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Janet Chiu
SEO coach, marketing consultant & weekend mountain climber
SEO coach, marketing consultant & weekend mountain climber
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Does anybody in the group have experience with SEO Tools for Excel I tried to use the free version a year ago and found it was buggy. I would be interested to hear if others are using it, for which functions, and how well it's working. TIA! 

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Marketing starts by acknowledging that most people don't even know you exist. You can help a site's SEO by actively getting it out there, then making sure users want to interact with the site. That combination of visits and engagement will help a business connect with customers.

When I selected a few metrics to study, the websites that are rocking it are doing just that - using various methods to bring people to the site and having great design to engage them.

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Simple questions that stump business owners. An essential reality check for the budgeting process.

Has anybody ever had a message in Search Console, "Some important page has been removed by request"? My client would like to know who made the request and why it was made and why Google complied.

The page that was removed from Google's index is a blog post about employee birthdays, e.g. the employees who had birthdays in the month of November (the actual date is not given). The client has been doing this for years and has had no reason to think that anybody has a problem with it.

The page is not one that is at all related to the client's services, but site traffic from Oct. to Nov. was down by 25%. We don't have historical data so don't know if this is a normal drop. Would the request to remove a page from the index have had a negative impact on the overall site?

It would be great to get your ideas. I don't know if I should contact Google or just keep an eye on the next similar post.

Thank you!

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Clients see the logic in paying for good design and a functional website. I wish they understood the importance of hiring a good writer.

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I'm in awe of Chef Patrick O'Connell's creativity. More imagination in his little finger than in half the people I know.

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Getting people to a website or blog is, without a doubt, a vital role of SEO. But what happens on the site can make or break a business - SEO doesn't stop at the door, so to speak. Unfortunately, the average client simply can't answer, "What's your call to action?" To make the business above average, we need creativity from everybody - from the SEO to the web designer to the client.

Could you please share what you are telling your clients about G+? If Google has decided not to develop it further, does that mean that circles are no longer a factor in personalized results? 

I have clients who would benefit by interacting with some of the G+ communities, but they don't want to spend the time learning about it if Google isn't going to support G+.

I have a question regarding portfolios and duplicate content. I know several copywriters and public relations agents, and this question came up in a group meeting. If a PR agent has a writing sample on her website that is identical - or nearly identical - to the article published by a newspaper or ezine, is her site at risk of having duplicate content? 

There are several forms that the writing sample can take, but it is usually in PDF form.

So, the question is really in two parts - is this a dup content risk, and if yes, the best way to configure the page (noindex, rel=canonical)?

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Here is the second in a series about SEO and web design...with design firms in mind. This project has been such a challenge for me; I know I speak geek, but I had almost reached the point where I couldn't speak anything else. Having to explain without that crutch made me question just what I do know. Only wish I had done this earlier!
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