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May

15th

Payday Loan link spamming hits Google’s results

At the time of writing this blog, Google’s first page of results retrieved some bizarre listings for the phrase “payday loans”.  Using ‘black hat’ techniques, clever SEOs have used underhand tactics to rank at the top of Google for a very popular search term. A year ago, I reported that completely unrelated websites, froginthewall.net and...

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Apr

15th

What we learned from ex-Googler’s at Brighton SEO

To kick off Brighton SEO this year, Kelvin Newman sat three ex-Googler’s down on a couch on the stage and opened the questions to the audience. Those three were Jonas Weber, Alfredo Pulvirenti and Fili Wiese – all formerly of the Search Quality team at Google.  Unsurprisingly, they held back a lot of information and...

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Apr

11th

How to Build Links: Build content visitors want

Link building has changed quite considerably over the past 12 months or so.  In less than a fortnight, the Google Penguin update will be celebrating its first birthday.  I don’t suspect too many will be coming to that party. (image credit: litlnemo) Before the Penguin update, SEOs and link builders were getting away with a...

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Sep

10th

The Art of Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is one of the most-common and successful link building strategies being used right now after the Google Panda and Penguin updates.  This guide will help teach you how to find guest blogging opportunities and how to make the most of them. What Do You Want to Get Out of Guest Blogging? Knowing what...

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Aug

21st

How to Avoid Link Building Penalties

  (image credit: t r e v y) The number of cases of websites being penalised for their link building is on the rise.  There are pages of users posting questions on the Google Support Forum asking where their site may have been penalised or how they have to fix this.  There are several users...

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Aug

16th

40 Blog Post Ideas for When You Get Writer’s Block

(image credit: Ed Yourdon) Since the Google Panda and Penguin updates, content marketing has become as important as it has ever been for Search Engine Optimisation and Link Building. Creating quality content for your blog or a third party blog will help towards attracting an audience, customers and can be used as a way of...

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Aug

7th

8 Ways to Get Kicked Out of Google

Website owners and bad SEOs who manage to get their website kicked out of Google don’t do it intentionally. Rather, they seemingly lack the knowledge to prevent it, and/or take too-bigger risks. Here are 8 ways to get your website kicked out of Google.  I suggest you understand these and keep well away from these...

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Jul

24th

Are You Still Using Outdated Link Building Methods?

The world of link building, just like digital marketing, is forever changing.  The methods that use to work for link building have quickly become outdated.  To help make sure you’re not still in 2011 when it comes to link building, here are 6 old strategies to ditch and what to replace them with: Old: Repetitive...

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Jul

19th

Why You Suffered from the Google Penguin Update

According to Google, approximately 3% of sites were affected by the Penguin update on 24 April. A big reason why we believe so many blogs, businesses and websites fell victim to Google’s Penguin and Panda updates this year comes down to inexperienced, Black Hat, or just plain bad SEOs. If you have paid for and...

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Jul

13th

Distilled – CRO and the User Experience Review

Yesterday evening, Nick Andrews and myself popped down to Distilled‘s Live event at the Minster Exchange, Mincing Lane, London to listen to 3 talks on Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO). Having previously attended Distilled’s successful event on the Psychology of Link Building on leap day, I was eagerly-anticipating picking up a number of useful hints. Distilled...

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