SEO

I’ll just come right out and say it… SEO should be a product because it is an acquisition channel for organic traffic and revenue.  SEO as a product largely means the business: Understands it operates in a digital-first world. Makes an effort for its digital properties (website, app, etc.) to be SEO-friendly. This way, when
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Paid search marketers are no strangers to artificial intelligence. Every day, we use AI-powered platforms like ad engines, third-party management tools and copywriting software. But there’s a new bot in town (you may have heard of it), and it’s not making the same old “control-for-automation” trade we’re used to. Read on to see how you
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Internal linking is a crucial aspect of any website, but it is especially important for ecommerce websites.  Internal linking helps improve the navigation and user experience for your website visitors and can also help improve your website’s search engine optimization (SEO).  This article will discuss the best practices for internally linking pages on ecommerce websites.
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Creating content to satisfy long-tail search queries is an often-overlooked strategy. It’s easy to go after bigger wins, but focusing on the smaller gains can lead to powerful long-term results. Many times in SEO, slow and steady wins the race.  Search has been evolving and talking about keywords might seem old-fashioned. But long-tail queries have
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Google penalizes French link network In 2014, Google’s Matt Cutts tweeted, “Today we’re taking action on a French link network that violates our quality guidelines (Buzzea).” Buzzea was less than thrilled about being called a link network, saying they “oppose this assertion since we never stopped wanting to keep the ethical side of sponsored articles
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Google begins experimenting with featured snippets in 2014, Google started answering complex questions at the top of its search results with detailed responses (or answers) taken from websites. Does that sound like featured snippets? It should. Because it was. We know from Google that featured snippets were introduced in January 2014. We don’t know the
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SEO professionals can access many free and paid platforms, tools, and software. But if you and your competitors are all using the same tools, data, and approaches – how can you set yourself apart? At SMX Next, I shared the SEO tools that will make up my toolkit in 2023. If you missed the session,
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Google strong-armed ecommerce marketers into Performance Max campaigns in 2022 by deprecating Smart Shopping and Local campaigns in favor of fewer levers and more AI-driven results. As I wrote in a column looking back on Google’s biggest 2022 moves, most advanced search marketers begrudged this direction since more controls provide good marketers more room to
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Apple recently launched Business Connect to enable businesses to easily claim and optimize their Apple Maps locations. Getting started as a single or multi-location business only takes a few minutes.  Once you have set up and claimed your locations, you will have access to view and edit your Place Cards. This includes: Updating your location
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In today’s world, video ads are the most effective way for businesses to reach their target audience and promote their products or services.  During my SMX Next presentation, we reviewed three innovative trends for video, which helped create a deeper conversation around the role that data and analytics play, along with targeting and optimization. Let’s
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Checklists are one of the simplest (yet most valuable) content types to create. You probably make checklists all the time without even knowing it. Shopping lists. Grocery lists. Chore lists. To-do lists for completing projects. So it makes sense to take that extremely familiar format, apply it to a common problem or task your audience
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Google deduplicates featured snippets In 2020, Google rolled out a global change to featured snippets that resulted in any URL only appearing once on the first page of search results, instead of twice. Google said there would be no change to its overall set of web search results. There would still be 10 unique listings,
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Google explains the “core” algorithm In 2016, Google’s Andrey Lipattsev explained the “core” algorithm. This happened following the news about Panda becoming part of Google’s core algorithm. SEOs wanted to better understand what being part of Google’s core algorithm meant. Put simply, it meant that an algorithm is consistent enough that Google doesn’t have to
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In December, Google introduced continuous scroll to desktop search results. SEO practitioners immediately anticipated what the move’s impact will be on the industry.  In this article, I’ll share insights on continuous scroll’s relevance today, its potential impact to the search experience, and how SEOs can adapt. The way I see it, continuous scroll signals a
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Google’s launch of Performance Max, a campaign type that replaced Smart Shopping, is forcing search marketers to rethink their Google Ads strategy. Performance Max provides a unified buying service to all Google placements by displaying ads across YouTube, Display, Search, Discover, Maps and Gmail.  This full-funnel advertising of products is what PMax does well, especially
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Google blackens its logo, configures Googlebot to crawl at a much lower rate In 2012, when you visited Google, you saw this: That’s how Google voiced its opposition to two bills being discussed in Congress – the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). At the time, many feared the proposed
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Google’s Core Web Vitals first became a ranking factor back in 2021. In February 2022, the change was fully rolled out to all mobile and desktop searches. Since then, Google has also worked on delivering new technologies to optimize web performance as well as experimenting with a potential new performance metric. What are the Core
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