SEO For Small Businesses – Webinar Recap

by Andy Brudtkuhl on March 25, 2010

Yesterday we had another great webinar over at the LunchTime MasterMind. If you are intereseted in listening to an audio recap – head on over to check out SEO For Small Businesses.

Here are the slides we used for the webinar

If you have any questions – jump into the forums or comments to let us know!


Small Business SEO Webinar – March 24

by Andy Brudtkuhl on March 19, 2010

We have teamed up with our internet business podcast parter Doug Mitchell to bring you a Free Small Business SEO webinar…

We’ll be covering everything you need to do to start optimizing your business for search – organic, mobile and social – by creating good content and optimizing your website.

Would you like to join us? Sign Up Here

It’s next Wednesday, March 24 at 12:00 Noon Central Time

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5 Hard Truths About SEO

by Andy Brudtkuhl on March 8, 2010

  1. It’s a LOT of hard work
  2. It takes months and years to yield results
  3. There are no guarantees (so don’t fall for that from an “SEO” consultant)
  4. It’s always changing
  5. SEO projects never endthey are iterative -> implement, analyze, repeat

Got anything to add? Leave a comment or jump into the forums!


Comment Spam, Getting Hacked, And SEO

by Andy Brudtkuhl on December 15, 2009

A couple of weeks ago we shared with you how comment spam hurts SEO

We also shared with you that our WordPress sites got hacked because we failed to update the site in time to block some vulnerabilities…

Because of both of these problems – comment spam and getting hacked – the #1 keyword on this very site became “levitra”. Scrolling down, #15 is “viagra”. In case you are wondering – this is not good.

This is a huge problem we’ve since cleaned up and we want to pass on some advice to you on dealing with spam and security.

1. Whatever platform you use – make sure you are running the latest version and take security seriously. If you are using WordPress, start here to learn how to take care of it

2. As much as it completely sucks to deal with comment spam – deal with it and figure out a system to stop it.

3. Sign up for Google Webmaster Tools NOW. Not only did GWT alert me of malicious content on my site (from getting hacked) it also told me “levitra” and “viagra” were high significant keywords on my site – obviously sounding off a huge alarm pointing at comment spam.

Do you have any questions on dealing with this? Let us know in the forums, @webstrategyshop, or via comment here. You don’t want this to happen to you.


Comment Spam Hurts SEO

by Andy Brudtkuhl on November 29, 2009

Google says comment spam may hurt your search engine rankings and offers this advice to avoid spam on your WordPress site…

  • Disallow anonymous posting.
  • Use CAPTCHAs and other methods to prevent automated comment spamming.
  • Turn on comment moderation.
  • Use the “nofollow” attribute for links in the comment field.
  • Disallow hyperlinks in comments.
  • Block comment pages using robots.txt or meta tags.

They also offer some other great advice which we often say here… Most times having a great content strategy is the best SEO technique…

FACT: Having original and useful content and making your site search engine friendly is the best strategy for better ranking. With an appealing site, you’ll be recognized by the web community as a reliable source and links to your site will build naturally.

via Google – Hard facts about comment spam

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The Long Tail Of Search Keywords Visualized

November 24, 2009

These charts from SEOMoz are based on research from Bill Tancer of Hitwise called “Sizing Up The Long Tail Of Search”. The basic idea is that the long tail of search generates exponentially more traffic than the most popular keyword phrases out there. From Bill’s research… • Top 100 terms: 5.7% of the all search […]

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Google Local Business Dashboard

November 23, 2009

Google Local Business dashboard helps you manage your business online and improve your local SEO rankings.

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Free and Easy Keyword Research

September 22, 2009

How to simply and easily research keywords with The Free Keyword Tool.

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3 Tips For Writing Findable Posts

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3 Tips on writing blog posts that are findable and descriptive.

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The Skinny On Google Caffeine – From Matt Cutts

August 14, 2009

How much of an impact will Caffeine have on results? Matt says there will, hopefully, not be a big difference. Google will integrate Caffeine slowly and take user feedback into consideration.

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