Google Guy Debuts in SEO Comic

In case you don’t follow our SEO comic, Ranked Hard, here is a reminder to head on over to the site. It has new design and more importantly a new comic. If you haven’t read any of the previous SEO comics get ready for a treat. We take a look at the comical side of the SEO industry and poke a little fun as well as give a little criticism at the crazy world of search engine optimization. Give us some feedback on your favorites and let us know if there are any topics or taboos you would like satirized by the Ranked Hard (mythical) staff. Here is a glimpse of our latest comic, introducing our superhero, Google Guy who fights for Internet City against Black Hat! Click here to read the rest of the comic and find out who...

The Battle for Internet City – RankedHard.com comic

Here is a snippet from our latest SEO comic, Ranked Hard. Please visit the RankedHard.com site to see the comic this month. It is the best one we have done so far, in my opinion. From time to time I use Ranked Hard as my soap box to comment on SEO-related topics such as link buying, SEO Celebrities and Internet spam, but with this comic I decided that I would poke some fun at three well-known Internet personalities: Seth Godin (Founder of Squidoo), Jason Calacanis (Founder of Mahalo) and Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipedia). Each of these web celebs has created a force on the Internet. But have they created a force for good on the Internet? Have they made the Internet a better place? In some ways they have, but in many ways–not so much. Of course the negative effects on the Internet aren’t really their fault. Let me explain. I’ll take each person in order and, since this is my site, I am going to give my opinions. You may disagree, and if so, please post why in the comments below. A good debate is always worth the risk of offending someone. Want to read more and see the comic? Head over to see “The Battle for Internet...

Link Buying Becomes Comical

Our latest Ranked Hard, SEO Comic, is up for viewing. It deals with the concept of link buying and Google’s sporadic approach at curtailing the purchase of link. Take a look at Crazy Eddie’s Link Emporium. Here is an excerpt from my post under the comic. Please visit and read the entire rant on link buying. If you would listen to Google, and why wouldn’t you, you would be led to believe that they are against link buying and don’t reward sites who do buy links. In fact, they will penalize sites that do buy links. Don’t believe me? Read Google’s engineer Matt Cutt’s own words on buying and selling links. They even provide a handy dandy form to report paid links. Find a site selling links? Report them. Find a competitor buying links? Report them. Then, your site, which is honestly gathering links, should rise to the top of the rankings. Right? Wrong. Oh, so very wrong. Google has been caught selling links more than once. So they understand the temptation and financial rewards of selling a link. But the rewards can be much greater when buying a link: higher search rankings, more customers, more sales and more profits. But if link buying is really being stamped out by the big G, then why, oh why, are so many people doing it and dominating the search rankings? Read the rest of...

Link Building & Comics

I am reposting this content. I originally wrote it as commentary for our SEO comic, Link Building 500, at RankedHard.com. Please visit and get your funny bone tickled. As any quality SEO company will tell you, link building is crucial to any successful SEO campaign. Of course your on-site optimization needs to be done right – keyword density, the right titles and so forth, but without links you are left with a site no one will ever find via the search engines. At Big Oak SEO link building is part of the monthly work we do for our client and it is mandatory. Often I will talk with unhappy clients coming to us from other SEO companies, and they will complain, rightly so, the fact that they spent thousands of dollars with little to show for it. My first question is what type of link building did they do? A moment of silence usually follows and then the response, “I’m not sure.” or “None.” Well, besides the fact that every client should know exactly what their SEO company is doing, I am shocked that any true company who claims to be providing SEO services is not heavily involved in link building. And a few minutes of sleuthing it is easy to see that little to no link building was done and the client was basically paying for a ranking report to be run every month. Too many suspect “SEO companies” rely on an initial optimization and then cross their fingers and hope for the best. Or more likely they just don’t care and look for the next desperate site...

Twas the night before Google

Twas the night before Google Twas the night before Google when all through the net the users and SEO’s were all upset, Search Wiki, and GMail Themes were rolled out in style Lively was nuked and GOOG sat with a smile. Matt Cutts and the Spam team were out on the prowl, with visions of Black Hatter’s on a moonlight howl. Comments and Blog post were active indeed Tweets and Diggs until some fingers did bleed. Pushing the Chrome, the browser of GOOG Collecting the data of the unknowing newb. Signed into Google for a Search Wiki rating Seeing spammers explode like a round of speed dating. Knowing that Search Results are the victims of Change, Exploring the options and manipulating the range. There is a way to succeed with out a Adwords Budget Social Book Mark Me Please for a Link Back, Nudge (it)! Webmaster tools now showing me data, my info is delayed come, back Later. The Capcha’s not working on Signups for things, Google Local Maps verification not giving me rings. Twas the Night before Google and Tool Bar Page Rank still not Updated the Indian outsources were on alert for some projects we stated. The Ranked Hard Seo Comic issue explains it all well It’s all Will‘s fault,  What the… So Digg me, Tweet me, This Link Bait attempt At humor towards Google et al,  I am feeling a little...