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Everything posted by JohnHemmer

  1. Anyone get hit by the Cloudflare outage this week? I had one site get in a bit of a mess. When Cloudflare went down it reverted to the actual host. That would be fine except I did not have an SSL certificate installed there, so most browsers were throwing up warnings and chasing visitors away.
  2. It is a great tool if you are interested in optimizing for speed and usability. Right from the horse's mouth so to speak. Like you, I'm surprised more people are not actively using it.
  3. I'm glad to see someone else is feeling this way too. I don't understand why anyone would think keyword cannibalization is a thing. Sites regularly have multiple pages ranking for the same keywords. What keyword cannibalization is basically saying is that sites are awarded X amount of ranking power for a keyword by Google and if you have multiple pages targeting that keyword, then X gets divided up among them. However, if you only have one page targeting the keyword, that page gets the full power of X. If you have been studying and working with SEO for more than 2 weeks, you would know that is not how Google works at all. The only place this could have some merit is if you have Y number of internal and external links pointing to these pages and you consolidate them to one page. That would certainly show a boost. That's not what the cannibals (my new nickname for them) are saying though. They are advocating "de-optimizing" the other competing pages by taking the keyword out of title tags, headings, content, etc.
  4. Nice job Burger King. This is Wendy's troll level. I'm impressed.
  5. Yoast: I bet we can fuck over Wordpress users worse than anyone else. Wordpress: Hold my beer.
  6. It's about freaking time. I can't believe they let this bug go on this long. It has always been one of my favorite tools to use. The text-only version was especially useful in explaining to web designers why their code sucked.
  7. Lol. They must feel like idiots now. Hopefully, they were smart enough to get those people over to other platforms.
  8. Was that shit still open? Lol at all the people who just instantly lost their Circles.
  9. By the way, for any of you GTM virgins, Mike pointed out a great YouTube channel to me with some awesome GTM tutorials, along with a ton of other great content about analytics and tracking stats. It's called MeasureSchool.
  10. I have to be honest, even if it were not for the F ups of Yoast, I like SEOPress so much better. It just feels less intrusive, simpler, and less bloated. I probably never would have gone looking for it or considered it if Yoast had not fouled up a few of my sites, so there is that.
  11. This drives me nuts. Please someone explain this to me. I see all these gurus out there telling people how vital it is that their website is mobile friendly. I am totally on board with that. A few years ago, mobile traffic surpassed desktop traffic. This is no secret. They also claim that time on a page and how your users interact with your pages are rankings signals Google is looking at. I do not totally agree with that sentiment. I really do not believe Google cares how long someone is on a page. Google cares if they found what they were looking for, however long that takes. Let's say you buy that whole argument though. You want people staying on your page. You want people visiting other pages and interacting with the site. Okay. Now tell me how that connects with writing a 3,000 word article that these same gurus swear you should be using. Do you really believe that most of your visitors are going to read a 3,000 word article? The average reading speed of an adult is about 200 words per minute with good comprehension. If it is something really technical, it is going to take a little longer. So people are going to stare at your page on their little cell phone for 15 minutes and read the whole thing? Really? In this age of I want it now, now, now and impatience, this is what we are supposed to believe? Do you see my point? These things really don't connect. Or am I the only one seeing this and I am totally wrong?
  12. You can't learn anything about SEO by listening to what Google actually says, can you? 🤪
  13. Lol Google Stacking. I keep seeing that one too in a Facebook group. People jump into threads, post it, and then refuse to give any details. They act like it is some big secret or it only works if you use their special method that you will find in their course for $500. It's no wonder people are so confused by SEO.
  14. I had one site that seemed impacted by it. No it was not a medical site like everyone was screaming about. I honestly didn't really do anything with it and two weeks later all the rankings were back to normal.
  15. Holy shit. I would have thought GTMetrix would have timed out before it hit that long. About 30 seconds is the longest I have seen. And scores of 'A'? Wtf?
  16. After our chat on Skype the other day, I went ahead and made the switch on my sites. It was pretty seamless. Cool thing about SEO Press that you forgot to mention is that it has a feature that lets you import all your setting directly from Yoast with the click of a button. You don't have to go in and set everything up on every page or change all the settings in the menu to what you want. You just hit a button and in 10 seconds it is all done for you.
  17. I know I'm late to the party here, but the truth about Gab? What, the fact that he is a hot-headed douche that takes the slightest little bit of criticism personal and then blows up about it and throws a tantrum? The fact that he does a terrible job as the face of the company he represents? The fact that he has never followed through with anything? The fact that despite its "1.3 million members" nobody bought his agency course no matter how many places he plastered it all over the forum? What exactly is the "truth" that you think would be getting exposed that everyone doesn't already know about him?
  18. I had never heard of this, but checked it out based on your recommendation. It's not a bad little tool. I imagine it will only get better over time.
  19. Wait. What? How do the mods have anything to do with it not selling?
  20. It's not a pile of shit. It's a flaming pile of shit. Dan Lok is the poor man's Rich Jerk. The Rich Jerk did it way better and was way more charismatic. Don't get me wrong. Tons of people hated him. I wouldn't expect anything worthwhile to come out of WF anymore. Their management cannot tell their asshole from their elbow. The fact that they promoted this offer from Dan shows that they know nothing about their own membership and don't even spend time on their own site. Nobody there was buying a high ticket item like that. I think entry level for Dan's stuff is like $1,500. Nobody is even going to buy that silly agency bootcamp thing they are promoting now. If it was $49, it might have a chance. I think it's around $400.
  21. I never thought about this before, but I could see in smaller niches it having an impact. You and 2 other competitors go after a keyword that Google says is searched 100 times per month. If all 3 of you are checking the search results daily (most rank trackers do), in 12 months will it look like the search volume doubled? I have never tracked something like that, but it would be interesting to test the impact. I'm guessing that Google is somehow weeding a lot of these out. As @Wunderkind mentioned, in really big niches where you might have thousands of people tracking keywords you would see some really big jumps in search volume.
  22. Speaking of Moz, have you (or anyone else reading this thread) tried out their new database? They launched something new, or it is in beta I guess, for paying customers only. Some idiot from there was bragging that it was bigger than Ahrefs' database, but someone else said they were skewing the numbers a little bit to make it appear in their favor. Like they were using a total database versus a live database or something. Anyhow, it is 10 times bigger than what they had before and they are supposed to be pushing out more frequent updates of their metrics. They eventually want the metrics calculated in real-time. Not sure I believe that will happen. I have heard mixed things so far from 3 different people, so not sure what to think of it.
  23. If the niche is IM, I'd probably go with the 3rd plan. Start building a name/reputation. Start getting people on your list. Most of the IM'ers I follow, and there are very few these days, I originally found on a forum or from a video. A couple from Facebook ads, which is probably a decent place to stand out these days because it is getting overrun with morons. Mike shared a perfect example with me a couple of weeks ago of one he found on Facebook. I forget her full name. Her big "idea" she was selling was that adding "Hi, I'm Jess" at the top of her pages and emails improved her conversions by like 400% or something ridiculous. She showed examples of the before and after pages. It was hilarious. She did not just add the stupid "Hi, I'm Jess". She also took basically blank boring pages and added images and call to actions. All kinds of stuff. But yep. It was the "Hi, I'm Jess" that made the difference. Can't even make this shit up. Point being, if you actually know what you are doing, Facebook ads might be an easy place to start to get followers and traffic because it won't be hard to differentiate yourself as someone that has a clue.
  24. If they send you a hoodie, how will they pay their hosting bill next month? #priorities
  25. This drives me nuts. Moz's metrics are all over the place in terms of accuracy, but if you are going to use them, at least use the right one. Unless there is a link directly from the home page to the page you are trying to beat, the DA is all but meaningless.
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