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Micah Fisher-Kirshner
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  • Zendesk
    Senior SEO Manager, 2015 - present
  • Zazzle
    Senior SEO Manager, 2014 - 2015
  • Balsam Brands
    Senior Manager of Online Marketing & Analytics, 2012 - 2014
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    Senior SEO Manager, 2011 - 2012
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    SEO Manager, 2010 - 2011
  • Red Bricks Media
    Search Strategist, 2008 - 2010
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    Assistant Search Strategist, 2007 - 2008
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I believe in algorithm-based SEO and marketing over guess work and general platitudes. The enjoyment of SEO is the challenge in finding out how Google's algorithm work.

Seasoned work experience on both client-side and in-house side of SEO in a variety of industries from Ecommerce, Enterprise, Publishing, and Gaming. I've spoken at four SMX conferences (domestic and international) and love espousing my views through SEO musings on what I think Google can and cannot do.

I focus heavily around Web Analytics (Google Analytics in particular) and love the idea of using regression analyses to determine Google's algorithm. Additionally, any way I can tie revenue back to the work in any marketing channel is a large plus for me.
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    Master's in Pacific International Affairs, 2004 - 2006
  • George Washington University
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In late 2015, JR Oakes and his colleagues undertook an experiment to attempt to predict Google ranking for a given webpage using machine learning. What follows are their findings, which they wanted to share with the SEO community.
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I will read it later. Thanks for sharing.
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Find it hard to believe that there are still a lot of shady areas mentioned within the article, but I've been out of the client space for awhile now, so wouldn't know.

That client linking to a secondary website that redirects to the main one and then take it away after the engagement ends... wow... clever but totally wrong.

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Search engine optimization has built credibility over the years, but spammers and black-hat practitioners still give it a bad name. Columnist Patrick Stox shares his SEO horror stories.
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UGH. This is an unhelpful change. Here's a fun test with the service.

I've found a few three word phrase, mashed all the terms together without any spaces. Gave me the same monthly volume.

Here's the problem. Writing changes over time and it helps to know what people use to provide a better user experience. An example: there was a time when the phrase "pre-lit" was shifting between "pre-lit" "pre lit" and "prelit".

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Watch your estimates... -> Google’s Keyword Planner Now Combines Keywords for Search Volume via +Jennifer Slegg #ppc #seo
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It will make life more difficult for SEO who need to target more keywords as SEO and Search Engine Optimization.
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Always good to see a technical SEO speak out in force on this topic. Worthwhile read. #SEO 
My view on Technical SEO is more than only making the site work properly. I will always be looking for ways to enhance the products in ways which also contributes to growth in SEO traffic. This may include highly technical projects like the one described here. This is why I believe Technical SEO is more than just “fixing” the site, it’s the way the product works.
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Going to call that lazy: If you're basing your algos on engagement metrics, better be prepared to handle the spam that comes after it.
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Good article about Technical #seo  
(Disclaimer: The post is being written to piggy back on the conversations started around a post written by Clayburn Griffin on Search Engine Land. In fact, it’s perfect timing for me to shame…
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New Mobile SEO Tool

The new Varvy mobile SEO tool is live now.
I think the best thing about it is that you can see all the mobile factors at once.
Tool reports if any page resources are blocked from Googlebot, provides the mobile friendly score and the performance score, displays redirects (and what type), mobile HTTP headers, relevant mobile markup such as viewport, vary headers, rel=canonical and rel=amphtml .
The in-depth guide to Google mobile optimization. See what your page looks like on mobile and learn how to make it look better and work better for mobile SEO.
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We meet every Thursday to answer the SEO Questions asked on the SEO Questions community on G+, on our Dumb SEO Questions page on Facebook and via @dumbseoqs on Twitter. You are welcome to post your own questions and/or join our DSQ Panel to discuss your issue live on air.

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Via +AJ Kohn: How Google is Remaking Itself as a “Machine Learning First” Company (A must read for anyone in search) #seo

From the article: "RankBrain went online in April 2015" & "it's involved in every query" & "it’s hugely effective". 
If you want to build artificial intelligence into every product, you better retrain your army of coders. Check.
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This is either an awesomely sarcastic/tongue-in-cheek post or just another bad correlation is X and thus very strong (when it's still low-to-none). Sometimes just hard to tell online, so going to leave that for someone else to decide.

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Everyone loves quick wins, right? These little things that have big impact. Well, “On Page SEO” has been such a thing for a very, very long time. Keyword d
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The concept that it is better to leave people with the wrong impression and let others be led astray is something I vehemently disagree with. They our others will be promoting it and it is our job as those in the know, as experts, to stand up and educate, not let others wallow in ignorance. Is there a point of diminishing returns? Sure, but not for a first time writer.

The hyperbole you use is as valid as saying we should have done nothing against any fascist or communist coming to power. That we fighting against them only makes them stronger. To me that means being cowardly and sticking ones head in the sand.

Transparency, light, and advocacy wins out than a hope that ignorance will somehow go away.
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Good to hear, though I wonder just how long it'll take to implement at this point... :/
 
I'll throw a party when this happens. Just bring along your GSC data to get in :) What is Coming to Google Search Console? Includes 90+ Days of Data via +Jennifer Slegg #seo 
What is in the works to be added to Google Search Console? At Big Digital Adelaide, I had the opportunity to have a fireside keynote chat with Gary Illyes from Google, and one of the things I asked was what was coming to Google Search Console. He mentioned some backend things that the team was …
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Glad to see +Patrick Hathaway taking a stand on this issue.

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In a response to a column published earlier this week about the place of technical SEO, contributor Patrick Hathaway argues that technical SEO is much more than a "nice to have" feature.
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