WordPress SEO Plugin is now

Katz Web Services hasn’t been doing SEO for years – I’ve been focusing on making great WordPress plugins (such as IDX+) and I have been disenchanted with the SEO industry.

So it was time to move the domain to I’m looking forward to writing more blog posts now that there’s not the discord between the domain and my interests.

Add Googlebot User Agent to Safari Develop Menu

Googlebot Safari

If you’re like me, you’ve wanted to have the Googlebot user agent availalbe in the Develop menu of Safari.

  1. Go to /Applications/
  2. Right-click on and select Show Package Contents
  3. Navigate to Contents/Resources/
  4. Find `UserAgents.plist`
  5. Open `UserAgents.plist` in your favorite text editor
  6. Either
    • Replace with the contents of this file and continue to step 9: [download id=”12″]
    • … or continue on:
  7. At the end of the file, find:
  8. Replace with:
    		<string>Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +</string>
    		<string>Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +</string>
  9. Save the file (you’ll need to type in your user password)

Voila! Now in your Safari Develop > User Agent menu, you should see `Googlebot 2.1 – Googlebot` and `Bing 2.0 – Bingbot`.


A great domain goes up for sale on GoDaddy.

BoulderSEO.comI have put the domain up for auction: with the upcoming release of the top-secret WordPress real estate plugin, I have chosen to sell this prime property.

The auction will be ending in 18 hours, so if you’re into Colorado, Denver, Loveland, or Boulder SEO (you get the idea!), check out this auction.

You will instantly rank well with this great domain.

Currently priced at only $660 – it’s a great deal! With literally no work done on the site since April, 2009, I still get 1-2 leads/month from this site. This domain will pay for itself in a month.

Go to the auction.

The Google +1 Sprite Animation

How the +1 Button Works

Google +1 Button The +1 Button uses an advanced sprite technique to simulate an animated `gif`. The animation occurs when hovering over search results with +1 enabled, and the shine moves across the button. (The image to the right is an animated `gif` I made…)

The +1 Button is not an animated `gif`, however. It’s a sprite image that moves a background image across the “window” of the button using Javascript. The code, if you care, goes something like this:


The sprite image Google uses for the +1 button is below:

Google +1 Sprite

Pretty neat, huh?

Yeah, the +1 Button animation is pretty neat…
…now turn it off!

Oh goodness gracious, the animation is annoying. After hovering over one search result, it’s obvious how awful the animation is and I want to claw my eyes out with a rusty nail. I wanted to find a way to disable the animation. Continue reading “The Google +1 Sprite Animation”

Google Instant Scraper – The Best Tool for Google Instant SEO

Optimize your site, find niche keywords

Introducing: Google Instant Scraper, a powerful free tool for niche marketing and keyword research. Find high-traffic, relevant long-tail keywords in seconds.

How the Google Instant Scraper works:

  1. Enter a “seed” keyword (or multiple keywords separated by commas) and choose how many levels deep you would like to scrape;
  2. The Scraper gets results from Google Instant for that keyword. These are level 1 keywords.
  3. For each level 1 keyword, the Scraper gathers results from step #1 and adds them to the list. These are level 2 keywords.
  4. Repeat #2 and #3 for levels 3 and 4 keywords
  5. The list is sorted by the # of queries, and the excluded keywords are removed from the list

In this way, the Instant Scraper builds powerful, targeted keyword lists in seconds…for free.

Continue reading “Google Instant Scraper – The Best Tool for Google Instant SEO”

Google Rewrites Your Search Result Titles for Relevance

Google is changing your titles for you…whether they’re “optimized” or not!

Google is overruling your title tags when they determine that your content headlines are more relevant.

Previously, I had only seen this behavior when there were not well-structured title tags, keyword-stuffed title tags or no title tags at all. This has been well documented and discussed. This is the first time that I have noticed Google taking a more aggressive stance in rewriting title tags that have been well crafted. Continue reading “Google Rewrites Your Search Result Titles for Relevance”

Want some valuable .gov links? Get a FDA warning letter!

I recently discovered that FDA Warnings have been unwittingly adding value to the very websites and products they are trying to warn about. What does this mean in the context of Google’s new negative review algorithm?

Google has been working on de-valuing bad reviews…

There has been lots of press over the NY Times article exposing an ability to get ranked through negative press online. Google has since updated their search algorithm to take into account the reputation of the company being reviewed. Now, in theory, Google will no longer add value reviews if the reviews are extremely negative:

…in the last few days we developed an algorithmic solution which detects the merchant from the Times article along with hundreds of other merchants that, in our opinion, provide an extremely poor user experience. The algorithm we incorporated into our search rankings represents an initial solution to this issue, and Google users are now getting a better experience as a result.
Official Google Blog

The key here is that Google’s focus is on user experience; they want to provide the best search results so that users are satisfied with Google’s search result ranking system.

Continue reading “Want some valuable .gov links? Get a FDA warning letter!”

Two Easy Ways to Add “nofollow” to WordPress Menu Items

By default, WordPress menus don’t have the ability to add “nofollow” to the link items…but WordPress 3.0+ has the functionality built in.

This tutorial will show you how to add nofollow to specific items using the new wp_nav_menu() function. Continue reading “Two Easy Ways to Add “nofollow” to WordPress Menu Items”

FOUND: A Guide to The Most Profitable Service Industry Niches

Keyword Niche Finding Sniper

This should be tagged as “Dangerously Powerful”

At the bottom of this article is a download
containing detailed per-lead pricing for hundreds of industries.

The ServiceMagic Fee Schedule is a guide to where the money is.
When trying to create niche websites, research is very important. You need to ask the following questions:

  • What are the most profitable industries?
  • How much can I make or should I charge per lead/sale?
  • What keywords should I focus on? has done all the work for you.

Service Magic provides cost per lead data on virtually all home services-related industries and some others including pet sitting ($10/lead), photo portraits ($12/lead), wedding DJ ($12/lead). Continue reading “FOUND: A Guide to The Most Profitable Service Industry Niches”

How to Add www. – or Remove www. – From Your URL

This has been done many times by others, but just a quick tip on how to add or remove www. from your website’s address. This is helpful for URL canonicalization and user experience consistency. You can also achieve SEO-friendly canonicalization using rel="canonical". Oh boy, I’m getting too technical 🙂

Here’s the juicy part:

Add the following to the .htaccess file in your website’s root folder (often named public_html or www). If there’s not a file named .htaccess, you may create it. If you are creating the .htaccess file, set the permissions to 644. For security reasons, you don’t want others to be able to write to this file. Continue reading “How to Add www. – or Remove www. – From Your URL”

Show Content Only Plugin – A Perfect Keyword Research Companion

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Another WordPress SEO Plugin by Katz Web Services

The Show Content Only Plugin enables you to show only a post or page’s content, without sidebars, footers, and other content.

There are many different reasons for wanting to show just the content, but there’s never been such an easy way to do it. This plugin adds a box in the post and page editor that provides you with four links:

  • Content Only
  • Content with Tags
  • Content with Categories
  • Content with Categories & Tags

This is very helpful in conjunction with the Google Keyword Tool, so that Google only analyses the content of your post or page, not the surrounding context as well.

Demo Links

Click the links below to see this article in the variations available.

Leave your requests, feedback, and any bugs in the comments below.

A Great SEO Tool For Geo-Targeted Keyword Combinations

Save Time Creating SEO-Friendly Keyword Combinations

As an SEO, one of the things I do on a regular basis is come up with keyword permutations and combinations for many locations related to the corporations I am engaged with. What I often do is I use PHP scripting and create multiple arrays of keywords, locations, and services, then mix them up…similar to the SEO WordSpinner script.

There’s a great script that does this in an instant. It’s called the Local PPC Adwords & Keyword List Creator, and it does exactly what it sounds like it does.

One of the nice features of this tool is that it allows you to generate SEO-friendly keyword order combinations such as ‘Location Keyword’ & ‘Keyword Location’, saving lots of time. It’s a great tool for generating permutations for SEO and PPC. I recommend trying it out.

The keyword list creator will find all cities and zip codes surrounding the zip code you specify and generate a comprehensive list of geo-targeted SEO phrases.

Fun tip: specify a suffix of | and wrap it all up in {{ and }}, and you have yourself a formatted string for the SEO WordSpinner.

Blog Comments Now Pass Juice – No More `nofollow`

After lots of back and forth, I have decided to make comment links dofollow (removing nofollow); meaning that links users have in their comments will be followed by search engines. This adds value to the recipient’s site.

Please note:

  • If dofollow becomes a hassle, I will take it off
  • It’s easy for me to add nofollow to any comments, so please keep the conversation relevant. Manual link building sucks. But try hard to add value!
  • This blog uses Lucia’s Linky Love and always has, so post 3 or more times!

Enjoy, don’t abuse.

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Why use a content spinner?

There are a lot of content spinners out there (I won’t even bother linking to them, most are for spamming, not for SEO). The existing products allow you mass-export articles then submit them across content networks to build links using spammy articles. That is not what this plugin does. This plugin allows you to enhance your site’s SEO by reducing duplicate content.

Google has been improving its handling of duplicate content by implementing use of the canonical tag and updating its algorithm. They don’t punish a site for duplicate content, but having unique content is still better than duplicate content.

Different content in different context

Each of those pages will show the full content or an excerpt (summary) of the content on this page. Each will show a title for this article. The SEO WordSpinner plugin allows you to mix things up so that on each page, users will see different content that means the same thing, therefore avoiding duplicate content issues if done properly. Continue reading “{SEO WordSpinner Plugin – A Killer SEO Plugin for WordPress|Kick SEO Ass with SEO WordSpinner Plugin for WordPress|WordPress Content Spinner Plugin – SEO WordSpinner}”

Add Custom Titles for Tags and Categories in WordPress

The Best WordPress SEO Plugin? A combination of two.

All in One SEO Pack (AIOSEO) is the leader in WordPress SEO plugins. It offers great functionality and simple integration into the process of writing a post. AIOSEO is not a perfect plugin, however, because it lacks some very important functionality:

  • Custom category title tags
  • Custom tag title tags
  • Mass editing of page, post, tag and category title tags/slugs

The plugin that has all of the features above (but lacks AIOSEO features) is SEO Title Tag, an imperfect but elegant solution to the list above.  This article shows how to use both plugins and have them combine forces to create a powerful solution for getting custom titles on all your site’s pages. Continue reading “Add Custom Titles for Tags and Categories in WordPress”

Add Canonical Tags to Shopp Plugin for SEO

I am building a store using the Shopp plugin, and I noticed that there are possibilities for duplicate content issues:

  • A product can be accessed both by /shop/{productID} and /shop/{product-slug}
  • A tag can be accessed using /shop/?shopp_tag={tag-uri} and /shop/tag/{tag-slug}
  • A tag can be accessed using /shop/?shopp_category={category-id} and /shop/{category-uri}

Should Google somehow find it’s way into indexing these pages, the value of the identical indexed pages may drop.  Canonical tags aim to remedy this situation, and are implemented by the hugely popular and awesome All in One SEO Pack plugin (see my other SEO tips regarding AIOSEO Pack plugin).

The Shopp plugin does not feature canonical tag support, so here’s a modification you can make that will add support for it without changing any core files in All in One SEO Pack, or in Shopp. Continue reading “Add Canonical Tags to Shopp Plugin for SEO”

Google Place Pages – Google Finally Shows its Answer to

Google finally goes “local directory” in Place Pages

Google had been lagging behind sites like in providing a place to find information about businesses. If you did a local search, you would have a “More info…” link that would expand your search result inside the map and have tabs that were badly organized. Not anymore. Enter Place Pages. Google explains it well: “Now, instead of just getting a slightly bigger bubble, you’ll get an entire page of rich details, like photos, videos, a Street View preview, nearby transit, reviews and related websites.”

But don’t let them fool you. This is not just a minor improvement. This is a major entry in the directory website world. Think MerchantCircle, Yelp, CitySearch, etc.

Google Place Pages is a crazy directory…

Google now has pages for each of the “directories” in the URL. The street you live on now has its own Place Page.

…but Place Pages are still “search results”

Place Pages also seem to guess what you’re looking for. If Google thinks that the URL you have entered is related to a page, it will display the related information.

Interesting examples: Continue reading “Google Place Pages – Google Finally Shows its Answer to”

SEO Google Profiles – Google Adds NoFollow to Links

Just a quick post to show that Google has started to nofollow all links on new Google Profiles.  This is too bad for a quick SEO shot in the arm, but also makes sense, since most of the people who knew about Google Profiles were SEO’s anyway 🙂

Oh well, on to greener pastures!

As an user on BlogCatalog notes,

The links on your Google profile will be nofollow, but the links on your Google Reader shared items page (as of the time I write this) are NOT nofollow.

Linking to your profile on your site or blog is a great idea, but linking to your shared items page is an even better one.

Update: Google Profiles are Back to Do-Follow

Over the weekend I created a brand-new profile for my wife, and noticed that the profile for John Sileo that I had previously mentioned is now “dofollow,” as is the brand-new profile for my wife.

Use it, don’t abuse it!

It’s good that Google’s reversed their policy on this, because Google Profiles are a natural thing to optimize and promote. They are a great tool for linking to other properties, and you should create your own. Just don’t go too crazy, or Google might pull the follow plug again.

SEO & Switching Domains

Goodbye old friend. Hello shiny new domain!

Recently I moved my company’s domain from to to reflect the change of the business name (over one year ago) from Katz Web Design to Katz Web Services, Inc., to reflect the in company services offerings, and to have a .com domain.

This is a simple switch, not re-launching a new website — just moving the same site from one domain to the next. Here’s how I approached the switch, and it’s a solid method to use for any domain switch: Continue reading “SEO & Switching Domains”