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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Ultimate SEO LLC Named In Top 27 Digital Marketing Agencies

This is a repost of content found on Benzinga.com.  While I've written before on my opinion of top # lists I figured it's still nice to be mentioned in one. The Top 27 Digital Agencies to Improve a Company's Online Presence, According to Branding Agency Rating Platform February 12, 2020 7:15am   95% of people in North America are internet users, indicating that most consumers are interacting with brands online. TopBrandingCompanies.com ranked the top digital agencies that help brands build better customer relationships, generate more leads and close more sales online. NEW YORK (PRWEB) February 12, 2020 95% of people in North America are internet users, indicating that most consumers are interacting with brands online. This has led brands to invest more in optimizing their online presence. Working with a digital agency can strengthen a brand's online positioning, generate more qualified leads and increase conversions. TopBrandingCompanies.com, a B2B marketplace connecting businesses with the top branding agencies, researched and ranked the best digital agencies for developing digital strategies that meet companies' business goals. The top digital agencies are: 1. Digital Silk 2. Bäst Branding Agency 3. Become Digital Today 4. Brand You Development & Coaching Limited 5. Cerberus Agency 6. Decipher ...
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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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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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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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CCPA GDPR COOKIES

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 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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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 to deliver good user experiences so for them to send people to a poorly designed page with little relevancy it'll cost you.  This metric is the quality score and it is a ten point scale.  1 meaning its awful and 10 it cant be any better. Monitoring our data we ...
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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 Media. Its all about creating a buzz and maintaining if through organic shares and retweets. Social Media Marketing or SMM SMM is the SEM counterpart with Social Media. Its paid, unlike SEO and SMO. Paying Facebook to boast your post is an example of SMM Why does SEO, SMM, SEM ...
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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 AWS Before 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 ...
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More Than Keywords – How Local SEO Is Done

I've penned a lot of articles over the last couple years and it never crossed my mind to really attempt at ranking for the keyword Louisville SEO.  I searched it tonight and found the top result was an SEO firm or agency that pretty much uses 1999 (same year they were founded) tactics on their ranking page. Keyword stuffing is supposed to have gone the way of the doodoo and I push clients away from over using a phrase.  This page uses the target keyword 46 times.   There 1000 word article is 5% of the time Louisville SEO. I thought well, this just has to be done.  As a native Louisvillian who works full time in SEO I can't sit aside and allow the leader of this keyword to be everything I claim is dead in modern day search algorithms. Louisville SEO appears 5 times in this paragraph, reading it does it seem they're forcing it? This challenge I've decided to accept should serve as a testament to Louisville businesses seeking an expert in SEO strategy both Local SEO and National/Global SEO.  I hope to jump up in the top 10 by 2020, depending upon backlinks it could be ...
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Link Building

PBN, GuestPost or Syndication for Backlink Building

Backlink BuildingWe can spend all day optimizing our pages for keywords that we researched for days and never rank content on Google Search.  Its just the cold hard fact that in SEO onpage optimization is the easiest thing and it used to work in the 1990s ... heck back then you could keyword stuff and just repeat the same phrase enough in the background and you'd get some traction.  Yes, SEO is dead ... if thats the SEO you are using.Backlinks moved in and added some credence to the claims that our content should rank for this or that keyword.  It made sense, each site that links to you with the anchor text including your keyword was that site basically vouching for your content.  If thats all you think backlinks are then ... Yes, SEO is dead ... simply having a ton of links to your site isn't a sure fire way to demonstrate that your content is rank worthy anymore.Backlinks created a storm of opportunity in SEO for gaming the system and stacking the deck.  I love telling people about the Google Bomb Miserable Failure and how it defined George Bush in 2004.  Or the story of the downfall ...
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New Google Backlink Types And SEO Value Of NoFollow Links Changes

Two things are important for you to take away from this post about backlinks and they are listed right below.  We've then included Google content explaining these two changes in backlinks.  If the text is italic and navy blue, its quoted from Google.
  1. User Generated Content or Sponsored Backlinks Added Are two additional rel="" tag options introduced by Google.  UGC Sponsored can be used together or separately in an attempt to show a difference between the two backlinks.  Nofollow remains a link option but if the link isn't a paid advertisement or User Generated Content yet you want to ensure if is not seen as an endorsement you may still use No Follow as an attribute.
  2. Every Link Counts Now. Rel+"NoFollow" used to mean don't follow this link and give the target any credit for this backlink.  Thats changing, all links will now be rewarded potentially...some links have been described as "hints" with "signals" still in the rankings.  It's not clear if they are one in the same or separate.
Evolving “nofollow” – new ways to identify the nature of links Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Nearly 15 years ago, the nofollow attribute was introduced as a means to help fight ...
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Sex, Speed And The SEO Migration of Romantic Depot to WordPress

Romantic Depot operates six, soon to be seven adult stores offering sex toys and lingerie, in the New York City area. Their flagship stores are in Manhattan and the Bronx. Ultimate SEO was proud to work with them on their initial migration to WordPress, an additional migration of a second store site combined with the main site and content expansion. They've been around for some time and over the years their website aged along with other businesses sites. The goal of their site was to help drive local foot traffic, but a growing mobile population made their html desktop site seem antiquated. With the move to mobile devices here to stay, the old RomanticDepot.com site was not responsive and needed replacing. It was an HTML static site that required manual editing and didn't display well on a mobile phone. This lead the owner of the chain to build a new site that was mobile friendly and it lead to my involvement overseeing the process of migrating to this new mobile site without hurting the site's strong local SEO presence. Keywords: Branded And Unbranded Romantic Depot does have an impressive keyword positioning presence in the New York City area. Even nationally ...
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Managing And Maintaining A PBN

PBNs in 2019 can be just as effective as they once were if properly maintained and staged.  Mimicing an organic site goes a long way in the stability of your PBN. Additional Private Blog Network Resources: SEO PBN - Collection of all our SEO Articles on PBNs PBN Videos For Finding Expired Domains Backlinks and Auto Posting Maintaining A PBN It started off simple enough every week I'd search through expiring domains and pick up a couple cheap .org domains and spent about $7 bucks on two. I'd build my sites out individually and define a purpose to them and make them fully functional sites and move on.  But no one does that who is running just one site.  You return to the site and you improve it, add content, run updates and make sure it hasn't been hacked. This continued for 2 or 3 months in 2018 and before I knew it I had a hundred domains.  But I didn't really...because the oldest sites were usually hacked or outdated plugins would shut off removing functionality.  SSL certs may have expired in any regard there are a lot of things out there ready to shut your site down. Basically the ...
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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 as "build more backlinks" but in these custom reports an SEO reviews the entirety of multiple automated reports and then provides insight and an action plan for addressing the most pressing issues affecting a site's goals.Ultimate SEO Custom Site Audits are a unique in-depth tool that is essential to many organization’s competitive edge.  In this post I’m including a recent audit completed for a client to provide an example of the audits we offer in ...
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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 real life deindexing from an SEO's perspective. Wordfence Alternative - WP-Cerber Wordfence is a highly popular WordPress security plugin that offers multiple layers of protection and is known to protect the most WordPress sites of any other security plugin. Is it fool profit?  Has anyone ever beaten it?  Yes, and often. Because of that last sentence I never use Wordfence because being number one makes you the target most hackers train to overcome. Think of the Microsoft vs Apple security myth ... Apple is thought to be more secure, and its not  that it is more secure it is more ...
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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 of domains expire.  The owner just didnt renew it, maybe they forgot it.  Whatever the reason the domain is now available to anyone for registering again.  But what happens to all those pages on the internet that linked to that expired domain?  Nothing usually....each site would have to go through and update their own conten.As a site owner you can probably understand that means the bcklinks of an expired domain usually remain active.  This link building strategy involves you purchsing that domain, then redirecting the existing backlinks to your relevant content.  This video series walks you through three steps.  First, ...
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