What does search engine optimization (SEO) and mobile readiness have in common? A lot more than you think. In 2014, mobile readiness officially arrived, which means that most people now do their research on smartphones before making a buying decision (regardless of where that final purchase is made), and there are more people using mobile devices compared to desktops. Of course, it was also a year of Panda and Penguin updates.
Marketers tend to be obsessed with high rankings but the final goal of good content marketing is traffic. Targeted traffic shows up at your door when you’ve optimized your site for the right SEO keywords. What helps you to find the right keywords? Detailed keyword research is crucial. Then, instead of being obsessed with high rankings for your targeted keywords, think of the conversion rate for each of them and optimize for that. It is conversion that helps you to pay the bills.
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Happy Halloween our dear SEOs!
All Hallow’s Eve is destined to bring a lot of frightening fun. With all those jack-o’-lanterns, trick-o-treating and dressing up in freaky costumes, being an SEO you should keep your eyes open. This year SEO Halloween is accompanied by a real SEOmbie Apocalypse. Yes, you heard me right! If you run an online business, the SEOmbie Apocalipse may come to you as well. Horrible SEOmbie monsters like a shambling Panda, a crawling Penguin, a peaky Hummingbird and a spooky Pigeon are crawling in pursuit of your site rankings’ freshness and your traffic savor. Are you equipped enough to protect your site against SEO-mbie attacks? We have prepared the SEOmbie Survival Guide for you to stay BOO-tiful and keep your site safe.
Negative SEO can be a lot of things—and it’s more than just black hat tricks. In fact, you might be the victim of negative SEO attacks and not even know it if someone has launched a campaign against you and your site. The good news is that it’s very risky to undertake a negative SEO campaign, so most people won’t take that gamble. However, if you are a target, then that means whoever’s behind it has some serious beef with you. Negative SEO encompasses just about anything that’s “illegal” in terms of SEO best practices. Since Google is the largest search engine, it’s often used as the basis for what’s “good” SEO and what’s not allowed. For example, using duplicate content (such as buying multiple similar domains, then copying and pasting the information) is a huge SEO no-go and, while this is technically considered to be negative SEO, it often happens as an oversight and not intentional.
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Recently, I came across an article about the supposed obsolescence of rank tracking tools. This caused me to think about the latest issues with rank checking. It is true that Google is getting more and more personalized and returns only the most relevant results based on specific algorithmic variables: