10 Premium SEO Tools That You Can Try for Free (or Cheap)

If you don't do SEO for a living but want to do some major search marketing work with your website, you're in luck. You don't need to pay an expensive monthly fee if you need to do one-time research. The following are awesome SEO tools you can use for free or cheap for a limited time to do your search marketing research. Premium SEO Tools with Free Account Options First off, let's start with premium SEO tools that offer free accounts for basic … [Read more...]

10 Areas Where Small Businesses Lack an Online Competitive Edge

This is a guest post by Pratik Dholakiya. We all know it; even though we wish it weren't true: small businesses have limited resources. They often have only enough time, money, and patience for the core of their business. Certainly, a small business should never sacrifice its unique selling position. But it's equally true that businesses need exposure in order to stay up and running. Thankfully, the web makes it possible to boost awareness at relatively low costs. Even so, many businesses … [Read more...]

WebMeUp SEO Dashboard Review

WebMeUp is a promising new tool for SEO's and those who would like to learn more about how their website is doing in search. Although it is in its infancy, it has a lot of great features to choose from and even more coming up. In this post, we're going to look at how easy it is to set up your websites in the WebMeUp SEO Dashboard and learn about your rankings, backlinks, social mentions, and competitors. Adding Your Websites To get started, you will want to add your websites to the WebMeUp … [Read more...]

SEO on the Go

This is a guest post by Christy Wilson. No longer tied to a desk to create and manage our websites, an explosion of apps enters the scene, freeing us to track SEO strategies almost anywhere. While the well-designed and properly executed apps give us all the information we need quickly and are sized properly for smartphone screens, the poorly designed apps are nothing but a headache. There are some big name apps you won’t find on this list, simply because users and reviewers ranked them … [Read more...]

The Future of Link Building

This is a guest post by Christopher Jan Benitez. Google, arguably the most relevant search engine in the world to date, has been aggressively rolling out updates on algorithm changes since last year. The updates aim to eliminate spam on their search results and provide users with the best possible sites based on the searched keyword moving forward. For online marketers, this spells doom to once effective but fishy link building tactics such as article spinning and unnatural keyword … [Read more...]

The History of Google Panda & Penguin, Abridged

This is a guest post by Matt Beswick. Every year, Google quietly releases hundreds of refinements to their search engine algorithms. Most of these updates are small, incremental changes that go largely unnoticed. The major upgrades, however, receive serious coverage by mainstream news outlets and bloggers alike due to the momentous impact that they have on the broader web at every level. Though more than a year has passed since its inaugural rollout, the effects of the infamous Panda … [Read more...]

Binging Relevant Search Back

This is a guest post by Jeet Banerjee. Which search engine do you use for finding information, products, or services? For most of us, that answer is Google. Google has been the top search engine for the last few years and has essentially dominated the world of search. While most of us have believed that Google is the best search engine, Microsoft's search engine Bing has something to say about it. Bing is loud, proud, and openly challenging users to see first hand why they are better than … [Read more...]

Basic SEO for Bloggers

This is a guest post by Derek Mabie. Most of us understand how to search online. For more than a decade, we have relied on websites like Google and Yahoo to sift through the billions of web pages and present a list of contenders that, according to the search engines, most accurately relate to our search query. Search Engines for President We understand how to search. What we don’t always understand is how to be found. (How to be found by humans, that is. Google will find you. Oh yes, … [Read more...]

20+ Commonly Asked Questions About Blogging & Online Marketing

As each year passes, blog marketing techniques evolve. What worked in 2011 may or may not be as effective in 2012. If you're a business, you may have the luxury of hiring an awesome Internet Marketing Company to keep up with the trends, but as individuals managing a blog for as a hobby or for profit, it's up to you to not only maintain that blog but keep up with ways to increase traffic. Photo Credit: Alexander Henning Drachmann on Flickr I receive a lot of questions on a regular basis … [Read more...]

Do Google +1s Really Affect SEO?

This is a guest post by Kevin Lau. Google+ is still gaining some traction online, slowly building an audience and drawing more people in to give it a try for the first time. Perhaps most importantly, marketers are still getting used to how things work, in particular with reference to the Google +1 button. Whenever you read items in your information stream from other users of Google+, you'll see you have the ability to +1 them if you like them. You can also +1 anything you see … [Read more...]