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Max Minzer7,143Conversation with +Mike Blumenthal 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 

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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
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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 07:29:1046511819
Andrew Johnson2,795SHARED 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 11:29:37500475
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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 02:06:49501002
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

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2014-05-30 18:15:11 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Search rankings bouncing around? It's not just you

http://mozcast.com/ which shows search engine results volatility in a weather chart format, showed a very hot and stormy day yesterday, after a very calm few days.  
Of course everyone is wondering if this is Penguin. It has been awhile since the last penguin update, and there is often a lot of this SERP flux just prior to a big update. They also seem to roll them out on Friday afternoons for some reason.
 As much as I hate to be an algorithm-chaser, it does look like something is brewing. Any insight from +Pete Meyers or anyone else at +Moz abut the Mozcast spike?

Most reshares: 2

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2014-06-08 16:00:45 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Three Ways To Fix Problems with Multiple Google+ Brand, Local & Places Listings

Most plusones: 9

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2014-05-30 18:15:11 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Search rankings bouncing around? It's not just you

http://mozcast.com/ which shows search engine results volatility in a weather chart format, showed a very hot and stormy day yesterday, after a very calm few days.  
Of course everyone is wondering if this is Penguin. It has been awhile since the last penguin update, and there is often a lot of this SERP flux just prior to a big update. They also seem to roll them out on Friday afternoons for some reason.
 As much as I hate to be an algorithm-chaser, it does look like something is brewing. Any insight from +Pete Meyers or anyone else at +Moz abut the Mozcast spike?

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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.___

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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/___

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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!

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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  ___

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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?___

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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...

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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

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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.___

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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.___

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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 ___

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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 ___

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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)...

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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

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2014-07-18 18:13:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Consider things like diets, work out regimes or a relationship. SEO success doesn’t come over night. If you are easily disheartened then maybe this is not for you."
http://blog.ahrefs.com/implement-seo-changes-checklist/

Can You Really Do Your Own SEO? A Checklist

Here is a very good checklist of things that are absolutely necessary for a successful SEO project.

from +Tadeusz Szewczyk ___"Consider things like diets, work out regimes or a relationship. SEO success doesn’t come over night. If you are easily disheartened then maybe this is not for you."
http://blog.ahrefs.com/implement-seo-changes-checklist/

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2014-07-16 18:57:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Negative SEO:  just a toy for disgruntled spammers?

  Here is yet another example of Negative SEO not really doing much at all. 

Hmm... This article mentions a good buddy of one of the jackasses who was responsible for one of the attacks on Ker Communications. To bring you up to speed on this NSEO drama: Both of those clowns were making up stories of negative SEO victimhood to try to gain some attention. One of them showed up and left a lie-filled comment or two on http://kercommunications.com/seo/negative-seo-reality-check/ .
When I called him out on it, he had a few tantrums and proceeded to initiate  an attack on Ker Communications. Stupid is as stupid does, so it only took about 2-3 days to get the dirt on him through Fiverr as well as the linkspam submission tools he used and attempted to register with a kercommunications.com email address. 
Now I wonder ifhis ... more »

Negative SEO:  just a toy for disgruntled spammers?

  Here is yet another example of Negative SEO not really doing much at all. 

Hmm... This article mentions a good buddy of one of the jackasses who was responsible for one of the attacks on Ker Communications. To bring you up to speed on this NSEO drama: Both of those clowns were making up stories of negative SEO victimhood to try to gain some attention. One of them showed up and left a lie-filled comment or two on http://kercommunications.com/seo/negative-seo-reality-check/ .
When I called him out on it, he had a few tantrums and proceeded to initiate  an attack on Ker Communications. Stupid is as stupid does, so it only took about 2-3 days to get the dirt on him through Fiverr as well as the linkspam submission tools he used and attempted to register with a kercommunications.com email address. 
Now I wonder if his sidekick who just might be implicated in this is just as foolish. If so, it shouldn't be too difficult for +David McSweeney to connect the dots.___

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2014-07-10 23:09:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Google Quality Rating Guidelines Leaked
  - Read that and see if you still think SEO is easy.

Google's updated official Quality Rating Guidelines have been leaked
  "What does Google want?" 
  If you really want to know what the manual reviewers are looking for, +Jennifer Slegg breaks it down for you here: http://www.thesempost.com/google-rewrites-quality-rating-guide-seos-need-know/

..and here's a link to the doc itself if you want to do some serious reading http://www.scribd.com/doc/217994742/General-Guidelines-1___Google Quality Rating Guidelines Leaked
  - Read that and see if you still think SEO is easy.

2014-07-07 16:51:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Hm. Something isn't right. We're checking into it now."

That's all Google Webmaster Tools has to say today in the "Search Traffic" section where you'd normally find Search Queries, Links to Your Site, Internal Links, Manual Actions...

"Hm. Something isn't right. We're checking into it now."

That's all Google Webmaster Tools has to say today in the "Search Traffic" section where you'd normally find Search Queries, Links to Your Site, Internal Links, Manual Actions...___

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2014-07-03 11:34:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How & Why Press Release Sites Were Hit By Panda
Googles recent Panda algorithm update really knocked down the press release sites many have used (and abused) for link building.

+Russ Jones breaks it down here: http://moz.com/blog/panda-pummels-press-release-websites-the-road-to-recovery

Something many have overlooked:
If your site had lots of press release links, you may have experienced a drop in rankings or traffic due to those release links now having less value.

How & Why Press Release Sites Were Hit By Panda
Googles recent Panda algorithm update really knocked down the press release sites many have used (and abused) for link building.

+Russ Jones breaks it down here: http://moz.com/blog/panda-pummels-press-release-websites-the-road-to-recovery

Something many have overlooked:
If your site had lots of press release links, you may have experienced a drop in rankings or traffic due to those release links now having less value.___

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2014-06-30 18:49:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Are we there yet? No... Are we there yet? No... How about now?

  SEO consultants deal with this frequently. Everyone would like to see results as soon as possible. But SEO just does not work overnight... or overweek. 
No matter how many times it is explained, a lot of people forget or just don't accept that SEO "activities" are intertwined, dependent on each other and external factors, and that it takes weeks, months or even years to compete with or outrank other sites who have been at it for years. That blog post you write today may get you some immediate traffic and even sales, but the real search visibility value comes when the big picture in which that blog is just a part, fully develops. That awesome link you got may not even bump your rankings until a week or two from now, and maybe not in the way you expected.

I frequently tell people "you cans... more »

Are we there yet? No... Are we there yet? No... How about now?

  SEO consultants deal with this frequently. Everyone would like to see results as soon as possible. But SEO just does not work overnight... or overweek. 
No matter how many times it is explained, a lot of people forget or just don't accept that SEO "activities" are intertwined, dependent on each other and external factors, and that it takes weeks, months or even years to compete with or outrank other sites who have been at it for years. That blog post you write today may get you some immediate traffic and even sales, but the real search visibility value comes when the big picture in which that blog is just a part, fully develops. That awesome link you got may not even bump your rankings until a week or two from now, and maybe not in the way you expected.

I frequently tell people "you can see some improvements within a week or two just from the initial round of on-page work, but the full effects really take months or even years to take shape".  I think that often is heard as "every action we take will have that kind of impact every single time", and the bit about "years" is totally blocked out of memory. So maybe I need to be more clear when explaining timeframes.

Many website owners "know" the importance of a certain keyword or group of keywords and do not recognize anything else as success or even progress.  
When competing with thousands of other sites, moving from page 10 of the SERPs to page 2 or 3 really is progress - just not all the way there yet. Moving to that same spot when the site was penalized and did not appear for that keyword at all - that is success.

Oh yeah, then there are the penalties…
 A penalized webmaster can be like a prison inmate who doesn't know how long his sentence will be. "I've been good three months and returned what I took (read: removed spammy links). Long enough?" Judge Google says "No, you still have more to do..."
"OK I did that. I'll be back on top soon, right?"
And it is starting to look like sites penalized by Penguin may be serving an extended sentence.

If you are an SEO provider struggling with this, or are an SEO client having trouble believing your consultant when he says "not yet", here are some articles that explain just some of the reasons SEO takes a long time.

Some of these are actually quite old but still good.
Please read, remember, and share this around and help make SEO providers and clients happier:

http://moz.com/blog/headsmacking-tip-8-give-your-seo-campaigns-time-to-take-effect
http://kercommunications.com/seo/how-long-will-seo-take/
http://www.seo-theory.com/2012/04/30/how-long-does-it-take/
http://www.top5seo.co.uk/how-long-white-hat-seo/
http://www.kickstartcommerce.com/seo-results-take-long-time.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshsteimle/2014/06/23/when-is-seo-the-wrong-choice/___

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2014-06-30 02:55:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Don't give up on Google+ because they took away authorship images...
   …because your Google+ Brand page can show them for people who follow your Google+ page. Not much good... unless you have an active Google+ business page. Then, it can be pretty awesome.  
More about it from someone who is probably overworked after the authorship shake-up last week, because he is the go-to guy about authorship: +Mark Traphagen...

Brand Page Thumbnails Now Showing In Google Personalized Results!

Google giveth and Google taketh away. And then Google giveth again.

Yesterday I told you that while Google has now removed all author photos from regular Google search, Google+ posts from people in your circles who are seen as highly relevant to you can still show author photos when you search logged in to your Google+ account ("personalized" or "private" search).

Now today I'm seeing something I've never seen before (except in very brief tests): "Publisher" images next to Google+ brand page search results for brands I have in my circles!

UPDATE: I should clarify that this is something new for US searchers. Some non-US versions of Google have been showing brand pages thumbnails in results for a while now.___Don't give up on Google+ because they took away authorship images...
   …because your Google+ Brand page can show them for people who follow your Google+ page. Not much good... unless you have an active Google+ business page. Then, it can be pretty awesome.  
More about it from someone who is probably overworked after the authorship shake-up last week, because he is the go-to guy about authorship: +Mark Traphagen...

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2014-06-26 18:41:31 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

In um, memoriam (?) of Google Authorship images which are about to disappear from the search results, I decided to update my profile pic to reflect my now longer hair and beard.  
Inspired in part by +Dan Petrovic aka "Dannah Montana"

Now, who is going to admit they know the origin of this image?

In um, memoriam (?) of Google Authorship images which are about to disappear from the search results, I decided to update my profile pic to reflect my now longer hair and beard.  
Inspired in part by +Dan Petrovic aka "Dannah Montana"

Now, who is going to admit they know the origin of this image?___

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2014-06-26 13:33:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Soon, you won't see me in Google's search results

  You won't see yourself or anyone else either (unless you do an image search).

This could improve the Authorship system by eliminating the photo click through incentive for new people who have not jumped on the authorship markup bandwagon yet.
That would leave it to more of the people who get the "big picture" of authorship - and don't really care about the little picture.

I am going to miss the circle/follow count, though. That did sometimes lend some credibility to items found in the SERPs.

If you have been trying to use Authorship to get your photo to show up in Google's search results, you can stop now.
 
  Google is removing the authorship profile images from the SERPs.___Soon, you won't see me in Google's search results

  You won't see yourself or anyone else either (unless you do an image search).

This could improve the Authorship system by eliminating the photo click through incentive for new people who have not jumped on the authorship markup bandwagon yet.
That would leave it to more of the people who get the "big picture" of authorship - and don't really care about the little picture.

I am going to miss the circle/follow count, though. That did sometimes lend some credibility to items found in the SERPs.

2014-06-24 13:22:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This morning just keeps getting better! 
I just received a spammy generic guest blogging request email which appears to be from a local competitor. This is not the first time their outsourced (or just stupid) spammers have tried to sell me something or asked for a link.  
They don't look before they leap into spam idiocy...

From an IP address in Philippines:

"Are you looking for some fresh new content to engage your audience even more?
My name is Jessica and I am contacting you on behalf of Higher Images Marketing Firm of Pittsburgh. As a fellow writer and business professional, I have enjoyed reading your blog for some time now and wanted to inquire about guest post submissions. I was hoping you feature guest postings from time to time and was wondering if either I or the owner of my company could contribute?
Higher Images would love to submit an articlet... more »

This morning just keeps getting better! 
I just received a spammy generic guest blogging request email which appears to be from a local competitor. This is not the first time their outsourced (or just stupid) spammers have tried to sell me something or asked for a link.  
They don't look before they leap into spam idiocy...

From an IP address in Philippines:

"Are you looking for some fresh new content to engage your audience even more?
My name is Jessica and I am contacting you on behalf of Higher Images Marketing Firm of Pittsburgh. As a fellow writer and business professional, I have enjoyed reading your blog for some time now and wanted to inquire about guest post submissions. I was hoping you feature guest postings from time to time and was wondering if either I or the owner of my company could contribute?
Higher Images would love to submit an article to share with your readers on this topic and any other topics of your preference. We can offer expert advice, simple suggestions, best practices and much more. If you allow one of our submissions to be published, it is simply requested that you also credit us and give at least one link back to our main website.
Please let me know if this is something we can do together and help each other out. I appreciate your time, and have a great day!
Sincerely,
Jessica B"
 

Gotta wonder what kind of garbage they outsource and use for their clients!
And I guess they missed the memo about guest blogging being a poor way to get links.
Maybe the email is not really from them, but why would someone fake that?


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2014-06-24 13:10:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Nothing like discovering a few thousand new spam links pointed at the site first thing in the morning. Someone is tirelessly devoted to proving to me that link bombing or google bowling as "Negative SEO" is effective. 

Nothing like discovering a few thousand new spam links pointed at the site first thing in the morning. Someone is tirelessly devoted to proving to me that link bombing or google bowling as "Negative SEO" is effective. ___

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2014-06-20 14:35:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

SEO Myths - yes, this still needs to be said

You know, some people might say that "SEO myths" posts, infographics, or whatever are done to death. But twice this week, I had to explain to otherwise knowledgeable clients that more content is not always better, and that we are aiming for more than just those few keywords they decided were important a few years ago.


SEO Myths and Misconceptions Infographic
What you thought to be true..is wrong

Search Engine Optimization myths are wide spread. The web is full of so called SEO Experts teaching incorrect and outdated information or mere speculation as to what might be the perfect Google beating formula.

The internet has changed and what worked in the past no longer works today. In fact the whole approach of chasing search engines is obsolete. 

In this new infographic which includes references to the excellent +HubSpot 17 SEO Myths Report (http://lnx5.co/q3) and +Rand Fishkin's Moz Myths and Misconceptions about SEO (http://lnx5.co/q2) I throw the light on these commonly held SEO Myths and reveal truth about SEO in 2014

As +David Amerland so eloquently says in relation todays Semantic Search era; "If you are chasing search engines you are playing the wrong game.  Change your focus from search engines to people and through people you get the search results you want."

Link to the infographic is here; http://www.veravo.com/infographic/infographic-top-seo-myths/

=== ===

#seo   #seomyth   #backlinks   #searchengineoptimization  
 ___SEO Myths - yes, this still needs to be said

You know, some people might say that "SEO myths" posts, infographics, or whatever are done to death. But twice this week, I had to explain to otherwise knowledgeable clients that more content is not always better, and that we are aiming for more than just those few keywords they decided were important a few years ago.


2014-06-16 21:21:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Not following your SEO consultant's advice and complaining of poor results is like visiting the doctor, refusing the recommended treatment and wondering why you aren't getting better.

Not following your SEO consultant's advice and complaining of poor results is like visiting the doctor, refusing the recommended treatment and wondering why you aren't getting better.___

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2014-06-10 15:33:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"If you are still relying on PageRank for site evaluation, you're doing it wrong"

You could really stop reading there, as that is just about all you need to know about PageRank.  But read on! 

If you're still relying on PageRank for site evaluation, you're doing it wrong http://stonet.co/1ilc0mT #seo___"If you are still relying on PageRank for site evaluation, you're doing it wrong"

You could really stop reading there, as that is just about all you need to know about PageRank.  But read on! 

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2014-06-08 16:00:45 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

3 Google+ Local / Places Fixes

Merge Google+ Brand and Local Pages and transfer business Reviews to the correct listing...

Three Ways To Fix Problems with Multiple Google+ Brand, Local & Places Listings___3 Google+ Local / Places Fixes

Merge Google+ Brand and Local Pages and transfer business Reviews to the correct listing...

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2014-06-05 15:18:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Don't redirect all mobile users to the home page of your mobile site.
Send them to the mobile version of what they were looking for!

Seems like a no-brainier - you wouldn't do that to desktop users, would you?

Don't redirect all mobile users to the home page of your mobile site.
Send them to the mobile version of what they were looking for!

Seems like a no-brainier - you wouldn't do that to desktop users, would you?___

2014-06-05 14:08:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Surveillance Reform
Technology is great, and who doesn't want "security"? But - just because you can do something, does not mean you should.

Great to be arguing as an industry for surveillance reform.  It really is time for action and the US needs to lead the way.


https://www.reformgovernmentsurveillance.com/USAFreedomAct

___Surveillance Reform
Technology is great, and who doesn't want "security"? But - just because you can do something, does not mean you should.

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2014-06-03 23:00:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Need to combine your Google+ business page with your Google Maps listing?

A lot of people who started using G+ when it started set up non-local business pages, because there were no Google+ Local pages back then. When Google switched the old Places listings to G+ Local, those people ended up with both a non-local and a local page that could not be merged.
Now, it looks like you can finally attach your reviews, business hours and other good stuff from that Google+ Local page to your "real" business page.

Still a little confusing, but if you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about, then this probably doesn't apply to you.

I have a few clients who really needed this to happen and will follow up with you soon if you need to do anything.

Google+ Local gets a little less complicated now that you can connect a regular Google+ page for your business to a Google+ Local page for your business. I did say a little less complicated, right? I kind of also feel like this is a step toward Google+ Local being dead and perhaps some step toward Google Maps just having local listings again, but listings that might be managed through Google+.___Need to combine your Google+ business page with your Google Maps listing?

A lot of people who started using G+ when it started set up non-local business pages, because there were no Google+ Local pages back then. When Google switched the old Places listings to G+ Local, those people ended up with both a non-local and a local page that could not be merged.
Now, it looks like you can finally attach your reviews, business hours and other good stuff from that Google+ Local page to your "real" business page.

Still a little confusing, but if you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about, then this probably doesn't apply to you.

I have a few clients who really needed this to happen and will follow up with you soon if you need to do anything.

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2014-06-03 22:53:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

3 VERY good rules for SEO titles

Personal fave is #2 - Do Not Create a Page for Every Keyword Variant

3 Golden Rules for Title Tag SEO http://stonet.co/1niHVKI___3 VERY good rules for SEO titles

Personal fave is #2 - Do Not Create a Page for Every Keyword Variant

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2014-05-30 18:15:11 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Search rankings bouncing around? It's not just you

http://mozcast.com/ which shows search engine results volatility in a weather chart format, showed a very hot and stormy day yesterday, after a very calm few days.  
Of course everyone is wondering if this is Penguin. It has been awhile since the last penguin update, and there is often a lot of this SERP flux just prior to a big update. They also seem to roll them out on Friday afternoons for some reason.
 As much as I hate to be an algorithm-chaser, it does look like something is brewing. Any insight from +Pete Meyers or anyone else at +Moz abut the Mozcast spike?

Search rankings bouncing around? It's not just you

http://mozcast.com/ which shows search engine results volatility in a weather chart format, showed a very hot and stormy day yesterday, after a very calm few days.  
Of course everyone is wondering if this is Penguin. It has been awhile since the last penguin update, and there is often a lot of this SERP flux just prior to a big update. They also seem to roll them out on Friday afternoons for some reason.
 As much as I hate to be an algorithm-chaser, it does look like something is brewing. Any insight from +Pete Meyers or anyone else at +Moz abut the Mozcast spike?___

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2014-05-30 12:19:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"When You Display Irrelevant Content, Visitors Leave. Simple."

"When You Display Irrelevant Content, Visitors Leave. Simple."___

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2014-05-26 00:15:27 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

SEO mistakes & why they happen

Love the breakdown of the types of people doing SEO, and how some of those create more confusion by teaching others the wrong things.
From +Eric Enge

SEO mistakes & why they happen

Love the breakdown of the types of people doing SEO, and how some of those create more confusion by teaching others the wrong things.
From +Eric Enge___

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2014-05-21 12:58:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Follow this?

Since there seems to be a lot of people who follow me for SEO and inbound marketing, I just wanted to make sure you know that there is more online marketing fun on my company's Google Plus page: +Ker Communications 

There are also a couple of G+ clones of me you should avoid. One has a black & white photo of me. That one is me, but to make a long story short, I don't use it since it was generated from a Google Apps email address after I started using this one. Then there is at least one fake Nick Ker which someone thought would be a good way to cause problems for me. That should be removed soon.

So if you like what you see here about SEO and digital marketing, be sure to follow https://plus.google.com/+KerCommunications
Thanks!

Follow this?

Since there seems to be a lot of people who follow me for SEO and inbound marketing, I just wanted to make sure you know that there is more online marketing fun on my company's Google Plus page: +Ker Communications 

There are also a couple of G+ clones of me you should avoid. One has a black & white photo of me. That one is me, but to make a long story short, I don't use it since it was generated from a Google Apps email address after I started using this one. Then there is at least one fake Nick Ker which someone thought would be a good way to cause problems for me. That should be removed soon.

So if you like what you see here about SEO and digital marketing, be sure to follow https://plus.google.com/+KerCommunications
Thanks!___

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2014-05-20 17:37:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If your rankings in Google search have been bouncing all over the place in the past few days, you are not alone.

Many SEO people believe a major algorithm update, possibly a long-awaited Penguin refresh, is in the works.

#MozCast  Alert - After a week of record-low temperatures (May 11 was the 3rd lowest temp on record since April 2012), we're seeing heavy Google algorithm flux between yesterday morning and this morning (with a temp of 97.6°). This does not seem to be a glitch (confirmed across multiple data centers), and other tracking sites are seeing heavy activity coming out of the weekend.

No confirmation from Google or clear signals at this point. Many of our secondary metrics (http://mozcast.com/metrics) have been in flux lately, but no huge one-day changes. We're seeing some shuffling in domain crowding, but that happens even on normal days, to some degree.

One oddity over the past two days. Ebay, which generally falls into our "Big 10" (top 10 domains by overall rankings) took a sizable hit. For the larger MozCast 10K data set, it looks like this:

5/18 - #6, 0.85%
5/19 - #12, 0.52%
5/20 - #25, 0.28%

In other words, two days ago, Ebay had just short of 1% of all of the top 10 rankings in our data set, as of today, it's lost 2/3 of those positions and fallen from the 6th overall domain to 25th. Ebay does have two subdomains that rank (the other is popular.ebay.com), which can cause complications, but this is a very large shift for a "Big 10" site. It's large enough of a shift to move the temperature needle, although it's unlikely that this is the whole story.___If your rankings in Google search have been bouncing all over the place in the past few days, you are not alone.

Many SEO people believe a major algorithm update, possibly a long-awaited Penguin refresh, is in the works.

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2014-04-30 22:11:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Parrots in the Echo Chamber  
 
Why it is hard to find good information about SEO

A new client asked me today, “I’ve been reading all these SEO articles and it seems like there are so many contradictory opinions about everything. Are there any SEO sites you recommend?”  After a long pause, I could only think of a few that I could comfortably recommend.

Parrots in the Echo Chamber  
 
Why it is hard to find good information about SEO

A new client asked me today, “I’ve been reading all these SEO articles and it seems like there are so many contradictory opinions about everything. Are there any SEO sites you recommend?”  After a long pause, I could only think of a few that I could comfortably recommend.___

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2014-04-25 13:01:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Breakfast with Bald Eagles

Here in Pittsburgh, a live webcam has been set up to watch a pair (now family) of bald eagles which have nested 5 miles from downtown on the Monongahela river.

This morning I got to see the hatchlings having breakfast!

See the eagle cam and archives here: http://www.pixcontroller.com/eagles/

Breakfast with Bald Eagles

Here in Pittsburgh, a live webcam has been set up to watch a pair (now family) of bald eagles which have nested 5 miles from downtown on the Monongahela river.

This morning I got to see the hatchlings having breakfast!

See the eagle cam and archives here: http://www.pixcontroller.com/eagles/___

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2014-04-23 20:00:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Still think Facebook is "better" than Google for social marketing?

  Yes, I know, X vs Y comparisons of online marketing channels are stupid. They present a false choice that you don't have to really make.  But this drop in Facebook login share is interesting...

Not So Fast: New Survey Shows Facebook's Login Share Dropped In Q1 When Compared To All Google Properties http://mklnd.com/1nGY0Y0___Still think Facebook is "better" than Google for social marketing?

  Yes, I know, X vs Y comparisons of online marketing channels are stupid. They present a false choice that you don't have to really make.  But this drop in Facebook login share is interesting...

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2014-04-18 15:43:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Fear of a Black Hat
Is Negative SEO Public Enemy Number 1?

A more rational than usual look at Negative SEO.

Oddly enough, this is not the first time I have been mentioned in an article that also mentions Public Enemy...

Fear of a Black Hat
Is Negative SEO Public Enemy Number 1?

A more rational than usual look at Negative SEO.

Oddly enough, this is not the first time I have been mentioned in an article that also mentions Public Enemy...___

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2014-04-18 15:41:43 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

New Local Search Carousel - or did I just not notice this before?

Just spotted this new (to me) carousel layout for local search results. 

New Local Search Carousel - or did I just not notice this before?

Just spotted this new (to me) carousel layout for local search results. ___

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2014-04-18 15:39:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Ever notice how when something is dismissed as "just a fad", it usually is nothing of the sort?
Rock & Roll, the internet, social media, and now Google+

I imagine there are more than a few brands whose SEO's are going through this right now.

#pluspostads  ___Ever notice how when something is dismissed as "just a fad", it usually is nothing of the sort?
Rock & Roll, the internet, social media, and now Google+

2014-04-16 20:23:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hostgator dropping the ball again today. Going to have to stop recommending them as a low-cost hosting option. 

Chalk this up to me not following my own advice: "You get what you pay for"... but then, there are many times when people pay quite a lot of money for allegedly good services that turned out to be just as bad as the cheap stuff.  

Hostgator dropping the ball again today. Going to have to stop recommending them as a low-cost hosting option. 

Chalk this up to me not following my own advice: "You get what you pay for"... but then, there are many times when people pay quite a lot of money for allegedly good services that turned out to be just as bad as the cheap stuff.  ___

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2014-04-14 14:46:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Radio Shack Introduces A Second Computer Breakthrough!

Computers (and computer furniture) have come a long way since the 80's___Radio Shack Introduces A Second Computer Breakthrough!

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2014-04-10 14:54:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Change Your Passwords!

I don't normally freak out over security alerts, but this heartbleed thing is pretty freakin' big.

*Heartbleed SSL bug - What You Need To Know & Do *
 - Change Your Passwords

The Heartbleed bug SSL vulnerability exposes usernames, passwords, and other info you thought was secure on a huge number of sites. The vulnerability has been around for about two years but was only recently discovered. 
Since it is a very technical, server-side issue, there is not much that you can do as an end-user, other than change your passwords and hope for the best.
Periodically changing passwords is always a good idea, even more so when something like this happens.
Here is a checklist of sites and services hit by Heartbleed, what they are doing about it and the ones for which you will need to change your password immediatley. http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/___Change Your Passwords!

I don't normally freak out over security alerts, but this heartbleed thing is pretty freakin' big.

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2014-04-07 17:01:16 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Volusion built an eCommerce link network… and it got hit

You would think that by now, an otherwise good quality ecommerce platform provider would know better than to do this to itself and its customers.

And this hits home for me, since I was just about to recommend a client switch from his current very seo-unfriendly platform to Volusion.
Now what?!  
Anybody have a suggestion for a flexible ecommerce platform that allows for enough customization that we can avoid built-in duplicate content and spammy titling that is so common in packaged online store solutions?
Just because the provider says their system is SEO friendly, does NOT mean that it really is. 

Volusion built an eCommerce link network… and it got hit

You would think that by now, an otherwise good quality ecommerce platform provider would know better than to do this to itself and its customers.

And this hits home for me, since I was just about to recommend a client switch from his current very seo-unfriendly platform to Volusion.
Now what?!  
Anybody have a suggestion for a flexible ecommerce platform that allows for enough customization that we can avoid built-in duplicate content and spammy titling that is so common in packaged online store solutions?
Just because the provider says their system is SEO friendly, does NOT mean that it really is. ___

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2014-04-07 15:02:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Big Names in SEO Penalized - Should You Worry?
   Yes and no.
Yes, you should worry if you don't have a good idea of what your SEO provider is doing in your name. Just because a company is well known doesn't mean they are doing right by you.

No, you should not worry about SEO in general being "dead", banned, or otherwise inherently wrong. As +Tim Hill explains, those who are complaining the loudest about Google being unfair, are usually guilty as charged...

Big Names in SEO Penalized - Should You Worry?
   Yes and no.
Yes, you should worry if you don't have a good idea of what your SEO provider is doing in your name. Just because a company is well known doesn't mean they are doing right by you.

No, you should not worry about SEO in general being "dead", banned, or otherwise inherently wrong. As +Tim Hill explains, those who are complaining the loudest about Google being unfair, are usually guilty as charged...___

2014-04-04 18:08:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Power outage here. Off to find wifi to get some work done. If you are expecting something from me it may be later than usual.

Power outage here. Off to find wifi to get some work done. If you are expecting something from me it may be later than usual.___

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