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Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts

Communities & Digital Assets Specialist

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Mark Roberts is a Communities and Digital Assets Specialist at Internet Marketing Ninjas. He works as a member of the administrative team for the Developer Shed suite of websites and forums where he curates content, performs daily maintenance, and eats a healthy diet of spam. He also helps manages social media for the Developer Shed sites. As a member of IMN's Digital Assets department, he researches, creates, and does promotion for digital assets like videos, infographics, and more.


A brief biography of Mark Roberts

Mark's first day at Internet Marketing Ninjas was in January 2014. Before that, he was a reporter for the Schenectady Daily Gazette where he took pride in being the eyes and ears of his local community. He also interacted with their social media accounts, sharing and promoting articles and listening to feedback from readers.

With the ninjas he acts as an Admin on the Developer Shed suite of sites and forums, which includes SEO Chat, Dev Shed, ASP Free, Dev Hardware, and others. There he performs routine tasks like daily maintenance, spam clean-up, and other customer services. But also, as a point of contact for the forums, he works with potential writers, analyzes traffic data, and helps to manage social media accounts. While wearing his other hat as a member of IMN's Digital Assets team, he writes research for and promotes videos, infographics, quizzes and more with a tight-knit team of fellow creative thinkers.

Mark graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. degree in English and heavy specialization in Russian works in translation. During his free time he likes to read old books, write haiku, and cook something new. He often visits friends in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and his family back home in Schoharie, NY. Currently, he shares a quiet home in the backwoods of Brunswick with five high school friends, two mischievous cats, and an overactive Australian Shepherd dog.

Mark Roberts's Posts
17 Feb 2017
Mark Roberts

PBNs, HTTPS, and Other Acronyms: Weekly Forum Update

The SEO world has more acronyms than you can shake a well-optimized stick at, and our communities are talking about some of the biggest ones this week. On Cre8asiteforums, we’ll talk about social media and compassion, Amazon’s strange new .bot TLD, and lending a hand to an old friend. From WebmasterWorld, we have stories about vanishing image search traffic and the difficulties involved with switching from HTTP to HTTPS. Then… [Read More…]


10 Feb 2017
Mark Roberts

Don’t Freak Out About Your 404s: Weekly Forum Update

It’s that time again! Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube are the topics du jour. They don’t get a lot of coverage in our communities, usually, so this is quite a treat! On SEO Chat, one of our senior members, Prof.stan, has started a thread all about marketing strategy on YouTube. There’s a new thread about 404 errors (spoilers: Google usually doesn’t care about them). On WebmasterWorld, members are discussing Twitter’s recent… [Read More…]


03 Feb 2017
Mark Roberts

Blogging, Penguin, HTTPS, and More: Weekly Forum Update

This week, we bring you stories about domain leasing, the spread of HTTPS, web design, content and blogging, and more from our communities! January was a busy month for us, and the last week of it was filled with exciting news and discussion. What I love about the stories we have this week is that they’re so new and fresh compared to our usual fare. It’s always exciting to discuss… [Read More…]


26 Jan 2017
Mark Roberts

WebmasterWorld’s Top Discussions of 2016 And More: Weekly Forum Update

Greetings once again, SEO fans! We’ve got a big t-bone steak of an update for you this week. WebmasterWorld’s administrator, engine, was kind enough to put together a “Best of 2016” thread which I’m dying to share. If you know the caliber of discussion that happens on WebmasterWorld, then the idea of a “best-of” thread should already have you salivating. We also have threads about Google news, like Google’s new… [Read More…]


20 Jan 2017
Mark Roberts

Celebrating 19 Years of Cre8asiteforums and More: Weekly Forum Update

Kim Krause Berg is celebrating 19 years with Cre8asiteforums – and that’s worth celebrating! You can do so by visiting them and reading their archives. We have a thread this week all about that, as well as threads from WebmasterWorld and SEO Chat about what it means to be an SEO, interstitial penalties, and image tags. Let’s begin! 19 Years of History at Cre8asiteforums As iamlost writes, “Cre8 has gone… [Read More…]


13 Jan 2017
Mark Roberts

The Duplicate Content Myth and More: Weekly Forum Update

Happy New Year and welcome back! We took a little break from writing these posts, but our communities were still churning out great threads! On Threadwatch, we have news about Google throttling traffic and the death of the Link Search Operator. Webmasterworld members are discussing Facebook’s journalist outreach program and keywords, while SEO Chat members are all about duplicate content. And have you heard the news about AMP Pages yet?… [Read More…]


16 Dec 2016
Mark Roberts

The Latest Yahoo Hack, Google Sandbox, and More: Weekly Forum Update

Big news this week, folks! Unfortunately, it’s bad news. Yahoo recently admitted to being hacked again… in 2013. The hackers took information from one billion accounts, which is staggering. In other news, Google has changed their “In the News” section to a “Top Stories” section to escape accusations of fake news, AMP URLs will be changing soon, and Bill Slawski has a fantastic article about Panda and quality scores that… [Read More…]


09 Dec 2016
Mark Roberts

Are Bad Links Still Worth Worrying About? Weekly Forum Update

From fake news and AdSense spam to site migrations and Google experiments, we’ve got a lot to talk about this week! As usual, our communities are buzzing with the latest news and SEO tips and tricks. I’m especially excited to share some advanced discussions from WebmasterWorld this week. One begins as a thread about bad links and Penguin, but evolves into a great discussion about links in general. In another… [Read More…]


02 Dec 2016
Mark Roberts

The Future of Online Reviews: Weekly Forum Update

We took a little break for the holidays, but now we’re back! Even though haven’t written a post in a few weeks, our forums didn’t take a break at all. In fact, if anything, they’ve been a bit busier discussing some of the latest news. This week’s title refers to the (perceived) growing power of online reviews. If you keep with us on SEO Chat, you’ll remember that a few… [Read More…]


11 Nov 2016
Mark Roberts

The Mobile-First Web: Weekly Forum Update

Perhaps the biggest piece of news this week is that Google’s mobile-first index has awoken. The project is starting small, Google says. Over time it will grow until the whole web is covered. At that time, and moving forward, the mobile index will be of significant importance to webmasters. Our community members are busy dissecting and discussing this and other pieces of news. We have posts about Progressive Web Apps,… [Read More…]


03 Nov 2016
Mark Roberts

The Citizens United of Google, The Fall of Vine, and More: Weekly Forum Update

This week was a bit depressing, news-wise. If you’re a fan of Vine, you’re probably mourning that Twitter pulled the plug. AMP pages are seeing wider use but failing to meet publisher expectations. And our Cre8asiteforums members are feeling dissatisfied with Facebook’s Insight Data reports. Take a look at some of our community discussions on these topics and more below. Facebook Insight Data: That Mind Blowing Useless BS Report Strong… [Read More…]


21 Oct 2016
Mark Roberts

Mobile Optimization Is Even More Essential: Weekly Forum Update

You thought Google was done with mobile and had moved on? No way! This week, our communities are all talking about some news that came out of Pubcon: a mobile index is coming and it’s going to be Google’s primary index going forward. So if you were willing to take a few hits on the chin and ignore mobile optimization, you could see yourself in a whole heap of trouble… [Read More…]


14 Oct 2016
Mark Roberts

Google Labeling Links and Blank Ad Units: Weekly Forum Update

In this week’s roundup we’ll check in again on Facebook’s Marketplace, ICANN’s takeover of the domain name system, and our awesome tools thread on SEO Chat. We also have some mysterious threads about Google for you. It was recently revealed that Google’s manual action team has the ability to see “link labels” that Google applies to your incoming links. What could they mean? Meanwhile, on the AdSense side of things,… [Read More…]