Do I know SEO? Does howdy doody have wooden … um

I’m looking back at the history of SEO and my how it’s changed over the last decade. When we first started looking at ways to make websites rank well in search engines, I found that the 508 Compliance Rules were very similar to well-crafted on-site SEO rules. Then the game became complicated and there was a certain rhythm to strategic keyword placement. That was fine and dandy until someone decided to go against the grain and discovered that keyword stuffing also worked, so Google slapped everyone on the hand and pulled back any preferential treatment when it came to keywords strategically placed in content. So guess what, we’re back to following the standard rules for on-site SEO, which looks like what we did about a decade ago and looks a lot like 508.  At least some things stay consistent. If you aren’t already familiar, these are the major points for on-site SEO. Read more

B-B-B-Benny in WordPress

It seems like every couple of weeks WordPress has a new update available and I’m usually hesitant to click on that “Please update now” link every time I’m prompted. But today, I was pleasantly surprised when I updated one of my WP sites and met Benny, the new WordPress 4.0! What’s so cool about Benny? For authors, you’ll see these new features: Read more

Front End Conference in Portland

When The Front-End Design Conference in Portland came up, I had no doubt in my my mind that I had to go and feed my geek/designer soul. I had visions of surrounding myself with like-minded geeky peeps while feeling nostalgic roaming my old stomping grounds in the Pearl District. Walking in to the Amory, I was not let down – not even a little bit. The venue was top notch and the group was the sexiest gaggle of geeks you’ll ever meet; trim, fashionable and smart. Of course I fit in – Ha! Read more