6 Spam-Free Link Building Methods that Won’t Make Google Cry

6 Spam-Free Link Building Methods that Won’t Make Google Cry

* This is a post written by the team of freelance-seo.co.uk with a few suggested changes by myself. Earlier this year, the SEO world was shaken to its core by Google’s cry that guest blogging for SEO purposes is dead…

Google Sells Endorsements to SEO Agencies

Google Sells Endorsements to SEO Agencies

Last time I have written about Google on this blog I promised to be more positive about the search-monopolist mega-corporation advertising company. You know, it’s not easy for me after all the issues I had with Google. Nonetheless this time…

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…

Do I Hate Google?

Do I Hate Google?

By now you might ask: do I hate Google? It’s no wonder, after all I write things like why and how to nofollow Google does Google make you suicidal? real search engines as Google alternatives are SEOs selling out to…

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…

Google+ Embedded Post Test

So called embedded posts have just been introduced on Google+. Personally I am quite wary of any new Google services or features. I fell on my face too often. What’s good for Google is not automatically good for you. Yes,…

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Each Project

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Each Project

* There are a lot of down to earth questions to ask yourself before you launch a website or blog. The big ones like “how will this pay for itself” aka the business model or “who is going to read…

Free Traffic vs Gatekeeper Traffic

Free Traffic vs Gatekeeper Traffic

* Usually I prefer to speak about visitors not traffic as in people visiting your site. The term traffic is too fuzzy to really explain what is going on on the Web in general or on your site in particular….

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

m4s0n501 * 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…

Where Did All The Search Traffic Go?

Where Did All The Search Traffic Go?

* BuzzFeed reports that “Traffic from Google to digital publishers dropped 30% over the past eight months.” based on traffic statistics from over 200 major media properties, among them BuzzFeed Time Huffington Post Rolling Stone Sports Illustrated Overall social media…

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…

How to Kill Pandas and Penguins but NOT People

How to Kill Pandas and Penguins but NOT People

* This post is not about killing cute animals. In search a Panda and a Penguin are different types of Google updates or rather penalties. In case you own a website or two I will help you deal with those…

When Will Google Sunset Search?

When Will Google Sunset Search?

* Last week the number one topic on the Internet was not the new pope it seems, it was the demise of Google Reader. Mostly geeks know what Reader was about and used it so average people probably won’t notice….

Billions of Sites Subject to Manual Penalty by Google

Billions of Sites Subject to Manual Penalty by Google

Google recently released an “interactive infographic” titled “how search works“. I ignored it until Barry Schwartz convinced me to take a second look. The infographic starts with the number of “30 trillion individual pages” Google has in its index. Later…

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 Google Authorship Markup Hurt or Help Rankings?

Does Google Authorship Markup Hurt or Help Rankings?

* You may remember that I have mentioned in my post “Google Authorship Markup Disadvantages Everybody Ignores” how my wife’s site has lost rankings almost immediately after I implemented the Google authorship markup on her site. One reader specifically asked…

How I Recovered from Panda by Banning Google

How I Recovered from Panda by Banning Google

A panda might by a a cute animal but for most people who have a website and get traffic from search or rather mostly from Google it’s worse than a zombie. Websites hit by one of the numerous so called…