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Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

October 9, 2013
Rankings -- One More Time Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

September 25, 2013
Press Releases and SEO Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

September 11, 2013
Home Page Not Blog Posts Getting Listed Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

August 28, 2013
Can You Use an Image to Avoid a Duplicate Content Issue? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

August 14, 2013
Creating Multiple Domains with the Same Content Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 31, 2013
Does Google Read the Text in Images? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 17, 2013
How to Paginate Blog Comments Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 3, 2013
301 Redirect of Old Competitors Domain? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

June 19, 2013
Are Centralized Images Causing Me a Problem? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

June 5, 2013
How to Structure Site Navigation Links for Browsing and Indexing Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 22, 2013
Canonical Tag Questions Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 8, 2013
Bogus SEO Google Needs to Get On Top Of! Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

April 24, 2013
Disavow Tool for Links That Have Already Been Removed Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

April 10, 2013
Have You Implemented Universal Google Analytics? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

March 26, 2013
Photography Blog Not Ranking Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

March 13, 2013
Move Website Or Keep Everything As It Is? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

February 27, 2013
Duplicate Content Penalty - Now What? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

February 13, 2013
Can You Help Decipher This Error Message in Google Analytics? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

January 30, 2013
Advice on Internal Linking to City Pages Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

January 16, 2013
Is It Okay to Use Subdomains Rather Than Directories? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

December 19, 2012
Branding Vs. Keywording for Photographers Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

December 5, 2012
The Curious Case Of "What Is Duplicate Content?" Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

November 14, 2012
Cleaning Up Google Reviews Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

October 31, 2012
.gov and .edu links Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

October 17, 2012
Should I Buy the Plural Version of My Domain? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

October 3, 2012
Repetitive Alt Tag Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

September 19, 2012
Forum Threads About Moving Sites to WordPress Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

September 5, 2012
XML Sitemap Appearing in Searches for Non-Site: Searches Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

August 22, 2012
Shopping Cart Redirects Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

August 8, 2012
Over-Optimization Penalties Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 25, 2012
What Constitues Being an Authority Website? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 11, 2012
Re-Purposing Content. How Far Is Too Far? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

June 27, 2012
Lost a Keyword in SEO Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

June 13, 2012
Google's # of Indexed Pages Larger Than Expected? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 30, 2012
Comical Experiment With Cheap Link Building Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 16, 2012
Is a "List Internal Links" in My Website Footer Bad After Google's Penguin Update? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 2, 2012
The "Penguin Update" - How Can I Recover? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

April 18, 2012
Have You Received a GWMT Notice: Artificial or Unnatural Links? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

April 4, 2012
Google Keywords Not Reporting Jumped in March Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

March 21, 2012
Google Is Heavily Weighting Words in the URL Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

March 7, 2012
Google Changing Title Tags Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

February 22, 2012
Facebook, Twitter, Google+ Or Blog? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

February 8, 2012
How Viable Is the Freelance SEO Market? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

January 11, 2012
Google passes value from an iframed link. Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

December 14, 2011
Can someone use another company's name to draw traffic? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

November 30, 2011
Is a 301 From an Old Domain to a Brand-New Domain Bad for SEO? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

November 16, 2011
2 Google AdWords Ads Within an Ad Group With Totally Different Numbers Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

November 2, 2011
Should Blog Reviews Use NoFollow Links? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

October 19, 2011
Which Keyword Am I Indexed For? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

October 5, 2011
Rich Snippets: Building a Case for Extra Programming Resource Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

September 21, 2011
Can I Safely Show Content Based on Search Query Referrer? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

September 7, 2011
Does Faster Spidering = More Indexing? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

August 24, 2011
Blogger/Blogspot vs. Own Domain Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

August 10, 2011
Does Having More Pages Mean More Traffic? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 27, 2011
Canonical Tag for DNS Redirect Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 13, 2011
Wildcard Subdomains & SEO Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

June 29, 2011
Is "Hidden" Read More Text Okay? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

June 15, 2011
Optimization For Small Websites Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

June 1, 2011
Registrations From PPC Campaign Stopped Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 18, 2011
Trying to prove if top 3rd party seller actually drove traffic. Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 4, 2011
Parameters vs. Anchors Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

April 20, 2011
How do you feel about domains with hyphens? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

April 6, 2011
How Much Info Do You Give Up Front To A Client? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

March 23, 2011
How Powerful Is Link Rel="canonical"? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

March 2, 2011
Do Search Engines Consider a Blog in a SubDirectory as Part of the Main Site? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

February 16, 2011
Google Cache Shows Wrong Website Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

February 2, 2011
Question About Mobile Site and Duplicate Content Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

January 19, 2011
Non-nefarious Cloaking Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

January 5, 2011
Have You Been Affected by the Economy or Competition? Read More >>

Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

December 15, 2010
Where Have All The Advertisers Gone? Is AdWords dying? Read More >>

Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

December 1, 2010
Google Is Reindexing Old Redirected URLs Read More >>

Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

November 17, 2010
Google Choosing Its Own Titles Read More >>

Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

November 3, 2010
Have you seen the new Google Place Page results right in their regular listings yet? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

October 20, 2010
What can someone charge for selling a link on their site? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

October 6, 2010
Can Backlinks Have a Negative Effect? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

September 22, 2010
Getting Better Rankings for Category Pages Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

September 8, 2010
Keyword Phrases in Product Listings Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

August 25, 2010
ROI Is Greater Than Traffic Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

August 11, 2010
Is Switching Domains a No-no? Read More >>

Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

July 28, 2010
Using Divs and JavaScript for SEO Purposes Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 14, 2010
ASP to WordPress Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

June 30, 2010
Forum member "KemoSabe" wanted to mask a keyword-rich domain with a more memorable one for humans. Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

June 16, 2010
Forum member "flarbas" posted that they were frustrated because their boss suggested crazy changes to the company website. Read More >>

Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

June 2, 2010
Did any of you experience that faster load speed of pages got you better rankings at Google SERP? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 19, 2010
Title Tags and H1 Tags: Same or different for best SEO? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 5, 2010
Help Choose: Subdomain or Directory? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

April 21, 2010
Coding from Scratch or a CMS? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

March 24, 2010
Okay to Launch a New Site Without Redirects in Place? Read More >>

Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

March 10, 2010
Forum member "Becs" is concerned because some automated SEO software told her she had too many URLs on her home page. Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

February 24, 2010
Do image links have the same weighting engines as text links? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

February 10, 2010
Have Big Companies Taken Over the Internet? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

January 20, 2010
Forum member "krisflex" wants to know how to increase his or her PageRank. Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

December 16, 2009
Chopping and Changing Titles Frequently Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

December 2, 2009
Rankings Are Dead? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

November 11, 2009
Meta Description – Beyond 155 – Still Alive? Read More >>

Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

October 28, 2009
SEO Best Principles for Local Service Read More >>

Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

October 14, 2009
Last week at the SMX East conference, a Yahoo representative stated on a panel that the Yahoo search engine no longer supported the meta keyword tag, and supposedly hadn't for months. Unfortunately, what the Yahoo rep stated was simply not true. Read More >>

Forum Thread of the Week - Google SideWiki

September 30, 2009
Have you heard about Google's new project called "SideWiki" yet? Read More >>

Website Traffic and Its Effect on Rankings

September 16, 2009
Advanced Forum Thread of the Week: New forum member "wsajay" was wondering if and how the traffic to a given website affects its search engine rankings. Read More >>

Competitor Running PPC Ads on My Brand Name - Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

September 2, 2009
What's your take on competitors who run paid search campaigns using your brand name as trigger words? Read More >>

Bing and 301-redirects - Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

August 19, 2009
Forum moderator "Qwerty" noticed that Microsoft's Bing search engine is indexing 301-redirected pages, which is very disconcerting. Read More >>

Keywords in Domain vs. Volume of Content - Advanced Forum Thread of Week

August 5, 2009
Forum member "jsp1983" wondered which might be better, "Essentially, a very localised domain, but with less content vs. a less specific domain, but with lots of content." Read More >>

Methods for Showing Specific Content Based on Referrer - Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 8, 2009
The other day I stumbled across Google's 1-click for free program, which is a way of indexing content that can normally be viewed only by registered users. Read More >>

New Optimized Page vs. New Site -Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

June 24, 2009
Forum member "taterchips" (great name!) is interested in tackling a specific niche within their profession and was looking at the most effective way to play to that niche. Their question has to do with whether they should add a new page or section to their existing website or start a new website for this particular niche. Read More >>

PageRank Evaporation When PR Sculpting - Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

June 10, 2009
There was big news last week from the SMX Advanced conference, which we've been discussing at the forum, regarding the use of PageRank sculpting. Read More >>

Page Title Question - Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

May 27, 2009
Forum member "vanzist" asks what the best Title tag for a page would be. While my first response was the usual "it depends," additional comments make for a very interesting forum thread. Read More >>

Is Link Buying Gray Hat? - Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 13, 2009
What's your opinion on the purchase of links for SEO? Read More >>

Google Labs Similar Images: Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

April 29, 2009
Forum moderator Randy has some interesting observations regarding Google Labs' "Similar Images" program. Read More >>

Embedded YouTube Video Vs. Self-hosting – SEO benefits? Advanced SEO Forum Thread

April 15, 2009
Forum member "cswilliams" wonders if hosting your videos on your own server rather than on YouTube would provide any SEO benefits. Read More >>

No Copy on Home Page - Forum Thread of the Week

April 1, 2009
I am doing SEO for a website, and I have tried to persuade the owner to include some copy on the home page to sell their services and for ranking, but they prefer just an image and navigation. Is this going to be a big setback in terms of SEO? Read More >>

Offering a Discount in Exchange for a Link? Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

March 18, 2009
Forum member "whitespark" is wondering if he could get in trouble for asking his customers to add a link to his website in exchange for a discount on a future purchase. Read More >>

Combining Subdomains - Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

March 4, 2009
Forum member Convergent7 has a website that uses a subdomain along with the main domain. He/she wonders if it would be better to combine them into one. Read More >>

Determining a Site's Competitive Index - Advanced SEO Forum Thread

February 28, 2009
Every website is different in terms of how competitive they can realistically shoot for with their SEO efforts. I typically use a combination of factors to decide on this... Read More >>

Canonical and Base Tags

February 18, 2009
Forum moderator Jonathan Hochman posted about Google's new method for specifying canonical URLs, which the other major search engines have also agreed to use. Read More >>

How Many Keywords Is Too Many? - Advanced SEO Forum Thread

February 4, 2009
Forum member "anne999" was wondering how many keywords she could target on her website. Read More >>

New High Rankings Forum Section – Best Posts and Articles

January 21, 2009
Rather than pointing you to any specific forum thread, I want to let you know about our new section of the High Rankings Forum called the "Best Posts and Articles of the Week." Basically it's a forum where our moderators and trusted members can post the great articles or blog posts that they have come across in their online travels. Read More >>

Picking Up Where Another SEO Left Off - Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

January 7, 2009
Forum member "Say Yebo" was putting together an SEO proposal for a potential client who wanted to know if the project would be different because they had already done some SEO stuff. Read More >>

Optimizing a Local School Site - Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

December 17, 2008
Forum member jass_blink is looking for tips on optimizing a local school website. Read More >>

When Should Site Sections Be Separate Sites?

December 3, 2008
"I'm just about to launch a new site. It should really be 3 sites but the client talked me into making it one or the deal was off. It's for private sales of cars, property and boats. It also has a business directory for each section. The sections are in subdirectories rather than domains for easy maintenance." Read More >>

How to Prevent Affiliates from Driving Up PPC Costs - Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

November 19, 2008

"Our client has affiliates that want to bid on many of the same keywords that we are bidding on. How can we manage this so that the affiliates don't drive up our cost on PPC?"

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1 Site Plus 4 Subdomains: Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

October 22, 2008
Forum member "bobmeetin" explains how a business he's evaluating has a main website plus 4 subdomains and seems like one big organizational mess.
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Affect of a Domain Name on Search Results - Advanced Forum Thread

October 8, 2008
Forum member "wassim" asks if a domain name affects the search results, and if so, how much effect does it have? Read More >>

Newbie Web Designer Needs Direction

September 23, 2008
Forum member "wonder371" is wondering which software products and programming languages would be the best for him as he embarks on his new career as a website designer. Read More >>

Example of Nofollow in Action, Unsustainable?

September 10, 2008
Last week Twitter decided to remove the ability to gain any link popularity via people's Twitter profile page. This set off a firestorm from some SEOs who always look for as much link popularity as they can gather. What really made them mad was that they felt that Google (via Matt Cutts) had "bullied" Twitter into the decision. Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread: Will Google Suggest Changes in the Way You Optimize?

August 27, 2008
Google has announced that they are rolling out "Google Suggest" this week, which will provide searchers with a list of query suggestions when they start typing into the search box.
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Advanced Forum Thread of the Week: Important Hub Pages in Supplemental / Not Ranking

August 27, 2008
Forum member "don h" discusses a website problem that's been plaguing him for ages. Read More >>

Reverse DNS to Find All Your Sites

August 13, 2008
Forum member "doogie88" was looking for a website where he could do a reverse DNS lookup. 

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Using the NoScript Tag

July 30, 2008
Forum member "Webstream" wonders if it's okay to use the "noscript" tag as a place for links and text on a site that is all Flash and images. Read More >>

HRA Wrap-up 236

July 30, 2008
Holy smokes...I just realized July is nearly over. Besides the fact that time is slipping by way faster than usual, the 31st of July also means that the High Rankings Forum is now 5 years old! Read More >>

I Google, Therefore I Am Losing the Ability to Think - Forum Thread of the Week

July 2, 2008
High Rankings forum members discuss a Guardian article by John Naughton (who was writing about a Nicholas Carr article in The Atlantic), which talks about how we seem to be losing our ability to concentrate for long periods of time. And apparently, the Internet is to blame! Read More >>

How to Determine ROI for Social Media - Forum Thread of the Week

June 11, 2008
Forum member "ramki" has a bunch of questions about social media marketing. Read More >>

How Do I Redirect HTTPS to HTTP on My Site? - Advanced Forum Thread of the Week

May 28, 2008
Forum member "chrisjum" is wondering what the code is to redirect the HTTPS version of his website to the HTTP version. Read More >>

302 Redirects Appear As 200 Status

May 14, 2008
If you're a true techie geek, you will like this High Rankings forum thread where member "doughayman" notices some weirdness in his server logs. With some probing, forum moderator and all-around server wizard "Randy" helps diagnose the problem, and all is well again. Read More >>

Too Many Hits for My Custom 404 Page

April 30, 2008
Forum member "johking" posted that her 404-error page is getting tons of hits, and wonders if it's set up incorrectly. Read More >>

Advanced SEO High Rankings Forum Thread of the Week

April 23, 2008
Forum member "Christopher" is looking for help to improve his checkout conversions. Read More >>

Sitemaps: How Important Are They?

April 9, 2008
When you're done reading the SEO Standards threads, here's a good one on sitemaps. Read More >>

Client Responsiveness: How Do You Prod Them Into Action

March 26, 2008
Forum member "lenwood" has provided a client with lots of SEO recommendations that should ultimately increase their search engine traffic. That is, however, if the client would only implement them! Read More >>

Using Nofollow: Good, Bad, or Indifferent?

March 26, 2008
Now that the nofollow link attribute has been around for awhile, and even sanctioned by Google's Matt Cutts for "PageRank Sculpting," forum member "nethy" is wondering what your thoughts are on it. Read More >>

How To Prove ROI with SEO?

March 26, 2008
Forum member "iloveseo2" wonders how one can prove one's return on investment and track conversions with SEO. Read More >>

Negative SEO

March 12, 2008
I recently read an interesting article by someone who goes by the name of "slightlyshadyseo" regarding negative SEO, and asked our High Rankings Forum members what they thought about it. Read More >>

PDFs Not Being Completely Indexed

February 20, 2008
I was checking to make sure that all my client's PDFs were appearing in Google's index and noticed something odd. Luckily all the PDFs appear when I do a site:yoursite.com filetype:pdf. Read More >>

Yes, [Toolbar] PageRank Means Nothing!

February 6, 2008

There's a good thread in the forum from member "fishermack" explaining why toolbar PageRank is not an effective measurement for website traffic and sales.

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Does Google Use Theming?

January 23, 2008

An interesting topic of discussion has broken out in the forum regarding whether Google understands the "theme" of a website.

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$10k per Year for Directory Inclusion

January 16, 2008

Forum member "maleman" asks if it is worth $10K plus per year for advertising on a website/directory?

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Need Some Input on Site Outline

January 2, 2008
Forum member "ronfrank" is new to SEO and is having trouble figuring out how to categorize his site based on keyword phrases. Read More >>

VP Got Rid of PPC -- How Will This Affect Us?

December 19, 2007
Forum member "NeilPertRocks" tells the other members that the VP in his company completely removed their paid-search program, and is wondering how this will affect their business. Read More >>

SEO Beginner Advice

December 12, 2007
Forum member "Vini" wonders why his/her website keeps going down in the rankings rather than up. Read More >>

Changing Homepage URL

November 28, 2007
For those looking for some advanced SEO info, we have a ton of it in our “Technobabble” area of the forum. There’s tons of great info on dynamic sites, as well as mountains of technical info on redirects, mod_rewrites, etc. Read More >>

Seo Expert Rant, Arrrghhh! Forum Post of the Week

November 14, 2007
Forum Member “Deverill” is ticked off at the SEO guy in his office due to some strange advice he is giving. Read More >>

Increasing PageRank - Forum Post of the Week

October 31, 2007
Forum member “Reflections” is looking for a quick way to increase PageRank because the usual routes take too long. Read More >>

Anchor-text and Nofollow Links

October 24, 2007
I noticed something interesting the other day that made me wonder whether links that have the nofollow attribute on them can/do still pass anchor-text “juice” in Google. Read More >>

Marketing Resources - Forum Post of the Week

October 17, 2007
Forum member “scouseflip” wants some good reading material on marketing. See others’ suggestions or share your own at the forum. Read More >>

Cross-linking 40 Relevant Websites

October 3, 2007
High Rankings Forum Thread of the Week Read More >>

Is SEO an Extra Skill or a Prerequisite When Designing a Website?

September 26, 2007
Forum member "rolf" told the community of a website design company that created a brand-new site completely in Flash for a client, even though the client expressed an interest in having the website found in the search engines. Read More >>

Does Graceful Degradation Really Work

September 19, 2007
At the place where I work as an e-commerce copywriter, we are about to take a pretty successful, basic, unpretentious e-commerce website and guck it up – er, I mean, enhance it — with fancy Flash animation on virtually every page. Read More >>

Same Title Tag for Every Page

August 29, 2007
Forum member “SEMMatt” wonders if it’s good or bad that the Title tags on his website are all the same. Read More >>

Should You Include Plurals?

August 29, 2007
Forum member “malhyp” asks if there’s a benefit to using both the singular and plural forms of his/her keyword phrases when optimizing. Read More >>

High Rankings Forum Turns 4-years Old!

August 1, 2007
We’re also running a poll in conjunction with the birthday announcement... Read More >>

Supplemental Results? What Supplemental Results?

August 1, 2007
Google has decided to stop labeling pages in their Supplemental Results Index as such, and some webmasters are up in arms over it. Personally, I think it’s smart of them not to differentiate the results anymore, as all it served to do was cause unnecessary grief for people. Read More >>

Matt Cutts Giving Out Clues via Google Webmaster Central?

July 25, 2007
Forum moderator Jonathan Hochman (jehochman) noticed a post on Matt Cutts’ blog asking people to vote for what features they’d most want added to Google’s Webmaster Tools. Jonathan thought it was curious that one of the proposed features would tell webmasters which pages on their sites don’t validate. He wondered why Google would do that if they don’t care about pages that validate. Read More >>

Help and Advice Starting a Business

June 20, 2007

Forum member "siringo" says:

 

"I'm thinking of starting a blog hosting business. Not web site hosting, blog hosting. People will come to the site, select a blog template they like, I set it up and away they go."

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You Can't Fake Real Content

June 20, 2007
We had a very interesting discussion regarding my last Search Engine Land article, "You Can't Fake Real Content." Read More >>

Article Dos and Don'ts

June 20, 2007
Forum member "1dmf" asks the High Rankings gang: "If you wrote an article/blog, how do you do the links? Read More >>

ROI Tracking Between Lead and Sale - Forum Thread

June 6, 2007
Forum member “ARothman” is looking for suggestions on how to determine which website leads actually become sales. Read More >>

Do Women View the Web Differently Than Men?

May 30, 2007
Randy (and some others) have some great advice on how women and men view the Web differently. You don't want to miss this thread! Read More >>

What Do You Call Yourselves?

May 30, 2007
Forum member "kurzo" asks, "If you do SEO, SEM, optimisation, etc., do you call yourself a Search Engine Marketer? Web Marketer?" Read More >>

Cache Dates on Pages Getting Old

May 30, 2007
Forum member "DannyAFC" tells us that he ranks well on the competitive keywords in his industry, but he's getting concerned because his cache dates are starting to get quite old. Read More >>

Does a Site Redesign Spell Trouble for Rankings?

May 30, 2007
In another post, "DannyAFC" says he feels that his site needs a redesign but isn't sure what elements he can safely change without hurting his search engine rankings. Read More >>

Avoiding Duplicate Content on eCommerce Site

May 30, 2007
Forum member "Brandon C" asks, "I want to be able to offer a true breadcrumb for customers in an ecommerce store, but I am afraid that the product page will get penalized for duplicate content if I'm not careful." Read More >>

Why Have We Gone From <br> to <br />?

May 29, 2007
Forum member "Doogie" wonders why we've gone from <br> to <br />? Read More >>

Anchor Text Question

May 16, 2007
Forum member "Nystul" remarks: "Due to the long name of my website (keyword), a couple of my backlinks are anchor text as 'thisisme,' instead of 'this is me.' Read More >>

How Do You Find Out Where Your Prospects Usually Hang Out At

May 16, 2007
Forum member "Kai2810" is wondering how one can find where their target market hangs out online. Read More >>

Do Forum Links and Signatures Help SEO?

May 16, 2007
Forum member "vertigo" has been busy posting in online forums and says, "For about 20 of these forums I have replied to existing posts with original info, and have put a keyword-rich hyperlink to my website in my signature. Read More >>

Is This SEO Email Correct?

May 16, 2007
Forum member "Angelina" wonders about an unsolicited email she received from a so-called SEO company saying that her optimized site was actually unoptimized. Read More >>

Google AdWords When You Already Rank Well

May 16, 2007
Forum member "bims" asks whether it's necessary to keep his/her Google AdWords campaigns running for keywords in which he/she already has decent organic rankings. Read More >>

Google Analytics -- Check Out the New Interface

May 16, 2007
Google Analytics has a completely new interface, which I for one really like! It's cleaner and seems a lot faster as well. Read More >>

HTML vs. Joomla

May 9, 2007
What if you have 2 identical websites with the same Meta tags and same content, but one is “100% HTML web design (clean code, CSS design)” and the other is “100% Joomla, fully loaded with SEO options”? Read More >>

Pauline's Poll

April 25, 2007
How often do you visit the High Rankings Forum? Read More >>

Any Good SEO Tools To Promote My Site?

April 25, 2007
Forum member "rachellee" wonders if there are any good SEO software programs around. Read More >>

I Need Expert Opinions!

April 25, 2007
Forum member "fromtherooftops" has an ecommerce site and has a bunch of SEO-related questions for the crew. Read More >>

Need Some Diagnostics

April 25, 2007
Forum member "sleidia" wonders why his or her website isn't performing well, even though it has a high ranking for a specific keyword phrase. Read More >>

How Long Before Spammer Relisted?

April 25, 2007
Forum member "stacykan" tells the group that she filled out a recent spam report on one of her competitors, which apparently resulted in the site being penalized/banned. Read More >>

Strange Google Phenomenon - Any Guesses?

April 25, 2007
Forum member "chorn" sees his or her rankings constantly fluctuating, gets freaked out by it, and wonders why it's happening. Read More >>

Sitemap Protocol Updated

April 25, 2007
Forum moderator "qwerty" informs members of the new search engine site map protocol, which allows you to direct search engines to your site map page, via your robots.txt file. Read More >>

Translation of PPC Campaigns from English to Russian

April 25, 2007
Forum member "Sarah" tells the group how one of her clients wants them to set up a new PPC campaign for them in English, Russian, and French, and she's looking for some direction with it. Read More >>

Advertisers’ Opposition to Forums

April 18, 2007
I believe that user-generated content — in the form of a forum — is going to play a large role in a current client’s growth strategy. Read More >>

Matt Cutts and Paid Links

April 18, 2007
Forum moderator Michael Motherwell (aka “ProjectPHP”) wondered what all the hubbub is regarding a post Matt Cutts made at his blog asking for people to report paid links to him/Google. Read More >>

Creating a New Site Based on One Product

April 4, 2007
We have a website with tips and advice about health products. The competition is quite tough in this field, but we have one product that is doing extremely well in search engines and other websites are starting to link to it as well. Read More >>

CSS Better than Tables?

March 21, 2007
Are Sites Created with CSS Better than Those Created with Tables? Read More >>

Hiding Links Behind a Flash Menu

March 7, 2007
Forum member "joeeee" asks if it's okay to hide a link behind a Flash menu. Read More >>

Posting in Forums To Gain Inbound Links

March 7, 2007
Forum member "Jon H" is looking for ways to build links and has started a few different threads on the topic: Read More >>

Using Valuable but Non-related Content To Bring Links

March 7, 2007

Paying Bloggers for Links

March 7, 2007
"Ryan2" is also looking to build links and was wondering if it's okay to pay bloggers to link to your site. Read More >>

Wikipedia: Is a Paid Alternative Really Better?

March 7, 2007
Forum moderator "ProjectPHP" heard the "SEO Rockstars" radio show dissing Wikipedia and talking about how a paid online encyclopedia would be better. Read More >>

Optimizing All Pages or Few?

February 28, 2007
Forum member “seo_bright” has a couple of SEO questions for the High Rankings Forum members this week. Read More >>

Alternate Domain Names

February 28, 2007
A client of “Bobmeetin” was given some advice about registering a bunch of alternate domain names. Bob knows it’s not good advice, but decided to come to the Forum for a little back-up. Read More >>

Client Training Once Website Is Finished

February 21, 2007
"Kalew" asks website developers how much time they spend training their clients to upload new content to the server. Read More >>

Promoting Our List via "Free Stuff" Sites

February 21, 2007
"Rolf" says, "We've been discussing ways to increase subscribers to our mailing list, and one of the ideas that has come up is those 'free stuff' sites you can find all over the place." Read More >>

Anyone Know of a Good PHP Calendar?

February 21, 2007
"Johking" is looking for a PHP calendar he can add to his website. Read More >>

Free Web Hosting To Test SEO

February 21, 2007
"Christelle" wonders if it would be useful to get some free hosting accounts in order to test out some SEO techniques. Read More >>

MSN Listings Different in Different Locations

February 21, 2007
"Heather" wonders what to tell her clients when the rankings she sees for their site at MSN are different from the ones they see. Read More >>

Question About Cross-linking Websites

February 21, 2007
"Jammin' Jake" tells the forum, "My employers would like to start three new websites for these three aspects of our consulting services to focus on each individual consulting service." Read More >>

Penalty for Linking to Unrelated Sites?

February 14, 2007
Forum member “LarryB713″ was told by an SEO “expert” that linking to unrelated sites could get his site penalized by the search engines and was wondering if it was true. Read More >>

Confused About Nofollow? So Is Google!

January 31, 2007
Did you know that Google supposedly doesn’t crawl nofollows? My understanding was that they are to be used for untrusted links, not to keep Google’s spider out of places. (There are already tags/attributes for that.) However, Google seems to keep changing what they want to use the nofollow attribute for. Read More >>

302- vs. 301-redirects for Domain Changes

January 17, 2007
Not quite 2 years ago, Scottie Claiborne wrote a brilliant article here in HRA on how to switch to a new domain while avoiding the nasty effects of the aging delay. Read More >>

Anything Unusual Happening with Google?

January 17, 2007
If your rankings have slipped in Google recently, you’re not alone. Check out this thread regarding a recent Google update that killed a few sites’ rankings. Read More >>

Trade-off Between Company and Search Term in Title

January 3, 2007
I really would prefer having company name come first, but I feel, looking at competition that the best search term leading off (3-5) words at beginning and the company after… Read More >>

Update on Redirecting Multiple Domains

December 13, 2006
I recalled some advice you gave on redirecting multiple domain names from a while back and to my surprise I was actually able to locate it on your site... Read More >>

Who Coined the Phrase “Search Engine Optimization”?

December 13, 2006
We’ve got a thread in the forum where we’re trying to figure out who coined the phrase “search engine optimization.” Read More >>

Google Minus-30 Penalty

November 8, 2006
Do you have a page that used to rank #1 in Google that is now suddenly ranking #31? Read More >>

H1 Hidden in Comment Tag

October 25, 2006
Forum member “arteworks” noticed a competitor site that had a keyword phrase
in a comment tag wrapped with an H1 tag.  Is it spam or just stupid?  (Or
perhaps both!) Read More >>

Hired an SEO Comp and Now Feel Ripped Off

October 11, 2006
To go along with today’s featured article on trust, we also have a forum thread on a similar theme. Read More >>

Who Loves Their Laptop?

September 27, 2006
If anyone is looking to buy a new laptop, Karon has started a thread at the forum to try to figure out the best brands to buy. Read More >>

PPC Rant

September 13, 2006
The usually unflappable High Rankings® Forum admin Alan Perkins has had it with all 3 PPC providers and rants about it this week. Read More >>

Worth Getting a Link on a PR0 Page?

August 30, 2006
Forum member “excel30″ asks whether it’s worth getting a link on a PR0 page. Read More >>

Biggest Misconceptions People Have About SEO

August 16, 2006
In our forum thread of the week, new forum member “Carica” posted some information showing that many people have a lot of misconceptions about SEO. Carica was surprised by this, but we old, crotchety moderators weren’t. Read More >>

HRA Wrap-up 173

August 2, 2006
And speaking of the forum, it was its third birthday this week. In many ways it seems way longer than 3 years since we started it. I really can't remember a time without it as it's been such a huge part of my life for so long. Read More >>

SEO Disclaimer

August 2, 2006
New forum member "norty911" asks fellow members if anybody knows of a place where he/she can find a copy of an SEO disclaimer that says he/she cannot be held responsible if there is not a significant increase in rankings for his/her clients' sites. Read More >>

Overusing Google Match Types

This is the first time that Erin has encountered every keyword in every campaign and ad group having a broad match, phrase match and exact match version. Read More >>