Week 3: Claiming my FourSquare Listing

By Tom Nguyen / November 4, 2013 /

I’ve been so slammed with work from existing clients that I haven’t had any time to work on my website’s SEO. Not that I really need it (knock on wood). I’m lucky to have a great group of website design clients in the Atlanta area. According to my search engine rankings checker, I’m still around…

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Our Quest to be #1 for Atlanta Web Design in Google

By Tom Nguyen / October 22, 2013 /

When we first started tracking our Google ranking for this keyphrase back in August of 2011, we were on the 7th or 8th page of Google. Most of our business came via word of mouth with the occasional Facebook page referral. Back then, we used to manually check my Google ranking for keyphrases related to…

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How to Rollback to a Previous WordPress Plugin Version

By Tom Nguyen / October 15, 2013 /

I’ve had to do this a few times. I provide website maintenance for quite a few of my web design clients, and I always keep their WordPress websites up to date (see my previous blog post on this). Most of the time, everything goes off without a hitch, but sometimes, a plugin won’t work properly…

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Get More Calls by Editing Your Meta Description

By Tom Nguyen / October 7, 2013 /

That’s correct. Although the SEO experts say that your meta description doesn’t have any impact on your organic search engine ranking, it does have an impact on whether your potential client or customer gives you a call or not. For those of you who don’t know, what is in your website’s meta description is often…

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How to Find Backlinks with the * Operator in Google

By Tom Nguyen / October 2, 2013 /

I’ve read books on SEO, and many of them recommended using link: on Google to find competitor backlinks like this: link:yourcompetitorwebsite.com Things have changed since I first wrote this blog post in 2013. When I first used the link operator on mrtechnique.com, there were only 3 results in Google: The year is now 2018, and there…

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Using YouTube for Search Engine Optimization

By Tom Nguyen / May 6, 2013 /

Over the last couple of years, I’ve had success with doing SEO work for a few of my clients.  I noticed their visits had increased according to Google Analytics.  In addition, my clients reported a jump in phone calls and website inquiries. I wanted to let my visitors know about my success, so I filmed…

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Setting up Custom Navigation Menus in WordPress

By Tom Nguyen / January 21, 2013 /

Most themes in WordPress allow you to control what’s on the navigation menu bar.   To set up your navigation menu, you’ll need to know how to log in to your WordPress admin area.  Once logged in, go to Appearance –> Menus.

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Bring Traffic to Your Website by Giving Advice

By Tom Nguyen / January 7, 2013 /

Manta is an advertising solution for small businesses.  You can register for a Manta account for free.  You can even add a few links back to your website and social media pages in your Manta profile. I’m not here to discuss setting up a Manta profile though.  There are millions of free business directories that…

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My Preferred WordPress Plugins

By Tom Nguyen / November 26, 2012 /

These days, most of my website projects are developed with WordPress.  I use these plugins in many of my WordPress websites. They are all free of charge. [custom_list type=”dot”] ThreeWP Activity Monitor – Tracks all user activity including login attempts.  If someone atttempts and fails to log in to your site, you can see what password…

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Some Free Online Directories

By Tom Nguyen / October 22, 2012 /

Building backlinks is tedious, time consuming, and costly.  I’ve used a combination of paid and free online directories to bring backlinks to my sites and clients’ websites.  In a previous blog post, I mentioned a few paid online SEO directories.  If you’re low on cash and can’t afford a paid directory listing, here are a…

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