Guest Post by Matt Cutts on Spammy Link Building

Guest Post by Matt Cutts on Spammy Link Building

This is a guest post by Matt Cutts, Google’s “head of spam” by day and well known SEO blogger by night. I added some text decoration here and there to stress the main message. In my recent article on the…

Optimization is NOT “Just Marketing”

Optimization is NOT “Just Marketing”

zv7qrnb * There are a lot of articles recently telling us that SEO is “just marketing” now. SEO is dead, “finished” or only makes sense as part of digital, internet, inbound or content marketing. I’m really tired of reading this…

Why and How to Add nofollow When Linking Google Sites

Why and How to Add nofollow When Linking Google Sites

In one of my recent posts I threatened Google with symbolic retaliation for their ruthless attacks on webmasters and the open Web. My idea back then was still somehow metaphorical. I said I will “nofollow” Google that is devalue outgoing…

How to Spot a Fake Link Removal Request

How to Spot a Fake Link Removal Request

When Google invented “unnatural links” by simply deciding that some links are unnatural while others are not they also created the problem of large scale negative SEO. Then they professed to have the solution for their self-created problem, the disavow…

Hey Google! Sunset Your Unnatural Oral Action or I’ll Nofollow You

Hey Google! Sunset Your Unnatural Oral Action or I’ll Nofollow You

* Do you remember the days when “manual action” was something desirable and NSFW? Listening to Google spokespeople turns more bizarre with the years. They have come up with their own language to hide the sour facts of penalties, faulty…

Content Can’t Heal AIDS

Content Can’t Heal AIDS

* Summary: Content is not a one size fits all solution, especially for small business owners who can’t afford to become publishers. When does content actually make sense and how? What else can SMBs do that don’t have a team…

Broken Social Media: Anti-Social Sites vs Alternatives

Broken Social Media: Anti-Social Sites vs Alternatives

* Some of the so called social media sites are broken and a waste of time. In fact they are not social at all, they are anti-social. So you not only waste your time using them you also get viciously…

10 Things the Unnatural Links Penalty Taught me About Google and SEO

10 Things the Unnatural Links Penalty Taught me About Google and SEO

I didn’t expect to get penalized for unnatural links at all, that’s why I noticed it very late. Also the whole process of dealing with the unnatural links penalty has been “problematic” itself to say the least. Here are the…

Quality Sites Are the New Links and Santa Exists

Quality Sites Are the New Links and Santa Exists

* Accordingly to Google and Search Engine Land the decade old practice of link building has just been replaced by “building quality sites”. No, that’s not a joke. This is official: “In general, webmasters can improve the rank of their…

Dangerous Links: Why & How Google Wants to Abolish Hypertext

Dangerous Links: Why & How Google Wants to Abolish Hypertext

* Are links unnatural or even dangerous like some SEO experts repeat after Google? The Web is built upon so called hypertext. Why is it hyper? It’s not because of all the hypes we witness on the Internet. The hyper-aspect…

Training in Winter

Training in Winter

* Some of you may remember that I have started training parkour some time ago. It made me not only 200% healthier over the recent years (I feel 10 years younger by now) it also inspired me in other areas…

Does Smashing Magazine Fail to Represent SEO Properly or Do We?

Does Smashing Magazine Fail to Represent SEO Properly or Do We?

Does Smashing Magazine fail to represent SEO? Patrick Altoft and AJ Kohn are mad at Smashing Magazine for not getting SEO: Are they right? Do the people over at Smashing Magazine have no clue about modern SEO? I simply couldn’t…

How to Use the Google Disavow Tool for NOT Against Negative SEO

How to Use the Google Disavow Tool for NOT Against Negative SEO

* Google first created the problem of so called negative SEO by taking “manual action” on links webmasters have no control over. Instead of just discounting “unnatural links” pointing to a site Google will make you responsible for them even…

What Guest Blogging and Blogger Outreach Are Actually About – Stop Perverting Them

What Guest Blogging and Blogger Outreach Are Actually About – Stop Perverting Them

* Now that “content marketing” is the latest rage people who have no clue what content really means are perverting ages old techniques like guest blogging and blogger outreach. Many lazy SEOs are late to this renamed “great content” and…

Unnatural Links: What is the Purpose of the Google FUD Campaign?

Unnatural Links: What is the Purpose of the Google FUD Campaign?

* Google has been sending out “unnatural links” warnings for some time. At first they meant you got penalized in Google search and thus you lost your rankings. Lately they have been sending out even more of the cryptic messages,…

Why I Am Banning Google on my Blog

Why I Am Banning Google on my Blog

* I am banning Google on my blog. Why? Isn’t it ironic for a self proclaimed SEO blog to ban Google? Let me tell you the whole story. When I started out this blog in 2007 I did not get…

Why Peer-to-Peer SEO Beats Influencer Ass Kissing

Why Peer-to-Peer SEO Beats Influencer Ass Kissing

* In the past I have written repeatedly about the need to find your peers and to work together with them for the benefit of all parties involved. On the Web it’s not about competing with 7 billions of people,…

Unofficial Google Newspeak Glossary: Manual Action in Commercial Relationships

Euphemisms are often made up words that are meant to hide the real (in most cases negative) meaning of existing terms. For example the thing the US government refers to as “targeted killings” is basically an assassination which in turn…

Successful Blogging is Not About Becoming a Superstar

Successful Blogging is Not About Becoming a Superstar

* Last week one of the most successful bloggers in the marketing industry, Neil Patel has published a post called “How to Become a Blogging Superstar“. At first I felt like it was 2007 again, or even 2002. Why? I…

Words that Damage Trust in Your Blog

These words may be correct English but nonetheless they make you appear like an idiot when you use them on your blog. Why? They have obviously negative or hidden meaning that influences your readers. Thus they damage trust in you…