Ian Lurie // 30 Nov, 2006
Google appears to be doing an update right now (what they call a ‘data refresh’).
It’s not a full on Google Dance. I call it more of a Google Wiggle. So if you’re one of those folks who watches your rankings obsessively, whimpering every time you slip a spot, the next day or two may be a bit exciting…
Ian Lurie // 27 Nov, 2006
Gaping Void, best known for hilarious back-of-business-card cartoons, posted an SEO Manifesto. My favorite points: 2. It’s much easier to plan a website than to retrofit it. Understanding fundamentals makes it much more valuable when you hire a consultant or agency. I can’t tell you how many clients of mine have had to rebuild their… Read More
Ian Lurie // 30 Oct, 2006
Imnotadoctor writes that Google still seems to reward link spammers. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, link spammers will build a site and then purchase or otherwise collect thousands of links from other, unrelated web sites, for the sole purpose of improving their search ranking. Google frowns (glowers, actually) on this… Read More
Ian Lurie // 23 Aug, 2006
Google has added a ‘preferred domain’ tool to Google Webmaster Central. It lets you tell Google whether you’d like all links to your site to include ‘www’ or not. This may seem subtle, but it’s a long-standing problem in search engine optimization. Search engines historically see www.mysite.com and mysite.com as two distinct pages, even though… Read More
Ian Lurie // 1 Aug, 2006
Matt Cutts, Google engineer and champion of white-hat SEO practitioners everywhere, has a collection of short search engine instructional videos he’s recorded.
In them, he answers lots of SEO questions, like ‘who should I optimize for, the search engines, or my customers?’, and ‘What makes a web site â€œgoodâ€ for SEO’.
This is your chance to see it straight from a guy who works at Google. Remember, his opinions aren’t officially those of Google. But his opinions also agree with mine, so hey, he’s got to be in good shape.
Ian Lurie // 22 Jun, 2006
A few changes to Seth Godin’s post about active versus passive SEO.
Ian Lurie // 10 May, 2006
There’s a great article on Search Engine Watch today titled “Curbing SEO’s Who’ve Gone Wild”. The main point? Too much SEO can get you penalized by search engines. And by your customers. If you’re working to attain that #1 spot in Google’s brain, make sure that you stay #1 in your customer’s brain, too. The… Read More
Ian Lurie // 21 Dec, 2005
I received an e-mail offer today from ‘Top Position’. It’s a perfect example of why so many folks don’t trust search engine optimization (aka SEO). It includes impossible promises, out and out fiction, and an opportunity to have your site completely banned without lifting a finger. Here’s the exact text: “We can put you at… Read More
Ian Lurie // 8 Dec, 2005
At Chicago’s Search Engine Strategies expo (which I’ve never attended, by the way, but really want to someday), Yahoo’s Tim Meyer gave the a great overview of smart search engine marketing: Tim: “We basically treat [your site] as plain text. Use common HTML if you want the search engines to know what is on your… Read More
Ian Lurie // 26 May, 2005
I think I’ve seen real proof of the Google Sandbox, at long last. One of our clients launched a site at a new URL last October. They achieved a top-4 ranking on MSN and Yahoo! within a few weeks, but Google left them in the depths of the rankings — around page 20, in fact.… Read More