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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 The hacks come from weak passwords or more often outdated WordPress installs or vulnerable plugins.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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Google Search Rankings Change May and June 2016

Google Search Rankings Change May and June 2016

I am writing this On June 1, 2106, but I am sure there will be fluctuations in Google search again this month. In May we had an update to the mobile algorithm and there were definitely fluctuations affecting some niches around May 8 – 10, at least

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Should Personal Injury Lawyers Bother with Internet Marketing?

Should Personal Injury Lawyers Bother with Internet Marketing?

SEO is a 4 letter word, and for good reason; well over 99% of people and firms offering the services are either incompetent or selling snake oil. Personal Injury is very competitive as well and results don’t come overnight. Internet marketing does indeed offer a great ROI

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How Long Does it take for New Links to Display in Google Search Console?

How Long Does it take for New Links to Display in Google Search Console?

Once a page containing the link to your website is crawled, the link will generally appear in Google Search Console in 8 days. If memory serves me correctly, I’ve seen them show up much faster and in other cases they can take longer. The last several links

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List of EDU Backlinks for Outside Scholarships

List of EDU Backlinks for Outside Scholarships

If you are trying to rank a website in a highly competitive niche or just genuinely trying to get the word out on a scholarship that you are offering you may have considered running and promoting a scholarship. Of course, this involves scouring the Internet for external

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Journalists and News Organizations Should Link Out

Journalists and News Organizations Should Link Out

Too many times a journalist or a local news website has swiped ideas off of one of the websites I’ve been working on, mentioned a brand and not linked, or not linked to an article which would have made it better. What gives? Last week one of

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SEO is NOT a Game of Cat and Mouse

SEO is NOT a Game of Cat and Mouse

The other day, one of my clients, who is very fortunate and get a LOT of business from Google search (with my help) told me that at a conference he recently heard a speaker talking about SEO and why it was so mysterious and difficult. He was

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