Create great content people want to read

Links still matter. We should just think of them differently. Consider whether the links you attract will actually drive qualified traffic to your site, rather than just adding to antiquated metrics like external link volume. One of the basic tools of the trade for an SEO practitioner is the search …

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The importance of domain name selection for SEO

Your homepage is the most important and likely your strongest webpage. The link power (AKA link juice) is distributed from the homepage to all other subpages. Ideally, you should distribute the link juice evenly to all other subpages through internal links and easy navigation menus. By starting a blog — or …

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If it isn’t on Google, it doesn’t exist

When writing a new post, always link to previous relevant articles you have written. That will help your users spend more time on your website by visiting other useful articles. When you are brought on to handle the SEO for a particular website, one of the first things you need …

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Draft content for each target keyword

When it comes to getting your content to the top of the search rankings there’s a number of methods you can employ. But if there’s one constant that runs through them all then that would be the importance of keywords. Creative, interesting, and informational articles that really speak …

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Readability and long keyphrases

Spam links often go both ways. A website that links to spam is likely spam itself, and in turn often has many spam sites linking back to it. Mobile sites not only use a different format from normal desktop sites, but the management methods and expertise required are also quite …

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Add your target keyword to your title page

Like all things when it comes to building an effective SEO strategy research is key! Don’t be afraid to check out your competitor’s sites and other similar websites to see what long tail keywords they’re using. This can give you a great springboard to base new ideas …

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Content is King (for now)

The basic premise is that a page will show up in search engine results because the website had mentioned the terms that were being searched for on the website page. Of course, many websites use the same keywords on the same page. SEO results are only keenly felt long-term, and …

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Make Sure Your Website Content is Mobile Friendly

Use Fetch as Google to test whether Google can crawl and index important pages within your site. When it comes to long-term SEO strategies, there are so many tactics to consider. The best part about SEO is that when you start ranking higher on SERPs, you get more exposure, i …

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Community Hijacking for SEO

Rest assured that real SEO has nothing to do with keyword stuffing, keyword density, hacks, tricks or cunning techniques. If you hear any of these terms from your SEO advisor, run away from them as quickly as you can. Sitelinks can be a little bit of a double-edged sword: even …

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Mobile readiness is a confirmed general ranking factor.

Remember the good old days of SEO, when all that you really needed to have “valid SEO content” was a certain number of words crossed with a certain percentage targeted keywords and punctuated by a few words linking to targeted pages? SEO is connected to strong sales funnels and often …

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Links are glue

There are far more unique search queries than generic ones. If you added up the search engine traffic of the most popular keywords, the number would not even come close to the amount of unique, niche keywords. This concept is known as “long-tail theory”. Social media networks can help you …

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Simply put, people don’t know what they don’t know

Go through all your pages and look at your titles. Are you making the most of your keywords? And are they as interesting as possible (and suitable)? Each page needs a unique title tag, and tags should be 65 characters or less in length. Ensure the number of new site …

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Search Engine Marketing is hyped

The cleaner the code on your website, the faster your pages will load and the actual html text on the page will be given greater emphasis. In other words, if you say “vacation rentals” five times in 100 lines of code, those phrases will stand out much more than if …

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Where are people coming from to get to your site

Your site navigation should be present and easily identifiable. Visitors should be able to navigate your site with ease, and ideally, be able to get to any page on your site with no more than 3 clicks. This provides a quick and easy user experience and ensures visitors don’t …

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The importance of domain name selection for SEO

The reason social is such a natural extension of search is that it adds both relevancy and authority. Think about this: According to Nielsen research, 92% of consumers worldwide trust recommendations from friends and family more than any form of advertising. This is up from 74% in 2007. Having an …

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Made a website, but is not showing in the SERPs?

Today, due to the way backlinks are evaluated based on different industry-related ranking factors, it is less quantity focused and more about the quality of sites from which the links are coming. The bottom line is that if you’re focusing on a small group of generic keywords, you’re …

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Align your SEO copywriting efforts with the conversion funnel

Beware, excessive linking, either internal or external can lead to the exact opposite results. Make sure that every link serves its own purpose in your content. There’s no denying that a website’s popularity correlates with how high it ranks in search engine results, and in a way, backlinks …

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What Are Keywords, and Why Do They Matter?

Historically, traffic from search engines has been about a very singular pursuit -- that of rankings. Another “old school” method of building up your backlinks is to make use of Forum Posting. It is a quick, easy and sometimes even fun way to get your links out and maybe even have …

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Check your website’s main pages for outdated information

The goal of negative SEO is to lower the rankings of competitor websites. This, they believe, will subsequently elevates their own rankings once the competition is out of the way. When working on your content, you should take the next biggest thing into account: voice search. Yes, it’s been …

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Quality, Plus Visibility

If the wrong people are hitting your website, it's all for nothing Not so long ago, SEO and social media marketing were different things. The idea was that SEO attracted visitors and social media marketing kept them coming back. Don ’t keyword stuff – write naturally using synonyms, relevant terms and …

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The most obvious backlink tactic

One of the problems international businesses continuously need to address is identifying themselves as “local” in the eyes of the search engines. You don't need to write at a doctorate level to rank at the top of Google. You simply need to write at a higher reading level than normal …

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Removing unnecessary plugins

When you run the same query on different search engines, you will probably get different results. This is because every search engine uses its own algorithm, based on various socalled “ranking factors.” These factors decide which results appear in the SERPs. The reality is that, for many businesses, 10-20 high-quality …

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Show don't Tell

The traffic information from different search engines helps you make timely changes in the semantic core, and allocate budget and efforts to promote the significant keywords only. Unfortunately, there is only so much Search Engine Optimization you can do on your own website. After you’ve come up with compelling …

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Template footprint leaving a low ratio of original content

Content marketing has become a major player concerning SEO in the past few years. Interesting, useful and original content has become an important ranking factor in Google algorithms. If your already-designed website is not mobile friendly, it may be quite costly to make the site responsive. Responsive is the term …

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SEO can be overwhelming for any number of reasons

SEO is a long-term commitment that offers long-term results. Know that good SEO isn’t going to take a few days and you won’t see huge results in weeks. SEO takes months, but the benefits last for years. You need to come up with blog post ideas, and there …

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Content marketing serves more than one very useful purpose

If you once had a thousand different links all coming from low quality websites, then this could now actually stand to hurt your SEO as it will just look like link spam. If you’ve been guilty of using these old practices, then you might consider using Google’s Link …

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Failing To Optimize Keywords

The SERPs will most likely choose to display your meta-description, so it needs to be captivating to encourage people to click through and read your blog. You only have 156 characters to play with, so every word has to count! The reason that most SEOs don’t know technical SEO …

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Time to Do The Research

Keyword research must be updated periodically: Search terms fall out of disfavor as language changes, a company introduces new products and services, and so on. Search-based competitive audits uncover the competitive landscape within the search results for a defined set of high-value topics. CTR gives some insight into how likely …

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Making Changes Early and Often

Scan through your website and make a list of all the relatable keywords.Then, make a list of all the potential keywords keeping your niche in mind. If you are already clear with your business/product/service offerings, then keyword selection is all the more easy. Link building, as a …

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