What is Negative SEO and Does it Matter?

Search engine optimization, or SEO, is almost as old as the public internet. As soon as there were enough pages to require search engines, there were people trying to find ways to make their website come out on top of the search results pages. And as soon as Google came on the scene in the late ‘90s, all eyes turned to their incredibly powerful new generation of search algorithm to determine what tact to take....
Jesse April 08, 2020 4 minute read


Jesse hails from Seattle, Wa. When he’s not creating great content, or staring at his laptop screen waiting for inspiration, he’s probably walking in the trees somewhere in the foothills of the nearby Cascade Mountains.

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