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All of the articles contained in this category are about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), the practice of helping websites appear more prominently in search engines such as Google and Bing. Most of these articles are around the more technical parts of SEO, especially SEO for Wordpress, but you will also find articles about linkbuilding, social media for SEO, and Microsoft Excel for SEOs.

Google recently sent out a new batch of the unnatural links notices. The blogosphere went nuts as usual with very little information. On Friday, Matt Cutts posted on Google+ to try to satiate some of the madness. Here is what he said:

Of course this did not satisfy most SEOs.
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Back in April at Linklove, I presented on Tools of the SEO Trade. In that talk, I talked about somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 different tools available for use. I built out a couple for people to use as well (for free), and today I want to talk about one of them.

Introducing the Quora RSS Scraper Importer

One of the tools I built out, which is actually a tool that I built back in January or February for a client, is a Google Spreadsheet that imports the most recent Quora posts based on a Quora category. I’ll explain this further down, but if you’re impatient you can:

Download and Copy the Spreadsheet

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What if I told you that it was possible to hijack pages on websites with your Google authorship? What if I also told you that sometimes Google does it for you?

Let me tell you a story. The other day, I logged into our private Distilled G+ network and saw this from my coworker Phil Nottingham -

We all had a laugh as Phil thought that I was trolling him (which admittedly would have been amazing). But I was not. In fact, I did some more searches on the Distilled site and saw these – Continue Reading…

SEO for Photographers

John Doherty —  May 8, 2012

Being both a travel photographer and an SEO Consultant, I have taken a keen interest in how images get found online. I don’t have enough time to dedicate to my photography site, but I’ve learned a thing or two about SEO for photography along the way to becoming an SEO professional.

Because of this I was happy when Feuza Reis, a New Jersey wedding photographer, asked to interview me for a video blog that she has been doing on her site. I agreed and so we had a great 30 minute chat about SEO and photography. Have a listen and I’d love to have your feedback!
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The other day I was doing competitor backlinking strategy analysis for a client of mine. Essentially, they wanted to know the backlink strategies of their competitors so that they could see where opportunity exists. I want to share the strategy that I used with you, so that you can use it to fairly quickly and easily identify your client’s (or your own) main competitors, and even further which competitors you need to examine more closely for their backlink strategies. Continue Reading…

Linkbuilding is always a hot topic in the industry, with people wanting to know how to build more and better links faster while putting in less time. Linkbuilders have historically just thought about “how can I get more links with better anchor text”? It doesn’t matter where you get the links from, in their estimation. Rather, it matters that you get the right anchor text.

I think this is the wrong way to look at linkbuilding. At the very least, it’s shortsighted and doesn’t give you the full impact that thinking about linkbuilding in a different way could. I call this type of linkbuilding linkbranding.
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*Note from John – This is a guest post by Matt Gratt, who recently struck out on his own to follow his dream of being an entrepreneur. Matt is someone I’ve respected for a while, so it’s a pleasure to have him guest post here! You can find him on his blog, Twitter, or Google+.

While you can’t put glasses on a search engine, you can make it look smart.

This was an eventful couple of months in SEO – BuildMyRank and other blog networks were de-indexed and shut down. Google began sending webmasters warnings of negative links. And expert SEOs have reported that major aspects of anchor text weight have changed.

So what does all of this mean? And more importantly, how can SEOs continue to deliver the traffic, sales, and ROI that clients expect and businesses need in this time of unprecedented change?

We need a sustainable strategy – not a series of escalating tactics. And the  sustainable strategy is very simple…

Make Google look smart.

Make Bing look smart.

Make whatever panopticon of vertical search engines, semantic text crawlers, Siri-like smart agents, and social decision engines the future brings look smart. Continue Reading…

You know what’s better than ranking for your head terms? Ranking for your head terms plus the longtail variations of those terms that can also drive great traffic. Once you get outside of the head term fixation, you realize that incredible value exists in the longtail of keywords. In fact, over 80% of queries are considered “longtail”, according to this graph:

What I am going to do today is show you how to blow out your keyword list using tools like UberSuggest and Soovle so that you can identify the terms around your head terms so that you can create content and build links to your site using all of the related terms, still rank for your head terms, AND capture the longtail traffic!

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Note from John: this is a guest post from Anthony Pensabene of Webimax. He’s a cool guy and has written a phenomenal post that I think really gets at the core of what it takes to succeed in SEO and life in general – being a nice person, making friends, and adding to the online discussion. It is a pleasure to have him guest post on my site.

New students, (ha) made you look; you’re engaged to a page in J. Doherty’s online book. I got your attention, now what? Good question, Dr. Pete would direct my attention toward the visible-yet-valueless dynamic of getting people (just) to look. We’re in the industry; we know SERP visibility does not equal conversions (indefinitely).
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People often come to us and say that they want linkbuilding. I assume that this is because many people are under the understanding that SEO = linkbuilding = rankings. While there have been posts written about why this is not true, this scenario plays out again and again.

I bet this happens to you as well, if you are an SEO consultant or work in an SEO agency. Sometimes it is quite difficult to know whether or not to take them on. On the one hand, the money is nice. On the other hand, we have to do what is right for the client and not always what is right for the office bank account or personal wallet.

The goal of this post is to provide you with a framework for success when deciding whether or not to take on a client for linkbuilding. I’ll walk you through what I check before I agree to take on a client for linkbuilding, which will hopefully help you to do the same.

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