I work with a company that produced a documentary about Keiko the whale, who was the star of the 1993 sensation, Free Willy. (Wow, has it really been 19 years?) Over a week ago, we found out that their website got hacked, and although it was NOT reported in Webmaster Tools, the search results did […]

*Last updated July 2013* – This post has been several years in the making, because since 2007, as fast as I’ve written things down in the notes, new WordPress plugins keep getting built and I’d have to scratch them out. Sometimes we build plugins we need ourselves, as was the case with my desire to […]

What is it about BuddyPress that makes the best WordPress SEO plugins in the world, almost universally fail to function as the author intended? The issue at hand was that the East Portland Chamber of Commerce was using Yoasts SEO Plugin and BuddyPress as a Business directory. The site was SEO’d great, etc. but it had no unique title […]

Pubcon is the oldest internet marketing conference in the world, and this year it’s taking place almost a full month earlier than usual in Las Vegas. The session grid is huge with up to 9 concurrent tracks, and the main conference dates are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 16, 17, and 18, with a full day of masters […]

There’s a bug in the Google Places app on my Android phone that is allowing me to edit the last review for any local business. Instead of saying “Leave a Review” the only option for me is to “Edit Your Review”. I discovered it over the weekend while I was trying to leave a review […]

This Wednesday, May 30th in the ever changing world of local search, Google officially announced the “end” of “Google Places” and they are merging it with Google Plus (Google+). This has been written up quite extensively already, but I thought I’d chime in on where I think “Google Plusaces” is going next… As you can see, […]

This is just quick update to show that my Google Places impressions over the past 30 days are less than half of what they were the previous month. This was the result of following the new Google guidelines that require local service businesses without a storefront to check a box that says “This business serves […]

I’ve been advising others about their search presence since 2002, and this is the first time I recall ever telling someone to do something that could ultimately hurt them. Please consider this a “retraction” to my prior advice, and read it carefully. For years I’ve believed that local service businesses should be visible on Google […]

In a stunning move, even as the dust settles from their deindexing of some blog networks last week, Google is announcing a brand new ranking algorithm designed to level the playing field for domains in competitive industries. Each year, Google changes its search algorithm 400 to 600 times. While most of these changes are minor, every few […]

This coming Thursday March 29th, I’m giving an advanced internet marketing presentation to a Meetup Group at the Portland Convention Center Red lion Inn.  The program starts at 5:30 and goes until 7:30, and preregistration is required here. The tile of the presentation is “The Truth About Backlinks”, and with all that’s happened at Google […]

At SearchFest, one of the speakers (Rand Fishkin) said this in his morning session “…it’s not a paid link. It’s just a link that you get when you pay money.” I’m paraphrasing here, but it drew a laugh from the crowd because it’s completely true. We all know that Google does not like “paid links”, […]

Last night I did a search on Google because my wife had her car window smashed by some Portlandia hooligans  while she was watching the Central Catholic High School play. The first result for “emergency auto glass repair” was Glass Doctor, and it was a combined local listing, so I picked up the phone and […]