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Mike Friedman

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  1. Mike Friedman

    WP 5.0 Release is Thursday

    People are definitely not happy about this update. All of my sites I really care about are using page builders, so it had zero impact on my work. I understand the frustration, but at the same time, this was announced about a year ago. People had plenty of time to adapt, test, and prepare for this update.
  2. Mike Friedman

    WP 5.0 Release is Thursday

    In some forums and Facebook groups, this update is reminding me of Y2k.
  3. This ad campaign is a great use of geo-fencing. It's been one of my concerns though with geo-fencing. I can see some pretty serious advertising wars going on utilizing it.
  4. Mike Friedman

    Google Wont Update Page Title

    That is really weird. Not sure why Google would care about the word buy or sell.
  5. Mike Friedman

    Google Wont Update Page Title

    If they have a page title indexed already, then yeah I wouldn't be shocked if it takes a little longer for them to switch it to a new one. The situation sounds pretty odd though.
  6. Oops. https://searchengineland.com/search-engine-land-was-mistakenly-removed-from-the-google-index-308879 Apparently, Google mistakenly thought that SEL was hacked and it was removed from the index. Word of warning. You should have Search Console running on all your sites. If this happens, you get a message right away that is delivered via Search Console. You can do a reconsideration at that point. Likely, the situation won't be reversed as fast as this one because SEL is such a public site, but if it happens to you the faster you act on it the faster it can be corrected.
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    Need some fresh eyes on a sales page.

    I'm not a copy expert by any means, but I feel like your secondary headline should actually be the main headline. Your Business Is Unique And Requires Unique Solutions To Be Competitive! This feels more like the attention grabber to me.
  8. I have not been a big adopter of video for much of anything. I use videos in some of my training courses, but I mean publicly putting videos out there. This is an interesting article about Gen Z teens using YouTube to learn things. There is no denying the popularity of YouTube. It is the second most used search engine on the planet behind Google. Something to think about.
  9. Mike Friedman

    Need some fresh eyes on a sales page.

    Thomas, I'm so sorry. I completely missed this post. Please feel free to share the link.
  10. Mike Friedman

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2018

    Elementor is 25% off. Great page builder for Wordpress. If you are building a site in Wordpress right now, use this with the Astra or Generate Press free themes. You won't be sorry. https://elementor.com/black-friday/
  11. We have been doing a thread like this each year for sharing good deals relating to IM products and services you come across for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So let's get the ball rolling...
  12. Mike Friedman

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2018

    Jump on this one. Lifetime access to SEO Press for $99. Normally $39/yr. https://www.seopress.org/black-friday/
  13. This thread was a pretty big success last year, so we are going to do it again for 2018. This thread is designed to be a little different than your traditional goal-setting type of activities. Setting goals for things like sales volume, how much money you want to make, how much weight you want to lose etc. is not hard. I think most people do that. The idea of this discussion is to get you thinking about the actual activities that will help you achieve those goals. There are two questions. The answers can be about your business and your personal life. 1) What will you start doing in 2018 that you are not doing in 2017? 2) What will you stop doing in 2018 that you are currently doing in 2017? Take some time to think about what you really want to commit to doing in 2018. Also, think about the things that you are doing now that are not having the results you wanted, are eating up too much time, or are just flat-out bad habits that you want to stop doing. Putting them down in an open forum holds you more accountable. Like last year, I would hope that participants revisit this thread and update their progress. Would love to see even more people take advantage of this in 2018.
  14. Mike Friedman

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2018

    Really good deal on Siteground hosting. They are probably my favorite host right now. This offer doesn't go live until Friday. I know I'll be picking up a couple of hosting accounts there for some upcoming projects.
  15. Mike Friedman

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2018

    Best of the Web
  16. Mike Friedman

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2018

    I bought this two years ago. Nice to have if you throw up a lot of sites. Plus you get every Genesis theme they put out in the future. I'm using them a bit with Elementor right now. Nice combo.
  17. Mike Friedman

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2018

    Offers from Namecheap on domains, hosting, and more. https://www.namecheap.com/domain-web-hosting-ssl-deals/black-friday/
  18. Mike Friedman

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2018

    Black Friday deal on Divi coming soon: https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/theme-releases/exclusive-black-friday-layouts-sneak-peek Divi is a pretty decent page builder. I like Elementor better, but a lot of people love Divi.
  19. Mike Friedman

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2018

    It's not up yet, but there is supposed to be a deal for Black Friday and Cyber Monday on TechSmith products (Camtasia, SnagIt) here https://www.techsmith.com/products.html
  20. Mike Friedman

    Great Marketing Idea

    Yes. I hate expresso.
  21. So I just got hit up by Best Buy and thought I would share what they are doing. I'm sure this has other applications and could be used in a ton of different ways. It's not a unique idea and I have seen other companies do something similar. I got an email this morning from Best Buy with a certificate. The certificate is worth between $5 and $5,000. The only way to find out its value is to have it scanned in a store. And it expires in 2 days. I'm sure it is only worth $5, but the not knowing is killing me. Since it's only 10 minutes away... yeah, I'll be at Best Buy.
  22. Mike Friedman

    Great Marketing Idea

    You'll get nothing and you'll like it. Actually, I didn't get anything. The certificate was only worth $5. I'll wait until Black Friday / Cyber Monday.
  23. Mike Friedman

    Great Marketing Idea

    Best Buy won this round.
  24. So I was just wanted to take a look at what the latest articles were saying about Gutenberg and if it would interfere with existing page builders. How did this suggested search come up?
  25. Mike Friedman

    Facebook Comments

    Has anyone tried integrating Facebook comments into a website? I was redesigning The SEO Pub site and thought about giving it a try. However, I'm running into some serious page speed issues with it. It was adding over 3 MB to my page size and for some reason when I add it GTMetrix and Google PageSpeed Insights both tell me I do not have Gzip enabled. I do, and it passes on every other page, but on blog post pages with Facebook comments, it seems it interferes with Gzip for some reason. Anyone know of any workarounds on this or ways to speed it up? My pages load in under 1 second, but over 4 seconds when I use Facebook comments.
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