Google is ending their Authorship Program

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Early last year we first told you about Google's Authorship program, which was a way for Google to confirm the author of your blog content, in the hopes of helping your rankings.  The idea made a lot of sense back then, and still makes sense now, but Google has just announced that they're doing away with it. Google has offered the following explanation for why they're moving away from Authorship, … [Read more...]

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BING, Google, and Social


  BING: (Surprised? Yes, sometimes they get our attention!) BING has rolled out a feature that lets you embed image search results on a webpage. It's a pretty cool idea. Read more about it here. Google: Gmail is opening the doorway to a world wide email system by allowing non-Latin characters in email addresses. Social: Chat platform Snapchat is now offering paid ads. If you were … [Read more...]

SEO and single page websites


One of the hotter trends lately are single-page websites; long scrolling pages that put all of the site's content on a single page. Many of them employ the "parallax" effect, where the background image moves at a different speed than the main page while you scroll. It's a neat effect, and it can be useful at times, but comes at a cost of not ranking quite as well in the search engines. A good … [Read more...]

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SEO, Webmaster Tools, and Pinterest

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SEO: We've explained before that the rules for SEO don’t really change, but that doesn’t mean that SEO is a “set it and forget it” kind of process, in fact we wrote a blog post about it. If you'd like to learn more, join us for Wordcamp Birmingham. Jenny Munn and Mickey Mellen will be presenting on SEO and how to get started. Adding to the SEO fun, we've whipped up a Website SEO Checklist - make … [Read more...]

The Website SEO Checklist

GreenMellen Media SEO Website Checklist

When taking a look at a new site, we have a variety of things that we look at as we work on creating a plan of action. On the SEO side, here are some of the pieces we look at, which may be good for you to check out on your own site. These aren't all SEO specific, but most of them lean in that direction. These are in no particular order. Canonicalization Make sure that the “” and … [Read more...]

SEO doesn’t stop


We've explained before that the rules for SEO don't really change, but that doesn't mean that SEO is a "set it and forget it" kind of process. Our colleague Jenny Munn recently wrote a great point that outlines this point, summed up here: SEO loves momentum. It thrives on it. Without it you’re never going to be pleased with results. Stop-and-go SEO efforts are fine, but if you truly want … [Read more...]

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Facebook Messenger and Google

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Google: Considering security your website? Google Starts Giving A Ranking Boost To Secure HTTPS/SSL Sites Well, Authorship wasn't supposed to show as part of the new Panda search algorithm, but if you're logged into Google+, Authorship Images are alive and well -- and still matter. Wordpress: WordPress releases version 3.9.2 with security fixes. This is an important update with security hold … [Read more...]

Come join us at WordCamp Birmingham


WordCamp Birmingham is coming up in a few weeks (August 16) and we're getting excited about it! Jenny Munn and myself will be leading a session on search engine optimization that should be quite informative. You can read more about the details of our session in this post on the WordCamp Birmingham site. We're most eager for all of the other great sessions that will be available there. We're … [Read more...]

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Google takes on Foursquare, Facebook takes on Pocket, and Reviews on What’s New

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Google: Google Maps is rolling out a big update which seems directed at apps like Foursquare. The new Explore button gives you an overview of what's nearby. It's not only location-sensitive — the feature also pays attention to the context, meaning you'll get different results depending on the time of day and the weather. Improvements have rolled out for Chrome users. Google's chat … [Read more...]

How voice search is changing the keywords we use


Google has been around for 15 years, and while they are continually updating their algorithm we've been continually updating the way we search. A popular trend that we showed you five years ago was the increasing length of search queries; as people became more familiar with search engines, they began to know what to search for with less trial-and-error. For example, in the early days of Google … [Read more...]

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