If a link drops on the web, does Google care enough to penalize you?

Bad LinksI receive several link removal requests a month from people who have left legitimate comments on my blogs. These people followed the rules and only embedded links in the little URL field that WordPress provides by default in the comment form. It is not required that you place a link there but most people do it.

The links use the “rel=’nofollow’” attribute and I manually review all the comments. Once in a blue moon a spammer gets past my vigilance with a well-crafted generic comment. I have learned to be more suspicious and to sometimes search the Web for the 1-2 sentences that the spammers leave before approving comments.

The Problem Is Not the Links: It is the Lack of Research

The top five ad exchanges every marketer should be using

What is an ad exchange?

An ad exchange is a type of online marketplace of unsold display ad space (belonging to sites or networks) which allows publishers and advertisers to buy and sell ad inventory automatically. It improves transparency and targeting by auctioning impressions in real-time between multiple bidders- allowing for publishers to get the best price on their space and for the advertiser to target the most accurate audience. Additionally, it reduces the cost of a middleman by making this a direct buy.

So… what are the top ad exchanges YOU should be using?

Tips for blocking SEMalt and botnet attacks

Bot attacksSUMMARY: Botnets are degrading Website performance and preventing real people from visiting your Websites.  Here is a brief update on the problem and some measures you can take to block one specific botnet operated by SEMalt.

You may know by now that the SEMalt “service” has been probing Websites with fake traffic generated by botnets.  The problem with fighting botnets is that they come from everywhere.  Many of the compromised nodes are Web hosting servers hiding in the cloud or in far eastern and European data centers.  We see them coming out of Africa, South America, and even New Zealand.  US military networks are compromised and rolled into the swarm every few months.

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Competitive Intelligence For SEO – SimilarWeb PRO Review

Search traffic is the main pipeline for online marketers to draw traffic, whether it’s from paid or organic sources. Competition over keywords and SERP real-estate is fierce and constant and you have to adjust yourself to the ongoing changes of algorithms and policies by Google.

In order to be able to stay on top, online marketers are forced to use multiple tools, track competitors and optimize their paid and organic campaigns accordingly. This takes time and money and can be, at times, a bit frustrating. In this article we’ll go over 4 easy actions you can take, using the competitive analytics platform, SimilarWeb PRO, in order to make this process easier, faster and much more productive.

Win a trip to ClickZ Live San Francisco, including flights and accommodation!

Vine Your Way to ClickZ Live San Francisco

ClickZ are offering you the opportunity to win a Platinum ticket to ClickZ Live San Francisco (valid 12-14 August, 2014), and thanks to their friends at Expedia.com, they will also include flights (internal US only) and accommodation for the duration of the event.

Deadline is tomorrow at midnight (PDT) Wednesday, July 16th

Tell them the biggest challenge you’ve faced in digital marketing in a Vine video, using toys (because, being digital types, there must be some toys lying around you’re office somewhere! )

  1. Once you’ve created your Vine, simply Tweet it using the hashtag #DigitalMarketingChallenges.
  2. CZ will be displaying their favorites on the @ClickZLive Twitter feed and on http://www.clickz.com/static/digitalmarketingchallenges
  3. ClickZ Live will select the winner and announce it online on Monday, July 21st!

Improve your SEO impact with powerful competitor intelligence

As SEOs, we all know that keyword analysis can be a major challenge. Using existing data to build a content strategy has become increasingly difficult since Google started hiding most of the keyword information in Analytics behind “not provided.” Another challenge is the fact that Google Analytics only provides statistics on your own search referrals, telling you nothing about competitors.

‘Your Data Trumps Big Data’ – An infographic for optimizing marketing for Millennials

The Millennial generation is an opportunity and a challenge for businesses. In this second wave of research conducted by SDL we can see how the currency of data is treated with great value and respect by the Millennial generation but in equal measure, they are also willing to give up certain elements of data and personal information if there is something in it for them.

The notion of the fair exchange is nothing new in customer experience but the data presented below certainly highlights the need for authenticity and respect in building that all important bridge of trust between the consumer and businesses, as surveyed in Millennials.‘Your Data Trumps Big Data’ represents the need for a new approach by Marketers to obtaining and utilizing data for optimized customer experiences.

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