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Michael Cottam
Works at Visual Itineraries
Attended Brentwood College
Lives in Bend, OR
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There's a lot more to SEO than Title Tags and Meta Keywords. Learn what really helps you rank with these 7 things SEOs want developers to know.
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Get your tix to @SEMpdx's #SearchFest conference by Jan. 31 & save some dough: http://bit.ly/PDXtix http://pic.twitter.com/HM0iEsv25g
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Designing for Google: listen to the advice of hockey star Wayne Gretzky, skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.
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Actually no--designing websites has nothing to do with Penguin, as Penguin
is purely a link-based penalty. The point of the article was: what should
you be looking at/thinking about in designing your site and specific pages.
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Those 301 redirects could be more costly to your brand than you previously imagined. Brian Wood dives into the results of an accidental SEO test that turned out to be serendipitous.
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I liked this so much, I even shared it on Google+....
I talk about dealers in this post. When I had some friends edit it, they accused me of writing yet another Breaking Bad comparison post. Let me
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Spammers/email scrapers, KISS MY ASS:  how to make clickable email addresses on your site that are invisible to the scumbags who'll sell your soul to those who will swamp your inbox with spam:

http://www.michaelcottam.com/defeat-the-email-scrapers-and-spammers/
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Super job on this....see this sort of stuff all the time.   This should be required reading for anyone implementing any e-commerce site!
If search engines can’t crawl your site, SEO efforts do not amount to much. One of the problems I see most often are ‘spider traps’. Traps
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How many of the 34 #SearchFest speakers can you name? For the answers visit: http://bit.ly/1UgASQc Join the Class of 2016 SearchFest Speakers on March 10th in #Portland . Regular ticket prices end Jan. 31, so register now: http://bit.ly/PDXtix 
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May the force be with you ...& help you obtain Early Bird tix by MIDNIGHT to @SEMpdx's awesome Jan. 12 event http://bit.ly/CS-CW
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SEO consultant
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  • Visual Itineraries
    President, 2010 - present
  • OzTech
    SEO consultant, present
  • IBM Canada
  • Canadian Marconi
  • Northern Telecom
  • STEP Technology
  • Intersolv
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Bend, OR
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All over Canada - Vancouver Island - Montreal - Toronto - Portland
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SEO consultant, founder of Visual Itineraries, father of a very smart little boy, motorcycle rider, photographer, avid traveler.
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Independent SEO consultant in Bend, Oregon.  Founder of Visual Itineraries, a service for travel agents to help show a destination, hotels, sights, etc. to a client. Co-founder of TheBigDay honeymoon registry. In my free time, I enjoy motorcycles (racing, touring, and watching MotoGP), traveling, wine-tasting, cooking, and photography.

I also have a red stag hunting website for New Zealand, and a New Zealand big game hunting website for a client.
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  • Brentwood College
  • McGill University
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Replaced my battery quickly and inexpensively. Very cool collection of vintage clocks and watches in the shop, too--worth stopping in just to check them out.
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So easy to work with, and very professional. Quick turnaround on all my questions, and they went above and beyond, spending literally hours on hold with the IRS to get the tax return transcripts so I didn't have to waste all that time myself.
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Pulled pork was great. My buddy had the brisket and loved it too. Inexpensive and fast service!
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Nice small groups, great guides. And the food was absolutely fantastic.
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Great little cafe! Terrific coffee and liked their breakfast sandwich.
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reviewed 6 months ago
Got ripped off. When I checked in, I was quoted $216/night. When I checked out, my bill showed nearly $300 + taxes. Front desk person said they couldn't help me and gave me the manager's card. I called and left a voicemail, a week later, no response, and my card got billed $344.
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Creative, local-ingredients, and an awesome view!
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