Latest Interview: Jonathan Mendez

The interview of the week is a podcast with Jonathan Mendez. You can a transcript of the podcast here. ... Read More >

Upgrading to WordPress 2.3.1

For the longest time I let my blog remain on the 2.02 version of Wordpress. One of the reasons that this was the case is that upgrading Wordpress used to feel like a potential nightmare. While I am moderately technical, I am no web server geek by any means, and in the past there were steps in the process that felt like they would require me to be one to make sure everything went smoothly. However, when I checked out the procedure for upgrading to Wordpress 2.3.1, it suddenly seemed quite a bit easier ... Read More >

Latest Interview: Microsoft’s Mike Nichols

This week's interview is with Mike Nichols of Microsoft. It was an intriguing discussion about image search, Microsoft's new video search, and celebrity search. Read the interview to see what I learned in the discussion, and if you would like to comment on the interview you can do that below. ... Read More >

SEOs Must Work Closely With Development

Have you ever written up a beautiful technical SEO plan for a site and then have it come back from development all messed up? There truly is no win in making a set of SEO recommendations and throwing it over the wall to the development team. The results come back wrong a stunningly high percentage of the time. There are many reasons for this, but some of the most important ones are: The development team may not understand what you have asked them to do. The development team may understand it, but ... Read More >

Latest Interview: Google’s Sep Kamvar

Our interview of this week is with Google's Sep Kamvar. It provided a lot of insight into Google's views on personalization. Check it out by reading the article. If you want to comment on it, please go ahead and do so below. ... Read More >

Webmaster Radio Interview

Just a quick note to point you to my interview on Webmaster Radio. In the interview Dave Davies asks me about my thoughts on the SES Chicago event, and where it's going. Nothing earth shaking there, but hey, you get to hear my silky smooth voice! ... Read More >

More on the Topic of Paid Links

Here is a great post from SEO Blackhat titled Don’t Buy Links - Buy the Whole Site. It offers some good and practical advice about paid links. Here is a great summary quote from the post: Generally, the sites you can still buy links from that can pass link juice (help you site rank in the SERPs) will be small to medium sites with a single owner or decision maker. This confirms what I have been saying for a long time - that getting paid links from authoritative sites that will pass you PageRank (i.e. ... Read More >

Latest Interview: Microsoft’s Grad Conn

This week's interview is with Grad Conn of Microsoft. We spoke about Microsoft's unique new health search product, and how they have integrated that into the core experience of Live Search. Read the interview for the details of how and why Microsoft put it together, and comment below if you want to discuss it. ... Read More >

Custom Search Business Edition

This past Wednesday my latest "By The Numbers" column went up on Search Engine Watch. This article reviews the Custom Search Business Edition, for those webmasters that need to do a bit more with their Custom Search Engine than the free version allows. One of the nicest things about CSBEs is that you don't need to have any ads presented together with the results. ... Read More >

Foosball at SES Chicago!

SES Chicago will begin tomorrow, and STC will be there. We are holding a special event on behalf of Search Engine Watch, an open foosball challenge. This takes place on Wednesday at lunch (12:30 to 2:00) at booth #100 in the Exhibition Hall. The first doubles team to beat the team of Eric Enge and John Biundo will win a pair of iPod nanos. The first four runners up in the foosball challenge will also receive Stone Temple T-Shirts. In addition, Tuesday during the lunch break we will hold a mini ... Read More >