Login now

Not your profile? Login and get free access to your reports and analysis.

Tags

Sign in

The following tags have been added by users of CircleCount.com.
You can login on CircleCount to add more tags here.

  • Inbound Marketing
  • Internet Marketing
  • Search Consulting
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • SEO
  • SEO And MARKETING SERVICES
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • WordPress

Are you missing a tag in the list of available tags? You can suggest new tags here.

Login now

Do you want to see a more detailed chart? Check your settings and define your favorite chart type.

Or click here to get the detailed chart only once.

Nick Ker has been at 1 events

HostFollowersTitleDateGuestsLinks
Max Minzer7,869Conversation with @106412255733219697839 and other fine people about benefits & value of using Google local page vs. brand page and vice versa. Questions you'd like to see asked? Leave comment here or on social media with hashtag #maximpact Learn more about #maximpact and sign up to get updates: http://www.maxminzer.com/maximpactLocal vs. Brand Google Pages w/ Mike Blumenthal - Max Impact Ep. 0742014-04-03 22:00:0029  

Nick Ker has been shared in 27 public circles

AuthorFollowersDateUsers in CircleCommentsReshares+1Links
Andrea Campaci | Web and Digital designer0#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2014-01-27 22:03:26473011
Abinash Mohanty5,710Sharing my best Web Design CircleAdd and Share with you network.#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing #followers   #social #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshared #sharedcircleoftheday #addmetoyourcircles  #awesomepeople   #circlecount #newfollowers  #googleplus   2014-01-26 09:19:36500012
Kunle Campbell801I put this circle together for people interested in following people and pages I deem to be the top G-plussers in digital marketing, SEO and social media #circleshare #circleshare #circlesharing #circlecount If you'd like to be included;- add the members to your circle,- +1this post- and publicly re-share this postlet me know when you have done the above and I'll add you.2013-11-24 01:24:48501134
Johnny Huntington0#webdesign #sharedcircles #webdevelopment  Here is a great shared circle of Professional Web Designers.2013-11-04 13:45:45501003
James Steward1,560*My new SEO friends:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#seocirle #semcircle #socialcircle #followfriday #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday2013-10-16 02:04:20488131
James Steward1,560*My new SEO friends:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#seocirle #semcircle #socialcircle #followfriday #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday2013-10-16 02:04:03488000
James Steward1,560*My new SEO friends:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#seocirle #semcircle #socialcircle #followfriday #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday2013-10-16 02:03:45488001
James Steward1,560*My new SEO friends:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#seocirle #semcircle #socialcircle #followfriday #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday2013-10-16 02:03:01488000
Alessandro Folghera15,170#SEO Tuesday #SharedCircle of #topengagers  To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)      (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3 - Include the circle among your circles4 - Share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful week increasing your #popularity #tuesdaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback #circle #googleplus    #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles     #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles    2013-10-01 05:00:59456349
James Cosgrove900Circle shared from +Alessandro Folghera  #SaturdaySharedCircle  #weekend Saturday circle of #topengagers  To be included in his shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)      (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful weekend and a better popularity#saturdaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou         #followme     #followers #followback #circle #googleplus    #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #afo #myseoissocial     #sharedcircle  #sharedcircle2013-09-28 13:28:55465214
Alessandro Folghera14,624#SaturdaySharedCircle  #weekend Saturday circle of #topengagers  To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)      (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful weekend and a better popularityKeep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  Special thanks to my #friends and #engagers:+Raffaele Romeo Arena +Tazein Mirza Saad +Dirk Talamasca #saturdaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou         #followme     #followers #followback 2013-09-28 07:29:104659819
Andrew James2,795SHARED CIRCLE: The Digital Marketing WorldThis shared circle includes consultants in:* Digital marketing* SEO* Inbound marketing* PPC* Social media marketing* and more!Add and share! #seo   #digitalmarketing   #inboundmarketing   #socialmedia   #ppc   #sem   #searchengineoptimization   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday  2013-09-26 02:08:265011009
Alessandro Folghera13,963#SEO   #sharedcircle  1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)      (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Special thanks to:+Appiani Mosaico http://www.appiani.it/ceramics-for-architecture.asp/lingua_2 mosaic floor tiles2013-09-23 14:38:344946511
Abinash Mohanty1,316Awesome Web design Circle‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾Want to be added? Follow the rules!※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※1. Plus one this post2. Share this in Public3. Add me to your circle4. Comment※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※You will be included and notified in my next post accordingly. ※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※※#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles #share   #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharewithyou #follow #followme   #followback   #circle     #googleplus #google2013-07-30 11:29:37500576
Daniel Mulder117#sharedCircle  SEO - Social Media2013-04-08 12:27:21449504
Arne de Vos3,656I want to share my Webdesign Google Circle once more. Looking for webdesign specialists? Or are you a webdesigner yourself? Add this circle :)2012-11-28 02:31:36477306
Nick Ker1,085Here is a rather large circle of people you may want to follow if you are interested in SEO. "Share and enjoy"2012-09-27 12:24:06204203
Jimmy James2,609New to Google+ ......These folks just got here. Some of these folks think this is a boring, Facebook-type thing that seems to be a Ghost-town so far. Help show them how wrong they are, and how this works. ... it would be nice. Share this Circle2012-04-08 01:54:3899629
Bobbi Jo Woods39,975This is my Web/Graphic Professionals circle. It has grown considerably since September, when I originally shared it. I will keep adding to it! Just +mention someone you think should be added (yourself included, of course!)Thanks, and happy circling!Original circle post - 9/22/11:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108152252385291870699/posts/F8YycNqgKQZ.2012-03-12 02:46:104912116
Scott Ayres2,911Not sure who originally shared this circle but it's full of almost 500 Graphic Designers and graphic oriented type people.. Really interesting to follow what they are doing in here.2011-11-14 18:44:24493305
Karyn Lanthois882I have compiled a Graphic and Web Design Circle using +Chris Porter 's Google+ Shared Circles and my own collection. Hope it's helpful!https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ao1OX3UN25EvdHRWR3lwWXQ0a0RhWnFuWml5RnJHdkE&hl=en_US#gid=02011-11-14 04:25:42500214
Charles Hogge30#sharedcircles #CharlesHoggePostHere is a shared circle called "Graphic and Web Designers." I downloaded this circle from the "shared circle directory" that Google has available online for your use.Charles Hogge shared a circle with you.2011-10-26 14:33:51501123
Jon Evans104graphic artist and web designJon Evans shared a circle with you.2011-10-20 02:06:49501013
AJ Batac4,222Web Designers and Graphic Artists/DesignersAJ Batac shared a circle with you.2011-10-18 18:06:40500324
Karen Mikkelsberg0Graphic and Web Design CircleKaren Mikkelsberg shared a circle with you.2011-10-15 01:29:465001059
Nick Ker0Here's a big circle of SEO people. I didn't put this together myself, but thought I would pass it on.Nick Ker shared a circle with you.2011-10-08 23:55:43190726
Ivan Dimitrijević3,726Graphic and Web Design CircleHere's the main part of my Graphic and Web Design circle. Share it and enjoy in new 500 people per circle limit.If you want to find more interesting circles, check this out.200+ Shared Circles made by +Chris Porter, in public database of Google+ Shared Circles, organized by category (photography, tech, food, etc.) They're a great way to quickly find like-minded users to follow. Google+ Shared Circles: http://goo.gl/PrcGoHas someone shared a circle with you that's worth remembering? Add it to the list.Add Circle Form: http://goo.gl/O9PdHIvan Dimitrijević shared a circle with you.2011-10-07 17:01:49500242723

Activity

Average numbers for the latest posts (max. 50 posts, posted within the last 4 weeks)

1
comments per post
0
reshares per post
1
+1's per post

993
characters per posting

Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 2

posted image

2015-05-26 17:54:44 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Awesome! SEO Man Explains #SEO!
https://www.redevolution.com/seo-explained/
by +Red Evolution 

Most reshares: 2

posted image

2015-03-27 19:50:58 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

What Does an SEO Do All Day?
  Those who don't do search engine optimization often have an overly simplistic view of what is involved.
This week's Whiteboard Friday from +Moz takes a look at what SEOs actually do: http://moz.com/blog/seo-day-to-day-work-whiteboard-friday

And this fits pretty nicely with my earlier article about what is included in an SEO campaign: http://kercommunications.com/seo/process/

It has been a while since it happened, but there was a time when every time I would write an article, +Moz would soon have a WBF video covering almost the same thing. Glad to have you back on board, Mozers ;P

Most plusones: 5

posted image

2014-11-18 21:25:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

On Page Optimization for Topics  
  I've been on the "topics not keywords" kick for a while, and sometimes it is not so easy to explain - especially to those who are accustomed to keyword based SEO.  +Cyrus Shepard at +Moz does a stellar job of illustrating the science of this art.

Think of this next time you wonder what the heck I am talking about when I sound more like a linguistics expert than a web geek.

Latest 50 posts

posted image

2015-05-28 02:33:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Was in the neighborhood...

Was in the neighborhood...___

posted image

2015-05-26 17:54:44 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is truly awesome. Thanks Awesome SEO Man!

Awesome! SEO Man Explains #SEO!
https://www.redevolution.com/seo-explained/
by +Red Evolution ___This is truly awesome. Thanks Awesome SEO Man!

2015-05-21 15:02:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hey +Disqus Are you ever going to deal with the endless verification loop where users have to repeatedly reverify email addresses, and verification not working at all in some cases?  This closed thread and a few others have no resolution: https://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/questions/9696889-how-do-i-reverify-my-account-after-changing-my-email-address-

Hey +Disqus Are you ever going to deal with the endless verification loop where users have to repeatedly reverify email addresses, and verification not working at all in some cases?  This closed thread and a few others have no resolution: https://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/questions/9696889-how-do-i-reverify-my-account-after-changing-my-email-address-___

posted image

2015-05-20 21:30:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

SEO "Bad Idea" Alert! 
 "Link blast" is a phrase that should cause anyone with a website to send an email straight to the Junk folder. But there are still people selling bulk spam link building packages that are more likely to do harm than good. 

Here's the really bad part:
Today's link blast offer did not come from a nameless foreign company, or even a misguided local search marketing wannabe. It came from Attracta, which is something that many low cost hosting providers include in their Cpanel. Attracta offers low cost "get found in Google" packages that may work for a short time. But in my experience, the resulting links are exactly what Google says to NOT do.
Ever since Google first rolled out the Penguin algorithm update which penalizes sites with too many bogus backlinks, I have been auditing penalized sites - lots of&#... more »

SEO "Bad Idea" Alert! 
 "Link blast" is a phrase that should cause anyone with a website to send an email straight to the Junk folder. But there are still people selling bulk spam link building packages that are more likely to do harm than good. 

Here's the really bad part:
Today's link blast offer did not come from a nameless foreign company, or even a misguided local search marketing wannabe. It came from Attracta, which is something that many low cost hosting providers include in their Cpanel. Attracta offers low cost "get found in Google" packages that may work for a short time. But in my experience, the resulting links are exactly what Google says to NOT do.
Ever since Google first rolled out the Penguin algorithm update which penalizes sites with too many bogus backlinks, I have been auditing penalized sites - lots of 'em. Many of those sites are owned by people who happily signed up for link building schemes, including Attracta, which were pushed on them by their own hosting companies.
 
From the spam email I just received:
"If you're trying to rank higher in Google, this is what you've been waiting for. Our SEO experts have engineered a system that perfectly creates the same pattern of links that sites get when they are talked about in industry blogs - the same type of buzz that Google loves to reward. Order a Link Blast and your site gets hundreds of links funneled straight to it."

Yeah... hundreds of links that fit a pattern of looking like something good, but not actually being something good. NO THANKS

I don't expect the hosting companies to walk away from these easy commissions any time soon, and apparently Attracta has no intention of stopping this predatory practice of hitting up unsuspecting owners of new websites.

If you have already signed up for this or a similar spam link building service, you are probably going to need this: https://kercommunications.com/seo-services/google-penalty-diagnosis-and-recovery/___

posted image

2015-05-20 19:04:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Would be nice if there were some improvements in accuracy to go along with rebranding it to appeal to the less techy/geeky. We SEOs & webmasters have grown accustomed to delayed and inaccurate data from GWT. The "average Joe" will continue to be confused by delays, incomplete info and things like reports of Links to Your Site that have not existed for several months.

Thanks for the New "Search Console" Rebranding, but Google, what I really want is data I can remotely believe

Below is a comparison of visits from Google Search to Moz.com (in Google Analytics) vs. search clicks from Google (in Google's new Search Console - formerly Webmaster Tools). As you can see, Search Console shows nothing close to reality in either trend or numbers.

I'm not sure why Google chooses to display information that we can easily prove wrong... It's hard to earn trust for their products this way.

ON EDIT: +Cyrus Shepard noted that the dip in accuracy corresponds to our move to HTTPS. We looked at the HTTPS version of Moz's Search Console (aka Webmaster Tools) account, and if you add the data from both accounts up, you get closer to +Pedro Dias's estimate of ~20% off (it's actually a bit more, but not as bad as this chart alone shows). ___Would be nice if there were some improvements in accuracy to go along with rebranding it to appeal to the less techy/geeky. We SEOs & webmasters have grown accustomed to delayed and inaccurate data from GWT. The "average Joe" will continue to be confused by delays, incomplete info and things like reports of Links to Your Site that have not existed for several months.

posted image

2015-05-07 15:12:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

EDMC Closing 15 Art Institute Locations
  "EDMC has been struggling since a Congressional committee started an investigation of the practices of the for-profit education sector in 2010."
The Pittsburgh campus is not included in these closings, but this hits close to home. I have encountered so many grads of AIP and tech school programs who were severely unprepared to actually work in the field for which they were trained. Most were also convinced by recruiters that starting salaries would be amazing (more like real world high-end).

It sucks that shady marketing is now going to result in job loss at EDMC, but a possible upside is that maybe fewer young people will be ripped off.

#Pittsburgh  

EDMC Closing 15 Art Institute Locations
  "EDMC has been struggling since a Congressional committee started an investigation of the practices of the for-profit education sector in 2010."
The Pittsburgh campus is not included in these closings, but this hits close to home. I have encountered so many grads of AIP and tech school programs who were severely unprepared to actually work in the field for which they were trained. Most were also convinced by recruiters that starting salaries would be amazing (more like real world high-end).

It sucks that shady marketing is now going to result in job loss at EDMC, but a possible upside is that maybe fewer young people will be ripped off.

#Pittsburgh  ___

posted image

2015-05-06 22:05:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

15% Off Most Online Marketing Services for Small Business Week

  Small businesses in need of SEO services, Adwords management, website audits, local search marketing or other digital marketing should take advantage of this.

#smallbusinessweek   #sbw2015  

Small Business Week - special online marketing offer
It's National Small Business Week (May 4 - 8). To show appreciation for other small businesses, we are offering a 15% discount on any of our SEO or Online Advertising (Adwords, Facebook, etc) services if you sign up with Ker Communications before May 9th. The discount applies to one-time services like SEO audits and our Local SEO Startup Plan, or the first month of any long-term services like SEO retainers and Pay Per Click Advertising management. 

Don't miss this opportunity to work with a real Google Certified Partner at a discount: http://kercommunications.com/certified-google-partner/
 
 Learn more about our SEO services: https://kercommunicatins.com/seo-services/
and PPC/Adwords: https://kercommunications.com/pay-per-click-ppc-advertising/

When you contact us, be sure to tell us where you heard about Ker Communications and our Small Business Week offer!

  ___15% Off Most Online Marketing Services for Small Business Week

  Small businesses in need of SEO services, Adwords management, website audits, local search marketing or other digital marketing should take advantage of this.

#smallbusinessweek   #sbw2015  

posted image

2015-05-05 06:13:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Small Business Week - special online marketing offer
It's National Small Business Week (May 4 - 8). To show appreciation for other small businesses, we are offering a 15% discount on any of our SEO or Online Advertising (Adwords, Facebook, etc) services if you sign up with Ker Communications before May 9th. The discount applies to one-time services like SEO audits and our Local SEO Startup Plan, or the first month of any long-term services like SEO retainers and Pay Per Click Advertising management. 

Don't miss this opportunity to work with a real Google Certified Partner at a discount: http://kercommunications.com/certified-google-partner/
 
 Learn more about our SEO services: https://kercommunicatins.com/seo-services/
and PPC/Adwords: https://kercommunications.com/pay-per-click-ppc-advertising/

When you contact us, be sure to tell uswh... more »

Small Business Week - special online marketing offer
It's National Small Business Week (May 4 - 8). To show appreciation for other small businesses, we are offering a 15% discount on any of our SEO or Online Advertising (Adwords, Facebook, etc) services if you sign up with Ker Communications before May 9th. The discount applies to one-time services like SEO audits and our Local SEO Startup Plan, or the first month of any long-term services like SEO retainers and Pay Per Click Advertising management. 

Don't miss this opportunity to work with a real Google Certified Partner at a discount: http://kercommunications.com/certified-google-partner/
 
 Learn more about our SEO services: https://kercommunicatins.com/seo-services/
and PPC/Adwords: https://kercommunications.com/pay-per-click-ppc-advertising/

When you contact us, be sure to tell us where you heard about Ker Communications and our Small Business Week offer!

  ___

posted image

2015-04-23 21:21:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Oh look! A new update to Wordpress just when I was wrapping up a couple of new WP based sites. Tomorrow is another day...
https://wordpress.org/news/2015/04/powell/

Oh look! A new update to Wordpress just when I was wrapping up a couple of new WP based sites. Tomorrow is another day...
https://wordpress.org/news/2015/04/powell/___

posted image

2015-04-20 15:28:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Ready for Google's Mobile Update?
  Maybe I am weird, but I like Google algorithm updates. Maybe it is because I don't do the type of SEO that leads to penalties, demotions or algorithmic filters. So no worries, except for those sites where someone else earned them a penalty and my job is to fix it. But that is more like anticipation than worry.

If you still have questions about the mobile-friendly update which is due tomorrow, +Barry Schwartz has answers for you at +Search Engine Land  http://searchengineland.com/tomorrow-is-mobilegeddon-are-you-ready-for-the-google-mobile-friendly-update-219291

And a not so humble brag: I sort of called this one a few days before Google announced it: https://plus.google.com/+NickKer/posts/9Hjer9Uo7L6

Ready for Google's Mobile Update?
  Maybe I am weird, but I like Google algorithm updates. Maybe it is because I don't do the type of SEO that leads to penalties, demotions or algorithmic filters. So no worries, except for those sites where someone else earned them a penalty and my job is to fix it. But that is more like anticipation than worry.

If you still have questions about the mobile-friendly update which is due tomorrow, +Barry Schwartz has answers for you at +Search Engine Land  http://searchengineland.com/tomorrow-is-mobilegeddon-are-you-ready-for-the-google-mobile-friendly-update-219291

And a not so humble brag: I sort of called this one a few days before Google announced it: https://plus.google.com/+NickKer/posts/9Hjer9Uo7L6___

posted image

2015-04-15 13:24:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Slimy SEO Liars Are Already Trying To Scare You About Google's Mobile Update
  I guess I shouldn't be surprised, since even some of the more reputable SEO companies are relying mostly on scare tactics these days.
+Ashley Berman Hale the Google Webmaster Help whose tolerance for BS seems to be as low as mine, points out the latest lie - that Google is going to delist sites which are not mobile friendly.
If you don't believe her or me, Google's +John Mueller chimes in as well: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnMueller/posts/4mhwD2vTiHw

#mobilegeddon  indeed

With all the uproarious posts about mobile friendliness going 'round I thought I'd chime in to fight against unnecessary drama and not-cool-marketing. 

See, big changes tend to bring out bad behavior from certain companies who wish to capitalize off of people's fear and lack of understanding. Today someone shared with me a good example of naughty behavior. I'm looking at you +GTxcel. 

First:
+ No, Google won't remove your website from search if you're not mobile friendly this month. Your email to who knows how many people was a flat out lie. This is not "marketing". 
+ From GTxcel's blog "there is a strong possibility you will be penalized in desktop results as well." >> this is false. The update affects mobile queries and isn't a penalty at all; it's just bubbling up sites that are more likely to have a better user-experience. 
+ When working to become mobile friendly, you have three options: responsive, dynamic serving or separate URLs. Not just responsive.

Second: It is a big shift that's coming - but not one that requires this kind of behavior. There are great opportunities for everyone out there to do better and create good experiences for users regardless of device. So be cool. Market nicely. ___Slimy SEO Liars Are Already Trying To Scare You About Google's Mobile Update
  I guess I shouldn't be surprised, since even some of the more reputable SEO companies are relying mostly on scare tactics these days.
+Ashley Berman Hale the Google Webmaster Help whose tolerance for BS seems to be as low as mine, points out the latest lie - that Google is going to delist sites which are not mobile friendly.
If you don't believe her or me, Google's +John Mueller chimes in as well: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnMueller/posts/4mhwD2vTiHw

#mobilegeddon  indeed

posted image

2015-04-14 02:52:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Waiting for the next Panda or Penguin update from Google - and waiting... still waiting
Tired of faith-based #SEO? You are not alone.

Waiting for the next Panda or Penguin update from Google - and waiting... still waiting
Tired of faith-based #SEO? You are not alone.___

posted image

2015-04-01 23:12:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Search Engine Humor
  "In case your grade schooler hasn’t warned you – it’s April Fools’ Day and the online shenanigans are wide spread."

Search Engine Humor
  "In case your grade schooler hasn’t warned you – it’s April Fools’ Day and the online shenanigans are wide spread."___

2015-03-30 17:10:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Did all the other Pittsburgh SEO firms shut down?!
  Just got 4th call today from someone dropping her current local SEO provider. 
Over half of my local clients are now refugees from 3 "leading" companies.

Funny thing I have noticed is that it looks like someone bought a "how to do SEO" ebook or something, went through a checklist of things you should do - but got it all wrong. They have most of the important pieces, but someone has assembled them poorly. The blog has to actually work and be readable, those infographics & whitepapers (do home improvement businesses really need whitepapers?) need a way to be shared, page titles should make sense, social media profiles have to actually be used - not just set up.  And if you are going to just install an SEO plugin and call it "optimized", at least take a moment to configure it instead of justus... more »

Did all the other Pittsburgh SEO firms shut down?!
  Just got 4th call today from someone dropping her current local SEO provider. 
Over half of my local clients are now refugees from 3 "leading" companies.

Funny thing I have noticed is that it looks like someone bought a "how to do SEO" ebook or something, went through a checklist of things you should do - but got it all wrong. They have most of the important pieces, but someone has assembled them poorly. The blog has to actually work and be readable, those infographics & whitepapers (do home improvement businesses really need whitepapers?) need a way to be shared, page titles should make sense, social media profiles have to actually be used - not just set up.  And if you are going to just install an SEO plugin and call it "optimized", at least take a moment to configure it instead of just using the defaults.

Keywords meta tags - really?! It isn't the "rank #1 in 48 hours" scammers making the SEO industry look bad these days. It is some of the "veterans" who apparently stopped learning anything years ago. 

Happy to help these new clients, but disgusted at the way they have been damaged. Money & time wasted, and in the worst cases - entire brands are damaged due to Google penalties.
 
(end rant)___

posted image

2015-03-28 20:00:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Wondering where +Matt Cutts went?
https://globerunner.com/globe-runner-welcomes-matt-cutts-as-director-search/
Or is this just an early April fools prank?

Wondering where +Matt Cutts went?
https://globerunner.com/globe-runner-welcomes-matt-cutts-as-director-search/
Or is this just an early April fools prank?___

posted image

2015-03-27 19:50:58 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

What Does an SEO Do All Day?
  Those who don't do search engine optimization often have an overly simplistic view of what is involved.
This week's Whiteboard Friday from +Moz takes a look at what SEOs actually do: http://moz.com/blog/seo-day-to-day-work-whiteboard-friday

And this fits pretty nicely with my earlier article about what is included in an SEO campaign: http://kercommunications.com/seo/process/

It has been a while since it happened, but there was a time when every time I would write an article, +Moz would soon have a WBF video covering almost the same thing. Glad to have you back on board, Mozers ;P

What Does an SEO Do All Day?
  Those who don't do search engine optimization often have an overly simplistic view of what is involved.
This week's Whiteboard Friday from +Moz takes a look at what SEOs actually do: http://moz.com/blog/seo-day-to-day-work-whiteboard-friday

And this fits pretty nicely with my earlier article about what is included in an SEO campaign: http://kercommunications.com/seo/process/

It has been a while since it happened, but there was a time when every time I would write an article, +Moz would soon have a WBF video covering almost the same thing. Glad to have you back on board, Mozers ;P___

posted image

2015-03-24 13:28:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Internet Marketing for Asshats
   "Marketing is powerful. Every time we abuse it, we lower the level of discourse."
+Ian Lurie covers some of the slimier ways internet marketers earn a reputation lower than the sleaziest telemarketers.
http://www.portent.com/blog/internet-marketing/internet-marketing-for-asshats.htm

Internet Marketing for Asshats
   "Marketing is powerful. Every time we abuse it, we lower the level of discourse."
+Ian Lurie covers some of the slimier ways internet marketers earn a reputation lower than the sleaziest telemarketers.
http://www.portent.com/blog/internet-marketing/internet-marketing-for-asshats.htm___

posted image

2015-03-13 15:39:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Think you need to micromanage your SEO firm? You might, but...

 Realistic expectations, communication, measuring results, the time you are paying for and what is being done with it are explained very well by +Joshua Steimle in this article: 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshsteimle/2015/03/13/why-you-should-never-micromanage-your-seo-firm/

Think you need to micromanage your SEO firm? You might, but...

 Realistic expectations, communication, measuring results, the time you are paying for and what is being done with it are explained very well by +Joshua Steimle in this article: 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshsteimle/2015/03/13/why-you-should-never-micromanage-your-seo-firm/___

posted image

2015-03-03 22:48:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Facts, Not Links, As A Google Ranking Factor
  Interesting idea... I am wondering what, if anything, this will mean for sites that are not information-based.   #SEO  

Google Has Been Researching a System to Rank Web Pages Based on Facts - Not Links!
  Knowledge-Based Trust (KBT) - that is the buzzword you are about to hear a lot about. 
If your website or content strategy is informational, this could mean good things - if your information is accurate. 

+Matt McGee explores the possibilities on +Search Engine Land 
  http://searchengineland.com/google-researchers-introduce-system-rank-web-pages-facts-not-links-215835___Facts, Not Links, As A Google Ranking Factor
  Interesting idea... I am wondering what, if anything, this will mean for sites that are not information-based.   #SEO  

posted image

2015-03-03 04:45:07 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Google+ being split up... or did everyone just pull a Mr Furley and misunderstand?

STOP THE PRESSES: Is the Google+ Breakup Just a Big Misunderstanding???

That seems to be the message from Googler +Yonatan Zunger in this comment on a Google+ thread about the alleged splitting off of Photos and Hangouts from Google+ (see https://plus.google.com/+AmyBethInverness/posts/67gicvzi8VV)

Zunger says this is just an "internal org" renaming, and that there will be "no big user-facing changes." 

The widely-reported breakup seems to have begun with a Forbes interview with Google's +Sundar Pichai. The pertinent part of the article is:

But Pichai said that two important parts of Google+, Photos and Hangouts, may soon be separated from the main product. “I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications, photos and the Google+ Stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area,” he said.

Notice that Pichai is only quoted as saying that the individual areas will get "focus...as three important areas." It is the Forbes reporter who says that he "said" that they "may soon be separated from the main product."

Of course, Pinchai does say, "....rather than being thought of as one area" which only adds to the ambiguity.

Would love to hear further clarity from +Yonatan Zunger confirming that there are NO plans to spin off Hangouts and Photos as separate entirely from Google+.___Google+ being split up... or did everyone just pull a Mr Furley and misunderstand?

posted image

2015-02-27 18:20:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Once in a while, Google sends me stuff. Today I got this nifty balsa wood airplane kit.
Reminds me of my grandfather who flew biplanes and filled my childhood with balsa gliders and rubber band powered planes.

Once in a while, Google sends me stuff. Today I got this nifty balsa wood airplane kit.
Reminds me of my grandfather who flew biplanes and filled my childhood with balsa gliders and rubber band powered planes.___

posted image

2015-02-25 19:04:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Of course, some people DO go both ways…  
    Comparing SEO to PPC Advertising like Adwords as if they were an “either/or” choice is like comparing apples to oranges.
Just for the sake of discussion, let’s compare them anyway...
http://kercommunications.com/seo/seo-vs-ppc/

Of course, some people DO go both ways…  
    Comparing SEO to PPC Advertising like Adwords as if they were an “either/or” choice is like comparing apples to oranges.
Just for the sake of discussion, let’s compare them anyway...
http://kercommunications.com/seo/seo-vs-ppc/___

2015-02-24 23:22:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Google sent another wave of warnings to sites that are not mobile-friendly.  That is getting to be a weekly thing.  
I am thinking a "mobile update" must be coming soon.

Google fear-mongering aside, is there a good reason to not have a mobile friendly site these days? Phones and tablets make up a large and growing percentage of web usage.  
OK, I know - it costs money to develop a mobile site, or re-do your current site with a responsive design. But it is going to cost you more if you start missing out on half of your potential audience.

Google sent another wave of warnings to sites that are not mobile-friendly.  That is getting to be a weekly thing.  
I am thinking a "mobile update" must be coming soon.

Google fear-mongering aside, is there a good reason to not have a mobile friendly site these days? Phones and tablets make up a large and growing percentage of web usage.  
OK, I know - it costs money to develop a mobile site, or re-do your current site with a responsive design. But it is going to cost you more if you start missing out on half of your potential audience.___

posted image

2015-02-16 15:34:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Think warm thoughts

Think warm thoughts___

posted image

2015-02-15 18:55:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Google Analytics is missing some things too - like all of February 7th's traffic data for some users.

If the part of your report that normally shows Google Webmaster Tools Search Queries or other data looks like it hasn't been updated, it is not your imagination.  

http://searchengineland.com/google-webmaster-tools-data-stopped-updating-almost-week-ago-214770___Google Analytics is missing some things too - like all of February 7th's traffic data for some users.

posted image

2015-01-31 01:17:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

SEO is number 5 in list of "Hottest Skills" on LinkedIn
  
SEO/SEM Marketing is number 5 on the list of in demand skills. I can back up that claim based solely on the number of penalty/traffic loss audits I have done in the past year - all of which were the result of the site owner hiring an alleged professional SEO company or marketing agency. Clearly, there are many unskilled people out there claiming to know what they are doing. 

Maybe Penguin and other google crackdowns on spam have resulted mass firings of link-happy SEOs, thus the demand for people who actually have what it takes to do it right.
It is also interesting that things like statistical analysis, business intelligence, web architecture, user interface design are also up there. Maybe I am not typical, but I see all of those things as part of what I call SEO.

Now, if we can get all thoseem... more »

SEO is number 5 in list of "Hottest Skills" on LinkedIn
  
SEO/SEM Marketing is number 5 on the list of in demand skills. I can back up that claim based solely on the number of penalty/traffic loss audits I have done in the past year - all of which were the result of the site owner hiring an alleged professional SEO company or marketing agency. Clearly, there are many unskilled people out there claiming to know what they are doing. 

Maybe Penguin and other google crackdowns on spam have resulted mass firings of link-happy SEOs, thus the demand for people who actually have what it takes to do it right.
It is also interesting that things like statistical analysis, business intelligence, web architecture, user interface design are also up there. Maybe I am not typical, but I see all of those things as part of what I call SEO.

Now, if we can get all those employers who are seeking people with SEO/SEM skills to stop expecting to pay about $25K per year, we might be getting somewhere.
I'm not kidding - I recently had a conversation with someone who is experienced, has great references, and proven results - and hasn't heard an offer of more than $30k per year from a few different larger agencies. Apparently they are in the habit of outsourcing to places where people will work for about 20 dollars a day.

I guess that explains why big marketing agencies are often the ones responsible for for some of the worst SEO. They know how to sell it, but they don't know how to do it. 

#seo   #linkedin   #skills   #marketing  ___

posted image

2015-01-30 14:04:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Marketers will just buy ads for them but optimizers and popularizers will make them likeable in the first place."

+Tadeusz Szewczyk knows optimization is about much more than keywords, websites or even Google.
#SEO  

"Marketers will just buy ads for them but optimizers and popularizers will make them likeable in the first place."

+Tadeusz Szewczyk knows optimization is about much more than keywords, websites or even Google.
#SEO  ___

2015-01-30 03:57:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Question for local SEO experts:
 Someone from Google Maps called to verify my business address. But the address they wanted to verify was one of my local competitors.

Do you think that was someone trying to hijack +Ker Communications listing, sabotage both listings, or just a Google Maps screener screwing up?

Please pick one of the poll choices below, or give your opinion in the comments.
#KerCommunications   #googlemaps   #localseo  

Question for local SEO experts:
 Someone from Google Maps called to verify my business address. But the address they wanted to verify was one of my local competitors.

Do you think that was someone trying to hijack +Ker Communications listing, sabotage both listings, or just a Google Maps screener screwing up?

Please pick one of the poll choices below, or give your opinion in the comments.
#KerCommunications   #googlemaps   #localseo  ___

posted image

2015-01-29 15:59:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Why do some SEOs lie or spread misinformation?
  Some seek "fame", some want to rip you off, some just don't know better…

Why do some SEOs lie or spread misinformation?
  Some seek "fame", some want to rip you off, some just don't know better…___

2015-01-29 15:56:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

SEO does not claim an ugly duckling is a beautiful swan. It helps the duckling become a swan & lets Google know it…

http://kercommunications.com/seo-marketing/

#SEO

SEO does not claim an ugly duckling is a beautiful swan. It helps the duckling become a swan & lets Google know it…

http://kercommunications.com/seo-marketing/

#SEO___

posted image

2015-01-29 15:52:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"As SEOs, we have a responsibility – a higher calling, even – to help sites be the best that they can be.."

+Jenny Halasz on +Search Engine Land 

"As SEOs, we have a responsibility – a higher calling, even – to help sites be the best that they can be.."

+Jenny Halasz on +Search Engine Land ___

posted image

2015-01-27 16:17:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#SEO in 2015 and Beyond - Yahoo, Apple, Mobile and Household Appliances 

SEO Predictions for 2015 and Beyond
  It's not all about Google. It's also about Yahoo, Mobile, Apple, and your refrigerator…
http://kercommunications.com/seo/search-marketing-future-2015/___#SEO in 2015 and Beyond - Yahoo, Apple, Mobile and Household Appliances 

posted image

2015-01-09 16:21:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

SEO snake oil salesmen have to work a little harder to pull the wool over your eyes these days.

SEO snake oil salesmen have to work a little harder to pull the wool over your eyes these days.___

posted image

2014-12-18 21:51:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Is it really inbound marketing if you are telemarketing?
  
  Maybe I am just being too particular about the meanings of words. If your company is one of the main proponents of "inbound marketing", shouldn't your online presence be attracting and delighting me enough that you would not have to call me on the phone weekly to sell me a "partnership"?

I can sort of overlook the unsolicited emails, but cold calling?

#inboundmarketing   #practicewhatyoupreach  

Is it really inbound marketing if you are telemarketing?
  
  Maybe I am just being too particular about the meanings of words. If your company is one of the main proponents of "inbound marketing", shouldn't your online presence be attracting and delighting me enough that you would not have to call me on the phone weekly to sell me a "partnership"?

I can sort of overlook the unsolicited emails, but cold calling?

#inboundmarketing   #practicewhatyoupreach  ___

posted image

2014-12-14 15:59:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Feck Perfuction
  "You know what's better than perfect? DONE is better than perfect..."

Feck Perfuction
  "You know what's better than perfect? DONE is better than perfect..."___

posted image

2014-12-01 18:09:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Google Analytics - You may not be seeing what you think you are seeing.

Google Analytics - You may not be seeing what you think you are seeing.___

posted image

2014-11-18 21:25:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

On Page Optimization for Topics  
  I've been on the "topics not keywords" kick for a while, and sometimes it is not so easy to explain - especially to those who are accustomed to keyword based SEO.  +Cyrus Shepard at +Moz does a stellar job of illustrating the science of this art.

Think of this next time you wonder what the heck I am talking about when I sound more like a linguistics expert than a web geek.

On Page Optimization for Topics  
  I've been on the "topics not keywords" kick for a while, and sometimes it is not so easy to explain - especially to those who are accustomed to keyword based SEO.  +Cyrus Shepard at +Moz does a stellar job of illustrating the science of this art.

Think of this next time you wonder what the heck I am talking about when I sound more like a linguistics expert than a web geek.___

posted image

2014-10-31 15:41:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Topics Not Keywords: Topic Modeling & Semantic Connectivity
 "The idea is that search engines are smarter than just knowing that a word, a phrase that someone searches for, like "Super Mario Brothers," is only supposed to bring back results that have exactly the words "Super Mario Brothers," that perfect phrase in the title and in the headline and in the document itself. That's still an SEO best practice because you're trying to serve visitors who have that search query. But search engines are actually a lot smarter than this."

  I need to pat myself on the back for a moment here. For about a year, maybe longer if you dig through the Ker Communications blog or my G+ posts - I have been advising that rather than just simple keywords, anyone trying to optimize a site for today's Google will need to think more broadly and optimize for wholet... more »

Topics Not Keywords: Topic Modeling & Semantic Connectivity
 "The idea is that search engines are smarter than just knowing that a word, a phrase that someone searches for, like "Super Mario Brothers," is only supposed to bring back results that have exactly the words "Super Mario Brothers," that perfect phrase in the title and in the headline and in the document itself. That's still an SEO best practice because you're trying to serve visitors who have that search query. But search engines are actually a lot smarter than this."

  I need to pat myself on the back for a moment here. For about a year, maybe longer if you dig through the Ker Communications blog or my G+ posts - I have been advising that rather than just simple keywords, anyone trying to optimize a site for today's Google will need to think more broadly and optimize for whole topics and related phrases.
Think less like a coder and more like a writer. A good one.

Moz has been on a roll lately with lots of good things about this very concept. I'm not saying they got the idea from me, or even that I was first (I was not). But when the biggest names in SEO start to sound like they are catching on to things you said a year ago, it is validating.

I am indeed ahead of the curve.
http://kercommunications.com/tags/topical-optimization/___

posted image

2014-10-28 14:47:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

SEO: It Is More Than Just Your Website  
  "SEO should be something that is thought about in all departments. From web development to offline advertising to paid search, email marketing, and more… we all need to be aware of how our audience looks for our products and services."
+Casie Gillette looks at the bigger picture...

SEO: It Is More Than Just Your Website  
  "SEO should be something that is thought about in all departments. From web development to offline advertising to paid search, email marketing, and more… we all need to be aware of how our audience looks for our products and services."
+Casie Gillette looks at the bigger picture...___

2014-10-21 10:28:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Clarification: Penguin Refresh NOT Finished Rolling Out

If you've been doing link clean up to get out from under a Penguin penalty, but did not see any change over the weekend - there is some hope that the new penguin just didn't get around to your site yet.

You are also not alone. Reports from other SEOs who have been working with penguin afflicted sites indicate that there are many sites that really should have seen some kind of upward movement, but did not. Looks like it's about a 50/50 chance at this point.
Hang in there!

Penguin update rolling out

On Friday last week, we started rolling out a Penguin refresh affecting fewer than 1% of queries in US English search results. This refresh helps sites that have already cleaned up the webspam signals discovered in the previous Penguin iteration, and demotes sites with newly-discovered spam. 

It’s a slow worldwide rollout, so you may notice it settling down over the next few weeks.___Clarification: Penguin Refresh NOT Finished Rolling Out

If you've been doing link clean up to get out from under a Penguin penalty, but did not see any change over the weekend - there is some hope that the new penguin just didn't get around to your site yet.

You are also not alone. Reports from other SEOs who have been working with penguin afflicted sites indicate that there are many sites that really should have seen some kind of upward movement, but did not. Looks like it's about a 50/50 chance at this point.
Hang in there!

posted image

2014-10-20 19:22:08 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Some people just never learn

 Google finally updated the Penguin algorithm over the weekend, releasing some previously penalized sites so that they may be able to rank well again with non-spammy methods.
One would think that an owner of a site that was penalized would have learned a lesson and would take a much more cautious approach to promoting the site, right?

Nope. Not all of them. I received not just one but two requests for proposals today in which the site owners basically said something along the lines of:
"I spent the past _ months removing disavowing links from article marketing, blog networks, bulk submissions, etc. Penguin was updated and my rankings went up from nothing to page 2-3. How much do you charge for safe link building? I need about 50 new backlinks per week for maybe a month to replace the links I took down so I can be on page one... more »

Some people just never learn

 Google finally updated the Penguin algorithm over the weekend, releasing some previously penalized sites so that they may be able to rank well again with non-spammy methods.
One would think that an owner of a site that was penalized would have learned a lesson and would take a much more cautious approach to promoting the site, right?

Nope. Not all of them. I received not just one but two requests for proposals today in which the site owners basically said something along the lines of:
"I spent the past _ months removing disavowing links from article marketing, blog networks, bulk submissions, etc. Penguin was updated and my rankings went up from nothing to page 2-3. How much do you charge for safe link building? I need about 50 new backlinks per week for maybe a month to replace the links I took down so I can be on page one again".

Two different people, two different sites - with the same bad idea.

I have no words, other than "Have you heard of Google's Webmaster Guidelines?"

#SEO   #headsmack  ___

posted image

2014-10-18 16:48:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So… what's this I hear about a Penguin update?

So… what's this I hear about a Penguin update?___

posted image

2014-10-17 15:14:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Lunch break & work productivity advice I think we all need to remember sometimes.
  Get out, clear your head, come back ready to conquer the afternoon.

Share this with your boss, HR manager, or coworker who never leaves the cube...

Why Lunch at Your Desk Is a Bad Idea
  
  Working through lunch is not really good for productivity...

  "The world isn’t going to come to an end, and it’s really not healthy for you to be so single-mindedly immersed in your work. So go out to a bistro or sandwich shop, or even brown-bag your lunch to work and go eat in the park. Watch people go by. Do something nice for yourself that will enable you to go back to the office and really focus on what needs to be done instead of trying to juggle a spreadsheet in between bites of food. There are all kinds of good reasons not to eat at your desk."
#humanresources   #productivity   #lunchbreak  
http://blog.officechairsunlimited.com/eating-desk-bad-idea/___Lunch break & work productivity advice I think we all need to remember sometimes.
  Get out, clear your head, come back ready to conquer the afternoon.

Share this with your boss, HR manager, or coworker who never leaves the cube...

posted image

2014-10-15 16:18:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Internet privacy advice from someone who REALLY knows - Edward Snowden

Privacy Advice by Edward Snowden___Internet privacy advice from someone who REALLY knows - Edward Snowden

posted image

2014-10-15 16:16:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Local Forwarding Numbers Will Be Available for Adwords Call Extensions

  “We understand that many businesses can benefit from featuring ads with local numbers, since people are more likely to call a number with a recognizable area code” 

The change will take effect in early November.

Local Forwarding Numbers Will Be Available for Adwords Call Extensions

  “We understand that many businesses can benefit from featuring ads with local numbers, since people are more likely to call a number with a recognizable area code” 

The change will take effect in early November.___

posted image

2014-08-26 16:09:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A Negative SEO Article that is NOT BS
  I am pleasantly surprised at this "What to do about Negative SEO" article's focus on real things you can and should do to identify and minimize the effects of attempted negative SEO, rather than irrational fear.
I really should not be surprised, however. +Marie Haynes is very knowledgeable about Google penalties, and is one of the most logical and rational people who write about such things.

As she says, most people do not need to worry about negative SEO but it is a good idea to know what to do if it will help you sleep at night should someone decide to attack your site. 

Like most things in SEO, it is not easy to do or understand and will take lots of time to do it right. If it is over your head, a professional link audit is the way to go.

A Negative SEO Article that is NOT BS
  I am pleasantly surprised at this "What to do about Negative SEO" article's focus on real things you can and should do to identify and minimize the effects of attempted negative SEO, rather than irrational fear.
I really should not be surprised, however. +Marie Haynes is very knowledgeable about Google penalties, and is one of the most logical and rational people who write about such things.

As she says, most people do not need to worry about negative SEO but it is a good idea to know what to do if it will help you sleep at night should someone decide to attack your site. 

Like most things in SEO, it is not easy to do or understand and will take lots of time to do it right. If it is over your head, a professional link audit is the way to go.___

posted image

2014-08-06 13:50:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

SEO - The Next Generation  

   "SEO is the perfect combination of creativity and writing, technology and data mining, analysis and implementation. It’s the alpha and the omega, the yin and the yang."

A look at the past present and future of online marketing from +Jenny Halasz 

SEO - The Next Generation  

   "SEO is the perfect combination of creativity and writing, technology and data mining, analysis and implementation. It’s the alpha and the omega, the yin and the yang."

A look at the past present and future of online marketing from +Jenny Halasz ___

posted image

2014-07-31 15:38:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Google: You're Doing It Wrong
  
   10+ months since the last update to Penguin, Google's linkspam fighting algortithm.
In my experience, most sites that have been penalized by Penguin really did deserve the penalty. But should it be a death penalty?

 Google needs to fight webspam. I get that. Some sites deserve severe penalties. I get that too. And the idea that you might never be able to get out of the penalty is a strong deterrent. OK I get that too. 

What I don't get:
No chance for webmasters who screwed up to fix what is wrong until the next Penguin algo update that may never happen.
Waiting for the update I understand, but 10+ months between updates?! 
If penalties are permanent, just say so. People will listen and comply.

And the negative SEO thing... Whether negative SEO really works or not is not the issue. Avast n... more »

Google: You're Doing It Wrong
  
   10+ months since the last update to Penguin, Google's linkspam fighting algortithm.
In my experience, most sites that have been penalized by Penguin really did deserve the penalty. But should it be a death penalty?

 Google needs to fight webspam. I get that. Some sites deserve severe penalties. I get that too. And the idea that you might never be able to get out of the penalty is a strong deterrent. OK I get that too. 

What I don't get:
No chance for webmasters who screwed up to fix what is wrong until the next Penguin algo update that may never happen.
Waiting for the update I understand, but 10+ months between updates?! 
If penalties are permanent, just say so. People will listen and comply.

And the negative SEO thing... Whether negative SEO really works or not is not the issue. A vast number of people BELIEVE you can point thousands of spammy links at any site and ruin its rankings in google. This has resulted in MORE webspam, not less. Spamblogs, directories, and other "negative" link sources would have just died and gone away on their own without the belief that they could be "weaponized". Now, the owners of spam farms have a new reason to let them live on.

Now we have all of these website owners whose biggest "crime" was not knowing what they didn't know, and dumb things happened as a result.  Now they are trying to remove bad links, disavowing them, or hiring well-intentioned knowledgeable SEOs to help.
SEOs who prefer to do things the right way and reap the rewards (like me) are trying to help these people get it right. But how long can I keep telling clients "you'll be fine after the next update since we cleaned up all the bad links and have been working on all this useful content"? Or quoting Webmaster Guidelines and answers from +Matt Cutts  or +John Mueller as if it was all sacred scripture? 
After nearly a year of waiting, many webmasters are saying "screw this. Doing it right has been a major failure. I am going black hat from now on."   I can't say that I blame them.
Faith based SEO for sites hit by penguin requires more patience than most can afford.

+Eric Enge makes a very good call to Google to make this right.
http://searchengineland.com/penguin-googles-punitive-algorithm-call-google-fix-198206 ___

posted image

2014-07-18 19:16:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If I had a nickel for every time I advised speeding up & slimming down a site, and the advice was ignored because someone thought it wasn't important (because there were no keywords involved)...

With the end of Net Neutrality, site performance and transfer size is going to become really important.

Think about it: If Comcast starts throttling back bandwidth for your site, you can pay up or slim down. A lighter, faster site will save you money and headaches.

 #netneutrality___If I had a nickel for every time I advised speeding up & slimming down a site, and the advice was ignored because someone thought it wasn't important (because there were no keywords involved)...

posted image

2014-07-18 18:31:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The whole is STILL greater than the sum of its parts

4 Years Ago, this is what we preached about SEO  

  …and there is very little that has changed - except that a huge portion of the SEO industry only caught onto this concept within the last year or so.

"Can your site be found? SEO can help - but it is one small piece of the greater whole. Quality content, site design & structure, and insightful marketing are what will make you Findable." 

Step back in time for #flashbackfriday   http://kercommunications.com/seo/are-you-marketing-to-search-engines-or-to-people/___The whole is STILL greater than the sum of its parts

Buttons

A special service of CircleCount.com is the following button.

The button shows the number of followers you have directly in a small button. You can add this button to your website, like the +1-Button of Google or the Like-Button of Facebook.






You can add this button directly in your website. For more information about the CircleCount Buttons and the description how to add them to another page click here.

Nick KerTwitterFacebookLinkedInCircloscope