Entries Tagged as 'Google'

Thumbtack’s Teachable SEO Moment

June 9th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Thumbtack meme

It’s kind of big news in the Local SEO biz that Thumbtack.com* has received a manual action penalty from Google for unnatural linkbuilding. If you study Thumbtack’s backlink profile or read some of the articles on the subject, you can see that perhaps parts of their backlink strategy may have gotten them into trouble, which […]

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Local Directories UnDoorwayed…

June 1st, 2015 · 2 Comments


When SEO Roundtable reported that Google had fixed a problem with the Local algorithm, I checked some of the local directories that I had earlier reported had been doorwayed and lo and behold: So Google taketh away and Google giveth back…for now…

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Welcome to Google Webmasters Search Console Tools Central!

May 29th, 2015 · Comments Off on Welcome to Google Webmasters Search Console Tools Central!


It’s really important to update your <title> tags when re-launching or re-branding a site It helps create a better search experience, and decreases confusion related to your branding. For example, oDesk recently rebranded and relaunched their site as UpWork: Their <title> tags are properly updated and there is no disconnect when you do a branded […]

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Local Directories Just Got Doorwayed

May 27th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Google Doorway Update 5.23.15

UPDATE June 1, 2015: FALSE ALARM! May 23rd is a day that shall live in Local SEO infamy… (Click to enlarge) Seeing this across several U.S.-based local directory sites. Not across the board, but more than a few. See Did Local Directories Get Hit By Google’s Doorway Page Algo? to see how directory rankings may […]

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Did Local Directories Get Hit By Google’s Doorway Page Algo?

May 15th, 2015 · 21 Comments

YellowPages.com SEO

If SEMRush data is directionally correct, this may be a reason why Yelp is looking to sell. Should rebrand as Yikes! pic.twitter.com/UqplA4ZLSq — Andrew Shotland (@localseoguide) May 11, 2015 Perhaps SEMRush is still updating but if its organic search traffic graphs are even close to accurate it looks like May is the month that Google […]

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