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SEO’s Continue to Respond To Perceived Google Slight

For those of you looking for your usual Saturday Cup of Joe I hate to disappoint you but Joe is taking the week off. He promises to be back next Saturday and every Saturday after that for infinity (he is very dedicated).

Instead of trying to put something together to “entertain” you, we have decided to point you to a post from yesterday that took on a very interesting life of its own.

In short, the post had to do with a network of web sites involving legal representation because they perceived that they were slighted by Google. We could have simply given our “analysis” of the situation (I was actually contacted for a quote for the article but did not give one) but decided to do something a bit different. We opened up the question to our community of SEO experts to examine the sites and give their own verdict as to whether the sites were given short shrift by none other than Google. Needless to say it was a lively discussion that is still going on and it needs your input.

Calling All SEO’s! You Be The Judge and the Jury

We know that the SEO community is an opinionated bunch. In fact, it’s one of the reasons it can be fun. Well, here is your chance to sound off on whether someone is truly making SEO sense or not. It’s Friday so let’s have a little fun.

An article that was run at SiliconValley.com (which is part of the Mercury News) has opened up the latest can of worms of a website (and in this case a large network of websites) feeling mistreated by Google. Their cause has been picked up by antitrust attorney Gary Reback (hmm, I see a dotted line connection here, what about you?).

The initial site in question is ShopPaloAlto.com along with a few others and there are claims that it has been unfairly judged by Google in the SERP’s.

The Right SEO Tools Can Make All the Difference

(The following post is from our SEO channel sponsor Web CEO. Be sure to support all of the Marketing sponsors and check out their offerings.)

SEO is a difficult process and it continues to get more complicated as innovation and the evolution of how people find information on the Internet continues at breakneck speed. In this post, I’d like to highlight the most attractive professional features of Web CEO Online, a new advanced web-based SEO toolkit from the Web CEO Team.

After all of the initial SEO and link building work is done, the main effort of an SEO professional – be it a large web marketing agency or a standalone SEO specialist – is concentrated on the web visibility monitoring and keyword ranking improvements. At this point, tools that help SEO specialists highly automate their work are especially important. Web CEO Online offers a lot of functions for professionals to use to accomplish their tasks.

Speed Matters Enough to Google To Have You Pay For It

The SEO community has been discussing just how important page load speeds are for their sites especially in relation to Google. While the following news from Google doesn’t say just how important it is as a ranking factor, it does show that Google finds it important enough to develop a service offering around it called Page Speed service.

TechCrunch reports

Page Speed Service is the latest tool in Google’s arsenal to help speed up the web. This service is also their most ambitious yet. When you sign up and point your site’s DNS entry to Google, they’ll enable the tool which will fetch your content from your servers, rewrite your webpages, and serve them up from Google’s own servers around the world. Yes, you read all of that correctly.

SEOmoz’s Open Site Explorer Gets An Upgrade

Today SEOmoz, one of the leading providers of search marketing information from thought leadership to the tools of the Internet marketing trade, announced an update to their Open Site Explorer tool which was introduced in January of 2010. The upgrade was announced at MozCon 2011. The tool has been upgraded with a dramatically expanded page index as well as a push to uncover search’s holy grail: qualified links.

SEOmoz co-founder and CEO, Rand Fishkin, just returned from Sao Paulo where he was a speaker at Expon and he took a few minutes to discuss with us the Open Site Explorer upgrade, his views on the Internet marketing industry as a whole and even handed out some kudos to others in the industry who are moving the needle forward.

SEO Services in the Cloud [Sponsor]

The following post is from our SEO Channel Sponsor, Web CEO.

Web CEO Online is a new project from the Web CEO Team that developed the famous Web CEO desktop SEO software, a premium quality product for website optimization and promotion that boosted the SEO industry in 2001 and left the former champions far behind.

Web CEO Online has incorporated our best desktop software achievements and has added the features our users lacked in the desktop version. Web CEO Online is a web-based SEO solution in the cloud, so any person having access to the Internet can use it, regardless of their computer platform, and multiple users can logon to the same account at the same time from anywhere.

Yahoo Site Explorer To Be Shuttered By Close of 2011

Whenever we post anything about Yahoo in general we get the “Oh, they’re still around?” level of response from our readers. I suspect that’s because most people who are paying attention aren’t turning to Yahoo for search (although there is still a sizable section of the Internet at large that does, so it shouldn’t be completely ignored, right?).

Well, the Yahoo blog has confirmed some SEO’s worst nightmare by officially announcing the closing of their Yahoo Site Explorer which, for all intents and purposes, has been one of the primary sources of link information for SEO’s.

The blog says