Avast Rejects Jumpshot Over Privacy Outrage

In a direct response to Vice and PCMag's article on Avast Antivirus, Avast's Corporate Board and CEO Ondrej Vlcek ceased operation of their data subsidiary Jumpshot. It seems that core mission of Avast cannot be uncorrupted by the sale of their user’s data.  “I realize the recent news about Jumpshot…

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Google Announces New Nofollow Link Attributes

In a move that confused many in the SEO community, Google expanded upon the rel="nofollow" attribute to include: sponsored content, user generated content, and good old fashioned nofollow. Danny Sullivan, Search Liaison at Google, has stated that this will help Google better identify paid content across the web. Presumably, the…

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Tumblr Acquired By Automattic

In a move that seemed to catch everyone by surprise, Automattic/WordPress acquired WordPress yesterday. A merger that was quite the opposite of an incredibly hyped acquisition by Yahoo. It was only 2014 when Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo and newly hired CEO Marissa Mayer at a valuation of $1.1B. At…

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Online Branding Tools & Tips

Branding is how you distinguish yourself in a crowded and competitive marketplace. It's not just your business name, and/or your logo, but it's a collection of all of the sensory elements that make up your business and how your customers respond, interact, and remember their experience. Branding is certainly its…

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Presentation For UW Communications Leadership Graduate Program – Feb 9, 2018

Thanks for inviting me to present at your class, it was truly an honor, and I hope I was able to deliver some value, or at least be interesting to the class. If you ever want me back, I'd be more than happy to follow up with the group. If…

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Newspack: WordPress & Google Joint Venture for News Publishing

Google has been developing WordPress products for several years and launched Newspack as a partnership with Automattic, Google News Initiative, and the Knight Foundation to help publishers manage and monetize their online news stories. WordPress powers between 20-30% of the Internet's content depending on who did the counting. Google powers…

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New Year’s Resolutions For Business Owners

Let's check in on last year's resolutions: Backups Updates, WordPress 5.0 leaves us with an incomplete heading into the New Year, but we upgraded our important sites. Password Security We still recommend LastPass or just updating passwords, or maybe just getting rid of them altogether. Upgrade to SSL This is…

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Hi Everyone! Not really a post, but just a running list of some of our favorite deals. OceanWP 50% Off We run this on our site, the free version is great, and the extensions are even greater. Elementor 25% Off We also run Elementor for really simple theme customization. WordPress,…

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Donald J. Trump’s No Good, Very Bad, Rigged, Fake News, Google Search Results

Donald J. Trump is The President, and we realize that this is going to be inherently political, but this is more of a how-to guide rather than a slam post. I'm going to **try** and keep my feelings in check about this and just keep it on the technical merits.…

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Free Twitter Unfollow Tools #TwitterPurge #Unfollow

Twitter purged a bunch of fake accounts last week. It's a bold move for a company that had created value based on it's user count. But as most of us can attest, fake accounts are a real drag, and getting rid of them hasn't hurt Twitter's stock price in any…

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Wix SEO Review

We did a Wix SEO Audit a few months ago when some annoying ads on YouTube got my attention and (re)raised my ire at the web platform. When I realized that they weren't even able to rank their spokesperson for her own name (.com) I just about lost it. In…

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[B]Rand Fishkin or Why Sparktoro.com Doesn’t Rank for Sparktoro Branded Search

If you are in the SEO field you have heard of Rand Fishkin. His recent departure from Moz, the company he founded, certainly gave the Internet Marketing Industry a shock. A not-so-gentle reminder that ANYONE can be fired for any reason. Rand isn't exactly Steve Jobs, but they have that…

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year is a great time for self-reflection and a milestone to measure accomplishment, but it''s really not worth waiting for. I'm pretty sure that these great ideas to make you a better, more complete person, didn't just hit you after Christmas. You've known for some time what you need…

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Why Wix Is Bad At SEO
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Why Wix Is Bad At SEO

It has become recently fashionable in the SEO sector to kick Wix, sorry to pile on, but Wix SEO is a bit of a joke frankly and I'm getting pretty annoyed with their practices and a particular YouTube campaign they are running. Wix has been bombarding me (anyone else?) with…

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Build A Free Website With Google My Business

We recently received a request from a client to migrate their old website to a new platform. We were already considering using Google Sites and after reading Mike Blumenthal's post on the number of sites created with Google My Business we decided to check out this new feature to see…

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Celebrate Food Pics With Google Local Guides In July

Google Local Guides have been celebrating July with food pics at their favorite restaurants. You may have noticed some extra activity in Google Maps and your Google My Business account. I've certainly noticed some more reviews and photos for my restaurateur clients. In terms of search marketing, people looking for…

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11 WordPress Themes for Bands & Musicians

There are several WordPress themes for bands and musicians available on the WordPress Repository and on ThemeForest if you are looking for a little more control than the free band website platforms that have pre-built templates or maybe you want to build your own publishing rights, become a label, and sell…

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OPG Poulsbo, Olympic Photo Group vs Olympic Property Group

There are two OPG's in Poulsbo, one is a photographer and the other is a company that is a much larger employer, listed on NASDAQ, and that helped found Poulsbo and other timber communities in Kitsap County. Want to guess which one ranks when you Google OPG? Poulsbo, WA is…

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Thanks For Participating In Google Partners Connect

Thanks to everyone who could attend our event last Wednesday at Google Partners Connect. One of the best presentations we have hosted in two years of Partners Connect events. Mobile is becoming so pervasive that the average person checks their phone over a 150 times a day now. That's about…

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World Password Day

World Password Day is raising awareness for breaking your bad password habits before hackers break into your email or social media accounts.

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Six Free Website Builders

Technically, HTML and CSS are free, you only need a text editor to create a webpage, but that only works if you know some HTML and you still need to pay for hosting. Having a website is no longer a nice extra, it is a necessity. The downside of free…

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Websites for Bands and Musicians

You and your band may not "need" a music website for your band, but it can make things a lot easier for communicating with fans, finding new gigs, or selling your music and merchandise. Band websites are probably the easiest way to share your work on social media or collect email address…

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