Google Buys Links with Hidden Anchor Text

Google Buys Links with Hidden Anchor Text

I was awestruck today when I noticed that the perhaps most important German blogging conference re:publica sells high PageRank links. Paid links are forbidden by the Google Webmaster Guidelines since 2007 and Google has repeatedly asked webmasters to report paid…

Google +1: The New SearchWiki?

Google +1: The New SearchWiki?

2.5 Years ago I hailed the new search results customization feature by Google called SearchWiki. I loved it in spite of it being broken from the start. Nonetheless the sheer possibilities once it worked were exactly what I needed to…

Best SEO Website Design: SEO Companies Using Dark Backgrounds

SEO.com, USA     Datadial, UK: A London Based Digital Web Agency     iCrossing UK     Voltier Creative, USA     Sebcreation, France     Union Room, UK     RICG, USA     alt design, UK  …

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 discussion on Twitter with sometimes very opinionated individuals. I won’t name them here to prevent this debate from becoming personal. Let it be said that it was a heated one.   Reality…

How to Remove utm_source & Other Parameters From Your URLs

How to Remove utm_source & Other Parameters From Your URLs

How to add gay porn to any site These days it’s a quite common and very annoying habit by a few services to attach utm_source and other so called parameters to your Internet address aka URL. It’s not only that….

How to Build Links Like Jaamit

How to Build Links Like Jaamit

Jaamit Durrani and a cat that looks like Hitler at Think Visibility. This is how funny @jaamit was.* T​hree months ago Jaamit Durrani had asked me whether I’m interested in the “head of SEO” position​ for Germany at his agency​….

The Anatomy of an SEO 2.0 Web Directory of the Highest Quality

The Anatomy of an SEO 2.0 Web Directory of the Highest Quality

* In case you haven’t noticed yet I have a SEO 2.0 web directory right here on my blog. What? A web directory? In SEO 2.0? It sounds like a contradiction indeed. Aren’t directories either dead spammy useless? Well, not…

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…

Non-Profit SEO Resources

Non-Profit SEO Resources

You may not know it but I’ve been working for non-profits even before my career in search engine optimization. Back then there was no such thing as non-profit SEO. SEO for non-profits is by now a popular concept as I…

CSS Tricks for Better SEO

CSS Tricks for Better SEO

* As most of us know it is often really difficult to build websites for both the user and Google. There are even two separate disciplines by now to deal with both: user experience or short UX and search engine…

How to Get Links on SEO 2.0 and Other Blogs

How to Get Links on SEO 2.0 and Other Blogs

* As both business blogger and SEO am I aware of both sides of “link building”. Over the years I got lots of spammy comments from low quality “blog commenting services”. I often had to delete comments right away. I…

How Social Networking Has Killed Digg and SEO 1.0

How Social Networking Has Killed Digg and SEO 1.0

in 2007 I boldly predicted that social browsing services like StumbleUpon will kill the popular social news site Digg and SEO 1.0. Did they? No. I was wrong. Social networking did though. Let me explain. StumbleUpon was the first and…

Guest Blogging Guidelines

Popular link building techniques get exploited or even abused and thus Google has to react. I’ve seen more and more of such cases with the recently hugely popular guest blogging. Thus you have to abide by these guidelines to get…

‘SEO is Dead’ is Dead

‘SEO is Dead’ is Dead

Diamond Skull by Damien Hirst. Image by Aaron Weber. Recently a post titled “How SEO is breaking the web (and killing Google)” has garnered almost 200 tweets. While I assume that many of them were automated tweets from accounts retweeting everything…

101 Ways to Make Your Blog More Popular and Successful

101 Ways to Make Your Blog More Popular and Successful

* After 15+ years of online publishing 12+ years of blogging for a plethora of blogs being an SEO and a paid blogger for a decade by now I finally am convinced that I know how it works. What I…

Panama Hat SEO

Panama Hat SEO

I confess: I’ve been lying to you all these years! I don’t wear a white sombrero like my avatar does. I wear a Panama hat instead. Let me explain. It’s more than just a fashion statement!   It’s not just…

The New SEO – Search Engine Organization!

The New SEO – Search Engine Organization!

Mexican Fans by Celso Flores (image added by sombrero expert optimizer Tad of SEO 2.0) “The New SEO – Search Engine Organization!” is a guest post by Albert Gouyet, Vice President of Product Marketing, BrightEdge. With the World Cup Finals…

Quick & Dirty SEO or Quality Optimization?

Quick & Dirty SEO or Quality Optimization?

* One day I went to the barber. Actually she’s a female barber so should I say hairdresser then? I paid 25 Euro for approx. 45 minutes. That’s quite but not very expensive. A haircut for a man costs 8…

Search Marketing Standard: The Future of Print & SEO – Interview with Associate Editor Frances Mary Krug

Search Marketing Standard: The Future of Print & SEO – Interview with Associate Editor Frances Mary Krug

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. Recently I had…

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 for…