Add Custom Taxonomy Title Tags Support to All-In-One SEO Pack

Get control over your custom taxonomy’s Title Tag

With Yoast’s Simple Taxonomies plugin, you can set up a custom categorization system for posts on your site known as a custom taxonomy. When trying to optimize these pages, I realized that the All in One SEO Pack plugin doesn’t have support for custom taxonomies, so it will not format the title properly. I’ve slapped together some code to improve the formatting of the title tag. See this code in action. Continue reading “Add Custom Taxonomy Title Tags Support to All-In-One SEO Pack”

How Not to Optimize Your Search Results Page Title – Priceline.com Should Know Better

William Shatner != SEO

A comparison in travel sites search results page titles

Wow, Priceline…who did you hire for SEO?

I was shopping around for a good price on a hotel in Aspen when William Shatner’s “Falcoln of Truth” showed me how not to write page titles.

Check out Priceline‘s horrific search results page title:
Priceline.com - hotel, hotel reservation, cheap hotel, las vegas hotel, boston hotel, hotel deal, new york city hotel, hotel rooms, motel, lodging, accommodations, casino hotel, priceline

That is a terrible example of keyword stuffing, and is…well…awful. Even search results pages should be optimized. Priceline should know that! Continue reading “How Not to Optimize Your Search Results Page Title – Priceline.com Should Know Better”

Denver SEO Blog Hits 100,000 Visitors

SEODenver.com Hits 100,000 Visitors

I launched this blog in January 2008 – only 19 months ago. Since then, the blog has seen 100,000 visitors. I look forward to creating more posts that you find interesting.

Last year at this time:

  • The blog was averaging 18 readers per day. Now it averages 357.
  • The blog had 14,677 visitors. This month, we hit 100,000.

Most popular blog posts on SEO Denver Blog:

“Next year in Jerusalem Denver”, SEO Blog!

I’d love to see the blog continue to grow at this rate. That would mean that the site would hit:

  • 11,283 visitors per month, 376 visitors per day,  and 158,517 total visitors by next January
  • 14,313 visitors per month, 477 visitors per day,  and 253,436 total visitors by next July

For people who like statistics, this is the equation for the polynomial trendline. Check out the equation on Wolfram Alpha. My numbers may be off (I couldn’t stay awake in my 8am Statistics class in college!), but either way, I’m looking forward to checking in on the numbers in a year.  Thank you, readers!

The SEO Denver Blog is Now Self-Hosted

SEO Denver Switching Servers

After a year of hosting the SEODenver.com website on WordPress.com servers, it’s time to finally move on.

WordPress hosting was a good way to get the SEO Denver Blog up quicky and without much forethought…but WordPress.com hosting was always temporary, and finally, the site has moved! Continue reading “The SEO Denver Blog is Now Self-Hosted”

Redirect a Website in ColdFusion – Add www. or Move to New Domain

ColdFusion, BabyRedirecting a website in ColdFusion (.CFM)

I have been working on a ColdFusion website, and I wanted to find a way to require ‘www.’ in the URL (to consolidate all pages on www. for SEO). I normally work with PHP and Apache servers, so I’m used to .htaccess. I knew there had to be a way.

Here’s a simple method of redirecting a whole website in ColdFusion:

<!-- If the site isn't www... -->
<cfif (CGI.SERVER_NAME NEQ "www.example.com")>
<!-- Save the URL (and $_GET variables too) as the string 'strUrl' -->
<cfset strUrl = CGI.script_name & "?" & CGI.query_string />
<!-- Use 301 for SEO-friendly redirects -->
<cfheader statuscode="301" statustext="Moved permanently">
<!-- Redirect to new website (this case, added www.) with strUrl added on -->
<cfheader name="Location" value="http://www.example.com#strUrl#">
</cfif>

Continue reading “Redirect a Website in ColdFusion – Add www. or Move to New Domain”

Mountain America Jerky Redesign Launched

Mountain America Jerky Redesign

Mountain America Jerky Before Redesign Mountain America Jerky - After Redesign
Mountain America Jerky - Before and After Redesign

I’m happy to announce that today the new Mountain America Jerky website launched. Check out the site and try some of their crazy-good Garlic Black Pepper Beef Jerky. One perk of working with a nice client who sells beef jerky is getting samples of the product! Seriously, though, it’s the best jerky I’ve ever had.

I started working with Mountain America Jerky as a SEO. Jerky is a competitive field, and they wanted to improve their ranking. After working with Chuck on the website’s optimization, he told me he wanted to go big and rebrand the site. The result is a rustic, functional, beautiful website. Continue reading “Mountain America Jerky Redesign Launched”

How to Create a Google Profile and Manage your Online Reputation

As seen on 7News – View the video on TheDenverChannel.com

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Why Google Profiles matter to you

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As featured on the May 20th 7News program featuring Zack Katz of Katz Web Design, Google Profiles are a great way to be found online for your own name, even if you don’t have a website.If you set up an online profile with Google, a person looking for you online will be able to find you more easily.

Your profile will show up in search results

In the past, if you wanted to be listed in search results for your own name (it’s called a “vanity search”), you often needed your own website. Google is changing that, and giving users the power to show up in a search result with a picture and link to their profile.

Google Profile Embedded Results
The Google Profile box embedded in the search results for Zack Katz

In April, Google has started giving Profiles a prominent placement in search results. It is safe to presume that Google will be further incorporating the Profiles in the future, and assigning them more value. If you want to improve your findability online, setting up a profile is a great step to take. Continue reading “How to Create a Google Profile and Manage your Online Reputation”

An Inside Look: 4 Step SEO for a Denver Solar Company

Matzen is a Denver solar company

4 Steps to optimize a website — a Denver solar case study

This is an inside look into my process for optimizing a pre-existing website. This will cover lots of the aspects of the SEO I’ve done, but not all of it…These steps are often my first round of optimization on a site. Once I do these four vital SEO steps, I move on to content SEO and more link-building. Continue reading “An Inside Look: 4 Step SEO for a Denver Solar Company”

You need Denver SEO if you want to rank well in Google.

Google SEO for Denver is like fishing

Can a Denver business afford to rank poorly in search engines?

Katz Web Design is an SEO company in Denver. This is our blog.  Need help with your website’s search presence? Call 970-882-1477 for a free consultation.

Denver SEO Case study: Ignite Matchmaking

Continue reading “You need Denver SEO if you want to rank well in Google.”

SEO It! Bookmarklet – Improves Search Results in iPhone & Safari

Clean up your Google search results!

Format your search results for SEO

Works great for SEO searches on the iPhone!

It’s frustrating doing searches with SEO in mind, then having Google add SearchWiki, personalized results, and other localizations that mess up what you wanted: accurate results. Here’s the solution: The SEO It! Bookmarklet.

  • I do lots of searching as an SEO. I look for ranking, competition, additional keywords, etc. I use Google a LOT. And I use Apple’s Safari browser.
  • By default, I am logged in to my Google account, and have Google preferences set to showing 100 results at a time. The problem? Google shows different ranking and links based on the number of results you see.
  • I have Google Web History enabled, and Google provides me with “Personalized results based on my search history.” When doing SEO, I don’t want these results: I want what others will see.
  • I use SearchWiki to move up results of websites I have created. When trying to get accurate SEO ranking, this is frustrating.
  • I do SEO searches on my iPhone, too – where I need to manually strip out the annoying &client=safari to see a normal results page.

Enter the SEO It! Bookmarklet

Continue reading “SEO It! Bookmarklet – Improves Search Results in iPhone & Safari”

SEO implications for updating your website

SEO Updates cause white knuckles!

Will a website redesign hurt my rank?

When I am working with a client that already has a website, one of the first questions I am asked is “How will redesigning my website affect my rank?” Here’s what to expect when launching your new website:

Your website will take a hit in the SERPs for 20-30 days

SEO results chart for a redesigned website
After updating a website, you can expect ~25 days of your ranking going down. I call it the "white knuckle month," but I've noticed the website always ranks better once the period is over.

Without fail, I’ve found that when I launch a new website, move a website to a new domain, redesign or make significant structural changes to a site, the website will drop in rank for 3-4 weeks. Continue reading “SEO implications for updating your website”

SEODenver.com is new home of Denver Web Design & SEO Blog

Denver Web Design & SEO Blog has moved!

I’ve taken the plunge: the katzwebdesign.wordpress.com site is now mapped to seodenver.com, a domain I purchased last year. I’m not sure what the long-term plans are for this domain, but at least I’ll be building links to my own domain, not to WordPress.com…

Denver Roofing Company – Website Launched!

Mountain High Roofing, Inc. - Denver roofing intstallation & repair

Katz Web Design has completed a website for Mountain High Roofing, Inc., a Denver roofing company.

The Mountain High Roofing website is built on WordPress. It’s what I would consider to be a medium level of customization; the website is a custom website design with a few plugin customization options. It allows Mountain High to easily update their own content, and add articles to their blog. The code is well-structured for really good SEO results. Continue reading “Denver Roofing Company – Website Launched!”

Doing the legwork — No SEO guts, no SEO glory

SEO and continuing education

It’s easy to know SEO concepts. It’s another thing to put them into good use and do the work involved in optimizing a site.

 Yesterday, I was at a barnes and noble and saw the book SEO Bible. I flipped through the pages and I knew everything I saw. But if “Joe the SEO” reads the book, so will they. Knowing what everyone knows is not a competitive advantage.

A SEO must know more than what is printed in a year-old book. The book doesn’t talk about Google Search Wiki, or know about the new FriendConnect API, and even those technologies are yesterday’s news. Reading a book is just an introduction. SEO takes continuous training. Continue reading “Doing the legwork — No SEO guts, no SEO glory”

New Google search results — OneBox is upgraded

OneBox SEO

Google’s OneBox results getting smarter

Recently, Google seems to have updated their algorithm for when they show the mapped results (or, “OneBox”). It used to be that the OneBox would show up when viewing 10 results at a time for many most local searches. Now, the OneBox only shows up when viewing locally relevant industries or when a certain number of results are displayed at once. Continue reading “New Google search results — OneBox is upgraded”

SEO Randomizer: Save the Value of Your SEO'd Links

Search engines attribution link value is falling for SEOs and web designers.

Update: Now use the SEO WordSpinner plugin to implement this concept.
Use the get_seo_spin() PHP function in your theme’s footer.php file.

Footer links are dropping in SEO value

How to stay relevant while getting great links

As a web designer and SEO, I place links in the footers of most of my designs. Clients don’t mind (I always request the link), and it’s a high-quality link. Most small web design and SEO companies do.  Footer links have become very spammy, however, and sites try to stuff as many links there as possible.

SEOmoz has an article about footer link optimization and claims that

Footer links may be devalued by search engines automatically
Check out the evidence – Yahoo! says they may devalue footer links, Bill Slawski uncovers patents suggesting the same and anecdotal evidence suggests Google might do this (or go further) as well. Needless to say, if you want to make sure your links are passing maximum value, it’s wise to avoid the footer (particularly the footer class itself).

The era of the PageRank-passing footer links are coming to an end. The search engines have a good reason for devaluing the links — but how can we get the juice back?

Let’s consider the following issues:

My SEO Statistics are 42% Better than Yours

In working on the content for my new web site, I was working on ways to display the SEO ranking statistics. I came up with this concept of scaling the text relative to the % of clicks they get.

The SEO statistics in this way are pretty dramatic:

  1. The #1 Result: receives 42% of all clicks
  2. #2 Result: 12% of all clicks
  3. #3 Result: 8.5%
  4. #4 Result: 6%
  5. #5 Result: 5%

How do the numbers look?

I put together some really neat graphics that show how crazy important ranking well is. I went through some failed ideas, but landed on these two graphics: Continue reading “My SEO Statistics are 42% Better than Yours”

Nofollow SEO for your WordPress Functions

Link Condom
Pretty crude idea of nofollow, isn't it?

While working on a recent website, I became frustrated by the lack of nofollow support in many WordPress functions.  Make that, most WordPress functions.

There are a few WP functions that I wanted to add nofollow to, so here’s a list and a download link: Continue reading “Nofollow SEO for your WordPress Functions”

Introducing: the SEO Stylesheet for Safari, Firefox, Opera, and IE

Safari, Opera, IE and Firefox User Stylesheet is like a compass for SEOs

Firefox gets all the cool toys

As I’ve written before, Firefox SEO — not Safari — gets all the glory. One of the great things about Firefox is the Add-ons (plugins) that extend its functionality. For web developers and SEOs, it’s vital to easily see what rank your website has when doing searches. There are tons of Firefox SEO Add-ons, but I use the following Firefox SEO addons:

These add-ons make browsing much easier when you’re doing some SEO research. There are no cool Safari SEO Plugins (ask Google, it’s true), but I wasn’t satisfied…so I made my own (kinda).

I am pleased to announce the best Safari SEO plugin alternative. Continue reading “Introducing: the SEO Stylesheet for Safari, Firefox, Opera, and IE”