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Submitted to the Success! – Planing in the Shadows of Baidu

March 25th, 2010 | | Nuts & Bolts of Optimization

If I asked the readers what they thought the biggest search engines in the world were, most of you would agree, most of you would reply accordingly:  1) Google 2) Yahoo 3) Bing.

Some of you would argue that YouTube should count, making it bigger than Yahoo!. Others would note that Facebook has been recently getting more traffic than Google, has its own search feature and could qualify under the “Social Search”

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The Load Speed Experience

March 9th, 2010 | | Nuts & Bolts of Optimization, Usability

One … of … the … most ne… glected … parts … of … eff…ect…ive S… E… O… is… load… time…

Sorry about that. Believe it or not there was a time where people would patiently wait as a website would load all its text, frames (frames?), and images. If there was video, they would click and wait in anticipation for this information that did not exist on their hard drive to come onto their screen.

I remember a commercial about the …

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The Basics of On-Page Keyword Optimization

October 12th, 2009 | | Basic SEO Tips, Nuts & Bolts of Optimization

If you are new to SEO, on-page keyword optimization can be intimidating. From keyword selection to meta data to content optimization, there are a lot of elements involved in optimizing the pages for keywords on your website. Starting from keyword selection, use this as a step-by-step guide to integrating keywords onto your webpage.

Step 1: Keyword Selection

Assuming you have completed keyword research and selected terms to target on your site, the first step to on-page optimization is keyword selection.

Each web …

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Top 5 Best Practices for Video SEO

August 13th, 2009 | | Nuts & Bolts of Optimization, Video SEO

Thanks to the powers of YouTube, internet surfers have enjoyed online videos for years. However, the evolution of Google Universal Search—specifically enabling videos to appear in SERPs— has pushed SEO optimization into a new realm of possibility. Online search marketers now need to consider optimizing video content to rank in Google. Inspired by Rand Fishkin’s SEO for Video Content, check out these top five best practices when optimizing a video for SEO.

Best Practice #1: Optimize video for keywords …

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Is It Possible to Over Optimize Your SEO?

July 21st, 2009 | | Nuts & Bolts of Optimization

I was reading a question a web company was asking about SEO efforts. Their web product has been optimized with blogs, backlinks, On-page tactics and the like. He was not seeing anyone still using his product. “Am I missing something?” he pleaded. Despite the nature of his web product begging the question “is it that really needed?” – there was something he was missing. And if we’re not careful, we’ll do the same thing.

Is it over optimization? Well, no. …

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SEO Boy’s Super Friends Interview Series with Tom Schmitz of Portent Interactive

June 10th, 2009 | | Interviews, Nuts & Bolts of Optimization

We have been conducting a series of interviews with SEO experts who we think are awesome. The format of these interviews have been in podcast or via email. Today, we will share some wisdom from Tom Schmitz of Portent Interactive. First, allow us to tell you a little bit  about Tom:

Tom Schmitz is a SEO and social media strategist for Portent Interactive, an
Internet Marketing agency whose clients include AdAge, Attachmate and Trump
University. He began marketing on the …

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Which Search Engine Should You Optimize for?

June 2nd, 2009 | | Nuts & Bolts of Optimization

With the recent launch of Microsoft’s Bing Engine, it can make one really wonder if you should start considering optimizing for these other engines.

Should you?

Well, there’s a few things that you need to remember before you get hyped about a new search engine that is out there.

1. Google has a dominant market share

Any “Google killer” that comes out will have to take a long time to catch up.  It’s hard to dislodge a 70% market share and a …

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You Are Hurting Your SEO By Ignoring Image Optimization

May 27th, 2009 | | Nuts & Bolts of Optimization

With a laundry list of SEO strategies at your disposal, there is a tactic that can be easily overlooked: image optimization. This is one of those nuts-and-bolts tactics that can get lost in the shuffle because there are so many other “big rocks” to tackle as you optimize a site. Don’t let this happen!

Almost every search engine has a version of image search and you don’t want to be left out! Here are a few quick and easy things …

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Is Google Obeying Your Canonical Tag Directives?

May 21st, 2009 | | Advanced SEO Tips, Nuts & Bolts of Optimization

So I was cruising through my Twitter feed this morning and ran across links to Stephan Spencer’s latest blog post.  Glad I clicked through, too.  Stephan posits that Google isn’t 100% up-to-speed in following or is simply not obeying the new canonical tag directives.  In a nutshell:
The lesson here: I wouldn’t bet my business on the canonical tag being obeyed by Google.
In his post, Stephan references a specific example of Google’s “disobedience.”  The site in question has instituted …

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What are the Meta Tags ‘NOODP’ and ‘NOYDIR’ Used For in SEO?

May 5th, 2009 | | Advanced SEO Tips, Nuts & Bolts of Optimization

Recently I came across a client who had <meta name=”robots” content=”NOYDIR” /> and <meta name=”robots” content=”NOODP” /> tags in their meta data and I feel there is need to go in depth on the purpose of these two tags and how they can affect SEO.   A while back we wrote on this topic when the new canonical tag came out. But it’s been a few months and I feel it’s important to highlight the two tags individually.

Let’s talk about …

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