When Will Google Sunset Search?

When Will Google Sunset Search?

* One day the most important topic on the Internet was the demise of Google Reader. It was a popular tool to read and share content from blogs by subscribing to their so called feeds. The Side-Effects of Market Domination…

Billions of Sites Subject to Manual Penalty by Google

Billions of Sites Subject to Manual Penalty by Google

Google recently released an “interactive infographic” titled “how search works“. I ignored it until Barry Schwartz convinced me to take a second look. The infographic starts with the number of “30 trillion individual pages” Google has in its index. Later…

Training in Winter

Training in Winter

* I have started training parkour some time ago. It made me not only 200% healthier over the recent years – I feel 10 years younger by now. Parkour also inspired me in other areas of life. I’ve already coined…

How I Recovered from Google’s Panda Update – You Won’t Believe it!

How I Recovered from Google’s Panda Update – You Won’t Believe it!

A panda might by a a cute animal but for most people who have a website and get traffic from search or rather mostly from Google it’s worse than a zombie. Websites hit by one of the numerous so called…

Content is Tyrant: Is it Publish or Perish for Everybody Now?

Content is Tyrant: Is it Publish or Perish for Everybody Now?

* Summary: In the era of “content marketing” it’s not just scientists and SEO specialists who have to create content to survive. Every business seemingly has to as Google etc. needs content to monetize. Do you have to submit to…

How to Use the Google Disavow Tool for NOT Against Negative SEO

How to Use the Google Disavow Tool for NOT Against Negative SEO

* Google first created the problem of so called “negative SEO“ by taking “manual action” on links webmasters have no control over. Instead of just discounting “unnatural links” pointing to a site Google will make you responsible for them even…

Advantages of Google-Free Blogging

Advantages of Google-Free Blogging

* OK, I really got fed up an done day I banned Google on this blog. You will believe what happened next. In sheer numbers I get less “traffic” of course. Often traffic from Google is not desirable though. I…

This is Why Google Search is Dead and What to Use Instead

This is Why Google Search is Dead and What to Use Instead

I’m not a big friend of Google for a myriad of reasons. I won’t deal with those here. There is one simple reason why I prefer not to use Google Search though whenever possible. Google Search is dead, it’s not…

Steal This Blog! SEO 2.0 Goes Creative Commons

Steal This Blog! SEO 2.0 Goes Creative Commons

* Over the years I admired the Creative Commons movement. I have not only been a big fan of it. I also used a lot of Creative Commons licensed images here on my blog as metaphorical illustrations of my articles….

Giving All Your Great Content to Google for Free is Suicide

Giving All Your Great Content to Google for Free is Suicide

* When I chose to block Google search on this blog some people considered me nuts. After all it sounds like suicide! Why would someone decide to block Google traffic? It’s especially an unexpected move for a site about search…

How Do You Attract Visitors Instead of Traffic to Your Site?

How Do You Attract Visitors Instead of Traffic to Your Site?

* A few years ago I noted that there is a difference between traffic and visitors in an article dealing with a broader topic. Then in early January of 2011 I have described it in more depth. This time I’d…

Google Alternatives: Search Engines, E-Mail, Analytics and other Tools

Google Alternatives: Search Engines, E-Mail, Analytics and other Tools

* One day I banned Google search bots on my blog. After that I felt more confident about becoming independent from Google. You don’t have to be a minimalist self improvement guru who wants to live a perfect life to…

Unnatural Links: What is the Purpose of the Google FUD Campaign?

Unnatural Links: What is the Purpose of the Google FUD Campaign?

* Google has been sending out “unnatural links” warnings for quite some time now. At first the messages meant that you got penalized on Google search and thus you potentially lost your rankings and traffic. Then Google started sending out…

Why I Banned Google on my Blog

Why I Banned Google on my Blog

I banned Google on my blog. Why? Isn’t it ironic for a self proclaimed SEO blog to ban Google? Let me tell you the whole story. When I started out this blog in 2007 I did not get any significant…

Positive SEO Example Campaign to Take Part in

Positive SEO Example Campaign to Take Part in

* How positive SEO works Last time I defined what I consider to be positive SEO. Also I went into detail to explain my concept of Google Parkour. How does it work? You link out to your “competitor” in case…

Unofficial Google Newspeak Glossary: Manual Action in Commercial Relationships

Unofficial Google Newspeak Glossary: Manual Action in Commercial Relationships

Euphemisms are often made up words that are meant to hide the real (in most cases negative) meaning of existing terms.   Killing in the name of For example the thing the US government refers to as “targeted killings” is…

Just Say No to Google Opportunism

Just Say No to Google Opportunism

Hugo Guzman – whom I consider both a great guy and a knowledgeable SEO expert – has written a very disappointing article called “Just Say No to Google Bashing”. The post went offline by now. It was a reaction to…

Is Positive SEO Possible? A Google Parkour Case Study

Is Positive SEO Possible? A Google Parkour Case Study

* Negative SEO Nightmare In recent years so called “negative SEO” has been one of the most written about topics in the search marketing industry and beyond. Luckily only a few major publications have covered the topic or even used…

The Future of the Web According to Eric Schmidt of Google

The Future of the Web According to Eric Schmidt of Google

* Over the years Eric Schmidt – formerly CEO and now chairman of Google – has been known for giving some intriguing insights into Google, the Internet and the future of technology. Some of his remarks were very controversial to…

How to Determine Content Quality and Write Accordingly

How to Determine Content Quality and Write Accordingly

There seems to exist a broad consensus that “content is king”, but only great content or rather quality content. With the so called Panda or high quality update Google made quality content the ultimate goal. How to determine content quality…