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

Live Chat - Conversion Generator Or Annoying And Pushy? Sites of all kinds are adding them and in various degrees of ways.  Ultimate SEO added its live chat component but I'd call it a passive chat option.  Visitors had it available to them but the live chat didn't use any means to start a conversation.  I actually find the "active chat" intrusive and fake. No, Brian, who's picture is next to some text, "Hi there, can I help you?" I've just landing on your site, give me a minute.  It's like a shopping experience at The Buckle.  (For those of us who remember shopping for clothes at a mall). The Buckle was aggressive, they hounded you and tossed clothes at you on the way to the fitting room, regardless of how ridiculous you looked they always told you, to buy that! Live chat can be that way too.  It can ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.  Your 777.  You come back a day later and your computer shows your cookie and I know that 777 was here yesterday so you've ...
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Google Data Studio

Google Analytics And Adwords In Data Studio

Previously we've discussed Google Data Studio as a possible Wordstream Alternative and in Google Data Studio Knows Everything SEO, Or It Can we've noted to ability to combine different data sets from Google Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Ads and more. These combined data sources allow us to produce rich graphs that are easy to understand but key to website performance and search engine positioning. In this article we're going to look further in the implications for your digital marketing strategy when PPC is fueled by Data Studio. Data From Multiple Sources To Improve Your CPC Campaign Adwords ads are priced along some similar factors as SEO.  The landing page experience is the prime example.  If Adwords or Google Ads determines your user experience is going to be poor it penalizes you by charging more .. many times more driving up your ad costs. It makes sense though, Google wants ...
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What is SEO? SEM SMM and even SMO

Each of these four domains of knowledge are collectively Digital Marketing. Digital Marketing is the promotion of online content to targeted audiences. Search Engine Optimization or SEO SEO is the oldest domain of Digital Marketing. Don't be fooled though by the length of time this has been around. SEO is fluid and often changes making the methods of five, ten or twenty years ago worthless, if not a liability. Search Engine Marketing SEM is the second oldest and can be called PPC or Pay Per Click. PPC is actually a form of SEM you could pay per impression or pay per conversion. The key commonality of SEM methods that seperates it from SEO is that it is paid. Social Media Optimization or SMO Social Media is a ranking factor and it has been for sometime. SMO is the counterpart of SEO but rather than Search Engine's the target is Social ...
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Directory Sites

Directory Site Backlinks

Directory sites are a valid and important source of backlinks.  Is your site listed in the Yellowpages?  Isit registered with the BBB?  The BBB is actually an excellent backlink source.  Local SEO also relies heavily on directory sites.  Often noted as "Citations" for you to out rank in local search you should be listed on Yelp.com, Google My Business the list goes on and on.  Your local chamber of commerce is also an excellent source of backlinks  these all help establish legitimacy for your site and help Google rank the local options available for users searches.To that end directory sites are worth the effort todayand in 2020.  Not all sites are equal but the more the merrier.  Below are directory sites we run, you may submit a listing free! Thats 6 sites right there that you can ...
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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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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 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.  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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Custom SEO Site Audit

Example Audit Considerations This post includes a demo client audit recently completed with the client's name largely removed.  Some reports are linked too from within the report and since those reports are still of use to the client they remain largely intact. This has prevented redaction of these external reports.  Graphics may include the client's site address.  This audit is only posted and made available to provide an illustration of what might be expected from an Ultimate SEO Custom Audit.Its not uncommon to generate an audit of a site using a computer's AI or a set of rules ... "if this is that then write that."  Automated audits are useful but only in showing very generalized often cookie cutter responses.  These responses would include statements such ...
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