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5 SEO New Year Resolutions You Should Make For Your Website

December 30th, 2008 | | Basic SEO Tips

With the close of another year, TVs are crammed with Ab Flexing commercials in order to remind us that we should really try to lose weight or more importantly, just buy the silly machine and store it in your garage.

They don’t care either way.

It’s tempting because a whole new year circles around, we think we have plenty of time to dedicate to work on our flab.  But we don’t.

Realistic weight loss is a series of changing small habits, like cutting …

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How 301 Redirects Can Improve/Keep Your SEO Rankings

December 29th, 2008 | | Advanced SEO Tips

A 301 redirect is a way of forwarding content that has been moved permanently from one webpage to another automatically. There are many redirect numbers so to speak, and the “301″ is referred to as “moved permanently”.  In laymen’s terms, creating a 301 redirect will prevent you from losing traffic that is still linking to content on an old URL on your site. The 301 redirect will forward or redirect that traffic to the content on the updated URL.  For …

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SEO News Round Up for December 26, 2008

December 26th, 2008 | | SEO News Roundup
  • Can a broken or incorrect site map hurt your search engine rankings? Mike Moran at Search Engine Journal explores this topic and provides some very helpful insights on how site maps can help and hinder your SEO campaign. As Mike says: remember, it’s all about indexing.
  • Michale Gray poses an interesting question: do social media links translate into organic rankings? That’s a good question! Read Michael’s articles to find out what he has to say on the topic and …
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SEO Boy’s Best Posts of 2008

December 25th, 2008 | | SEO Boy

Yeah, yeah, so the SEO Boy blog has only been around since October.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a little bit of the “year in review” limelight.  Right?  The last 3 months have been a blast, and in that time we’ve been able to publish some great content.  I’ve pulled the top 10 articles based on pageviews for SEO Boy’s best posts of 2008!

  • So many people use Google Analytics, but not just everyone is certified as an official …
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An SEO Grab Bag: Tips & Tricks to Coming Out on Top

December 24th, 2008 | | Basic SEO Tips

This year I participated in my very first holiday grab bag. I have somehow managed to survive into adulthood having never taken part in an authentic, organized gift grab bag with rules and everything—and I think I’m hooked. Now, the rules I am still a little hazy on but that’s okay. There are always others present (no pun intended, well, maybe a little) who know the rules well, and play to win. I just follow their lead. I’ve emerged from …

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Using Less Keywords for Greater SEO success

December 23rd, 2008 | | SEO Keyword Research

Keywords, Keywords, Keywords.  It is said that you should analyze your keywords before you do any website optimization.  I agree.  Keyword analysis helps you see what people are typing into the search engines and you want them to find your site.  What makes one tear out the remaining hair follicles is which variation of the word you should use.

“Do I put in ‘ac’ or ‘air conditioning’ or ‘a/c’? Do I optimize for all of them?”

The other question is concerning hyphens.

“Do …

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Merry Christmas from SEO Boy!

December 23rd, 2008 | | SEO Boy

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas from the SEO Boy crew.  In years past, SEO Boy has been limited to being a Rudolph knock-off or whatever sidekick fantasy PPC Hero dreamed up.  But no more.  2008 has been SEO Boy’s break out year – and he’s “gone elf” for the occasion (and honed his wood cutting skills to boot):

While SEO Boy and his crew celebrate Christmas in style, somewhere in the …

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How to Set Up and Use Yahoo Site Explorer

December 22nd, 2008 | | Crawlability

Last week I wrote a post about using Google webmaster tools as part of your SEO strategy.  Today I’ll show you how to set up a Yahoo Site Explorer account and why you should be using it.  Google Webmaster tools and Yahoo site explorer is basically an identical program, but obviously one is for Google organic and one is used for Yahoo organic.

The biggest difference in the two is the amount of information you can get access to. Google …

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SEO News Round Up For December 19, 2008

December 19th, 2008 | | SEO News Roundup
  • We are firm believers in the importance of submitting XML Sitemaps to Google.  This week, the Google Webmaster Central Blog announced some changes to the submission process.  Before, you had to specificy what type of Sitemap you were submitting, now Google will do the work for you!
  • Are you an SEO novice?  If so, don’t worry.  Search Engine Guide has some pointers for you in their “Quickie Dos and Don’ts.”
  • Bet you didn’t realize there was so much “online psychology” …
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Since When Did Social Media Become So Important to SEO?

December 18th, 2008 | | Search Behavior, Social Media & SEO

We talk about it here at SEO Boy nearly every week, and it’s mentioned in practically every post, but some people are wondering, “Just when did things like video and social networking platforms become so important to my SEO?” Well, unlike many things in SEO which require debate, discussion and consideration, this one is pretty black and white—May 16, 2007. What was the significance of this day in search marketing history, you ask? …

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