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Caution:Blog Scrapers

Friday, May 8th, 2009

paws1There has recently been a lot talk about the importance of blogging for SEO purposes. Many experts agree that a blog is a dynamic and interactive tool which allows you to effectively address vital issues and share relevant and useful information with readers both inside and outside the industry. But as blogging increases in popularity, more websites are facing the alarming problem of content theft.
My first encounter with this issue happened a while ego when I posted my first blog on Data Feed Optimization. In a matter of a hours the word-by-word copy appeared on multiple sites. A few days later the original blog was completely knocked out of search results. What happened to me is not uncommon. Scrapers also known as content scrapers or feed scrapers are computer programs that go out onto the web and copy the content from other sites with unique content.
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Home Page Optimization: How to get a customer in 7 seconds

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

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There’s only one chance at making a good first impression.  That’s why your home page is, by far, the most important page on your entire website.  Optimizing your home page is not just about SEO, but it is also about optimizing your most critical landing pages for conversions.

Most people don’t realize that the ultimate common purpose of a website’s home page is to gain interest and establish credibility.  It is NOT to try to sell everything under the sun on the first page they get to.  It is NOT to present every single possible important fact across a lengthy home page.

If the first encounter with a website doesn’t have a clear message and create positive feelings of a match to what they are looking for, the visitor will be lost forever.  Producing a favorable impression and evoking strong visitor trust within the first few seconds leads to more clickthroughs, which leads to more sales, which leads to better SEO ranking.
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Local Search Optimization, the new SEO for small businesses?

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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Earlier last week Google released a statement announcing that effective April, 6th local search results will be included by default on all queries. How does this change anything? Here is why we believe it will have a huge impact on the way many SEO companies build their strategies.
Let’s start with the benefits for the immediate consumer. Before this change occurred, users had to request local search results by typing their geographic location in the search box. With the new technology they won’t have to do it any more. Google will identify where users are by using their IP-address thus people can get to the most useful and relevant results a lot faster. This is also great news for mobile phone holders whose devices have a trackable GPS module. No more tedious I-phone typing in the cold! Mobile search is about to get a lot easier.
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8 Steps To Improve Your Adwords Quality Score

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

adwords-qualityA high quality score  in Adwords means you will be able to run your pay-per-click campaign cheaper and more effectively than your competitors.
Most people don’t know that Google Adwords will give preference to cheaper ads provided they demonstrate high relevance, excellent clickthrough rate and better overall performance.

8 steps in improving your Adwords Quality Score

1. Use Traffic Estimator for keyword analysis.Traffic Estimator is a great tool which helps to predict keyword performance in terms of CPC bid and positioning. It enables you to filter your initial choices and eliminate keywords which are either too expensive or don’t generate enough clicks. Make sure you are not logged into your Google account when using Traffic Estimator because it may skew the results.
2. Try Opportunities to Improve Option. Though generally skeptical of computer-generated tools offered by Adwords, I was pleasantly surprised with Opportunities to Improve button.It instantly increased the QS for some of the ads. Similar results are not guaranteed but since this tool is free, you have little to lose.
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When is a good time to do SEO?

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

For many website owners, there is a logical process which most companies follow.

1) Build a website
2) Do a pay per click campaign
3) If it goes well pay more into pay per click, experiment with SEO
4) If it doesn’t go well, stop investing in the website.

However, after a website is built, the FIRST step should be determining what your conversion rate is. That means setting up a Google analytics account, getting the goal conversions setup, and MEASURING results from traffic generated from a PPC campaign. What most companies don’t realize is that the number one factor which determines success in a campaign is whether or not the website has the ability to convert. Without that, the money spent on generating traffic is very often wasted. If your site can convert 3-5% of targeted traffic, then there is a good chance you’ll make money from an SEO or Pay per click campaign. If not, then it is wiser to invest the money into improving the fundamentals of the website so that visitors find what they are looking for.

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A reputation management crisis

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Reputation management is not the most well-defined term in the industry.  What exactly does it mean?  How does one do reputation management?  The fact is that a lot of SEO’s don’t even know what to do until an incident happens.

It’s not until you’re in a situation where someone is attacking your honor where you realize that Google has a lot of power over what others think of you and your company.  Here is an example one company, absolutepoker.com which literally got devastated by other a few people who were very mad at them.  They decided to advertise under their name to get top placement for their absolutepokercheats.com site and the following is what happened.

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Search Engine Optimization Myths

Friday, October 17th, 2008

One of the biggest problems with the SEO world is that anyone can claim to be an SEO expert.  It’s very difficult for someone interested in SEO services to figure out who is really an expert at SEO and who is just good at selling.  Very often, people choose SEO companies based on reputation, but many companies can develop a strong reputation and still be awful at SEO.  Often, the older, larger companies simply rely on their online presence to get new customers, but are serviced by people who know very little about Search Engine Optimization.

The truth is that many online businesses can truly benefit from great SEO, but after being burned by cheaper vendors promising wild guarantees and overcharging with very little results, most people are reluctant to continue with SEO.

Our goal is to blow away misconceptions in the SEO industry, guide people to better ranking, and when you’re ready to take your online marketing to the next level give you the information you need so we can get you there.

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