Could spammy backlinks pay off?

Spam, ban, thank you Ma’am

March 10, 2014

Most of the time I talk about how to do SEO and avoid being penalized by Google but today I’m going to show you three cases where spamming and getting banned really benefited the websites involved.

JC Penny, InterFlora and Rap Genius are big brand names that were hit by Google for violating its terms of use. It didn’t take them long to make amends and the result for all three was a much improved backlink profile.

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Are webmasters finally getting wise?

The end of monthly SEO packages?

March 1, 2014

I haven’t offered monthly SEO packages for years but I see many companies still advertising the concept. That ‘6 guest blogs, 1 press release, 1 video, etc. for $x per month’ type of thing.

I can see why they are so attractive to many website owners, they are quantifiable and you can actually see that work is being done ヨ even if rankings don’t move. I don’t do them because every website turns on its merits, it is an individual case that has its own unique needs and requirements.

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Hummingbird has been released, but it hasn't been unleashed ...

SEO post Google Hummingbird

February 8, 2014

Hummingbird is Googleメs new algorithm for indexing the web. Launched in late 2013 there was no noticeable difference to the search results. This is because we are not talking about what Hummingbird is, but what it can do and will be doing as we go through 2014.

Panda and Penguin were about removing the real dross from search results and they will continue to do so. But Hummingbird is about trying to sort out what is left in a more accurate way.

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What does Matt Cutts mean: ‘Guest Blogging is Done’?

January 27, 2014

Hardly has guest blogging become all the rage in SEO than Matt Cutts says it is ‘done’ or ,for want of a better word, ‘dead’. But where did the fashion come from and is it really all over?

A little history

In the early days it was all about getting links to your website and the easiest way to do that was just swapping links. I’ll link to you if you link to me.

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SEO for 'keyword x' is changing fast.

Can you SEO for a specified keyword in 2014?

January 15, 2014

The question, “How much will you charge to rank my site for Keyword X”? has not changed and the relentless spamming of blogs and forums suggests there are still many companies prepared to make promises that it can be done via any type of link building.

But Google’s changes over the last two years, and the advent of Hummingbird, have made this task very different as we go forward into 2014.

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PPC can have a direct influence on your organic search engine rankings ... don't overlook this.

The connection between SEO and PPC

December 5, 2013

I was recently asked the question, “What is the connection between SEO and PPC?”. The client asking was a little confused because SEO is supposed to be about getting organic rankings and PPC is supposed to be part of SEM (Search Engine Marketing) and so paid rankings.

I had mentioned that we could use PPC to improve his organic rankings and it left him puzzled. So how does it work?

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In threatening a customer with fines if they don't remove negative reviews KlearGear have shot themselves in the foot

KlearGear: how not to manage your online reputation

November 19, 2013

I’m often to be found banging on to clients about how important it is for them to manage their online reputation. I bang on because it is hard for most to prioritize this task when there doesn’t seem to be any urgency.

Then one day, because you simply can’t please everybody, a negative review appears somewhere on the web and all hell breaks lose.

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If you don't understand the question you won't understand the answer making you a prime target for cowboy SEO companies,

What does “SEO my website” actually mean?

November 4, 2013

One of those ever popular requests I get in my email box is “Can you SEO my website?”. Yes I can but what are you actually asking?

Over and over on the Website Design sites I also see phrases like “SEO built in” but does that mean you will be top of the search engines?

The short answer is “No”.

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