I Always Write My Own Content

If you ever seen any content written or any other type of content on the web with my name on it, then I was the one who wrote it. In fact, even though there is over 1,000 blog posts here on my blog and over 100 pages of online marketing, SEO, social media, and domain name content here on this website, I wrote it all. There was a time a few years when I accepted a few guest blog posts, but they always had the other writer’s name on them. And, by the way, those have all been removed from the site. So what you see now is what you get: content written by me. [Read more…]

Merry Christmas! A Final 2014 Weekly Update from Bill Hartzer

Google’s CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA won’t stop spam bots, Best Buy Oops, ICANN hacked, Freebase is shutting down, and Apple’s mysterious domain names.

This will be my last weekly update in 2014, so I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I don’t plan on sending out any more updates this year. There were a few significant updates and blog posts since my last update, and a few other posts worth mentioning. [Read more…]

Best Buy Mistakenly Exposes Their Exclusive Blogger List

Best Buy Logo

Best Buy, in a recent internal communication to their Wolf Bloggers exclusive blogger list, sent out an email to their list of bloggers about an agreement with another affiliate organization. In the email, they CCd everyone. One of the bloggers subsequently Replied All to the list, which then exposed Best Buy’s entire exclusive blogger list. The list contains the email addresses of hundreds of bloggers who Best Buy pays to blog about products sold in Best Buy stores. Best Buy also send those bloggers certain products to test and review. [Read more…]

Bill Hartzer Weekly Update – December 7, 2014

Domain Name SEO Search Engine Registration scam, Google SERPs Instagram Date Mistake, 7Search Accused of Traffic Stealing.

Last week was a very short week because of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the USA, so I decided not to send an update. There are a few significant updates since then, including two Google Penguin updates, and a few other posts worth mentioning. [Read more…]

Bill Hartzer Weekly Update – November 12, 2014

Google Updated the Knowledge Graph, and State of Search conference next week.
I only have one update this past week, as it was a short (but busy) week last week, with traveling at the end of last week.

Google Knowledge Graph Update

Last week Google updated the Knowledge Graph, which includes data from various sources like Freebase.com to populate informational data in the search results. Here’s an example of the Knowledge Graph at work (a search in Google for “Bill Hartzer”: [Read more…]

Bill Hartzer – Weekly Update October 27, 2014

Google Penguin Refresh last weekend, and Google adds Inbox by Gmail, which is useful for reading email on your phone.

We have a few updates this week, and the major one was the Penguin refresh (a refresh, not an update. We also had the launch of Inbox by Gmail, which is pretty good, as I’ve tested it out already. And oh yeah, there’s a new Share button added this week to Google’s header.

Google Penguin 3.0 [Read more…]

Bill Hartzer Weekly Update: October 18, 2014

Google Penguin Refresh this weekend, and a pricing bug found in GoDaddy’s domain registration.

Google Penguin Update 3

This weekend, there appears to finally be a Google Penguin refresh, which is affecting a lot of website traffic from Google organic search. There are plenty of sites now reporting that they are seeing increases in search engine rankings, some as high as 30 of 40 places from where their site was previously ranking. I also was shown an interesting price bug at GoDaddy, where they were offering a domain name for $5,000. But if you searched for it in another way, the price was only $29. And in case you’ve missed it, you might want to check out SocialCentiv, a really cool new Twitter marketing tool. [Read more…]

Bill Hartzer – Weekly Update August 30, 2014

This past week, there was a major change this week: Google removed Google Authorship completely from their search results, which I have to say was unexpected. They claim that Google Authorship was just a test–but I honestly thought that it was more permanent then they now lead us to believe. I chose not to write a blog post on BillHartzer.com about this change. Instead, this week I wrote the post on Globe Runner’s blog. Here’s the post, it’s worth a read:

http://globerunner.com/google-officially-removes-google-authorship-claims-test/ [Read more…]