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One thing we’ve noticed in our years in the SEO industry is that Canadian firms lag behind their American competitors when it comes to capitalizing on competitive advantages online. Despite being the most connected country on a per capita basis to the internet, Canadian firms are generally slow to explore distinct capabilities online to exceed competitors. In fact, it not only applies online, but Canadian firms tend to be much slower at innovating compared to other companies around the globe. For many manufacturing firms the low Canadian dollar gave them artificial capabilities to compete with American counterparts.
However, with advantages disappearing and the need to capture more sales at an all time importance given the current market climate, Canadian businesses are starting to discover the necessity and profitable benefits of applying basic to intense web marketing strategies for their web sites.
Distinct SEO: Serving Calgary and Beyond
Distinct SEO.com continues its search engine optimization training program designed to give foundational knowledge to webmasters, business owners, web designers, and others. By popular demand we have created a program that teaches the basic components of SEO with the purpose equipping you and your firm with the skills necessary to perform competent and profitable SEO. read more…
It’s been over four years but still some people think keyword density has business being a legitimate SEO strategy. Ensure keywords account for 5% of your total content and the magic number should thrill Google. Nothing could be more wrong. In fact, Matt Cutts and other top SEO names have even suggested that keyword density that is similar across numerous pages will raise red flags.
In fact, keyword density is even less important than meta tags since some of them still hold purposes (look back for our Meta tag articles). Keyword density is the percentage of words on a web page that match a specified set of keywords. Old SEOs using this technique feel there exists a magic number that pleases the search engines, this couldn’t be further from the truth. read more…
The old search engine optimization adage read, “content reigns king.” For those of you wondering what this means here’s a quick explanation. When creating web sites SEOs, marketers, webmasters, etc., have been told by major search engines to focus on content. The better the content, the more unique, the value to the industry, how it is written, are all crucial factors of providing the internet community with quality additions. For some time, SEOs have specifically said the primary focus to any SEO strategy is to write and provide quality and relevant content on web sites.
Originally posted in 2006 and updated for 2008. Look around you, the SEO industry is routinely at least 6-12 months behind search engine trends be it good or bad. There is always considerable discussion, in an effort to stay one step ahead of the competition, regarding the importance of the various linking schemes available today compared to the past and the subsequent impact on a web site tomorrow. This article will provide a brief discussion on the various linking schemes and what SEOs should think about them today.
We posted this in 2006, almost exactly two years ago. It’s a chance for us to re-visit the SEO trends of the past and determine what changes in the industry have taken place since. Before one of the web sites we used to work on had a regular news feed. Searching for the post I noticed two years ago that the article was #1 for some cool keywords. Turns out upon closer inspection a special character–the ‘ wasn’t a ‘ but a â€™ [the appropriate HTML code is ’]–was the aspect that ranked and not the normal apostrophe. Has anything changed today?
Special Characters No Longer Affect Googlebot
Varying Results for Geolocation of IP Tools
Case: I personally had a web site that needed Canadian web hosting so I could leverage the web site to an exclusively Canadian audience. I went with a host that touted everything Canadian. Turns out when I checked a month later the IP itself was NOT located in Canada, or was it….?
- I did a number of checks in free reverse IP tools online and had mostly the same results.
- SEO Book provides: http://visualroute.visualware.com/ which concluded the IP in question was in the US
- Another tools I checked http://www.ip2location.com/free.asp concluded US IP location.
- Firefox plugin in tool also suggested an IP in the US
- However, http://www.maxmind.com/app/locate_ip provided a different result going further behind the generated IP.
Longtail Strategies Get a Leg Up
Some of our most popular articles at Distinct SEO are the long-tail and Adwords articles that show folks how to apply some long-tail strategies to PPC campaigns. Thankfully, the Google Adwords folks are changing the quality score, here’s the link. So what’s so important? Well for all the longtail chasers out there the new rules enable more keywords to become active. read more…
One of the things nonprofit organizations need to consider just to stay alive is how to use every last donated dollar to its maximum. Churches to other non-profit organizations are all faced with operating on volunteer hours and limited budgets. Regardless of the uphill battles one thing remains certain: the online world needs to be tapped for the non-profit firm. The language people speak today is highly technological so to have a strong online presence, heck, just an existing web presence, is crucial to existence. Having said that Distinct SEO.com has a program (or perhaps discount is a better word) working with non-profits.
So a bit more coverage has been popping up lately for the age-old internet trend of ‘domain flipping’. Don’t know what that is? Quite simply it’s the trend of buying domain names to sit on then sell at a higher price later on. I think almost all, if not all, 3 letter iterations of .com web sites have been taken just cause of their value as three letter iterations. Distinct SEO.com is getting on board finally with some domain name flipping, but we’re joining the next generation of flippers in terms of our strategy.
There has been increased speculation regarding the value of attaining quality .edu or .gov links. Many SEO’s and webmasters, largely swayed by the dreaded ‘visible PR monster’, swear that acquiring one way links from domains with .edu or .gov will provide greater PR and eventually higher SERPS than a .com web site. Is it true? Do US government and education web sites hold greater push and pull simply because of their domain name, all other factors being equal?
The purpose of this article is to shed some evidence and practical insights regarding the notion of .edu and .gov links. But first some history.
Someone asked the following question regarding the value of press releases:
I am looking for some dofollow press release services that are:
a) reasonably priced
b) allow links in text
c) feature in google news (but not be all and end all)