Sep 09 2013

Four Life Hacks And Work Flow Tips For Webmasters And Web Designers

Category: internet marketingGuest Author

If you’re a webmaster, blogger or SEO, then you are probably at least somewhat adept at multitasking. No doubt you are used to having multiple windows open at once and rapidly flicking between the work you’re doing. Probably your computer is constantly pushed to its limits, but the real question is whether your brain can cope with all that information at once and whether you can keep it up without seeing a drop in performance.

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May 13 2013

Hints To Finding A Good SEO Company?

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

Vetting SEO providers is a real challenge today for numerous reasons. challenge-aheadLet’s look at just a few of them just from the discussion forums:

”A few free memberships and my e-mail being associated with the site is all I needed to be overwhelmed by the ‘SEOs’. They come in fast and they are almost always in two catagories: One is a flood of Indian men named John or Keith telling me that he can submit the site to search engines and directories for me and will even throw in some free ‘advanced penquin-proof link building’ if I pick up their premium package. The other is the SEO services and programs…they are worse than Keith and John. Keith and John are easily ignored and tend to leave my boss alone…the ‘professional’ or ‘enterprise’ or any other bull___ service tends to get their e-mails read by my boss…and then I have to spend time explaining to him why these are b.s. and should be shunned -they will waste money at the least and hurt the company at the worst!”

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Jun 11 2012

Why Should I Invest in SEO, What ROI Can I Expect?

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

Recently a colleague of mine who provides virtual CIO services sent me some intriguing questions about how he handles or screens SEO partners.

"Why should I invest in SEO, and what ROI can I expect if I invest with Capture Commerce?"

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Apr 30 2012

Google: Changing Link Building Forever

Category: link buildingTom Shivers

You may have heard about Google’s message to webmasters who may be using techniques outside Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, such as artificial or unnatural linking intended to manipulate PageRank.

Some people are running scared right now because of this message and are even afraid to link to sites that are credible and do meet Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.

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Apr 09 2012

Are You a Victim of SEO Trends?

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

Hey, did you hear about this SEO trick?

  • Adding a bunch of links to the bottom of the home page
  • Acquiring a large number of social bookmarking links, directory listings, article directory submissions, etc. in a few weeks
  • Creating duplicate sites to get a keyword in the domain name
  • Using hellotxt, onlywire, etc. to broadcast your link through social media
  • Paying someone on fiverr to do a SEO or link building task
  • Paying someone to comment on your blog and/or other blogs
  • Paying to acquire lots of links relatively quickly
  • Dabbling with keyword density
  • Trying to fit as many keywords as possible into a web page
  • Using automated link distribution networks

These are some examples of “SEO tricks” people used in the past with varying degrees of success, but today use them and you may be another victim of SEO trends.

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Oct 10 2011

Top SEO Skills for Today and Beyond

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

This article is intended for SEOs who want to stay fresh, but others may find it useful as well:

  • Companies hiring for a web project
  • SEOs on the job hunt
  • Businesses who want to do better with SEO

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Aug 29 2011

8 Things To Consider If You’ve Not Done SEO Recently

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

SEO is a long-term marketing strategy

Whether you are doing SEO in-house, on your own time or with a professional, it still takes time for a site to begin ranking well for a keyword that has never been targeted before, unless you’re involved with a brand with a huge following. Here’s the gist:

  • Engaging content to the searcher is the foundation so please don’t try to push a web page that’s all about “me and my super awesome company.” You’ve often got to create content that’s not about you if you want conversions.
  • That new content should have a few good quality links pointing at it from sites that are reputable and/or relevant to the topic to gain good search rank.

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Aug 15 2011

Inside the Google Mindset

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

In a somewhat recent Matt Cutts video he goes over some of the objectives of the Panda update and iterations that followed. Then Matt says, “It helps to step into the Google Mindset and how we think about these sorts of things because whenever we’re trying to write the algorithms, whenever we’re trying to uncover the signals, those kinds of questions can be very helpful to understand how we’re thinking about the problem and how we’re trying to return higher quality sites.”

Matt says they are going to keep iterating on the Panda update to try to keep sites that don’t produce quality content from ranking as high as sites that do produce content that users love.

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Jun 20 2011

Can Digg Put the Pin Back in the Grenade?

Category: social mediaTom Shivers

An interview with David Leonhardt

So, how did Digg rise to wild popularity, fall to mediocrity and give birth to numerous social voting sites?

Digg really was “The Great White Hope”, so to speak, but they blew it with Version 4. They made a classic mistake that so many companies make. When they tried to reinvent themselves, they did not play to their strengths. Coca Cola made that same mistake with New Coke.

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Oct 21 2008

What’s Stopping You From Going Forward With SEO?

Category: organic seoTom Shivers

Lee Oden, an internet marketing expert, wrote an interesting post recently: SEO Tops Recession Internet Marketing Tactics. In it, Lee reveals the results of a poll asking marketers what 3 internet marketing tactics they will emphasize most in the next 6 months. SEO topped the list of more than 41 tactics. Lee concludes: “With SEO, it isn’t a matter of ‘Should we?’ it’s a matter of ‘What’s stopping you?’”

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