Rising Above the Noise Level of the Web

Rising Above the Noise Level of the Web

* Now that everybody has to create “great content” to please Google and its share holders the noise level of the Web is overwhelming. Everybody is forced to publish harder faster better stronger and of course more. So there is…

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…

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…

When Slow Corporations Take Over Swift Startups

When Slow Corporations Take Over Swift Startups

* So the good old Yahoo has taken over the fresh and popular blogging community Tumblr. I was thinking for a while what it means. I took a deep breath and tried to recount other similar mergers in the past…

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…

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….

SEO 2.0 Ebook Coming Up: Table of Contents

The SEO 2.0 ebook is coming up. I’m writing it right now. I know I’m a bit late. I blog here for around 7 years now and I should have written and published an SEO 2.0 ebook 5+ years ago….

Do You Have What it Takes to Become an Influencer?

Do You Have What it Takes to Become an Influencer?

m4s0n501 * Influencers are the new elite of the Internet age. We all want to connect with them, we all want to become influencers. Today I do not want to focus why it is not a good idea to strive…

Advantages of Google-Free Blogging

Advantages of Google-Free Blogging

* OK, it’s been a few weeks since I banned Google on this blog and I see some of the consequences. In sheer numbers I get less “traffic” of course. I explained before how most of Google “traffic” weren’t real…

Non-Google Link Building for Search Emancipated Optimization

Non-Google Link Building for Search Emancipated Optimization

* It may be a surprise to you but link building has been thriving long before Google. When I joined the Internet and started publishing poetry online in 1997 Google didn’t even exist. Many search engines like Infoseek, Webcrawler or…

Does Getting Rid of Google Make Sense? Feedback from the Web

Most people in the SEO industry chose to ignore my symbolic act of banning Google and going Google-free after I got penalized for no apparent reason. In contrast articles on “how I tried to recover from Panda/Penguin for 6 mix…

Steal This Blog! SEO 2.0 Goes Creative Commons

Steal This Blog! SEO 2.0 Goes Creative Commons

* Over the years I admired the Creative Commons movement. I have not only been a big fan of it I also used a lot of Creative Commons licensed images here on my blog as metaphorical illustrations of my articles….

Un-Google Yourself With These Alternative Tools

Un-Google Yourself With These Alternative Tools

* Now that I banned Google on my blog I feel more confident about becoming independent from Google. You don’t have to be an anti-SEO self improvement guru who wants to live a perfect life to realize that Google is…

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…

Positive SEO Example Campaign to Take Part in

Positive SEO Example Campaign to Take Part in

* How positive SEO works Last time I defined what I consider to be positive SEO. Also I went into detail to explain my concept of Google Parkour where you link out to your competitor in case s/he already has…

You Want Link Building? You Need Something Else!

You Want Link Building? You Need Something Else!

* Are you interested in link building? Yes, that’s what you think. In reality you need something else though. Let me explain. I’m just an independent SEO consultant who hasn’t dozens of employees to do his work. I can take…

Pinterest or How to Evaluate Social Media Opportunities

Pinterest or How to Evaluate Social Media Opportunities

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cage for a few months you have heard the news: Pinterest is the best thing since sliced bread. I don’t want to join the myriads of opportunistic writers and hail the new hype. Instead…

How Does Google+ Add to Your Social Media Strategy?

How Does Google+ Add to Your Social Media Strategy?

* Wow. Awesome! After just a dozen of tries I could sign up for Google+! Sadly it happened on late Friday so that I ended up trying it out on the weekend. You know I hate working on the weekend…

How to Fight Big Business in Google and Beyond with Smart Mob SEO

How to Fight Big Business in Google and Beyond with Smart Mob SEO

* Over the years I’ve been outranking big businesses, well known brands and major news media. I’ve been successfully competing with whole SEO teams. I’ve even managed to surpass spammers and black hat SEOs in some cases. Your competition on…

What Are the Core Values of Your Blog? What Do You Stand for?

What Are the Core Values of Your Blog? What Do You Stand for?

* A business blog is not only a blog it’s also obviously a business. A business has to have some core values to be able to succeed in the long term. The market is volatile so that you need some…