How to check Webmaster Tools for a Google Penalty

I have seen a lot of site owners who are confused about how to determine whether Google has penalized their site or not.  If you have a manual penalty then you will have a notification in your manual actions viewer.  However, you may or may not see a message in your messages center.  You can still have a manual action even if your messages center is not showing […]

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Are you confused about guest posting? Here’s what Google says you can safely do.

Recently there has been a lot of confusion surrounding guest posting and whether or not links from guest posts are all to be considered unnatural.  Rand Fishkin stirred up a good debate when he published an article called “Dear Google, Links from YouMoz Don’t Violate Your Quality Guidelines.”  He wrote the article because a penalized site owner had been given a link from a YouMoz guest post […]

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Questions from a conference newbie.

I am so excited to be attending Mozcon next week…and I’m also blown away that I have been chosen to speak at Pubcon Vegas in October this year.  Believe it or not, Mozcon will be my first SEO conference ever.  I have questions that I’m sure other new attendees have…and I’m not too embarrassed to ask them.  🙂 1. What is the appropriate way to greet you guys? […]

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