SEO

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The Rise of Micro-Content and What You Should Know

Are you a company that is trying to get ahead in a social media world? Are you looking for new ways to advertise your brand and stretch it across multiple platforms? Are you a startup that wants to saturate the market with your message in creative and fun ways that speak to the younger millennial audience? If you are a...

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Doorway Pages: SEO Issues and How to Check For Them

We recently had a call with a company who was being told their local franchise websites were "doorway pages". They were told that this could hurt the corporate website in regards to brand (we will talk about brand issues in another article) and SEO value. This got us thinking about what Google's definition might mean, what the difference between a...

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SEO Basics: The 9 Truths About DIY SEO

With the vast amount SEO tips and tactics found on the web, it can be difficult for small businesses trying to learn how to do DIY SEO to cut through all the clutter and find sound advice. Below you will find a list of SEO basics, and the 9 truths you need to know about doing SEO that I've learned...

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The Truth About Evergreen and Timely Content

I am sure you have heard your content strategy team, or those creating content for you, mention the need for a mix of Evergreen and Timely content. Unless you are a content strategist you might be wonder what evergreen content or timely content actually is, and how it benefits the overall growth strategy for your website. What is Evergreen Content? Evergreen content...

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YouTube SEO: Basics of Optimizing Videos for YouTube

Many small businesses don't have the resources to host and serve their videos directly from their website, so the alternative is to create a YouTube page that is optimized for search engines, and place your videos there. Once on YouTube, business owners can then embed the video on their website. Below you will find the best way to optimize the videos...

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8 Black Hat SEO Tactics You Never Want To Hear Your SEO Company Say

So you are evaluating an SEO company for a new project and as you are talking to them about their strategies, you hear some things that make you wonder how ethical they are, if they are doing black hat SEO tactics, and how well they actually know what it takes to do User-Focused SEO - the only long term, low...

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Guiding Principles of SEO: The Two Jobs of An SEO

There are so many tactics around SEO, and what defines the job of an SEO. If we take a step back and forget all the in-the-weeds tactics that get SEOs in trouble, all the myths and uneducated theories that give us a bad reputation, and methods that cause us to focus on chasing algorithm updates, and instead focus on what...

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Why Don’t I Rank In Google: How Does Google Rank Websites

We have all been confused with the Google search results, causing ourselves to ask, "why don't I rank in Google?", and inevitably the question, "how does Google rank websites?", will be explored. We as SEO's may not know all the reasons a website ranks within Google, but through testing we have found some strong correlations for why sites don't rank....

Description Tag: Where Does Google Get The Description Tag From?

With Google evolving, on what seems like a daily basis, it becomes more focused on efficiency and user satisfaction. One area that Google is optimizing is where they get the meta description tag (snippet) from when showing your website in their search results. Where Does Google Get The Description Tag From? What is the meta description tag - a definition. The description...

SEO Tip: How to Gain Organic Traffic By Eliminating Website Pagination

So you have a well categorized website that has thousands of products, yet there are some categories or sub-categories that paginate. I want to take a look at the possible costs of pagination, compared to what I feel is a better option than pagination for mobile users and SEO. With one of the primary goals of SEO being; "match a user...

Keyword Research Guide: The Hunt For Valuable SEO Keywords

One of the values that SEO's (and people who understand how search works) bring to the table, is that ability to find new high-value keyword targets for websites using advanced keyword research and analysis. These keywords are used to define and shape strategies and reach new market segments. As digital strategist we all know how to do basic keyword analysis to...

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Pros and Cons of Single Page vs Multiple Page SEO WordPress Themes

Single page WordPress themes that take a ton of information (usually about a bunch of different topics) and put it on one long scrolling page, is a growing trend that we’ve seen take shape over the last 2-3 years. The shift from multi-page SEO WordPress themes, to predominantly offering single page SEO WordPress theme designs, makes it difficult for marketing channels...

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User-Focused SEO: The New Definition of SEO

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? There has been a range of different definitions of SEO, yet through it's evolution most of them have not changed to keep up with the changing search landscape. So, we thought it was time to redefine SEO with users at the center of the strategies - just like Google does. At its core we believe...

Cheat Sheet: SEO Client Qualification Questions Template

When working to qualify potential SEO or web design clients it's important to ask the right questions. This discovery phase helps ensure you can provide the most value to the client, as well as making sure they are able to support and execute your digital strategies - thus getting the most value from you. Below is a cheat sheet of questions...

User-Focused SEO Strategies For Deleted Products

The flow of products in and out of Ecommerce websites can be a challenge when trying to retain SEO value, build brand, and satisfy the users intent. The management of this consistent change can sometimes fall by the wayside - causing a loss in value for SEO and an increased frustration for users. This frustration can cause your brand advocates to...

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The 7 Steps To Creating A Google Reconsideration Request

So your site has been de-listed from the search engines or your rankings have drastically dropped. You're losing money, you don’t know why Google would do such a horrible thing to your website. The time has come to submit a reconsideration request to Google to explain your situation. Below you will find the 7 step process we take when creating a...

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Will Being on Google+ Help My SEO and Rankings?

The question of whether or not being on Google Plus as a business will help your Google rankings or drive more organic traffic to your website is posed almost daily. What is Google+ For those of you who don't know what Google+ (Google Plus, G+) is, let's start with that. Google+ is a social platform that was built and is run by Google.com....

The Real SEO Value of URLs: Keywords, Clickthrough, & Social

I get asked weekly about URLs and the value they have from an SEO standpoint, or if a business should pick an exact match domain over one you will need to establish as a brand. We have all been told that keywords in the URL hold some weight in Google's Algorithm. But how true is this statement? In our article about...

Yet Another Reason High-Value Content Is Key For Building Links

With links still being the primary metric that Google uses to help it rank its search results, it is still important (and will be for many years to come) to build high-value links. We have all heard about the traditional reasons for building links by creating high-value content assets (articles, infographics, videos) and then marketing those assets through social channels and...

Big Brand SEO: Brands Need To Become Publishers To Succeed

As SEO evolves it's imperative that not only small businesses understand and adopt the changing landscape, but brands do as well. Traditionally brands have relied on their "brand authority" to take over the search results for non-branded keywords, and much to our surprise Google has allowed it to happen. This trend in big brand SEO was concerning for a couple reasons....

I Know Someone at Google, I’ll Just Ask Them What’s Wrong With My Site

I think at some point every SEO hears this from a client, "I know someone at Google so I will just ask them what's wrong with my site" or "we spend so much in paid search (Adwords) that we have an "in" at Google who can give us SEO advice". This is one of the biggest misconceptions that businesses or business...

New Page Creation Checklist Guide For SEO

Below you will find a basic SEO checklist for new page creation. It acts as a reference and guide for development, programming, and QA teams to ensure that each new page contains all the basic SEO elements. Create a unique URL Use all lowercase characters Use hyphens to separate words (ex. home-entertainment NOT home_entertainment, or home&entertainment, etc.) Create static URLs when possible, avoid session...

Guest Blogging Tips To Build Value With Content

There are so many sites that could be utilizing guest posting and just aren't, and many (not all) of the sites that are actually being proactive with guest posts are coming across as mini content farms because they are not thinking about how each post they accept or publish on another site affects their brand, trust, and authority. What is Guest...

Creating Unique & Quality Content Isn’t Enough Anymore

As online marketing evolves and earned media (Social and SEO) becomes a driving force for businesses, it is important that our SEO and content methodology changes as well. As we wrote about in our "Evolution of Google from Robot to Persona" article, not only is the user expectation evolving from simply a quality design or unique content mindset, but so...

Infographic Creation Tips: The 3 D’s of Infographic Strategy and Virality

Over the last 3 years that we have been designing infographics for a ton of different clients across different industries, we have learned alot about succeeding with infographics; whether success means driving traffic, links, or building brand and social channels. Like with any piece of content there have been huge successes, from infographics we never could have dreamed would drive the...

DIY SEO: Small Business SEO Tips

Running a few small businesses and a couple start-ups myself is exciting and quite the roller coaster for many reasons. I have been doing SEO for close to 9 years and have seen the evolution over time, and the complexity increase with the evolution. One thing that has not changed is the value that SEO can provide for a small business,...

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Tips for Creating an Editorial and Content Calendar

One of the best ways to avoid writer’s block is by creating an editorial calendar. You skip all those sessions of staring at a blank computer screen and get down to business generating content. You don’t have to wonder about what you’re going to write next, with an editorial calendar, the decisions are already made. You can save an enormous amount...

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Microsites for SEO: Advantages & Disadvantages of Building Microsites

I was recently asked by a client if they should create a microsite for a product set they were adding. This question really made me think about the value of microsites for SEO and branding purposes and if microsites for seo were good or bad. What is a microsite? People have different definitions of what a microsite actually is. For this article,...

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SEO Tips For Businesses Who Use a Distribution or Reseller Model

Distributors. Resellers. Affiliates. All are names for business entities who purchase goods and products directly from a supplier to resell, or redistribute to consumers. Distributors offer the manpower and cash flow needed to promote and sell products directly to consumers, and take the burden of mass distribution off the manufacturer, but many times this type of business partnership can create complications...

Competitive Website Analysis: Guide To Finding Your Real Online Competition

So when working with clients there are many things we look at to determine how well they are doing online. One metric we analyze is a clients online competition. We look at this from two angles; competitive link metrics and competitive ranking metrics. The problem we often come up with is clients have a different perception of who their online organic...

Why Submit Your Sitemap To Google

Ever wonder why you should submit your sitemap to Google and the other search engines, or if there is really any value in doing it? We explore those questions and more in our examination of HTML and XML sitemaps. What is a submitted or off-site Sitemap A Sitemap is a list of the pages on your website. Submitting a Sitemap helps make...

SEO Friendly Directories: Directory Submission and SEO, Does It Help?

Back in the day when SEO was easier, and Google was not as sophisticated when it came to detecting low quality links from directories, SEO's and webmasters would submit sites to many different directories. They would do mass directory submissions trying and gain traffic from people using these directories and to increase their page value in the search engines which ultimately...

Local Link Building: How to Build Links To Your Small Business Website

Link building for small businesses can be challenging but is a must have for local businesses doing SEO. If you plan to rank in your local area or a specific keyword, one of the keys is to gain links from the same community, city, or town you wan tot rank in. For a new small business who does not have the...

Cheat Sheet: URL Rules to Follow To Create SEO and User Friendly URLs

So your creating a new site, or thinking about rewriting your URLs to help your users and the search engines understand your website and its pages more accurately. URLs are important when it comes to indexation, marketing, click through, and when other sites link to your website. They should be optimized to pass keyword metrics and help with click through. This...