How to get rid of tags on a default WordPress theme post / category

On many of my sites I use tags only as a way for related posts to be calculated reasonably correctly.¬†For SEO reasons (duplicate content issues) I would rather they don’t show up on the site itself, and certainly not on every post and category... Read More

Linking myths – post Panda and Penguin

Google has been making life harder for those of us who make a living online. With sites closing left and right – because Google stopped giving them traffic – authors are getting a big paranoid about what linking practices are ‘allowed’ and/or considered ‘spammy’.

I can’t really blame people: common sense just isn’t enough anymore. However, some things floating around the online forums are just plain nonsensical.

So here are some questions I have been asked recently, and my answers. Continue reading Linking myths – post Panda and Penguin

Duplicate content on WordPress – hey, Google indexed my tag pages!

On Facebook I’ve recently seen people ask about duplicate content on WordPress blogs. People are panicking. It’s logical to panic, unfortunately, because Google has been acting strangely lately. However, no-indexing ALL your tag and... Read More

Scroogle alternatives: how to search Google without personalisation and localisation

Those who watch the search engine space, or make a living online, have long realized that Google personlizes search results. That is: based on what type of PC you use, where you are when you browse, whether you’re logged into Google (gmail for... Read More

Why did I suddenly lose google traffic?

The lens doesn’t rank, but the squidu thread does. Let’s see how the blogpost does, shall we? It’s an often asked question: why did my lens / blog / hub suddenly lose traffic? I wrote a lens to answer that question: Why did I suddenly... Read More

Check the real Google: about personalization and localisation

I’m archiving my best Squidu posts here, for future reference. Adapting slightly in view of comments made there. A recent TED video made me realize just how far we’ve come from the days when search engine results were the same for... Read More

Google and Facebook different for everybody

I’ve been posting about this on twitter, facebook on squidu, but for those of you who don’t follow me on either – or where I get filtered out for whatever reason… Here’s a TED video that illustrates just how different my... Read More

Why Hubpages lost and Squidoo didn’t in the latest Google update

I’ve been working on a post comparing Squidoo and hubpages for months now. It kept getting postponed, because Squidoo kept changing on me. In fact, most of my notes on the differences are now moot, because Squidoo has simply bridged the gap.... Read More

Does SEO Silo Structuring your sites work?

Dinesh (aka Jhangora) asked this question on one of my lenses: “I noticed that successful lensmasters like you and Tipi interlink their lenses a lot. I read online that this type of silo structure does not work. Does it work?” I had to look... Read More

How to find out if Google knows what your page is about…

ThrivingMom shares an excellent tip on keyword optimization on her blog. She writes: Time and time again I see posts on SquidU by lensmasters asking how to get traffic to their lens. They say they worked hard on a lens but aren’t seeing any... Read More