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Use Media Relations for Search Engine Optimization

Spin Sucks

In the past few months, I’ve written quite a bit about content hubs , offsite content marketing , and how to use media relations to get on the first page of Google results and there are always tons of questions. If you attend the webinar (or watch the recording later), you will learn: The three-pronged approach to using media relations for search engine optimization. CT, 10 a.m.

Paying to Boost Organic Search Engine Rankings on Google

Bill Hartzer

Google has always been adamant about the fact that paying for Google AdWords ads will not boost your site’s organic search engine rankings. Google’s AdWords database is not shared with their organic search algorithm or any of the databases connected to it. Will that boost your organic search engine rankings? Search Engine Optimization

How 16 Companies are Dominating the World’s Google Search Results

Viper Chill

Instead, that seemingly endless variety is actually controlled by just a handful of companies. Today I’m going to reveal how the huge diversity we perceive in Google search results is once again a few large corporations controlling what we assume to be choice. As I stated earlier, I was far more surprised by how Google reacted to this. So Why Am I Surprised? Social Medi

50 Tips to Make Your Company’s Blog Rock

Spin Sucks

This blog post idea was shamelessly stolen from  Jeff Bullas  and “ 30 Tips To Make Your Company’s Blog Rock.” 50 Tips to Make Your Company’s Blog Rock. Subscribe to  SmartBrief  newsletters, RSS feeds, and  Google alerts  in order to find ideas for new content. Subscribe to the top industry blogs in your market, both company blogs and personal blogs for ideas.

SEO Strategies: Optimisation Ideas for Your Google+ Page


Tweet Guest post written by Emma Tomlinson , who is the Head of Retail at Smart Traffic, a SEO consulting company based in Bristol delivering successful campaigns to both SMEs and major brands. And, right now, Google+ is one of the dominating social networking sites. With that said, take the following aspects into mind while creating your Google+ page.

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The New Model: How Google+ “Gets” Content

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

The way content is shared today changes online marketing, putting content to the forefront of what users, companies, brands and products are about. Google+ has just won the People’s Choice award for social media at The Webby Awards presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. This may come as a surprise, since Google+ isn’t as popular as was first expected.

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Google to Start Showing Company Logos in Search Results?

Bill Hartzer

Based on what I am seeing using the Google Rich Snippets Tool , it looks like Google is going to be soon showing your company logo in the search results, just like they’re currently doing with Google Authorship. Search Engine Marketing

Change or Die | Fast Company

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Fast Company. Google. Connect with Fast Company. My Bookmarks Digg My Yahoo Google Stumble Upon. The companys top executives had invited the most farsighted thinkers they knew from around the world to come together in New York and propose solutions to some really big problems. CEOs are supposedly the prime change agents for their companies, but theyre often as resistant to change as anyone -- and as prone to backsliding. Energy Efficient Servers See how HP Energy Efficient Servers can help your company save energy. About Fast Company.

The Importance of Search Engine Optimization

Jason Yormark

With this in mind, I think it’s important to look at some statistics to better understand why search engine optimization is so important. Here are some numbers to contemplate in this regard: 90% of the adult population in the United States uses a search engine to find information online. About 80% of all searches come from the organic search engines and not the paid search listings. As a reference, paid search listings are searches that are actually paid for by the companies being found (typically found at the top and right hand side they will say “sponsored listings).

Why Google is Really Pushing HTTPs

Bill Hartzer

In a recent Search Engine Land article , Patrick Stox explains what HTTP/2 is, and what it means for SEOs. After all, Google has publicly stated that their search engine crawler, called Googlebot, is going to be supporting HTTP/2 soon. As you might recall, I moved this website to HTTPs a few days after Google announced that HTTPs is a search engine ranking factor. Banned In Google

Bill Hartzer, a site that listed the “top SEO firms” in a list (for a fee) has been banned in Google. TopSEOs is a paid rating system website, that, in my opinion, has used deceptive practices over the years to list what were supposedly the “Top SEOs” However, that’s just not the case: the companies on the list pay for their spot. August 2008: [link].

How to Increase Your Content Visibility in Google Knowledge Graph

Convince & Convert

The way our mind acquires, operates, and responds reminds me of the Google Knowledge Graph. Google Knowledge Graph is the largest warehouse of knowledge in digital history—and it’s doing it with your help. What Is Google Knowledge Graph? In a nutshell, Google knowledge graph is a systematic way of organizing facts, people, and places to improve the relevancy of search outcomes.

Looking Back on the Year of the Panda: Google Algorithm Changes

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

This last year Google brought a large number of algorithm changes to the table.  According to Search Engine Land , some domains saw a 94% loss in visibility, and others were left picking up the pieces after they lost 80% of their keyword positions. queries according to Search Engine Land. April 11 : Panda update 2.0 – This incorporated Google searcher blocking data.

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24 of the Best Google+ Guides, Tips, Rants and Raves of 2012

Webbiquity SMM

Will Google+ be a “Facebook killer” or just Google’s next failed social network? Then again, the average Facebook user spends nearly seven hours per month on the site—compared to just three minutes for the average Google+user. Many of this year’s best posts about Google’s newest social platform were written early in the year. You can!

5 Top Social Media Professionals on Google+

Janet Fouts

There’s been a lot of noise about Google+. Personally I’ve got a love/hate relationship with Google+. Unfortunately the platform has quite a lot of downside too. I’ve noted before that the Google+ Business pages may not be for all brands, some have built their Google+ pages and done quite well, but maybe not well enough to ax that Facebook page just yet.

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18 Expert Guides to Using Google+ for Business

Webbiquity SMM

Despite the reputation Google+ has in some circles for being the social network that everyone has joined but no one uses , marketers are increasing viewing it as a vital platform for branding and engagement. So what are the best practices for posting and sharing content on Google+? What are the best tools for analyzing Google+ activity and results? ” Google+ and SEO.

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Google Removed Carousel from Google Search Results

Bill Hartzer

Google has removed the Google Carousel from the search results. search for keyword phrases such as Dallas Hotels, Chicago Hotels, and New York Hotels, popular searches that previously showed the Google Carousel, now shows a different type of search result, which is similar to the traditional map pack. Google removed carousel. Google Search Engines For good.

Appalling: US Patent US8515941 B1: System for Generating Search Engine Spam

Bill Hartzer

US Patent US8515941 B1 granted Aug 20, 2013, is titled “System for unique automated website generation, hosting, and search engine optimization” And their websites still rank well in Google despite Google Panda 4.0. It’s pretty rare that I out another SEO firm or company (okay, well maybe not). Google Search Engine Optimization Search Engines

Marketing Doubleshot Podcast – Ep. 5 – Brands as Media Companies & Google’s Doorway Page Update

The New Strategist

In this episode Josh Muirhead and Jonathan Barrick discuss brands evolving in to full-fledged media companies, putting customer experiences and user-generated content at the forefront. Additionally, Jon and Josh discuss the news of Google’s latest algorithm change, taking aim at doorway pages, and what it means for your SEO strategy. Links & resources mentioned in this episode: 5 Predictions for GoPro As A Media Company -

Google Analytics for Beginners


Google has made all this possible with its quintessential service called Google Analytics that specifically caters to online marketers. So what exactly is Google Analytics? Google Analytics is a flagship service from the Google stables that furnish accurate visitor data for an online enterprise. Advantages of using Google Analytics. How do I sign up?

The Real Reason Google Removed Google Authorship Photos From Search Results

Bill Hartzer

We all want to know the real reason why Google removed Google Authorship Photos from the search results, right? wrote in my post about Google removing Google Authorship photos that John Mueller from Google responded with a reason. When there are less photos in the search results pages, then users click more on Google AdWords ads. Well, uh, yeah.

Interview With a Small Business Owner Crushed by Google

Bill Hartzer

Mr. Zoot originally claimed that he, as a small business owner, has been crushed by Google. He’s been only for over 10 years, and, in the past several years Google has taken steps through various algorithm changes and other policies, to crush his business online. You shouldn’t have relied solely on Google for your traffic and revenue”. Google Search Engines

Are Google+ Business Pages Replacing Facebook Pages?

Janet Fouts

I speak a lot about Google+ as a tool for business. In fact I’ve just written a book called “ Google+ for Business Tweet ” and I’m presenting a second Roundtable  in February. Google+ is a social network with huge potential for businesses, but it’s best value is as an individual user, not a business page. Here’s the thing.

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Breaking Up Google

Geoff Livingston

It may be time to break Google up. At a minimum, the Justice Department should consider taking up antitrust action against Google again. Google takes these actions to drive revenue for its advertising products. Contextual and creepy at the same time, Google uses all of the data collected from products to serve the ad beast, which in turn suggests products from paying partners.

Google Targets ‘Scraped’ Content and ‘Content Farms’


In a move “to encourage a healthy web ecosystem,” Google recently announced a major change to its search algorithm – a move to devalue so-called “content farms” that primarily copy content from other websites, and sites that offer little or no value-added content for users. Google,” he notes, “launched an algorithm tweak in January to combat spam and scraper sites.” Tweet This!

34 (of the) Best Google+ Tips, Tactics and Guides of 2011

Webbiquity SMM

Google+ (or Google Plus) is many different things, depending on who you ask. It’s the tool Google will use to beat Facebook. It’s Google’s latest attempt at social media, and they finally got it right. It’s mostly a playground for engineers and marketers. What are Google’s future plans for the platform? Image credit: SEOmoz.

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SEO Firm Impersonates Google, Claims Local Listing to be Deleted

Bill Hartzer

During an recent unsolicited telemarketing call , a representative from an SEO firm, located in California, claimed that a company’s local business listing on Google Places (now called Google My Business ) would be taken down and deleted if they are not paid $299 to re-verify and re-boost the local listing. ” He said “Google IS in San Diego!”

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Using Structured Data? Your Website Could Lose Traffic to Google

Bill Hartzer

If you are using structured data on your website, or marking up your website’s code using code, it could ultimately cost you page views and visits from Google. By allowing marking using structured data on your website, you are allowing Google to use the data in any way they see fit–and Google is taking full advantage of that. Google Search Engines

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Search Engine Optimization: 10 Search Engine Ranking Problems

Bill Hartzer

I often talk to people who claim that they are suffering from poor search engine rankings. No matter what you do, you just cannot find your web site in Google–and sometimes it’s not just the keywords the sites is targeting, the site cannot be found for the company’s name. With enough link building, Google will overlook many other issues. 2. Digg this!

Google+ and World Domination

Janet Fouts

If you’re as into social media networks as I am you’d have to have your head in the sand to miss the launch of Google+ , a shiny new social network from Google. Adding the “ Authorship&# tag &# to syndicated posts will allow users to follow specific authors and list your content on the +1 tab of your Google profile. What if you did get into Google+ already?

Google Search Console Search Analytics: Last Updated May 3, 2016

Bill Hartzer

Google Search Console’s Search Analytics feature, the feature that allows you to see the keywords, impressions, clicks, and average position of your website’s pages, has not been updated since May 3, 2016. Usually, Google allows verified website owners to see their search query data up to the past two days (the data is delayed two days). Google Search Engines

Content Marketing Warfare on Google Panda & Penguin [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

If your website rankings have changed for the worse as a result of Google’s Panda and Penguin algorithm updates, then you’re probably looking for a new SEO tactics. The founders of Quaturo , a content marketing company, and Neo Mammalian  Studios , a infographic design company, put together this infographic titled “ Content Marketing: What’s your plan of attack?

Behr Paint Now Offering SEO and Search Engine Marketing Services

Bill Hartzer

But, apparently Behr Paint ( Behr Process Corporation ) is now offering search engine optimization and search engine marketing services to registered BehrPro professionals. Local businesses can now get their paint and their search engine optimization and search engine marketing services from the same company. – Google+ Local registration. And, Ms.

Meeting Google’s Quality Guidelines: Will Google EAT Your Content?


Google’s Updated Quality Guidelines  . This past November, Google released their Quality Rater Guidelines so that businesses, marketers, content writers, and SEO experts could get an idea of exactly what the search engine giant was looking for when it came to quality content. Then, on March 28, Google updated the original document and pared it down from 160 pages to 146 pages.

Small Business Owner: Google Crushed Me

Bill Hartzer

An interesting post was written by a small business owner , sharing his experience about being crushed by Google. In the article, he claims that after working hard for 12 years building his online business, Google reduced the site’s traffic from 2000 visitors a day to a few hundred a day: all without warning. Google Search EnginesMaybe I’m missing something?”

Does Buying Facebook Likes Help Search Engine Rankings?

Bill Hartzer

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. In todays world, interaction between companies and their potential and existing customers is carried out through social media. No, not with Google. href=[link].

Inbox by Gmail Doesn’t Work with Google Apps

Bill Hartzer

The new Inbox by Gmail , launched just recently , does not work with email accounts set up through Google Apps. My company, for example, uses our Gmail accounts for our email. But, when I got the invite from Google, I downloaded the app, and got the following after installing it: It’s not that we haven’t set up our company’s email to work with Inbox by Gmail yet.

What Wikipedia’s Google Ranking Means for Your Business

Convince & Convert

Let’s face it: Google loves Wikipedia. However, Similarweb recently produced data indicating that Wikipedia traffic from Google had dropped significantly. As part of this, my company, Stone Temple Consulting, tested 18,534 search queries whose search pages contained 184,610 natural search results (i.e., Wikipedia’s Dominance in Google’s Search Results.

How Social Media Can Affect Your Search Engine Rankings


Now more than ever, marketing experts are improving their marketing strategy with fewer resources, and they are shifting marketing budgets from traditional to digital tactics like search engine optimization and social media. Companies, too often, omit their social media marketing strategy from their SEO strategy, which is a grave mistake. Google+ has over 500 million users.

Is Google becoming evil?

The Way of the Web

Given the high standards Google set for itself with the aims of indexing the world’s information, and the mantra of ‘Don’t Be Evil’, it’s likely we hold it to higher standards than most companies. After all, if you’re paying $150,000 for Google Analytics Premium, you’d be expecting all information. That’s entirely lost now.