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Future Google Algorithm Names

Future Google Algorithm Names

The SEO world is a funny place. The truly infatuated people are either completely out of touch or 1 or 2 days ahead of the rest of us by monitoring search results like scientists who measure vibrations in the earth’s crust. Regardless, at some point there will

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Google Possum and Local Search Updates September 2016

Google Possum and Local Search Updates September 2016

In a previous life I owned an IT related business which had a brick and mortar location. Prior to selling this company I became well acquainted with local search when Google introduced it. These days I pay even more attention to it; thankfully, at this point in

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Did Google Devalue Links from News Websites in 2016?

Did Google Devalue Links from News Websites in 2016?

News websites get lots of love from Google. If they are a Google News site, their articles show up in search for 72hrs or so. If they are a major publisher, they get the benefit of AMP (accelerated mobile pages). Many news websites rank very highly in

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Does Google Act on Paid Link Spam Reports?

Does Google Act on Paid Link Spam Reports?

Depending on which niche you are in there is a good chance that one or more of your local competitors are buying links. In some competitive niches, everyone on the front page is guilty of obtaining links in one way or another that Google would frown upon.

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Google Begins Providing Answer Boxes for DUI Checkpoints via DUIBlock.com

Google Begins Providing Answer Boxes for DUI Checkpoints via DUIBlock.com

Well there it is. If you Google “DUI checkpoints + your city” and you may see DUI checkpoints & recent alerts. Much of the data is taken from DUIBlock.com. I tried the search on Raleigh, Los Angeles, Chicago and a few other big cities and it worked

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Did Your Previous SEO Company Screw Up Your Search Rankings?

Did Your Previous SEO Company Screw Up Your Search Rankings?

Almost all of my clients have a previous SEO company who they parted ways with for one reason or another. Sometimes they goofed up a website so bad it has to be restarted from scratch. In other cases, I have to scrap the entire domain, simply because

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How Hard is it to Open an Online Ammo Store?

How Hard is it to Open an Online Ammo Store?

People looking to sell guns and ammo online often start by building an inadequate website and then try to advertise on Facebook or Google AdWords only to find out that these outlets do not allow pay per click advertising on such items. While I do not necessarily

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Google Mobile Search Interstitial Penalty January 2017

Google Mobile Search Interstitial Penalty January 2017

Over the years Google employees have hinted around that interstitials could become a negative SEO factor. Finally, as of January 2017, they will be, at least for mobile device users. Thank God. What the heck is an interstitial? When you do a search and then you click

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Errors in hreflang tags – Google Search Console Error Message

Errors in hreflang tags - Google Search Console Error Message

If you have a problem with your hreflang implementation you will receive an email about an error in Google Search Console that looks like this: It reads: Errors in hreflang tags on http://www.dav*******njury.com/ We found the hreflang tags on your site, but a few of them have

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Can Website Design Harm SEO Rankings?

Can Website Design Harm SEO Rankings?

Everyone has frustrating things in their life. If you are a roofer, it is getting stung by wasps. If you are a cop, it is the disrespectful, belligerent jerk who cusses you out when you’re trying to give them a ticket for going 55MPH through a school

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Fixing “Hacked Content Detected” Google Search Console Warnings and Their Affect on SEO

Fixing "Hacked Content Detected" Google Search Console Warnings and Their Affect on SEO

A client had a random forgotten about WordPress install get hacked this past week. I have personally worked with hacked sites 10 times so far this year. The hacks come from weak passwords or more often outdated WordPress installs or vulnerable plugins. WordPress is kind of like

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Does Semrush Accurately Measure Website Traffic?

Does Semrush Accurately Measure Website Traffic?

Recently a client asked me why their traffic was low. They were looking at a report in SEMrush. However, SEMrush does not measure traffic. Semrush is a great tool I use at least once a week to “spy” on other websites. It has its place, but more

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How Long Does it Take To Build and Rank an Attorney Website?

How Long Does it Take To Build and Rank an Attorney Website?

I work with a variety of high profile clients around the globe, some of which are attorneys. I have done consulting of some sort for personal injury, criminal defense, DUI and bankruptcy attorneys at one point or another. A common question / problem / misconception out there

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Do I Have to Redirect Pages When Changing Websites?

Do I Have to Redirect Pages When Changing Websites?

When changing websites the biggest mistake most people make is not redirecting their web pages. I have been seeing this for nearly 25 years now and I have no idea how such a novice mistake is made over and over and over again. In 2014 I saw

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Highly Rated Business Not Ranking in Search that Should Be

Highly Rated Business Not Ranking in Search that Should Be

There are situations when Google tries but just doesn’t do a great job. Or, a competitor has been manipulating the algorithm, or, a good company hired a crappy SEO guru, or, they have just neglected their online presence, either because they didn’t understand how important it was

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Anatomy of Expired Domain Spam

Anatomy of Expired Domain Spam

Where do old websites go when they die? Spammers have been recycling them. This became commonplace in the early 2000’s when every SEO guru / moron / spammer on the planet knew that links were a major ranking factor. And one easy way to get links is

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Crawling Sites with over 1 Million URLs in 2016

Crawling Sites with over 1 Million URLs in 2016

Well, here I am. 1AM and crawling, not home from a bar, but on my desktop PC in my office. I don’t usually stay up late, but I am drinking coffee and it would probably take an act of God to get me off of my PC

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The Most Overlooked Backlink

The Most Overlooked Backlink

Today folks, I am going to let you in on a secret; one of which I have rarely shared, only with select friends and clients. Due to the title of this article, I bet very few people will even see this post. But, as of 2016, there

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Recrawling an Entire Site – Not an Option in 2016

Recrawling an Entire Site - Not an Option in 2016

Today a client asked me how they could get a website recrawled. Unfortunately, it is June 2016 and it appears that there is no option which exists to have an entire site re-crawled. If you have a website with hundreds or over 1,000 pages you’ll just have

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Combine Subdomains and Domains in Google Search Console

Combine Subdomains and Domains in Google Search Console

If you have ever wanted to log in to Google Search Console and easily view data for a domain and a subdomain or multiple domains you wish has come true. On May 23 2016 Google announced that you can now tie sites together using “property sets”. Creating

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