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Dec 08

Google Analytics Event Tracking: All Calls, Emails, and PDFs

by | December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Analytics, Web Development | Comments (3)

*December 2017 Update for gtag.js Event tracking is important on a website. It’s the only way to track user engagement. There are certain links that don’t naturally trigger any kind of tracking via Google Analytics, whether you’re using async (ga.js) or universal analytics. The most common are: PDF Downloads – <a href="someurl.pdf">Download my PDF</a> Mailto […]

May 23

Does Google Index My Keyword Placed in XYZ Location?

by | May 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Search Engine Optimization | Comments Off on Does Google Index My Keyword Placed in XYZ Location?

We all know by now that it’s important to put your keywords in as many places as you can, within reason, to get the most SEO value out of them. But are there any places that work, that shouldn’t? I decided to find out. I placed a made up word in various parts of the […]

Aug 16

How PageSpeed is Affected by Certain Scripts

by | August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Web Development | Comments Off on How PageSpeed is Affected by Certain Scripts

Run the PageSpeed Insight Tool on a page on your website, and you’ll see how well your page scores. But what you won’t see is how certain things really affect your site…like by how much they’re truly affecting the score. We’re going to take a look at how different scripts affect it. Let’s see!

Aug 19

How-To Fix a WordPress Site That Has Been Hacked and Leaving Spam Pages

by | August 19th, 2015 | Posted in Tools & Software, Web Development | Comments Off on How-To Fix a WordPress Site That Has Been Hacked and Leaving Spam Pages

We have seen several WordPress sites that have been hacked recently, and it’s been ugly for SEO. One particular client with a WordPress installation had 80 pages inserted into their site, and the worst part is we didn’t know because we couldn’t see the pages in the admin! Now, I don’t know how in the […]

Dec 12

2013 Holiday Toy Drive and Company Dinner

by | December 12th, 2013 | Posted in Minnesota Events, Portland Events, WebRanking News | Comments Off on 2013 Holiday Toy Drive and Company Dinner

On December 8, 2013 in Minneapolis, the Minnesota WebRanking crew gathered once again in what is now becoming a tradition. We got together to celebrate the holidays, and a very successful 2013 for our company. The Portland crew did not join us this year. We were fortunate to have them in Minnesota last year as […]

Feb 28

Google AdWords Keyword Tool Update: Adds New Features & Changes UI

by | February 28th, 2012 | Posted in Keyword Research, Tools & Software | Comments (6)

If you have used the Google AdWords Keyword Tool lately, chances are you stumbled upon a few newly added features. If you haven’t, then you should check them out. The biggest change you will notice is when you do a search for a keyword or phrase, next to your results will be a small down […]

Jan 12

Bing Testing a New Media Bar on the Homepage

by | January 12th, 2012 | Posted in Search Engines | Comments (2)

Likely in advance of the upcoming Windows 8, appears to be testing a new bar on the home page below the image. I first saw the new homepage on Tuesday, January 10th when I opened Internet Explorer 9. We opened Bing in different browsers, and on different machines, and did not see the new […]

Sep 08 Refreshes Homepage, Launches New Layout (Not HTML5 Yet)

by | September 8th, 2011 | Posted in Search Engines | Comments (1)

I’m sure there are plenty of you who are too excited for the NFL Kickoff 2011 to notice any small changes over at Or maybe you are celebrating the new football season by playing some Tecmo Super Bowl (I highly recommend this one). Well we’ll have none of those fun and games here at […]

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