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Forget babysitting and paper routes, teen turns to SEO

August 1st, 2007

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Originally published in Searchlight: An SEO Blog by C|Net

Ever wonder whether or not it’s possible to make money blogging? Well, this teen has made blogging for dollars a reality. Stephan covers his daughter Chloe’s presentation at the 2007 BlogHer conference in Chicago. In this popular article, featured on C|Net’s Searchlight: An SEO Blog, Stephan talks about Chloe’s experiences with WordPress, her love for Neopets, and what it takes to turn a blog into an asset. You can also watch the highlights from Chloe’s presentation in his article as well. To read more about how “SEO is not inaccessible; in fact, it’s so easy, that a child can do it!” click here.

New Google Analytics still poor experience

August 1st, 2007

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Originally published in Natural Search Blog

Have you accessed the new Google analytics package yet? Chris Smith gives us an inside look at usability in this article from the Natural Search Blog. Chris calls the new analytics “upgrade” as being “All glitz with little beneficial substance.” Read more about the updated Google Analytics from an SEO expert point-of-view.

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SEO: Is Your Site Holiday-ready?

August 1st, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

Those of you with school-age children may have been preoccupied with back-to-school, but now itâ??s time to start preparing your site for the holidays. The holiday shopping season is not that far off, so get on with implementing these traffic-building tips in order to achieve maximum search engine visibility.

Stephan Spencer, President and Founder of Netconcepts, offers five useful tips in this article from Practical eCommerce to ensure your online site is ready for the retail season.

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Red Envelope’s Website Critique

August 1st, 2007

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Originally published in Multichannel Merchant

In Chinese society, â??red envelopeâ?? refers to a monetary gift placed in a red packet because the color symbolizes good luck. That’s where Red Envelope got its name. Was the San Francisco-based gifts merchant lucky with the results of its Website critique? Well, while critiquers Amy Africa, president of Helena, VT-based Web consultancy Eight by Eight, and Stephan Spencer, founder/president of Madison, WI-based SEO-specialist agency Netconcepts, tried to handle Red Envelope’s site with care, they both found areas that need serious improvement. Africa reviewed the site’s content and functionality, and Spencer tested its search capability. Here’s what they had to say.

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If Harry Potter Did SEO

August 1st, 2007

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Originally published in ClickZ

All good fairy tales begin with the words, “Once upon a time…” In this fantasy-meets-reality tale, Patricia Fusco weaves a story about SEO from the perspective of Harry Potter. This is a high-level, historical overview of SEO that brings us up to the present. Whether you’re an SEO wizard or not, this article helps bring us to a new understanding of SEO by relating it to a part of “pop culture.”

To read, “If Harry Potter Did SEO,” click here.

Google Maps adds Microformat support to results

July 31st, 2007

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Originally published in Natural Search Blog

Chris writes that, “Google Maps team announced support of the hCard microformat today in map search results.” How will microformats benefit local search? Find out in this interesting article posted on the Natural Search Blog. You can read the full article here.

NZ Anti-Spam Act â?? Steps To Ensure Compliance

July 26th, 2007

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The â??Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007â?? comes into effect on 5th September 07. The search and online marketing team at Netconcepts would like to arm you with information to ensure your business complies with this new law.

As an email marketer you are responsible to ensure that any â??electronic messagesâ?? sent are not considered spam. According to the act, failure to comply could mean a fine of up to $500,000 plus additional compensation and damages costs!

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Scalable On-Page SEO Strategies

July 26th, 2007

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Originally published in Search Engine Land

Optimizing a website that has tens of thousandsâ??or even hundreds of thousandsâ??of dynamically generated pages, requires thinking differently. Old school SEO, where you assign each page a keyword theme based on keyword research and hand-craft a title tag, H1 tag and intro copy, then figure out the best internal links to send to the page, just doesn’t scale with big sites. Particularly when you’re talking about the magnitude that our Netconcepts clients are operating atâ??typically over 10,000 SKUs and over 100,000 indexed pages.

It’s essential that you focus your SEO efforts in such a way that the effects will cascade through your site.

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The Simpsons & Great Participatory-Viral Marketing

July 23rd, 2007

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Originally published in Natural Search Blog

“The Dallas Kwik-E-Mart is one of the eleven created nationwide out of 7-Eleven stores, and itâ??s a simply fantastic piece of viral marketing, participatory marketing â?? and yes, linkbait,” writes Chris Smith in this article on the Natural Search Blog. Viral marketing and link bait are today’s buzzwords in search, and what better way to glean ideas for your business than to see a successful campaign in action? Find out what happens when TV-meets-reality in this interesting experiment, and what it could mean for you. You can read the article here.

Using Images for Local SEO

July 23rd, 2007

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Originally published in Search Engine Land

“Google’s recent deployment of Universal Search resulted in the inclusion of content drawn in from their other search verticals into the main web search results. As this integration trend continues, and as Google further expands upon the 200+ signals they use for ranking, it becomes increasingly important to diversify a site’s presence on the web, and to work on ranking well in each of the various areas of vertical search,” writes Chris Smith in his “Locals Only” column.

To learn more about how you should integrate images into your Local Search, read the full article.

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