Category: Search Engine Optimization

laughingman

There remains an ocean between human factors/usability/user experience design and testing and search engine optimization, marketing and internet marketing practices, with no bridge to cross over. What’s worse, few are willing to build that bridge.  Perhaps it’s because every time someone starts to they are tossed into the ocean or burned at the stake.  Usability and SEO have been on two sides of web site projects since forever.  They are separated into different departments, different buildings, different conferences, different booksRead more…

I was struck by Jordan Kastler’s The Hidden Cost Of Cheap SEO & Social Media Labor because I wrote about this in the 1990′s. In fact, my article caught the eye of a local newspaper reporter who later interviewed me about my new business and rather forceful writings. He promoted what I wrote about Yahoo! where I stated, “Anyone who says they can get you into Yahoo!’s directory for free is flat out lying.” The original premise of the firstRead more…

Just when I was seriously considering not writing articles for other publications for awhile, something happened. I wrote an article that poured out in one take for Search Engine Land’s newly renamed “Search and Usability” column and delivered it way past my deadline. Turns out, it was a hit. I’d been pondering lately how hard it can be to describe what online marketers and web site designers and developers do for a living. Ask 10 of us what we doRead more…

Have you ever sat around a large table with a group of people working on a giant jig saw puzzle? Some people are really good at it. They understand the puzzle. Others are content to find border pieces. It takes patience. It brings the group together while they put it all together. What if you have the chance to build your own house? You’ll hire an architect who listens to your goals, likes, dislikes and dreams. From that a planRead more…

Last week I conducted a web site usability audit for a famous brand corporate web site. It never fails to amaze me why these companies don’t hire designers trained in search engine marketing and user experience design. I won’t divulge who they were. I never do that with client work because for starters, they had the brains to find me and get help. But what I found illustrated what I often find on corporate, famous brand web sites. There seemsRead more…

In 1996 I published an article about SEO rip-offs, where I exposed the ways in which they commit fraud. I wrote it because the company I worked for signed up for services that I needed to re-do myself and repair the damage from. While I received death threats and angry emails for exposing those people, (I never mentioned any names, just practices), I have no problem calling out those who give search engine optimization and marketing a bad reputation byRead more…

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