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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[Find Out More]

Hiring An SEO? Hear From Google What SEOs Do

Hire An SEO

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

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

PBNs: Private Blog Network – The Crack Habit Of SEO

First off, lets note that PBNs are not viewed well in traditional SEO and are hunted like witches in Massachusetts in the 1600s.  They must be large to matter, having anywhere between 20 to several thousand sites. They are the equivalent of building dozens of WordPress sites taking hours and hours from other SEO opportunities. They work.

What Are Private Blog Networks?

Private or Personal Blog Networks, PBNs are sites built with the purpose of providing backlinks to another site.  This other site is often called “the money site.”  Google is known to be hostile to these sites and prone

Ultimate SEO

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

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[Find Out More]

What Would Google Cloud Need To Do To Catch Up To AWS And Azure?

Matt Leffler
Matt Leffler, I host another complete web stack on GCP

Ease of use is one thing. I have clients that can benefit from cloud based solutions. They may have a typical hosting account with some name brand hosts but for various reasons I find myself getting annoyed and deciding I’m moving them to the cloud.

I move them to Google Cloud Platform but only temporarily because I know that when I leave them (I’m just a freelancer) they’ll be lost. If they

What Is Domain Authority Why Should I Care?

 

Domain Authority is in my opinion the single greatest indicator of a sites ability to compete organically for search traffic.  It is a great question and its simply complex.  Keep in mind Domain Authority or DA as we shall refer to it pretty much here on is the single best number to predict ranking ability and we know that the top 3 positions consume over half of all searches so it can be directly attached to traffic.

A few disclaimers: Domain Authority is not a Google creation it is from Moz.com and it is their educated guess at how

Web Site SEO Visualizations

Web Site SEO Visualizations

I’m a visual person as I believe most of us are which is why I am fascinated by these images of sites that I have visualized.  Green dots are working pages, blue dots are redirects and orange dots are pages that don’t exist or are forbidden.  The connecting lines represent link structure of a site.  The larger a dot the more traffic it receives.
Visualize Web Sites

SEO Visualization Gallery

 

Hostname On cPanel / WHM Server Resets To Project Name On Google Cloud Fix

So you made a WHM server on Google Cloud and before you get to use it suddenly its broken?  I feel your pain.  Not sure when this started but it seems Google Cloud auto writes over the hostname.  Usually not an issue but cPanel seems to rely upon this entry to the point when you type a FQDN like louisville.data502.com it changes to rubbish in a redirect and the site can’t be resolved.

cPanel Has A Fix.

You can see it from their site or I have the steps below.

To configure VPS deployments, many cloud hosting providers use the

seo plugins

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 AnySocial Media with ease
All 404 RedirectNo 404s redirects as folks seek out a dead url
All In One MigrationBack it up on demand into one file
All In One Migration ExtendedRestore it all on demand from that one file
bbpress

Ultimate Tools For HTML CSS And Text

I’ve turned 40 today so I figured I’d make a top 40 list of tools and guides. The first one I’ll note I didn’t use for Web Design, I just used it to make a choice for me.

Generate Random Choice – When you’re on the fence and need some decision help.

Random Word Generator – Brainstorming

Adwords And Titles

Capitalize the First letter of Each Word In A Sentence

Free Photoshop Like Web Tool

Pixlr

Site Speed

Compress HTML Code

Uncompress HTML Code

CSS Minifier

Merge CSS OR JS Files

Testing

CSS HTML JavaScript With Output Test Environment

Fast

AWS SERVICES MAPPED TO GOOGLE CLOUD PLATFORM PRODUCTS

If you are familiar with Amazon Web Services (AWS), a quick way to understand what the various Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services do is to map them to AWS services that offer similar functionality. The following table provides a high-level mapping of the services provided by the two platforms. For a detailed comparison of GCP and AWS services by service type, see Google Cloud Platform for AWS Professionals. Reposting from AWS. Service Category Service AWS Google Cloud Platform Compute IaaS Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Compute Engine PaaS AWS Elastic Beanstalk App Engine Containers Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Container Service Kubernetes Engine Serverless functions AWS Lambda Cloud Functions Network Load Balancer Elastic Load Balancer Cloud Load Balancing Peering Direct Connect Cloud Interconnect DNS Amazon Route 53 Cloud DNS Storage Object Storage Amazon Simple Storage Service Cloud Storage Block Storage Amazon Elastic Block Store Compute Engine Persistent Disks Cold Storage Amazon Glacier[Find Out More]

SEO Tools and Guides

Free SEO Tools

On going collection of SEO Links including Free Tools and strategy guides. They come from a varied amount of external sources but together create an essential full picture of a site’s presence.  Duplicate content, missing title tags and 404 errors beware.

Essential SEO Tools 

Google Search Console:

If you are not already using this tool you’ve missed the first step to understanding your site’s SEO status. Its essential to have this product setup. You will see what Google is pulling from your site and you can interact with the search environment by adding sitemaps as well as

SEO: How long does it take to rank #1 on Google?

It Takes About 3 Months To 6 Months To Rank #1 On Google

In the world of politics everything seems to be able the last week of an election, after that its over.  In the business world you have to keep going after a certain defined date to remain in business.  Political SEO requires keeping in mind the business world because in Google ranking they are your biggest competitors and the other candidate is likely just as I was talking with a politico kind of friend in the last two days about the need in getting in contact with any