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Blog SEO: Domain vs Subdomain

Blog SEO: Domain vs Subdomain

The other day I wanted to install WordPress on a client’s site. The people who built his site tried to inform me that the blog would be better off on a subdomain than in a subfolder. My heart sank and I was speechless as I digested the

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What is YMYL?

What is YMYL?

YMYL is a Your Money or Your Life Page. These are pages which could potentially impact the future happiness, health, or wealth of users. According to Google’s 2014 Quality Rater Guidelines, this is what YMYL is. While I can not post exact details of Google’s confidential rater

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Why HTTPS will be an important SEO factor

Why HTTPS will be an important SEO factor

August 6, 2014 Google announced that security and Internet safety is a top priority for Google, including the websites that people access from Google. High quality, unique content and natural links / SEO remains the most important factors in SEO, however, HTTPS is now a factor for

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Should Your Web Designer Handle Your SEO?

Should Your Web Designer Handle Your SEO?

In today’s world of “right now” and, wouldn’t it be nice to nice to have an A la carte option? Sure, but, I like to think of websites like vehicles, such as a racecar. There is quite a huge difference between the body person and the driver.

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5 Reasons why NoFollow Links are Good for SEO

5 Reasons why NoFollow Links are Good for SEO

If you are trying to do your own SEO just by link hunting please allow me to respectfully inform you that there is probably a flaw in your SEO strategy. If you need assistance ranking in search in a high competition niche feel free to contact us.

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What is a Topical Authority Domain?

What is a Topical Authority Domain?

Throughout this blog you will often see the phrases “topical authority domain” or “topically relevant domain”. What is a Topical Authority Domain? A topical authority domain is a domain, or website, that ranks very well for a particular topic due to the topically relevant content on the

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Should SEO Freelancers Cater to One Niche?

Should SEO Freelancers Cater to One Niche?

This is a question I ask myself often: Should I just be catering to one niche? SEO companies and SEO freelancers seem to take on anything from apples to zebras. As time goes on and my team develops I find myself looking forward to high competition niches.

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Q&A With the Principal Designer of Google Search

Q&A With the Principal Designer of Google Search

Jon Wiley, principal designer of Google search did an AMA on reddit yesterday. This means people asked him questions and he answered them. Many of the questions were based around UX (user experience) although there were some tips as to what is coming in the future of

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Leaked: Google’s Quality Rating Guide v.5

Leaked: Google’s Quality Rating Guide v.5

The last couple days I have been glancing over Google’s latest quality rating guidelines. These quality guidelines are given to normal people (not SEOs) to review certain websites. What is the Google Quality Rating Guide? The rating guide is used quality reviewers. When a quality reviewer reviews

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Is SEO just Quality Content?

Is SEO just Quality Content?

People these days want things now. We live in a now world with coffee and hot meals served to us in our vehicles in under 90 seconds after asking for them. The first thing people ask when getting SEO is “How long until I can rank on

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What is the best website for SEO?

What is the best website for SEO?

One of the very first things that a client usually asks me is “What is the best website for SEO?” 99% of the time, my answer is WordPress. Below is why. Using WordPress isn’t going to magically make your site rank #1 for your desired key phrase,

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Does SEO Still Work? July 2014 Edition

Does SEO Still Work? July 2014 Edition

The other day someone said to me “isn’t SEO dead?” I replied “no, it is more important than ever.” I realize there are probably already 1,000 articles titled this, but I needed something on my own site that answers the question. This article is my response to

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Are all SEO people crazy?

Are all SEO people crazy?

Join any social media network and you will see two things almost immediately. Spam and SEO people (or sometimes “SEO people” spamming). I myself avoided the SEO title for many years. SEO is a four letter word to many people. Unfortunately, on some networks these people think

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Local SEO and Internet Marketing in Cary NC

Local SEO and Internet Marketing in Cary NC

Are you looking for a local Cary NC SEO Company? This is why we have the solution for Cary NC businesses: Having lived in and owned businesses in Cary, we know Cary like the back of our hand. We have multiple clients in the Cary area. Want

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Mobile Redirect Sites Now Display Warning in Mobile Search

Mobile Redirect Sites Now Display Warning in Mobile Search

Back in March, I put out an article Why websites that are not mobile friendly should be penalized. Google announced today that websites using “faulty redirects” will have a new warning message in Mobile Google Search. If you’re using one of those terrible mobile websites that redirects

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What Panda 4.0 Means for Your Business

What Panda 4.0 Means for Your Business

What is Panda 4.0? The Panda update is an algorithm update which Google started rolling out in 2011. It has gone through several changes. The 4.0 designation for this update which Matt Cutts announced on Twitter tells us that it is more significant than other recent Panda

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Black Hat vs White Hat SEO Explained

Black Hat vs White Hat SEO Explained

In my last business I had just over 37,000 customers. I bent over backwards a few times but I managed to keep around 36,990 of them happy (anyone who tells you they kept ALL of their customers is either lying or has been unreasonably taken advantage of).

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Google announces support for schema.org structured data markup

Google announces support for schema.org structured data markup

Please note: If you’re an SEO customer of ours with a locally owned business, your website is already utilizing schema.org structured data markup. We’ve been implementing it for years as it only made sense to give the search engines as much information about your business as possible

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Why websites that are not mobile friendly should be penalized

Why websites that are not mobile friendly should be penalized

I recently ran into a site owned by an attorney. It was a nice looking website. There was nothing visually wrong with it, at least I thought, until I tried to view the site on my phone and got redirected to a mobile site. The mobile site

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Local SEO Tip: Use your Company Name, Address and Phone Number at the top of your website

Local SEO Tip: Use your Company Name, Address and Phone Number at the top of your website

It’s 2014 and there is suddenly talk online about using your business name, address, and phone number at the very top of your website. Soon, many people in the SEO world will be doing this, trying to squeeze a little more juice out of their site, or

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