SEO Content Writer Onboarding

This guide is intended for those thinking about writing and editing with _fiicient, but you might find it interesting for other reasons too. …Or not. Every search engine optimization minion knows content is king. I’ve been doing this SEO thing for others since 2004; time for an article about starting a relationship with a new writer.

Ned Beatty Interview

In May 2001 I interviewed Ned Beatty - "Visiting Film-Pimp" at the 28th Athens (OH) International Film Festival. Ned passed away a few days ago. This interview, originally published in the Athens News, was read by many hundreds of or perhaps a few thousand people. Buried on one of my crusty, dusty websites for decades, … Continue reading Ned Beatty Interview

I’m paying you to ‘do SEO’ …What else can we do?

cats look smarter in glasses

File this one under: Things SEO clients ask often enough to warrant a blog-post answer. Wow! Dan's hooking you up with the SEO secret sauce? Lucky you! Can we do anything else to make his job easier improve your organic Google visibility? Yes. Me: "What picture should I use?" Wife: "Lucy in glasses; he looks … Continue reading I’m paying you to ‘do SEO’ …What else can we do?

Dan Dreifort Today: Reflections on Sketching 2.0

I used to love drawing. My parents stuck me in a couple art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art when I was a wee one. I'm thankful for it. I drew semi-regularly for almost a decade, until I discovered playing the guitar, chicks, and bangs. After that, my scribbling diminished to almost nothing for … Continue reading Dan Dreifort Today: Reflections on Sketching 2.0

Answered: How do I get an image next to my site’s Google SERP listing?

Updated for 2020: Astute searchers have increasingly noted Google SERPs adding images next to regular organic listings, especially in mobile search. Here are a couple examples:     I want an image next to my Google results, too! Business image thumbnails like these are one example of what Google calls SERP enhancements. It’s important to … Continue reading Answered: How do I get an image next to my site’s Google SERP listing?

Redirector Browser Extension Takes You Where You Want to Go

AT&T just installed fiber to my house. It's fast. I get a steady 949 Mbps up and down. I had no complaints about the 160 Mbps/14 Mbps I was getting from Cox, but my inner geek couldn't say no to faster-for-the-same-price. The install was pretty smooth, but during the bumps, I would type nonsense URLs … Continue reading Redirector Browser Extension Takes You Where You Want to Go

Comparing Rank Tracking Software

I've been using Advanced Web Ranking (not to be confused with Advanced Web Ranking Cloud) for eight years. Read riveting tales from 2010 wherein I try to find a replacement for WebPosition, eventually deciding on AWR. Things were simpler then; there weren't many players in the ranking software space, and almost everything was desktop-based. Fast … Continue reading Comparing Rank Tracking Software

Ending an SEO/UX relationship

I've blogged twice before about firing SEO/UX clients, but there are other reasons practitioner and client separate. What are some reasons to part ways? The best reason: "Dan, you helped us sell all the inventory. We're done. Thanks!" (Only happened once: Hawaii housing development) One of the most annoying reasons: "Some guy in a suit … Continue reading Ending an SEO/UX relationship

Guide: Comparing Arpeggiator Pedals

Wherein Dan talks himself into buying one via this arpeggiator pedal roundup/shootout. (Spoiler alert: I bought the Tararira.) What is an arpeggiator pedal? An arpeggiator is a sequencer. A sequencer plays a series of sounds based on a source and parameters set by you, the user/musician. In the case of an arpeggiator pedal, the “source” … Continue reading Guide: Comparing Arpeggiator Pedals

CheapoDrugs.com Database Hacked?

Update: 7/1/2017 If you use CheapoDrugs.com, stop. If you put any faith in the CIPA, stop. Neither of these organizations take cybersecurity seriously. I don't consider them good stewards of your or my personal information. Neither organization will address evidence of a breach. ...The CIPA at least gave me lip service for a while, before … Continue reading CheapoDrugs.com Database Hacked?