Penguin, Panda, it’s not that black and white..

We’re getting quite a few site review requests and SEO consultancy requests recently for people that have been hit by a sudden drop in traffic after the recent Google Penguin update. Because there has been quite some news about Google’s Penguin update and before that its Panda update, people are blaming those. In our perspective,…

Having a blast at BlueGlass LA

I’m currently sitting in the conference room for BlueGlass LA, listening to Marty Weintraub and finishing my presentation I’ll be giving this afternoon. Which leads me to the point of this post as I’m going to try and prove a point, therefore the following video is not really meant for you to watch but for…

The ethics of SEO

The type of SEO I help my clients do and promote to you using this blog is often labeled white hat SEO because it stays within Google’s and other search engines guidelines. Other SEO’s don’t care about Google’s guidelines as much and do what’s called “black hat SEO”. Far too often though, black hat SEO…

Over-Optimization vs Optimization

So Matt said something at SXSW last week about Google introducing a filter / penalty / change. As my inbox is already overflowing with emails from people asking whether they should stop optimizing their site and/or using my plugin, I thought I’d do a quick post. What Matt said was vague at best but he…

Website Traffic times ten? Sometimes it’s easy

I’ll be honest, this post is somewhat of a “boast”. But since “boast” rhymes with “Yoast”, I think it’s allowed. Recently we did a website review for “How do you say that Word?“. The review contained instructions to make a section of the site accessible to spiders. Results? A 10x increase of her website traffic.…

Search & Social – you can’t get the cream out of the coffee

Yesterday, Google launched “Search plus your World“, intermixing search and social and providing even more “personalized” results. There’s a lot of outcry about some parts of this, with people saying they don’t want “personalized” results. I actually think that normal users do want personalized results and that this is, for the most part, a good thing.…

GoDaddy’s spammy link building techniques

Over the last few months, I’ve seen GoDaddy rise up in the rankings for a lot of hosting related terms. At first I suspected they were finally using their very strong domain in a smart way, but then I noticed they ranked for terms I know you can’t rank for without a lot of external links, no…

Rich Snippets showing up everywhere

Google seems to have taken out the whitelisting process for several types rich snippets, most importantly the review and review-aggregate types. In the process they have also made some changes to how combined author / rich snippets are shown. Let me run you through what I’ve seen over the last few days. Review snippets for…

Using Cornerstone Content to make your Site Rank

The most common question we answer in our website reviews is “how do I make my site rank for keyword X?”. What most people don’t realize is that they’re asking the wrong question. You see, sites don’t rank: pages rank. If you want to rank for a keyword, you’ll need to determine which page is…

Questions and Answers – Google+ edition

In honor of the new Yoast Google+ page, I’ve taken questions there which I’ll answer here, so everyone can benefit. Do you think the increased number of metatags released by Google are good for webmasters and the web, or just making things more complicated for the amateur so only those that can afford SEO consultancy…