The ABCs of SEO for 2016

I've seen a few articles titled 'The ABCs of SEO', but most of them either continue on to the DEFs and trudge all the way through Z, or ditch the metaphor altogether after the headline. Dear SEO reader, that's not me; I won't do that to you. My understanding of "The ABCs" gels with the … Continue reading The ABCs of SEO for 2016

Firing SEO Clients

I've blogged about canning clients before (because of payment and/or privacy problems,) but this recent blog post by Marvin Russell made me want to do it again! I accept up to four clients every year. I don't accept every potential client, and because I have the luxury of excellent word-of-mouth, I seldom respond to RFPs … Continue reading Firing SEO Clients

Social SEO is Here

Social 101 for the SEO-minded Company SEO practitioners have seen the writing on the wall for years. If you really care about ranking well in Google, now it's past time to pay attention to social. Almost two months ago we learned empirically that more +1 on Google+ means better ranking in Google. I've spent a … Continue reading Social SEO is Here

Looking for the best Hawaii digital marketing agency

Hawaii Destination Marketing SEO and a Beach

I fired a Hawaii marketing agency a couple of months ago. I was not a client. I'd been providing usability and SEO services to their clients since 2007. (Does that mean I quit?) I grew online business for a few of their big-name clients and received decent money for it. Everybody at the agency was … Continue reading Looking for the best Hawaii digital marketing agency

How is responsive design connected to SEO? It’s mobile.

Follow the money and you'll find that hot trends in design and search engine optimization are tied to our shrinking technology.  What's in your pocket? This mobile, responsive design, SEO and the long tail article originally appeared on the Geekly Group blog. (Thanks, Archive.org for the save!) (This article is from May 2013.) The Tale … Continue reading How is responsive design connected to SEO? It’s mobile.

Keyword Research Alternatives to SEOmoz and Wordtracker?

SEOmoz results

Research is the smart first step when starting a new SEO campaign or growing an existing SEO effort. I talk with clients to brainstorm a few keyword ideas and then feed those seed keywords into tools to find related keywords. Then, ideally, I look at  traffic and competition metrics to identify low hanging fruit of … Continue reading Keyword Research Alternatives to SEOmoz and Wordtracker?

SEO Usability Vacuum

That SEO and usability don't flourish in a vacuum has been on my mind lately. Sound doesn't travel in a vacuum. If there's nobody to hear your pearls of SEO wisdom do they make a sound? The sound of silence sends no sales. Four cases of constructive complaining follow. Case #1 - Hire Experts + … Continue reading SEO Usability Vacuum

xCommenter Bad for SEO – Bad for your site

Got an email from one of my contract coders today about a supposed SEO plugin for WordPress called xCommenter: Hey Dan -- Ever heard of xCommenter wp-plugin? https://vimeo.com/36628711 Just wondering what your opinion is on these sort of tools. What is xCommenter? Will it help my site's SEO? xCommenter parses your post's tags, title and … Continue reading xCommenter Bad for SEO – Bad for your site

Advanced Web Ranking Here I Come

WebPosition's old standalone version finally stopped querying Google correctly. I'm now in the process of switching to Advanced Web Ranking (AWR). Per my earlier post about finding a WebPosition replacement and some followup in the comments, AWR is the only solution to meet all of the critical SEO software criteria. I'm still apprehensive; it's always … Continue reading Advanced Web Ranking Here I Come

SEO Blogging Best Practices

(WARNING! This article is several years old now. The world of SEO changes often. Take this and any other SEO advice with a grain of salt and an eye for the contemporary.) This article assumes your web team has already configured your blog on a good blogging platform like WordPress with all the best SEO … Continue reading SEO Blogging Best Practices