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Google Video On Hiring SEO

How To Hire An SEO

This isn’t a video made by Ultimate SEO but its from Google.  Google is often the primary target of client search engine strategies so we thought this video goes a long way in setting expectations for clients and helps visitors make an informed decision.

Its only a few minutes and even if you are an SEO its worth your time to better understand Google’s perception of the process.

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SEO SECURITY

WordPress SEO Security Settings For WP Cerber

One might think cybersecurity is not an SEO topic, but it is a very important SEO topic.  SEO as I keep noting here is more than keywords today. Technical SEO is about speed optimization, files such as robots.txt and sitemap.xml and security of your site IS an SEO matter. If you neglect your security Google can take action including deindexing your site if malware is found.  You'd be notified likely in Google Search Console of manual action and be removed from searches until you've cleaned up the site. Consider images like these in Search Engine Console or read about a ...
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2020 ULTIMATE SEO PBN GUIDE

SEO PBN

Private Blog Networks or PBNs have a vilified reputation of being "black hat SEO" but this is a poor way of looking at an SEO tool still used by many just by other names ...
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Link Building: Redirecting Expired Domains Backlinks

Link building is one of the harder  aspects of SEO and because of this one of the least done. Unfortunately it is many times more powerful than anything you do to your page and content.  No level of optimization of content will trump the power of well placed relevant backlinks.Its so hard few ever do it, and those same people probably say that "SEO is dead."  It is if all you're doing is keyword optimization.  75% of what decides the results for a search have nothing to do with what is on the page. Expired Domain Backlinks Every day thousands ...
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duplicate content kills seo

Duplicate Content Kills Your SEO

Duplicate Content - Killing Your SEO Duplicate content is a threat to your SEO rankings but not in the way you think.  It is distracting you from stuff that actually matters.  Google has no Duplicate Content penalty and notes much of the web is duplicate content, the question is wether your use of the content ads value. Google noted over ten years ago that its not an issue. Let's put this to bed once and for all, folks: There's no such thing as a "duplicate content penalty." At least, not in the way most people mean when they say that ...
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Header Tags, H1, H2, H3

H1 Tag More Than One On A Page, Order Of Header Tags

Keywords In Headers - How Your H1 H2 Tags Are SEO Keywords Too often people mistake the real value of the H1 and H2 headers when designing a website.  Not only do they come with big or bolder text but used correctly they provide the natural place to put your page's keywords and thats where Google is expecting to see what the page is about. To use them right I always go back to my college days and think in terms of a paper and the structure that APA style provides.  Now I'm not saying the type face or the ...
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Matt Cutts Video

SEO And Migrations: Matt Cutts On Changing Domain Names

SEO And Migrations: Changing Domain Names With Matt Cutts Migrating your site from one domain name to another can be problematic and the SEO implications can be long lasting.  UltimateSEO.org was not the original domain name for this site. SEOData.cloud was and it seemed great because it used three aspects of what I wanted to focus on all in one address.  Of course it lacked any backlinks or history and wasn't a .com .net, or a .org. I switched after ultimateseo.org expired from another person because it had the backlinks and metrics of a site years ahead of SEOData.cloud. There ...
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Digital Ocean Credit – Be Your Own Cloud Web Host – AWS Alternative

AWS Alternative If you use AWS and are annoyed at your rising costs and cant figure out their pricing schemes you arent alone.  Ultimate SEO has moved most of it's servers to Digital Ocean and they are about 50% of the cost of AWS.  Check them out and see what you can do with a $5 server.  Click the image above and you will receive a $25 credit. Or follow this url https://m.do.co/c/6f93e63b6b43 ...
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Political Mistakes William Harrison

Political SEO: Common Mistakes Campaigns Make On Facebook

This post is largely a repost from New Media Campaigns.  Its spot on and I couldn't say it better.  Some additional recommendations I've made for political candidates and their campaigns are included in: Political SEO and Articles Politically Tagged the main article I have on this is Political SEO: SEO Tips For Political Campaign Websites William Henry Harrison is the imagery I wanted you to consider when thinking about your social media and mistakes that could be made. As President of the United States he wasted no time in his inaugural address to deliver in detail his long plans for the country.  ...
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SEO At A Glance

Search Engine Ranking: Website Ranking Keywords Backlinks And All

In several previous articles we've covered: Domain Auditing, Page Speed And SEO, Backlinks and even some less than white hat techniques such as Private Blog Networks, Guest Posts and more.  All of these are cogs in the greater overall machine which is Search Engine Optimization or SEO.  To you and any other website owner it is Search Engine Position Ranking.    In this article we're going to look more holistically at the sum of the parts and how it fits together.Search Engine Marketing Vs Search Engine OptimizationSEO is not Search Engine Marketing, or SEM. It is closely related but very different ...
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SEO Vs PPC: Backlink Project Increases Traffic 1200%

This is the power of backlinks at their best. A recent client complained that they have never ranked on page one of Google for their brand name product. After a thorough review of the site and it's off page factors I listed out the issues the site faced and what would correct the site's performance. Diagnosing SEO Problem Its important to perform an SEO Audit of a site to determine what needs to change.
  1. Backlinks: Hardly any domains linked to the site using the brand name as the anchor text. This was the greatest issue the site faced in ...
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What A CDN Can Mean For Your SEO

Almost everyone has heard of the importance of site speed, even the average blogger with lackluster technical skills. In a previous article we did a comparison between two domains and found speed was the likely signal pushing one site above another in mobile searches. Google wants to provide sites that users will actually use. You may have the absolute best content but if it takes over 3 seconds to load your page its a big problem for ranking.
  • Each 1 second delay reduces page views by 11%
  • Each 1 second delay decreases customer satisfaction by 16%
  • Each 1 second delay decreases 7% ...
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Ultimate SEO And Cloudflare Partners

Ultimate SEO is proud to announce our partnership program with Cloudflare. As a defacto web host serving hundreds of sites this strategic alliance brings the best hosting security solutions together and integrates one of the most popular internet companies with our hosting solutions. In the coming days we'll be relaunching UltimateSEO.net as our hosting and network site. Below we've included some notes from Cloudflare as well as a video. Us in 90 Seconds from Cloudflare on Vimeo. How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare. CloudFlare makes it easy ...
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Each dot represents a age, each line a link. Red dots are missing pages, blue are 301 redirects, green are healthy pages.

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Data can convey a stronger message when visualized appropriately. Check out SEO Visualizations of sites we've worked on. Ultimate SEO also has experience integrating Google Analytics and Search Console data into Google Data Studio along with other aggrega

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Search Engine Marketing or SEM is often referred to as PPC or Pay Per Click marketing. While related, it is not SEO which is optimizing for organic ranking. Ultimate SEO does offer SEM services and maintains UltimateSEM.com

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Featured Articles

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20+ Of My Favorite Must Use Plugins for 2019

If its in this list I've used it at least 25 times. Some seem to do the same thing but not really all the membership plugins have special ways of being perfect in their own way. You can download them all zipped up from this site. 20 Great Plugins Add To Any Social Media with ease All 404 Redirect No 404s redirects as folks seek out a dead url All In One Migration Back it up on demand into one file All In One Migration Extended Restore it all on demand from that one file bbpress Forum that works with a lot but WPForo is my fav Better Search Replace Exactly what it says.. BP Group Documents BuddyPress Addon allowing Groups to have their own ...
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SEO Tools You Need

52 Mostly Free SEO Tools I Actually Use

Free SEO Tools I Actually Use This is a list of resources available through external sites and YES I actually use 98% of them.  I have not received anything from any of these sites and these site links are not affiliate links .... this is simply a list of SEO Tools mostly free that do something really well. No one tool does everything perfectly, if there was one I'd still want a second opinion.  In the future as I post blog articles I'll likely reference this post which will provide a more detailed explanation of each entry. SEO Tools List Ultimate Free SEO Tool – This is a newer tool we’ve added to our site and while it does a lot of stuff that other ...
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A WordPress Design, SEO and Adwords Project Completed

WordPress, Bootstrap, CSS, HTML, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, SEO, SQL, Adwords by Matthew Leffler Technology I have a solid record of identifying a problem and making a solution that yields measurable results. I was recently the technology manager for a political campaign where I built a WHM/cPanel server on CentOS using Amazon Web Services to host about 14 WordPress websites. The server also provides mailing lists, a team management site, RSS feeds augmentation and its own name servers. I was able to get the server and sites built in a couple months. I’ve managed the SEO and Adwords for these sites and have data that helps demonstrate the value I added to the organization. Some of these sites include (all WordPress): https://www.ackerson2018.com https://www.votelouisville.com ...
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Adwords in Google Data Studio

Adwords And Google Data Studio: Wordstream Alternative

I've been managing Google Adwords campaigns for political campaigns mostly but recently I stepped out into managing the Adwords campaigns for an IT consulting company. It's a little bit of a challenge I'm not going to lie. More than just matching the search with the keyword I need to attract only business customer and cut out residential. So as you can image someone Googles "IT Help Desks" and they might be looking for a specific help desk, a personal help desk or a help desk to contract business services too. Wordstream Free Alternative In Ultimate SEO's  struggle to compete in this expensive market I tried Wordstream out for a week and a half of so and thats really not enough time to get much actionable ...
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Auto Posting Across Social Media Platforms – IFTTT – Buffer.com

I hate missing out just as much as anyone else. Its why Ultimate SEO has accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pinterest, Flickr, Youtube, Blogger, Instagram, SnapChat and more. But the only thing worse than not being on a platform is to not appear active on that platform. If someone’s first impression of you or your company is your activity on a forgotten profile it is more damaging than not having been there to begin with. IFTTT And Buffer Thats where IFTTT has stepped in and been able to save time while helping to get a message out consistently. From WordPress IFTTT automatically shares and posts each update to a slew of other sites and until recently its been the most effective means for auto ...
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theglobe.net

Bad Backlinks: 100 Sites You Don’t Want A Backlink From.

Bad Backlinks UltimateSEO.org has backlinks from about a thousand domains.  In a recent review of these I found an odd reoccurring link from multiple domains but all with the same content and titles.  I was introduced with "The Globe" which charges sites to NOT list them or makes money from SEOs paying them to not backlink to them.  At $36 a link they're likely insane and I bet its bringing in some money.  But before we go all crazy and start paying Ransomlinks (if its not a word I claim it ... Ransomlinks are backlinks from bad sites meant to lower your SEO score unless you pay to not be linked too.) In reviewing the situation I ran across a list of the most disavowed ...
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cloudflare

Cloudflare DNS and CDN With WordPress High Availability On Google Cloud

Key Components & Services There are two custom services running on the deployed machines that are essential for the solution to function properly. These services are ​gcs-sync ​(running on WordPress instances – both Admin and Content) and ​cloudsql-proxy​ (running on the SQL Proxy instances). The ​gcs-sync​ service runs a script ​/opt/c2d/downloads/gcs-sync​ that, depending on the role the VM is assigned (Content or Admin), will check in with the GCS bucket tied to the deployment and determine if content needs to be pushed to or pulled from GCS. If you need to interact with the service, you can do so via ​systemctl​. For example: systemctl stop gcs​-​sync will kill the script checking GCS, and the node will not receive any updates that come from the Administrator ...
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Creating A Private Blog Network: PBNs In 2019 For SEO

First and foremost the most important aspect of your Private Blog Network is randomness.  Consider what pattern or foot print your PBN might have and avoid that commonality. Patterns and commonality to avoid in building a Private Blog Network Good PBNs Are Random, Start With Different Name Registrars First off you need private domain registration, if not private then you’ll need people and addresses from all over.  If you always use Godaddy you’re going to have to try out others to avoid a pattern.  Incidentally if you always use Godaddy you’re getting ripped off as they will charge you for privacy and many others don’t.  Some popular Name Registrars are 1and1.com namesilo.com namecheap.com cosmotown.com each of these can save you a considerable amount over Godaddy ...
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Domain Name Register – PBNs In Mind – Namesilo.com

Expired domains with free private registration and a coupon code from the already cheapest domain prices. Domain Register Coupon Codes First Coupon Code: ultimate seo Second Coupon Code: ultimate pbn Third Coupon Code: ultimate ppc Fourth Coupon Code: ultimate sem Fifth Coupon Code: ultimate smm Sixth Coupon Code: ultimate expired domains In previous updates we’ve mentioned the importance of registering domains with multiple registrars and the importance of private registration when building your PBNs. Expired domains fuel your networks growth and they’re essential for building a network of any real value. Five or ten domains won’t make a network but by the time you’ve built up to a hundred domains or more you’re going to find you’ve spent at least a thousand dollars just on ...
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duplicate content kills seo

Duplicate Content Kills Your SEO

Duplicate Content - Killing Your SEO Duplicate content is a threat to your SEO rankings but not in the way you think.  It is distracting you from stuff that actually matters.  Google has no Duplicate Content penalty and notes much of the web is duplicate content, the question is wether your use of the content ads value. Google noted over ten years ago that its not an issue. Let's put this to bed once and for all, folks: There's no such thing as a "duplicate content penalty." At least, not in the way most people mean when they say that. Google Webmaster Central Blog 2008 Duplicate content doesn't cause your site to be penalized. If duplicate pages are detected, one version will be returned in ...
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