Keywords – the currency of online communication

Keywords are the currency of online communication. Here’s how we make sure we reach our target market.

The path of any action online is either random or purposeful. Random means that people are just clicking around, hoping to land on a funny meme, video or … something. A purposeful path is when somebody has a goal in mind, and they follow a process to accomplish that goal.

The goal often begins with a “keyword” or a question. [Read more…]

Top 11 SEO tips in 2020

From the obvious to the “Hey-I-never-thought-of-that-great-idea-before”, here are 11 of the top tips to optimize your website for its turbo-charge rocket ride up the rankings…updated!

There must be 1001 ways to optimize your website for higher rankings, then more after a well-deserved nap. Here are 11 of the top SEO tips that still work well in 2020.

To be sure, there are also vital new steps to take, such as being mobile-friendly, tweaking for voice search and using a secure server. But these 11 tips haven’t changed all that much over the years. Search engines change their algorithms, but SEO doesn’t change all that much. [Read more…]

My SEO predictions for…2003?!?

I’ve been known to make a few predictions in my time. Here are some SEO predictions I made in 2003 that actually came true!

NOTICE This article is republished without a single word changed since 2003. The images below are of a few places that it was syndicated.

November 2003 might go down in history as the month that Google shook a lot of smug webmasters and search engine optimization (SEO) specialists from the apple tree. But more than likely, it was just a precursor of the BIG shakeup to come.

Google touts highly its secret PageRank algorithm. Although PageRank is just one factor in choosing what sites appear on a specific search, it is the main way that Google determines the “importance” of a website. [Read more…]

The better way to get relevant backlinks that you actually deserve – a step-by-step guide

There are tried-and-true ways to land relevant backlinks through competitor research. But there are ways to improve on the obvious tactics. This is your better backlink strategy.

Anybody concerned about their search engine rankings is on a constant hunt for high-quality and relevant backlinks. They aren’t that easy to acquire. After all, if landing top-tier backlinks was easy, every website would rank #1.

And that would be awkward. [Read more…]

4 keyword research pitfalls that will ruin your SEO to oblivion

The SEO landscape can be unforgiving to those who cut corners.

Picture this: you pour in thousands of dollars building links. You finally manage to reach the first page. Plus, you went all in and got your hands dirty with pay-per-click (PPC).

But, wait. Despite ranking first and running PPC campaigns, your site isn’t raking in the cash.

Then it hits you — you were targeting the wrong keywords all along.

You rushed your keyword research. You didn’t think it through. You didn’t study user intent before matching keywords to content. You didn’t do your homework.

Oops. [Read more…]

What’s so special about WordPress SEO?

WordPress SEO isn’t all that different from SEO on any other website. However, some of the mechanics are unique to WordPress, so it’s worth knowing what to look for. Here are 11 handy tips.

Google ranks all websites together in one pot. It does not separate out WordPress sites for a special index.  That means that WordPress SEO is, at its base, no different than SEO for any other website.

As with any other website, you need both on-page and off-site SEO – both proper coding and content and good links and social signals.

As with any other website, it’s not how good your SEO is, it’s how much better (or worse) it is compared to the competition.

As with any other website, the title tag is prime real estate, as are the h tags and the bold tags.

As with any other website, the speed of loading and the mobile compatibility are crucial.

As with any other website, you need to know which search terms (keywords) people are searching for and, more importantly, which ones convert. [Read more…]

SEO Analysis – things everyone should know about their website

Most people know surprisingly little about their website. Unless you are the coder, chances are you know less than you think.

I recently had some work done on my writing website, making it fully responsive, tinkering with the content, boosting the speed and making some other adjustments. I wanted to see how it would perform.  So I put it through Neil Patel’s SEO Analyzer.

SEO Analyzer allows you to compare your site to three other domains, so I typed in three  significant competitors. Then you get three PDFs:

Small business hit in the pocketbook by Google Keyword Planner changes

Google has been busy, busy, busy with its Keyword Planner tool these past few weeks. The fun began in June, when several users complained that it was suddenly mandatory to have at least one active Adwords campaign to access the Keyword Planner.

A few days of outrage later, Google clarified that this was a technical glitch and would be fixed.

Oops.  Hehe. [Read more…]

SEO and the next big optimization

What is SEO all about?  I’ll bet nine out of ten webmasters will answer, “It’s about my Google rankings.”

Well, yes, that’s the result you are shooting for.  But what is the process?  What does SEO do?

And that’s where nine out of ten webmasters will say, “Ah…um…well…I dunno.”

SEO is about optimizing. [Read more…]

How can I get my website indexed by Google?

It’s the biggest F in the FAQ of SEO.  The most frequently asked newbie question: “How can I get my website indexed by Google?” The answer is simple.  It will get indexed on its own if it’s any good and you do any promotion.

As Neil Patel puts it, “You can take the ‘tortoise’ approach – just sit back and wait for it to happen naturally.”

Like all things in life, you had best read the fine print. Those are two huge “ifs”.  Let’s take a look at each one. [Read more…]