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04 May 2015

Emoji Icons (Smileys) in Search and Social Media

Love them or hate them, funky emoji icons (or smileys) confidently make it into our life: They are everywhere nowadays. What should we, as search and social marketers, know about them? 1. Emoji Icons Show up in Google SERPs Yes, as weird of the decision as it may seem, the search giant does really like emoji icons. We may argue if it’s a smart idea but that’s what we’ll have…


01 May 2015

Facebook and Twitter Tweaks, Industry Trends, and More

Twitter and Facebook are adding a variety of new features and services, as well as tweaking the way that old services are offered. And that should come as little surprise, since those services are always in high demand. While some members of the communities are discussing the impact that these changes might bring, others are discussing an interesting new article from the New Republic about how social media signals are…


28 Apr 2015

My Scheduled Time with Clients and Employees by @JimBoykin

How I schedule my work time has certainly changed over the years. Years ago (prior to 2008), I refused to even have a schedule…I would say to anyone, “Hey, you can call me anytime…I may be available, I may not…but I don’t use a schedule”. Ha! That sure has changed! Since about 2008, I’ve pretty much been ruled by my schedule. About every 3-6 months I usually do a major…


27 Apr 2015

5 Easiest Online Image Editing Tools to Rock Your Social Media Stream

Images go hot on social media easier: Images are sharable and eye-catching. Images make better Tweets, attract more plusses on Google Plus, grab attention on Facebook. Images also expand your reach to other social media channels like Pinterest and Instagram. But the key of social media sharing is that it should be productive: If you spend 30 minutes crafting one social media update each time, you won’t have any time…


24 Apr 2015

Mobilegeddon, Bing Ascendant, and Emojis in Google SERPs

Google’s mobile algorithm update, popularly dubbed “Mobilegeddon,” rolled out this week. While there has been some shuffling in the rankings, for many members of our communities it’s like waiting for Christmas: will Google-claus bring you presents or coal for Mobilegeddon? Google’s own Official Webmaster Central Blog states that although the mobile friendly update began rolling out on April 21st, “it’ll be a week or so before it makes its way…


20 Apr 2015

Quora Reviews: How to Use Them for Your Brand Reputation Managment

Quora is a very powerful, yet under-utilized marketing and brand building tool. Let’s not call it a tool though… Quora is the community. Quora is the crowd-sourced knowledge base. Quora may be the future of Wikipedia because it’s more flexible with anonymity and it has awesome built-in expertise metrics that can help search engines better understand the quality of content. Why search engines are not yet using Quora for better…



15 Apr 2015

Panda Penalized and You Think Removing 15% will Recover You. I Don’t Think So.

Today I had a consulting call with a major company (over 100 million in revenue) whom had suffered a major Panda 4.1 hit back in September. They are still in the Panda Hell Land today….and they’re waiting for the next Panda Refresh….fingers crossed that they will “recover”. I asked them about the changes they’ve made so far…and there were a few edits, but the biggest thing that they’ve done was…


14 Apr 2015

Great Links Won’t Un-Trip Penguin Penalty. Fix or Abandon.

Today I had a call with a new content marketing client of Ninjas. Over the past two months, Ninjas had written 8 pages of content for the client and there were 20+ super highly trusted sites/pages that were now linking to this new content (Other sites are linking to our clients new content because our content is so wonderful and helpful and we suggest that related sites/pages link to this…


13 Apr 2015

For $20 I’ll Delete Your Link & Make a Lot of $.

Today I was speaking to a new client on the phone and I was reviewing his backlinks, and I found several un-natural backlinks from directories….and many of these directories had pages the linked to the client that looked something like this: (this is not the client site below, just a random listing I grabbed) According to Majestic’s backlink analysis, the site has had 1,933 unique domains linking to it (though…


13 Apr 2015

Tweet This! How to Tweet Quotes: Tools and WordPress Plugins for Tweetable Quotes

I share almost everything I like and read on Twitter. I think Twitter is the link-friendliest network. I can share only 2-3 links on Facebook (not to be too annoying and linky) but Twitter is never tired of links. But tweeting an article title is boring: More often, when reading, I feel like tweeting what it’s said in the body. Tweeted quotes stand out, they always trigger an active discussion…


11 Apr 2015

On-page Optimization ideas, Refreshes Remain Manual, The EU Builds its Case and More!

This week’s forum thread round-up is in! Check out what the search and social community has been discussing this week: My First Web Site Was… Do you remember your first website? Inspired by seeing the work of former student, our forum founder reflects on how it all started. Everyone begins somewhere, makes mistakes and learns along the way. But sometimes looking at where you came from can help you figure…