While procrastinating last Friday afternoon, I noticed a distress call show up in my Twitter feed: Hmm… I might talk to @AlanBleiweiss and @Marie_Haynes. They’ve got loads of experience in this world. — Rand Fishkin (@randfish) March 30, 2018 Now Marie and Alan are both fine SEOs, but I’ve got to admit when I saw […]

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When I got into this biz in the previous decade, there weren’t as many of you goofballs out there sharing all of your amazing SEO insights as there are now. As an SEO newbie, I was always on the prowl for the voices of SEO pros who didn’t sound like they were full of shit […]

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Reputation.com Services

For those that missed the news this morning, I couldn’t be more excited to see @SIMPartners join the @Reputation_Com family! https://t.co/c1pqdtD9uy — Adam Dorfman (@phixed) February 28, 2018 While I did not expect Reputation.com to be the suitor, it is not surprising to see it embrace SIMPartners. Reputation.com has grown from a service that took […]

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The chatter amongst the SEOratti is that Voice Search, AI, Machine Learning and SkyNet are a-coming and you better either get ready or prepare for extinction. If it pleases Twitter, in rebuttal, may I present Exhibit #532 in the case for Shotland’s Law (“The better something looks on the surface, the worse it looks underneath”). […]

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I recall a presentation by Ted Paff, Founder of Customer Lobby, where he asked an audience of HVAC business owners, “How many of you love Uber?” Pretty much every hand went up. Then he asked “How many of you would rather use a yellow cab?” Pretty much every hand went down. “Congratulations!” he yelled, “because […]

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I have seen a lot of chatter online lately between SEOs about how the new U.S. tax laws will affect them. I have been having an ongoing conversation about this issue with our long-time accountant, Ed Borine, and I figured it might be of interest to share what he has been advising us. It’s all […]

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2017 Google TCs

Running Amok at the Google Plex In November I met up with Google Top Contributors from North and South America for Google’s TC Summit. Here’s ⅗ of my face with some really fantastic humans who like to help others with Google’s stuff. A little background: Google’s Top Contributor program is basically a group of hand-picked […]

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(Editor’s note: This post has received some criticism that I “gamed” the outcome by using the unusual case of a two businesses with the same address and phone number. While I agree that the majority of businesses won’t have this issue, there still is a huge swath of them that do. We deal with them every […]

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Bot Blocker Googlebot SEO

Many sites use bot blockers like Distil Networks to stop scrapers from stealing their data. The challenge for SEOs is that sometimes these bot blockers are not set correctly and can prevent good bots like Googlebot and BingBot from getting to the content, which can cause serious SEO issues. Distil is pretty adamant that their […]

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