Take the keywords out and find another place to use it

Effective content curation, better accessibility practices and proper information architecture are all key components for strong SEO. With content being king, SEO may as well be queen. They both play an integral role in getting your message out and building your following. If a site, or specific page, has a …

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Identify keyword opportunities

SEO, that is ethical and organic, takes serious time. Anyone that claims otherwise is just looking to take your money and run. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is another important strategy that helps grow your website traffic. The number of backlinks you have on your website plays a crucial role when …

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Removing unnecessary plugins for SEO benefits

Including your target keyword within your page title positively correlated with higher search rankings. Using social media for your business has numerous benefits, but it’s never been more important for SEO than today. Search engines are measuring social signals such as likes, favorites, shares, retweets and +1s to determine …

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What is with this hue & cry about backlinks?

SEO metrics give you an indication of the overall competitiveness of a niche. When your competitors have a high DR score they are likely to have been around for a while and acquired a solid backlink profile. Keywords are usually broken up and grouped based on the number of words …

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The first indication should be structure

If you’re in an industry where most companies are including keywords in domain names, then it’s probably in your best interest to follow suit. The search engines will act rapidly to penalize sites that contain viruses or trojans. Brands that rank high on search engines have great content …

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Think of ways to stand out from the crowd

A great way to put people off your page is to tell them one thing with the title tag, and then not match their expectation with your main heading. Don’t keep repeating keywords through your sub-headings – use variations and natural language to describe your content. If everyone’s mobile …

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Evaluate the credibility of a website using a simple approach

Good SEO involves creating valuable content, but they are not synonyms. Many companies that have an amazing content strategy don't have always have the technical and linking aspects of SEO taken care of as well. Bad content truly can do long-lasting damage to your website, brand and business. Developers who …

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Dominate your own little niche first

If you read something interesting on a blog, you should comment. Especially when a post is about something you may have written about yourself as well. In your comment, you can share your view on the matter. You could also place a link to one of your own blogs. One …

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Is the content on different pages original?

Make sure your backlinks appear to be natural. Don’t ask webmasters to link back to your pages with a specific anchor text since this can haphazardly result in a pattern that may get noticed by search engines and cause you to get a linking penalty. The basic thing you …

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Use Google Adwords & PPC Ad Campaigns

Keyword selection is the starting point of the small business SEO process. You must choose keywords that are directly relevant to your business, which people are actually searching for, and which aren’t too competitive for your budget. Choose the right keywords – limit yourself to around 5 to start with …

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How Should You Use Search Activity Data?

Start focusing on your visitors, on the people that want to buy your product or services. “Social search” is an evolving term for the way in which search engines factor a user’s social network -- also referred to as social graph -- into how results are displayed after a search query …

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Do not optimise for irrelevant keyword searches.

If you’re familiar with SEO, you’ll already know the importance of keyword research – it ensures that you’re targeting terms that searchers genuinely use when looking for businesses like yours. Google Adwords’ Keyword Planner is a great free tool to get started with, but be sure to use …

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Boost Dwell Time

The searches that people make online are related to certain words or phrases. Because you want your webpage to be the answer or solution to their search query, your page needs to be built with this phrase or word in mind. At the end of the day, Google makes decisions …

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Do Visitor Metrics Play a Role in Search Engine Rankings?

Every website has its own issues, but all websites benefit from optimizing the conversion rate. It really doesn’t matter if your goal is more sales, more Facebook likes or more newsletter subscribers. Arguably, one of the most crucial aspects of on-page SEO is tags. Whether it’s title tags …

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Link to Influencers Within Your Content

Including a Contact Us page on your website and putting the link in the navigation not only makes for good user experience (especially if you have an ecommerce site) but can also potentially earn you some Google juice. People really love to check their search rankings. Many companies want to …

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Use Cases

Besides looking for established companies and Internet presences to learn from, you can also pick up some good tips and quick information from up and coming companies that are suddenly doing well in the rankings. Keyword selection is the starting point of the small business SEO process. You must choose …

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Closed groups and group invites

Imagine for a moment, a yacht. The on-page elements represent the sails and the ropes above water. Now imagine the technical elements of SEO are everything below the water line: the hull and the cabin. So you could have your sails blowing, and your knots tied correctly, but if there …

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Make Sure Your Website Content is Mobile Friendly

Keyword research is absolutely critical to help you understand where your content can earn both short- and long-term wins while making your content more competitive in search engines. As it may seem obvious by now, there is more to writing SEO-friendly content than ensuring you get a healthy ratio of …

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Follow a consistent content cadence

The sites that Google will rank highest for a particular search term are the ones that appear the most relevant and that have the best content and best design. At the same time though, they will also be the ones that have the most trust. This means that Google considers …

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Use Google’s Disavow Tool To Improve Ranking

Besides studying your web analytics data and using keyword research tools, there is another very simple research method: Use the search engine itself to do keyword research. Good SEO means forgetting SEO and concentrating on your user then. And it also means forgetting SEO in that you are going to …

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A backlink is a link to your site from another site

The methods vary from technical practices you can achieve behind the scenes on your website (we tend to refer to this as ‘on-page SEO’) to all the promotional ’off-page’ approaches you can use to raise your site’s visibility (link-building, social media marketing). Make sure you optimize your content with …

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Keyword ideas for traffic potential

Do you have enough pages around a specific topic area that it would make sense to create a page describing these related pages (e.g. root page -> related topic listing -> specific topic)? Do you have hundreds of different products that need to be classified under multiple category and subcategory pages …

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Become the online authority for your industry

Start as you mean to go on: titles are the best places to get started with SEO. Regardless of what the search engines think, a snappy, relevant title will help attract readers on any platform. Think of Amazon. They probably have a few best-selling products, but the majority of their …

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How are you supposed to audit your content?

Understanding and recognizing how PageRank flows can make a difference in your SEO campaigns. The difference in many cases will be small, but in a competitive environment, every advantage counts. Ensure the number of new site visitors arriving via organic search is growing, month to month and year over year …

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Use Semantic Markup To Improve Ranking

Brands are generally most interested in gaining follow links as opposed to no-follow links because they help to increase ranking positions. But there’s a problem that has come from this. For some time now, brands have been incentivising bloggers to add unmarked paid for follow links – which is against …

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Build a unique set of citations

Whereas a page's title may be a few words or a phrase, a page's description meta tag might be a sentence or two or a short paragraph. The three main pillars of Search Engine Optimization; content, links and site architecture will remain for years to come. This methodology has been …

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Get Social

Getting backlinks are important but if you get a ton of useless backlinks from irrelevant spammy sites or use “link software” then you’re doomed. In short, success in SEO marketing lies in adhering to good practice and avoiding silly mistakes. Most people can make a short (or long) list …

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Identify and target the best keyword

Google is pretty good at understanding the general context of a site’s content. If you’ve been producing content in a haphazard manner, hoping and praying that some of it eventually ranks, it’s time to buckle down and commit to a more methodical SEO content strategy for the …

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More traffic is a positive sign to Google too

Search engine optimization should be a part of a website for its lifetime, continuously improving its ability to make a brand (and its content) be more visible and to create a better experience for users. If you are currently producing five articles a week that get less than 100 visits …

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What to Do?

Don ’t keyword stuff – write naturally using synonyms, relevant terms and lots of nouns Build a brand and focus on consistent quality. Search engines typically assume that the more popular a site, page, or document, the more valuable the information it contains must be. Billions of searches are performed each …

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Create Keyword Evaluation Models

Measure and monitor what is working and update your strategy on the fly. Sometimes you just can’t target a specific keyword on a product or service page of your website – it just won’t fit and look natural. In these instances you can always take advantage of having a …

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Find Keywords People Already Use for Your Business

Google will penalize spammy sites, and unfortunately this causes some bad behavior from bad actors. Say, for example, you wanted to take out a competitor. You could send a bunch of obviously spammy links to their site and get them penalized. This is called “negative SEO,” and is something that …

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An instant SEO diagnosis using Google Analytics

A headline is usually the first thing we notice when accessing a search engine, and this reminds us that a headline should be: valuable, relevant, simple and appealing. So let’s say you’ve nailed down the art of quality content that solves a problem. That’s still not enough …

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Consider a dedicated or virtual dedicated web server

Getting third parties to link their websites to yours is a critical part of SEO. Without inbound links, there is little to no chance of ranking for competitive terms in search engines such as Google, whose algorithm relies heavily on link measuring and weighting criteria. Cross linking is a great …

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Consider your exposure options for your content

Technical SEO lays a solid foundation that gives your content the best chance to rank for relevant keywords and phrases. Don't feel obligated to purchase a search engine optimization service. Some companies claim to "guarantee" high ranking for your site in Google's search results. While legitimate consulting firms can improve …

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Generalized or broad keywords or short tail keywords

Wouldn’t it be great to give Google & Bing a list of all the pages we want them to notice? With XML sitemaps you can do just that. This is a file you add to your website (normally at yourdomain.uk/sitemap.xml) that lists the URLs for a site …

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