Why you may not realize Google Plus is awesome

I am a pretty huge Google Plus fan, even though almost none of the people I am connect with on Facebook are using it. Most of the active users in my circles are professional connections or other bloggers and I seriously consider that a damned shame considering how awesome Google Plus is. In this post, I’ll go over some of the features Google Plus offers that make it obliterate anything Facebook offers.

The good news is that Google+ is growing rapidly in 2014 after three years of very disappointing growth numbers. The joke of it being a ghost town is becoming more and more an exaggeration each month. I think a big part of that shift is due to several major functionality releases from 2013, most of those are actually on my list here for why Google+ is awesome. The numbers paint an interesting story too. Read more


5 blogging tips for structuring a post for SEO

I have been blogging actively since 2007 and have learned a lot about SEO along the way. In fact, my blogging evolved into a career of doing SEO for a living. From sports blogging for Mile High Report to blogging for my current employer at I-Tul Design & Software, there are basic strategies for organizing a blog post that go a long way to building long term residual traffic from it. You will notice these blogging tips are all met within this post as well.

Many SEO professionals say you should focus on a specific keyword and write posts around it, but I’ve always hated that line of thinking. It is much better to pick a topic to write about and just write it. If you blog regularly, you will end up targeting more than enough keywords over time and Google will send you residual traffic for years to come. My blogging tips today will be focused more around writing in a way that maximizes the blog post for your readers, while optimizing it for Google’s algorithm as well. The first is far more important to your blog’s health and success than the second, but without the second it is difficult to capture new readership. Read more