Google is Sunsetting Search

Google is Sunsetting Search

* One day back in 2012 the most important topic on the Internet was the unexpected demise of Google Reader. It was a popular tool to read and share content from blogs by subscribing to their so called feeds. Why…

This is Why Google Search is Dead* and How to Search Instead

This is Why Google Search is Dead* and How to Search Instead

Do you think Google sucks? Yes. Google search is dying*. Why that? Ads, on-site features and AI take over gradually. In this post I reflect on how complex the Google search experience is nowadays. To solve the problem I will…

Google Alternatives: Search, Mail, Analytics, Docs…

Google Alternatives: Search, Mail, Analytics, Docs…

* 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…

Free Consultation for Non-Profits, Charities & Activists

Free Consultation for Non-Profits, Charities & Activists

Do you want a free consultation on blogging, social media and search? I offer free SEO 2 consultation for How often? Once a week. Contact me when you need one. Let me help you save the world! Why? You are…

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…

Hands On Google Social SEO Techniques for Personal Search

Hands On Google Social SEO Techniques for Personal Search

Google personalizes search results. What does it mean? You get search results reflecting your specific interests. How to practice SEO for such “personal search”? You have to choose to get your hands dirty! This is hands on actionable advice! Bring…

Are Category Keywords in the URL a Significant Ranking Signal?

Are Category Keywords in the URL a Significant Ranking Signal?

Google has more than 200 ranking signals or factors that determine the fate of websites on their search results. One day I was trying to assess the impact of stolen and otherwise copied content on my rankings here on the…

Does Google Index Your robots.txt?

Does Google Index Your robots.txt?

This is a contribution by SEO strategist Moosa Hemani. It has been slightly edited by myself, Tad Chef – the owner of this blog. robots.txt is a protocol that helps search engines to find out which part of a website…

[Content SEO] Run DMC and Google Want You to “Keep it Fresh”

[Content SEO] Run DMC and Google Want You to “Keep it Fresh”

* Are you spitting rhymes about gold chains and Adidas kicks? Or shaping your SEO and content strategy? One thing is for sure and essential… “Keepin’ it fresh.” Fresh content is unique and engaging, and Google likes that. It seems…

Who is Your Competition on the Web?

Who is Your Competition on the Web?

Who are your competitors? You think you know. Yet your offline understanding of competition does not work on the Web! You don’t know or realize though! Let me explain. Who Do You Think Your Competition is? When business owners contact…

Science vs Reality: Do Not Obey Scientists – Practice What Works

Science vs Reality: Do Not Obey Scientists – Practice What Works

* More than once I had a lively “science” discussion on Twitter with sometimes very opinionated individuals. In some cases they were rather dogmatic. Some people treat science like a religion and blindly believe in it while they treat those…

How to Remove utm_source & Other Parameters From Your URLs

How to Remove utm_source & Other Parameters From Your URLs

Have you noticed some unwanted crap being added to website addresses? Yes, I’m talking about utm_source crap and similar website address pollution! utm_source crap is usually merely annoying and distracting but it can even break websites. Yet most of the…

What Does My Bounce Rate Really Mean?

What Does My Bounce Rate Really Mean?

As a modern day website optimizer I deal half of the day with decreasing bounce rates. It means: I try to make people visiting websites stay longer on them or stay at all and click. The bounce rate is a…

Search Marketing Standard: The Future of Print & SEO – Interview

Search Marketing Standard: The Future of Print & SEO – Interview

The Search Marketing Standard is not only the oldest search marketing print publication I know of. It’s also the most focused and probably most popular one. Over the years I’ve enjoyed reading numerous issues of the magazine. One day I…

Why People Hate Ads and Love SEO

Why People Hate Ads and Love SEO

* I hate ads. I’m not the only one. Most people hate annoying ads. People hate ads on the Web and block them using a plethora of tools. They also hate outdoor ads and TV ads. They hate them we…

SEO Tools: Why & How to Track Rankings on Personalized Search

SEO Tools: Why & How to Track Rankings on Personalized Search

Long story short: You can see actual rankings in Google Search Console. Above you see the query [outreach message] and the number of clicks and impressions for my blog. Yet there are also other tools beyond Google that help you…

Twitter Social News Mashup that Kicks Facebook’s Ass

Twitter Social News Mashup that Kicks Facebook’s Ass

Wisdom of crowds has proven very useful in organizing the information overload of the Web. Sadly though the first wave of social news sites like Reddit are broken. Also the ever popular Facebook rather spreads sensational but fake news from…

SEO Test: How Does Personalized Search Work on Google?

For about three weeks I have performed a very simple SEO test to determine the influence of the newly introduced personalized search on Google. It allegedly works with cookies only and it personalizes your search results by default even when…