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Image Link Building — Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by BritneyMullerLast week, we took you into the future with SEO expert Britney Muller to explore link prospecting in 2021. This week, we’re going back in time — all the way to 2017 — for her concrete advice on an important part …

The New Best Practices for Native Advertising on Editorial Sites

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Posted by MeganRoseMDigital advertising is different nowadays. How and when we interact with ads online drastically changed in March when COVID-19 ushered in a new era of rolling global lockdowns, not to mention lifestyle changes that none of us could …

6 Ways to Build Brand Authority With Content Marketing

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Posted by amandamilliganBecoming an authoritative brand is no easy feat, but the massive benefits are worth the effort. When you’ve built authority, potential customers and clients begin to count on you and trust you — and it’s hard to imagine …

Behind the SEO: Launching Our New Guide — How to Rank

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Posted by Cyrus-ShepardSeven years ago, we published a post on the Moz Blog titled “How to Rank: 25 Step Master SEO Blueprint.” From an SEO perspective, the post did extremely well. Over time, the “How to Rank” post accumulated: …

How We Became Digital Marketers in Just One Summer

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Posted by rootandbranchEditor’s note: This blog is from the perspective of five University of Pittsburgh students — Kirsten, Steve, Darcie, Erin, and Sara — who completed a class this summer called “Digital Marketing Search Fundamentals”, taught by Zack Duncan of …

5 SEO Tactics to Maximize Internal Links — Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by Cyrus-ShepardAre you using internal links to their full potential? Probably not. Luckily, Cyrus is here with five tips to help you boost your internal linking strategy — and your site performance — in this brand new Whiteboard Friday. Resources for further …

Top 10 Changes That Impacted Google My Business in 2020

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Posted by ColanNielsen2020 has been a busy year for Google My Business (GMB). Since January, Google has launched new features, fixed bugs, and had to adapt to the global pandemic. At Sterling Sky, we think it’s important to keep …

Supporting Small Business Saturday with 2020-Conscious Marketing

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Posted by MiriamEllis Image credit: Elvert Barnes “Conscious spending with the community can contribute to neighborhood sustainability.” — Christine Araquel, The Park’s Finest I encountered this quote from a restauranteur on the American Express Small Business Saturday website, and just …

HTTPS Is Table Stakes for SEO in 2020

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Posted by Dr-PeteBack in the spring of 2017, I wrote that HTTPS results made up half of page-one Google organic URLs. In over three years, I haven’t posted an update, which might lead you to believe that nothing changed. The reality …

Basic Reputation Management for Better Customer Service

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Posted by MiriamEllisThe Internet can be a great connector, but sometimes, it acts as a barrier. Your local business receives a negative review, and the slate-colored words on the bland white screen can seem so cold, remote. You respond, …

YouTube Dominates Google Video in 2020

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Posted by Dr-PeteIn a study of 2.1M searches and 766K videos, YouTube accounted for 94% of all video carousel results on page one of Google, leaving little room for competition. Even the most casual video aficionado knows YouTube (acquired by …

Competitive Advantage in a Commoditized Industry

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Posted by HeatherPhysiocIn a world where search companies are a dime a dozen and brands tout bland “unique selling propositions” that aren’t unique at all, how can you avoid drowning in the sea of sameness? What are you doing that’s …

How to Create a Useful and Well-Optimized FAQ Page

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Posted by AnnSmartyThe golden rule of marketing has always been: Don’t leave your customer wondering, or you’ll lose them. This rule also applies very well to SEO: Unless Google can find an answer — and quickly — they’ll pick and …

SEO Is Not an On/Off Switch — Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by Dr-Pete When business is struggling, budgets are tight, and resources limited, your company might be tempted to cut back or cut off SEO efforts to save time and money until things stabilize. But halting SEO altogether — even for …

3 Digital PR Tenets for Excellent Outreach

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Posted by amandamilligan Content creation and promotion is our bread and butter at Fractl, but most of the questions we get are tied to the promotions side of the process. People ask us: How are you able to secure …

Page Authority 2.0: An Update on Testing and Timing

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Posted by rjonesx. One of the most difficult decisions to make in any field is to consciously choose to miss a deadline. Over the last several months, a team of some of the brightest engineers, data scientists, project managers, …

My 8 Best Local SEO Tips for the 2020 Holidays

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Posted by MiriamEllis Image credit: DoSchu “No place like home for the holidays.” This will be the refrain for the majority of your customers as we reach 2020’s peak shopping season. I can’t think of another year in which …

Accessible Machine Learning for SEOs — Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by BritneyMuller Machine learning — a branch of artificial intelligence that studies the automatic improvement of computer algorithms — might seem far outside the scope of your SEO work. MozCon speaker (and all-around SEO genius) Britney Muller is here …

How to Turn One Piece of Content into Multiple for SEO

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Posted by liambbarnesAs most SEO specialists have learned, you must create quality content to grow organically. The same thing can be said for businesses that are building a social media presence or a new newsletter following. But as people …

Search Intent and SEO: A Quick Guide

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Posted by DawnMacriUnderstanding search intent can be the secret ingredient that brings your content strategy from okay to outstanding. As an SEO Strategist at a digital marketing agency (Brainlabs), we often find clients on the brink of ranking success. They’re …

The Theory Behind Ranking Factors — Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by rjonesx.Since day one of SEO, marketers have tried to determine what factors Google takes into account when ranking results on the SERPs. In this brand new Whiteboard Friday, Russ Jones discusses the theory behind those ranking factors, and …

What Shifts in Product Demand Mean for SEO

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Posted by SabrinaBombergerIf you’re working in e-commerce through the COVID-19 crisis, you’ve likely noticed some wild shifts in the way your products are viewed and consumed by the public. After all, the needs of the entire world have changed in …

How to Choose Google My Business Categories (With Cool Tools!)

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Posted by MiriamEllisImage credit: Danny Sternfeld In creating a Google My Business listing for your local business, making a data-based decision is one of the most important steps you’ll be taking. Just how influential are the categories you select? Our …

How to Create 10x Content — Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by randfishHave you ever tried to create 10x content? It’s not easy, is it? Knowing how and where to start can often be the biggest obstacle you’ll face. In this oldie-but-goodie episode of Whiteboard Friday, Rand Fishkin talks about how you …

Page Authority 2.0 Is Coming This Month: What’s Changing and Why

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Posted by rjonesx.Hey folks, I’m Russ Jones, Adjunct Search Scientist with Moz, and I’m proud to announce that this month we’ll be releasing a terrific update to our metric, Page Authority (PA). Although Page Authority hasn’t attracted the same attention …

Title Tags SEO: When to Include Your Brand and/or Boilerplate

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Posted by Cyrus-ShepardIf your websites are like most, they include a fair amount of extra “stuff” in the title tags: things like your brand name or repeating boilerplate text that appears across multiple pages. Should you include these elements …

Google Ads Mistakes to Avoid — Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by DiTomasoContrary to popular belief, SEO and PPC aren’t at opposite ends of the spectrum. There are plenty of ways the two search disciplines can work together for benefits all around, especially when it comes to optimizing your Google …

How Big Is the Gender Gap Between Men and Women in SEO?

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Posted by NicoleDeLeonTo anyone working in SEO, it’s fairly evident that this is a male-dominated industry. Although there are powerful women SEOs in the field (like Moz CEO Sarah Bird, for example), if you glance at a conference speaker lineup …

Fifteen Years Is a Long Time in SEO

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Posted by willcritchlowI’ve been in an introspective mood lately. Earlier this year (15 years after starting Distilled in 2005), we spun out a new company called SearchPilot to focus on our SEO A/B testing and meta-CMS technology (previously known as …

Adjusting Paid Campaigns During a Recession

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Posted by ryanmoothartOur world changed dramatically in March of 2020 as a new viral threat to our livelihoods took hold in the United States and around the world. Here in the US (at the time of writing this post), COVID-19 …