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3 Mindset Shifts: Get More SEO Out Of Your Content Marketing

shutterstock_126540911-content Google is constantly working to provide users with a better experience, and marketers are constantly trying to adapt to these changes. Content-based SEO creates a compelling blend of authentic content and search engine eye-candy, but it also necessitates mastering both worlds (content marketing and SEO) instead of trying to rely on just one. And Google is continuing to push the SEO community in that direction. Content marketing has been gaining acceptance as an SEO practice ever since Panda was rolled out -- and with the release of Hummingbird, some content marketers have now become better [...]


Advanced SEO Analysis – Part 1: SEO Research & Wisdom Of The Crowd

Wisdom_of_the_Crowd A couple of years ago, I was invited to speak at the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle on the topic of SEO and competitive intelligence. It is an area of SEO I'm passionate about, not only because it is one of the most difficult things in SEO to scale and do right,  but also because it is one of the foundations of a good SEO program. Before I dive into outlining one of the advanced approaches to SEO analysis that I shared at the conference, it's important to understand the genesis of the approach. Before I was building the machine-learning algorithms behind our Enterprise SEO platform, [...]


Keyword Research After The Keyword Tool, (Not Provided) & Hummingbird Apocalypse

keyword-research-apocalypse (1) It wasn't all that long ago that our world came crashing down around us. In a very short span of time, Google took keyword research and ripped out its heart and shoved it down its throat. Then, it put all our keywords through a meat grinder. Then cooked them up, ate the dish with a spoon and barfed it up on my computer screen as a new algorithm called Hummingbird. (HT to the great Bill McNeill for the use of that [slightly altered] quote.) The dust is still settling on the new algorithm, but there is no shortage of SEOs talking about the death of keywords. We are told Google changed ever [...]


Use Google Keyword Research To Target The Long Tail In Local Search

seokeywordresearchpic There's something of a void where local business marketing is concerned. Local marketers understand they need to target keyword queries in SEO and PPC campaigns, but they assume they know what people search for, and they miss out on valuable referrals because of it. Here's a brief guide on local keyword research to close the gap. Companies tend to get somewhat myopic about understanding how consumers try to discover their type of business. It's natural to find out how some people find your business and then focus your efforts on building and reinforcing that successful vector -- even to the [...]


2014 SEO Playbook: On-Page Factors

2014 SEO Playbook Welcome to part 2 of my annual SEO playbook. (Click here for part 1.) I have to thank Danny Sullivan and the Search Engine Land team for giving me the perfect outline for the 2014 playbook, the Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors. Part 2 will cover on-page factors, including content, HTML and architecture. You'll find more than enough food for thought and some very actionable steps. This is not a step-by-step SEO guide, and it's pretty informal. Before embarking on a search engine optimization campaign, do your research or consult with an expert. Content: Quality Quality was a big d [...]


Why The YouTube Keyword Tool Is So Amazing For Link Building

youtube-keywords-featured Debra Mastaler mentioned the YouTube keyword tool again recently, and I don't think I've been this excited about keywords in, well… ever. I confess to only now realizing how much of a help it can be. Never mind the awesome fact that you can get keywords and easily import them into Google AdWords for your PPC campaigns. What's really fantastic for me is that you can generate the truly random and crazy search terms that help you find those hidden gems on the Internet -- the sites that might not yet be inundated with link requests or spammed up with paid links. You can find a void and fill i [...]


Link Building Outside The Box: Outreach & Content Refreshing

Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 12.37.34 PM Link building is a staple of most SEO campaigns. Some methods are scalable and automated, while others are similar to old-school public relations. One thing most can agree on is that methods always need to adapt to keep up with opportunity and algorithm changes. Building Links With Content Google has made it harder to build links without content. Many links without surrounding context have gotten devalued, leaving many SEOs to adopt the "content is king" mantra into their link building world. Guest posts are flying into the hands of prospects, link bait is being created by the ton, and br [...]


RKG Launches SEO Forecasting Tool & Pilot Program Offering Insight On ‘Not Provided’ Query Data

SEO bubble On the heels of acquiring Nine By Nine Blue along with its search analytics Blueprint software, digital and search marketing firm RKG announced today a new SEO predictive forecasting tool to be added to the Blueprint software suite. In addition to the newly added SEO solution, RKG is launching a pilot program for companies interested in uncovering previously "not provided" search query data. "To understand search, you have to understand why you were discovered and then how you can improve on this," said RKG CEO George Gallate, "The ability to see what customers are searching for, includi [...]


Use Site Search Data To Fuel Your Content & Key Phrase Strategy

shutterstock_63556390-blindfolded [caption id="attachment_161981" align="alignright" width="300"] Image via Shutterstock[/caption] Blindfolded, Dave listened carefully to his guide. Her clues about what lay beyond the two doors were interesting, but vague. Then the horn blared. He was out of time! He had to choose his path. But how? He needed more information! Much like Dave, marketers are often in the dark when they make content strategy decisions. More often than not, they rely on data gleaned from out-of-the-box analytics (that only tells half the story). But, you have better options! Why not fuel your content stra [...]


Monetizing Site Search Queries

I believe that once everyone starts thinking clearly again after the last round of Penguin updates -- focusing on their business rather than on ways to game the system or mass produce activities that are not scalable -- we can get down to action that can actually move the needle. [caption id="attachment_161907" align="alignright" width="327"] Image via Shutterstock[/caption] One such action? Focus on your site search queries. While most keyword research best practices suggest you take a look at them, I have found very few companies that actually do it. At a recent search conference, f [...]


Study: TV Networks Not Ranking In Key SERP Positions, Losing Valuable Search & Traffic Opportunities

tvs-old-antique-featured After evaluating the organic search performance of America's most popular television networks, SEO research firm RankAbove discovered a majority of the networks are missing out on significant search and traffic opportunities. The study examined four key areas of search including keywords, rankings, traffic potential and Universal SERPs. According to the findings, not only are a number of networks performing poorly in their SEO efforts, some are actually performing worse than they were a year ago. Keyword Analysis The keyword analysis portion of the study categorized keywords related to 2 [...]


Avoiding The Keyword Research Checkmate

Chasing after one specific keyword set can not only be frustrating, but also inefficient. The marriage of keyword research and content can result in strong, targeted pages that perform, reach the ideal demographic, and result in conversions -- if you're willing to test and think "outside the box." Targeting keywords solely because they have a high search volume isn't necessarily the best way to go about creating your keyword roadmap for on-site copy and inbound tactics. As selfish as we like to be with keyword targeting, it can't exist as its own siloed research anymore. At the end of [...]


How To Mine Your Local Market Site Search Keyword Goldmine

The lowly keyword phrase seems to be getting more attention these days. Last month, I spoke at SMX West about big data and co-optimization, then finished up at the International Search Summit with global keyword research and management. Based on the recently released 2013 Search Marketer Survey from BrightEdge, it appears as though global search marketing activities might finally be top of mind for search marketers: One of the areas getting a significant boost in interest is the discovery of keywords relevant to global audiences. The BrightEdge  survey of Enterprise Search Marketers ind [...]


The Keyword Discovery Process For Enterprise Sites

The keyword discovery process is critical for managing enterprise projects, as it forms the bedrock of brand messaging in search and social for large-scale websites or multiple brand sites under one corporate umbrella. This process is similar to keyword discovery for smaller sites; however, the difference in scale makes the process more complex. There are three main steps you need to take when preparing for Enterprise Keyword Discovery: Incorporate the social voice of the customer into your keyword and content research. This ensures that your page content is relevant and timely for us [...]


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