Website Design, Internet Marketing, DC
Written by Stu Kushner

Stop and Block Referrer Spam

 Website Design, Internet Marketing, DCI recently started noticing some new traffic on the websites that we host and manage. What was unusual was that the sites were showing up as referral sites on almost every one of our websites. Our sites all get traffic from Google, Bing, Yahoo and such. But the 2nd and third tier traffic usually comes from more industry specific sources. So, when almost all of our sites were getting referred traffic from a single new source, that was a bit alarming.

We were the victim of Referrer Spam. Referrer Spam is created by unscrupulous marketers that create a network of web crawlers that seek out websites and create fake traffic to them. The traffic gets recorded into the analytic logs on the websites in order to fool the search engines in the hopes of creating higher page rankings for the marketers clients.

The traffic that they create does not physically harm the websites. But it might damage the page rank of your site if Google and the rest decide to punish sites that don’t protect themselves against these crawlers. So, I researched how to block the Referrer Spam and found that although I can’t keep the bots from visiting my client’s sites, I can keep them from accessing the logs that record their visit. That way the traffic they are trying to create does not show up in the analytics. So, it’s like they were never there.

Do you have analytics on your site? If you do, look for Referring Visits from the following sites:

  • .darodar.com
  • bestsub.com
  • buttons-for-websites.com
  • casinobonustips.com
  • civilwartheater.com
  • co.lumb.co
  • cukwiki.com
  • econom.co
  • entourank.com
  • ilovevitaly.com
  • make-money-online.7makemoneyonline.com
  • semalt.semalt.com
  • similarpages.com
  • webstatsdomain.org

We had three of these crawling around on our sites. They boosted the traffic but the fake numbers were not helpful. And keeping our sites clean and honest will boost our credibility with the search engines. So, I believe that this was an important task. If any of these are showing up on your site, call your website develop immediately and have them install safeguards against this intrusion.

Or, call us at 202-462-4290. We will look at your site and advise you at no cost.

Written by Stu Kushner

Creating Compelling Content Through Blogging (A How-To)

By ScottOfford

Posted by ScottOfford

Blogging is a great way to get additional content into your website that both your visitors and the search engines will like. But there are a few things to keep in mind when starting this kind of content creation endeavor. Below, I explain how my internet marketing company does it for (and explains it to) our own clients. First, you need to set goals.

Goal Setting

Determining your marketing goals will help you in many ways, such as, giving you the ability to measure the impact of your effort. It is crucial in the development and maintenance of a content strategy. Goal setting can help you in better tracking and measure those desirable actions of your website visitors and can even lead to helping you understand from where your best visitors are coming.

With marketing online, an integral part of the process is tracking ROI.

web design,SEO, Content Writing,
Written by Stu Kushner

Parallax Scrolling Websites and SEO – A Collection of Solutions and Examples

By Carla_Dawson

web design,SEO, Content Writing,

Posted by Carla_Dawson

Parallax Scrolling is one of the latest trends in web design, yet most parallax scrolling websites are not SEO-friendly. I have observed this trend on sites like Awwwards, theFWA and many more. I have also observed that there are many articles that say parallax scrolling is not ideal for search engines. Parallax Scrolling is a design technique and it is ideal for search engines if you know how to apply it. I have collected a list of great tutorials and real SEO-friendly parallax websites to help the community learn how to use both techniques together. There appears to be lots of confusion in the community and I want to clear it up.

Parallax Scrolling – its origins and definition

Parallax Scrolling was originally created for the video game industry as a “special effects� technique to give the audience an illusion of depth. According to Wikipedia, parallax scrolling is

Parallax scrolling is a special scrolling technique in computer graphics, wherein background images move by the camera slower than foreground images, creating an illusion of depth

The web design industry defines parallax scrolling as

Creative Bloq

One big web design trend of the moment is parallax scrolling, which involves the background moving at a slower rate to the foreground, creating a 3D effect as you scroll down the page. It can sometimes be …read more    

Written by Stu Kushner

10 Things I Have Learned Over the Years Running an SEO Business

By Firestarter-SEO

Posted by Firestarter-SEO

This article, blog, guest post, or whatever you want to call it, is written for those who are new and learning SEO. I hope I don’t come off as cocky or arrogant. I simply want to help make the SEO community a better place. After practicing SEO for several years and assisting businesses in succeeding online, I feel I have learned some very valuable lessons I’d like to share with those who care.

1. Read These Documents

As the SEO market becomes saturated with new content each day, there are some pieces of content that have withstood the test of time. I would categorize the following SEO related documents as  must read. I wouldn’t say they need to be completely comprehended but they definitely should be read.content

  1. The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine: This paper is essentially the birth of Google. Whether or not everything in this paper is still current and relevant is debatable. However, the article provides valuable insights on how Google is/was supposed to operate.

  2. The PageRank Citation Ranking: Bringing Order to the Web: Any experienced SEO reading this knows PageRank is not what it used to be. However, it is fascinating to study the value of links and the authority they can pass. Understanding how links work and why they are important are essential to being successful at SEO.
  3. Search Engine Optimization Secrets: I did not realize how important links were until I read this book. Danny Dover said something along the lines of, Most of the problems SEOs run up against can be addressed by adding inbound links. In my opinion this is one of the better books on SEO.
  4. Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide: This piece …read more    

Written by Stu Kushner

The Goal of Content Creation and SEO

I found this remarkable graph.  It shows the percentage of traffic on Google that clicks-thru to a website based on the search results position on the page. As you can see, the first position garners nearly one-third of all of the clicks.website management, marketing The number two position gets about 17% of the traffic and the clicks drop dramatically from there.

This really shows how critical it is to achieve that first position on the first page. Anyone that tells you that the goal is to get onto the first or second page is very mistaken. Once you are off the first page, you are not likely to get clicked at all.

So, how do you get on the first page?

You need to create content by writing on a regular basis. Write about current events, opinions, ideas, stories. Give definitions about the products and services in your industry. Write about the resources that are available to

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