Don't take chances buying links. Make these safe, proven link building tactics part of your search engine optimization strategy.
Articles by Mark Jackson
Mark offers tips for improving Web sites using basic search engine optimization tactics, including title tags, resolving duplicate content, link building, and much more.
It's Google's job to rank the most qualified search results for their searchers. But is Google purposefully helping big brands rank higher?
Tips for improving optimization efforts.
Our industry has made so many strides in gaining a more credible reputation. Yet we still suffer from many people and companies who claim to do SEO, but that really don't know anything beyond how to write a title tag.
Performance-based pricing of search ads makes perfect sense. But for search engine optimization services? The challenge is that SEO has so many variables to consider, many of which are outside the SEO firm's control.
Let there be no mistake: if you're going to do SEO properly -- unless you're willing to outsource everything to an SEO provider -- you're going to need some folks on your team to chip in.
Well, you may have heard it mentioned that Google wants to rank brand Web sites. It isn't so much that Google only wants to rank big brands. But they do like all of the signals that these big brands carry.
We've already looked at three of the common failings of Web sites for "newbies" who are trying to figure out SEO. Now let's look the title tag, domain age, and link building to see if your Web site is ready for prime time.
Many things have changed in the last few years, but the real foundation for SEO success hasn't changed much at all. Before you put time and effort into the SEO flavor of the day, try the tried and true SEO basics in this two-part series.
In the past, I've said there's no direct correlation between editorial rankings and paid advertisements. Well, it seems I was wrong. Paid search really can affect organic search.
Social media tools can play an integral role in promotion of your content and generating links. While you can't always make a direct correlation between going viral on Twitter and the acquisition of links, it's clear that promotion of high quality content can and will lead to natural link generation.
The easier a search engine is to manipulate, the less likely it is to deliver quality results. Right now, Twitter Search is just too easy to manipulate.
It's time for Mark's quarterly site review. Today, we'll look at a Web site that has so many issues that there's going to be something here for everyone.
There's an expression in the sales business that the "easiest sale that you will ever make is to upsell an existing client." Well, in link building, one of the best and easiest links that you can get is to modify a link that you already have.
It can be frustrating for an SEO to go to the effort of crafting a customized proposal for a potential client, who then takes that proposal and implements it on their own. How can an SEO provider protect itself from bottom-feeders looking for free advice, while still preparing legitimate prospects for the necessary work that will go into the SEO effort?
With local search, there are many free or low-cost opportunities for local advertisers to get found. How many businesses, both small and large, are taking advantage of local SEO?
A sound organic search strategy should be the core of every business's marketing efforts, but being found is just the beginning. Once you get people to your site, you need to convince them to stay, and show them what you want them to do.
SEOs are being asked to do an awful lot, and those folks who are the only SEO in-house have a lot of different duties to keep up with. But is it right -- or even smart -- to expect an SEO to be a jack-of-all-trades?
How many SEOs have suffered because of unrealistic expectations from clients? That situation can be avoided if you spend the time before an agreement is signed to have a frank and sincere discussion with your client about what they can expect from your efforts.