Relative URLs vs. Absolute URLs – Does it matter?

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Okay, so this post may come across a little rantish, but it needs to be said…. relative URLs SUCK for SEO.     I can’t even begin to count the number of times one of our crawlers gets stuck in an endless web of spidering a broken relative url that leads to 404 pages that […]

Link Building Opportunity for Major Weather Websites

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Just a few days ago on January 14th, a fast moving squall line moved through North Carolina producing tornadoes and significant disruption. I, like many of you, subscribe to services that text message us when there are weather alerts in the area. However, I didn’t have my cell phone with me at the time. I […]

Getting Highly Optimized Content from Outsourced Content Creation

Admit it – you and me and most everyone you know outsources some of their “SEO” content. It is the textual content that needs to be on pages to make sure there is enough context to a page otherwise filled with a product picture and a buy now button. It is a right of passage […]

Authorshipocalypse! The Great Google Authorship Purge Has Begun

Authorship in SERPs before and after comparison

December 2013: Authorship in Search Results Gets Restricted UPDATE 21 January 2013: I have now published results of my study detailing who lost Google Authorship and why. UPDATE: While composing this post, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Land reported that Google confirms that Authorship results in search are being intentionally reduced. It appears that the Matt […]

Google Penguin Hunting: An Interview with Russ Jones, CTO of Virante

Russ Jones interviewed on preventing Penguin penalties.

At Pubcon this October, John Rampton of Search Engine Journal interviewed Russ Jones, CTO of Virante, about how to Penguin-proof a website. The Google Penguin algorithm update, which has now had several updates and refreshings, primarily goes after sites that have suspicious-looking backlink profiles. The update looks for telltale patterns that may indicate a site […]

Negative SEO and Link Removals: Interview with Virante’s Jacob Bohall

Penguin penalty link removals

By Mark Traphagen At Pubcon in Las Vegas last month, Search Engine Journal conducted a video interview with Jacob Bohall, Vice President for Marketing for Virante Inc, on the topics of negative seo and link removals for Penguin penalty recovery. Here’s the video of that interview. Below the video is a summary of the key […]

Google Author Rank: On? Not Yet? Why I Don’t Care

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Google Author Rank: The Sasquatch of SEO When it comes to the topic of Google Author Rank and whether it is a reality today, the True Believers are only slightly less fanatical than people convinced that the following are real: Sasquatch (Big Foot) UFO abductions The Kardashians OK, one of those may actually be real, […]

Matt Cutts at Pubcon 2013: Authorship, Authority and the Future of Search

Matt Cutts keynote at Pubcon 2013 Las Vegas

After reading several live blog notes (here and even better here) on the keynote address by Google’s Matt Cutts at Pubcon 2013 yesterday, I was seeing intriguing hints that he had spoken about some topics near and dear to me. But since these were live notes, some of the details were a bit fuzzy. I really […]

Remove’em Innovates Again: 3rd Party Verified Removals

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As many of you know, Remove’em is already up for the US Search Awards in the Innovation category. We were and remain to be the first and only full service – from link finding to link tracking to contact finding to email delivering to disavow building – link removal tool on the Internet. But, if […]

Google Plus Page Verification Is Now Harder to Get, But Still Possible

Google Plus Page verification mark

Recently I posted on Google+ that we had discovered that the Google Plus Page Verification application page is now closed. In other words, they are no longer allowing Google+ Pages to apply for verification. Here’s how the page where you used to apply for Page verification looks now: As you can see, they no longer […]

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