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This skill set made me an Information Governance Software Trainer at Hewlett-Packard and I’ve worked at Gateway and Accenture.  I started Ultimate SEO in 2017 and through Upwork I’ve built a solid reputation.   I’ve never not been Top Rated there.

I founded Ultimate SEO LLC to build on the brand of SEO my clients have seen in action.  Our actions include improving DA by doubling referring domains to 800, improving traffic by 1200% or earning 1300 new keywords in 2 months.  However you define success we can reach it.

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Minecraft Server Comes Back Amid Coronavirus Boredom

Passing Time In A Coronavirus Pandemic – Minecraft Is Back

A quick tour of some parts of this massive map open to anyone. Minecraft Map That Added A Year To Matt’s MBA Studies Seriously, Id have graduated a year sooner if I hadn’t been building this Minecraft city.  That was back in 2012 and several others helped in creating the avenues, channels, subways, skyscrapers, government buildings, hospitals, houses, forts and more. Finding Coronavirus Boring? If you are bored from the Coronavirus news and staying home has you searching for an avenue to get out and maybe meet others then this might be for you. We’ve brought this classic Minecraft server map back and are hosting it free with anyone welcome to check out and play on. Minecraft Map Features The map includes a to scale Titanic in the harbor, the Sears Tower soars over the Great Pyramid of Giza along side a giant Statue of Liberty size statue of a Minecraft citizen.  The Empire State Building can be climbed to the top and the skyline reviewed from the many tall buildings you may recognize from the Chicago skyline or another city. Walk freely among the villagers and add too or found a village of your own in the distant lands …
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Yahoo FinanceArticle: Top 25 SEO Agencies Named

I don’t necessarily pay much attention to top whatever lists but in SEO they can show some level of relevance regarding visibility.  After all its the goal of SEO to make a site get noticed and I think it looks good for any SEO agency to get noticed.  That’s why I’m happy with the ranking attained in this article on Yahoo Finance.  No money was exchanged for this ranking. The Top SEO Marketing Companies of 2020, According to Digital Marketing Agency Rating Platform PR Newswire   February 27, 2020 75% of searchers never scroll past the first page of search engine results. TopMarketingCompanies.com identified the best digital marketing companies worldwide that can boost businesses’ search engine rankings to the coveted positions. NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — 75% of users never scroll past the first page of search results which leaves most websites in the dark. Namely, Google uses more than 200 factors to rank pages, making websites’ path to the top 10 positions difficult. An increasing number of businesses are turning to SEO experts to increase visibility and outperform their competition in search. TopMarketingCompanies.com, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with digital marketing experts, identified the top SEO marketing …
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SEO Search Engine UltimateSEO.center

Anyone can do SEO…and have a blog. SEO Information Accuracy If you Google something you always get back 1,000,000 results of varying quality.  SEOs aren’t tested and credentialed … one of my competing SEO Agencies in Local Search rankings has no formal education and spent time in a prison for meth distribution.  (So many you’ll never know and I wont tell, you have to research folks on your own.) I know that sounds petty for me to say, but I’m just highlighting that anyone can say they do SEO. With so many competing voices its no wonder that yesterday I ran across a blog post by an SEO who’s mildly known from 2017 where he stated speed was not a factor and was not on the way to becoming a factor in mobile first.  He’s corrected by a commenter and then he declares its not happening now.  2018 Google made it a factor. What happens when we let anyone say anything as an authority?  Alternative facts. Search Engine Dedicated To SEO Topics So I’m testing an SEO Search Engine.  It includes several established and often right SEO voices as well as Google’s forums and posts for people to ask their …
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Page Speed Optimization Video

Page Speed Optimization On WordPress – SEO Technical Audit Part 1

Part 1 of a new series Completing A SEO Technical Audit begins with a popular topic Page Speed WordPress Optimization.  Its popular for good reason, in an article I note an example where a site ranks higher on mobile search than its bigger, higher DA competitor because of page speed. The video walks through using GTMetrix.com to speed up a client site.  In the video we also use Think With Google and put a plugin called JetPack into place to serve as our free CDN option.I don’t usually use Jetpack and prefer Cloudflare for the CDN but in this site’s case I lacked access to the domain DNS servers which hamper Cloudflare installation. Jetpack is a plugin of last resort, and I honestly don’t recommend it.  Its broken more sites than helped in my experience. https://youtu.be/7iy8OCRYxkc This video is primarily focused on page speed optimization but it also serves as a good start for any SEO Technical Audit.Page Speed is a ranking factor. In mobile searches its even more important. WordPress Optimization is essential to meet the quick load times expected by visitors. An SEO Technical Audit usually begins with setting a baseline and then outlining the goal and why it’s being missed. Sites for assessing …
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Page Speed

Can Page Speed Alone Make A Difference In Google Ranking? Yes, it even beats Domain Authority.

Before ya flip your lid on a DA93 site losing to a DA63 site dont forget…DA doesn’t mean anything to Google.  It is a made up number.  You can read more about Domain Authority in several articles we have posted.A Case Study of SEO Speed, Domain Authority And Keyword RankThis is from a recently added FAQ to the Ultimate SEO FAQ section.  Check it out for more SEO 411.  Let me show you how important speed is….below you see the search results for a keyword.  The one on the left is for desktop, the one on the right shows mobile.  They are close but one site out ranks another in mobile where it doesn’t in desktop.Why is realtor.com not higher than zumper.com in mobile search on the right?  It is higher on desktop.  Right off this tells us 1. Mobile search results are not just the desktop results in mobile format. 2. Mobile results are displayed more often than desktop, so you really should stop Googling yourself on a desktop if you want to see the results people most often see. Consider these metrics:Realtor.com = Domain Authority: 89 Domain Score: 55 Trust Score 58 Alexa Rank 763 Registered 1996 Ads 3,900 Backlinks 57,000,000 …
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Disavow Google Tool Backlinks Video SEO Title Screen

Google Disavow Tool Video – DIY SEO

A quick walk through of using Google’s Disavow Tool to remove bad, spammy backlinks from your site’s ranking.  The video includes a look at creating the disavow text file and offers suggested domains to disavow.  B Check out a template, starter disavow file below the videothat you can edit to your needs. Download Template Disavow Text File Take extra caution when disavowing backlinks and domains.  Visit the page and review the quality yourself before including a domain in the disavow tool.  When in doubt, don’t add a backlink here. If you need help or are interested in a Backlink Article check our SEO Store for our solutions. More Disavow Articles Disavowing theglobe.net bad backlinks from Sweden theglobe.net What’s worse?  The crappy website they have with no content and just super spammy links or the fact that you nor I ever asked for that bad backlink?  The fact that the charge to delete a link to you at $35 a link shows how they crash your backlink party.  But hey, Google knows this right, they wouldn’t hurt your site still…wrong! Monetized Bad Backlink Site With Spam Links I wish we could collect money like a nonprofit from SEOs everywhere and raise …
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SEO Link Building With Expired Domains Video

The following are existing videos provided by Ultimate SEO on our youtube channel.  After viewing these videos you should be able to
  1. Search and Find Relevant Expired Domains For Free.
  2. Pull SEO Metrics On Candidate Domains For Next to Nothing.
  3. Search domain backlinks and find relevant links for 301 redirection.
  4. Redirect a backlink using a cPanel account.
There are more ways to do these tasks than shown, if they get the same results then awesome pick what works for you. SEO Link Building: Redirecting Expired Domain Backlinks 1/3 SEO Link Building: Redirecting Expired Domain Backlinks 2/3 SEO Link Building: Redirecting Expired Domain Backlinks Part 3 …
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Drift and SEO

Optimizing For Page Speed: The High Price Of Drift In SEO

Drift AI Bot Aims To Improve Conversions, But Its Performance Kills Speed And Sinks Your SEO RankingThis an updated discussion on the use of Drift as an AI bot.  We go through the reason why this is important, we look at why its a problem and I’ll show you the results of recommendations offered by Drift.  It’s also important to note that Drift essentially admits there is a problem and they claim to be working to address it.  At least that’s inferred from this discussion providing a possible fix Tips For Optimizing Page Speed When Using Drift.  Before you follow those instructions, I’ll save you time … don’t until you read the results after I followed them.These chat applications allow web visitors to talk with web staffers.  It depends on how you implement this tool but Drift has clearly focused on the sales and conversion niche.  Drift claims that it helps sites discover potential customers and provides an avenue to lead visitors into customers.  It all makes sense certainly, but Drift is executed in a very sloppy way that pays little regard to SEO and drives your site’s traffic into the ground.Weighing The Conversions Vs The Page SpeedA plugin that …
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Security

Data Security Note: Its Okay To Snitch.

Someone asked me if calling out a “hacker” makes you a snitch?  I smiled and told them, being a snitch is decent.  People who don’t like snitches are doing things they are ashamed of and know it.  In IT we need to be snitches a lot more and loudly. Its pretty fun being your own web host, maintaining your own cloud resources and setting up the security protocols and so forth.  We’ve hosted about 300 sites at various points and presently maintain 120.  All of which are internal projects and resources.  This volume creates a lab for SEO experiments and … incidentally security lessons. I’d say the single biggest threat to a web site I’ve learned is inactivity.  Simply leaving it to its own devices leads to returning and finding someone else has been there..these exercises are great opportunities to learn from.  I started creating pages titled with the IP address of bad actors … because its important to share information. I’m looking closely at 3 1055 3.25% 573 2.73% 1394347 13.27% 261 3.53% 5.188.210.89 4 995 3.07% 865 4.13% 28421 0.27% 1 0.01% static.17.137.9.176.clients.your-server.de 5 981 3.03% 533 2.54% 1462595 13.92% 242 3.27% 5.188.210.84 6 859 2.65% 466 2.22% …
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True Influence

Optimizing For Site Speed: Page Load To SEO Cloud Server Infrastructure

TrueInfluence.com has been an Ultimate SEO client for several months now. During that time a central project has been to deliver the companies web pages in three seconds or less.TrueInfluence is a data intelligence marketing organization. IntentBase is a product of theirs and they are focused heavily in lead generation and demand generation. The TrueInfluence site scored the expected failing grade with Think Google, Pingdom and GTMetrix.com. It also failed GTMetrix in site optimization. In the end it took up to twelve seconds to load their homepage of multiple layers of graphics and animations.Predicting a company’s next clients is a data driven science. They consume 60 million pieces of data a day to fuel that intent data. As a B2B lead generation provider they are in a highly competitive world but their site speed wasn’t doing them any favors.It is typical though where a technology focused organization becomes hyper focused on client initiatives that they forget to their own foot print online.  Its hard to strike the balance between delivering for your clients or delivering results for yourself.Predicting a company’s next clients is a data driven science. They consume 60 million pieces of data a day to fuel that intent data
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Guest Posts To Ultimate SEO Sites

Just today I received a long email complimenting me on the site (which one I dont know) but they always conclude with a suggested mention of site xyz.com and its article on the matter.  And I appreciate those and do feel that the value of this site increases with the more diverse information.  But its diverse information that adds value, me going into an existing article to add a competing link is not really provided a diverse view of the subject just an additional exit page from this site. Theres actually a lot of these messages that filter in throughout the week. If I spend the time to add the links where they want it would probably consume half a day read messages, finding article, review their link, add it to mine and now to the next.  Its also questionable how long that material is going to be up before the ir site changes or goes and the link becomes just a redirect and I have no idea what the target is too. Guest Post Content Submissions So a way to help increase my site’s content and diversity of opinions I have SEOArticle.org which serves as a place for you …
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Finding The Question Is The SEO Keyword

Picking The Best Keywords For Your Site

What is the best burger in town? Thats your keyword, not your burger brand. Keywords For Google Ranking SEO efforts always start out with the simplest goal. Every web site wants to rank for their name. UltimateSEO.org for instance, most people would say how does it rank for Ultimate SEO? But thats honestly not of any value, think about it … the only people searching Ultimate SEO are those who already know about you. More likely you’re the only one searching your brand name unless your a huge company. Finding Your Keywords Your name is what I call a vanity keyword. Others will call it a “Branded Keyword.” It would be great to rank for it but its only for your peace of mind. In a recent election I had to explain to the candidate that ranking for his name would be nice but wouldnt he rather rank for every other candidates name on the ballot? Heres a bit of an exchange I had with a prospective client’s question on a keyword. Local SEO Review site…gotcha. So you’d potentially have “New Hope Restaurants” “New Hope Festivals” “What’s Happening Tonight In New Hope” stuff like that are likely going to be …
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PRIVACY REVIEW

CCPA and GDPR Solutions

CCPA and GDPR are both in effect now.  If you aren’t familiar check out our article CCPA and GDPR 2020: What They Mean To Your Site We now offer compliance packages in the SEO Store, as well as CCPAGDPR.org There’s no time to wait, as compliance has already become required …
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CCPA, GDPR, 2020 And What They Mean To Your Site

CCPA AND GDPR Shoulda Made It On Your Radar by now, but I bet it hasn’t. At least based on the random 24 sites I visited today. Nearly three in four sites have no CCPA or GDPR mandated announcements. WHAT ARE COOKIES From the early days of the internet you’ve received cookies. Cookies are a small text file that identifies you to a site once you visit it. Now how does it identify you? Not specifically in and of themselves, think of them as tokens. Or prize tickets … the token or ticket doesn’t have to have information directly about you it could be just a number. Say you visit my site I give you a cookie and it has a number I assigned to you. You’re 777. You come back a day later and your computer shows your cookie and I know that 777 was here yesterday so you’ve returned. I may show content specifically for a returning visitor. I may already know what content you saw on my site from last time. Seems harmless enough but that was the dawn of the internet today sites aggregate data, for instance Google Analytics runs on a lot of sites. Maybe …
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DA AS TF Domain SEO

Is A Site Low Level? DA vs CF vs TF … DR, DS, AS, TS and more!

This article speaks in terms of whether you should scrap a site and just 301 backlinks to another if it is performing poorly. But it speaks to what IS performing poorly. There is also another article more recently written all about SEO Metrics that might serve as a good read after you consider this article’s points. Whats A Good DA TF CF DS DR? Alright so I’m going to attempt to answer this the way you want. A number…but before I do lets say its a subjective question. Its literally like asking a friend who is the hottest actor or actress alive today. How many sites are on the internet? 1.5 billion. I cant look up all their DAs. So lets form a couple groups that we don’t pick who is in it. First off we can use Moz’s numbers but thats not scientific. Moz Claims The Average DA By Industry Is: 86.2 Media & Publishing 78.6 Higher Education 75.5 Sports And Entertainment 71.2 Accommodation And Food Service 67.5 Software and Applications 67.5 Healthcare 67.0 Business Services 64.6 Retail 64.0 Consumer Goods 63.1 Construction Products 61.5 Real Estate 60.0 Finance And Insurance 58.3 Wellness Thats bull shit. First, …
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The Top Digital Agencies Of 2020

The Top Digital Agencies Of 2020, According to DesignRush Reposted From Yahoo Finance DesignRush ranked the top digital agencies of 2020 that help brands to achieve growth online using expertise in branding, design, technology, marketing and global industries. NEW YORK, June 4, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The best full-service digital agencies combine a group of experts from all areas of branding, design, technology, marketing and global industries. DesignRush, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies, identified the leading agencies in 2020 that provide an array of digital services to help brands grow and succeed through online channels. The top digital agencies of 2020 are: 1. Appetite Creative Appetite Creative Solutions is a creative technology agency that aims to create tech agnostic and unique solutions for clients. They have worked with global clients and have a global vision. Appetite Creative’s team has diverse experience and a shared drive for quality and creativity. https://www.appetitecreative.com/ 2. Athena Media Singapore Athena Media Singapore is a digital marketing agency focused on building unique design and marketing strategies. They help clients enter the digital world with a brand identity which draws attention and establishes an online presence that maximizes success. 3. Comrade Web Agency Comrade Web Agency …
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Value Of SEO Backlinks From A Press Release – Experiment

SEO Experiments Vs HearsayOne thing I hope folks appreciate about the articles and topics I cover is the experimentation. This article is not any different from our previous discussions based on real world observations. Some of these original articles based on experiments include:Its important to read what others have discovered but you have to take everyone’s opinion for what it is … an opinion. If its based on hearsay, then its not even their opinion … its just a repeated opinion from some unnamed source. With that said I’ll stop preach onWhat Is The Value Of SEO Backlinks From Press Releases in 2020Recently I signed up to be included in a press release. The link to our site’s homepage was distributed on PRWeb to 102 outlets. The main question now is how will this affect organic ranking and visibility. From …
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Technical SEO: Digital Ocean vs Google Cloud vs AWS

This post originally only focused on cost and user experience when we reviewed DigitalOcean vs AWS vs Google Cloud.  After a real world case study and experiment we have some performance data and it is actually surprising.Digital Ocean vs AWSBefore testing servers I recall stating in a conference call “We all know AWS is gonna win, but ya we can test it.”  As a client’s IT team wanted to move our project team’s DigitalOcean web server on to one platform.Teaser here … in a head to head test between Digital Ocean vs AWS one of these  two out performed the other in:
  1. rate of requests handled
  2. number of requests processed
  3. time it took to process each request.
  4. The same winner of those also won 10 / 10 page speed tests and the results were not close.
The results of these tests convinced a previously skeptical client’s IT team into adopting the team’s choice in cloud providers.Scroll down to the section “VPS Performance” to see more about that specific use case scenario, or click the blue button just below.  Ultimate SEO has accounts on all but Azure and has powered its servers from AWS, Google Cloud and Digital Ocean at some point.  We’ve consolidated to one provider …
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Multi-Domain Strategy In SEO … Risky But Lets Have Some Risk

Another Article On This Topic Check out our discussion of reducing the domains of one client and why it was great to do it. Multidomain Strategy Client Story Multi-Domain Strategy In SEO So I feel like its everyone’s dream to be a media conglomerate, why buy one newspaper when you can buy 100s?  Well, SEO and the internet are one big community…so in the analogy … why build multiple newspapers in the same city?  No one would do that and it’s about the same with the internet or at least it should be…but everyone wants to have multiple top ranking domains. Real Life Examples Of Multiple Domains There is only two ways this could work out…
  • Your brand is merging with another equally powerful and recognized brand and dissolving either brand will leave a huge gap that competitors will fill fast than you can with your one brand.  Example … Zillow bought Trulia for 3.5 billion they represent the number one and number two home listings sites.  They have continued to operate two sites in the same niche because anything other than what they have now is less than optimal.  SO … you can do the same when your …
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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 paid site do we are offering it totally free. You simply have to register an account so that it can help you track changes to your site, its rankings, backlinks and more. 1 SEO Tools On Other Sites Backlinks
Top SEO Ranking Signals

How To Rank Your Site On Google…Forget the Keywords

How To Rank Your Site On Google…Forget the Keywords Well don’t totally forget the keywords but I think if you spend more than 5 minutes on keywords you’re going to be pretty surprised by some purported data I stumbled across.  As you likely know Google uses about 200 factors in determining your sites ranking.  I personally have place a lot of emphasis on speed and backlinks and while I have thought it was important I must admit I didn’t give the social media factor as much attention as I should. The first big thing to not is that 10.3% of ranking is CTR so if you have ever seen your content just jump up on the rankings and then slowly (or quickly) taper off as time goes its likely that people are clicking on you less and less as you slide below the pages.  Its the single biggest impact.  I feel Google gives you the benefit of doubt at first ranking you higher than average and then they allow people to determine if your site is worth it.  That’s important to consider and similar to conversion rates. When we take human behavior out we have largely backlinks and social media
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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.  This article is not about auto blogging  we have some great info on that posting content to multiple sites or ingesting content onto your site. It is in our free auto blogger article.  This discusses postings to social media accounts.  Wanting consistency and mass promotion of content on as many external social media platforms as possible with as few logins and actual posts as possible. 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.SEO And SMM or SMOThis little bit as on semantics.  What does one call the practice of posting efficiently to social media. If that isn’t interesting to you, skip a head to SEO is the term we usually extend to the greater works of Digital Marketing of which SEO is just a part.  Search Engine Optimization or SEO is likely the most known of four …
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Hiring An SEO? Hear From Google What SEOs Do

This Google video “How to hire an SEO” isn’t new but it’s to the point and vital to setting expectations.  I encourage both SEOs and clients to watch this video and learn what Google says you should look for in an SEO. How to hire an SEO Transcript hi I’m Maile Ohye and I work with Google search I like to share advice to help you hire a useful SEO and prevent hiring a bad SEO one who you might pay a lot of money without positive results or even worse one who implements shady practices on your website that result in a reduction in search rankings SEO stands for search engine optimization – some SEO seems like black magic having worked with Google search for over a decade what I’ve learned is that first it’s not black magic and second if you want long-term success there aren’t any quick magical tricks that an SEO will provide so that your site ranks number one it’s important to note that an SEO potential is only as high as the quality of your business or website so successful SEO helps your website put your best foot forward so that it ranks appropriately …
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Easiest Tools To Speed Up WordPress Site Load Times For SEO

Cloudflare And Plugins In a previous post we noted the difference speed can make in search engine ranking. The same content delivered in different ways was listed on the same domains but in different positions between desktop and mobile indexes. Site Speed Affects Ranking In this post we’re going to review two less popular ways to speed up your site and we’ll mention the popular ways. There’s a reason why Ultimate SEO uses slightly different processes for page load. Often people download plugin optimizers and add page cache plugins to speed up their sites. Caching is important and serves as one of the best methods of speeding up a site, but there are several points in which you may decide to cache content and where you decide to make that choice does matter. Here are is a very simple diagram of a site and users who are asking that site for content. In the first image we have just a server running WordPress that uses a database. In the second we have added a plugin like Super Cache or what have you. The cache is on your server…which keeps the workload and delivery of content still on your server. This …
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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% of conversion rate
  • For a store doing $100,000 a day a 1 second delay means $2.5 million in lost sales.
  • Google uses page load speed to help determine your sites rank.
CDNs are great resources to speed up your page speed load times. Think of it like this … if you’re a pharmacy and you have one location for the whole world people are going to have to travel great distances for your products. But if you open a pharmacy in every state people can just go to the nearest location to get all of your webpages and no one has to …
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AWS Vs. Digital Ocean: Costs, Performance, Features For Cloud Computing | Clear Winner

Why I Made The Switch To Digital Ocean And You Should Too After a year of ballooning costs I stumbled across Digital Ocean an figured I’d try their $5 VPS server and compare it to my Amazon Web Services experience. Astonishing… Digital Ocean quickly grabbed my attention with the straight forward ease of use. I had a working cPanel server in less than 20 minutes. They make the entry into Cloud Computing easy with a 1 CPU 1 GB Ram server that has 25GB SSD and 1000GB Transfer …. also included was 2 external IP Addresses and the Ability to create a firewall protecting my servers. That cost $5 a month. Jaw dropping I exclaim the AWS price is $5 just for the two IP addresses! I should have made an apples to apples comparison but at that moment I was off. My AWS Configuration And Cost:
  • 2 t2.medium 2 CPUs with 4 GB Ram Each having 100GB SSD
  • 1 t3.medium 2 CPU with 4GB Ram with 100GB SSD
  • 6 external IP addresses for these
  • I used 170GB of data transfer.
Grand Total For April: $167.83 In April here’s the bill from AWS. I’d note that my three …
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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 paid site do we are offering it totally free. You simply have to register an account so that it can help you track changes to your site, its rankings, backlinks and more. 1 SEO Tools On Other Sites Backlinks

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 https://www.jeffersoncountyattorney.net https://www.countyattorney.info https://www.forbrent.com https://www.brentackerson.info https://mikeoconnell.info https://women.forbrent.com https://labor.forbrent.com https://40216.forbrent.com https://lgbtq.forbrent.com I created the following sites for myself: http://www.mattleffler.me (Bootstrap) https://www.matthewleffler.com https://www.data502.com (HTML/CSS) https://www.cloud502.com I currently host all of these sites on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 server running CentOS and WHM. I also built an SQL server with large tables of voter records, city crimes, city financial payments, jail population censuses, web traffic data. This web server is integrated with …
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Adding A User To Bing Ads

Adding A User To An Existing Bing Account You can add an Admin to your account in Bing by clicking on the green gear next to your email address in the upper right-hand corner of the screen after you’re logged in. Notice on the left-hand side of the main menu the second option is Users. Select Users Click the green button “Invite user” You’ll be asked to enter First and Last Name as well as Email address. Choose a role. My Information
  • Advertiser Campaign Manager. This role has permissions to view selected accounts and add, edit, or delete campaigns within the selected accounts.
  • Standard User. This role has permissions to manage campaigns, perform some billing activities on selected accounts, and manage users (except Super Admins).
It’s likely best to start off with the most restrictive and if you need to give more access you can later. I suggest Advertiser Campaign Managerthis role has less permissions than Standard and Super Admin Click Send Like this: Like Loading… Related Adding A User To Bing Ads
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Adding a User to Google Adwords as an Admin

The easiest way to allow someone else to administer your Google Adwords campaigns is likely to add them as an Admin to your existing account. This allows you to own the campaigns and keep the records long after the user has ended their work on your project. It also leaves you still in charge of the budget and keeps you in an oversight role of your campaign. Google has made it easy to add an Admin to Adwords. Step One. In Adwords click the wrench, labeled “TOOLS” you’ll be able to then select “Account Access” From the Account Access screen click the blue circle with the plus in it on the left-hand side of the page. A lightbox opens with four options. To add an Admin who will be able to manage the accounts campaign you will likely need to select “Standard” This gives them access to the make changes to the campaigns but doesn’t allow them to manage who has access to the account, that stays with you. After selecting “Standard” you can enter their email address. If you’ve hired me, you can add me using the following email address: Once you have completed this all you need to do is set back and keep up …
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Adobe Flash Ends A Decade Late

Adobe Will No Longer Support Flash After 2020, 10 Years After Steve Jobs Argued Why It Should End In 2010. Google Announced in September 2019 that it was phasing out support for Flash from its Chrome browser following Adobe;s announcement that they would end support in 2020.  Apple users wont likely hear much about the end of Flash, in 2010,  Steve Jobs wrote a scathing review of Flash and in it explained why Apple products wouldn’t support it. Google’s Flash Announcement: For 20 years, Flash has helped shape the way that you play games, watch videos and run applications on the web. But over the last few years, Flash has become less common. Three years ago, 80 percent of desktop Chrome users visited a site with Flash each day. Today usage is only 17 percent and continues to decline. This trend reveals that sites are migrating to open web technologies, which are faster and more power-efficient than Flash. They’re also more secure, so you can be safer while shopping, banking, or reading sensitive documents. They also work on both mobile and desktop, so you can visit your favorite site anywhere. These open web technologies became the default experience for Chrome late last year when …
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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 help. I was pulled into a sales demo consultation and sure it seemed like it could offer insights but WOW … the expense associated with that out paced any other SEO tool I use. I felt the main task Wordstream was completing was organizing and presenting the data in a way that I could see the areas of need. Google Data Studio has been doing that for me in SEO for over a year now …
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Adwords Template With Search Console, Google Analytics In Data Studio

SEO & PPC Data Studio Report Using Adwords, Google Analytics and Google Search Console All-In-One Template Google Data Studio Reports are some fun things.  Here at Ultimate SEO you love visualizations and thats partially why we like Data Studio. Beyond the looks its also integrated easily with Google Sheets, Google Analytics and Search Console to name a few. These few though create a powerful free SEO PPC tool. You can check out the report directly by clicking the link above, here is an embedded look at the nine pages of live data thats basically always right.  It’s nice to be able to pull in data from two very different Google tools.  Lots of people know of Google Analytics and think it covers Google Search Console but it doesn’t and I’ll discuss that more in another post but the unique data from these sources can all mix to form one handy live report. You can check out all the information pulled here in this report and change the dates as needed using the drop down.  To personalize the report to your own site simply copy it and set the data sources to your own Google Analytics and Search Console sources.  Word of …
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Bad Backlinks: 100 Sites You Don’t Want A Backlink From.

UPDATE: 2020 – So the bad backlinks list hasn’t gotten shorter but my advice on the Disavow Tool is different than in 2019.  Originally I took the official Google answer and repeated it: “Don’t use the disavow tool unless you know of manual action taken against your domain” but … I’ve never been one to just say okay and believe it.  I need to test things and see it for myself. Prior to this experiment, I’d say that I was under the impression that using the disavow tool was dangerous.  It still is so proceed with caution. The statement in “” above is only a good one if we can trust that Google is smart enough to realize that you didn’t pay 350 sites in Sweden to link to you on a page with 10,000 other site’s links.  That would be dumb to do, so I assumed Google knew I didn’t do it.  That they wouldn’t penalize a site on theglobe.net or its hundreds of other crap domains. I was wrong, I think.  I disavowed theglobe.net’s 350 sites and overall I saw a steady improvement across the board in keyword performance. So should you disavow bad backlinks?  We’ll my answer …
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Building A Custom CDN With DigitalOcean – UltimateCDN.com

Ultimate SEO is all for trying things and testing out options.  While we’ve used JetPack we’ve settled on Cloudflare over a year ago as our preferred CDN provider.  Ultimate SEO is a Cloudflare Certified Partner and we offer SEO Hosting packages through our Ultimate SEO Network which uses https://ultimateseo.net for all infrastructure. Building a custom CDN though we registered UltimateCDN.com which we’ll use in this experiment. Speed And Mobile Search Results In previous articles we’ve discussed the importance of speed.  Two client articles addressed this: Sex, Speed And The SEO Migration of Romantic Depot to WordPress and Optimizing For Site Speed: Page Load To SEO Cloud Server Infrastructure. We have also shown how less established, less well known, less trusted sites can out rank household brands by just being faster in Can Page Speed Alone Make A Difference In Google Ranking? Yes, it even beats Domain Authority. With mobile searches number now over 50% of all searches speed is a premium means to rank up among content.  Every time this site loads in the 2 second range we gain momentum and every time I find myself dropping in the rankings I realize I forgot to turn on our CDN. Content Delivery Networks Deliver …
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Page Speed

Can Page Speed Alone Make A Difference In Google Ranking? Yes, it even beats Domain Authority.

Before ya flip your lid on a DA93 site losing to a DA63 site dont forget…DA doesn’t mean anything to Google.  It is a made up number.  You can read more about Domain Authority in several articles we have posted.A Case Study of SEO Speed, Domain Authority And Keyword RankThis is from a recently added FAQ to the Ultimate SEO FAQ section.  Check it out for more SEO 411.  Let me show you how important speed is….below you see the search results for a keyword.  The one on the left is for desktop, the one on the right shows mobile.  They are close but one site out ranks another in mobile where it doesn’t in desktop.Why is realtor.com not higher than zumper.com in mobile search on the right?  It is higher on desktop.  Right off this tells us 1. Mobile search results are not just the desktop results in mobile format. 2. Mobile results are displayed more often than desktop, so you really should stop Googling yourself on a desktop if you want to see the results people most often see. Consider these metrics:Realtor.com = Domain Authority: 89 Domain Score: 55 Trust Score 58 Alexa Rank 763 Registered 1996 Ads 3,900 Backlinks 57,000,000 …
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