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Are keywords really dead?

Keywords are dead! Keywords are irrelevant! I’m the only one with the answer!

Did that sensationalist title grab your attention? Sorry. Had to do it. You obviously fall for clickbait titles, which worked out for you this time because I’m about to lay out some reasonable commentary on the “keywords are dead” debate. Well, it’s not a debate… just sensationalism from SEOs who […]

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Non-HTTPS Warning in Chrome Becoming More Intrusive

According to a post on Google’s Chromium blog, Google Chrome will begin to show a more aggressive “Not Secure” in July. In August of 2017 Google began sending warnings to webmasters without secure sites informing them of a change in how Google deals with non-HTTPS sites. This was a big […]

Site Speed to Become Official Metric in Mobile Results

Google announced that they will begin to use site speed as an official metric in an upcoming update called the “Speed Update” which is focused on mobile results. This update will be released in July of 2018 and is reportedly only going to impact a small percentage of sites. If […]

Using Prefetching and Preconnects to Increase Speed

Site speed has been important for a long time, much longer than it’s been important to Google. Google got interested in 2008 or so and made site speed one of the quality indicators in their algorithm in 2010. A fast site means users get the content they want as quickly […]

Fun With Google

Media creators have a long history of hiding little treasures in their creations for people to find called Easter eggs. This is especially true of computer folks. Check out Wiki’s article on Easter eggs here. Google developers are no exception to the rule. Over the years I’ve documented a few […]

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Change Analytics and Search Console to HTTPS

If you’re moving your site to https to avoid Google’s unsecure site warning, you’ll need to change your Google Analytics to https as well. Making the switch is easy. Log in to your Analytics account, click the gear or “Admin” in the bottom left of your screen and under “Administration” […]

Google AdWords Automated Ad Creation

Google Will Soon Write Ads for You

I just got an email informing me of a new AdWords feature coming out in beta. Beginning at the end of September, Google will begin automatically creating and enabling ads in my AdWords account. I’ll get a notification and an email about the new ads and if I don’t do […]

Chrome to Warn About Non-https

Google has been sending emails warning webmasters of an upcoming change to their Chrome browser. Starting in October, Chrome 62 will display a warning to users informing them that a site is not secure if the site collects information from users without using a secure certificate. This change would probably […]

submit a url to google

Submit URL to Google

I’m kind of surprised this feature exists. I stumbled across this in my twitter feed today. It was written about on SEL yesterday. If you have a URL to submit to Google, head over and search “submit URL to Google” and the box you see below will be displayed where […]

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Blocking Ad Blocker Users

I’m sure you’ve heard of them, but if not, ad blockers are little pieces of software that prevent ads from displaying on websites as you browse the internet. The software does this by serving as an interstitial between your browser and the internet. Ad blockers check everything that comes from the web […]