Random musings on LSI

Use sub-directories rather than sub-domains when possible. Sub-domains do not share link love from the main domain as it is treated as a different domain. An SEO campaign can deliver all the traffic in the world, but if none of the visitors ever becomes a customer then the campaign has …

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What's the story about SEO

But all too often, when we want to improve our site SEO, we fall prey to “quick-fixes”, just as we do when we’re enticed by fad diets. It’s because that search bar is powered by Bing. Gone are the days of keyword stuffing. Sentences actually need to make …

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Why do backlinks matter?

Outliers are the actual reason why we study average and median numbers separately. Quite a few pages rank for an enormous amount of keywords, which drives the “average” numbers up. For example, did an email drip campaign bring in more leads than the social media campaign last month? Focused crawlers …

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Random musings on static pages

Never have hyperlinks like "click here", hyperlinks should always be keywords, long hyperlinks with multiple keywords are even better. It is not known how many users out there use the Google Toolbar, but the authors believe that they number in the millions. Google can track the entire web surfing behavior …

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The benefits of SEM to your search marketing strategy

Originally, search engines indexed text on web pages and matched text-based searches to that content. As the Web evolved, search engines began looking at ways to catalog the new types of content on web pages, such as video and images. They do so by continuously tweaking search algorithms to provide …

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Understanding organic links in relation to your marketing strategy

Authority is created over time. It can't be rushed. Instead of casting a wide net capturing numerous different types of football boots, you could narrow the search down to yellow football boots. Without a thorough SEO analysis of your site, it’s pretty much impossible to make informed decisions for …

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The worst advice I've heard about walled garden sites

Opening paragraphs shouldn’t be longer than one or two sentences. Make sure the thing you’re writing about is mentioned in the first sentence (i.e. your focus keyword or phrase). I like to bold the first paragraph to make it distinct. Making your content easy to read and …

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Entirely too genius SEO

Trends adjusts search data to make comparisons between terms easier. Each data point is divided by the total searches of the geography and time range it represents, to compare relative popularity. Long Tail SEO is a really useful technique to generate organic search traffic for your website. SEO factors have …

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Paginated URLs for SEO

You’ve seen what links you and your competitors have. Now it is time to start building up your profile. As with any strategy, you need to set goals, and make sure it aligns with your overall marketing focus. You should use the ‘nofollow’ rule when linking to untrusted sources …

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Use subheadings

Although it may feel like Google is trying to make our jobs as inbound marketers more difficult, they ultimately want to provide the best user experience, which should be the goal of your website as well. Good content is important, but it also needs to rank high on SERPs if …

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Each piece of copy has an individual purpose

Due to Google bringing constant changes to SERP, you will discover that the number of competing pages for some keywords is no longer available. Ensuring that your piece of content explores the topic fully across many relevant sub-topics, and doesn’t only provide a thin/generic answer, will help with …

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Need to Branch Out

Constantly changing consumer behaviors and the demand for more personalized, meaningful experiences have retailers facing huge challenges this year You want your page title to accurately describe what your page is about but you also want it to be “clickable”. Meaning, you want it to draw a searcher’s attention …

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Getting More Value Out of Your SEO Campaigns

Competitor analysis is nothing new, and companies have been researching their competitor’s links for years. However, by looking at the competitor’s backlinks and manually reviewing which links are worth having, you can then perform a link outreach and try to get a link from the same referring site …

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Site Architecture for Newbies

Improving visibility and driving traffic are nice, but the most important goal is to achieve the goals of your organization. For most organizations, that means generating sales, leads, or advertising revenue. SEO is a long-term strategy for your business and when done correctly (with the proper amount of time and …

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Make sure you're being indexed

The structure of your URL can affect both your page’s ranking, but also the user experience. How the pages on your site are organized and structured affects your search engine rankings. It also affects your it’s user experience (UX). Basically, you want to make it easy for actual …

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Optimize images with your key term

Use attractive subheaders: Readers should be able to bounce around to seek out the pieces of your content that interest them. By using attractive subheaders, you can pique the curiosity of your readers and keep them engaged. If you have a real business, the same advice applies. You should decide …

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Create local search accounts

When you write headlines, it is not absolutely mandatory that you use keyphrases, but you get a decent bump in the search engines for putting them in headlines which are bolded with a larger font than the other text and capitalized. Although Google Plus might be one of the less …

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Use more than one search engine

Mobile SEO is a challenge for digital marketers. The screen being small and of low resolution hinders searches from scrolling down to the bottom of a page, let alone be going to the next page. The other point that has become increasingly important is that relevant anchor text should be …

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Encourage customers to leave positive reviews

Search engines (and users) look to the site architecture for clues as to what pages are most important. A key factor is how many clicks from the home page it takes to reach a page There are domains which are better to receive links from than others. These are domains …

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Powerful Title — But Avoid Clickbait

Search engine guidelines help us distinguish truly useful content from content that was created for the sake of earning traffic from search engines. When a Website is downgraded by search algorithms, penalized by spam teams, or deindexed completely, a good question to ask is which pages on the site are …

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Avoid Downtime By Choosing Reliable Host

It’s hard to imagine that just 10 years ago, SEO was a discipline governed by blackhat marketers whose sole objective was to increase rankings and drive traffic. Long story short—it wasn’t pretty, and Google didn’t like it. Trust an SEO expert who will build a campaign …

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Target Low Hanging Fruits

Follow all the good on-page content and off-page optimization considerations, like fresh, unique content. Don’t overdo the keywords, prevent spammy backlinking etc. I’d rather have a more relevant link with low authority. I’d hope that was better for traffic, but I’d not really expect it to …

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Structuring the entire page

There are issues like helping Google understand the content on your pages and website, incoming links, page authority, domain authority, usage patterns, spam factors, canonical issues and much more. Most content creators go for the big, obvious one and two keyword phrases and ignore longer search phrases. Thankfully, less competition …

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Sponsor events, teams, or organizations

It is imperative that website owners and site developers engage in user testing. Without actually measuring what users are doing when they visit a site, one can’t possibly know how a website is performing. There’s no need to spend more time on the optimisation if your content is …

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How are you supposed to audit your website?

In addition to the actual text on your web pages, search engines also examine their structure, the use of keywords in your URLs, the formatting of the page (such as the use of bold font), and which keywords appear in the title and in the body of the text. Are …

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Domain to Domain Relevance

The Internet is made up of trillions of pages that are all connected to one another with links. These links are how search engines “crawl” the web, using virtual spiders (or bots). As these spiders follow the links on pages to other pages, they store information as they go. And …

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Try to use the keyphrase once or twice per paragraph

The sheer apparent complexity of SEO is enough to turn some people away entirely. Paid results are auction priced advertisements & are produced for as long as the advertiser’s budget lasts relative to the cost per click they have paid for their targeted search terms. If you want to dominate …

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More about the pros and cons of backlink indexing

A cornerstone of effective SEO is producing quality content, and understandably, that can be difficult for marketers or business owners busy with other things. A shallow, highly crawlable link structure is critical to getting all of your content indexed—follow good information architecture practices. You don’t merely want people …

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Domain to Domain Relevance

Links don't matter that much for ranking in the Featured Snippet when you already rank on page one of Google. A crawler is a Search Engine bot or a Search Engine spider that travels all around the web looking out for new pages ready to be indexed. In this scenario …

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Make basic duplicate listing detection

While there are numerous duplicate content checkers available, the simplest method is to copy a random snippet of content from various pages of a website, then wrap them in quotation marks and do a Google search. Google now indexes content from Facebook, Twitter and presumably more social media platforms to …

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Identify and target the best keyword

Get specific by taking a structured approach. It’s not enough to focus on the right keyword—you need to make sure that you’re communicating the ‘right’ information to Google in a structured way. Nothing is worse than arriving to a site and finding content with keywords strategically (and …

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Advanced off-site SEO principles

While developing your mobile site, you’ll have three options: responsive design, dynamic serving and a separate site on a subdomain. Google prefers responsive design. This way, you have one site that adapts to the device it’s used on. Vertical search is the term people sometimes use for specialty …

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