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If you run A/B tests on your website and regularly check ongoing experiments for significant results, you might be falling prey to what statisticians call repeated significance testing errors. As a result, even though your dashboard says a result is statistically significant, there’s a good chance that it’s actually insignificant.

via How Not To Run An A/B Test.

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That’s it, I think — that’s the biggest message from Jobs’ life. Don’t try to be like Steve. Don’t try to be like anyone.

Be yourself and work as hard as you can to bring wonderful things into the world. Figure out how you want to contribute and do that, in your own way, on your own terms, as hard as you can, as much as you can, as long as you can.

via Steve Jobs – John’s Tumblr.

Dare is still on.

Howdy.  in my last post, I described a challenge that my brother and I undertook:  To build a working version of an app in less than week.  Well, we missed the deadline.

Our first version is rather raw lacking some very important features.  We’re still working, and we’ll release a beta when it gets a little more polish.  We could have made it, but we both decided family time and sleep were more important. What did we learn?

By setting an overly aggressive deadline, we were forced to make choices in the feature set.  If we knew we had two weeks to complete it, we would really have added too much.  By setting the deadline, we cut everything we didn’t need which hopefully will make it easier for us and the our prospective users.

More details to come and lessons learned.

Dog Dare Swimming

Dare you

Dog Dare Swimming

I can’t wait! I’m starting work on a new project. It’s the first independent project in a while that has captured some momentum. Hopefully, we can take what we learned from our previous simpleweight project and apply the lessons to create a more useful venture.

What’s the itch?

I’m scratching an itch, because I need motivation to take my eating/exercise habits to the next healthy and better level. I mentioned that to Ryan, and he said something similar.  He was ready to challenge me to a fat-off right then and there.

So, last night, we conceived of the new project (name still pending review) 1.   My brother and I wanted to get something started again on a project. So, Ryan dared me to create our first version by May 9th.  My first thought, was whoa, Mother’s day is this Sunday.  I realized it was an excuse.  So, I picked up the gauntlet and accepted the challenge. In fact, I dog dared him to the challenge.  So here’s our plan:  Over the next few days, We are using our spare time, and will create it.  Its still early, and anything can derail our new project, but stay tuned.  We’re still flushing out some details.  When I have news, I’ll share.  I want to blog about it, because it will keep me honest and dedicated to meeting the challenge.

1 In reality, the project is a an idea we’ve had for a while and just hadn’t taken action.
2 Photo source: Amagil http://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/3906314682/sizes/l/

The Definitive Guide to Search Engine Optimization Myths – 80 plus invalid facts.


Search Engine Optimization myths

source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pranavsingh/999580726/

Remember, myths are not true. In no particular order:

  1. myth: SEO is a sham
    src: 9 Web Site Optimization (SEO) Myths Debunked
  2. myth: Black Hat SEOs are Unethical
    src:  7 SEO Myths Dispelled | Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing
  3. myth: White Hat SEOs are On The Side of Good
    src: 7 SEO Myths Dispelled | Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing
  4. myth: SEO requires continual tweaking to keep up with changes in the search engines’ ranking algorithms
    src: 9 Web Site Optimization (SEO) Myths Debunked
    vs.
    myth: “£500 one off SEO fix and your website is good forever” – SEO and search engines move forward all the time, so should you website.
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
    myth: Once Gained, Easily Maintained.
    src:  5 Most Annoying SEO Myths | Blog | Econsultancy
    myth: You Never Need to Redesign Your Site.
    src: Page 3 – SEO Myths
    myth: Google is always changing its search algorithm
    src:  Common SEO Myths – Free SEO Tutorial (Part 5)
    myth: Search engine technology is moving too fast:  I can’t keep up!
    src: Top 10 SEO myths revealed
    myth: Rankings are absolute.
    src: 7 SEO Myths Dispelled | Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing
    myth: SEO is a one-time event.
    src: Blogging from the Brave Programmer – 10 SEO Myths to watch out for in 2010
    myth: SEO is a one month process.  Do it and get it done!
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    myth: SEO is a once and done project:  when website is optimized then job is done.
    src: Top 10 SEO myths revealed
    myth: If you did all the ten things for SEO, there is no beating you and you’ll remain on top forever.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    Scott’s Take:  Yes, you need to keep redesigning your site and keeping it fresh with your users.  However, the fundamentals of Search Engine Optimization has not changed since Google has won the market.  That does not mean it will not change in the future.  In fact, Google now employs Personalized search.  So, the results you see will likely be different than the results I see.
  5. myth: You cannot predict the success of SEO
    src: 9 Web Site Optimization (SEO) Myths Debunked
  6. myth: SEO is easy to learn.
    src: 9 Web Site Optimization (SEO) Myths Debunked
    vs.
    myth: You need an Expert to help you succeed in SEO.
    src: Free SEO Tutorial (Part 5) – Google, Article, Content, Myths
    myth: SEO is a hand off project.  Let the consultants take care of it.
    src: Top 10 SEO myths revealed
    Scott’s Take:  The advanced topics of SEO may not be easy to learn.  However, the majority (80%) of the websites are fine without the advanced topics.  Consequently, I agree with you don’t need an expert.  You can do it yourself.  However, Just as you can paint your house yourself, sometimes, you just want an expert to do it for you.
  7. myth: The goal is to be number one or on page one.
    src: 9 Web Site Optimization (SEO) Myths Debunked
    myth: I should focus on getting great rankings rankings rather than making sure my visitors become customers.
    src:  SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
  8. myth: SEO firms that offer guaranteed placement eliminate your risk.
    src: 9 Web Site Optimization (SEO) Myths Debunked
    myth: Search Engine Positions are guaranteed.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    myth: We guarantee no. 1 on Google.
    src:  Blogging from the Brave Programmer – 10 SEO Myths to watch out for in 2010
  9. myth: My competition has taken all the top spots in the search engines.
    src: 9 Web Site Optimization (SEO) Myths Debunked
  10. myth: SEO mainly consists of submission to (many) search engines.
    src: 9 Web Site Optimization (SEO) Myths Debunked
  11. myth: Unscrupulous competitors cannot directly hurt your site’s position after it has ben SEO’d.
    src: 9 Web Site Optimization (SEO) Myths Debunked
    myth: “Nothing that a competitor can’t do to harm you” – There are people that make a living destroying other peoples websites
    src:  What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
  12. myth: Meta keywords are still useful (they’re definitely not).  &   If you want a real myth, though, it’s that the meta keywords tag matters. It makes so little difference. Only Yahoo takes any real look at it, and even there, it’s virtually useless.
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
    myth: Just Put Up Meta Tags to Get Your Ranking
    src:  Page 3 – SEO Myths
    myth: Words in your meta keywords tag have to be used on the page.
    src: Top Ten Organic SEO Myths
    myth: Meta description deisplayed on the SERPs is always the few lines of text you supply.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    myth: Meta tags don’t matter
    src: SEO myths and the power of repetition
    myth: Having Meta tags will my rankings.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
    myth: Meta tags are the key to high rankings.
    src: Blogging from the Brave Programmer – 10 SEO Myths to watch out for in 2010
    myth: Jam-packing your meta tags with as many words as possible is going to make you rank higher in search engines.
    src: SEO myths de-bunked: Myth #3 – Jam-packed meta tags – S.Joy Studios
    myth: Keyword and description META tags are the most important part of SEO
    src: Top 10 SEO myths revealed
    myth: Adding keywords to meta tags give you a direct push on the SERPs.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    myth: Meta Tags have no Impact on Rankings.
    src: SEO Myths: 5 Myths About SEO Busted | WordStream
    Scott’s Take:  Google in their documentation recommends to use meta description.  So, don’t take this to mean don’t use meta tags at all, this is just meta keywords.  Although, I do agree, that there is more to SEO than just meta tags.
  13. myth: Keyword Density is a factor in rankings (it’s definitely not.)
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
    src: SEOmoz | YOUmoz – SEO Myths That Persist: Keyword Density
    src: SEO myths de-bunked: Myth #8 – Keyword density
    src: SEOmoz | Rewriting the Beginner’s Guide: Part 4 Continued – Keyword Usage & Targeting
    src: Page 3 – SEO Myths
    src: Common SEO Myths – Free SEO Tutorial (Part 5)
    myth: Once you’ve settled on a keyword, use it throughout the text without variation
    src:  Five Myths About SEO Copywriting Debunked | WordStream
    myth: Following a 4% Keyword density will help in optimizing the content.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    myth: It’s a good idea to make my keywords invisible, such as having white letters on white background.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
    myth: Use as many keywords as you can.  The more the better.
    src:  Blogging from the Brave Programmer – 10 SEO Myths to watch out for in 2010
    myth: Adding more keywords to the page title will always help you in seo.
    src:  Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
  14. myth: Submitting your site to search engines is a critical part of SEO.  It hasn’t been since the 1990′s, but like meta keywords, this one just won’t die.
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
    myth: Sites Must Be Submitted to Engines
    src: 5 Most Annoying SEO Myths | Blog | Econsultancy
    myth: Resubmitting your URL Repeatedly to Search Engines
    src: Page 4 – SEO Myths
    myth: Search engine submission doesn’t work.  (notice someone says the opposite of others.)
    src: SEO myths and the power of repetition
    myth: I have to submit my site to a search engine for it to get listed.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
    myth: I have to periodically re-submit my site to the search engines.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
    myth: Submit to as many search engines as you can as often as you can.
    src: Blogging from the Brave Programmer – 10 SEO Myths to watch out for in 2010
    myth: Submitting my site to search engines takes forever.
    src: Top 10 SEO myths revealed
    myth: Submitting to search engines is the only way to get indexed.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    myth: You should submit your URLs to search engines.
    src: Top Ten Organic SEO Myths
    Scott’s Take:  I disagree a little with this.  Submitting Sitemaps and Pinging Services for constantly changing content are still very valuable for Google News and others aggregators and search engines..
  15. myth: Click-through rate is a major part of search engine rankings. The engines have said publicly that CTR is a very noisy and un-useful signal, and not something they’d rely on.
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
  16. myth: The search engines penalize you if you do active/obvious SEO (they don’t). The engines themselves promote SEO best practices, and Google’s gone as far as to endorse and promote SEO events, a guide and an SEO toolset.
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
    myth: SEO is dangerous and can get my site taken off the search engines.
    src:  Top 10 SEO myths revealed
  17. myth: Participating in PPC campaigns (and spending more) will help you rank better in the engines (it doesn’t). The engines have very real Chinese walls between their business divisions and never let paid campaign spending affect organic rankings directly.
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
    myth: SEO is Influenced by PPC  (not true)
    src:  5 Most Annoying SEO Myths | Blog | Econsultancy
    myth: Buying PPC ads will influence your organic rankings.
    src:  7 SEO Myths Dispelled | Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing
    myth: PPC ads will help/hurt rankings.
    src: Top Ten Organic SEO Myths
  18. myth: It is all about rankings and traffic, rather than conversions.
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
  19. myth: “Link Bait won’t get you penalised” – Maybe not today
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
  20. myth: The biggest SEO myth is probably that of “quality content”.
    src:   What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
    myth: Instead of focusing on building a quality site with good, useful information, I should try to find some “trick” to make my site rank well.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
    myth: SEO is about tricking search engines into ranking my site high.
    src: Top 10 SEO myths revealed
    Scott’s take: The idea behind this myth is that Advertising and other campaigns can push less quality content above higher quality content.  There is no doubt about that.  However, I think this is the outlier case.  More often than not, the higher quality will win.
  21. myth: The biggest is the duplicate content penalty. People think that just because you publish the same content as somebody else you are going to get some kind of penalty, not the case at all.
    src:  What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
    myth: Multiple Domain names for the same website or content interlinking together
    src:   Multiple domain names
    myth: Multiple Domain Names Pointing to the Same Site Increase Rankings
    src: Page 4 – SEO Myths
    myth: Google penalizes websites with duplicate content.
    src:  Common SEO Myths – Free SEO Tutorial (Part 5)
    Scott’s Take:  Google has stated publicly, that duplicate content will be merged together and you will lose the value of the content.  So, although this myth is strictly true in this example, because the first google will determine which of the duplicate content should rank, it is much better to have unique content.
  22. myth: The biggest myth of SEO is that everyone is treated equally by the search engines.
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
    myth: SEO is a level playing field.
    src: 7 SEO Myths Dispelled | Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing
  23. myth: One myth I frequently see on SEO websites is ALT tag abuse. The ALT element on an image is useful, but only of the image is linked.
    src: What’s The Biggest SEO Myth? | Shark SEO
    Scott’s Take: Google states in their own report card and own guidelines that the ALT attribute is useful, although I agree you don’t want to just stuff it with all keywords.
  24. myth: The Most Annoying SEO Myth: Optimisation is Underhand
    src:  5 Most Annoying SEO Myths | Blog | Econsultancy
    Scott’s Take:  SEO is definitely okay.  Even google has a SEO guide.
  25. myth: One Tactic, Done Enough, Works
    src:  5 Most Annoying SEO Myths | Blog | Econsultancy
  26. myth: Linking is Everything
    src: Page 4 – SEO Myths
    myth: Links are the most important factor
    src:  SEO myths and the power of repetition
    myth: Getting put on someone’s “Links of people who link to me” page is going to make Google happy.
    src: SEO myths de-bunked: Myth #2 – Link Exchanges – S.Joy Studios
    myth: Having tons and tons of links will surely send my rankings straight to the top.
    src: Website SEO: Link-Building Myths and Illuminating Facts (Part 2)
    myth: Links, links, links, and more links.  The more the better.
    src:  Blogging from the Brave Programmer – 10 SEO Myths to watch out for in 2010
  27. myth: One Good Link outweighs content.
    src:  SEO myths and the power of repetition
  28. myth: Sculpting Your PageRank
    src: SEO myths and the power of repetition
    Scott’s Take:  This is an advanced technique, and Matt Cutts of Google recently stated, if you gobs and gobs of pages, then yes, Sculpting Page Rank will work, but for the majority of people, it does not help and maybe even hurt.
  29. myth: You Need Latent Semantic Analysis Optimization
    src: SEO myths and the power of repetition
  30. myth: Toolbar PR is tied to crawl rate
    src:  SEO myths and the power of repetition
  31. myth: You should use nofollow for any links you sell
    src: SEO myths and the power of repetition
    Scott’s Take:  Note, google recommends this.  Its not required, but I’d agree that if you sell links, you generally want to nofollow them.
  32. myth: nofollow tags prevent a page from being index.ed
    src:  SEO myths de-bunked: Myth #7 – No-follow tags – S.Joy Studios
  33. myth: Google is the only search engine that matters (because it controls 70/80/90% of search traffic.
    src: SEO myths and the power of repetition
  34. myth: Google not only looks at your domains whois info (and past history, etc), but Google looks at other domains that are owned by you to see how trustworthy you and your domains are.
    src: Few SEO Myths I am Researching – JonWaraas.com
  35. myth: Use Subdomains for SEO and for your site structure.
    src: Few SEO Myths I am Researching – JonWaraas.com
  36. myth: You need to post new articles to your website regularly
    src: Common SEO Myths – Free SEO Tutorial (Part 5)
    myth: You need to update your site frequently.
    src: Top Ten Organic SEO Myths
    Scott’s Take:  I agree it is not a need.  However, google does sometimes look to see if content is updated.  I agree though, that google likes people who are first with content rather than newer.  So, this one is inconclusive.
  37. myth: You need ‘quality’ backlinks to succeed in SEO.
    src: Common SEO Myths – Free SEO Tutorial (Part 5)
    Scott’s Take:  Again, google recommends you build links in its own guide.  So, agree its not a need, but it definitely does help.
  38. myth: You need to post ‘quality’ articles on your website.
    src:  Common SEO Myths – Free SEO Tutorial (Part 5)
    Scott’s Take: Google’s own guide recommends to have grammatically correct articles.  The benefit of quality articles is who would people rather read?  a poorly written, hard to understand article vs. an easy to scan easy to understand article?  I think people go with the latter, and then ultimately Google will index that way as well.
  39. myth: Search engine traffic is free.
    src:  Common SEO Myths – Free SEO Tutorial (Part 5)
  40. myth: Optimize your site for Search Engines, Spiders, and Crawlers.
    src:  Write For People, Not For Spiders
    myth: SEO copywriting sounds forced and Mechanical.
    src: Five Myths About SEO Copywriting Debunked | WordStream
    myth: I should optimize my site for search engines above users.
    src: Top 10 SEO myths revealed
    Scott’s Take:  The myth here is we should write and optimize for our users’ first and search engines second.  Be Natural with your writing.
  41. myth: Be brief – online readers have short attention spans.
    src: Five Myths About SEO Copywriting Debunked | WordStream
  42. myth: The age of clever headlines is over.
    src: Five Myths About SEO Copywriting Debunked | WordStream
  43. myth: When doing a list post, write an introduction.
    src: Five Myths About SEO Copywriting Debunked | WordStream
  44. myth: Search engines can now crawl Flash.
    src:  7 SEO Myths Dispelled | Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing
    myth: A flash page means bad SEO.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
  45. myth: Google now crawls javascript.
    src: 7 SEO Myths Dispelled | Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing
  46. myth: Trading links with any site which will link to mine is a good idea.
    src:  SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
  47. myth: Search engines can’t deal with framed sites, or they penalize framed sites.
    src:   SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
  48. myth: Sites that use Javascript get penalized.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
  49. myth: I should try to rank well for a single-word term instead of the 2- to 3-word phrases that searchers actually use and that I actually have a hope of ranking well for.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
  50. myth: Most of my traffic should come from one or two search phrases, rather than hundreds, most of which haven’t even occurred to me.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
  51. myth: All keywords are created equal.
    src: SEO myths de-bunked: Myth #4 – Keyword Equality – S.Joy Studios
  52. myth: Any time my rankings go up or down, I should assume that it’s the result of some change I made. Even better, if my rankings drop I should assume that someone at Google manually looked at my site and penalized it.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
    myth: Any time my rankings change, or even disappear from the results, I should consider that change permanent.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
  53. myth: All visitors start at the front page of my site.
    src: SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
  54. myth: I should consider another site’s PageRank when deciding whether to link to them or whether to ask for a link.
    src:  SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
    myth: You should only link with sies that have a high PageRank.
    src:  Website SEO: Link-Building Myths and Illuminating Facts (Part 2)
  55. myth: The sites with the highest “PageRank” will always rank higher in the SERPs.
    src:  SEO 101: Myths and Facts about Search Engine Optimization
    myth: It’s all about PageRank.
    src: Blogging from the Brave Programmer – 10 SEO Myths to watch out for in 2010
    myth: A higher PageRank means better chance of ranking.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    myth: Toolbar PageRank is Meaningless.
    src: SEO Myths: 5 Myths About SEO Busted | WordStream
  56. myth: Pretty, Keyword-specific URL’s don’t matter.
    src: SEO Myths: 5 Myths About SEO Busted | WordStream
  57. myth: Google Favors Old Domains
    src:  SEO Myths: 5 Myths About SEO Busted | WordStream
  58. myth: Links from Article Syndication and Press Release Distribution are Worthless.
    src: SEO Myths: 5 Myths About SEO Busted | WordStream
  59. myth: Your site will be banned if you ignore Google’s Guidelines
    src: Top Ten Organic SEO Myths
  60. myth: Your site will be banned if you buy links.
    src: Top Ten Organic SEO Myths
    myth: All paid links are evil.
    src: Website SEO: Link-Building Myths and Illuminating Facts (Part 1)
  61. myth: H1 (or any header tags) must be used for high rankings.
    src: Top Ten Organic SEO Myths
    myth: Adding H1 tags to keywords directly help in SEO
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    Scott’s Take:  Google does recommend header tags, and think it helps, but of course it is not a requirement.
  62. myth: SEO copy must be 250 words in length.
    src: Top Ten Organic SEO Myths
  63. myth: You need to optimize for the long tail.
    src:  Top Ten Organic SEO Myths
  64. myth: Submitting your links to directories is the best way to improve your ranking.
    src:  Blogging from the Brave Programmer – 10 SEO Myths to watch out for in 2010
    myth: Submitting your site to hundres of general directories will increase your rankings.
    src:  Website SEO: Link-Building Myths and Illuminating Facts (Part 1)
  65. myth: Dynamic URLs are bad for the site.
    src:  Blogging from the Brave Programmer – 10 SEO Myths to watch out for in 2010
    myth: Dynamic URLs are bad for the site.
    src:  Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
  66. myth: Nofollow incoming links from other sites are no good.
    src:  Blogging from the Brave Programmer – 10 SEO Myths to watch out for in 2010
  67. myth: I’ll see results from SEO quickly.
    src:  Top 10 SEO myths revealed
    Scott’s Take:  quite contrary.  SEO results often focused on the long-term horizon.
  68. myth: Visitor numbers to my site is an important element of SEO.
    src: Top 10 SEO myths revealed
  69. myth: Internal Links don’t matter.
    src:  SEO myths de-bunked: Myth #6 – Internal links – S.Joy Studios
    myth: The more internal links the better.
    src:  Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
  70. myth: Google Adwords are an easy alternative to search engine optimization. Also, they’re more effective.
    src: SEO Myths De-bunked: Myth #5 – Google Adwords – S.Joy Studios
  71. myth: If I click on my own links a bunch of times, Google will be tricked into thinking that my site is awesome.
    src:  SEO myths de-bunked: Myth #1 – Link Clicking – S.Joy Studios
    Scott’s Take:  This is a myth.  However, google does use the bounce rate as a search ranking factor.  So, if you click on your site and stay a while, you can impact your bounce rate a little which in turn can improve your ranking.
  72. myth: Leaving your website’s link in blog and forum comments is great for SEO.
    src:  Website SEO: Link-Building Myths and Illuminating Facts (Part 1)
    Scott’s Take:  Most of the links in blog and forum comments are nofollow-ed.  Consequently, google does not give those much pagerank value.  However, if you leave thoughtful comments, you will actually see your traffic increase.  In addition, you will likely see more people linking to you.  However, if you leave bogus comments, people will think you are spam.
  73. myth: WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, etc. Themes are/are not optimized for SEO.
    src:  Some thoughts on SEO | WPShout.com
  74. myth: You need / don’t need a plugin for SEO.
    src:  http://octavity.com/
    Scott’s notes:  Some themes come already optimized with SEO,  Some themes need the plugin.  Also, too many SEO plugins and are worse than having no SEO in your wordpress at all.
  75. myth: Using Robots.txt is the safest way to keep  a page/site from being crawled.
    src:   Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    myth: Adding Canonical URL tag to a page will stop the bots from scanning the page.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    myth: Using a meta nofollow header tag on the page will “block” the search engine from crawling the page.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    Scott’s Take:  the safest way is just don’t post it on the internet.
  76. myth: Adding a plugin like the AllinOneSEO puts your blog into auto SEO mode.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
  77. myth: Changing the crawl rate settings in Webmasters tools console will change the Google Crawl rate once and for all.
    src:  Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
  78. myth: Linking to authority websites will help your reputation.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
  79. myth: Adding a WordPress (or any) Blog will automatically fix your site’s SEO.
    src:  Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
  80. myth: Sitelinks appear only for websites who have a high PageRank.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
  81. myth: A deep directory structure is bad for SEO.
    src:  Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
    Scott’s Take:  Google does recommend against a deep directory structure unless it is really required by your site.
  82. myth: All external links should be nofollowed to protect your pagerank.
    src: Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths
  83. myth: Bolding out keywords on the content helps.
    src:  Top 25 commonly believed SEO myths

Scott’s Final Take:

Obviously, not all of these myths should be taken as Gospel.  As with normal fictional stories, there is often a grain a truth that can be found in the myth.

For 80% of the small and medium business websites out there, Search Engine Optimization should be 20% of your web activity.  The rest of your activity should be concentrated on generating the absolute best, unique, and new content for your targeted market niche(s). I know one of the Myths of SEO is about quality.  However, I have found in my experience that most websites are just not producing enough new, unique, fabulous content.  Start there.  As long as you follow the major beginner guidelines for SEO, you will be fine.

What are those guidelines? I’ll leave that for another post.  In the meantime, you can look at these other important references used to verify the myths above.

Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide

Google’s SEO Report Card – Google Webmaster Central

YouTube – GoogleWebmasterHelp’s Channel

SEOmoz | Beginner’s Guide to SEO – Single Page Version

Search Engine Ranking Factors | SEOmoz

SCNA The path to craftsmanship as a software developer and more.

Well, I am attempting my first live-blogging session.  I am at the Software Craftsman North America conference in Chicago.

Here are my notes, I’ll refine them later and and plan on updating them as I go.

Updated 2009-08-27.  I added bookmark links to the different sessions. Still plan on editing some of this to make it more readable.

Here’ are the sessions I attended and took notes for:

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View Label Gridlines or Label Outlines in Office 2007

As part of my IT Director position, I often have to support users with various end user questions.

One of the questions I had recently,

We upgraded our Microsoft Office from Office xx to Office 2007. I now open my labels for mail merge, and I don’t see the gridlines. How do I get them back?

How to enable the virtual outlines or gridlines for labels in Microsoft Office 2007:

  1. Open a Document that has been set-up for labels.
  2. click the Table Tools Menu Panel (I forget what Office 2007 official terminology is for this)
  3. Select the Borders Choice
  4. Click View Gridlines

Here are some screenshots:

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