- 25 Oct
Why Meta Titles and Descriptions Are So Critically Important For SEO
If you’ve ever tried optimizing your website for search engines, you may have come across things such as Meta Titles and Meta Descriptions. These two are central to any SEO strategy. And they must to be considered and edited before publishing a piece of content or allowing a website to go live.
What is SEO and Why is it Important?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. And it is critically important because of how search engines work.
When someone begins a search on an engine, they type what they are looking for into the search bar. This ‘request’ then uses the search platform’s algorithm to find the information. And in order to do this, the algorithm searches things such as matching words in the content, images that could potentially correlate with the query. But importantly, it looks for it’s top clues in the Meta Titles and Meta Descriptions.
But if you’ve never even touched the SEO side of your website, this article by Konstantin Rabin on Jeff Bullas’ Blog will certainly convince you that it’s an absolute must to have if you want your business to succeed.
Read the full article on Jeff Bullas’ Blog.
- 05 Sep
The Complicated Relationship Between Social Media and SEO
by Kipp Bodnar
Inbound marketing is in the middle of an interesting evolution. While search has traditionally been a major source of traffic and leads for businesses leveraging online marketing, that is changing. Now, with the growth of social networks, social media marketing is becoming even more important.
But, Which is More Important?
The answer? Both can be key to your strategy. They both can, and should, work together. But the key to understanding how and why they need to work together is to think about the problem both search and social solve. They both offer information discovery. And, leveraging both strategies will give you more chances for audiences to discover your brand.
As a marketer, how can you integrate your efforts across both platforms? To find out and to learn how to apply this to your unique business environment, read the full article at the HubSpot Blog
- 07 Aug
A Handy Guide to Press Release Distribution Success
by Sam Allcock
To thrive as a small business, you need people to know that you exist and that you can help them. One way to do that is to get press coverage. But, unfortunately, coverage doesn’t just come naturally. It is something that you need to work to get.
Enter: The press release.
Press releases are important for increasing your brand awareness and helping your public relations (PR). But if nobody sees your release, you won’t get very far. You need to distribute it effectively to get your story picked up by national newspapers, magazines, or blogs.
But you may not know exactly how to do that. So, to help, Sam Allcock from HubSpot has put together a Handy Guide to help you learn how to properly create, pitch, and distribute a press release for optimal brand awareness. To see the full guide, read the full article at HubSpot.com.
- 05 Aug
How to Use Topic Clusters to Drive SEO Performance
Today, it’s no longer enough to do keyword research. While this has served as the basis of the vast majority of SEO strategies over the last decade-plus when creating content, it is beginning to drift into the fog of history. Now, we need to think more holistically about our content.
And That Means Using “Topic Clusters.” But, What are Topic Clusters?
Topic clusters are a relatively new way to think about how to write and organize content. From now on, no blog post, article, or other digital content should exist only to include the odd long-tail keyword phrase. When you write, you must think about where your content fits into the bigger picture – a picture that a topic cluster content model builds for you.
But, why are content marketers and strategists using them? And how can you start using them yourself? Let’s examine the topic and see if it’s a good fit for what you want to accomplish in this article by Eric Goldschein on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 16 Jul
SEO is More Than Just Keywords and Links
The traditional ways of using keywords and links to build SEO rank is changing. As search has moved towards artificial intelligence, and now seeks to determine intent, the dynamics of what was good SEO have evolved. Now, instead of relying specifically on keywords we need to focus on new factors.
Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes . . .
Admittedly, the traditional SEO practices are not dead. But they are becoming more and more outdated. Today, there are a range of other factors that can affect your ranking results. Chief among them are your critical digital assests, your content and web pages.
And if you see that SEO and the performance of your digital assets is is important, then you need ot understand that SEO can be a full time job. And keeping up with the latest trends is difficult as the space becomes more complex. So to help, here are some general SEO tips to think about when writing content and building out your pages on the Heinz Marketing Blog.
- 26 Jun
4 Keyword Research Strategies to Find Your Product-Market Fit
All too often, keyword research is seen as only useful for SEO. And, therefore, is considerd to only be useful when driving growth for an existing business. It seems that a lot of people see keyword research as something that comes into play only once your business has already created its products. But what if we have it all backwards? After all, there’s little-to-no ROI in getting eyeballs on a product people don’t want.
Why Use Keyword Research for Product-Market Fit?
Product-market fit is one of the first things to think about when you start a business. And ideally, you never really stop thinking about it. As your audience grows, their demands change. And their needs evolve. So, you’ll need to constantly adjust your strategy so it serves them best.
This may all sound complicated, and it can be. But not if you stay in tune with what your market wants and needs. And keyword research lets you do that at every stage of business growth. And, to learn how to put this all together for your business, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 22 Apr
Three Actionable SEO Techniques to Improve Your Website Right Now
by Matt Bassos
We have been told over and over by digital marketers that you need to be serious about SEO. Now, businesses that rely on organic search visibility for sales and conversions know the importance of SEO.
And ranking for keywords is becoming harder and more time-consuming. The complexity is increasing with each iteration of Google, Bing and Yahoo as they mold their algorithms to create a better search experience for their users.
But you can still take steps to improve your organic-search visibility. It all comes down to building the authority of your business and brand across the Web. In this article by Matt Bassos, he gives us three actions to take to ensure better SEO results, particularly if yours is a relatively new business.
So, to learn what they are and how to use them, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 09 Apr
How User Intent Affects Your SEO Performance: Intent-Based Keyword Research
by Inna Yatsyna
Early in the ‘era of search’ keyword research was quite a simple thing. All that was needed was to collect a wide range of all the words somehow connected with your content. And then, it would rank high. At the time, search engines’ algorithms were mechanical and robotic. So, looking for the pages relevant to queries, they relied on the number of similar keywords.
Times, They are a Ch, Ch, Ch, Changing . . .
Some of the newer technologies of machine learning now allow search engines to provide users with high-quality and relevant results based on their intent, not just on the words they use. That’s why building your SEO strategy around high-volume keywords doesn’t work anymore. Today there are loads of factors which matter for your website ranking and for traffic it drives. And user intent is one that matters significantly.
Well, what actually is user intent? And how can you use it? In this article, Inna Yatsyna takes a look at what user intent is, and how it should affect your keyword research. So to better understand it, and equip you to be able to develop your SEO and improve your content strategy, read the full article at Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 15 Feb
The Worst SEO Mistake You Can Make: Ignoring Content Distribution
Content marketing has been proven time and time again. But merely producing content doesn’t guarantee business or even marketing success. After all, there’s already too much content being produced.
How Can You Break Through This Content Overload?
Considering all the content is being produced, what can be done? Well, according to Moz, Kissmetrics, and Neil Patel, the answer is content distribution. This refers to the process of promoting content across paid or free channels. According to them, this help to increase your content reach. It can boost engagement, improve your SEO and grow organic traffic.
But where to start? And how to implement it for your content marketing? To find out, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 26 Dec
Inquiring Minds Need to Know: Is SEO Dead Or Is It Just Evolving?
by Joe Cox
The question remains, is SEO Dead? Or is it just evolving? Is it changing to such an extent that many may consider it to have died?
The question of whether SEO is dead or not is a misleading one
Saying SEO isn’t dead, doesn’t answer the question of why this idea is being banded around so much in the first place. And, if SEO’s death is, in fact, a byword for rapid and unprecedented change, then a more pertinent question to ask might be ‘what has changed and why?’ A further examination of this might lead to another question – ‘are these changes the result of internal or external influences?’
To learn more about the evolution of SEO and explore the why’s, the how’s, the when’s and the what next, read the full article on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 18 Dec
The Art of SEO Copywriting: Creating Epic SEO-Friendly Content
The argument rages on. What makes for great SEO development? Is it the content? Or, is it some unseen hand baked into an algorithm?
Some say that the secret to good ranking for your marketing content lies in SEO’s technical side. Others veer towards creative, meaningful SEO copywriting to generate SEO engagement.
There is an Art to Developing Content That Drives SEO Success
However, the art of SEO copywriting goes much deeper than meets the eye. Creating truly epic content which is SEO-friendly isn’t an easy task. Let’s take a look at what makes SEO tick, why copywriting matters and how you can make the most out of this digital phenomenon at Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 17 Oct
Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Local SEO Right Now
Local SEO is essential to smaller businesses. They operate on a regional, as opposed to a national, level. So, while national SEO focuses more on ranking in searches across the country, local SEO prioritizes appearing on SERPs in a specific location. And, this strategy relies on marketing your products and services to local leads.
Doesn’t it Just Make Sense to Go Where Your Customers Are?
Optimizing your local SEO means more website traffic, leads, and conversions. And this is because the strategy is more relevant to your base of local customers. Think of this focused strategy as a way to help you compete more effectively against larger national brands. They have unlimited resources to spend. You don’t And by focusing on specific local-SEO to-dos, you can neutralize their advantage.
After all, 35% of all search traffic is local according to an estimate in a 2017 ReviewTrackers’ study. So, without local SEO, your business could be losing out on a significant amount of traffic. So to help you begin to “Go Local,” here are the top 10 ways you can make your local SEO successful.
- 14 Jul
11 Big Changes Coming to Google Ads: What You Need to Know
by Allen Finn
Recently, at Google’s Marketing Live event a whole host of changes were announced. And any one of those changes can have a huge impact on your digital marketing efforts.
During the event, Google Senior VP of Ads, Sridhar Ramaswamy noted that today we operate in a world packed with more curious consumers. Those consumers are far more demanding. And they are way more impatient.
But, People Aren’t Stupid
And that means that today, our prospects expect us to deliver in our ads. They expect ads that offer personalized, hyper-relevant solutions, not generalizations. They want answers yesterday. And they want to save money. Put more eloquently Sridhar said that, “People don’t see value in advertising if they don’t feel valued by advertising.”
So, to see the 11 most interesting features and changes announced at Google Marketing Live, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 11 Jul
The Only Off-Page SEO Walkthrough You’ll Ever Need
When it comes to SEO, there are two approaches you can take to increase the search rankings of your website. They are on- and off-page SEO. On-page deals with what you can do on your own site to increase your rankings. While off-page deals with what you can do outside your site (on other sites, hence, off-page) to raise your rankings.
Both are equally vital to making sure that your site gets found in search
Optimizing your site for off-page SEO means you’ll have to improve the way that both users and search engines see your site in terms of credibility, authority, popularity and relevance, just to name a few factors. A broad simplification of this is that other sites on the web (ideally, respectable ones) will link to your content to essentially promote or vouch for it. Which, circling back now, has major benefits for your site’s reputation.
But, how can you make it really work for you? And why should you worry about it? Find out by reading the entire article at WordStream.com
- 02 Jul
The Easy Guide to Optimizing Your Google My Business Listing
It’s always been a challenge to see any real success of local SEO. From link building to on-page and technical SEO, you still have to get the fundamentals of SEO absolutely right.
Google My Business – The Linchpin of Local SEO Success
One area to pay extra-close attention to is Google My Business. Without a well-optimized GMB listing you won’t get noticed. In fact, your chances of appearing in Google features like the Local Pack and Maps are going to be slim. With 97% of consumers looking online for local businesses in 2017, you need to do everything you can to be as visible as possible in front of this local audience.
Google My Business Now Offers a Whole New Slate of Features
With a whole host of new features for you to take advantage of, there’s plenty you can do to ensure this linchpin of local SEO is fully optimized. Not only that, it’ll encourage users to get in touch with you and convert, right from the listing itself. So, let’s take a look at some of the most useful features, and how you can use them to boost your local SEO on WordStream.com
- 09 Jun
5 Proven Ways to Improve Website Conversion Rates
Sometimes it’s All Dust. Sometimes it’s Movement.
It is common for some businesses to find that their traffic numbers are solid. But the leads, sales and revenue, well they’re just not there. So if your marketing campaigns, SEO efforts or paid advertising are grabbing the attention of your audience, why do you have a low conversation rate?
Here’s five ways improve your website conversion rates at ChiefMarketer.com
- 18 May
Five Ways to Use Social for SEO and Vice Versa
Sure, your tweets may show up in certain Google searches. But we know that social media links don’t figure in SEO link-building (or we’d all rank for everything). Plus, unless someone is searching specifically for your Twitter profile or Facebook page, those social SERP results typically don’t convert leads into customers. We also know that SEO efforts don’t have the same effect on social algorithms as they do on search engines.
Social media and SEO are often viewed as mutually exclusive marketing practices.
There are inherent issues in treating social like SEO and SEO like social. So what’s the point in SEO marketers working with social media and community managers and vice versa? Though it seems they’re on two ends of the marketing spectrum, there is quite a bit of overlap that can benefit both sides.
Here are five ways that SEO marketers and social media/community managers can work together to improve their respective practices at MarketingProfs.com
- 05 May
A Comprehensive Guide to Local SEO in 2018
by Kelsey Smith
Local search is powerful for small businesses. Why? Because today, four out of five consumers use search to find local information. And that means if your business isn’t optimized for local search, you could be missing out on 80% of your potential customers.
In Short, Local SEO is Critical if You Want Your Business to Stay Relevant
Local SEO helps businesses promote their products and services to local prospects and customers. And to thrive in local search, you need to do three things: optimize your Google My Business account, improve your on-page SEO by updating your website, and excel on the Wild Wild Web.
While it might sound overwhelming, it’s entirely feasible to succeed in all three with some patience and perseverance. So read the full article at HubSpot.com and we’ll explore each one in-depth.
- 13 Apr
Google Search Trends: How Results Pages Are Evolving
by Ayaz Nanji
To successfully market and get the results that your business needs, you need digital marketing. And, a huge part of digital today is search marketing. But, to find success, you need to understand how your buyers are using search and how they search. And, even more importantly, you need to know how the results are being shown to them.
Enter SERP . . . The “Show Me” State of the Digital Kingdom
According to recent research from Searchmetrics, the days of initial Google SERPs including organic results are long past. And, currently, most initial Google Search Engine Results pages (SERPs) now include a mix. But, now results are a blend of some classic organic results and Universal Search elements.
To see the data and insights, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 12 Apr
Get Web Traffic Without Relying on Google – or Spending a Dime
- Apr 12, 2018
- Dan Hoff
- Google, Google AdWords, Marketing for Small Business, Search Engine Marketing
by Neil Patel
As of this month, Google had almost 75% of the search engine market share. And that means that far more people are looking for information on Google than on any other search engine. So, if you have a new website, you should be putting most of your energy into ranking on Google, right?
That May Not be the Best Way
There’s no doubt that Google is a big player when it comes to generating web traffic and that AdWords can help you get where you want to go – fast. But not everyone who is just starting out can afford to go all in on AdWords.
So, how do you get website traffic without relying on Google? Believe it or not, it’s possible. And you can even do it for free. And to learn how, read the full article at KISSmetrics.com