A little over five years ago, I accidentally stumbled upon something that forever altered my domain development experience: geo service domains.
Sometimes categorized as exact-match or partial-match domains, I encountered a geo service domain via GoDaddy’s expired domain buy-it-now/closeout auctions for a suburb of the greater Austin, Texas metro.
Although Google had issued an exact-match domain update that devalued and slightly lessen the ranking of exact-match domains, I decided to take a chance on developing my newly discovered geo service domain.
Little did I realize my development and SEO prowess would produce a page one ranking geo service domain website.
Years later, and many new and existing domain investors still question whether or not geo service domains are worth investing in. That’s the question will attempt to answer in today’s podcast. Continue reading
From week to week, I receive a number and variety of wide-ranging questions and inquiries pertaining to WordPress websites.
I recently received an inquiry in regards to how easy or difficult it is to password protect an entire WordPress website from the general public.
Have you ever wondered how to track online ad or link traffic from external websites to your website using Google Analytics?
Tracking online traffic, web traffic in general, is often a topic causing many persons to glaze over, literally and figuratively.
Truth is tracking web traffic is quite simple. In fact, you encounter trackable links daily as you use the web to perform a variety of tasks, yet you may not have realized it upon first glance.
Nevertheless, there’s no excuse today for website owners and operators to be in the dark on the origin of website traffic.
There are a growing number of non-paid and paid web analytics services available, varying in level of complexity, to help uncover where from and who is sending traffic to your website.
And although I won’t cover all the the tools, there is a FREE and easy-to-use tool that allows you to track web traffic to your website. Continue reading
I received an email yesterday afternoon from GoDaddy that reminded me I have two websites that I’ve not transitioned to HTTPS.
In the last few years, there has been an uptick in the number of websites that have transitioned from HTTP to strictly HTTPS.
Of course, many website owners transitioned their websites to HTTPS from HTTP upon hearing Google would consider and likely bump website search rankings for those in full HTTPS compliance.
Nevertheless, the interesting thing about the GoDaddy email is that it is stoked with a bit of subliminal fear using a number of terms throughout the email multiple times. Continue reading
Over the last few years, negative SEO attacks have caught more than a few companies off guard, and that number is growing daily based on the nearly 15 million search results for negative SEO (and growing).
Even a famous digital marketing agency was caught off guard and experienced a first hand negative SEO attack on their website and brand.
If you’re not familiar with negative SEO, then you might want to read up on it and establish a plan to manage against it.
In short, negative SEO attacks can get a company penalized and booted from Google rankings, and in some cases entirely de-indexed and banned.
So, how do negative SEO attacks occur? Continue reading
Over the weekend I had an opportunity to catch up a few articles as it pertains to SEO.
One of the articles really isn’t an article as much as it is a tutorial video. I’m not certain it’s a tutorial video either as much as it is a knowledge share.
Nevertheless, the knowledge share is by Rand Fishkin. If you’re not familiar with Rand, his background and expertise as owner and founder of Moz.com, then you’re missing out on value-add content that’s applicable to growing your business.
Each Friday, Rand randomly chooses a topic to share and expound upon for the search marketing and business world to gain greater insight about. He shares by way of video called Whiteboard Friday.
If you don’t subscribe, then you ought to going forward. You’re missing out on a lot by not subscribing.
In this edition of Whiteboard Friday, Rand talks about one of the most imperative a decision a business makes about it’s digital presence: selecting a domain name.
Whether good, bad, or plain jane ugly results, you’ll live with the consequences of the selected domain name for your business. Continue reading
Dear KC Readers,
Today is the last day of March. This month marks the 3rd anniversary in the journey of KickstartCommerce.com.
The last 3 years have been amazing, to say the least. There have been ups and downs, big losses but even bigger wins.
My confidence as a writer has been boosted while my writing has grown leaps and bounds. I’m not perfect and there is still room for improvement.
This has been and will continue to be journey. I made some changes over the last 3 months that have drastically put the blog on a different course than when I first started.
I want to share with you and others in hopes that this story inspires each of you to maximize your potential towards achieving excellence and greatness in what you’re called to do in life. Continue reading