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Using URL Shorteners, 301 and 302 Redirects to Spam Google

Using URL Shorteners, 301 and 302 Redirects to Spam Google

It has been a while since I have covered BlackHat Tactics, partly because I have been busy, but partly because I didnt want to be part of the problem of pushing them. However I decided, I rather cover them, so that sites that fall prey to these, can take preventative actions. Typically sites that link out, but may not want to pass equity or to track outbound clicks, or want to cloak the urls would... »

Search Results pages – Should we “No Index” them in Robots txt files?

Search Results pages – Should we “No Index” them in Robots txt files?

I often get questions from a number of SEOs and people working on SEO for sites. One interesting one that I see time and time again is “Should we use No Index” for stuff we no longer want search engines to index in the results pages? If this was a few years back, my standard response would be to use the “disallow” line in robots.txt. You can see that recommendation from Mat... »

Content Strategy, Content Marketing and Content is King

Content Strategy, Content Marketing and Content is King

Note: I have been meaning to write this ever since I read Ian Luries’s post on “How to create a content strategy”. I suggest you read that as well – it’s a great piece in actually getting the work done. The piece below is just a starting point. I have lots more on the way, hopefully I will be able to expands on most sections and start giving out some more detailed examples and actionable strategie... »

Yelp! Court Rules Right to Anonymity Not Absolute

Yelp! Court Rules Right to Anonymity Not Absolute

Original source: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/court-rules-that-yelp-must-unmask-the-identities-of-seven-anonymous-reviewers/282959/ Whether it’s a case of dirty carpets, or dirty tactics, Yelp is in the legal spotlight thanks to a lawsuit by Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, of Alexandria, Virginia (consider yourself forewarned – their website will make your eyes bleed: ... »

Yahoo! Malware Hack (Again)

Yahoo! Malware Hack (Again)

Yahoo! was thrust into the limelight the last holiday season – unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. Their services were hacked. According to this Yahoo! post providing specific details, users accessing the site between December 27, 2013 and January 3, 2014 may have been infected with malware. The actual infection was a result of the Yahoo! ad service’s Java based code being exploit... »

The Digital Copyright Lie

The Digital Copyright Lie

The concept of copyright isn’t anything new, but the digital age has brought some difficulties to light concerning those rights that weren’t so obvious before things went all digital. Chief among them are the rights, or more importantly, the copyrights surrounding works. Few people today realize it, but the modern library isn’t really that old, and it isn’t something that b... »

Best Free Responsive Themes for WordPress

Best Free Responsive Themes for WordPress

Web developers and bloggers are of late on the lookout for responsive WordPress themes now that multi devices are used to access websites. Free themes are very interesting especially since they don’t cost anything to download and use, and most of the time they will be good enough for most users. They won’t offer some additional features and support like the premium ones, that’s t... »

Google Versus Wikipedia – Wikipedia Hit where it Hurts

Google Versus Wikipedia – Wikipedia Hit where it Hurts

Few would dispute that Wikipedia has been the world leader in user generated free global knowledge over the last decade, but Google has been strangling traffic to the site for more than a year. According to Wikipedia, their English search results declined 21% over the last year, despite increasing every other year. In other words, either Wikipedia has become a lot less popular, or something else i... »

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