What to Do When Your Website Traffic Drops

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Introducing Episode 1 of our new video series: Hardcore SEO! In this episode Stone Temple Consulting Senior Marketing Consultant Brian Weiss shares how to evaluate a sudden traffic loss on your website. The Hardcore SEO series will bring you insights like this from Stone Temple's team of seasoned SEO veterans. To make sure you never … [Read more...]

Winning at Local Search with Dave Rodecker

How to win in local search (Click to Learn!)

Local Search: What used to be fairly simple has become complicated. On a recent Digital Marketing Excellence Show, Eric Enge interviewed Dave Rodecker, owner of Local Splash. Local Splash is "a business information management and publishing service that provides PR like technology in syndicating rich, structured content to social … [Read more...]

5 Keys to Improving Search Rankings with Duane Forrester of Bing

5 Keys to Improving Search Rankings with Bing's Duane Forrester

Bing's Senior Product Manager for Webmaster Outreach Duane Forrester sat down with Stone Temple Consulting CEO Eric Enge to share the order of priorities he recommends to webmasters wanting to improve their search rankings.   Eric Enge: When a publisher comes to you and says, "What should I do to improve my SEO in rank well … [Read more...]

Is Link Building Dead?

SEOs have been Hunters for links

Are We Hunters or Are We Farmers? This past week had two major events of note. These included Google's banning of MyBlogGuest and assessing a manual penalty on Portent, Inc. The penalty on Portent now appears to be lifted. What are we to make of all this? Is Google seriously turning up the heat? This is something that I predicted … [Read more...]

Quo Vadis Author Rank? The Present and Future of Author Authority in Search

You keep saying AuthorRank but I do not think you know what it means

UPDATED 20 May 2014: See the "Matt Cutts: Author Rank Comes Into Play" section below for a new statement from a Google representative. *   *   *   *   * Danny Sullivan: You say you are not using anything like an AuthorRank now. Why not use "AuthorRank" in the future? Would it not add value? Amit Singhal: Possibly it could. … [Read more...]

Does Google Use Facebook & Twitter as Ranking Signals? Matt Cutts Answers

Does Google Use Facebook & Twitter as Ranking Signals? Matt Cutts Answers!

How far along is Google from using social media identities as ranking factors? Can Google use engagement and follower metrics from Twitter and Facebook to evaluate the authority of an individual? To me, the answers to those questions were the buried headlines in a Google Webmaster Help video by Matt Cutts. Scroll below the video … [Read more...]

The Great Google Authorship Kidnapping: What Happened to Your Author Photo in Search?

Why Did Author Images Disappear from Google Search for Some Authors?

UPDATE 28 August 2014: Google has no completely removed Authorship rich snippets from search results. For details see our Search Engine Land article. UPDATE 28 July 2014: As of about a month ago, Google has removed all author photos from non-personalized search. Qualified content can still get an author byline in the search results. … [Read more...]