Is your site ranking rank? Do a site review – Part 5 (SEM 101)

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This is the last of five posts on the topic of conducting your own site reviews. In the previous posts, we discussed why you’d want to perform a site review (Part 1), then took an initial look at page-level issues (Part 2), followed by a discussion of site-wide issues (Part 3 and Part 4), that can affect site performance for users and search engine ranking. In this last post, we’ll…

Is your site ranking rank? Do a site review – Part 4 (SEM 101)

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This is the fourth of five posts on the topic of conducting your own site reviews. In the previous posts, we discussed why you’d want to perform a site review (Part 1), then took an initial look at page-level issues (Part 2), followed by a discussion of site-wide issues (Part 3), that can affect site performance for users and search engine ranking. In this post, we continue our look at…

Is your site ranking rank? Do a site review – Part 3 (SEM 101)

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Let’s continue our run-down of issues to consider in a site review. In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the whats and whys for doing a site review, and covered baselining pre-optimized performance and gathering tools. Part 2 covered important but often overlooked on-page issues that, if not properly addressed, can prove detrimental to a site’s performance, both for search engine ranking as well as for usability and…

Is your site ranking rank? Do a site review – Part 2 (SEM 101)

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In Part 1 of this series of blog posts on site reviews, we covered the whats and whys of conducting a site review of your website to see if you are ranking where you want to be. If you have compelling content to share with your users, you want them to find your site! After installing and registering to use the many webmaster tools available on the Web (such as…

Is your site ranking rank? Do a site review – Part 1 (SEM 101)

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For webmasters who work hard to build and publish their sites, it can be frustrating when their sites are barely indexed and rank poorly across all search engines. They may think, “Why does this happen? What can I do to improve this?” The reasons for poor ranking are nearly as myriad as the number of sites on the Web. Your site may be competing against some very well established, well-designed…

Chasing the long tail with keyword research (SEM 101)

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When a key opens a lock, it typically provides the key’s holder with a clear path to where he or she wants to go. Keywords and key phrases do the same for a website. They help direct searchers to content they wish to see on the Internet. But there is a key difference: whereas a lock key will typically match up with only one lock, keywords can lead a searcher…

The liability of loathsome, link-level web spam (SEM 101)

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When I was a kid in high school, I used to go to the public library and do initial research in the Encyclopedia Britannica (yes, the bound book editions. I also remember black & white television with vacuum tubes and rotary telephones! Sheesh, I’m getting old!). I would pick up the index volume that contained the keyword I wanted to look up to identify which of the main volumes had…

The pernicious perfidy of page-level web spam (SEM 101)

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In the exciting world of today’s Internet, where the world’s information is literally at your fingertips, where you can endlessly communicate, shop, research, and be entertained, spam is a big downer. The unwanted email spam that fills our inboxes also consumes huge portions of the available bandwidth of our routers and trunk lines. But email is not the only spam game in town. Web spam is the bane (well, one…

Eggs, bacon, spam, spam, and spam (SEM 101)

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What is spam? One could argue that spam is a multi-faceted thing. The word itself has many definitions. For example, it can be defined as a processed spiced ham and pork slathered with a gelatinous glaze food product found in a tin (it’s apparently very popular in Hawai’i, don’t you know?). However, spam is also often used to reference a very popular comedy sketch written and performed on Monty Python’s…

IIS SEO Toolkit 1.0 hits the streets! (SEM 101)

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In August, we alerted webmasters to the news from the Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) team of the beta 1 release of their excellent new tool, the IIS SEO Toolkit. The public response we received was very enthusiastic and supportive. In response to many requests, we followed that up with a more detailed article explaining how the new tool is installed as an extension of IIS 7. Since that time,…