The Web Blooms Again: How the Likes of Ello & DuckDuckGo Can Save Our Souls

The Web Blooms Again: How the Likes of Ello & DuckDuckGo Can Save Our Souls

When I started out on the Web in the late nineties it was full of enthusiasm and limitless possibilities. It was about equality, opportunity and technological utopia. Today corporate interests run paramount with gatekeepers like Google, Facebook, Apple building their own private Internet gated communities.

Your Friend Shared this on Google+

Your Friend Shared this on Google+

Many people still consider social media and search two different things. They will even say things like “SEO is dead and will be replaced by SMO”. In reality by now there is only social search. Most people do not log…

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…

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 hypertext called hyper? It’s not because of all the hypes we witness on the Internet. The…

When Will Google Sunset Search?

When Will Google Sunset Search?

* One day the most important topic on the Internet was the demise of Google Reader. It was a popular tool to read and share content from blogs by subscribing to their so called feeds.   The side-effects of market…

This is Why Google Search is Dead and What to Use Instead

This is Why Google Search is Dead and What to Use Instead

I’m not a big friend of Google for a myriad of reasons. I won’t deal with those here. There is one simple reason why I prefer not to use Google Search though whenever possible. Google Search is dead, it’s not…

Free Consultation for Non-Profits, Charities & Activist Groups

Free Consultation for Non-Profits, Charities & Activist Groups

* I offer a free consultation for non-profits, charities and activist groups once a week. Contact me when you need one.   Working for free as a well know consultant? Why do I work for free? I’m a lucky guy….

The Future of the Web According to Eric Schmidt of Google

The Future of the Web According to Eric Schmidt of Google

* Over the years Eric Schmidt – formerly CEO and now chairman of Google – has been known for giving some intriguing insights into Google, the Internet and the future of technology. Some of his remarks were very controversial to…

Are Category Keywords in the URL a Significant Ranking Signal Now?

Are Category Keywords in the URL a Significant Ranking Signal Now?

Above: Not personalized search results for the query [content strategy mistakes]. I rank at #7. Look who ranks at #2 and #4. While trying to assess the impact of stolen and otherwise copied content on my rankings here on the…

Does Google Index Your robots.txt?

Does Google Index Your robots.txt?

This is a guest post by SEO strategist Moosa Hemani. It has been slightly edited by myself, Tad Chef. robots.txt is a protocol that helps search engines to find out which part of a website should not be included in…

Who is Your Competition on the Web?

Who is Your Competition on the Web?

Who are your competitors? You think you know. You don’t know or realize though! I will explain. Usually when people refer to their competitors they name a few businesses from the same industry who sell the same products or services…

Google +1: The New SearchWiki?

Google +1: The New SearchWiki?

2.5 Years ago I hailed the new search results customization feature by Google called SearchWiki. I loved it in spite of it being broken from the start. Nonetheless the sheer possibilities once it worked were exactly what I needed to…

Science vs Reality: Do Not Obey Scientists – Practice What Works

Science vs Reality: Do Not Obey Scientists – Practice What Works

* More than once I had a lively discussion on Twitter with sometimes very opinionated individuals. I won’t name them here to prevent this debate from becoming personal. Let it be said that it was a heated one.   Reality…

How to Remove utm_source & Other Parameters From Your URLs

How to Remove utm_source & Other Parameters From Your URLs

How to add gay porn to any site These days it’s a quite common and very annoying habit by a few services to attach utm_source and other so called parameters to your Internet address aka URL. It’s not only that….

What Does My Bounce Rate Really Mean?

What Does My Bounce Rate Really Mean?

Image: Open 19 by Rupert Ganzer. As a modern day SEO I deal half of the day with decreasing bounce rates. It means: I try to make people visiting websites stay longer on them or stay at all and click….

Search Marketing Standard: The Future of Print & SEO – Interview with Associate Editor Frances Mary Krug

Search Marketing Standard: The Future of Print & SEO – Interview with Associate Editor Frances Mary Krug

The Search Marketing Standard is not only the oldest search marketing print publication I know of, it’s also the most focused and probably most popular one. Over the years I’ve enjoyed reading numerous issues of the magazine. Recently I had…

Why People Hate Ads and Love SEO

Why People Hate Ads and Love SEO

* I hate ads. I’m not the only one. Most people hate annoying ads. People hate ads on the Web and block them using a plethora of tools. They also hate outdoor ads and TV ads. They hate them for…

SEO Tools: Why & How to Track Rankings on Personalized Search

SEO Tools: Why & How to Track Rankings on Personalized Search

Actual rankings in Google Webmaster Tools (now Google Search Console). Here the query [seo blog] and the number of impressions for my blog. When it comes to SEO software many people in the SEO industry cry foul. Others try to…