“SEO is a marketing function for sure,
but it needs to be baked into a product,
not slapped on like icing
after the cake is baked.”

Duane Forrester

Google Merges with Facebook, 2015 Edition

  Several years ago, I asked what might happen if we all awoke to the headline Google Merges with Facebook. While that particular nightmare hasn’t and most likely won’t ever come to pass, a few things have changed such that there’s illustration most everything else has stayed the same. I was reminded of this reality a few […]

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Unlimited (Storage)

  Let’s talk about a word you think you understand—but probably don’t. Courtesy of our friends at Microsoft OneDrive, today’s subject is the word unlimited. Yesterday, Microsoft announced that previously unlimited storage accounts at their cloud storage service OneDrive were being scaled back to one terabyte of space. And there were LOTS of them, as […]

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YouTube Red: An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Over forty years ago the Corleone family make a few offers that couldn’t be refused. This week, Youtube proved who’s the Godfather of the Internet. YouTube Red And The Offer You Can’t Refuse   Youtube Red is coming next week, and it’s a big deal; opt for YouTube Red over the Youtube you’ve been using for about a […]

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Google Wallet Apple Pay Isis Softcard

When Google Wallet launched, I wrote a piece suggesting that it was a solution in search of a problem—or at least, the wrong solution to the wrong problem.   When Facebook and Google started looking like pretty much the same thing, I suggested that the two monsters of Internet life had merged, ending privacy permanently. […]

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Having it Both Ways

It’s one of those idioms that, depending on where you use it, may not mean anything. “Having It Both Ways” is a simple idea, though; it means wanting all things. Taking a position but also wanting one that is at odds with it. In a world where you need to interact with others is having […]

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Media Engagement

On the Internet, where no-one can hear you scream, Media Engagement is everything. Wait. Let’s be more emphatic about that: Media Engagement is Everything. This isn’t news, of course. Internet marketing success is all about your media and how people engage with it. Call it content marketing or anything else, but today you need to […]

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Do The Old Rules for Blogging Still Apply? (Mostly for SEO 2015 Edition)

Last week, we posted this story about Google Rules—specifically, parsing Google Rules. That’s (mostly) a conversation about Search Engine Optimization, of course, and SEO is dead … except, it isn’t.   Yesterday, I stumbled on another piece by SEO dude Barry Schwartz, in which the so-called guru quotes Google as saying that one small element of […]

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Parsing Google Rules

Google has rules. Sometimes Parsing Google Rules is about knowing how to search, while other times parsing Google rules is about getting found. And as time goes on understanding the latter keeps getting more difficult.   Yesterday I came across a post at SERoundtable, where that site’s impresario Barry Schwartz quoted, accurately and perhaps too literally Google’s […]

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Preserving Old Web Pages

Whether the subject is marketing, technology, people, money, or pretty much anything else, managing your business can be tricky. No more so than when it comes to protecting the value of your web site.   We’ve mentioned several variations on this theme. A couple of years back we waxed poetic on the idea of who […]

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Buying Support When You Shouldn’t “Need To”

  Yesterday, Dell introduced a new service they’ve dubbed Dell Consumer Premium Support (or some similar arrangement of those words). If you visit Dell Premium Consumer Support—at least so far—you’ll see the very corporate-looking page above, which suggests either that there’s nothing consumer-focused about Dell Consumer Premium Support, or that you’ll be receiving customer service atypical […]

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When Will ‘Net-based “Food Delivery Near Me” Actually Work?

You’d think it would be easier.   Living as I do in Manhattan, there are more options for food delivery than you really need, and the range and volume jumps seemingly every day. It’s become amazing lately; Postmates lets you have pretty much anything delivered pretty much anywhere—albeit expensively, and often in a less-than-ideal condition […]

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Making The Web Stupid

        Seth Godin may tower over Will, The WordPress Helper, but the two action figures are kindred spirits (albeit with Will having matching socks, even if you can’t see them).   This week Seth was an unwitting commenter on The WordPress Helpers’ piece The WordPress No-Parking Zone. At Answer Guy Central, we invoke […]

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Ello Porn

Porn and social networking seem to be the two biggest drivers of both traffic and commerce on the Internet. So let’s talk about where they intersect. That’s right, it’s time we discuss Ello Porn.   The two most prominent articles we’ve run here on the subject were this one on Microsoft’s position regarding nudity in Skydrive, […]

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Creative Apocalypse

Life, as we all know, imitates Art. Unless it’s the other way around.   The media business has long been a great example of nobody being quite sure what activity drives which, and recently a long piece in The New York Times Sunday Magazine waxed not-especially-prolific—nor especially profound—on the matter. Snark notwithstanding, that statement is […]

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New Clients, Old Clients, and Winbacks via Customer Service

Business is hard. Besides getting people’s attention to begin with, gaining customers is the hardest part. So once you have customers, there’s very little doubt that holding onto them is the most important thing you can be doing to ensure your business’ continued success. Let’s Talk About Customer Winbacks I’m going to lump the idea […]

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The Shape of Business Change

By nature, the shape of business change is in flux. Yesterday, Google gave that statement a literal meaning. Seems like the shape of business change is now round.   This isn’t as trivial as it might seem. Whether we’re talking about coopetition or the shape of your new devices looking at things without assigning hard edges is huge business change. […]

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Business Negotiation and Barack Obama, Five Years On

Five years ago, President Barack Obama proved himself the ninja master of business negotiation, getting British Petroleum to commit twenty billion dollars to a clean-up fund for their disastrous oil spill in 2010.   This despite BP’s statutory liability being limited to just $75 million. Yes it’s five years later, and yes, the money will be […]

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Google Alphabet Customer Service

See that giant rock, floating all alone with several smaller, disinterested rocks nearby?. Welcome to Google Alphabet Customer Service.   Answer Guy Central recently moved from the 24/7 insanity of Manhattan to the relative calm of Brooklyn. It’s working out great; from our new digs we’re able to take care of clients better than ever, […]

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Privacy Is An Illusion

  Over the years, I’ve written quite a few times about privacy. And the theme has been, pretty consistently, that privacy is dead; privacy is an illusion. Today, I came across an article that reminded me how true this is, and for how long it’s been so, and added my two cents. In truth, privacy has never […]

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Blogging and Content Management Hosting

  It’s a good bet that at some point during any visit here you’ll notice that handsome devil, Will, The WordPress Helper. Will is was the mascot of The WordPress Helpers, formerly one of the sites in the PC-VIP family. Our web sites get about a thousand visitors most days, which is either a very big deal […]

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The Internet Censorship Series (Asia) | Singapore

In the first of our series on internet censorship around the world we're going to take a look at Internet censorship in Singapore.
Before we dive in you may be asking yourself what Internet Censorship has to do with Search Engine Optimization which is the core topic of this blog?  It's quite simple really.  SEO is generally all about marketing and the nature of the Internet means that this marketing push is often a global thing.  In order to be a quality SEO you need to understand that the Internet is not the same in every country you're targeting.  Let's call this series on Internet Censorship a part of SEO Intelligence.  The background knowledge that anyone involved in this highly fluid industry needs to properly do their jobs.
Singapore is an island nation with a population of just over 5 million people.  It is famous for its draconian legislation around things such as smoking and chewing gum but where does the heavy handed approach of the Singapore government come to bear on the topic of free and unfettered access to the Internet?

A relatively soft handed approach to censorship

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The Internet Censorship Series (Asia) | Thailand

Thailand is a complex country where insulting the Royal Family can mean that the country's Lèse-majesté  laws could result in your imprisonment.  It is no surprise that the Thai government takes a reasonably proactive approach to Internet Censorship.   The Thai Government is also relatively unstable with regular coups shutting down the capital city and often resulting in widespread unrest and upset.
There is more than one government department engaged in the censorship of the Internet in Thailand and reports indicate that up to 200,000 websites are blocked by the government.

Methods employed to censor the Internet

As many governments who have attempted Internet censorship have discovered the easiest route to control is to have buy in from the country's service providers.  Thailand operates a "voluntary" system where they encourage ISPs to adhere to their instructions regarding censorship.  While there is no legal requirement for service providers to acquiesce they  can be subject to government sanctions if they adopt a policy of non-compliance with the directive.   
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The Content Writing Series | How to write good content

Our four part series on Content Writing is now ready for your reading pleasure. In this series we take you through from topic selection to adding interactive content:

How to choose topics

In this part of the series we look at where to get the all important ideas for what to publish...

One reason so many bloggers fail: Remember quality!

The biggest reason that we see blogs not make it, remember that if you're producing good content you may as well not produce content at all.

Keywords and LSI, what to consider when you're structuring your content

Here we take a look at keyword placement and how Google sees synonyms.

Getting interactive: Free resources to add to your posts to increase engagement

Here we look at some different ideas you can use to keep people reading your content.
This is a series of related posts from The SEO Concept, be sure to keep checking back for updates as we will continue to add relevant links to other posts to this page...

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Search Engine Marketing and Optimization in China | The Internet Censorship Series - Special report

Government filtering of the Internet in China is old news, the Chinese Government has long had a very proactive approach to limiting their citizen's access to information.  Often referred to as the "Great Firewall of China" the filter blocks a range of different sites that are hugely popular in other countries including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter.   In this article we take a look at what this means for SEO professionals who are trying to engage the Chinese market.

The Chinese Government: It didn't happen!

China's approach to topics that upset Beijing's equilibrium has always been one of outright denial of access to information.  For those of us who remember Tiananmen Square for example, one of the first things that probably springs to mind is how the footage had to be bootlegged out from behind the Bamboo Curtain before it could be displayed by Western media outlets.  The Chinese Government took an extremely dim view of the media's portrayal of these events, as it does with the portrayal of the current situation in Tibet.

The return of Hong Kong and Macau and what it meant for policymakers

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How to get traffic from Facebook without buying ads | Why I gave Facebook pages a second chance

I don't really like Facebook, particularly for marketing purposes. I used to love it, back when it was more of a level playing field and it was actually possible to get organic results. These days it seems that the Social Media platform has moved way too far in the direction of supporting only those who give it money and not those who don't. There is a clear argument in favor of the decision that Facebook has made to penalize pages that are not on their advertising platform.
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The argument is not as clear cut as it seems

Or at least there is a clear argument on the surface. There is also a pretty substantial argument against what they have done with their algorithmic changes and the penalties that they have put on pages that don't invest in their advertising services. Of course all of this happened last year but the result, for me personally anyway, was to choose to pretty much ignore their services until they sorted it out. I wasn't the only marketer that did this, as Copyblogger demonstrates in this post. The Copyblogger decision wasn't entirely as a result of the changes that happened at Facebook but in their post they...


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Scraping YouTube | The best way to get local sales leads

One of the first rules of so called "Video SEO" is that, if you've got an offline business, you want to make sure not only that your calls to action are in place but also that your contact details are liberally sprinkled throughout your title, description and the video itself. What this trend has inadvertently given people who want niche-targeted leads in a specific area is a very quick, simple and straightforward way to scrape YouTube for numbers.

It's not the fastest way to generate leads but they are extremely well qualified and you can get very, very specific when it comes to geo-targeting your lead generation efforts. In this article we're going to take a look at how to scrape YouTube for leads and I'm going to give you a couple of different examples of why YouTube is such a great way to build up your database.

Scraping YouTube in this way is about quality, not volume

There are ways you can ninja this process by leveraging the YouTube API but I'm not going to go into them because I don't think that this particular application is what the API is intended for. It also takes a bit of coding and this blog really isn't about...

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Scraping Facebook, LinkedIn and Yelp for Phone Numbers using Google | Mining cold calling data using search and social media

After the success of my post yesterday on how to scrape YouTube for local B2B sales leads I thought it might be a nice idea to give you some tips about how to leverage Google to build your database. It is easy enough for people to say that these things are not directly related to SEO.

As I see it, SEO is directly related to marketing and anyone engaged in SEO is a marketer. Therefore (much as I did with this post) I'm going to use this post as an opportunity to look at some of the more extended but associated roles of an SEO within an organization.

Such as lead generation. Personally I would not hire anyone involved in SEO unless they were also involved in other forms of marketing, I feel that people function better in more rounded roles rather than very specific ones.

On top of this, considering the recent round of high-quality-content focused Google updates, the SEO is not even a technical role anymore it is, as it rightly should be, a general marketing function.

Sales teams are always hungry for data, I have personally worked in data sourcing and lead generation in a broad range of industries. I've data mined for SEO cold...

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5 Fantastic Quotes about Internet and Online Marketing | SEO & SEM Quotes

This is a list of some of my favorite quotes about traditional marketing and how we can apply them to SEO and SEM. The reality is that the world of marketing and that of people hasn't changed all that much, all that has changed is the way that we deliver our message. So here goes, 5 quotes about marketing and my interpretation of how they apply to the new frontier of social media and search engine marketing.

My reasons for posting this list will become clear when I post a breakdown in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, here are 5 of the best online and internet marketing quotes for your viewing pleasure:

Use the tools at your disposal..

The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.
Peter Drucker - Tweet This

How does this apply to online marketing?

It's pretty obvious really but the big advantage that we, as marketers have now is that we can use people's social signals to understand them even better. We can even understand them by algorithm and do it in bulk, as many of the major social media platforms do extremely well!

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Services like Traffup | Are they worth the risk?

Traffup, incase you're not aware, is a service where you follow, retweet, like and otherwise interact with other people's (almost always strangers) social accounts in return for points. These points then go into an account which is debited when someone interacts with your social accounts.

The reason that services like Traffup are so tempting to newer users of certain platforms is that, before you get taken seriously on Twitter or Facebook (or many other platforms) you need to have a critical mass of followers or likes for your profile or your pages. It's a chicken and egg situation, if you don't have the followers you won't get the followers.

If loads of people don't like your page then it is going to take a whole lot of time to get people liking your page. There is one serious problem with using services like Traffup, and that is that it's not really what social media is all about. That said, what I'm going to do in this article is present a case where, for a marketer especially, such services are not only useful but the use of them is valid.

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Popular blogs, what's the secret?

Every blogger does it when they are starting out.  Looking at popular blogs and wondering how they got so popular and looking at their own statistics in Google Webmaster Tools and trying to work out why they are 5678th in the search results for their desired keywords.  Becoming a popular blogger doesn't happen overnight, it takes a lot of hard work and concentration.

 There are a few tricks that you can use to become popular more quickly but there is really no magic bullet that will send you straight to the top of the blogging pops.

All of the top blogs have one thing in common, great content.  They chose their niche and they stuck to it.  I've been accused of straying from my own niche with posts like this and, while I see all of this as important blogging intelligence, to be fair I have been hurt a bit - is this going to hurt my chances of The SEO Concept becoming a popular blog?  Absolutely not, it already is.

The reason for posting things like that is because it is information I think that people may find useful.  The article above also got a page one ranking about four days after I wrote it for exactly the search terms I was targeting, I'll call that win regardless, even...

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Internet Marketing in Indonesia | What marketers need to know in 2015

Marketing to an Indonesian audience is very different from what marketers who are used to western markets may be used to.  While Indonesia is not generally perceived as a wealthy country it does have an extremely large population, a substantial number of very wealth people and a high level of proximity to wealthier countries such as Singapore, Australia and Malaysia.  This means that marketers have very good reasons to target the country.  Before diving into the Indonesian market though there are a few things that marketers need to not only become aware of but remain aware of.

Languages spoken in Indonesia

While Bahasa Indonesia (literally translated that means Language Indonesia) is the primary language, Indonesia is incredibly diverse.  There are over 700 living languages in Indonesia with each region being home to a number of them.  Bahasa Indonesia is spoken by the majority of the population but certain other languages, such as Javanese are also widely spoken.  Javanese is spoken by nearly 85 million people.  Depending on how you're doing your targeting and what you're selling this could be a very important piece of information to take on board.
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SEO in 2015 | What matters and what doesn't?

Search Engine Optimization is an aspect of marketing that comes equipped with constantly shifting goal posts. For SEO in 2015 the goal posts have shifted again, but they've shifted in a good way. Many people have published content in 2014 that suggests that SEO itself is dying, that is just not correct.

What SEO is doing is changing, and it's changing for the better. It may not be changing for the better for SEOs that want to kick back, chill out and build traffic using automated tools. It certainly is changing for the better for Internet users who are no longer going to be bombarded by spam but rather be rewarded with accurate information and quality content that is actually exactly what they were looking for.

SEO isn't dead, it's just changed again. Here are ten things you can do to make sure you don't end up getting slapped around by the major Search Engines in 2015:

If it's been said once, it's been said 1000 times

Content is king, but not just any content. The content you write for search domination in 2015 has to be good content. Yes it needs to be keyword optimized, but not keyword stuffed. You need to write high quality content that people are actually going to want...

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Twitter followers: How to get 20-30 new targeted followers a day

Targeted Twitter followers can be hard to come by if you're not using the microblogging platform properly. There are a couple of simple rules you can follow to make sure that you build a niche-specific, highly targeted Twitter network quickly. One that actually drives you traffic and business and one that is not populated by "empty eggs".

First off, let's take a look at why you would want a substantial Twitter following.


What a large Twitter following brings your business

Twitter is the world's largest social network, that means that there is a huge potential audience for your products, promotions and marketing material. Take a look at the below infographic (which we published back in 2014) for a few relevant metrics: The great thing about followers on Twitter is that they are opt-in. What does that mean? It means that anyone who is following your account has chosen to do so. Leads that are opt-in are far more likely to convert as long as you target your efforts properly when you're building your Twitter list (which I'm going to refer to as your Twist for the rest of this article, partly because I can and partly because it sounds cool).


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FatCow vs GoDaddy | Cheap web hosting companies compared

FatCow and GoDaddy are two hosting companies that most people who need hosting services are more than likely to come across in their search for the best value web hosting and domain registration services. To be honest, their service offerings are both much of a muchness, but there are some key differences between GoDaddy and FatCow that you need to consider before making a final decision on the best web hosting service for your website.

Before we begin, a disclaimer. One of Google's most important ranking factors is site load speed. As with any shared host you are going to have issues with this from both of these providers. If load speed is seriously important to you then we suggest going with a dedicated server. That said, shared hosting platforms are more than enough for most people and here is a breakdown of what we think about the two compared.


FatCow vs GoDaddy: Support Advantage: FatCow

Over the years I've had quite a few clients hosted with both service providers. Support is not an issue until you really need it and I've found myself on more than one occasion in need of support from both FatCow and GoDaddy.
In my experience, GoDaddy responds more quickly but responses...

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What is SEO | Search Engine Optimization explained

I wanted to take some time out from pushing lead generating tools, comparing web hosts and getting technical with SEO and instead look at what Search Engine Optimization is in layman's terms.  Why does SEO matter and, more importantly, why does it matter to your business.  This post is going to be relatively brief, very much to the point and hopefully once you've read it you will have a much stronger understanding of why it is that you should hire an SEO company and why search engine optimization is probably the most important part of your marketing strategy in 2015.

What is SEO?

SEO as I'm sure you know by now stands for Search Engine Optimization.  There's no magic about optimizing your website, it's a very simple thing to do but it is very time consuming.  It is the only way to get yourself to the top of the search engine results pages without spending money on Adsense or something similar.  If you are hoping that your website is going to actually produce organic leads then you should care about SEO.

Why you shouldn't try to do SEO yourself

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6 Free Internet Marketing tools you should know about | SEO, SMM and SEM Tools

What are the best possible tools for monitoring your Search Engine Rankings, Social Signals and general Internet Marketing efforts? Here is our list of 6 free tools you should know about and be using if you're involved in any sort of Internet Marketing.

Without further adieu here goes our must have list of 6 free Internet Marketing and website monitoring tools you need to know about:

The Trust Report

The Trust Report is a favorite of ours, it takes a very different approach. Instead of an SEO score it gives your site an online trust score. The score is based on your SEO and Social signals and it is presented in a series of easy to understand charts and graphs. http://www.thetrustreport.com.

Quick Sprout

Neil Patel is well known in SEO circles and his Quick Sprout tool is truly awesome. With the ability to compare your performance with your competitors and some extremely in depth metrics we recommend every webmaster run it over their site. http://www.quicksprout.com.


If you're not using the free Moz tools to monitor your website you're missing out big time. Moz is the go to place to check things like your domain and page authority, both are absolutely essential metrics if...

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Growing your Twitter followers by niche

Twitter is a great tool to spread the word about your business and there are plenty of people online who are prepared to "sell you" Twitter followers. Here's the problem with buying followers on Twitter: They don't engage, most of them are bots and it is a total waste of time. Twitter's rules prohibit bulk actions and a lot of services that offer bulk following of accounts by niche have now been stopped from accessing the Twitter API. That said, following other people is not the only way to get followers on Twitter.

TargetGrow (formerly TargetPattern) is a fantastic tool that takes a very different approach to interacting with accounts on Twitter. The service takes 5 keyword sets from you and then watches Twitter to return appropriate tweets that match those keywords. Once it has returned the tweets to you you've got the option to favorite them. The follow rate from this method of growing followers is about 10%. If you favorite 100 tweets you'll usually get 8-12 new followers. Here are a couple of tricks that we've used very effectively with TargetGrow to build Twitter accounts both for ourselves and our clients:

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SEO for WordPress, Drupal and Joomla

Just because you’re using WordPress or one of the other readily available open source content management systems for your website it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to be extremely proactive about your SEO. In this article we’re going to take a look at some general things that apply to you if you’re using a CMS as well as some more specific things that you need to know about SEO if you’ve chosen WordPress as your hosting platform.

SEO for content management systems

The three biggest content management systems are relatively well optimized for SEO out of the box. Joomla, Drupal and WordPress between them are responsible for the content management of pretty much every major website you’re likely to visit that hasn’t developed a custom CMS. The reasons for their uptake are basically that it makes it a whole lot easier to deploy a website if you don’t have to worry about coding the front end.
Content Management Systems enable website owners to focus on the content of their websites without having to embark on a huge development job when they want to make major changes. One of the biggest problems with content management systems SEO is that these systems are modular by design,...

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Finding Long-Tail keywords the easy way

You can do all the onsite search engine optimization that you want and it won't make a lick of difference unless you're working with the right keywords or keyword sets.  Long-tail keywords are absolutely the way to go, the traffic is more targeted and there is generally less competition.  Finding long-tail keywords that you want to rank for doesn't have to be difficult, it doesn't require any specialist tools.  With this one simple trick you'll be all ready to roll with your long tails.  Before I start I am assuming that you've already done your basic keyword research, that you know what niche you're chasing and that you're looking for ways to rank your content faster.  Without further adieu, here is the quickest and simplest way to find long tail keywords without using any specialized tools.

Finding long-tail keywords using Google

Let's say you have or are working with an auto repair shop that specializes in Europeans, specifically Mercedes Benz vehicles.  The strategy you've got in place includes video, blog posts ad various other forms of content marketing.  To rank for Mercedes Benz Repair you're either going to need a magic wand or a huge advertising budget.  However, if you...

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How to rank content without thinking about SEO

Once you stop trying to blackhat seo the search engines and start trying to actually work within their guidelines you'll notice a couple of extremely important things. These things will not only apply to the way that you approach search but also the way that you approach communications in your life in general.
Far be it from me to suggest that Google's all encompassing approach at attempting to own all the information on the planet and decide how relevant it is (many could consider this dangerous, but that's another post) has an upside.
The reality is though, that it does. In this post I'm going to approach SEO from a perspective that many people may not have looked at it from before. I'm going to talk about how Google's ranking factors, and the never ending journey on trying to work within them, have improved my offline communication skills.
This is not a post where I'm going to go into hundreds of ranking factors and break down what you need to change about your writing in order to be producing more optimized content. I'll leave that to the likes of Brian Dean. The fact is that the 200 (or however many there are) ranking factors don't matter. You should not be...

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SEO For Real Estate Agencies: Real Estate SEO Tips

Real Estate Agencies have a hard time in Search, listings are transient so driving traffic and backlinks to them can be pretty pointless.  There are things that agencies can do to maximize their organic search engine reach though.  On the below list.ly list we've put together a few of our favorite online resources for Real Estate SEO.

SEO Tips for Real Estate Agents

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3 essential tips for using TargetGrow to build your Twitter following

If you haven't signed up for a free trial of TargetGrow (formerly TargetPattern) yet then you're missing out. If you want several hundred new, targeted, real, organic Twitter followers by the end of the week then get there now and sign yourself up (yes that's an affiliate link but all we get is a free week, this post is about them because we love them and we think they're awesome).
Like any tool to grow your social media following there are a few things you can do to get the most out of your TargetGrow free trial that will make all the difference (you are highly encouraged to take a paid package if it works for you and if you do it right it will).
1. Choosing your keywords

In the TargetGrow interface you're asked to select five sets of keywords to go after. Apply some thinking to this before you just randomly slap some down. What followers are you interested in? Don't be too broad (marketing for instance) try to narrow it down if you're looking at a broad niche, you'll get much better results.

2. Don't just favorite everything on your list.

TargetGrow's interface is great and their system is really intuitive but make sure you read the tweets you're favoriting. For starters...

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The Ultimate Guide To SEO in 2015, Video from Melbourne SEO

I've just finished watching an absolutely brilliant video which covers whole load of the big issues for SEO in 2015.   What you're about to watch is the right way to do SEO, the three simple things you need to come to terms with: Website, Content, Share.  It is also a very in depth look at optimizing for users and not search engines and why this is the best way to go.

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Using HideMyAss with your Android Device to set up a LAN Proxy Server (with Screenshots)


HideMyAss is a brilliant tool for SEOS, not just for blackhat SEO (as proxies are so often used for) but also for general whitehat optimization. Some of the reasons you may need a proxy for above board SEO activities include coming into your site from different geographic locations, accessing services that are geoblocked, using tools like ScrapeBox (watch out for our upcoming post on Using ScrapeBox for Whitehat SEO) for research as well as many others.
Two Browsers with Different IP Addresses on Ubuntu 14.10

By using HMA on your Android with a free proxy server app you are able to configure your computer to use different ip addresses in different browsers. This is hugely useful if you spend a lot of time jumping between a proxied and a clear connection.

At a few dollars a month HideMyAss Premium VPN is an awesome tool that you can use to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve by masking your location or identity. I use it constantly but I use a wide range of different devices on my network and it's kind of annoying having to set up the HideMyAss VPN Client on each and every one (especially as many of them run linux, the linux configuration is not quite as straightforward as Windows). Fortunately there is an easy solution that...

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