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…

Step by Step Outreach Plan for Lasting Success

Step by Step Outreach Plan for Lasting Success

* I’m glad to say that in recent years many SEO clients seem to get it. They inquire for very specific services revolving around outreach and content. On the other hand many of them still approach new school SEO with…

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…

Overused Headline Formulas that Make Your Blog Look Stale

Overused Headline Formulas that Make Your Blog Look Stale

* By now everybody and their aunt knows that headlines are the most important part of any article. The wrong headline can make the best piece of writing literally disappear within the permanent storm of content promotion. This has lead…

The Luxury Resort Type of Blog

The Luxury Resort Type of Blog

* Ever since I have banned Google search on my blog I rely solely on direct, social media and other referral traffic. Oh, well, there is some search traffic from the likes of Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo and Blekko but it’s…

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…

Why Berlin Tourists Eat Currywurst and the Creation of Generic Brands

Why Berlin Tourists Eat Currywurst and the Creation of Generic Brands

* As you might have noticed I live in Berlin, Germany. That’s a hugely popular place among tourists from all over the world. The area I live in is full of hostels, night clubs and places to eat out. There…

Simplicity

Simplicity

* Simplicity is the ultimate (form of) sophistication – Leonardo da Vinci When it comes to design or self improvement – two topics I follow in my free time – simplicity is widely accepted as the path to success. When…

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…

Why Short Posts Beat Long Content: Time is Money

Why Short Posts Beat Long Content: Time is Money

* Recently a new kind of debate has been taking place in what I’d like to call the post-SEO industry as content marketing doesn’t really describe all of it. In it the main argument is that, let me summarize it…

Google Authorship Markup Disadvantages Everybody Ignores

Google Authorship Markup Disadvantages Everybody Ignores

One of my favourite SEO pundits is AJ Kohn. AJ is an eager early adopter of Google+ and Google authorship markup. That’s the thing that lets you display your image in search results. AJ and other people have written numerous…

Connecting People for Fun and Profit with Minimal Effort

Connecting People for Fun and Profit with Minimal Effort

* In my last post I focused on influencers, who they are and how they get there. At the end I concluded that most of us are not natural born influencers. Not everybody can become a president. That’s perfectly OK,…

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,…

7 Pinterest Mistakes Many Users Make and Quick Fixes

7 Pinterest Mistakes Many Users Make and Quick Fixes

m4s0n501 Pinterest? You are doing it wrong! OK, I admit it, I have been using Pinterest for some months already. I haven’t done any “marketing” over there. I just used it like a normal person would. I picked some of…

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…

Quora vs Yahoo Answers: Which Q&A Site is Better for Your Business?

Quora vs Yahoo Answers: Which Q&A Site is Better for Your Business?

Graph: Yahoo Answers and Quora compared on Google Trends for Websites (plus Twitter and Tumblr for a better perspective) Many people ask questions on the Web, especially on search engines like Google but also on social media. Even in cases…

How to Build Links Like Jaamit

How to Build Links Like Jaamit

Jaamit Durrani and a cat that looks like Hitler at Think Visibility. This is how funny @jaamit was.* T​hree months ago Jaamit Durrani had asked me whether I’m interested in the “head of SEO” position​ for Germany​. I was of…

L​ead or Follow?

L​ead or Follow?

* One of the most important factors of my success until now is the fact that I was never been content with following. I never liked following orders following trends following people I always preferred leading. I’m not speaking of…

The Anatomy of an SEO 2.0 Web Directory of the Highest Quality

The Anatomy of an SEO 2.0 Web Directory of the Highest Quality

* I’m preparing a SEO 2.0 web directory right here on my blog as you might have noticed already. What? A web directory? In SEO 2.0? It sounds like a contradiction indeed. Aren’t directories either dead, spammy or low quality?…

Usability Experts Still Fail Themselves on World Usability Day 2010

Usability Experts Still Fail Themselves on World Usability Day 2010

* Two years ago I celebrated my first world usability day by pointing out usability mistakes usability experts commit. Fast forward to 2010 and what do I see? World Usability Day is here again and usability experts still can’t even…