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Forum: General Online Marketing Information 3rd October 2013, 08:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 20,685
Posted By Mike12
Yes, Matt Cutts of Google fame directly stated a...

Yes, Matt Cutts of Google fame directly stated a while back that Google considers the links in press releases worthless with respect to passing page rank.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 26th August 2013, 06:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,231
Posted By Mike12
If your company name is registered with your...

If your company name is registered with your state, you may be able to force him to stop using your name. At the very least, you can send him a threatening legal letter. If he moves to a new name...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 15th July 2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,664
Posted By Mike12
I use Traffic Travis, it works fine. I also get...

I use Traffic Travis, it works fine. I also get some keyword ranking data through Clicky, though that's not really its primary use, its basically a user friendly version of Google Analytics. Both...
Forum: Social Media 21st August 2012, 04:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,102
Posted By Mike12
I'd use twitter and facebook to post interesting...

I'd use twitter and facebook to post interesting content, including links to quality, original content on your site. If it's not interesting for someone to read, you probably shouldn't post it. Do...
Forum: Ecommerce 23rd July 2012, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,057
Posted By Mike12
Google Shopping And Other Shopping Engines

Anyone have any experience they'd like to share on shopping engine feeds in general and Google Shopping in particular - especially since they're moving to paid inclusion. I'm especially curious...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 20th July 2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,095
Posted By Mike12
I'd also start regularly following some of the...

I'd also start regularly following some of the industry leaders on SEO, like SEOMoz. Not to game the system, but to understand some of the basic best practices.
Forum: Social Media 16th June 2012, 02:02 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 114,370
Posted By Mike12
I'm sorry guys, I started this post but never got...

I'm sorry guys, I started this post but never got a notification until today that anyone had posted so I assumed there was no interest. I'll go back to manually checking threads.

Sorry about the...
Forum: Social Media 25th April 2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 114,370
Posted By Mike12
Google+ For Small Business?

Here's an article that might be of value, its geared to small businesses that aren't on Google+ and are wondering about whether they should be. I wrote it in part based on what I learned doing...
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 20th April 2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,490
Posted By Mike12
SEOMoz's Open Site Explorer is the best freely...

SEOMoz's Open Site Explorer is the best freely available link tool, register with them (free as well) and you'll get more data. The downside is that its not updated nearly as often as Majestic SEO...
Forum: Ecommerce 22nd March 2012, 04:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,247
Posted By Mike12
No direct experience with them but their pricing...

No direct experience with them but their pricing strategy is good for low volume sites (high transaction cost but no monthly fee). Once you get to a higher number of transactions, a traditional...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 20th March 2012, 01:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,074
Posted By Mike12
I agree on the impact of social on search, but is...

I agree on the impact of social on search, but is Google still using Facebook data? I thought their agreement fell apart after that SEOMoz article was published, but perhaps that was only for the...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 6th March 2012, 03:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,706
Posted By Mike12
I agree, no worries. That's what this forum is...

I agree, no worries. That's what this forum is for. Search engines believe anchor text is important because its a strong signal about the nature, relevancy and value of a link.

For example, if...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 21st February 2012, 03:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,150
Posted By Mike12
If you've already posted the article in an...

If you've already posted the article in an article directory, don't repost the entire article on your site (its duplicate content), but a summary and link is fine. In the future, consider posting...
Forum: Ecommerce 14th February 2012, 02:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,882
Posted By Mike12
Do You Lose Sales To Fake Branded Products?

For all you e-commerce merchants, are fake branded products an issue in your industry? If so, how do consumers determine if a product is a real branded item or a fake?

I've created the...
Forum: Reviews 2nd December 2011, 12:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,190
Posted By Mike12
Nice site, consider adding a prominently...

Nice site, consider adding a prominently displayed orange RSS feed symbol to your blog page. The RSS link in the title bar is easy to miss. Good luck with your site.
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 30th January 2011, 04:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 20,685
Posted By Mike12
Hi Karen (and all), Thanks for starting this...

Hi Karen (and all),

Thanks for starting this great thread and sharing your list(s). Can you share your experience on what minimum "options" you generally recommended, for example,...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 25th January 2011, 01:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,838
Posted By Mike12
SEO friendly URL's are also important. ...

SEO friendly URL's are also important. Accurately describe your content, add keywords when possible and clean up any nonsense or duplicate URLs that your content management system automatically...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 22nd January 2011, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,881
Posted By Mike12
Consider a UPS Store box rather than a USPS PO...

Consider a UPS Store box rather than a USPS PO Box. The UPS Store box actually gives your business a physical address, so it can accept some deliveries that a normal PO Box can't and it adds another...
Forum: Questions About the Forum 22nd January 2011, 07:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,699
Posted By Mike12
Changing User Name

Is it possible to change your user name? If so can someone point me in the right direction - I tried to find the answer by searching but couldn't locate anything. Thanks.
Forum: Computer Software 22nd January 2011, 07:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 13,642
Posted By Mike12
Microsoft Security Essentials has worked pretty...

Microsoft Security Essentials has worked pretty well for us. Its free, seems to be highly rated by the tech community, and they've helped me via phone support at no charge.
Forum: Print Advertising 22nd January 2011, 06:59 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 41,557
Posted By Mike12
I won't recommended Vista either. Their strategy...

I won't recommended Vista either. Their strategy is often to offer a small number of free cards to establish a relationship, but the quality of my cards is low enough that I'm reluctant to give them...
Forum: Print Advertising 22nd January 2011, 06:53 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 60,761
Posted By Mike12
Its very much alive, though often not financially...

Its very much alive, though often not financially prudent. ROI is almost impossible to measure, especially if its not linked an e-commerce operation.
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 20th January 2011, 09:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 22,258
Posted By Mike12
The biggest mistake is always attending the same...

The biggest mistake is always attending the same shows because you always have and all your competitors do. Define success (exposure, leads, etc) and then measure that metric for each show (to the...
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