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 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

Smart Ways to Combine Content Marketing with SEO

The folks at Blogmost.com developed this infographic and named it Little Known Ways to Build High Quality Backlinks in 2014. I’m not sure I like that title… I don’t think companies should focus on building links anymore. Our local search experts at Site Strategics like to say that new strategies require earning links rather than actively building them. More importantly, I believe this infographic combines a ton of tools and distribution sites where you can