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David Mihm: The Evolution of Local SEO Algorithms

David Mihm is the Director of Local Search over at SEOmoz. David published a video today that expanded on the the idea that Google has been aggressively improving the way their Local SEO algorithm ranks businesses within Google Search and Google Maps. The information is rather basic – he doesn’t exactly go into the details of “how to get your business ranked #1 in Google Maps”, but he does leave hints.

How to improve your Google Maps ranking

  • Links + Title Tags
  • Citations + Location Data
  • Reviews
  • Social identity (Google+)
  • Offline signals (Foursquare check-ins)

These are the main bullets David drives home at the end of the video. Watch the video below to get the real deal.

How to Rank #1 in Google – Matt Cutts

A lot of people know Matt Cutts – particularly in the SEO field. He’s the face of Google, and isn’t a self-indulged billionaire like most Google execs (*breath of relief*). He is probably the most credible source for Google insights to this day, and he will no doubt go down in history. I think it goes without saying that he is one of the more powerful industry leaders for Search Engine Optimization and marketing. He knows how Google works and, more importantly, knows what Google will be in the near future. If you are a beginner SEO, please watch the video above for a sure-fire way to get your website ranked #1 in Google. Everything he says in this video will help you rank higher – I GUARANTEE IT!

Read Matt’s blog, Wikipedia, Twitter and Google+.



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Matt Cutt’s Gives Recap: How to Rank Better in Google

Thomas Høgenhaven of Denmark created a quick recap of the SXSW tweet answers from Matt Cutts and Duane Forrester.

[Fix] Nivo Slider 1.9 Update Causing Issues

Without a shadow of a doubt, Nivo Slider is one of my favorite plugins for WordPress. Nivo Slider basically acts as a slide show for your website.  It is very easy to install and implement. Dev7studios updated their Nivo Slider a few days ago (from 1.8 to 1.9), but it created a flurry of errors for its almost 2 million users.

The update causes the slider to break and display the following error:

Warning: array_key_exists() [function.array-key-exists]: The second argument should be either an array or an object in wp-content/plugins/nivo-slider/nivo-slider.php on line 1572

To fix the Nivo Slider bug, simply:

  1. log into your WordPress admin panel
  2. On the left sidebar of your Admin panel, click ‘Nivo Slider’
  3. For each slider you have set up and want to fix, click ‘Edit’
  4. Once on the specific slider page, DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING.
  5. Hit ‘Update’

That’s actually all you need to do. Go to your webpage that uses the slider and refresh it to see the fixed Nivo Slider. Easy as pie!