The WebGeek is back. Well, sort of. Let me back up a second and explain.
In case you’re not familiar, WebGeek was a blog about Internet marketing, SEO, and web design, that I authored between 2006-2009, while I was running my previous company.
You might have wondered what I’ve been up to for the past few years since I’ve been pretty quiet. Well, I have a little story for you.
Today I read an article on CNET, Study: Young Adults Haven’t Warmed Up To Twitter. It reported the findings of a recent study about youth engagement with Twitter vs. other social media platforms such as Facebook and MySpace. (Original study: Gen Y’s Are Not Yet Taking Flight on Twitter, Participatory Marketing Network)
Both miss the boat in their assessment of why more youth aren’t on Twitter.
First off, the facts.
Everyone who has taken on clients either as a consultant or in a firm setting will be able to relate to this hilarious video about vendor-client relationships. It had me laughing so hard that I had to share it.
The Vendor-Client Relationship – In Real World Situations
Recently Digg has overstepped its bounds by framing the content of websites it links to with its new “Diggbar”. Internet marketing savvy site owners are, shall we say, less than happy about this. It’s tough to tell if they are being obnoxiously greedy or are just plain ignorant of internet etiquette. Not to be quick to judge, but I have a hard time believing they are that ignorant.
On many WordPress blogs, the Blogroll may be hurting your site’s search engine optimization.
Linking out to other sites from every page of your site (sitewide links) can hurt because it bleeds link juice out unnecessarily, lowering your site’s PageRank, authority, and search engine rankings. Sitewide links tend not to have as much value, so a site only really benefits from one good incoming link per site. There is absolutely no need to pass link juice out to Blogroll links on every single page of a WordPress blog.
I recently live-blogged the Search Engine Strategies NY session: “Search on a Dime” for Search Engine Guide.
This session covered organic SEO and paid search strategies for small business.
Read the full post:
Search Engine Strategies New York – Search on a Dime
I recently live-blogged the Search Engine Strategies NY session: “Small Voices, Big Impact: Social Media for the Little Guy” for Search Engine Guide.
This session covered practical social media strategies and tactics that small business owners can employ.
If you’re using SPF Records with email powered by Google Apps, you most likely have a problem — a BIG one. Your email is likely getting flagged as spam, and not getting to important recipients. The (incorrect) SPF Record recommended by Google is:
v=spf1 include:aspmx.googlemail.com ~all
Unfortunately due to a problem with how Google is routing email internally, this WILL cause your outgoing emails to be flagged as spam, even when being read by another Google-based account. Great…thanks, Google!
WP-SpamFree version 2.0 is here! Your favorite spam fighter for WordPress is better than ever with new features you’re sure to love.
What’s New in Version 2.0
- See what’s been blocked! This release adds “Blocked Comment Logging Mode”, a temporary diagnostic mode that logs blocked comments and contact form submissions for 3 days, then turns off automatically. If you want to see what’s been blocked, or verify that everything is working, turn this on and see what WP-SpamFree is protecting your blog from. It writes to a simple text file to keep the spam out of the database (for security) and minimize database access. The log is cleared each time you turn on this feature. Also, if you experience any technical issues, this will help with diagnosis, as you can email this log file to support if necessary.
- Added option for small graphic counters to display spam stats in addition to the existing normal-sized ones.
- Added Widget for displaying spam counter. Shows small counter #1. Now you can show stats without knowing any code.
- Miscellaneous minor interface enhancements.
by Scott Allen - March 9, 2009
Filed Under SEO
As you know, duplicate content can often create problems for SEO and hinder a website’s rankings. This particular problem shows up in a multitude of situations, including any time multiple URL’s are generated (tracking campaigns, etc), or where content is database-driven (for example CMS’s such as e-commerce or blogs).
It is always recommended that you keep your site’s URL structure as clean as possible, but recently the search engines have come together to create a backup option that can also help – the canonical tag.