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Google Buys Reviews via Zagat Buy!

September 9, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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Okay, so you’re thinking that if reviews are truly the “power” behind the successful Local Search rankings, then you need reviews and we’re talking quality and quantity, right? Right!

And looks like Google itself agrees with you, cause as of this morning, they just bought Zagat the well known, respected, review machine that’s been around for more than 30 years.

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SEO Infographics: A Tuesday PotPourri!

July 19, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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Tuesday….ah, the second day of the week and the SEO fen is bogging me down…sigh!

That said, I thought that I’d recapture a couple of great infographics that appeared in the last couple of days that I think are pretty sppt-on when it comes to SEO and they are not only great looking but as usual, they impart knowledge that is easy to fall into….and learn quickly about the whole premise.

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Monday Morning SEO Potpourri!

July 11, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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It’s a Monday again and I’m up to my neck in ‘gators which is what life in the SEO swamp is like at times….but I love the first blog post of the week so here goes my thinking on various items that have entered our Canadian SEO world over the past few days, eh!

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Marketing from Google:ZMOT e-Book!

July 4, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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When it comes to marketing,  you’d have to first realize that there has been a TON of material written on same about every conceivable strategy and tactical methodology over the past 100 years. Add in digital thinking too and that TON has grown considerably – and just last week, Google themselves published a great new e-Book on ZMOT  or “Winning the Zero Moment of Truth” and I thought it important enough to feature here today.

First, credit here is due to a Jim Lecinski, a Google Chief Evangelist for ZMOT, who is also their U. S. Managing Director, Sales & Service and that alone says much to me.

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Canuck Privacy Commissioner Wants Google Audit!

June 13, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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In what can obviously be a “me too” approach to a recent FTC ruling in the US over Google Buzz….the Canadian Privacy Commissioner’s office has just demanded from Google, a full privacy audit too!

Jennifer Stoddart, the Canadian Privacy  Commissioner has asked Google to undergo an independent, third-party audit of its policies after her office found the Internet giant’s lack of privacy programs led it to wrongly collect and hold confidential information of Canadians.

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Local Search Ranking Factors: Are Up for 2011!

June 3, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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It’s with great pleasure that I can now announce that David Mihm’s latest survey, the 2011 Local Search Ranking Factor study is published today!

And why with “great pleasure?” Simple….big smile here…because this year for the first time, I was asked to participate in same, eh!

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Google +1: Reviews when You Need Them?

April 6, 2011 by · 7 Comments
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Well, keeping up with Google is a real chore at times and a new, just launched program entitled “Google +1″ has entered the online social mileu in the last few days. And what do I think? Ummm…well, here’s the skinny on this attempt by Google to try to IMHO, institute a new “social” indicator into their web results.

First, do go to that link and look over the video that explains what it is Google is attempting to “do” by instituting such a new method for those of us who wish to “review” a site, can do so. When you’re done that, come on back….

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Flash & SEO? Not for Us Anymore!

March 28, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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Over the years,  I’ve been a staunch follower of the simple understanding that for Google et al to “read” your website HTML pages, it needs to find them. The HTML, that is…it must be totally findable, searchable, readable and indexable. And there’s the “rub” when it comes to those beautifully designed Flash sites, eh….

And my own thinking, based on actual trial and error testing, appears to be vetted by many many other SEO practitioners on the web…folks whose thoughts and blogs and counsel I follow religiously. Most of us think and agree, that using Flash is a serious mistake in the SEO ranking world. It adds too too many obstacles to what should be a solid process and it makes you use work-arounds to get anything done. It’s time time time and that as you all know by now, is that costs dollars and that is why we take on no new clients who insist on a full Flash site. Oh, eye-candy navigation is fine…we SEO around that, but a single HTML page holidng a monolithic Flash .swf? Nope…not for us!

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Forbes Selling Links!: Another one Bites the Dust!

February 16, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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While this is just a short update post, just found this link from Barry over at the Search Engine Roundtable…

And Forbes themselves here, asked how-come! Read and bookmark this post to follow along on this, eh! Course as Barry points out, it appears this is NOT the first time they’ve been caught, eh!

And whew….looks like Google has just found out how to tell when the BIG online players are trying to “finagle” the serps, eh! Just like J.C. Penny was too!

WooHoo….I’m in shock but pleasantly….there just may be a trend here, eh lads!

J.C. Penny & SPAM: Outed by NYTimes!

February 14, 2011 by · 7 Comments
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The whole SEO community has been talking about the latest expose by the New York Times on J. C. Penny and their flagrant use of “black hat” tactics to climb the serp rankings in time for the just-past Xmas buying season….and this stinks, eh!

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Canadian SEO Data Protection: Sophos Rocks, eh!

February 8, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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If you’re a regular reader here of our blog on all things about Canadian SEO, then you know that I’m totally sold by the folks over at Sophos and their spot-on security applications, white papers, tools, podcasts and blog infometrics that they seem to offer up weekly!

While I do try to accomodate the ‘best practices’ preached by this firm on our own boxes here at the office, what I can admit to is that sometimes…well, the time I have to do real client work somehow takes up too much of my day and the thoughts — nagging thoughts to be honest, about reading more and learning more and practising more security updates and notices, falls by the wayside.

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Google and the Knowledge of Man!

January 17, 2011 by · 8 Comments
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Okay, this has been noodling at me now for more’n a couple of years….the simple thought that Google does have ALL of mankind’s knowledge at it’s beck and call. Think about that for a second or a year…and if you’re like me, then maybe you’ll start nodding. And what do I mean by this thought? Like the image shown here, and the thought from this sign writer, is that Google does NOT have all the answers…and, I think I have to agree!

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SEO for 2011 Google Success EBook Launched!

January 10, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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No matter how long and how often I try to help newbies to SEO, it seems like I continue to hear the same old false “SEO tips” from them that they’ve picked up somewhere on the web that are so outdated, so wrong that following them will mean a site banishment from Google!

I read them on forums all across the web, on blogs as comments, on more forums that support these same outmoded and surely “past their best-before date” opinions, that this is the ‘good stuff’ to get your site up onto page #1.

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! They’re still wrong!

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Deadliest Catch: by SEO Spammers!

December 15, 2010 by · 11 Comments
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I’ve always loved the HBO show, “Deadliest Catch,” and it’s past 7 seasons have been chock full of the worst kind of northern exposure to hyper captains, bad fishing and bad weather than I’d ever imagine possible. The character that I tended to like best, was Capt. Phil Harris, who passed away in Feb of this year, and as I’d missed the episodes that showed same, I thought I’d google for them, and see if I could catch-up to him and his ship the Cornelia Marie online.

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Poll: On What We SEO Types Want to call Google PlaceSearch?

November 5, 2010 by · 12 Comments
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Okay, so Google just “blended” their algo — moving away from a seperate Places (Maps) algo and their Web Results ones and have combined same.

And the official Google name that they’ve chosen to use is “Google PlaceSearch” but like many SEO types,  I hate that name!

And not only me it appears as many other SEO practitioners have made comments too, using their own name for this new combined serp results page…and I thought that as it’s Friday, I’d post a quick poll to see what we SEO types wanna call same!

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November 1, 2010 by · 17 Comments
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I’ve been banging away at the “new” Google BLEND search engine results pages now for 6 days….and I’m pretty well amazed, eh!

What’s that you say? A change to the way Google reports it’s findings for your search terms? And what does that mean for us SEO practitioners and our client rosters?

Not much, at least for our client roster, it appears — at least so far IMHO! But let’s get into  this whole big change shall we?

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