of 2013.

How to Make Your Links Do Follow Links in Google+ – This was a banner year for me on Google Plus. I’ve worked to build my presence on Google+, and have been pretty successful at it, at the same time. I’ve had a few posts that have received over 5,000 +1s and just as many Shares. But this post stands out.

Never Use a Hyphenated Domain Name for Your Website – If you asked me last year about domain names and hyphens, I would not have thought that I would make this post during 2013. But someone did an experiment that was interesting to watch with memorable results. I’m still on the fence, though, about hyphenated domains. I prefer to not use a hyphen if possible, though. The exception would be a domain for your own name. Like if I couldn’t get billhartzer.com for my own site and all of the good TLDs were taken, I would still go with bill-hartzer.com if I had more of a ‘generic’ or ‘common’ name. That said, you could still rank for your name with a hyphen.

Does Buying Facebook Likes Help Search Engine Rankings? – I cannot believe that people still buy Facebook Likes in the hopes that it will help their Facebook page and even help their search engine rankings. Snake Oil is all I can say.

Regions Bank Fails to Renew Domain Name – Web Site Goes Down – I love to write about these sorts of things. So easy to do but even the most basic things like renewing your company’s domain name WHEN YOU ARE A BANK get messed up. Regions Bank website went down and a lot of their customers were unhappy.

How to Fix Google Analytics to Properly Calculate Bounce Rate – One of my most favorite posts from this past year. This Google Analytics “hack” allows you to actually see the proper data from Google Analytics. This post got a lot of links and people still keep linking to it. Talk about link earning. Really. Perfect example of a link earning blog post. Earn your links by writing about stuff that will help people. And it will get links.

So, there you have it. Not the huge really long list of blog posts that I wrote this past year, but a good overview of a few that had the most traffic for me. There are others that were written even a few years ago that had more traffic in 2013 than I ever had hoped. But these are my best blog posts of the posts I wrote in 2013.