Duplicate Content Penalty: The Myth, The Reality, and My Advice

For over a decade, Google has been fighting the myth of the duplicate content penalty. Since I still continue to field questions on it, I thought it would be worth discussing here. First, let’s discuss the verbiage: What Is Duplicate Content? Duplicate content generally refers to substantive blocks of content within or across domains that either completely matches other content or that is appreciably similar. Mostly, this is not deceptive in origin.  Google, Avoid Duplicate

What Is A 404 Error Page? Why Are They So Important?

When you make a request for an address in a browser, a series of events happen in a matter of microseconds: You type an address with http or https and hit enter. The http stands for hypertext transfer protocol and is routed to a domain name server. Https is a secure connection where the host and browser do a handshake and send data encrypted. The domain name server looks up where the domain is pointing

What Are Meta Descriptions? Why Are They Critical to Organic Search Engine Strategies?

Sometimes marketers can’t see the forest for the trees. As search engine optimization has gained so much attention the past decade, I’ve noticed that many marketers focus so much on rank and subsequent organic traffic, they forget the step that actually occurs in between. Search engines are absolutely critical to every business’ ability to drive users with intent to the page on your site that feeds the intent to your product or service. And meta

The Relationship Between Personas, Buyer Journeys, And Sales Funnels

High-performance inbound marketing teams utilize buyer personas, understand buying journeys, and closely monitor their sales funnels. I’m helping deploy a training lesson on digital marketing campaigns and buyer personas with an international company right now and someone asked for clarification on the three so I think it’s worth discussing. Targeting Who: Buyer Personas I recently wrote on buyer personas and how critical they are to your digital marketing efforts. They help segment and target your

The Factors That Impact How Quickly Your Page Loads On Your Website

We were meeting with a perspective client today and were discussing what impacts website load speed. There’s quite a battle going on on the Internet right now: Visitors are demanding rich visual experiences – even on higher-pixel retina displays. This is driving larger images and higher resolutions which are bloating image sizes. Search engines are demanding ultra fast pages that have great supporting text. This means valuable bytes are being spent on text, not images.

How Your Slow Website Is Hurting Your Business

Years ago, we had to migrate our site to a new host after our current host just started getting slower and slower. No one wants to shift hosting companies… especially someone that’s hosting multiple websites. Migration can be quite a painful process. Aside from the speed boost, Flywheel offered free migration so it was a win-win. I didn’t have a choice, though, given that quite a bit of the work I do is optimizing sites

Why There Are 542 Banana Hangers on Amazon

There are 542 different banana hangers on Amazon… ranging in price from $5.57 to $384.23. The most inexpensive banana hangers are simple hooks that you mount under your cabinetry. The most expensive banana hanger is this beautiful Chabatree banana hanger that is hand-crafted and made out of sustainable wood resources. Seriously… I looked them up. I counted the results, sorted them by price, and then did a ton of banana hanger research. Right about now,

Software Review, Advice, Comparison, And Discovery Sites (65 Resources)

Quite a few people wonder how I’m able to find such a wide array of sales and marketing technology platforms and tools out there that they hadn’t heard of yet, or that may even be beta. Aside from alerts I have set up, there are some great resources out there for finding tools. I was recently sharing my list with Matthew Gonzales and he shared a few of his favorites and it got me started on