I would have to say this starts to become some what subjective. Some of it you can only gain from experience, looking at hundreds of sites over time. You can get pretty good at spotting paid links, paid blog posts, free directory spam, etc. When that doesn’t jump out at you, you start looking deeper for “paths” as we call them here. What content are people linking to? Does this site work for coupon offers? Did they create some really cool research that people linked to? Is their blog attracting lots of links? And so on. If you can discover these “paths” then we try to create something similar on our client’s site to attract similar links. … [Read more...] about 30 Link Builders Discuss Backlink Analysis For Campaign Design
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Your random act of kindness can be big or small – hold the elevator door, compliment someone on something other than his/her appearance, buy someone’s coffee in the drive-thru, Marie Kondo your closet and donate your clothes to a local women’s shelter, etc. … [Read more...] about Thirty 30-Day Challenge Ideas That Are Perfect for Digital Marketers
Whether you have a notification or not, there are a slim non-zero number of sites that can afford to ignore mobile users entirely – possibly sites still optimizing for IE6? It’s great to see over 43% have been positively impacted by the shift to mobile-first. For the slim two percent that has been hit hard by the changes, I imagine they’re seeing their market share eaten into, or have dropped due to a legacy CMS that could do with a shakeup. In any case, there are hundreds of articles around that help you optimize for mobile – not least of all, Google themselves (https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly). … [Read more...] about 10 Takeaways from the state of SEO survey
Paid search adverts can be deployed with a sensible budget to build top-of-the-page visibility Paid search adverts provide click-to-call and review extensions to enable users to find what they are looking for or get in touch quickly and easily Reviews are likely to be critically important here, as they are in local and organic. Our own experience with hundreds of clients has borne this out Utilize all the PPC bells and whistles to build bigger, bolder and more convincing adverts: callouts, site links, location extensions and the new structured snippet extensions allow for visually convincing adverts Remarketing is a powerful and cost-effective way to build awareness and trust Focused display can be very powerful (this can be tough to get right, so talk to an expert) Utilize the geographic targeting options for tightly controlled ad visibility … [Read more...] about Local SEO Is Not An Island (Or At Least It Shouldn’t Be!)
So, some people turn to the “dark side” of search marketing – “black hat marketing”. It’s against Google’s TOS, but that doesn’t stop many businesses from trying to game the system. For some, results come quickly, and it’s hard to argue with money in the till. At the same time, there’s that little voice in the back of your head that’s telling you, “This is wrong. You’re going to get caught, and your website is going to be toast!” … [Read more...] about Does Google Discriminate Against Some Businesses?