Topical SEO: 7 Advanced Concepts of Link Relevance & Google Rankings

March 31, 2019 | SEO Resources
Posted by Cyrus-ShepardLinks matter for SEO. A lot. Most marketers understand that links to websites count as “votes” on the web. Google — and other search engines — use these votes to rank web pages in search results. The more votes a page accumulates, the better that page's chances of ranking in search results. This is the popularity part of Google's algorithm, described in the original PageRank patent. But Google doesn't stop at using
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The One-Hour Guide to SEO: Searcher Satisfaction - Whiteboard Friday

March 28, 2019 | SEO Resources
Posted by randfishSatisfying your searchers is a big part of what it means to be successful in modern SEO. And optimal searcher satisfaction means gaining a deep understanding of them and the queries they use to search. In this section of the One-Hour Guide to SEO, Rand covers everything you need to know about how to satisfy searchers, including the top four priorities you need to have and tips on how to avoid pogo-sticking in the SERPs. Click
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How to Design an SEO Quiz for Your Prospective SEO Manager

March 27, 2019 | SEO Resources
Posted by KameronJenkinsUse this guide to create an SEO skills test and hire the most qualified SEO Manager for your team! I was a new team lead. I knew the ins and outs of being a good SEO and a good content creator, but within my first month as a manager I faced a challenge I had never had to tackle before... Someone left and I had to find a backfill. I started desperately Googling things like “interview questions” and “what to look for
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MozCon 2019: The Initial Agenda

March 27, 2019 | SEO Resources
Posted by cheryldraperWe've got three months and some change before MozCon 2019 splashes onto the scene (can you believe it?!) Today, we're excited to give you a sneak preview of the first batch of 19 incredible speakers to take the stage this year. With a healthy mix of fresh faces joining us for the first time and fan favorites making a return appearance, our speaker lineup this year is bound to make waves. While a few details are still being p
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How to discover & suggest Google-selected canonical URLs for your pages

March 26, 2019 | SEO Resources
Sometimes a web page can be reached by using more than one URL. In such cases, Google tries to determine the best URL to display in search and to use in other ways. We call this the “canonical URL.” There are ways site owners can help us better determine what should be the canonical URLs for their content. If you suspect we've not selected the best canonical URL for your content, you can check by entering your page's address into the URL Insp
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The 5 SEO Recommendations That Matter in the End

March 25, 2019 | SEO Resources
Posted by Paola-Didone One of the biggest challenges in SEO is measuring impact — we know what matters (or doesn't matter) until the rules of the game have changed. And when they do, we're all scrambling to find a baseline again. I decided to put together a list of what I consider to be steadfast SEO recommendations. This list has yielded wins for a number of my clients — they had an impact that we were able to identify and quantify — and
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Optimizing for Searcher Intent Explained in 7 Visuals

March 23, 2019 | SEO Resources
Posted by randfishEver get that spooky feeling that Google somehow knows exactly what you mean, even when you put a barely-coherent set of words in the search box? You're not alone. The search giant has an uncanny ability to un-focus on the keywords in the search query and apply behavioral, content, context, and temporal/historical signals to give you exactly the answer you want. For marketers and SEOs, this poses a frustrating challenge. Do we s
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The One-Hour Guide to SEO, Part 2: Keyword Research - Whiteboard Friday

March 21, 2019 | SEO Resources
Posted by randfishBefore doing any SEO work, it's important to get a handle on your keyword research. Aside from helping to inform your strategy and structure your content, you'll get to know the needs of your searchers, the search demand landscape of the SERPs, and what kind of competition you're up against. In the second part of the One-Hour Guide to SEO, the inimitable Rand Fishkin covers what you need to know about the keyword research proces
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This year in Search Spam - Webspam report 2018

March 21, 2019 | SEO Resources
Google aims to provide the highest quality results for any search. As part of this, we take action to prevent what we call “webspam” from degrading the search experience, content and behaviors that violate our webmaster guidelines. Our efforts help ensure that well under 1 percent of results visited by users are for spammy pages. Here's more about how we fought webspam in 2018.Google webspam trends and how we fought webspam in 2018Of the type
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SEO Is a Means to an End: How Do You Prove Your Value to Clients?

March 20, 2019 | SEO Resources
Posted by KameronJenkins“Prove it” is pretty much the name of the game at this point. As SEOs, we invest so much effort into finding opportunities for our clients, executing strategies, and on the best days, getting the results we set out to achieve. That's why it feels so deflating (not to mention mind-boggling) when, after all those increases in rankings, traffic, and conversions our work produced, our clients still aren't satisfied. Wher
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