Should I Disavow “Toxic Links” in 2019?

Should I Disavow "Toxic Links" in 2019?

Backlink audit tools frequently frighten website owners with scary, cryptic and often unnecessary messages about Toxic backlinks. Here’s why you should probably ignore them. I love SEMrush for many reasons and use the site all the time. However, if you have a “prject” site saved in the

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“New Index coverage issue detected for site” Error Message in Google Search Console

"New Index coverage issue detected for site" Error Message in Google Search Console

The “new” Google Search Console rolled out to webmasters in 2018. You may have received a message called “Introducing the new Search Console (beta)” when this occurred or read about it on Google’s blog here. Since then, a scary warning has gone out to thousands of websmasters.

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Example of a Disavow File

Example of a Disavow File

Toxic link cleanups and disavows are one of the most overblown crocks of BS in the entire SEO industry. I’ve seen various “SEO Experts” and agencies spend months if not years “cleaning up toxic links”. If you have links pointing at your domain that you don’t want

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Fake News and Satire Websites – Is SEO Still Possible in 2017??

Fake News and Satire Websites - Is SEO Still Possible in 2017??

If you’ve read some of the more recent posts on this blog you probably know that I’ve worked with a few publishers. This isn’t my main niche but I have indeed broken some interesting news over the last several months: Google “In The News” Replaced with “Top

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Google Incorrectly Identifying Review Markup as Spammy Structured Markup

Google Incorrectly Identifying Review Markup as Spammy Structured Markup

About a month ago I wrote about “Spammy Structured Markup” messages being sent out via Google Search Console. Since then I have now seen multiple sites with this “penalty”. It isn’t much of a penalty, sites affected simply have their review stars removed in search results. These

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Million Dollar Advocates Forum HTTPS Error in Google Search

Million Dollar Advocates Forum HTTPS Error in Google Search

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a website with members who are personal injury lawyers and trial attorneys who have won million dollar or multi-million dollar verdicts. I have several clients who are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and I end up on the site

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How To Install HTTPS on WordPress at SiteGround using Let’s Encrypt SSL (For Free!)

How To Install HTTPS on WordPress at SiteGround using Let's Encrypt SSL (For Free!)

This article will explain how to properly install a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate and convert your WordPress website to HTTPS using SiteGround’s cheap and reliable web hosting. Let’s Encrypt is a new way to get SSL onto your server. It is free, does not require a dedicated

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HTTPS to HTTP Redirection – How To 301 Redirect HTTPS Websites and Traffic

HTTPS to HTTP Redirection - How To 301 Redirect HTTPS Websites and Traffic

If you have been struggling with .htaccess files trying to get an HTTPS domain redirected to an HTTP domain you are likely encountering at least one of several different errors: The HTTPS to HTTP redirect is not working Security error on the HTTPS site ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED in Google

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HTTPS to HTTPS Redirection – Do Links and SEO Pass to the New Site?

HTTPS to HTTPS Redirection - Do Links and SEO Pass to the New Site?

People have redirected HTTP websites for decades. When one domain is properly redirected using a 301 redirect from a source domain to a destination domain, the links pass through, passing along their SEO value. In Google Search Console, these links even appear as an “intermediate link”. Here

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Troubleshooting Loss of Traffic After an HTTPS Migration

Troubleshooting Loss of Traffic After an HTTPS Migration

Today I am going through a corporate website in the United Kingdom which was having trouble ranking high for certain key phrases and also experiencing a loss of traffic after they migrated their site from HTTP to HTTPS. One of the first things I do when working

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Google News Approved Websites Not Displaying in Top Stories Carousel

Google News Approved Websites Not Displaying in Top Stories Carousel

Since Telapost broke the news of “Top Stories” in desktop search I have received emails from journalists, publishers, and news organizations all over Russia, the Ukraine, Pakistan and Italy. Their complaint is always the same: their (Google News approved) website is not displaying in the Top Stories

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