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Category: Search Engine Optimization
06 Aug 2015

Guaranteed Rankings + PR7 Links: From Weird Leads Series @ Jim and Ann Show

We continue featuring some of IMN leads we’d like to publicly respond to in order to educate our community a bit. Please watch our previous video in the “weird leads series”: “Acquire 300-400 Good-Quality Links” Here’s another one: The Lead: Hi, I am looking for a company that specializes in achieving Top Website rankings with guarantees. I am looking for a definitive strategy to achieve a PR7 (or better) and… [Read More…]


29 Jul 2015

How To Get Google Search Console Data When It’s Not Showing Or Disappears

You can think of Google Search Console kind of an equivilent of a Google Analytics view. On the positive end of that, you can’t really lose data in the same way like what can happen in analytics. On the negative end all your data can temporarily disappear and because of Googles UI, you’re left scratching your head as to where it went and what to do. Not only that but… [Read More…]


22 Jul 2015

Troubleshooting Google Search Console International Targeting “No Return Tags” Error

While I was browsing around on how to troubleshoot relating to the thousands of “no return tag” errors on a site, I saw that there was not much in the way of resources on this topic, so I thought that it would be good to create one. As you browse Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools), you’ll see an option under international targetting, in the Search Traffic Drop down… [Read More…]


14 Jul 2015

(HOW) Can We Speed Up the Disavow Process? Jim & Ann Show

There was a talk recently on whether it is possible to speed up the Disavow processing time. Google representative John Muller said that it is recommended to use Domain Directive as much as possible, so instead of using URLs, you should be disavowing the whole domain when it’s possible. While that recommendation may be useful to some extent (Don’t disavow useful / trusted domains though!) it’s not exactly speeding up… [Read More…]


09 Jul 2015

Bounce Rate, Long Click, Pogo-Sticking, Dwell Time, Click-Through: Jim & Ann Show

Is Google in any way using its click-through data? Is high bounce rate always bad? What is a long click? All of that is discussed in today’s Jim & Ann show! The signals… the bad, the good, the neutral… A bounce can be good and bad (and it’s not about how long / short it is!) If someone clicks on a search results and then quickly returns to Google, that’s… [Read More…]


01 Apr 2015

Introducing Rel=Fact

On the heels of a study testing a fact based approach to rankings known as Knowledge-Based Trust (KBT) Google is releasing additional news on this front. Even though the KBT concept is still in relative infancy, to give the idea a bit of a growth spurt, Google has unveiled a new attribute intended to help webmasters distinguish their fact based content for the Knowledge Vault. The new tag rel=fact, has… [Read More…]


05 Feb 2015

HOW TO: Correctly Test to See if Starting SEO is a Worthwhile Investment for Your Business?

The incremental approach to SEO, the approach of making small investment in SEO for proof of concept and scaling on it –  is very tempting: it seems low cost and low risk. Also, for companies that are heavily focused on paid advertising, it is common to have a small test budget to run small cheap tests with, so it would seem that on face value that the same logic would… [Read More…]


19 Dec 2014

Big Structured Web News: Google Transferring Freebase to Wikidata #SEOQA

Google announced this week that they will be shuttering and the data will be available on wikidata on June 30, 2015. With all the talk around structured data, entities, and the knowlege graph, I naturally wondered if this signaled anything from those other initiatives. The following quote in the post provides some clarification: “So we’ve decided to help transfer the data in Freebase to Wikidata, and in mid-2015 we’ll wind… [Read More…]


05 Dec 2014

How Does Google Handle Legitimate Hidden Content? #SEOQA

Starting with WebmasterWorld and SEroundtable posts here and here, there has been a lot of talk about how Google handles hidden content and if hidden content is weighted differently. Hidden Content is Indexed… As far as I have seen since the discussion died down, Google does index this content. Personally, I think it would be really odd for them to stop indexing it. Also, from the clarification Google provided, there… [Read More…]


28 Aug 2014

5 Useless SEO Metrics To Avoid

Metrics are awesome! Seriously I know I sound like a nerd, but the truth is, metrics make our jobs as SEOs easier because they allow us to quickly identify complex aspects of large data sets. If used correctly they can show patterns and trends that need to be identified. However understanding which metrics are the most important is a hard task. This is largely because some metrics are better than… [Read More…]


14 Jul 2014

How To Control Your Video Search Result Listing

Search engine result pages is becoming plain again. With author pictures going away, who knows what other rich snippet will be affected next. But there’s no reason to be discouraged! We need to make the most of what we have now and if it’s gone one day, well, we’ll learn something else. That’s what makes Internet Marketing so exciting, right? So let’s try to get the most from our video… [Read More…]


12 Jun 2014

Web Developers, Remember To KISS For SEO

Building a web site is a lot like making a cake. There are lots of different types, and millions of different recipes. But my favorite type of cake (and web site) is one made with simple but, high quality, ingredients. When I was in grade school I remember writing an essay and my teacher telling me after, that I needed to KISS my work more. I thought to my self, “heck… [Read More…]


05 Jun 2014

5 Ways To Gauge Authority In The Search Results

Let’s pretend for a moment that NBC’s Today Show wants to do a story on politics in the Middle East. For some odd reason the producers can choose to have either me, or General Colin Powell on as a guest. Can you guess who they are likely to pick? Despite the fact that I have a degree in political science with a concentration in international politics, they will always pick… [Read More…]