This week, I’m doing “double duty” at the ClickZ Live Toronto conference, being held at the Eaton Centre from May 14 to May 16, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. I’m speaking about SEO Audits in the “Assess. Diagnose. Fix: How to Become a Leading SEO Mechanic” session on Thursday. As a Brand Ambassador for Majestic SEO, if I’m not speaking, then I’ll most likely be at the Majestic SEO booth. [Read more…]
I’m here a few days early in Fort Lauderdale, getting prepared for the Pubcon SFIMA conference being held on Thursday, April 24, 2014. I’m honored to have been asked to speak on two separate panels this time:
2014 SEO Basics – While many of the core rules of SEO still hold true, there are some tactics that were OK in early 2013 that are not OK in 2014. This session will cover the 101 basics of SEO today. Make sure your Search Engine Strategies are correct. I’m speaking with Kathryn Parsons, the Marketing Manager (Paid and Natural Search) at Office Depot.
Tomorrow’s SEO Today – Social Search and Beyond – As search results become more personalized, it’s only natural that social media networks play a bigger role in these tailored search results. Learn how social search produces results that are specific to the individual and how your brand can stay relevant in these results as the social impact on search continues to grow. I’m speaking in this session with Mindy Weinstein, the SEO Manager and Trainer at Bruce Clay, Inc.. [Read more…]
A lot of companies that you typically wouldn’t expect to offer SEO (search engine optimization) or SEM (Search Engine Marketing, PPC) services have lately have begun to offer such services to their current customers. A while back Deluxe Corporation bought Orange Soda, and Behr Paint then started offering SEO and SEM services to their Pro contractors. Now, the latest company to jump on the SEO/SEM bandwagon is IBM. [Read more…]
The PubCon conference, being held in New Orleans March 17 to March 20, 2014 at the New Orleans Convention Center, is a great conference that I’m attending and speaking at next week. I don’t remember how many PubCon conferences I’ve been to and spoken on panels at, but it’s going on at least 10, perhaps 15 of them. [Read more…]
Here at GlobeRunner, we have an immediate need for a Search Engine Optimization / Content Marketing Specialist. The position is located in the Lewisville, Texas area (just north of Dallas). If you have some experience with SEO and understand content marketing, or have SEO knowledge and have Public Relations experience, we’d love to talk to you.
Here’s the job description for this position, to give you some more information. If you’re interested in applying for the position, feel free to contact us or you can contact me directly. [Read more…]
Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 28, the annual regional Pubcon Austin conference is being held at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas campus. There are three session tracks covering the latest local social media and search-related research, and some awesome speakers with some great presentations. I’ll be presenting with Eric Enge on Social Signals and SEO, so make sure you don’t miss that one if you’re going to be attending the conference in Austin. [Read more…]
Subject: MediaWhiz SEO is Now Matomy SEO
From: Matomy SEO
As a MediaWhiz SEO publisher I wanted to update you on some exciting news. Today, we have officially joined the Matomy Media Group family (our parent company) and changed our name to Matomy SEO. What does this mean for you? First and foremost, we can now be found at a new URL: www.MatomySEO.com. Still the same great SEO and content marketing services that you’re used to but now under a new name and brand.
This change means that you’re now part of a larger family – the Matomy Media Group family. It’s comprised of some of the world’s leading publisher monetization and online advertising experts. And since you’re already part of our family – Matomy SEO – you will have access to these industry leading capabilities as you continue to seek new ways to generate revenue for your site. For example, you now have access to lead generation and affiliate marketing products, which you can learn more about here, or reply to me directly and I’ll get you in touch with a product expert.
?We’re excited that you’re part of this evolution of our company, and we appreciate your helping us continue to be a leader in the search marketing industry. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for being a valued Matomy SEO publisher.
Publisher Relations Manager
If you have a brick and mortar business with a physical street address that you publicize (you typically have customers visit you at your location), then you should be listed in the “local” listings of the major search engines. Yahoo! Local, for example, is one that you should make sure that you’re listed in–and your listing should be correct.
From time to time, there are issues with listings, and these listings can have all sorts of problems, errors, and other related issues such as duplicate listings. Or maybe there are listings that shouldn’t be there and you cannot remove them.
If your business is having issues or problems with your listing, then there is a new way that you can contact the Yahoo! Local Customer Care team. You can go to this page to learn more:
A h/t goes out to Joe for finding this.
— Joe Youngblood (@YoungbloodJoe) September 19, 2013
Update: December 14, 2013: I have received complaints about this SEO tool, as it either is no longer being updated, or the service is unreliable. I personally spoke with the owners of this tool and these issues have been resolved now.
LXR Marketplace is a website that gives you several website research tools to choose from in order to do SEO, and PPC research on a particular website address. There are also various keyword research tools as well. The various website research tools are easy to use and intuitively put together, and the information obtained can relate to either your website, or that of your competitors. Lets take a look at the various sections of the LXR Marketplace website more in-depth.
• The Daily SEO Rank Checker is the default page for the LXR Marketplace website. This particular SEO tool lets you track website rankings for up to five keywords. The results are shown in a sideways bar chart that shows comparisons across keywords. You can even have a report of the results e-mailed to you on a weekly basis so that you can keep up with changes that may occur every seven days. Not only would this be useful for checking keywords for your website, but for your competitor’s websites as well.
• URL Auditor gives you the ability to check one or several links from your website to make sure they are working. You just copy and paste the links into the box on the webpage.
• The PPC Keyword Combination Tool helps you to generate long tail keyword phrases by inputing one to three keywords into the boxes on the webpage. This keyword tool then returns every combination that will fit either a broad, phrase or exact match within Google. This can be very useful if you need to make a list of every long tail keyword phrase possible, and you wish to avoid hand typing every possible combination. Along with the match types you can also check for maximum cost per click (CPC) bid, and the landing page web address while remaining on the same webpage.
• With the ROI Calculator you can determine the profitability of a marketing campaign. With the basic version of the ROI Calculator you can calculate return on investment (ROI) based on cost, and revenue. With the advanced version of the calculator you can factor in other metrics such as number of orders, average order value (AOV), CPC, and / or the number of clicks your landing page received. Both the basic, and advanced versions are available for free on the website at the time of this writing.
• The PPC Keyword Analyzer allows you to figure out which keywords are bringing you the most success from your marketing campaigns by uploading your Google Adwords, or Adcenter report to the LXR Marketplace website. The information from the report can contain columns for various metrics such as match type, keyword, clicks, ad group, and cost just to name a few. The final report from the PPC Keyword Analyzer will reflect the top performing, and least performing keywords based on your final analysis choice of metric – conversions vs. revenue.
• The SEO Sitemap Builder can spider your website to automatically create a urllist.txt, HTML, or XML sitemaps of your website. You just put in your website address into the box provided, answer a few simple questions and you are on your way! Regardless of the number of pages on your website, a sitemap can still be generated, and once created the sitemap can be downloaded as a .TXT, .XML, or .HTML file. The outline of your website from which the sitemap is created also will detail errors that were encountered when the sitemap was created.
• The SEO Competitor Analysis Tool gives you a side by side comparison of your website, and a competitor’s website for a given keyword search phrase. Simply input in your website address, your competitor’s website, and a keyword search phrase in the boxes provided on the webpage. You will get a listing that shows several SEO metrics such as page size, word count, image count, link count, text to HTML ratio, and various other metrics. One of the most powerful metrics given is the comparison of heading tags which shows you which keyword phrases have the most effect on how your website is found organically in the search engines.
• The SEO Webpage Analysis Tool gives you a breakdown of the on-page SEO factors that directly affect how your website appears in the organic search listings. After you put your website address into the box provided you are given a report that covers several SEO metrics such as meta description, heading tags, alt image descriptions, page most relevant keywords, and several other metrics. For each metric category you are also shown recommendations as to how to improve your on-page SEO.
• With the Competitor Webpage Monitor you can be kept up to date when your competition updates their website. Just put in your competition’s webpage address into the information box along with your email address, and you will be updated either daily, or weekly when changes to your competitor’s webpage occurs.
The LXR Marketplace website is very easy to use, and all of the sections of the website are listed on the left hand side of the webpage making it easy to change between services. At the present time all of the services are free, and users of this website can cast their vote as to the usefulness of a particular webpage SEO tool.
I know I have written about this before. But it is worth it to me to repeat it again. You do NOT have to pay for search engine submission services. There are still companies out there that are
selling scamming others with a search engine submission service. I just received one recently, and it is actually a notice that would appear that you might be paying for domain name registration. But, in fact, if you look at it closely, it’s only a search engine submission service for $75 per year.
The notice on the email says the following, which is meant to scare unsuspecting people:
Don’t miss out on this offer which includes search engine submission for HALLOWEENCANDYCOUPON.COM for 12 months. There is no obligation to pay for this order unless you complete your payment by Sep 12, 2013. Our services provide submission and search engine ranking for domain owners. This offer for submission services is not required to renew your domain registration.
Failure to complete your search engine registration by Sep 12, 2013 may result in the cancellation of this order (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).
The search engines crawl the web, trying to find all sorts of URLs that they can find. In fact, just registering a new domain name most likely will get your domain name/site crawled by the search engines. Google says that it is free.
Inclusion in Google’s search results is free and easy; you don’t even need to submit your site to Google. Google is a fully automated search engine that uses software known as “spiders” to crawl the web on a regular basis and find sites to add to our index. In fact, the vast majority of sites listed in our results aren’t manually submitted for inclusion, but found and added automatically when our spiders crawl the web.
If you’ve just added a URL to your site, or a page has significantly changed since the last time it was crawled, you can ask Google to crawl it.
If your site offers specialized products, content, or services (for example, video content, local business info, or product listings), you can reach out to the world by distributing it on Google Web Search. For more information, visit Google Content Central.
To determine whether your site is currently included in Google’s index, do a site: search for your site’s URL. For example, a search for [ site:google.com ] returns the following results: http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Agoogle.com .
You do not have to pay for search engine submission services. It’s completely free. And, I wouldn’t even bother submitting your site anymore. Most likely it’s already been spidered and is already in the search engines.
Please don’t fall for this search engine submission scam.
I was offered 2,000 Facebook Likes for $60 today, from someone offering a service that allows you to buy Facebook Likes. According to this unsolicited commercial email (spam), getting more Facebook Likes will increase your search engine rankings. And the sender, Nick Grey, even says that Matt Cutts from Google said so.
Here is the email I received. Note that my domain name, LinkEarning.com, even though it has a small one-page website, has not really been developed. I’m even amazed that it has one Facebook Like. It really shouldn’t at this point.
On 8/31/13 10:49 PM, “Nick Grey”
My name is Nick Grey, and I am a professional social media manager.
I have something to offer that might interest you. Would you like to extend your reach online? Would you like to promote your products and services directly to your target audience?
In todays world, interaction between companies and their potential and existing customers is carried out through social media. Googles software engineer, Matt Cutts, has confirmed reports that Google uses social signals, such as links from Facebook and Twitter, as a ranking factor. If you want your website to get a high rank in Google searches, your site should have a lot of links on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
You can see the current number of links/Likes to your website LINKEARNING.COM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http://LINKEARNING.COM
I want to help you improve your link popularity on Facebook and as a result, increase its ranking in Google searches! I can place more than 2,000 Facebook links/Likes from your country on your website for $60.
For this offer, you dont even need a Facebook account or fanpage. Plus, I work without prepayment: payment is made after all the work is done!
If you have any questions, please send them to me. I will try to answer them in the shortest time possible.
I also have other offers: additional followers for Twitter channels, additional Likes for Facebook fanpages, additional do-follow SEO-links, and much more.
If this does not interest you, I’m sorry to have bothered you! Have a good day!
What is interesting to note is that you can go to https://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http://LINKEARNING.COM and change out “LINKEARNING.COM” with your domain name and see how many Facebook Likes your domain/site has had.
While representative have said publicly that social signals are being taken into account, the official statement back in 2012 from Matt Cutts (I heard him in person say this) went like this:
Google has a 10 year plan for relying on social factors as a part of the algorithm.
So, while social factors are a (small) part of the search engine algorithm of Google, keep in mind that it takes 10 years for Google to fully “trust” the social signals. So, in my professional opinion, social signals will “count more” over time. And right now, they’ve been using social signals for only a few years now. Just because you get 2,000 Facebook Likes on a URL or domain name doesn’t mean that it will move your search engine rankings one bit.
If you were to buy 2,000 Facebook Likes from this guy names Nick Grey, most likely all of those Facebook Likes are going to be from fake Facebook accounts. There will be no social engagement after they Liked your page or your domain/site. Social engagement is key, and that’s what the search engines are watching–not the number of actual Likes.
I can say, though, that if your Facebook page has no Likes at all, and someone comes across your page, they are less likely to Like your page. This is for a Facebook business page, and not just a Like on your domain/site. No one likes to be the only one who Likes a page.
By the way–I think Nick Grey actually has it all wrong here. He should have mentioned that Bing.com has a relationship with Facebook, not Google. So, your website could potentially rank better if it has more Facebook Likes. Google doesn’t generally have access to the Facebook Like data like Bing.com does.
So, does buying Facebook Likes help your search engine rankings? No, not with Google.
As of today, August 27, 2013, the Google AdWords Keyword Tool is gone. You can no longer use this free online keyword research tool to get the average number of searches per month for keywords. And you can no longer get keyword suggestions from the Google AdWords Keyword Tool.
When you click on the search result above, you will no longer see the Google AdWords Keyword Tool. Instead, you get this:
If you want to get keyword ideas using the Keyword Planner, make sure to sign in to your AdWords account.
To be honest with you, the former keyword research tool was okay, but I have always had problems with it. The data it delivered was always an “estimate” of the actual number of searches. And there were huge discrepancies in the data, from time to time. I don’t expect the new Keyword Planner to be any better when it comes to the accuracy of the actual data.
Since the Google AdWords Keyword Tool is now gone, and the data wasn’t always accurate anyway, here are some good alternatives:
– Bing Ads Intelligence – http://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/bing-ads-intelligence
Bing Ads Intelligence is a powerful keyword research tool that allows you to build and expand on your keyword lists using a familiar Microsoft Office Excel interface, and it enables you to easily gauge the performance of relevant keywords on the Yahoo! Bing Network. Apply these insights to improve your keyword selection and campaign performance.
SEM Rush – I love the SEM Rush tool so much that I actually have reviewed it more than once right here on my blog. And, it’s so good that I even write a monthly column for the SEM Rush Blog. My latest blog post was about how to find content ideas.
Keyword Discovery – http://www.keyworddiscovery.com/
I still like to use Keyword Discovery from time to time, especially when doing large keyword research projects. Keyword Discovery compiles keyword search statistics from all the major search engines world wide, to create the most powerful Keyword Research tool.