Mike Friedman

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  1. The only time I leave comments on sites are 1) I'm genuinely interested in the topic and discussion. 2) I think there is potential for direct traffic. I don't bother with blog comments for links and haven't in several years. Main reason being that if they allow your link, they'll probably allow others. Before long, that link is on a page with 50 other links or more. Unless it was an incredible site, the link will be extremely weak. And if it was an incredible site, chances are they made their comment links nofollow a long, long time ago. Almost all worthwhile sites are using Facebook comments, Disqus, or something similar to those two.
  2. That's funny. I was just mentioning this to someone in a PM earlier today and thinking about doing it on another forum to teach a spammer/shitty SEO a lesson.
  3. I want to jump in here with another question as I am sitting at Starbucks putting together 3 different PDF's that I will be offering. I generally have always used Georgia or Verdana myself. Never gave it a ton of thought. Was just kind of always told those were the best to use. I do a lot of 14pt stuff, but would never go higher than that. If there is a lot of text in the PDF and it is not broken up by images, headers, quotes, or something else, 12pt always made me feel like I was reading a technical manual. Now the question... what about spacing? Do most people just go with the standard spacing in Word or do you use a little greater spacing. I had not thought about it until recently. I added a 1pt spacing between words and felt it made a huge difference in readability. Then again, my eyes are also going to shit, so what the hell do I know? Oh, and then there is line spacing... Where does everyone fall on that?
  4. There is definitely a lot of money to be made in VPN's. https://www.bestvpn.com/. The SEMrush stats don't do this site justice. They are missing a ton of keywords. Not sure why. I talked to one of the VPN company's affiliate managers once. He was telling me that their top affiliate was making about $125,000 in commissions each month. It was this site. That is just the commissions on one of the VPN's too. The site has lost some rankings in the past 2 years. Just a spot or two here and there. I have noticed that PCMag and TechRadar have made an effort to move into the space. And you are right. The new rules are likely to open things up a lot.
  5. Is there a question in there? Are you asking why you are not ranking? What have you done to get the site ranking? If it is the site in your signature, that site is never going to rank for anything even mildly competitive, and even if it did rank, it will never convert to sales. You need to hire a writer that can write English. The grammar on that site is really, really bad.
  6. I'm not saying business owners don't reach out. I'm saying they don't do it through blog comments. They reach out (or their SEO should on their behalf) to partners they work with. A real estate agent might reach out to a settlement agent or mortgage broker they send business to frequently, for example. But they do that through email or picking up the phone and calling them. Not by dropping a comment on their blog. Plus, you can get a much better link with much better placement than a blog comment. Unless a nofollow link is potentially going to send you direct traffic or does something to build the brand and reputation of your business, there is no point in pursuing it. You have a common misconception of Scrapebox. So many people think Scrapebox is just for automating blog comments. That is one tiny fraction of what it is capable of, and frankly just a waste of time and resources. Where its real power lies is in pulling data out of the SERPs. You want a list of 1000 potential sites you can leave a blog comment on? Scrapebox can get that list in minutes. It does so much more than blog comment spamming.
  7. I would argue that considering blog comments is not thinking like a business owner at all. The concept of getting links through blog comments is completely foreign to 99% of them. As far as Google punishing anyone for blog comments, it really depends on the situation and I don't think they are punishing people much for those. Like most things, it depends on how and where you are doing it. Any list that anyone has containing blogs for comments or guest posting is immediately useless when it is published. Those sites will be spammed to death. If you really are going to try to build links through blog commenting, grab something like Scrapebox to find them. Personally, I wouldn't bother with these. The time it takes to find the sites, comment, and hope that you get a link approved that isn't nofollow just is not worth it. Plus, a site that does approve your comment with a link is probably approving a lot of other comments with links. There is a good chance that link will eventually be sharing a page with 50+ other outbound links rendering it even more useless. But if you are going to go for it, grab Scrapebox to pull a huge list of potential targets and start pruning through that list. The best places for guest posts are sites that don't advertise that they accept guest posts. They are the type of sites you have to seek out and build a relationship to get content posted on. Lastly, you absolutely do not need nofollow links to look "natural". That is total and utter bullshit. Just complete nonsense.
  8. That article was written by an idiot that thinks Budweiser is a beer. I agree about Southern Tier. I don't think I have had a beer of theirs yet that I did not like. Actually, I take that back. I didn't really care for their Mokah beer. It wasn't horrible. Just didn't really like it. Rest of their stuff has always been good. I have actually seen this beer at the store a few times and just have not picked it up yet. Haven't been in the mood for any dark beers in awhile. I cannot remember the beer but I have had one like this before. Basically tasted like an Andes Mint. It was good. Not something I would sit down for a whole six pack of, but it was good.
  9. I have never seen it impact anything ranking wise. The only effect it has is in the local search box it will say that the business is closed, which if you do 24-hour emergency plumbing, could hurt your sales.
  10. Yes, apparently Big Mac ads were showing up on videos of hate speech. On the other hand, people watching those kinds of videos are the types I would like to fill up on Big Macs.
  11. It's weird, but my first guess would be something with links pointing to those pages. Either internally or externally. Second guess would be something about the content on those pages.
  12. Make a backup of the .htaccess file. Upload the new code. Test it. If something isn't working right, put the old one back up until you figure it out. I would probably do it slightly different. RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTPS_HOST} ^domaina.co.uk [NC,OR] RewriteCond %{HTTPS_HOST} ^www.domaina.co.uk [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*) https://www.domainb.co.uk/$1 [L, R=301, NC] The NC's tell the server the rules are not case sensitive. This redirects both non-WWW and WWW versions (if I did it right). You probably already have a rule in there to redirect non-WWW to WWW, but there is no point in making that go through 2 hops. I think I did it right. It's not something you do everyday. So again, make a backup before messing with anything.
  13. Has anyone used Thrive With AdWords? I have seen it, but have not used it. It's supposed to be something put out by Google to help with AdWords account management. I was just wondering if anyone found it useful, or if it is really just basic stuff. Thanks.
  14. It certainly is a big change and one that advertisers should be concerned about. I wrote about his in a little more detail over here Google to expand exact match in AdWords What could happen as a result is because they are expanding their definition of exact match you will see more advertisers bidding for queries unintentionally. That will drive up the prices for position 1, position 2, etc. In the coming months if you see a steady increase in your CPC, you can probably trace it back directly to this change. I'll be anxious to hear Google's 3rd and 4th quarter results in the coming year. I bet they will see more AdWords growth year-over-year then they have in a long time.
  15. Google posted this on their AdWords blog yesterday. https://adwords.googleblog.com/2017/03/close-variants-now-connects-more-people.html Years ago exact match in AdWords meant exactly that. Your ads only showed for that specific query exactly as you listed it. Over time Google has expanded that and will sometimes show your ads for plural variations, single variations, misspellings, removing or adding symbols such as the apostrophe in "it's" versus "its", and sometimes even abbreviations. Google is expanding their definition of exact match again. They will now include removing, adding, or changing function words. Function words are prepositions, conjunctions, and words like a or the that don't impact the intent of the search. In addition to that, they will be looking at changing word order. For example, running shoes could now be an exact match for shoes running. Whether or not this ends up being a good or bad change will be determined over time. Having to generate a giant list of keywords to target things like running shoes, shoes running, shoes for running, shoes to run in, and every other conceivable variation can be a pain in the ass. That being said, this was kind of the purpose of the phrase match options. It all comes down to how good Google is at this, and when it comes to understanding language and searcher intent, they have gotten pretty good over the years. The concern is going to be if they decide things like running shoes for women is an exact match for running shoes but I don't sell shoes for women. Advertisers will certainly get upset if they are paying for clicks that do not help them. One more reason to make sure you are maintaining a well thought out negative keywords list and keeping it updated regularly in your campaigns.