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May 21, 2014

SEO Newsletter: The Survival Guide to SEO Edition

Survive the SEO battlefield

Coming to you straight from the trenches of Bruce Clay, Inc., it’s the survival guide edition of the SEO Newsletter. Our feature article exposes which ranking factors change most frequently so you can stay alert. Then get expert survival tips from our SEO manager on how to stay ahead of the game no matter what SEO bombs Google may throw your way.

With Google’s search algorithms changing on a daily basis, content strategist Kristi Kellogg advises Internet marketers to adopt a proactive rather than reactive approach to SEO while SEO Manager Mindy Weinstein shares three key search marketing survival tips.

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May 6, 2014

9 Tips for Getting Your Manual Link Penalty Overturned

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The effect that an unnatural link penalty can have on a website can be crippling. Make no mistake, there is a punitive aspect to these actions. Google is looking to teach webmasters a lesson, one that insures that they will not think about violating the search giant’s quality guidelines in the future. To drive their point home, Google makes the process of recovering from these penalties very difficult.

Link penalty recovery takes time, effort, and a substantial commitment of resources. Depending on your specific situation, you could end up reviewing and/or removing hundreds of thousands (millions?) of links. And generally speaking, there is no shortcut to forgiveness.

A good number of clients that approached our firm over the past year came to us suffering from some form of manual or algorithmic penalty. The good news is that we have seen a high degree of success in getting penalties overturned. What follows is a list of tips for getting a specific type of penalty removed: a manual link penalty.

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February 13, 2014

10 Link Building Tips We Love From SMX Panelists Past and Future

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In 2014 “inbound marketing” is all the rage; but does that mean traditional SEO techniques like link building are becoming outdated or irrelevant? Absolutely not. We at Bruce Clay, Inc. don’t think so, and, based on the conferences we’ve attended in the last eight months, neither do the SEO thought leaders that teach thousands of rank-hungry professionals at search marketing conferences like SMX, ClickZ (formerly SES) and Pubcon.

That said, there is undoubtedly a right way and a wrong way to approach link building – or “link acquisition” as it’s commonly called in 2014. And, like all other optimization techniques, there’s an etiquette to the art that can take some training.

If you’re ready to start your training today consider these 10 link building tips a healthy dose of SMX room service. Soak up the panel wisdom; wrap your head around how to ethically approach link building; get your feet wet; feel out the waters; and, if you like where we’re going with this, we encourage you to consider attending the Link Building Fundamentals portion of the SMX Search Marketing Boot Camp coming up just around the corner in March. Code BRUCECLAYSMXW14 will get you a 10% discount on any pass and workshop at the conference.

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October 1, 2013

Penguin-proof Link Building Tactics (#smx #11B)

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I’m wide awake, it’s morning. Good album; great way to start the day. Breakfast is done and I’m ready to kick off SMX East right with a session on link building best practices and tactics to avoid.

Here’s the description from the Agenda – or skip right to the live blog goodness.

Penguin-proof Link Building (#smx #11B)
Link building remains a lynchpin SEO tactic, but in a post-Penguin world you have to be cautious. This session discusses the link building tactics you should apply in order to thrive, while everyone else is worried about disavowing links. You’ll also learn about common link building methods that may be harmful, and how to avoid the “Penguin trap” of having links work against you.

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September 24, 2013

#SMX East 2013 Interview Series: Roger Montti on Post-Penguin Link Building

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SMX East 2013 is four days away. Here on the blog we’ve gotten to interview some speakers on hot topics to be discussed at the conference. Today, the SMX East 2013 Interview Series continues with distinguished speaker Roger Montti. The SEO track of SMX East kicks off with the Penguin-Proof Link Building session, featuring Montti, Thom Disch and Neal Rodriguez. With the way that Penguin and Google penalties have caused a rethinking of SEO and link building strategy, we’re glad to have Roger Montti on the blog to get a preview of the session discussion and his take on links that last.

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June 12, 2013

SMX Advanced 2013: Legit Link Acquisition

Link Building - Master Class Panel at SMX Advanced 2013

Link building (err, link acquisition) kicks off the first session after the keynote on Day 2 of SMX Advanced 2013. The room is packed with people wanting insights and tactics to drive traffic and get citations without getting busted by algorithmic and manual link penalties.

Elisabeth Osmeloski of Search Engine Land moderated the panel and opened by noting that we all want to learn how to build links without worrying about Panda!

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February 26, 2013

How to Disavow Links in Google and Bing: An Instructional Guide

To help our clients who would like to use the disavow links tools from Google and Bing, this is an instructional guide.

It’s important to note that Google strongly advises against using the disavow links tool unless it is the last available option and will be implemented by a highly technical power user of Webmaster Tools. Incorrect use of the disavow links tool can harm Google’s evaluation of that site’s rankings and is a difficult process to reverse.

After having exhausted your link removal efforts and made necessary reconsideration request to Google, the Disavow Links tools in Bing Webmaster Tools and Google Webmaster Tools may be a viable option for your situation. The step-by-step disavow links submission process for Bing and Google follow.

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June 29, 2012

Bing, the SEO Friendly Search Engine

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Bing has been aggressively courting the SEO community. Among Bing’s moves to curry our favor is the recent Pheonix Update of Bing Webmaster Tools. And now Bing has introduced a link disavow protocol for handling pesky rotten links you just can’t get removed.

Bing is creating an ecosystem around its services and meeting SEOs’ demands is one corner of Bing’s efforts. They’re stoking the fires of demand by demonstrating the value of their search to a cool and tech savvy set and supporting a cashback rewards program for users. And the search engine is stimulating growth through the supply chain with continual improvements to search products and incentives site owners to create the best business experience on the web.

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April 2, 2012

Google Speaks Up About Links and Penalties: Link Building News Update

Long Live SEO panel at SES NY 2012

There’s been much discussion recently about safe link building tactics in light of Google’s rising vocalization of over-optimization. This post will get you up to speed on the events unfolding and provide you with resources for link building tactics that are Google approved.

Google has made an effort in the past few months to be more communicative with webmasters. In January and February of 2012, more than 700,000 messages have been sent to webmasters via Google Webmaster Tools. This number surpasses the number of messages sent throughout all of 2010. Messages include both manual and automated communications, such as malware notifications and responses to reconsideration requests.

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March 12, 2012

Link Building Q&A with Jon and Zach Ball

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Brothers Jon and Zach Ball are power duo in SEO with a passion for tailor-made link building campaigns. The pair and their company Page One Power have teamed up with SES New York to sponsor a session that promises “No BS Link Building for E-Commerce Sites.” With the conference around the corner, I posed questions to Jon and Zach to see what sure-fire link building tactics are working for their clients. Plus, with all the buzz around Pinterest, I figured we’d see what Jon, an avid photographer, had to offer as far as link building with the Internet’s new favorite toy.

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