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Learn me SEO

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.
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 31, 2014 - 11 answers

See, Matt Cutts? Metafilter is trying to help you

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.
posted by michaelh on Jul 7, 2014 - 8 answers

How does a search word result climb so quickly in Google?

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]
posted by davebush on Nov 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Are you there Google? It's me, antonymous

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]
posted by antonymous on Sep 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Should I get multiple domains for my website?

A Few Questions About Registering Multiple Domains. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Feb 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me push negative references down my Google search list

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]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2011 - 11 answers

SEO Kings, help me please....my site is a squash and a squeeze

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]
posted by london302 on Sep 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Search traffic dropping for queries of company name, domain or URL

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]
posted by ao4047 on Sep 14, 2011 - 17 answers

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..

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]
posted by audio on Apr 5, 2011 - 10 answers

How to recover page-ranking in google after being pharmahacked?

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]
posted by jlunar on Feb 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Has anyone used the firm, Brafton "Custom News Marketing" for their website's blog & news article needs?

Has anyone used the firm, Brafton "Custom News Marketing" for their website's blog & news article needs? [more inside]
posted by lorebella on Oct 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Accurate Keyword Tool

What's the most accurate free SEO keyword/phrase tool out there? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Sep 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Does redirecting affect Search Engine results?

Are my really good search engine rankings going to change if I move from redirecting to hosting? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Sep 13, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I assess the page rank of an entire site?

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?
posted by boombot on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Can I set up different domains that inter-link without being penalized?

Will setting up multiple sites and pages that inter-link be penalized by Google? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Would you use a brand name in a URL?

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]
posted by smersh on Aug 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Can you manipulate Google?

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]
posted by chairish on Apr 27, 2010 - 22 answers

Name Recognition

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]
posted by Ann Onymous on Sep 30, 2009 - 2 answers

Spammers III: The Takeover

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]
posted by Kirklander on Jul 18, 2009 - 12 answers

Is SEO worth paying for?

Is SEO worth paying for? [more inside]
posted by man down under on Apr 20, 2009 - 13 answers

What are the repercussions of bad SEO?

What are the repercussions (if any) of bad Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques? [more inside]
posted by jim.christian on Apr 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Is it possible to search though multiple Google Local search indexes?

Is it possible to search though Google as if from multiple locations? [more inside]
posted by tracert on Feb 24, 2009 - 5 answers

Does my webhost not like Google?

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]
posted by tropikal on Feb 21, 2009 - 5 answers

SEO word salad pornography?

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]
posted by jepler on Dec 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Commented Out Text Bad?

/* Is a lot of commented out text bad for a home page? */ [more inside]
posted by pixelnark on Dec 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Tumblr google issues

Why does my tumblr blog not show up in google search? [more inside]
posted by ecab on Nov 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Incoming Links Mystery

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?
posted by Holly on Sep 7, 2008 - 2 answers

How do I block Googlebot and other bots from indexing a certain part of a webpage?

How do I block Googlebot and other bots from indexing a certain part of a webpage? [more inside]
posted by jrholt on Jun 9, 2008 - 16 answers

Tracking organic search and paid search referrals

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]
posted by superfurry on Mar 13, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I get Google to recognize a search for "melophobe" is a search for my webpage "mel.opho.be"?

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.
posted by jrholt on Mar 12, 2008 - 10 answers

Is this SEO technique dodgy?

How dodgy is this third-party supplier's SEO practice? And if it is dodgy, how do we tell our customer? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Feb 7, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I get back in Google's good graces?

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]
posted by chinese_fashion on Oct 18, 2007 - 10 answers

How to make Google and Microsoft like me again?

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]
posted by JDHarper on Aug 27, 2007 - 7 answers

Google Search Results

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.
posted by bytheowner on May 22, 2007 - 8 answers

Google, was verfolgst du mich?

My website/blog has all but disappeared from Google. What happened, and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by mendel on Mar 30, 2007 - 10 answers

Tracking a URL's ranking for specific keywords?

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]
posted by aebaxter on Feb 19, 2007 - 3 answers

How can I get Google to re-index my site and how did it find it in the first place?

How can I get Google to re-index my site and how did it find it in the first place? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Aug 21, 2006 - 14 answers

What is the point of PageRank, and why do people think that's a silly question?

What is the point of PageRank, and why do people think that's a silly question? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on May 31, 2006 - 30 answers

How to monitor search results ranking?

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]
posted by mattwatson on Nov 20, 2005 - 5 answers

Changing Domains - Keep Google Juice

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?
posted by ao4047 on Jun 3, 2005 - 3 answers

Interlinked pages for search engine optimization

I need help researching the effects of interlinked web pages in search results... [more inside]
posted by patgas on Mar 29, 2005 - 3 answers

Search Engine Optimization

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?
posted by SpaceCadet on Oct 11, 2004 - 19 answers

What do I need to know about search engine optimization?

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]
posted by o2b on May 24, 2004 - 2 answers

Weird Google Search Results

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]
posted by MrAnonymous on May 20, 2004 - 16 answers

What is the "upstart, Linux-like cooperative" search engine mentioned in this Reuters about Google?

What is the "upstart, Linux-like cooperative" search engine mentioned in this Reuters about Google?
posted by tranquileye on Mar 23, 2004 - 2 answers

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