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 for fan email newsletters, promote […]

Hyphens vs Underscores

Yes, stuff like this matters. It matters because the programmers at Google designed the search engine to recognize and search for programming syntax and the underscore is common in programming languages. Google is still a dumb robot, it is getting better at understanding the intricacies of language, but it is still just a program that […]

Sept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown

You probably noticed that things look a little different on our site today and it probably is not the first site that you visited today that was displaying the same message. We are proud to support Net Neutrality for Internet Users to access whatever content they wish at the speed they pay for. Residents of […]

WordPress 4.0 “Benny” Released

WordPress 4.0, “Benny”, is available for download.  Feature upgrades include another upgrade to the Media Library, better native oEmbed support, and a new Plugin Installer. Visually it is a huge improvement and increased utility managing content. Plugins and Media have needed the most attention, Media more so than Plugins. Media still needs improvement, look what it’s […]

How to Screw Up Your Branded Keywords Online

Mitchell County Cattle Brands

There is a misconception in SEO that branded keywords are “easy.” Easy if your brand is strong. Easy if your brand is unique and non-generic. Easy to get wrong. In a perfect world we would all own our brand online. In the real world and on the Internet your brand is only partially under your control. The more […]

Yext Offers Duplicate Listing Suppression

Yext announced a new feature yesterday to handle duplicate listings for businesses.   “Yext Duplicate Suppression is a revolutionary new capability for the entire local search ecosystem – for marketers, publishers and end users” said Howard Lerman, Yext’s CEO.  “Today’s innovation represents a quantum leap forward towards Yext’s mission to get perfect location information in […]

New Portfolio WordPress Theme For Business

You may have noticed that there is a new look around here. We are now running Valise. Nothing personal against Genesis, we liked it a lot, and would still recommend it. We have our fingers crossed that we have effectively replaced the semantic markup that Genesis provided. So here it goes. Valise came with a […]

Easy Keyword Research With Market Samurai

Download Market Samurai

A business without customers isn’t going to be in business for long. Everyone anticipates customers and there is an idea of how your products and services will benefit them and provide value beyond the cost. But who are your customers? Men? Women? Other? Old or Young? Where do they live? How much money do they make? […]

HeartBleed Bug Explained

xkcd: heartbleed explanation

Have to admit, I didn’t fully understand exactly how Heartbleed was affecting OpenSSL until xkcd explained it. Nailed it. Key takeaways You need to update your passwords Some very high-profile sites were compromised, like Yahoo! and Tumblr, Dropbox, and several others. Some accounts are higher risk than others, but if your Yahoo email unlocks your […]

SEO Bandwagon Now Accepts BitCoin & LiteCoin

SEO Bandwagon Now Accepts BitCoin & LiteCoin

This time we are the ones getting on the bandwagon. As of this publishing, we now accept cryptocurrencies BitCoin and LiteCoin as payment for services rendered. There were two basic reasons why this makes sense for our company: Our Vendors Accept BitCoin BitCoin may or may not be the currency of the future, but at […]

Online Business Listings Inaccuracies Cost $10 Billion Annually

Incorrect business information costs you money every time a customer uses it and doesn’t find you. 50% of businesses have inaccurate information online: name, address, phone number, and website. Keeping your business information up-to-date is all that it takes to beat out half of your competition. So which half do you want to be in? […]

Full Size Photo Backup With Google+

Google Auto Upload Photos At Full Size

“Why can’t you use the photos I texted you for the website?” Because when you send data over a wireless carrier they compress the data. That’s why this is a big deal. Photos take a lot of bandwidth. Whether they are on a website or getting sent across the network the smaller they are the […]

We Don’t Do Web Design

When I tell people that SEO Bandwagon doesn’t do web design I get wide eyed, mouth agape, stares from potential clients. I actually had to add a category to my blog just for this post. It makes sense after I explain it. Design takes a lot of time, getting client input, laying out the design, […]

WordPress 3.8 Released

This is possibly the best WordPress update ever. WordPress 3.8 (aka “Parker”) has a redesigned interface on the admin panel. Pretty much everything is where is used to be, but it is better executed and makes the old one really look old. Open Sans as a typeface really looks good. Nice and clean. The theme viewer […]

Content Lessons From Epic Resignation Video

You may have seen this epic resignation video from a few months back. We’ve probably all had jobs like that, you raise your hand to offer a suggestion as an improvement that gets interpreted as criticism and now you’ve got an adversarial relationship at the workplace over something trivial. How exactly do you tell your […]

If I write about another article, where should I link to the original source?

Good question, I’ve had questions about how to cite Internet resources on American Soccer News and also on this blog. Matt Cutts does mention his own personal preference for linking at the top of the post, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything as far as Google is concerned. You need to cite resources effectively for your readers […]

Shopping Cart Abandonment

A customer puts a product in the basket and then leaves, what’s up with that? Clearly interested in the product, but the purchase isn’t completed. This is just part of the online shopping process now. Customers are going to compare prices and see where they can get the best deal possible. Couple of major takeaways Shipping […]

Is it better to have keywords in the URL path or filename?

Matt Cutts is so funny. Pretending like this isn’t an important question by falling asleep. And then say one looks spammy. You card. Do what makes sense and is easy for you and your users to navigate. Same goes for sub-domains vs. folders. If you have a good reason to run a subdomain then you […]

MediaTemple Acquired By GoDaddy

Hosting companies aren’t perfect. No company is. But sometimes they are especially flawed. GoDaddy is one of those companies. It’s not so much their business, it’s everything else. @mediatemple @portentint just read the comments. #ouch — SEO Bandwagon (@SEOBandwagon) October 15, 2013 Someone at the MediaTemple replied to me on their Twitter feed. The blog […]

Is Google Vulnerable?

Google has been a darling of the Internet since it’s launch in 1998. Innovative, slick, smart, easy, and relevant. Google worked hard to make the Internet a better place and has succeeded largely offering many free products for webmasters to improve the user experience of everyone using the Internet. Despite the obvious search bar on […]

Should SEO Be Renamed?

Search Engine Optimization is the long form of the dreaded acronym of SEO with a long history of nefarious characters and scams along with porn, pills, & casinos, the original PPC, and that’s why. Dirty filthy money to be made. People’s deepest wishes “whispered” to a search engine. I think the search engine is the […]