Chief Technology Officer & Photographer | Irvine, CA

Yeah – I rank for “Bedazzled Jeans”

Still uncovering the tactics used by Chuck Reynolds back in the day to get me ranked on Google for the keyword “Bedazzled Jeans”. Well – just found this: http://www.pxdaj.com/detail/link-29505.html

Jerks! :-P

I still rank 1st page on Google though…too bad my jeans aren’t bedazzled anymore.

AuthorityLabs.com – Simple Search Engine Monitoring

I probably shouldn’t be promoting this, since it’s likely to bump the stats that I’m trying to beat, but it’s for Chase, and its for GangPlank HQ, and it’s just good business – give more than you get…right Derek? :-)

Another project out of GangPlank HQ has arrived in full public mode – AuthorityLabs.com – Simple Search Engine Monitoring.  Basically, the jist of the site allows you to track keywords against your domain to see how you are ranking for those keywords on Google, Yahoo, and Live.  I’ve been beta testing it for a few weeks, and so far, I check it just about every morning.  I’m really trying to get my blog ranked first page on Google for keyword “beau”, and I’ve been able to track the rollercoaster so far with all it’s nifty graphs and so forth.

I’ve also been tracking keywords for DateDesigner.com – my project out of the GangPlank HQ Incubator.  So far, I’m loving the results.  Keyword “date ideas” has been yielding nice results in Yahoo & Live – hopefully I’ll see that growing trend in Google soon!

Any way, get on over to AuthorityLabs.com and sign up today!  I am pretty sure you can sign up for a free account to get your feet wet. :-)

Header Image SEO – is it trickery?

Ok, so I have this client, which will remain nameless, but he’s currently attending a SEO seminar in CA and apparently there is some guy from Google there. Well, my client starts asking him about different SEO topics, one of them being SEO spam – or basically just trying to trick the search engines.

I did some SEO work on his site a few months back, and one of the main changes was to switch up his header so that when CSS was disabled, there would still be descriptive text read by crawlers because the hidden span would then be shown – as it was hidden using CSS. He asked the Google guy if this considered spam and sure enough, Google guy says yes, but Chuck believes different – hell, I know of several other sites that are developed this way, are they doing it wrong too?

Google says no to text behind an image or text hidden by CSS – but I’m describing the image – so am I wrong?

Can I have some support here? Basically its like this – an H2 tag with a background image set via CSS, within the H2 tag, there is a span with a class tagged to it to hide the text – that’s it. When the CSS is turned off, the hidden text appears – thus a web crawler can read it as it contains valuable information describing the content of the site and is basically a textual representation of the image. Can someone put up some supporting links to information to support either side (mine or Google guy)? I know Google is great and all, but that doesn’t mean all their employees know everything – for all I know, Google guy could be the receptionist for the kid center…