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John Locke is a SEO consultant from Sacramento, CA. He helps manufacturing businesses rank higher through his web agency, Lockedown Design & SEO.

Here are articles that this author has written for LockedownSEO.com.

Google “Penalties” Don’t Always Work How You Think

Why aren’t big brand websites hit with “duplicate content penalties” or other ranking demotions for technical faults? There are several reasons negative factors in SEO negative aspects don’t work in the real world how you’ve been taught. The biggest thing a website or an individual web page must do is let searcher accomplish their intended […]

Google Does Not Use Webspam Reports for Manual Penalties

Many people see competitors “breaking the rules” on Google guidelines and engaging in ranking manipulation. You may be surprised to learn, when you report your competitors using the Google webspam form, they don’t automatically slap a manual penalty on your competitors. There are an estimated 1.74 billion websites in 2020 (at the time of this […]

Using Google Natural Language API to Analyze Content

You have likely heard of RankBrain, the machine learning aspect of Google’s ranking algorithm. How does a search engine extract semantic meaning from a web page? When evaluating the subject matter of a page, how does it “understand” what the content is about? There is a Google API (Application Programming Interface) that shows how their […]

Google BERT Update: Understanding Search Queries More Effectively

Google announced on October 25th, 2019 that they are rolling out a new update to their algorithm, named BERT. BERT is an acronym for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers. The “transformers” are words that change the context or a sentence or search query. The “encoder representations” are subtle concepts and meanings in natural language that […]