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Michael Cottam
Works at Visual Itineraries
Attended Brentwood College
Lives in Portland, OR
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So here is the question: Does Google scan Gmails to see URLs shared within them, and then does it use these to discover new content? There are many who adaman
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Interesting... wrong again! I'd have given odds that they do, and that it would influence both indexing and rankings. 
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Does IP location affect your search engine rankings? Yes. In a big way - read more to find out.
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Really great post on easy ways for the small guys to get links.
Follow Casey Meraz as he covers 11 ways for local businesses to earn valuable, non-spammy links to help you build the authority of your site.
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Bummer, Google.  It seems your tool is busted pretty badly, right before you're about to lower the boom on millions of sites for not passing the test.
 
It appears that the new mobile-friendly test tool cannot load any of the URLs I am entering - I've tried 4 so far! "Failed to fetch the requested URL."

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/
This test will analyze a URL and report if the page has a mobile-friendly design. Learn more about the mobile-friendly criteria and how it may affect Google's search results by reading our blog post. Learn more about mobile-friendly pages. If you're interested in learning more about mobile sites ...
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I just tried it with two URLs, and the tool seemed to work fine.
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Music Streaming SurveyThis is a research survey from Breanne Boland at Portent. You can answer completely anonymously. Eleven quick questions about you, how you listen to music, and how you make choices about how you listen. The survey will close on March 23, 2015.
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Filled it out. 
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I wonder how worthwhile it is to pay for Acxiom / InfoUSA listings now.
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Pay attention, people:  April 20th is looming on the horizon...
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Providing the Right Person with the Right Value, and the Right CTA, at the Right Time makes for an effective inbound marketing campaign. Learn more at GoInflow.com!
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Super data here, especially on the timelines with respect to Google indexing and ranking moved pages.
Should you change domain names for SEO? It's a tough question, usually asked way too casually. I merged 5 domains into 1, and this is what happened.
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How do you decide what's a good link and what isn't? In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand looks at whether on- and off-topic links are more powerful and what else you should be looking for when building a link.
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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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Portland, 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 Portland, Oregon.  Recently founded 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, and photography.

Currently working on 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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