Feb 19th, 2018

Link Building 500

“If you ain’t first, you’re last.” – Ricky Bobby, Talladega Nights 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 […]

Feb 1st, 2018

A Little Too Personal – Personalized Search

Dan Marino: Hey, Ace, got anymore of that gum? Ace Ventura: That’s none of your damn business, and I’ll thank you to stay out of my personal affairs! –Ace Ventura: Pet Detective When Google rolled out personalized search results, the more paranoid members of the SEO community thought it might turn SEO on its head.  […]

Jan 14th, 2018

Rankings Rollercoaster and Client Expectations

“Oh, it has its ups and downs.” – Reuben the Elevator Operator, Mr Deeds Do these scenarios seem familiar? A call from a frantic and worried client when they drop a few spots? An angry client who has just moved from the first page to the third page of Google’s results for their keyword? If […]

Dec 26th, 2017

SEO Birthday Card

“Happy Birthday, Mr. President. Happy Birthday to you.” – Marilyn Monroe (video) I received this birthday card on my 40th birthday, Oct. 15, 2007. The card itself is an actual scan of the original card. I thought it was clever enough to include it as a Ranked Hard comic strip, and now I finally have […]

Dec 8th, 2017

Keyword Stuffing, Keyword Stuffing, Keyword Stuffing

Phil: Do you ever have deja vu Mrs. Lancaster? Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.- Groundhog Day The Internet has taken the art of finely-crafted writing and beaten the living crap out of it. Not only has content on the Internet become a series of bulleted points, short […]

Nov 20th, 2017

Your Ad Here

“Is that a mirage, or just product placement?”, Bugs Bunny, Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) I’m sure this month’s Ranked Hard SEO comic will draw some controversy, and to be quite honest, that probably is not a bad thing. Whoever said there is no such thing as bad publicity had a point. The idea […]

Nov 1st, 2017

The SEO Squares

“Yoohoo, I’ll make you famous!” – William H. Bonney, Young Guns II Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame. We have Andy Warhol to thank for this supposed entitlement to fame, but is fame always justified? We easily could have expanded this “square” to be a rectangle and included dozens of other well known SEO […]

Oct 14th, 2017

Your Link Here

“I’m glad you asked, son. Being popular is the most important thing in the world.” – Homer Simpson It is important to be popular on the Internet and buying links helps with that. Link buying has certainly gotten a bad rap lately. Especially from Google and a certain Mr. Matt Cutts. I don’t want to […]

Sep 26th, 2017

Jason Calacanis – SEO Has No Future

“I’ll be back.” – Terminator I heard Jason Calacanis speak at SES New York in 2008 and I honestly didn’t know who he was, so I listened to his presentation without bias or preconceived notions. By the end of his speech I had seen several people get up and leave and the crowd was full […]

Sep 7th, 2017

The Real Reason Your Site Dropped in Google

“Show ME the money!” – Jerry Maguire The June comic for Ranked Hard is about the decision that many of those that do business on the Internet have to deal with – using Pay Per Click either over SEO or in conjunction with SEO. Now, while we’re not actually implying that Google actively targets websites […]

Aug 20th, 2017

Outsourcing Reservations

“You can’t handle the truth!” – Col. Jessup, A Few Good Men. The truth is many companies are outsourcing. Outsourcing isn’t just a hot button in the SEO industry, it is a topic of heated discussion in most businesses. Outsourcing overseas hurts because it takes away jobs from Americans, but American companies must outsource to […]

Beware the Dark Side

Aug 2nd, 2017

Beware the Dark Side

If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. – Darth Vader This month’s comic, “Beware the Dark Side”, deals with those SEO companies that are less than straight forward, and how nice it would be if they were. We always do our best to keep everything we do white hat – we’re always […]

Cutt Her Some Slack

Jul 14th, 2017

Cutt Her Some Slack

“It Cutts like a knife, but it feels so right.” – Bryan Adams “Cutt Her Some Slack” is our most niche comic yet. Not only are we focusing on the relatively small SEO community, we have made the focus of the comic a Google engineer named Matt Cutts. And if you don’t know who Matt […]

Black Magic SEO

Jun 26th, 2017

Black Magic SEO

“Abracadabra.” – Alfred Borden, The Prestige There is a bit of truth to this Ranked Hard. No, there isn’t any sorcery being performed, but I have had more than a few phone calls from potential clients that have spoken with other SEO companies that have gotten similar responses. We are very forthcoming with how we […]

First Day at Ranked Hard SEO Offices

Jun 8th, 2017

First Day at Ranked Hard SEO Offices

Welcome to the first installment of our SEO comic, “Ranked Hard”! This is a comic about the trials and tribulations of the mythical staff of Ranked Hard, a growing and ambitious SEO company. There will certainly be parallels to our SEO company, Big Oak, but we won’t tell you where reality and fantasy blur. Although […]


May 20th, 2017

Google Guy vs. Black Hat

The gimmick behind this SEO comic is that Google is a protector of our wonderful Internet City and his/its main foe is the black hat techniques so many SEO companies utilize. As an honest SEO company you do your best to follow the guidelines and try to avoid any of those black hat techniques. But, […]

May 2nd, 2017

Tweet, Tweet, a Marketing Feast

“Same thing every spring. Tweet-tweet, tweet-tweet! Tweet-tweet, tweet-tweet! Love’s sweet song. Hmmm! Pain in the pinfeathers, I call it!” – Friend Owl, Bambi (1942) Twitter has become a household name thanks to its continuous exposure in the media and the Internet.  The homegrown viral efforts of its user base have also played a large role […]

Apr 14th, 2017

The Battle for Internet City

“The Battle for Internet City” poster can be purchased from either Zazzle or Cafe Press. First, I must say that I am so impressed with our artist, Kelly Ishikawa. He has really outdone himself and created a true work of art. When I saw what he had illustrated I decided to make it available online […]

Mar 26th, 2017

Crazy Eddie's Link Emporium

Dan Akroid as Crazy Salesman for the Super Bassomatic ’76 – “Yes, it’s just that simple!” 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 […]

Mar 8th, 2017

The More Things Change – Google vs. Yellow Pages

Phil: Do you ever have deja vu Mrs. Lancaster? Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen. – Groundhog Day (1993) Remember looking in the yellow pages and seeing a company listed as AAA Painters and then wondering why the company would choose such a strange name? We all know […]