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Getting Your SEO Priorities Straight with the Keyword Equation

billions and billions of web pages

There are a lot of web pages out there competing for the #1 rank for a lot of keywords. Good SEO is all about picking your battles. You have limited resources, and seemingly unlimited competition, so you need to decide where best to target your SEO efforts and then go hard.

That’s why we use a system called The Keyword Equation to determine a keyword’s value relative to another with a figure called the Keyword Value Index.

(Yes, there’s math involved. No, it won’t hurt you.)

Keyword Value simplified equation

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Webmaster Tools Site Versions: It Just Works.

Google recently announced that they added more precise data in webmaster tools. The announcement highlighted the ability to track secure (https) versions of a site and also cast a light on a webmaster’s ability to track subdomains and subdirectories.

In their documentation Google provided examples of the types of URLs you can add.

• http://example.com/
• https://example.com/
• ftp://ftp.example.com/
• http://bar.example.com/
• http://foo.bar.example.com/
• http://www.example.com/foo/
• http://www.example.com/foo/bar/
• http://foo.bar.example.com/catalog/dresses/

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Is Negative SEO Public Enemy #1?

The world of Search Marketing thrives on buzzwords. If it’s not Article Writing then it’s Content Marketing. That’s how this industry perpetuates. Perhaps no buzzword has been bandied about as much lately as Negative SEO. Is it the real Public Enemy? I put on my professional SEO hat (and my amateur hip-hop historian Kangol) to find out. Could a competitor use Negative SEO tactics to hit your site as hard as beats from DJ Terminator X?

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Implementing Google Authorship

What is rel=”author”?

Part of the HTML5 spec, rel=”author” can be added to any <link>, <a> or <area> tag to inform search engines that the other end of the author link represents the author of the piece of content it is crawling.

In 2011 Google began using rel=”author” in an attempt to understand authorship of content more broadly. There has been some turbulence in the SEO community over whether Google will actually be using this to rank content in future. But Google’s Matt Cutts has most recently stated that Google is using rel=”author” as part of an Author Rank when serving in depth articles in their search results. Thus it is important to know you have this set up properly on your website. (more…)

SEO Measurement Mistakes, Part 4: Links

Link Measurement

This is part 4 of a series examining mistakes with SEO metrics.

  • In part 1 of this series, we discussed 5 huge mistakes regarding top-level SEO KPIs.
  • In part 2, we looked at 10 common mistakes made when analyzing SEO metrics in Google Analytics.
  • In part 3, we looked at 10 critical errors in analyzing and monitoring crawling and indexation metrics.

Today, we’ll do 10 of the most common mistakes in link metrics. (more…)

Which Famous SEO Expert Are You?

Beginners Guide: Advantages of Targeting Long-Tail Keywords

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When starting your first search marketing campaign, many beginners do exactly what I did: focus on popular, high-volume keywords versus relevant, rank-able phrases. Typically, it doesn’t take very long to determine that those high volume keywords usually don’t convert, or they have so much competition that it’s extremely difficult to garner any traffic at all.

Understanding the power of long-tail keywords can help identify less competitive markets allowing content to rank higher, earlier, and convert more.  Below is a beginners summary outlining the advantages of choosing the correct long-tail phrases, and a few resources to help you get started with long-tail keyword selection and marketing efforts.

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Using Google Think Insights to Make Client Recommendations (+ HTML5 Adoption Infographic!)

thinkinsightsHave you had situations with PPC or SEO accounts where you’ve got a great new tool or feature to present to the client, but just can’t find a concrete or data-driven way to present the benefits? It can be difficult to accomplish easily. Sure you can Photoshop up your own diagram or chart, but where’s the data that proves it will work? If you have the data, it may be time-prohibitive to turn it into a great visual. That’s why I love Google’s Think Insights website.  I’m a case-study fanatic and I love to see how other agencies and clients use the tools we are all so familiar with to create new campaigns and push the boundaries of digital marketing. It inspires me to push for progress. I also know that many of my clients don’t have the time to follow digital marketing trends in the way that I do. Think Insights provides so many cool tools and reports to share with your clients. I’ve found numerous reports and data that I can point a client to and say “This is what we’re trying to do!”. (more…)

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