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Razvan Gavrilas

Founder & Chief Arhitect @ cognitiveSEO
E-maiI: razvan.gavrilas [@] cognitiveseo.com
He is the proud Founder & Chief Architect of cognitiveSEO, an SEO Toolset focused on in-depth analysis of ranking signals. With over 8 years experience in affiliate marketing and search engine optimization and 12 years in programming and web development, he has gone from Web Developer to Super Affiliate for large international networks. With a strong focus on everything that is Search Engine related, he developed strategies to stand-out search engine updates. His passion for search engine marketing led him to create his own SEO Toolset, trying to solve the issues that he is facing in the search engine optimization field.
A question came out at a radio station: "Is it true that Mercedes cars are being given to citizens in Moscow?" The  radio answers: "In principle yes, it is true, but it is not Moscow but Leningrad, not Mercedes but Ladas, and they are not given to but stolen from." Much like in the case of this joke, a lot of the beliefs that are popular about SEO are only true “in principle” and some turn out not to be true at all. Some of these ideas may have started as true, while others have always [...]
The Internet and the Search Engines have changed the way we search for information, do research, entertain, shop and connect with other people. Below you can find the visual history of "Search" and "Search engines" that we created. Hopefully it's a "simple to digest" & useful resource for anyone looking to learn more about the history of "Search". We present to you cognitiveSEO's "The History of Search" [1990-2014] Infographic. If you like the infographic or find it useful, you're we [...]
Every couple of months, someone proclaims that SEO is dead or sets off a number of anti-SEO threads, based on the continuous changing scenery in the search industry. It goes without saying that the landscape is different from what it used to be a couple of years before but from “different” to “nonexistent” is a wide range of tones. One might say: “Nothing has really changed. It's simple: focus on your visitors and pretend Google doesn't exist!”  That is indeed a very good piece of [...]
It all starts with a possible George Romero horror movie scene: Early in the morning, you do a Google search for your site to find out that your site's hard-earned rankings have suddenly succumbed. In most cases, you should only blame yourself that you didn’t do your best to avoid getting into this dreaded situation. But in some cases, you just can’t be aware of all the possible scenarios in which your site might lose organic search traffic. Important: Whenever your site's rankings star [...]
There are no more shortcuts to link building. In 2013-2014, Google changed the rules for SEO once again. It’s slowly trying to shift the mentality from "hunting" for links to "growing" them naturally. Sincerely, there are no future proof link building techniques that we could vouch for, because we’re swimming in a sea of uncertainty. You can’t forecast with certainty the decisions Google will or will not take in order to predict the path for SEO as a technique. The algorithms developed [...]
The antagonism between black hat and white hat strategies has been going on for years now. These strategies have been around since the existence of SEO. It seems they aren't obsolete. On the contrary, they’ve persistently lingered around the SEO world and seem to be fruitful even in 2014. We do not endorse or recommend the usage of these techniques. This blog post's intent is to show how black hat SEO works in 2014. Some of the techniques presented below are not only black hat but also "cra [...]
Google started to apply even more penalties and they are getting stricter and stricter when it comes to the link building strategies that you may be using. There is a lot of confusion and chit-chat floating around the unnatural links concept. For this reason I decided to host a free training webinar, to help you clarify what are the most important aspects when talking about a Google Penalty. The "Unnatural Links & Recoveries Webinar  with Razvan Gavrilas" was recorded and can be watch [...]
When it comes to ranking, leaders aren’t spawned overnight and they can’t just buy their spot. Those long-term top ranking sites get there by working smart. That’s the right price when it comes to achieving that goal. We're here to talk to you about manual link building and where Google might draw the line between natural and unnatural and how feasible is this link building strategy in 2014. Manual Link Building Strategies That Should Always Work For a long time, any kind of manual [...]
A picture is worth a thousand words! In order to best outline how search engines changed the way we manage our businesses and conduct our online strategies we created the Google Equilibrium Illustration. We are in the year 2014 and the search landscape has dramatically changed compared to what it was in the '90s. Year after year, things seem to get more and more complex and we involuntary wonder how will the world of search, and therefore the online businesses, will look like in the near [...]
This Friday we have a new cartoon about the Natural/Unnatural Link Building Process. How fast does it take to rank your newly created site in the top results of Google for the normal webmaster ? Hopefully this comic will give you some insight. Enjoy! <div style="width:604px;"><div><a target="_blank" href="http://cognitiveseo.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/unnatural_link_building.jpg" ><img width="100%" alt="Un[Natural] Link Bu [...]