Nov 12

Should I Park a Domain for SEO?

OK, you know you are going to build a website next year. You buy a domain and now you are considering what to do with it. Should you park the domain for SEO? Or should you write a little content and let it hangout? Or maybe you shouldn’t have anything there at all?

This has been a debate among SEO people for a long time. However, I’ve always had the same view myself. Don’t simply create a parked page, instead, add a blog there or at the very least create a one page site with a little text explaining what you expect the site to do in the future. Apparently, Matt Cutts from Google feels the same. Watch a video below on whether or not to keep a domain parked for SEO value.

Should you Park a Domain for SEO Video

Nov 02

Google Advance Voice Search App Approved for iOS

You have probably heard of Siri for the iPhone. It’s that robot sounding voice that you can ask questions and give commands. For example, you can ask it directions or how hot the sun is. Google recently launched their own version of Siri in late June. Along with it they released Google Now, which essentially predicts your next move and gives you the info you need to get it done.

The news of this blog pertains to the Google voice command search app. The app has now officially been made available in iTunes after months of silent delay. You can watch a video on how it works below.

Google Voice Search App Video

The Google voice search results are delivered in a card format similar to that of the Google Now service.

Insight into Google Voice Search App

Voice search is on everyone’s radar. 49% of smartphone and tablet owners are using apps to find local information. This really plays into the purpose of this application. It is meant to help those searching for local info; however, it can branch out of this niche as well and deliver info in other areas.

From an SEO perspective, we know that Siri is pulling information from local sites such as Yelp, Google Maps, Citysearch, YP, etc. There are more than 60 local sites it collects info from. Siri looks at things like address, phone number, images, positive reviews, and a high number of ratings. Schema tags also play a role in this, as these local tags list information, address, phone number, operating hours, etc. The final component is linking.

When looking at SEO and Google voice search, we can assume many of these same components will come into play, however, Google + and knowledge graph are playing a larger role. Furthermore, much more information is surfacing from the general Google index, that being regular, image and video results.

But all things search engine optimization aside, the new Google advanced voice search app is now here, and you can get it via iTunes. So jump in, download it and start voice searching!

The app is simply called Google Search and you can find it here.

Oct 30

How to Increase Your Plus Ones on Google Plus

When Google Plus was launched, it became clear that it was a virtual blend of Facebook and Twitter, but with better features. With things like Circles and Hangouts, Google Plus has become an increasingly strong force in the social media world. In order to get the best results from Google Plus, you’ll want to take advantage of the connections it offers. Here are more ways in increase your Google Plus followers and your influence.

1)      Search for People

Possibly the easiest way to increase your presence on Google Plus is simply by searching for people in your industry. It’s important to have a network of contacts who share relevant interests and contacts. You can also import your contacts from other services such as Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Outlook or Gmail.

2)      Follow back

Once someone has added you to their circle, be sure you follow them back. This will keep them interested in your product and information, and will help you stay connected. However, do this wisely, and follow people you’re truly interested in. Your page is considered more influential if more people follow you than you’ve chosen to follow. Continue Reading

Oct 26

52 Top SEO News Sites and Blogs to Increase your SEO Skills

The world of SEO is ever changing and you need to stay on top of the latest news. In order to do that, you need some of the best resources around. We’ve compiled a list of the top 50 SEO news sites and blogs to keep you in the know. Read on to find out more.

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Oct 19

The History of Google + [Infographic]

The History of Google +

Today, millions of users have either heard of or have a Google + account.  But many may not know how it all started. Although it is a fairly young social media network when compared to Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, Google + already has a rich history.

June 28, 2011- Google + is in an “invitation-only” phase

June 29, 2011- Existing users were allowed to invite friends over the age of 18

July 14, 2011- Google announced that Google + had reached 10 million users

After just four weeks of being online, Google + had 25 million unique users.  Based on ComScore, the biggest market was the United States followed by India.

August 6, 2011- Google + members each had 150 invitations to give out

September 20, 2011- Google + was opened to everyone 18 and older without an invitation

At the beginning, Google Apps accounts could not be used on Google + because of the lack of support for Google profiles.

October 27, 2011- Google announced that Google + supports Google Apps users

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Oct 16

Google Disavow Links Tool is Here: Block Bad Links Now

Can you believe it! Google finally did something to support the search engine optimization community. That being, creating the new Google disavow links tool. This has been a heavily anticipated piece of functionality. Like many SEOs, our own VP Business Development / Director of Sales, Krish Coughran has been talking about implementing this for at least the last 3 years.

“I’m happy to see Google has finally provided a mechanism by which websites can reject low quality inbound links.  I have come across multiple webmasters who believed their sites had been maliciously targeted with bad links resulting in Google penalties.  Whether in fact their sites had actually been negatively impacted by bad links, the ability to “disavow” links will provide peace of mind across the SEO landscape.  I have been a strong advocate for a disavow link tool for many years now and I’m glad to see Google provide such a tool.  As they say, ‘better late than never!’”

We of course know other SEO experts have been waiting for this as well, but Krish as been particularly adamant about it as you can infer.

What is the Google Disavow Links Tool Exactly?

According to Google, this is what the tool is for, “If you believe your site’s ranking is being harmed by low-quality links you do not control, you can ask Google not to take them into account when assessing your site.

So how do you use the Google disavow links tool? Let’s walk through the steps below. It’s pretty easy actually…

Step 1: Choose a Site and Hit Disavow

Google Disavow Link Tool - Home

Step 2: Click Disavow Links Again

After clicking on the Disavow button, this is what you get. Google says, “This is an advanced feature and should only be used with caution. If used incorrectly, this feature can potentially harm your site’s performance in Google’s search results. We recommend that you only disavow backlinks if you believe you have a considerable number of spammy, artificial, or low-quality links pointing to your site, and if you are confident that the links are causing issues for you.”

Disavow Link Tool - Caution

Step 3: Choose a File and Hit Submit

As a next step, you are asked to upload an excel file containing the links you want to disavow. You can of course generate this file from the backlink report in Webmaster Tools.

Submit Disavow Links

So that is it! You can now disavow links through this new Google tool. The tool can be accessed here:

Danny Sullivan on Search Engine Land says, “Cutts warned that the tool should be used with caution. He also warned that publishers should first try to remove links they are concerned about pointing at them by first working with site owners hosting links or with companies they may have purchased links through.” So make sure you don’t jump in too quick.

Important Points on Disavowing Links

  • The process of disavowing links with the Google disavow link tool will not be immediate, in fact it will take weeks.
  • You can only disavow 2MB of links at a time.
  • If you make a mistake in the disavow process it can take weeks to fix and can hurt your rankings.
  • This tool was mainly made for people hurt by Penguin or who are suffering from negative SEO.

Watch a Video on the Google Disavow Links Tool

What do you think about the new Google disavow links tool? Comment below!

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