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Whitespark Local Citation Finder Review

What is the Local Citation Finder?Friends of mine at Whitespark, an Edmonton SEO services company, invented a tool to help local businesses identify, sort, compare and acquire online references (citations) competitors have earned. The Local Citation Finder is a tool many Local SEO's have used...


Use PSD2HTML for WordPress Coding

I'm a huge a fan of giving props when props are deserved. Today, PSD2HTML is getting featured on my blog because of the unparalleled work they performed on a recent project. PSD2HTML offers Photoshop to HTML services, including coding of WordPress themes, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, email templates...


Buying Links from a Link Broker

It happens to the best of us: the temptation to buy links. I get emails all the time and am lucky to be one of the few marketers immune to the impulse some of these offers can create. Below is a screenshot from one email I received recently from BackLinks.com that made me fall out of my...


SENukeX Review – a Video Syndication Tool

Those who know me know that I'm not a fan of automation software for search engine optimization. However, there are tools that help you distribute your content to important video sharing networks, which in turn can produce some outstanding video saturation within Google and other search engine...


WebPosition Page Critic Review

I use to be a fan of some of the tools the client version of WebPosition use to offer. Unfortunately, their Reporter segment of their product would use your local IP address to run automated queries in Google's search results, which was a clear violation of their terms and conditions.Since the...


Linkvana Review – a Link Building Tool Put to the Test

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I'm always one to explore new technology, helpful tools that increase productivity and reduce costs. What I forget sometimes is that there are principles in search engine optimization that cannot be broken. My brain took a relapse recently when I apparently lost my Eric Ward conscience and tried...


Google Places and the O-Pack Under the Microscope

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Topics that will be covered in the post are listed below. Feel free to JumpTo the section that interests you the most. Introduction Google Places Examined Google Hotpot & NFC Technology Google O-Pack Ranking Strategies Smart Google O-Pack OptimizationIntroductionAs the evolving...


Fish in a Barrel: Why You Need a Facebook FanPage

Do you have a Facebook fan page yet? If not, you need to make one as quickly as your fingers can blitz across the keyboard.We write about social media all the time here, but often when we speak with potential clients we learn that  they are not taking advantage of it. Make no mistake: it is...


Top Ten WordPress Plugins for 2011

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Typically on this blog, we write for WP savvy people (you probably are one if you know what WP stands for). You've already created your websites, know a few things about SEO and have all your major balls juggling nicely.But let's go back to basics here for a moment. Number 1: WP stands for...


May Day Update or Blackhat SEO?

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Doing a search for a potential relevant destination to acquire a link for a client, I noticed a domain using subdomains to increase search saturation. The pages were dynamically pulling in different content and had varying URLs, titles and meta data.If you recall, several months ago, Google made...


Is Your Website SEO-Friendly?

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