Google SEO

SEO questions specific to the almighty Google search engine.

Great Communities Don't Need Google

Morgan Carey posted this 2 3,338 Views

As any REW community member knows, a few days ago we took a hit in our Google rankings. I am still working on getting these issues figured out and it will likely be a timely process as Matt Cutts and the rest of great folks of Google have their hands full as you can well imagine with webmasters contacting them with "My site has dropped in the rankings, can you look into it" type inquiries. I am of course concerned with getting my rankings back up to their former glory. But it has...

Google Reconsideration filed - Real Estate Webmasters

Morgan Carey posted this 5 3,380 Views

Well, it was a really long weekend - anyone following the "Not ranking for Real Estate Webmasters" knows what I am talking about. For those of you that don't - It appears that Real Estate Webmasters has been assessed a Google penalty (Dropping us a couple of pages down the SERPS) after a very long investigation and audit, and speaking to several notable search engine personalities including Rand Fishkin of SEOMoz.org (Rand you are a great friend, thank you) the general concensus is...

Cleaning up Real Estate Webmasters - Whiter hat?

Morgan Carey posted this 3 2,692 Views

Many of you read my post last night regarding Real Estate Webmasters all of a sudden not ranking for our own name in Google (Well several pages down) - Naturally I assumed there must be something going on - a penalty perhaps? Well we are not sure as tonight everything appears to be back to normal so it could have just been a google glitch. However when it happened I immediately went into SEO detective mode and started a full audit on both our outbound and inbound linking activities (Always a...

CK Chung nominated as SEO judge for REW Blogging contest

Morgan Carey posted this 2,940 Views

And we are lucky to have him! CK has graciously volunteered to sit on the judging panel with me to judge the SEO component of the REW Blogs contest. For those of you who don't know him: CK Chung, aka Kid Disco of SEOdisco.com, started optimizing websites before he even knew what SEO was. Utilizing his schooling, knowledge, logic, and instincts, he implemented what he later found out to be along the lines of the best practices for SEO. Beginning his professional career by performing ...

Relevant Reading - No link spam please

Morgan Carey posted this 6 4,085 Views

This is the first installment in a series of posts I have promised in order to help REW Bloggers create the best blogs possible and hopefully win some really great prizes in the REW Blogs Contest. The topic of this blog post is how to properly use the "Relevant Reading" (Formerly named "links" ) section of your REW Blog. I renamed this section in an attempt to further educate members in terms of the purpose of this section and to help them understand that it is not just about sending yours...

Why are template websites bad for SEO?

Morgan Carey posted this 3 8,667 Views

Why are template websites bad for SEO? The funny thing is, they actually aren't - in fact there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a template website as a low cost alternative to a custom design while you are getting started and don't have the budget for a full blown custom. Users often operate under the mistaken assumption that because the source code (The html not the content) is the same, you can run into duplicate content issues. Not try at all, search engines are concerned with th...

What is Google Pagerank?

Morgan Carey posted this 2,465 Views

According to Google Technologists PageRank Explained PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page's value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at considerably more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; for example, it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves "impo...