Google result for “english person” returns the c-word

Updated June 17th – Read the update and explanation as to why it was not a Google bomb. It seems like the Google Search algorithm either has a sense of humour or doesn’t think highly of “english people”… Search for “english person” (without the quotes) on Google.com or Google.co.uk and you’ll get the Wikipedia definition of the C-WORD. At first I thought this might have been an intentional Google bomb but I checked the backlinks for the wikipedia page and didn’t find any intentional links Read More +

What is the best phone for SEO?

Ever wanted to be able to check your analytics or maybe even some backlinks with your mobile phone? Do you find the Google Analytics app too limited and miss the full functionality? It is now possible to use the desktop version of Google Analytics on some moile devices. Until now, when trying to do certain actions in Google Analytics they would not work on the phone, such as selecting the date range. The Flash player on Opera Mini and Dolphin Browser HD just could not Read More +

Ranking Signals To Worry About

In a recent video Matt Cutts outlines which ranking factor SEOs worry about which they shouldn’t as well as which factors SEOs should pay closer attention to. To most of you none of this is life changing information, however I believe Matt really mentions the basics here which, if you’re short on time, is where you should be focusing your efforts. You can watch the video for yourself below or you can read my takeaways from this.   What ranking signals do SEOs worry about Read More +

7 SEO Myths 2012

Google and other major search engines keep their algorithms a secret to reduce spam and while keeping spam down is a good thing secrecy also means that anyone trying to optimize a website is forced to make educated guesses as to what things actually work to improve rankings and traffic. Thanks to sites like SEOmoz, searchengineland and others there is now a lot of quality information which wasn´t there when I started doing SEO back in 2004. But more information also means there is a Read More +

How Google Treats Directory Paid Links

The subject of paid links is taboo in SEO. Speakers at seminars whisper when they talk about the subject at conferences and even then they usually disclose they are against buying links lest Google´s wrath fall upon them. However, paid links, either directly or indirectly, are a major part of the cyber economy without which the economic recession would probably be even worse. How many work at home mom bloggers can feed their kids thanks to paid online advertising? Paid links work. That´s why companies Read More +

5 reasons Why I Inbound.org Rocks

Inbound.org is a new site launched by Rand from SEO Moz and Dharmesh from HubSpot. My first impression is that I´m going to be hooked on this site. There´s barely any articles there but the few I´ve clicked through to have been extremely interesting. Within 20 minutes I´ve already read three articles, shared one on Google plus, commented on one and lastly I´ve been encouraged to write this post about the Inbound.org.   There are some things I simply love about this new site and the Read More +

Google ads looking more like organic results

Has anyone else noticed how Google Ads are looking more and more like organic results in Google? Since I started to write this article at least the people at Screamingfrog have also noticed the blurring of the line. It makes sense that AdWords click through rates can quickly be increased if users can no longer tell what the first organic result is. I noticed something was up while comparing click through rate (CTR) data on an organic branded term between January 2012 with the same Read More +

Having structured URLs is important, having a flat site structure is not

There is a great post on http://www.bruceclay.com/ about why having structured URLs is a good thing. One of the main reasons I started this blog was to have a place to keep great SEO advice. I´ve always had the beleif that SEO is full of myths, overcomplicated techniques and spam. It can be difficult for someone starting out or even someone who has experience but hasn´t bothered to keep up to date, to know what works and what is a waste of time, or worse still, harmful Read More +

Great article on SEO book about Google´s transparency, ethics and double standards

Aaron Wall continues his rampage on Google by releasing an incredible (and incredibly long) post about how Google does not practice what they preach. First on January 2nd he outed Google Chrome´s spammy online marketing campaign after which the Google webspam team took action and applied a penalty to the Chrome page. Now he brings us an insightful post about Google´s lack of transparency and double standards. Google wants online marketers to stay within guidelines they themselves impose while at the same time they do Read More +

How does a 303 redirect affect SEO?

While virtually every SEO knows how 301 and 302 redirects affect SERPs the 303 redirect remains fairly unknown because it is rarely used. I came across a website linking to one of my sites with a 303 but I could not find a definitive answer of whether or not this link passed any PageRank. Information online about this was scarce and the only information I found was from people saying that only 301 redirects pass PageRank. When I checked the status code for 303 redirect at w3.org Read More +