I am taking on a new role which will require me to be conversant in SEO. Our SEO product manager likes to obfuscate things so no one can pin him down. It is my job to pin him down and call bullshit. I have no idea what schema.org is or what this canonical stuff is all about. Can anyone recommend a great book / site where I can get up to speed on all things SEO? I don't have a lot of time to spend so brevity is key.
What is a reputable SEO firm/consultant in the United States or Canada that's current with the uselessness of 'traditional' SEO for small sites and educates/trains small business owners who have misconceptions about ranking in Google? It needs to be an actual person, not a guide/website, because the person who will receive this referral works that way.
How does the movie "Flight", which was pretty much off the internet radar a couple weeks ago, suddenly dominate the top organic search results for the word "flight"? [more inside]
Why is google indexing my personal domain "better" than my work's domain - both have WP blogs, but only posts under my personal domain show up in the Google Alert I have for my name. I am responsible for the visibility of my employer's blog and I do not think it's being crawled effectively (or something). [more inside]
A Few Questions About Registering Multiple Domains. Is it worth it? [more inside]
Help me manage my scandalous past -- or at least figure out how to reduce its prominence on Internet/Google search results! Details within. [more inside]
Calling SEO/Google Experts: I have a bloglike site for a new company (on Wordpress) and I am trying to make it SEO friendly. Hypothetically, lets assume that the site is about flying lizards and I have named it 'liz.ly'. Every day, new and well written content is added to this site so hopefully in the next few months it will start showing up at a respectable rank on google. BUT: [more inside]
I'm seeing a weird drop in August in search-related traffic to my company's site. What's odd is it is for searches of the company's name, domain name or URL. [more inside]
I promised something I couldn't deliver on. If I break my promise, I could lose all my other work. Please advise on how to approach this.. [more inside]
SEO Fliter: My blog recently got pharmahacked and my page-rank has died. Anything I can do to hasten recovery? Or am I permanently hosed? [more inside]
Has anyone used the firm, Brafton "Custom News Marketing" for their website's blog & news article needs? [more inside]
What's the most accurate free SEO keyword/phrase tool out there? [more inside]
Are my really good search engine rankings going to change if I move from redirecting to hosting? [more inside]
I'd like to capture the PageRank of every page that's part of a single, large site (~5000 pages), preferably as a .csv covering page title, URL and PageRank. Is there a reliable service, free or pay, that does that?
Will setting up multiple sites and pages that inter-link be penalized by Google? [more inside]
If you were selling a product at (fictional example) socialnetworkmarketing.com, would you buy facebookmarketing.com and twittermarketing.com to just redirect to socialnetworkmarketing.com? [more inside]
To SEO people out there ... is it possible to manipulate a small business website to push the business up Google's rankings and get it onto the first page of results? [more inside]
One business + two Flickr accounts + lots of Google recognition = one frustrated business owner. Help me decide which Flickr account to use, or if I should delete both and start over. [more inside]
I have a Wordpress site. In spidering the site, and coming up with the little synopsis underneath the title, Google, Bing and Yahoo all believe that it's not a personal Web site but a spammy list of prescription drugs for sale. I don't understand why. [more inside]
Is SEO worth paying for? [more inside]
What are the repercussions (if any) of bad Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques? [more inside]
Is it possible to search though Google as if from multiple locations? [more inside]
How can I figure out if my webhost is blocking Google indexing? A site I manage is listed on Google but any references to it are at least several weeks old. More info inside. [more inside]
What in the world is going on with this website (subject of a recent askme
)? Have a look at these google results: site:carolscookies.com inurl:locator
. Is this an indication that the website's been hacked, or is this the kind of disgusting behavior that passes for SEO these days? [more inside]
/* Is a lot of commented out text bad for a home page? */ [more inside]
Why does my tumblr blog not show up in google search? [more inside]
I have just discovered the world of incoming links tools like Marketleap which check incoming links to my site. There are several, and Marketleap confirms this for search engines like Yahoo, AlltheWeb, etc. But Marketleap and Seocentro.com - the two links tools I've checked - list zero incoming links from Google. Google Analytics is tracking the site; the site appears on a Google search; but a Google search for link:(mywebsite).com brings up a big fat "0" on Google. What could be the explanation for this?
How do I block Googlebot and other bots from indexing a certain part of a webpage? [more inside]
Under the hood of Google Analytics. GA does a great job of segmenting paid and organic search metrics - traffic, keywords, etc. How does it know one from the other ? [more inside]
How do I get Google to recognize a search for "melophobe" is a search for my webpage "mel.opho.be"? If you search for "delicious" the first hit is del.icio.us, however if you search for "melophobe" my website is nowhere to be found. It's obviously the top hit in a search for "mel.opho.be" but honestly, people aren't going to be Googling it with the periods. I know there must be a solution, but I'm having a hard time figuring it out.
How dodgy is this third-party supplier's SEO practice? And if it is dodgy, how do we tell our customer? [more inside]
How did I get blacklisted from Google, and how can I get un-blacklisted? I realize this question is similar to one asked back in 2005, but was really hoping that things have changed significantly since then. [more inside]
Why have Google and Microsoft shunned my web site? And why does Google's sitemap control panel think my robots.txt file is unreachable? [more inside]
I am looking for someone to explain Google's search results. The reseach I have done says you need to have lots of good links coming into your site from other high PR sites. I am wondering why Google does not use website visitors. Ie. If you have 100,000 visitors per week, this must be better than a site with 1000 visitors per week, but has high PR incoming links.
My website/blog has all but disappeared from Google. What happened, and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
I need a piece of software or a web application that will help me track a URL's performance relative to specific keywords over time. [more inside]
How can I get Google to re-index my site and how did it find it in the first place? [more inside]
What is the point of PageRank, and why do people think that's a silly question? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a free piece of software (or internet site) that can monitor a web site's ranking in various search engines using various keywords? [more inside]
I need to shift one of my websites to a new domain - with the minimal amount of interruption to my Google juice. What is the best way to redirect traffic to the new site? .htaccess redirects? Something else? Other pointers?
I need help researching the effects of interlinked web pages in search results... [more inside]
GoogleBombing: Suppose I register 10 domains, and upload an HTML page to each domain that has a named link - for example, "Click here to buy Cheap Shoes" - and these named links all point to the same webpage....when someone searches on Google for "Cheap Shoes", will the page that has 10 domains linking to it stand a better chance of being higher up in the rankings?
Search engine optimization... I'm happy to buy a book, but are they worth it? Do I really need to know more than the basic best-practices for Google? [more inside]
Every once in a while, when I search Google, I end up with some weird search results
. All ads. It doesn't happen all the time and I don't know if it's Google stooping to a new low, or if it's me and some kind of adware. Note that I also get a pop-up window
with this page that has a couple other ad links. [more inside]
What is the "upstart, Linux-like cooperative" search engine
mentioned in this Reuters about Google?