Best SEO Website Design: SEO Companies Using Dark Backgrounds

SEO.com, USA     Datadial, UK: A London Based Digital Web Agency     iCrossing UK     Voltier Creative, USA     Sebcreation, France     Union Room, UK     RICG, USA     alt design, UK  …

Science vs Reality: Do Not Obey Scientists – Practice What Works in SEO & Beyond

Science vs Reality: Do Not Obey Scientists – Practice What Works in SEO & Beyond

* A few weeks ago I had a lively discussion on Twitter with two quite opinionated individuals who are quite known in the SEO industry. I won’t name them here to prevent this discussion from getting personal but I want…

Are You After Traffic or Visitors?

Are You After Traffic or Visitors?

A while ago I have written a post about how you should treat the people who visit your blog. My point was that treating them like an amorphous mass of “traffic” is wrong and that you have to think about…

How to Remove utm_source & Other Parameters From Your URLs

[Edit: I had to remove the script from my site as it seems WordPress 3.6 redirection interferes with it so that countless additional pages get created. Remove yours too in case you use WordPress!] These days it’s a quite common…

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 at his agency​….

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?…

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….

Non-Profit SEO Resources

Non-profit SEO was on my mind for some time at least as long as I have known the Graphic Alliance, a social designers network of companies and individuals dedicated to social campaigns, non-profit advertising and media activism. SEO for non-profits…

CSS Tricks for Better SEO

CSS Tricks for Better SEO

* As most of us know it is often really difficult to build websites for both the user and Google. Google still needs to be assisted in finding and assessing a website’s worth to such an extent that it can…

How to Get Links on SEO 2.0 and Other Blogs

How to Get Links on SEO 2.0 and Other Blogs

Image: Node by Uqbar. As both business blogger and SEO am I aware of both sides of “link building”. I get lots of spammy comments from Asian “blog commenting services” but I also appreciate blog comments by fellow SEO practicioners,…

How Social Networking Has Killed Digg and SEO 1.0

How Social Networking Has Killed Digg and SEO 1.0

in 2007 I boldly predicted that social browsing services like StumbleUpon will kill the popular social news site Digg and SEO 1.0. Did they? No. I was wrong. Social networking did though. Let me explain. StumbleUpon was the first and…

Guest Blogging Guidelines

Popular link building techniques get exploited or even abused and thus Google has to react. I’ve seen more and more of such cases with the recently hugely popular guest blogging. Thus you have to abide by these guidelines to get…

‘SEO is Dead’ is Dead

‘SEO is Dead’ is Dead

Diamond Skull by Damien Hirst. Image by Aaron Weber. Recently a post titled “How SEO is breaking the web (and killing Google)” has garnered almost 200 tweets. While I assume that many of them were automated tweets from accounts retweeting everything…

101 Ways to Make Your Blog More Popular and Successful

101 Ways to Make Your Blog More Popular and Successful

* After 15+ years of online publishing, 10 years of blogging for a plethora of blogs, being an SEO for eight years and being paid for blogging for seven years by now I finally am convinced that I know how…

Panama Hat SEO

Panama Hat SEO

I confess: I’ve been lying to you all these years! I don’t wear a white sombrero like my avatar does. I wear a Panama hat instead. There is more to it than just the hat type I realized recently. It…

The New SEO – Search Engine Organization!

The New SEO – Search Engine Organization!

Mexican Fans by Celso Flores (image added by sombrero expert optimizer Tad of SEO 2.0) “The New SEO – Search Engine Organization!” is a guest post by Albert Gouyet, Vice President of Product Marketing, BrightEdge. With the World Cup Finals…

Quick & Dirty SEO or Quality Optimization?

Quick & Dirty SEO or Quality Optimization?

* Last week I went to the barber. Actually she’s a female barber so should I say hairdresser then? I paid 25 Euro for approx. 45 minutes. That’s quite but not very expensive. A haircut for a man costs 8…

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 is a Craft not a Science

SEO is a Craft not a Science

Running Bumblebee by wwarby Recently there has been a backlash in the SEO industry against what is deemed to be a non-scientific approach when it comes to SEO testing or collecting statistical data. Some people argue that you have to…