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Digital Ocean Video

How To Setup Digital Ocean Account – Client Video

Want a $50 credit towards Digital Ocean? Digital Ocean $50 Credit For New Accounts Disclosure: Using this link provides Ultimate SEO a $25 credit towards our Digital Ocean bill. × Dismiss alert Setting Up Digital Ocean Account You as a client have likely been lead to this page after being introduced to Digital Ocean and the SEO advantages a VPS (Virtual Private Server) can offer your user experience in terms of page load times.  Site speed is a strong indicator of a site's ability to rank on Google, especially in mobile search results. This has been tested and proven to out perform AWS and Google Cloud Platform in previous articles such as Digital Ocean Vs AWS Vs GCP another similar article is Cloud Computing: Digital Ocean Vs AWS. Why Can't We Do It? Each client should setup their account and enter their own billing method on their own.  This ensures ...
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Link Building

PBN, GuestPost or Syndication for Backlink Building

Backlink BuildingWe can spend all day optimizing our pages for keywords that we researched for days and never rank content on Google Search.  Its just the cold hard fact that in SEO onpage optimization is the easiest thing and it used to work in the 1990s ... heck back then you could keyword stuff and just repeat the same phrase enough in the background and you'd get some traction.  Yes, SEO is dead ... if thats the SEO you are using.Backlinks moved in and added some credence to the claims that our content should rank for this or that keyword.  It made sense, each site that links to you with the anchor text including your keyword was that site basically vouching for your content.  If thats all you think backlinks are then ... Yes, SEO is dead ... simply having a ton of links to your site isn't a sure ...
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UGC Sponsored Google Backlinks

New Google Backlink Types And SEO Value Of NoFollow Links Changes

Two things are important for you to take away from this post about backlinks and they are listed right below.  We've then included Google content explaining these two changes in backlinks.  If the text is italic and navy blue, its quoted from Google.
  1. User Generated Content or Sponsored Backlinks Added Are two additional rel="" tag options introduced by Google.  UGC Sponsored can be used together or separately in an attempt to show a difference between the two backlinks.  Nofollow remains a link option but if the link isn't a paid advertisement or User Generated Content yet you want to ensure if is not seen as an endorsement you may still use No Follow as an attribute.
  2. Every Link Counts Now. Rel+"NoFollow" used to mean don't follow this link and give the target any credit for this backlink.  Thats changing, all links will now be rewarded potentially...some links ...
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Sex, Speed And The SEO Migration of Romantic Depot to WordPress

Romantic Depot operates six, soon to be seven adult stores offering sex toys and lingerie, in the New York City area.  Their flagship stores are in Manhattan and the Bronx.  They’ve been around for sometime and over the years their website aged along with other businesses seeking to help drive local foot traffic.They've been around for some time and over the years their website aged along with other businesses sites. The goal of their site was to help drive local foot traffic, but a growing mobile population made their desktop site seem antiquated.With the move to mobile devices in full demonstration the old RomanticDepot.com site was not responsive. It was an HTML static site that required manual editing and didn't display well on a mobile phone.This lead the owner of the chain to build a new site that was mobile friendly and it lead to my involvement overseeing the process of migrating to this new mobile ...
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PBN

Managing And Maintaining A PBN

PBNs in 2019 can be just as effective as they once were if properly maintained and staged.  Mimicing an organic site goes a long way in the stability of your PBN. Additional Private Blog Network Resources: SEO PBN - Collection of all our SEO Articles on PBNs PBN Videos For Finding Expired Domains Backlinks and Auto Posting Maintaining A PBN It started off simple enough every week I'd search through expiring domains and pick up a couple cheap .org domains and spent about $7 bucks on two. I'd build my sites out individually and define a purpose to them and make them fully functional sites and move on.  But no one does that who is running just one site.  You return to the site and you improve it, add content, run updates and make sure it hasn't been hacked. This continued for 2 or 3 months in 2018 and before ...
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Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash Ends A Decade Late

Adobe Will No Longer Support Flash After 2020, 10 Years After Steve Jobs Argued Why It Should End In 2010. Google Announced in September 2019 that it was phasing out support for Flash from its Chrome browser following Adobe;s announcement that they would end support in 2020.  Apple users wont likely hear much about the end of Flash, in 2010,  Steve Jobs wrote a scathing review of Flash and in it explained why Apple products wouldn't support it. Google's Flash Announcement: For 20 years, Flash has helped shape the way that you play games, watch videos and run applications on the web. But over the last few years, Flash has become less common. Three years ago, 80 percent of desktop Chrome users visited a site with Flash each day. Today usage is only 17 percent and continues to decline. This trend reveals that sites are migrating to open web technologies, which are ...
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SEO Audit

Custom SEO Site Audit

Example Audit Considerations This post includes a client audit recently completed with the client's name largely removed.  Some reports are linked too from within the report and since those reports are still of use to the client they remain largely intact. This has prevented redaction of these external reports. Graphics may include the client's site address.  This audit is only posted and made available to provide an illustration of what might be expected from an Ultimate SEO Custom Audit. Its not uncommon to generate an audit of a site using a computer's AI or a set of rules ... "if this is that then write that."  Automated audits are useful but only in showing very generalized often cookie cutter responses.  These responses would include statements such as "build more backlinks" but in these custom reports an SEO reviews the entirety of multiple automated reports and then provides insight and an ...
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SEO SECURITY

WordPress SEO Security Settings For WP Cerber

One might think cybersecurity is not an SEO topic, but it is a very important SEO topic.  SEO as I keep noting here is more than keywords today. Technical SEO is about speed optimization, files such as robots.txt and sitemap.xml and security of your site IS an SEO matter. If you neglect your security Google can take action including deindexing your site if malware is found.  You'd be notified likely in Google Search Console of manual action and be removed from searches until you've cleaned up the site. Consider images like these in Search Engine Console or read about a real life deindexing from an SEO's perspective. Wordfence Alternative - WP-Cerber Wordfence is a highly popular WordPress security plugin that offers multiple layers of protection and is known to protect the most WordPress sites of any other security plugin. Is it fool profit?  Has anyone ever beaten it?  Yes, and ...
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2020 ULTIMATE SEO PBN GUIDE

SEO PBN

Private Blog Networks or PBNs have a vilified reputation of being "black hat SEO" but this is a poor way of looking at an SEO tool still used by many just by other names ...
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301 redirect detour sign

Link Building: Redirecting Expired Domains Backlinks

Link building is one of the harder  aspects of SEO and because of this one of the least done. Unfortunately it is many times more powerful than anything you do to your page and content.  No level of optimization of content will trump the power of well placed relevant backlinks.Its so hard few ever do it, and those same people probably say that "SEO is dead."  It is if all you're doing is keyword optimization.  75% of what decides the results for a search have nothing to do with what is on the page. Expired Domain Backlinks Every day thousands of domains expire.  The owner just didnt renew it, maybe they forgot it.  Whatever the reason the domain is now available to anyone for registering again.  But what happens to all those pages on the internet that linked to that expired domain?  Nothing usually....each site would have to go through ...
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duplicate content kills seo

Duplicate Content Kills Your SEO

Duplicate content is a threat to your SEO rankings but not in the way you think.  It is distracting you from stuff that actually matters.  Google has no penalty and notes much of the web is duplicate content, the question is whether your use of the content ads value. Google noted over ten years ago that its not an issue. Let's put this to bed once and for all, folks: There's no such thing as a "duplicate content penalty." At least, not in the way most people mean when they say that. Google Webmaster Central Blog 2008 Duplicate content doesn't cause your site to be penalized. If duplicate pages are detected, one version will be returned in the search results to ensure variety for searchers. Google Webmaster Central Blog 2007 "Lots of duplicate content exists on websites, and often it's not a pressing problem." In the video provided by Google ...
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Header Tags, H1, H2, H3

H1 Tag More Than One On A Page, Order Of Header Tags

Keywords In Headers - How Your H1 H2 Tags Are SEO Keywords Too often people mistake the real value of the H1 and H2 headers when designing a website.  Not only do they come with big or bolder text but used correctly they provide the natural place to put your page's keywords and thats where Google is expecting to see what the page is about. To use them right I always go back to my college days and think in terms of a paper and the structure that APA style provides.  Now I'm not saying the type face or the requirement to center the first level of the headers is required on a page. Rather the logic behind what should be in the header. I think its also worth noting that I'm a bit more strict than you probably have to be with headers but being clear is never bad ...
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Matt Cutts Video

SEO And Migrations: Matt Cutts On Changing Domain Names

SEO And Migrations: Changing Domain Names With Matt Cutts Migrating your site from one domain name to another can be problematic and the SEO implications can be long lasting.  UltimateSEO.org was not the original domain name for this site. SEOData.cloud was and it seemed great because it used three aspects of what I wanted to focus on all in one address.  Of course it lacked any backlinks or history and wasn't a .com .net, or a .org. I switched after ultimateseo.org expired from another person because it had the backlinks and metrics of a site years ahead of SEOData.cloud. There are a lot of opinions in SEO on how to switch domains during a migration but few carry the experience and weight as Matt Cutts, former head of Google Search Spam Team.  Here's a video of his guidance. Matt Cutts Video On Changig Domain Names Changing Domains And SEO Concerns ...
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Digital Ocean Credit – Be Your Own Cloud Web Host – AWS Alternative

AWS Alternative If you use AWS and are annoyed at your rising costs and cant figure out their pricing schemes you arent alone.  Ultimate SEO has moved most of it's servers to Digital Ocean and they are about 50% of the cost of AWS.  Check them out and see what you can do with a $5 server.  Click the image above and you will receive a $25 credit. Or follow this url https://m.do.co/c/6f93e63b6b43 ...
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Political Mistakes William Harrison

Political SEO: Common Mistakes Campaigns Make On Facebook

This post is largely a repost from New Media Campaigns.  Its spot on and I couldn't say it better.  Some additional recommendations I've made for political candidates and their campaigns are included in: Political SEO and Articles Politically Tagged the main article I have on this is Political SEO: SEO Tips For Political Campaign Websites William Henry Harrison is the imagery I wanted you to consider when thinking about your social media and mistakes that could be made. As President of the United States he wasted no time in his inaugural address to deliver in detail his long plans for the country.  Speaking uncovered in torrential rains history blame's his death on the blunder of talking so long in a downpour.  The end of a politician due to his messaging is the image I give you. Top Mistakes Made In Social Media By Candidates 1. Not promoting it The first tip is ...
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SEO At A Glance

Search Engine Ranking: Website Ranking Keywords Backlinks And All

In several previous articles we've covered: Domain Auditing, Page Speed And SEO, Backlinks and even some less than white hat techniques such as Private Blog Networks, Guest Posts and more.  All of these are cogs in the greater overall machine which is Search Engine Optimization or SEO.  To you and any other website owner it is Search Engine Position Ranking.    In this article we're going to look more holistically at the sum of the parts and how it fits together.Search Engine Marketing Vs Search Engine OptimizationSEO is not Search Engine Marketing, or SEM. It is closely related but very different.  In the end both mean to drive relevant traffic to a site but in different, often at odds means.  SEM includes Pay Per Click or PPC traffic, but can also include more paid traffic channels.I'd argue that a good SEM landing page is an awful SEO landing page.  SEO pages ...
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SEO Vs PPC: Backlink Project Increases Traffic 1200%

This is the power of backlinks at their best. A recent client complained that they have never ranked on page one of Google for their brand name product. After a thorough review of the site and it's off page factors I listed out the issues the site faced and what would correct the site's performance. Diagnosing SEO Problem Its important to perform an SEO Audit of a site to determine what needs to change.
  1. Backlinks: Hardly any domains linked to the site using the brand name as the anchor text. This was the greatest issue the site faced in ranking.
  2. On-Page SEO: Rather than using <h1><h2> header tags the site utilized CSS styled <div> tags. These visually looked the same to a visitor but that failed to provide the direction that the header tags would to a search engine bot.
  3. Technical SEO: The site load time was 20 seconds ...
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cdn

What A CDN Can Mean For Your SEO

Almost everyone has heard of the importance of site speed, even the average blogger with lackluster technical skills. In a previous article we did a comparison between two domains and found speed was the likely signal pushing one site above another in mobile searches. Google wants to provide sites that users will actually use. You may have the absolute best content but if it takes over 3 seconds to load your page its a big problem for ranking.
  • Each 1 second delay reduces page views by 11%
  • Each 1 second delay decreases customer satisfaction by 16%
  • Each 1 second delay decreases 7% of conversion rate
  • For a store doing $100,000 a day a 1 second delay means $2.5 million in lost sales.
  • Google uses page load speed to help determine your sites rank.
CDNs are great resources to speed up your page speed load times. Think of it like this ... if you're a ...
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cloudflare

Ultimate SEO And Cloudflare Partners

Ultimate SEO is proud to announce our partnership program with Cloudflare. As a defacto web host serving hundreds of sites this strategic alliance brings the best hosting security solutions together and integrates one of the most popular internet companies with our hosting solutions. In the coming days we'll be relaunching UltimateSEO.net as our hosting and network site. Below we've included some notes from Cloudflare as well as a video. Us in 90 Seconds from Cloudflare on Vimeo. How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare. CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants. CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with Ultimate SEO! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect ...
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AWS Vs. Digital Ocean: Costs, Performance, Features For Cloud Computing | Clear Winner

Why I Made The Switch To Digital Ocean And You Should Too After a year of ballooning costs I stumbled across Digital Ocean an figured I'd try their $5 VPS server and compare it to my Amazon Web Services experience. Astonishing... Digital Ocean quickly grabbed my attention with the straight forward ease of use. I had a working cPanel server in less than 20 minutes. They make the entry into Cloud Computing easy with a 1 CPU 1 GB Ram server that has 25GB SSD and 1000GB Transfer .... also included was 2 external IP Addresses and the Ability to create a firewall protecting my servers. That cost $5 a month. Jaw dropping I exclaim the AWS price is $5 just for the two IP addresses! I should have made an apples to apples comparison but at that moment I was off. My AWS Configuration And Cost:

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