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EMD Serps: What not to be Impressed With!

July 12, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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emd-1My end of the week blog and I had to post today about EMDs and what they really mean for SMB owners and how they can be totally misleading. Huh?

First, what’s an EMD?

This acronym stands for an ‘exact match domain’ as in when you buy your domain name you think ‘keywords’ ahead of brand and you buy something that is a usual search engine keyword phrase. Like you’re going to go into the cheesecake retail store channel in your hometown, so you buy “” for an example.

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The Shrinking Google Web Results Real Estate

July 5, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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megaphone_manOkay I too have noted that as of late, most of our SEO reporting has been on new Google changes – and today’s post is in that same vein and if I had to mention why that is, it’s because Google is changing. That’s not news for us Canadian SEO types, but many SMBs we consult to think it odd that no sooner is one tactic hypothesized, tested, proved and then installed – than things change. Welcome to the world of search is all I can say….

But back to today’s post on the actual page layout algo that Google currently is using and it’s recent update and what that means for us SEO practitioners and all you SMB owners out there. But first, my post is based on a recent post by the fine folks over at – but I’ve no idea as to which of their staff wrote this post here…. Great piece. Got me a measuring too and while my own numbers varied slightly from there’s….it’s no doubt that organic search is now a small piece of the overall web results real estate.

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Google+: New Buttons and Functionality Releases!

July 2, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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g+As you probably know, I’m a strong believer in Google+ as a social network as well as the hypothesis that by using same you will increase your own/client’s online reputation, authority, trust…and yes serp rankings eventually too.

That’s not a unique thought, as there must be thousands of us SEO practitioners thinking along those lines around the globe and in the past couple of days, Google has added some new tools to help further that thesis.

Official announcements abound…but what I think might be more important is to think about the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ ideas first…but here’s some background and stats to begin.

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Google Analytics: How to Manage Same

June 24, 2013 by · 6 Comments
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ga_logoOkay, you’re website is up and running; your online marketing campaign is bringing in traffic with both SEO and Social Media tactics; you are seeing new leads or revenues coming in, but you want to know more about the rationale behind those visitors to increase your ROI on the current spend – but you don’t know how. If that’s a fair description of where you are right now, then today’s blog post is definitely for you.

Google Analytics is the answer… it? But, you’ll immediately say…how do I use same to really find out where my site visitors are coming from, what they’re looking at on my site, how long they stay (i.e. the site stickyness), what call-to-action worked to get me those leads….etc. etc.

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SEO: Local Carousel comes to Web Search Results

June 21, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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carousel-2We’ve been watching south of the border in land their rollout of just a couple of days ago of the new Google local carousel display for web search results. But like always I figured, as up here in the Canadian SEO world is usually behind the curve, it would bear watching without seeing same here.

I was wrong – as today (the first day of summer!) when you search for “some” local-only web keywords/phrases, yes… will display same…but only for certain “local” searches!

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Dave Carter: Our New ExDir at the Innovation Factory!

June 17, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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innovationfactory_logoIt will come to no surprise to those of us who follow closely the goings-on at our #HamOnt Innovation Factory, the the final decision on who will replace our leaving Exec Director, Ron Neumann has just been made – and it’s Dave Carter their in-house CTO in Residence who is stepping up to lead the organization!

As many of us staunch startup supporters know, Ron after being the ExDir of the Innovtion Factory for almost 3 years now, is moving on to head up his own new business (hopefully from right here in #HamOnt, eh!) and those ExDir reins get handed over to Dave in about a week or so….till then both are using their collaboration skills to aid in the transition….and we’re all chuffed about the new vision that Dave will be bringing to our community of startups!

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Chitika Insights: The Value of being #1 in Google!

June 14, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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Been awhile since I reported on what real value there is in being #1 for a search over at Google, but the report just released this past week from the folks over at Chitika Insights is pretty darn accurate, eh!

But what about the thought that this study – like all too many online marketing whitepapers, might be “not so true?” I’ve written before on the Chitika network and most readers will remember that I do like same. It’s numbers and % reports jive so very well with what my own network shows that I just nod in agreement….having found the same angles and slants as they report…and it’s been 3 years since I reported on same.

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Scott Smith: Our New COO at the Innovation Factory!

May 27, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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innovationfactory_logoIt’s a new day over at our #HamOnt Innovation Factory, and let me be one of the first to announce¸ that Scott Smith, BA LLB is the new replacement COO for our soon-to-depart Keanin Loomis who will move to run the Chamber here in just one week.

Welcome Scott!

For those of you who do not know Scott, I would like to offer the following information to let you know what a great choice this was – and what I think it will mean for the future of our Innovation Factory.

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SEO: Your On Page Optimization Checklist!

May 13, 2013 by · 6 Comments
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Okay, you’re an SMB who is trying to get your own website optimized for better keyword rankings for your new potential leads.

You have read a lot on same, you understand your challenges and lastly, you think you have it covered.

You can be using any kind of a CMS (content management system) like WordPress or Joomla or you are using simpler editing by making page by page changes to the basic HTML.  No matter but what the issue will be for you to consider is – did you get all the items done in order and in full.

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On Responsive Design: A Idea has Legs

May 10, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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Okay, I’m one of the first to admit that I like tables. I do not like CSS. The reason for same is that at my age the old adage about “old dog and new tricks” may have some bearing but for the most part, I believe that when you find something that works perfectly, you use it. In other words, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Hence, my reliance on tables for site page layouts and CSS only for formatting fo fonts etc…. A few years back I was hired to be a part of the team that did the website re-design and development – a set of tasks that I totally hated due to the HUGE CSS dependencies!

That said, I’m wrong! Or at least, I’m admitting that CSS may have a place in my new site layouts and designs and that comes from it’s ability to react to the “responsive design” principles….which I define here from Wikipedia -

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CBC Hamilton WebCast: Amanda Lang & Me!

February 20, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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langTook an email and call late yesterday to be a panelist on tomorrow’s CBC Hamilton WebCast featuring Amanda Lang (of the great Lang & O’Leary Exchange CBC show fame) and yup, I said yes!

Well, not just me – I’m ably joined by Ron Neumann of our Innovation Factory and Stephanie McLarty of too as the panel who will defend Hamilton to one and all!

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A Social Media Metronome…

February 15, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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fridayIt’s a fabulous Friday once again, and there have been some real “timely” infographics that have recently sprung up and I thought that I’d bring some of same up to our readers.

First, the word metronome - it’s a word that means a device that produces regular, metrical ticks and in this case…what I mean by same, is that when it comes to social media, that time is important to try to understand just how “quick” the social media world is growing.

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I’m Speaking at Search Marketing Expo Toronto!

February 8, 2013 by · 10 Comments
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futureYes, thought it was time to pitch for a spot on this premiere SEO Global Conference and so that’s just what I did….and yup, got accepted too!

SMX Toronto offers over 20 sessions across 4 tracks plus indepth workshops and networking activities delivered by top industry professionals. Whether you are just getting started, planning your search strategy, managing the team, or you are deep into implementation, tactics and campaigns, you’ll get the knowledge, ideas and contacts needed to help you boost your search marketing results and take your skills to the next level. SMX Toronto is co-located with the eMetrics Summit, PAW, and IMC.

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CIRA: The State of the Canadian Internet

February 5, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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futureTitled as “Connected to the Future,” a recent report to their members from CIRA (our Canadian Internet Registration Authority) is well worth both the click and the read – in fact, you should do that right now and then skip the rest of this piece…

Oh, still here? Well, let me recap for you what this great paper does pass along about our Canadian internet presence, and what it says the future holds for us too…and here’s the thing I mean -

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Why Most SEO Leads Just Can’t be Closed!

January 29, 2013 by · 11 Comments
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roi_wheelThought it might be time to talk about the simple fact that, for the most part, when we SEO practitioners get a “lead” it generally is not worth much effort when it comes to closing same.

Huh – you think? Is this guy for real? Any lead should be followed, nurtured and then you go for the close…that’s the way business grows. Isn’t it?

Well, yes….usually that’s how things work….but let me explain…

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FabFriday: Infographics and SEO Work Well Together, eh!

January 25, 2013 by · 8 Comments
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fridayAnother Friday, and it’s been one hell of a week…we’ve been in client meetings for days, delivered our Online Marketing Workshop to some of our Innovation Factory’s top startups just yesterday and today it’s infographic recap time….at least this am it is! Then on to more development of our new WebSEOAudit tool…but more on that to come later.

Infographics. Simply put, work well in advancing the rank of any web page that hold same – especially (no surprise) if the infographic is both well done and spoton graphically too! That’s not news – we’ve reported on same time and time again and a simple google shows that the SEO community thinks much the same.

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