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 […]

Using Social Media For Increased Real Estate Sales


Social Media For Real Estate As a Realtor, you will do whatever it takes to sell a home as fast as possible. After all, who doesn’t love satisfied clients and a quicker commission? But if you haven’t integrated social media into your home selling strategy, you are doing yourself (and your clients) a great disservice. […]

Russ Jones Content Title Ideas


I was perusing Portent’s new “tool,” the Content Idea Generator, and wondering for what awesome purpose I could use it. For what topic do I wish I could spin out endless content ideas? And then it struck me. There is only one thing worth writing about endlessly, ad infinitum. Actually, one person. Russ Jones If […]

How to Share Vine Videos to Google Plus


Vine is the latest app craze, creating tons of buzz across social media this week. What is Vine? Vine is an iOS (iPhone & iPad) app created by Vine Labs and recently bought by Twitter. The tl;dr of the app is it’s Instagram for videos. Vine lets you quickly create 6-second on-the-go videos and easily […]

Twitter Talks: How to Win Friends & Not Be Unfollowed

Del Harvey of Twitter

A live blog of the Wednesday Keynote address at SMX Social Media in Las Vegas, December 5, 2012 By Del Harvey, Director of Trust and Safety, Twitter (@delbius) Broadway Books in Portland was on the brink of shutting down. @everydaydude in 2008 tweeted “buy a book, no buy 3, and I’ll buy you a burrito.” […]

Is Marketing Dead? A Live Hangout on Air Video Discussion

Is Marketing Dead Hangout Video

Virante’s Mark Traphagen joined John Blossom (Shore Communications), Mark Thomas (SlingshotSEO), Su Ann Lim (TekPersona), Steve Faktor (IdeaFaktory), and Patrick Healy (Phacient) in a live Google+ Hangout On Air broadcast hosted by Shaker Cherukuri of ProcessISInc. Our discussion took off from the blog post “Is Marketing Dead?” by Shaker. Topics covered in the discussion: What does Marketing […]

SEO Correlation Studies and the Dangers of the SEO News Cycle

PHD Comic Science News Cycle

Following up on a delicious rant on Google+ about sloppy use of correlation studies in the SEO & Internet marketing worlds by my friend Corey Creed, Ronnie Bincer shared a “funny-because-it’s-all-too-true” PHD comic: The comic shows how (in the science world) an innocent and valid correlation study conducted in a university lab, with all the proper controls […]

Why Did You Start Your Twitter Account?

Are you a real person?

You’ve seen those Twitter accounts that just tweet out inspirational messages right? Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together -Vincent Van Gogh — Wendy Fisherman (@WendyFisherman) May 21, 2012   Obstinacy in opinions holds the dogmatist in the chains of error, without the hope of emancipation. […]

Twitter Tool Buffer Adds Twylah Power Tweets

twylah page

Two of my favorite Twitter tools have just been combined. This may be the best thing since someone eating a chocolate bar crashed into someone scooping out of a Jiff jar and bang! Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Twylah does way more than I can describe here, but basically it picks up your personal Twitter trends (tweets […]

The Impact of Social Media on SEO (Slideshow)


My slides (with added annotations) from a presentation I did for the Duke University Webcomm Group. I cover the growing influence of social media on search engine results, why search engines are seeking “social signal,” and end with a focus on test we’ve been running on the powerful SEO influence of an optimized Google+ profile […]