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SEO Pro Interview #3 – A Visit from Fathom

When you interview the pros you want to ask the right questions. Usually the typical SEO questions won’t suffice, you want to take the opportunity to ask the tough ones. Here are the responses from the web’s most pragmatic SEO fathom.

1. Hi Fathom, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. First, your vitals please:

Name: fathom
Your Web site:
Shameless plug about yourself: Really — I’m a shy guy! [Nice try Fathom. :P]

SEO Pro Interview: Fathom Tells it How it is.

2. If you had to describe the SEO industry to someone new what would you say? It’s traditional exposure! Just because the medium changes and attributes that need to be considered are different it is still “marketing” through promotions and advertising.

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Interesting Bits about Long-Tail and Meta Keywords

It’s unusual I post stuff about other SEO bloggers, but I should do it more. Two notable things have caught my eye with a new blog I found from StoneTemple Consulting.

Firstly, Google revealed that between 20-25% of all searches per day are new to Google. That means they’ve never seen 1/4 of the terms people use. That means the keyword research you do is only poling 75% (if that) of users; you only use maybe 1% of that 75% to choose your 20 keywords (for a tiny site.) Interesting.

Secondly, Eric Enge seems to feel that (in the link above) meta keywords are still being taken into consideration by the spiders (Google I’m assuming). I could be wrong here and don’t mind being corrected, but it was interesting to read since the consensus recently is the tag has no barring whatsoever.

That about wraps up my Friday offering, Monday we have another SEO interview slated for release, a mystery guest who rules the likes of SEOchat. Stay tuned for that!

[tags]erci enge, stonetemple consulting, meta keywords, nofollow[/tags]

Distinct SEO Interview #2 – Randall McCarley

Last week Sam interviewed me with our SEO question set, (I think for next interview rounds we’ll do video or audio.) This week I’ve returned to the interviewer table and pose some straight questions to one of the first SEO’s to actually start SEO interviews — Randall McCarley. I tracked down Randall to turn the tables and have him answer a few questions.

1. Your vitals:

Name: Randall McCarley
Web site: (14th Colony)

Shameless plug about yourself: 14th Colony builds the hardest working websites online.

Randall McCarley Interview – SEO Questions for the Pros

Without further ado let us begin with our first SEO question:

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Read Distinct SEO Blog With Your Mobile Device

Distinct is now easily accessible with any mobile device. Just browse the regular URL, (no subdomain required at this point). Post comments, read our entries, learn more about search engine optimization and web marketing while you’re on the go!

Please let us know how it looks in your browser. We’ve tested a number of devices but something may be awry in your device. Enjoy and don’t forget to bookmark Distinct either through your web browser or mobile web browser!

Distinct SEO Interview #1 – Barry Nagassar

Rather than going last we thought we’d give our own in-house SEO Pro Barry the honor of opening up this year’s SEO Interviews. The purpose of SEO interviews is to poll some top SEO names, those who have specific skills sets, and those who have been in the industry for a while. Their knowledge is invaluable and we are confident even the seasoned SEO vets will take something out of each participant. Without further ado here’s Barry!

Your vitals:

• Name: Barry Nagassar
• Web site you wish to have linked: You’re on it now!
• Shameless plug about yourself: Hmmm. Well we’ll be releasing an SEO Book that will be focused on MBA style marketing techniques readable to a general business audience. It’s more than SEO our book, it will be a broad marketing approach, not a get rich quick scheme, but foundational marketing practices with a unique web marketing twist.

SEO Question Sets for the Pros

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This Ain’t Your Regular SEO Interviews

Hey everyone! This is my first post, and I’ve been given the task of running our SEO interviews. Distinct SEO is pulling in some top names in the SEO industry to ask them what makes web marketing tick. We know this SEO interview game has been done and even if we just did the usually thing it would still have immense value for our readers, however, we’re going to go one step further than the regular interviews seen out there in SEO-land.

We’ll certainly ask the regular questions, “what do you like about SEO? What is the average wing speed velocity of a coconut laden swallow?” but we’ll also tackle some issues that are perhaps neglected. For example, we are going to focus more on the business aspects of SEO, things that separate the competent business/marketer from the entry-level SEO.

Some very useful thoughts and remarks are one the way so stay tuned. Once we’re done this round of interviews we’ll post a ‘Top Ten’ type list of the best ideas from the SEO professionals we interview. As part of our own initiative the first interviewee will be our own :P–sorry for the shameless plug.

MY Piece on SEO in the Alberta Venture

New Media Rules – SEO Style

If you picked up this month’s Alberta Venture magazine you would have seen my contribution explaining elements of web marketing. (May, 2007) in the Alberta Venture, a provincial business magazine, some introductory comments were made in an article exploring various marketing models for web sites.

Although my take was brief, I did manage to get in a couple of key aspects about the SEO realm, albeit I would have liked more emphasis on SEO as a smaller component of the broader web marketing beast. There was also a comment I supposedly made,

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What Comes After Web 2.0 – Web Cubed?

Everyone is starting to note the impact of Web 2.0. Well OK, admittedly if you’re just picking up on it now you’re quite late in the game. Still, web designers and marketers have long learned and implemented Web 2.0; much later (present day) the mainstream media and semi-unprofessional web marketers are starting to pay attention.

Here’s the thing. If you’re just catching on with Web 2.0 it’s not actually the place where you want to start. Rather than jumping on a crowded Web 2.0 bus, why not get into the driver’s seat and lead the pack? New web developments, marketing promos, and other online business planning should in the very least reflect Web 2.0 trends, but should also be considering and defining what comes next.

Web 3.0 / Web Cubed to Replace Web 2.0

What will replace Web 2.0 and what will that look like? Somewhat haphazardly I have named in Web Cubed (for Web 3.0, by the way, I’m willing to have someone point out that I’m not the first to use Web cubed). Bare in mind, I’m not suggesting Web 2.0 must logically progress to the next number in three (or cubed) but for the sake of this post I’ll stick with simple numerics.

I think we can divide web trends in a variety of categories, i.e. design, market planning, choices, etc. For example, what will Web Cubed look like? That’s a good question and I’d love to hear from all web designers. What will it feel like? I’d love to hear from the programmers. How will we produce it and promote it? I’d love to hear from the marketers and planners.

Here are my top thoughts on what Web Cubed will consist of.

1. A Continuation of communal aspects. Why is Wikipedia, Facebook, MySpace, etc., so popular? Connections, community, people remain hugely important to web browsers today. The importance of the community mentality of online sites will continue to replace the desire of the individual.

2. Designs will become more abstract. Instead of congruent headers and footers you’ll experience asymmetry in web design work. Colors will be vibrant, collage, patchwork, wavey and mutant ideas will replace unity, symmetry.

3. Purpose will be replaced with play. Interaction with environments and combinations online will be desired over selection and rigidity.

4. Marketing becomes courting clients and not selling products and services to customers–(this has been around for a while mind you). We should also acknowledge methods of marketing will change; low-bit youtube will be replaced with full and high quality and perhaps some day 3-D video.

5. Change will be embraced and rapid change will become norm in information retrieval. Consider the continuing rise in cellular media and methods of sending and receiving communication (not just RSS but RSS to mobile in the least).

These are but a few aspects that are sitting perhaps in the tail-end of Web 2.0 but are also ready to lead the way for Web Cubed which for some who are ambitious, has already arrived. What are your thoughts?

We Were Finally Cold Called Today

Well it finally happened. I dunno how it works, where they got my name and number, but I should have known that when I received a call today with ‘unknown’ in the display it was going to be spam. Spam on the phone you say?

Cold Calling for Web Hosting and Web Design is Phone Spam

A+ hosting (I can’t be sure it was them so I won’t list their web site) called me today and inquired whether I had taken care of some ‘recent web hosting woes’. I don’t recall asking anybody for help in my web hosting but hey, maybe that was the one liner.

What really got me was once I said I had no use for web hosting the conversation proceeded to, ‘can we offer you a service to increase your web rankings?’. My response, ‘no, I do web marketing myself.’

BUDDY, A+ Web Hosting, PLEASE! Do your damn homework at least. I should have rambled on and on to waste their time, but seriously, did you check the web site? Does it look like your web hosting/ web design/ web seo/ web marketing company can help me? Ha, uh no. Next time I get a call like this I’m going to set up a pitched squeal device that will render the cold call perpetrator listless and the company bankrupt. I swear it’s in the making….

Distinct SEO Launches Web Review Service

Wow, today has been the day for new and exciting new from Distinct SEO! I am happy to announce we are launching one of the few ‘SEO services’ offered by our marketing team: SEO web reviews. Typically Distinct SEO does not provide a ‘product’ or a ‘service’ since we’re in the business of marketing (there will be a worthy marketing blog post this week about the distinction.) However, there was enough demand for a web review service we decided to put it in our portfolio of offerings.

Are you a web manager, webmaster, marketer, entrepreneur, or any other smart web owner with a product, service, or content to promote in the search engines? Many people invest their own time to learn and implement search engine optimization techniques on their web site, but they are not sure if they’ve covered everything. Ensure you do negative errors on your web site that may hurt your rankings.

Distinct SEO will provide a full review of your web site with recommendations on necessary action. In a three step process we will offer the following reviews:

  • 1. Items Requiring Immediate Attention
  • 2. Items We Recommend to Be Changed
  • 3. Future On-Page Aspects to Consider but do no Affect Rankings

We will also try to point you in the right direction for targeted web promotional campaigns. For more details visit our SEO web site review section.

Remove Content With Google Webmasters

Remove and Reinclude Web Pages

Google Webmaster Tool console has been updated (or added to) yet again. This time you can remove content from your page that you don’t want kicking around and have found robots.txt is not successful at eliminating. Conversely, you can also use the new tool in the console to re-include a web page that’s been canned.

For more information on the tool visit the Google Webmasters blog.

New Sitemaps Protocol for Webmasters

It appears that Google, along with the other major online search engines, have combined to change the way they view sitemaps. Before you could submit to each major engine with a location (usually .xml) of your sitemap file and they would crawl it. It appears there is an even better way.

Robots.txt Used to Locate Sitemap

Now you can place a line of text in your robots file so all spiders (who understand what to look for) will be able to locate your sitemap file easily. This is how your new entry in the robots.txt file should look like:


You can still submit to the search engine webmaster consoles directly, however, this is a one stop solution to help the spiders find what they need. Of course, this also implies that you use sitemap.xml files to start with. Many SEOs are now advocating that you bypass the whole ‘add sitemap’ because you loose certain information like where your weaker pages (PR wise) are.

More of the news here:

[tags]sitemaps, site map xml, sitemaps robots.txt, sitemap robots, sitemap protocol, google sitemap[/tags]