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SEO Egghead Consulting Group is a web development firm dedicated to creating custom, search-engine-optimized web site applications.

We specialize in eCommerce and content management web sites that not only render information beautifully to the human, but also satisfy the "third browser" - the search engine. To us, search engines are people too.

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Aug 15
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: Search engine marketers loved SnapNames.  Expired domains used to evade the dreaded "sandbox" aging delay.  I loved SnapNames too — but for a different reason.  I like domain names that don't stink.  The domain aftermarket is a boon for people searching for domain names that don't look like this:my-domain-name-idea-was-taken-so-i-registered-this-monstrosity-i-hope-you-like-it.comOK, so that's a slight exaggeration, but everyone gets the point.Google put a stop to this sandbox loophole awhile ago, and now it seems to be quite the opposite situation.When you snap a domain name, keep in mind that it may be subject to a penalty.  Such was the case for a…

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Aug 15
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Jaimie Sirovich

OK, so it was just a temporary thing.  Phew!  Now my little application that watches stocks can resume its duties :)

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Aug 11
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: The sites for the Free SEO Site Clinic are selected!  I will be reviewing the sites www.elitehosts.com and www.arlin.net.  Both are web hosting sites.  This is an ultra-competitive industry in many ways — including SEO.  I have some ideas to help drive traffic with long tail keywords in the aggregate.  That's a hint as to what I will suggest.  This will be in addition to the mundane recommendations to resolve the standard SEO mistakes and concerns.  The in-depth reports will be done within the next few weeks. In the mean time, I did look at most of the sites you…

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Aug 10
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: Oh no!  Real-time (ECN) stock quotes appear to be gone from both the condensed and the detailed Google Finance views.  Hopefully, it's just a fluke and it will be back tomorrow.  Take a look:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=AMD&btnG=Google+Searchhttp://www.google.com/finance?q=AMDThis actually annoys me, as I use Google to get quick real-time visibility on stock quotes without having to log in to my TDAmeritrade account. Yahoo still appears to give out free real-time quotes, but it's not accessible via standard query.  Here's how to get ECN quotes from Yahoo: http://finance.yahoo.com/q/ecn?s=AMDNot sure why this happened, but it was one of the "sticky" features Google had for me.  Now…

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Aug 9
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: Many search engine marketers have historically recommended placing relevant keywords in URLs.  The original rationale was that a URL's contents are one of the major criteria in search engine ranking.  Yahoo especially was enamored of keyword-rich URLs.   Over time, this has changed.  It is now a minor criterion with regard to ranking.  On top of that, dynamic sites make the process more difficult.That does not mean, however, that creating URLs with relevant keywords is obsolete.  God no.  Thinking like that is terribly narrow-minded.  So let's enumerate all of the benefits of placing keywords in URLs.  Here they are — my…

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Aug 9
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: You might get sued!  Expect Google to mail lots of legal letters as they make a desperate effort to protect their ailing trademark.  Google has become almost synonymous with search — and if they aren't careful, they'll end up like "Band-aid," "Spam," and "Frisbee."If any of those terms have not lost their trademarks yet, they are already travelling down Generic Lane.  Ask yourself if you would say "adhesive bandage strip," or "plastic flying disc."  I doubt it.  And when a trademark becomes synonymous with the generic item, eventually it loses its trademark status — genericide. The word 'google,' with…

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Aug 8
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: I was playing around with the What is Hosted on that IP? tool I just published, and some of what I found is a bit scary.  I see cases where there are a few relatively legitimate sites nestled on the same IP with hundreds of spammy sites.  Needless to say, this is a liability.Suppose I am a devious SEO who does not like my competitor very much.  My competitor is also a big cheapskate.  He uses the "Beginner Hosting" package from some fly-by-night web hosting company that, like everyone else these days, oversells.  He pays $2.95 USD per month.  That's…

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Aug 7
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: Google just added a curious new feature to Sitemaps, now renamed "Webmaster Central."  It allows the webmaster to specify whether he or she prefers a site be indexed as www.example.com or example.com.  It is documented here.  This is curious for a few reasons:1. BigDaddy was supposed to resolve this issue.  In actuality, the problem seems fairly trivial.  It did not surprise me that BigDaddy was supposed to resolve it.  This feature is an admission that BigDaddy is not the end of the troubles in this realm.2. In my opinion, the current demographics of Sitemaps webmasters are such that anyone willing…

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