Published on 2012-12-26 12:55:39
So it’s been awhile since I’ve written anything here for my personal site. I figured there’s nothing better than really discussing some upcoming resolutions I have for the New Year and some things I’ll be learning/doing SEO wi
Published on 2012-10-22 13:00:41
It’s kind of weird really. Knowing what I know in regards to SEO, and seeing some of the other websites out there who are also “SEO Consultants in Pittsburgh,” it’s just laughable. When I see these kind of spam e-mail SEO offers or simply when I’m...
Published on 2012-10-13 19:50:54
A lot of people often wonder how various people can be consistently seen at the top of all kinds of rankings for their specific keyword targets. Plain and simple, Google Optimization is pretty easy. So easy in fact, that Google is starting to make it so anyone...
Published on 2012-10-10 19:47:51
Broken links are always going to happen. Web pages go down, file structures change, and simply things just go by the wayside in age as time moves on. In terms of SEO, broken links are road blocks from the search engines to your site. Having broken links doesn't give you...
Published on 2012-10-09 17:58:02
A lot of SEO beginners out there are left wondering the same question, “How do I SEO my website for free?” It’s really as simple as learning some basic structure and SEO standards to get you on your way. In this article, I’ll give you some solid ideas on how...
Published on 2012-10-09 01:01:51
Last week Google released their newest algorithm update to the world. So far, it has done more harm than good to anyone who wants to use Google. Sure, it beat up on the people that are doing things to bunk with the Google Optimization standards, but it also hurt "white-hat"...
Published on 2012-10-07 17:33:33
So to give a little information on this subject, I've decided to go after a new keyword and work it to the front page(I'm currently sitting on the 3rd-4th page) and it's a medium competition word that I think I can excel at. That keyword or phrase rather is going...
Published on 2012-10-04 11:54:23
So I had a pretty crazy idea last night, except it's going to cause me to change my entire site. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but I decided that I'm going to break away from Couch CMS(I've learned it, still recommend it, and am happy with it) and go...
Published on 2012-10-01 18:36:40
I implore you, stop using the META Keywords tag. It's useless, and it helps your competitors build a marketing strategy to rival your site's plan. I know, I know, "BUT CLAY! Some search engines still use the META Keywords tag!" Of course they do, but they're not search engines that...
Published on 2012-10-01 01:55:46
This is the weird thing. I've been doing SEO Consulting now for 6+ years, and during all this time, my ideas still get shot down by a client who disagrees with my ideas.
Published on 2012-09-09 19:38:25
So I know I haven't posted here in a solid few months. I've been busy, a new job, a honeymoon, and a new personal project will do that to you!
I've decided to go ahead and try and create a blog/site on a national level and see what I can do...
Published on 2012-08-03 12:22:42
Working for an actual design firm now as their SEO manager has been essential in learning that businesses obviously come in all different kinds, sizes, profit margins, and of course people. Some people are high tech, and some people just walked out of the barn. Incredibly however, they all have...
Published on 2012-08-01 11:39:47
I figured I'd throw this out there for anyone looking for a new bot to use on their site to get inormation and to check to see if everything is working properly when accurately scrubbed via a robot/spider. A new product has recently come out that's both free(one I use)...
Published on 2012-07-30 20:34:12
I figured this kind of inforgraphic is needed because I've recently been talking to people who think that short term SEO keywords are the way to go. It's troublesome but certain business just can't get with it enough to understand that a 4-5 word trail keyword phrase is better than...
Published on 2012-07-29 20:41:07
An article taken from www.seo-news.com. 14 tips All About SEO to help you improve rank right off the bat and start doing things the right way.
Published on 2012-07-18 23:50:57
I'm going to do something that I see a ton of other people do, and it's relevant to my interests and tastes, so here we go! The site aweber.com posted a pretty sweet inffo graphic on "How Do Teens Communicate?" and it was interesting...
Published on 2012-07-18 20:04:24
I've been talking about how I've been targeting keywords and specific ideas to see if I can increase the rankings, pretty much just for fun and to see what works and doesn't work. The first thing outside of my Pittsburgh centric keywords(which I rank VERY well for) was the phrase...
Published on 2012-07-16 20:47:33
In a pretty crazy turn of events, Google Executive Marissa Mayer has been named the new Yahoo CEO. It's huge news because it was blieved that Yahoo was taking a serious hit and falling behind Google in the worst way. Well now that one of Google's Top Executives(the one known...
Published on 2012-07-15 20:43:07
I absolutely feel awful for neglecting my blog. It's a cardinal sin to stop writing about something that you enjoy because the readers that I have stop coming back to check my non updated site, and new potential readers see that I haven't added anything in awhile, so they assume...
Published on 2012-07-08 22:23:24
Published on 2012-07-01 00:30:45
Something must have finally clicked with Google because ALL of my keywords have shown up and made an impact in the local searches I've been running!
Published on 2012-06-28 21:57:33
I've been doing some more work to this site recently trying to get it even more user friendly before I start actually coding a version 2 of it. I want to have all of the kinks worked out before I even begin to start thinking of advancements and a better...
Published on 2012-06-25 20:08:04
Remember when Facebook release their version of e-mail?
Published on 2012-06-24 16:36:50
I've been doing some solid work on my site this weekend that's going to help me increase the number of views on my site dramatically. They aren't large things, but they are things that build up to create an impact in a way that's fundamental to the site and it's...
Published on 2012-06-22 16:39:59
So remember when I wrote about the 5 Tips For SEO Beginners a few days ago? Well I'm applying a few of those rules to myself today. I'm going through my entire site looking to specifically optimize a few words and phrases because ding ding ding, I'm dictating...
Published on 2012-06-18 15:58:24
Recently I've seen a lot of companies taking to their landing pages and stuffing content with keywords, targeted advancements and just paragraph after paragraph of stuff that isn't designed for the consumer.
Published on 2012-06-13 16:34:48
Over the past few weeks I've been detailing various ways to increase knowledge in SEO if you're just starting out. Somethings are simple, and some things are more complex for new users(the excel post for one).
Published on 2012-06-10 16:11:01
So over the past few weeks, I've been delving deeper inside the SEO world and have come across a few great sites and documents made available to help anyone starting on the SEO journey in order to set themselves up better in the long run. I've been looking at a...
Published on 2012-06-07 18:59:09
You know, I did a piece not too long ago that I was liking where Google was going with Google+ and how the integration was working very well with their new updates.
Today, I'm here to tell you that Google needs to ease up on Google+ and slowly realize that forcing...
Published on 2012-06-05 16:04:26
I've actually been asked in the past few days by a few people interested in the complete SEO process and how it's adaptable to being just a pure blogger. For whatever reason, the thought that you shouldn't practice SEO if you're just running a typical blog is somewhat astounding to...
Published on 2012-06-04 19:05:31
So outside of anything going on this weekend, I've come across the authoring ability with Google.
Published on 2012-05-31 13:29:18
Over the past couple weeks I've been doing some tracking and testing with various keywords.
Published on 2012-05-30 01:03:49
Another interesting stat that came out over the weekend was that Google has come out and posted their stats saying that they've banned 134 million Ads and more than 800k AdWords Accounts.
Published on 2012-05-28 15:17:02
It's been a hectic weekend, but sadly all good things must come to an end and I had a blast of a Memorial Day.
Published on 2012-05-22 19:19:28
I'm fast away working and planning out the 3rd re-design of this site.
Published on 2012-05-20 17:46:06
A recent search engine site has caught my eye, and apparently it's gaining serious steam as a possible competitor to Google.
Published on 2012-05-17 16:56:17
Google has just been on fire recently with it's release of Penguin and now another function created to begining you the most accurate and correct results to date.
Published on 2012-05-15 17:56:31
So as most of you all know, backlinking has been my biggest issue so far.
Published on 2012-05-13 17:43:25
Is something that I'm starting to put a lot of my focus on for the time being. Twitter/Facebook/Google+ are great, and they've been beneficial to me as far as attaining new followers and readers, but they haven't affected my site nearly as much as Stumbleupon and deliciou.us has.
Published on 2012-05-10 13:46:22
Remember a few posts back when I said I was impatient?
Published on 2012-05-09 00:14:34
As I had mentioned yesterday in my post ‘Never Stop,’ I wrote that I’m going to redesign my site again and try and upgrade to all of the things that I wanted the new site to have without forcing myself to work with the code I have in...
Published on 2012-05-07 21:22:26
So I’ve decided that a little after the three weeks that this site has been created, I feel like I did some things well, and other aspects poorly. It’s not a matter of being bad at it, it’s a matter of learning some more things and how I want to...
Published on 2012-05-07 00:02:16
Just a busy weekend here at the house. Nothing but yard work since its been so nice outside. I'll be writing another post in the SEO Starter Series, trying to get a few more projects uploaded to the portfolio portion of my site, as well as still trying to get...
Published on 2012-05-03 22:32:30
I would have to say the most cumbersome thing I have done is release this site in the transition of Google Penguin.
Published on 2012-05-03 00:30:46
So when I first created this site I had no intentions of owning an iPad. Luckily I was fortunate enough to win a fantasy hockey league that I was apart of and walked away with some serious cash that enabled me to by the newest iPad on the market. Ive...
Published on 2012-04-29 23:00:58
I’ve recently become an Apple nerd in the past few months. I was huge on Android until I broke my smartphone(by dropping it on the ground) and decided to give the iPhone a try. I’ve always wanted to own one to at least see what the hoopla was about, and...
Published on 2012-04-26 22:45:37
So after checking into the Google Webmaster Tools and just looking at the keyword searches that have been used in the past three weeks since this site's redesign. I expected it to be incredibly predictable and am not surprised at the results.
The biggest keyword search term that I’ve had the...
Published on 2012-04-25 23:13:32
As most of you may have seen, I’ve been focusing in on some keywords that will help me locally attract viewers and possible clients throughout the local Pittsburgh Area. Lately, I’ve decided that I’m going to try and use the keywords Pittsburgh SEO and Pittsburgh Freelance Design and test their...
Published on 2012-04-23 23:24:41
I’ve been doing some things here recently that are working to change the way the site works in regards to the title tag and text throughout the blog.
For the title tags, I’ve changed it from “Clayton-Nichols.com | Article Title” to “Article Title | Clayton-Nichols.com.” The reasoning is pretty simple for...
Published on 2012-04-21 21:33:05
So it’s been roughly 2-3 weeks now that this version of the site with the blog included has been live, and slowly but surely, the stat gain is starting to show. I decided last week that I was going to try and increase my HubSpot Market Grade and...
Published on 2012-04-18 13:30:46
Of course everyone hates sitting in traffic. It’s absolutely the worst part of my day, and I don’t even have to deal with it like I used to when I lived 50+ miles from work. However that’s really not what we’re talking about in regards to traffic.
What I’m looking for...
Published on 2012-04-16 23:52:27
So I’ve decided to go ahead and share what I use daily to see what kind of impact I am making, or can create in the web world. These 5 tools below are great for SEO research. Most importantly, they’re all free. Some of the “free” ones do have some...
Published on 2012-04-14 19:47:40
A poll was recently done by The Pew Internet & American Life Project that reported that one in five U.S. adults actually don't use the internet.
Published on 2012-04-12 16:31:50
Welcome to the third installment of the SEO Starter Series. Sure, you can read a list of things that people can do to set themselves up for decent to great SEO and start off on the right foot. That’s basically what this is all about.
I will say though, that some...
Published on 2012-04-11 15:40:35
Just as I had made a post about the 5 Things Google+ Did Wrong...
Published on 2012-04-10 15:27:56
It’s a great thing when you’re doing the work and seeing results. It’s even better when you realize just how quick the results came in after you’ve applied correct standards and processes. This site has been live for 3 weeks and I’ve been contacted through people searching from Google.
Published on 2012-04-09 17:44:44
This his huge news.
Published on 2012-04-09 16:39:50
Finally back from all of the Easter festivities.
Published on 2012-04-06 15:37:07
Google has always been about trying to create things and see what kind of impact it can make in the tech world, and then hopefully latching on to the personal world. Google+ I thought was Google’s greatest creation in terms of social media but somewhere along the line it’s gotten...
Published on 2012-04-04 15:13:29
Titles, you mean like headlines and stuff right? Precisely! Everything related to your blog can live and die with this direct 4-5 word line to entice the reader into actually reading what you have to say.
You could seriously have the most important thing ever written down by anyone in the...
Published on 2012-04-03 15:01:12
Tom Petty once sang “the waiting is the hardest part” and he couldn’t be anymore right. That’s really where I’m at in regards to seeing direct search returns from this site. This isn’t waiting for “OMG JOB OPENINGS AND INTERVIEWS GALORE!!1!!111!!” It’s more of just waiting to see the impact...
Published on 2012-04-02 15:01:05
So you’re probably thinking that getting into the world of SEO is going to be a difficult one, or you’re just already a long for the ride but aren’t doing a few standard things to set yourself up better down the road. We’ve all been there, and there’s this misconception...
Published on 2012-03-30 14:49:39
Have you seen those television ads for companies promoting the ease of creating a website yourself? Have you seen just how SIMPLE it is to create an entire site that’s aesthetically pleasing, professionally designed by yourself, AND that it’s going to get ranked and indexed immediately so all of your...
Published on 2012-03-29 19:18:49
Sometimes people who enjoy blogging often run into a writers block of sorts and end up either writing nothing of substance, or nothing at all.
Published on 2012-03-29 13:45:30
In another SEO update from Google.
Published on 2012-03-28 16:07:46
So SearchEngineLand.com posted a pretty good article about the iPhone 4s and it's Siri program/app and it's usage among the owners.
Siri is popular but its usage is limited, according new survey research from Parks Associates. The firm surveyed 482 iPhone 4S owners and asked about their usage of the virtual...
Published on 2012-03-27 18:35:23
There was an article posted on /r/web_design that has me facing an inner clash of web designer and marketing guy.
Published on 2012-03-26 14:05:43
This is probably one of the best articles I've read lately on SEOmoz.
Published on 2012-03-22 17:21:58
This site was purely built with HTML, CSS, and a PHP variant like content management system called CouchCMS.
Published on 2012-03-21 13:58:48
So let's talk about Pinterest. It's huge, ridiculously huge in fact and my first initial impressions was that it was basically a do it yourself site with crazy craft ideas and recipes. My second actual impression was that mostly women are on it at any given time as it’s like...