How to Remove Semalt.com in Google Analytics

There’s a rogue website that is showing up as a referral in your Google Analytics. Semalt.com bills itself as “Semalt is a professional webmaster analytics tool that opens the door to new opportunities for the market monitoring, yours and your competitors’ positions tracking and comprehensible analytics business information.” Okay, fine. But to be honest with you, most likely you do NOT want any traffic from Semalt.com. In fact, it’s not real visitors, it’s just a “bot” that is wasting your website bandwidth and costing you money. Real visitors are generally not coming from a website called Semalt.com. So, to accurately see your referral and website visitor traffic in Google Analytics, I recommend removing this or “excluding” semalt.com in your Google Analytics tracking. Here’s how to do that.

First, you need to log into Google Analytics. Then, click on the “Admin” tab at the top, as shown below.

google analytics admin tab [Read more...]

Throwback Thursday: LookSmart Search Engine Circa 1999

Do you remember LookSmart? Back in 1999, the LookSmart website looked like this:

looksmart

Back in 1999, you could search the web from the site’s home page, or you could click on one of their categories, and then a few more clicks… and then finally get to their content. For example, there was shopping content: [Read more...]

Google Drops Real Name Policy

Google just dropped their real name policy. So, starting now, this means that there are no restrictions on names you can use when signing up for services such as Google Plus and YouTube. As you might recall, Google+ had revised their real name policy back in 2012, saying that only .1 percent of users have submitted name appeals, and the majority (60%) of these users want to simply add nicknames. But now, they’ve changed all that. You can use any name you want.

google real name policy

Here’s part of the post and statement from Google that was just made regarding real names: [Read more...]

Google Quality Rater Guidelines 2014

I just got ahold of the latest copy of Google’s Quality Rater Guidelines, with a date of March 2014. It’s an interesting read, all 160 pages of this document. There are a lot of new phrases and concepts that are included in this latest version, but honestly there’s are really not many new surprises. But, if you’re in the online marketing business, are an SEO, or own a website, then you really should take a look at the latest guidelines, if just to make sure that your website or your client’s website(s) are compliant with Google’s latest Quality Rater guidelines. There may be some things that you can improve, I’ve found a few things that I’m going to pay attention to from now on when I perform complex SEO Audits for clients. [Read more...]

The Real Reason Google Removed Google Authorship Photos From Search Results

I know that’s a really long title for this post, but I wanted to get to the point with the headline. We all want to know the real reason why Google removed Google Authorship Photos from the search results, right? [Read more...]

Throwback Thursday: Altavista Search Engine, Circa 1996

Back in 1996, I was spending my spare time (early mornings and evenings) trying to rank web pages that I built in raw html code. There were no WYSIWYG editors out there, or at least I didn’t have access to any. I created websites using notepad and html code. And it worked really, really well. It wasn’t that difficult to get your web page ranked in most of the search engines, as long as you had a good title tag, meta tags, and the right content on the page.

altavista search engine, circa 1996 [Read more...]

Throwback Thursday: iWon Search Engine, Circa 2001

Today is Thursday July 3, 2014, and that means that it’s Throwback Thursday. Each Thursday I’m starting a new tradition here on my blog: to feature an old search engine. There were quite a few, so I think I’ll be able to keep the tradition going for quite some time.

Today’s Throwback Thursday search engine is iWon.com, circa 2001. [Read more...]

Google Launches Cookie Choices Website

I just checked the CookieChoices.org website again, and it turns out that the website is really now live. As you might recall, I was the first one to break the news that Google bought the CookieChoices.org domain name, right after the EU ruling. Then, for some reason you could use the website for Google search. Then it went away. But now, it looks like they’ve quietly launched the website with real content.

Cookie Choices

The goal of Google’s CookieChoices.org is to “Helping publishers with cookie consent.” They go on to explain that “European laws require that digital publishers give visitors to their sites and apps information about their use of cookies and other forms of local storage. In many cases these laws also require that consent be obtained.” The website is produced by Google. [Read more...]

Google to Remove Google Authorship Photos from Search Results

Google to Remove Google Authorship Photos

I’ve always been a big fan of the photos that appear in the Google search results when the author of an article or blog posts has claimed their Google Authorship for that content. Maybe because I’ve always tried to claim my Google Authorship on everything I write, and have always had great success when it comes to my photo appearing in the search results. But now, there’s official word from John Mueller at Google that the Google Authorship photos as we know them are essentially going away.

Here’s an example of my Google Authorship photo appearing in a search result for “search engine optimization audit services”. Note that my search result listing isn’t the first one. I’m not ranking number one for that keyword phrase. However, because my photo appears in the search results, I believe I get a lot more clicks than @sugarrae’s company, who doesn’t have a photo. [Read more...]

Google Web Designer For HTML5 Sites That Work On Any Device

With everyone talking about responsive web design, and creating websites that will work on any device, Google Web Designer seems to be a pretty good option. I have my reservations, though, when it comes to it’s SEO-friendliness. But most of that can be easily fixed.

google web designer logo

I took 2 minutes. Really, only 2 minutes, to download and test out Google Web Designer on a recently-acquired domain name, Streaming Video, where I wanted to put up a real basic web page. Since that domain was previously a parked domain, and Google typically doesn’t parked domains, I wanted to put up a real basic web page so that it get re-indexed again. Once the site’s re-indexed again properly and not considered to be a “parked domain” by Google, I’ll work on developing the site. [Read more...]