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Divergence Between Bing and Google Search Engine Results Pages

What terms are most important to you from a search engine traffic perspective? Regardless of the terms, most bloggers and Internet marketers are likely to evaluate the performance of a search engine based on how much traffic it delivers. Thus, in my completely biased opinion, despite Bing's slightly growing market share (up to 30% for Bing and Yahoo combined according to some recent studies), the quality of their search results is falling behind Google's.


Does Google Have A Responsibility To Update Toolbar PageRank?

Toolbar PageRandy6/27 Update -- I would love to think that this blog post  had an influence on the folks at Google. Please indulge my trip to fantasy land and give me a bit of credit for all the new blogs that have Toolbar PageRank scores as of today, including this one, which now ihas a homepage PageRank of 3.  


Google's failure to publish updated Toolbar PageRank scores since January is doing a disservice to the new blogs that have been launched  during the last 7-9 months. Regardless of Google attempts to minimize the misuse of this tool by sites selling links, it remains a highly scrutinized number.  Having a Toolbar PageRank of zero makes it more challenging for new blogs to establish credibility, gain readers, compel readers to leave comments, and recruit guest post authors.


A Manufactured Link That Benefits the Community

Evanston Bike Club 20+ MPH GroupAs the search engines improve their capability for sussing out spammy links, it has become more challenging to manufacture links. Tactics that were successful no longer work. Simply putting out a press release on a wire service does not provide much benefit unless it actually leads to a unique article. Bartering reciprocal links has become counter productive. However, a tactic for manufacturing a link that can be quite successful is to create a blog for a sub group within an organization that you belong to. Not only can this tactic be utilized to manufacture a link,  it can provide a meaningful benefit to the organization.


Adding Content To A Website Provides SEO Benefits

Shopping BasletTwo websites that I edit have both recently benefited from the addition of new content. While it cannot be determined from a sample size of two whether the search engine bump is due to having additional content pages on the site or if it is due to visitors being more engaged and Google rewarding the improved metrics, the net result is that the addition of new content pages led to positive search engine results.


Bad SEO Advice Comes From Confusing Correlation With Causation

banana peelI am flabbergasted at how frequently I come across either really bad SEO advice or wild conjectures with no supporting results to back up the claims. However, given the secrecy behind the search engine algorithms and the time consuming nature of conducting rigorous testing of SEO tactics, it is understandable that correlation often becomes confused with causation.


My Blog Guest - A Review After Submitting 6 Posts

My Blog Guest Logo4/1/14 Update - This post seems very dated at this point. My Blog Guest has become a  controversial site, A number of the articles that I submitted have been deleted by the blogs that publishered them. Guest posting is no longer considered a legitimate SEO tactic by Google.

I am becoming a fan of My Blog Guest. Although there is a free option, the $20 monthly cost of premium membership is one of my most productive marketing expenditures. I certainly don't claim to be a My Blog Guest expert user, so please consider this review to be more anecdotal than authoritative.


Will Page Bloat Be An Unintended Consequence of the Panda Update?

Word GameI just finished developing a a new web page and decided not to continue editing it down under 300 words. This was probably a silly response to Google's Panda algorithm update. However, I am concerned about the page appearing to only offer "shallow" content. Further, there seems to be evidence that Bing gives more weight to web pages with 300 or more words of content.


An Unexpected Result From the Google Farmer Update

shopping basketsThe algorithm modifications Google implemented to reduce the rankings of content farms has led to an increase in visitor traffic to at least one small ecommerce merchant. An unchanged position in the search rankings is now producing more Google visitor traffic to Shopping Baskets Plus since the Thursday “Farmer Update” .


Lessons From the J.C. Penney Link Buying Tactics

There has been quite a bit of commentary about how J.C. Penney screwed up by buying links, or at the very least by allowing their agency to buy links for them. J.C. Penney’s denial of knowing that spammy links were being bought on their behalf has about as much credibility as Lindsay Lohan’s claim that the necklace she returned was on loan.


Say Yes to CommentLuv and No to Do Follow

The Do Follow RoadThe CommentLuv plugin has earned  plenty of love from publishers that utilizes this feature on their blogs

A frequently stated benefit of this plugin is that adding CommentLuv to a blog is a great way to attract commenters which leads to increased popularity of the site. However, I think this overlooks an even bigger benefit of CommentLuv which is that it enriches the user experience of visitors reading comments.



Internet Marketing Remarks provides tips on SEO, PPC and other topics related to Internet marketing. Author Randy Pickard is a pioneer in Internet marketing and has been optimizing websites to rank well in search engines since 1996, and is the Marketing Director for fashion designer Mac Duggal. He is also an avid bicycle rider who attempts to ride 200 outdoor miles per week, Chicago weather permitting.

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