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A friendly SEO audit of MattCutts dot com :)
An informal and friendly audit of MattCutts.com who holds the title of Google of webspam czar at Google.
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No kidding +Patrick Coombe, that's why I follow you, always have creative stuff worth reading.
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Learn more about the mandatory requirements set forth by the Department of Labor and internships at an SEO company.
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If you are worried about the upcoming doorway page algorithm update here are some tips to help you get your website in order. #SEO
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If you are living in the USA and are an #SEO consultant just starting out, you might want to consider reading this post. At the very least you should have some basic types of coverage. I'm not here selling anything  or any affiliate links this is more of a PSA.

http://patrickcoombe.com/types-insurance-seo-consultants/
If you are serious about your SEO consultancy then you might want to consider getting insured to cover any losses or damages you may incur.
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I can spot a fake social media profile from a mile away and if I can spot it, your customers can too. Here are some super simple tips to help you make your social networks look like a robot didn't post them.
A few clever tricks to make your automated social media posts look not so fake to your followers.
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+Peter Nikolow solution: no automated posts, no double posts and do not follow accounts like this :)  I use automation only between social media networks - my post in Google+ automatically go to facebook, from pinterest in twitter and so...
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The godfather of modern day computing bashes Google's email system
 
Dear Google Mail Team,

  I've said very nice things about your spam filter in the past, but I'm afraid I am going to have to take it all back. I'm currently going through the spam for the last week, and have gone through about a third of it.

Something you did recently has been an unmitigated disaster. Of the roughly 1000 spam threads I've gone through so far, right now 228 threads were incorrectly marked as spam.

That's not the 0.1% false positive rate you tried to make such a big deal about last week. No. That's over 20% of my spambox being real emails with patches and pull requests.  Almost a quarter!

I don't know how to even describe the level of brokenness in those kinds of spam numbers. There were a few pages of email (I've got it set up so it shows me 50 threads per page) where more than half of the "spam" wasn't.

Quite frankly, that sucks. It's not acceptable. Whatever you started doing a few days ago is completely and utterly broken.

It's actually at the point where I'm noticing missing messages in the email conversations I see, because gmail has been marking emails in the middle of the conversation as spam. Things that people replied to and that contained patches and problem descriptions.

They didn't try to sell me a bigger penis or tell me about how somebody is cheating on me. Really.

You dun goofed. Badly. Get your shit together, because a 20% error rate for spam detection is making your spam filter useless.

[ Edit: looks like it started four days ago. As of July 13, it looks like a big swath of lkml has been marked as spam for me. ]

[ Edit 2: final numbers: out of around 3000 spam threads, I had to mark 1190 threads as "not spam". So the numbers actually got worse: about 30% of my spam-box wasn't actually spam. It started around 1pm on Monday, July 13th. The problem really is that clear, that I can tell pretty much when it started ]

[ Edit 3: it wasn't just patches, and it's not just lkml. There were things like Junio's recent git v2.5.0-rc2 announcement etc. The new gmail spam filter hates any mailing list emails, apparently. In the time I wrote the last note, I got seven more emails marked as spam, two of which weren't. ]
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Time and time again I see websites with improper markup, hell it looks like even this post isn't properly propagating its description.

These are what I consider to be the "mandatory" meta tags that should really be included in every post. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to hit me up about this. 
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Unboxing video of the Facebook Bluetooth Business Beacon. Kind of a big letdown but I still think it is a pretty cool little piece of technology that we got to play with.
This is the unboxing video of the Facebook Bluetooth Business Beacon that arrived today.
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Recipe rich snippets in Google based on data provided via JSON-LD have now been confirmed in the wild, thanks to Grace Massa Langlois.
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Well, you learn something new everyday and today I learned how to take a full website screenshot in Firefox without having to use a plugin or multiple steps.

This is super useful for things like notating issues in project management or slicing something up in Photoshop.
This is a simple example of how to take a full website screenshot in one step in Firefox without a plugin, addon, or software.
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+Derek Keene thanks for the share - its called Windows Snipping Tool and its been available since XP. This tool will not take a FULL website screenshot, only the portion of the page that is visible.
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From choosing a platform to ramping up traffic and sales, this guide has the best collection of ecommerce WordPress plugins and resources.
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SEO, buzz campaigns, PPC, social media, design, etc
Employment
  • Elite Strategies
    Owner, 2009 - present
    Elite Strategies is an internet marketing agency located in Delray Beach, FL.
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    Owner, 2004 - 2006
    Installed and replaced new glass in broken windows aka "reglazer"
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organic search engineer
Introduction
Patrick Coombe is the founder of Elite Strategies Llc an internet marketing agency based in Delray Beach, FL. Patrick manages the day to day operations of Elite Strategies but spends most of his time developing customized organic ranking strategies for their clients.  Patrick is a veteran of the US Navy and was stationed on the USS Boxer, he is an avid programmer and overall internet marketing enthusiast. 

About Me
I am happily married and am the proud Father of a 2 year old boy. I'm definitely an introvert. I really like people, but I do prefer to be alone. I'm more comfortable behind a keyboard than I am at a bar or a club.

I have 2 chihuahuas that are completely insane, and I love them.

 My non-work hobbies consist of:
  • wood working
  • electronics
  • photography
  • electronics / PC stuff / Linux / Android

However I am very lucky in the fact that my favorite hobby is also my job: SEO.


My Job / Work

I work really odd hours.  Generally I wake up at around 11am and am in the office by noon.  I work with my crew in the office till 5pm then go home for family time till around 10pm. From 10pm till 5am is where I get the bulk of my work done.

I love working at night.  There are no distractions, phone calls, crying children, appointments or anything like that.  I get in more work during the 5-10 hours I work overnight than most people do in a week.

I'm the CEO of our company, but I co-run the company with my wife. We work really well together mainly because we stay out of each others way.  I've learned enough about relationships over the years to know that spending too much time together can put a strain on your relationship.

Blogging

I used to blog because it was "good for SEO" but recently I found out that I really love to write. Actually, I love to research. Writing is normally the end result of a process if that makes sense.

I try to do 2-3 posts per week on our company seo blog but I also try to do outreach and guest posting as well.

White Hat vs Black Hat

I am a scientist at heart, so when I first discovered SEO I tried many different tactics. Over the years through seeing hundreds of penalized sites through my colleagues and my own experimentation I've established myself as strictly white hat.

I am a white hat SEO for several reasons:

  • I keep ethics at the forefront of not only my job, but my life.  Violating the TOS of Google is not something that makes me feel good as a person.
  • 90% of the SEO I do is for my clients. It is not right to gamble with other people's websites.
  • It works.
  • SEO that goes against Google's guidelines is just not a long-term strategy.

I've also found over the years that SEO's group themselves into different categories amongst ourselves.

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I have never caused or been in a car accident
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San Diego, FL - Washington DC - Ashland, PA - Tiajuana, MX - Philadelphia, PA - Great Lakes, IL - Havre De Grace, MD
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The Top 5 Ranking Factors 2015
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The Searchmetrics Ranking Factors Analysis 2015 offers insights into the most important aspects for top search result rankings on Google.com

First Rich Snippets from JSON-LD Spotted in the Wild
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Recipe rich snippets in Google based on data provided via JSON-LD have now been confirmed in the wild, thanks to Grace Massa Langlois.

Why Enterprises Should Not Guest Post for SEO | John Doherty
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Tweet Buffer Vote on Hacker News Sharebar Tweet Buffer Vote on Hacker News I’ve often been asked about guest posting for SEO purposes. I alw

Why Do Google Employees Keep Spreading False Information on HTTPS?
www.seo-theory.com

HTTPS does not protect user privacy. Anyone who tells you it does either does not understand how the Internet works or they are lying to you

How Search Works - The Story – Inside Search – Google
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The search lab. Our algorithms are constantly changing. These changes begin as ideas in the minds of our engineers. They take these ideas an

Schema Scanner From Synup
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Welcome to the Synup Schema Checker tool! Using this tool you can quickly run any website to find out whether you have relevant schema marke

15 SEO Best Practices for Structuring URLs
moz.com

It's been a long time since we covered one of the most fundamental building blocks of SEO--the structure of domain names and URLs--and I thi

Testing Tool — Google Developers
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Lessons from the Front Line of Front-End Content Development
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Thinking about starting out in content development? Let Richard share some valuable lessons he's learned along the way...

SEO by the Sea
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Getting Information about Search and SEO Directly from the Search Engines

Eye Tracking in 2014: How Users View and Interact with Today's Google SERPs
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With Google's SERPs regularly testing new features, the team at Mediative decided it was time to figure out how the "Golden Triangle" has ch

Announcing the 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors Results
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Many of you have been tweeting, emailing, asking in conference Q&As, or just generally awaiting this year's Local Search Ranking Factors sur

How to Acquire Anchor Text-Rich Links Without Resorting to Spam or Manip...
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How can we earn links with exact match anchor text without raising red flags? In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand explains a few ways that mi

The Sometimes Forgotten Basics of Semantic Search | ISOOSI Blog
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Understanding semantic search, knowledge graphs and taxonomy can help you structure your site to perform better in search engines.

I've used Ron at a1a extreme green for both my office and my home, he does a thorough and standup job. he is polite, friendly and very professional. full disclosure: I do manage his website but this is an honest and neutral review of his services.
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To Barry and Co. / MoveMeJoe- Wanted to put in writing and express our gratitude and appreciation for moving us with not a lot of advance notice. Everyone did a great job and was very professional, courteous and friendly. A note for anyone reading this: Not all moving companies are alike. We had another moving company quit mid-move and literally walk off the job leaving our belongings on the curb. MoveMeJoe was able to get us scheduled within 48/72 hours which is unheard of at this time of year. From the first call my mind was put at ease, Barry took the time to listen to my rant and offered some mental encouragement along the way. While they were booked solid, that didn't stop them from answering the phone any time I had a question. They also called and confirmed multiple times and were upfront about all charges. There were no hidden fees. Each item was carefully inspected, packed, bubble wrapped / padded when appropriate, and moved with extreme care. All furniture and beds which needed to be disassembled were reassembled to our satisfaction and in some cases some improvements were made. They know how to handle HOA politics, were courteous with neighbors that needed to get by, and paid attention to all the fine details that oftentimes go unnoticed. When moving into our new house the movers asked where each item should go, and I didn't feel as though I was being rushed or like I was bothering them. This crew was STRONG! They moved a 200lb dresser up 2 flights of stairs like it was a gallon of milk. They are also a very green company and offered to recycle or reuse the 100+ boxes that we used during the move. We will definitely be recommending you to all of our friends and business associates. Sincerely, Patrick & Jacquelyn Coombe
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Coffee district is the coolest coffee shops in Delray Beach, it also has amazing coffee. Evil Starbucks moved in across the street so doing my part to help them by leaving this unsolicited review. It is a great place to stop by for a coffee, latte, or espresso. Their empenadas are amazing. Great art also.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Full disclosure: I have worked in Fancy Fixtures marketing department in the past. That said, I have also used them as a vendor and can say with 100% confidence that they truly have some of the lowest prices out there. I've compared their costs vs some of the big box retailers and they are considerably lower (comparing exact SKUs). In addition this is a small business that will work with you if you have any questions or complaints they will always be handled immediately.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Ripoff, scam, fraud, cheat - these are the words that come to mind for 1st Florida Notary. Took my money, never called, emailed, or wrote. 4 weeks later get my paperwork back from them return to sender. They do not pick up their phone, return calls, or emails.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
By far, one of the best casual men's clothing shops I've been to outside of NYC/Miami and will give any of them a run for their money. Came in to check out some raw denim which I've been into lately. Stayed for their excellent and very reasonable selection of other men's goods. Also a great little selection of boots/shoes, bags, even a few knives(picked up an Opinel in addition to a handful of tops). Both girls, one of which was the owner were extremely educated & helpful much like everyone I encountered in Asheville. Fabulous selection of raw/selvedge denim, great accessories, great vibe, great prices, and great people. I take reviews very seriously and usually only review 5-10 companies per year, this is definitely one that I wanted to go out of my way to leave a review for.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I have seen this facility first hand, upon first impression it is nothing like what my idea of an assisted program was! The food was better than anything I imagined and the facility was truly top notch. This is definitely a place I have referred a family member to and will continue to. I don't give away "5 star reviews" very often but Nuvista is very well deserving of it.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago