Though Google's position that great content will result in links works for large companies, it doesn't always work that way for small and medium businesses.
Articles by Adam Stetzer
While big brands and authoritative websites are doing fine, smaller SEOs continue to struggle with the changes Google has made to its link policy over the last two years.
Most free Web grader tools that are available today were developed in the years before Penguin, Panda and "Mobilegeddon" — they don’t give SEOs the insight they so desperately need.
If a client’s website isn’t ranking as well as it should be after 90 to 120 days of work, the issue could be the backlinks.
Here's a simple checklist to review campaigns and find roadblocks that might be impeding success in your SEO campaign.
Small SEO budgets are a big challenge — especially when the clients have no idea that their grand expectations don’t match their tiny budgets.
As we get a start in 2015, more businesses will learn to stop worrying about building links, and start worrying about building their brands in order to succeed in search marketing.
You’d think that SEOs would be frustrated and angry with Google, exasperated with clients, and at their wit’s end with the entire industry. But the remarks from about 60 professional SEOs tell a different story.
Backlink maintenance and management is a new burden that most small businesses are not equipped to handle. Many small businesses don’t yet know that they should even review their links.
A cohesive, successful search marketing campaign is contingent on its content marketing strategy. Content is still king, after all, and its reign doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.
Content marketing is now a required component of SEO. And it works by engaging new and existing audiences, and encouraging sharing. Here are seven helpful tactics for staying on course with the consistent creation of content.
As SEO continues to move away from explicit link building and toward content marketing, using native ads as a content discovery mechanism is a smart move for small businesses trying to reinvent their SEO strategies and ride the latest trend.
If your business has taken on too much SEO risk, the only cure is diversity. To improve marketing results, reconsider PPC (especially remarketing), put a new push on user-experience and conversion, and re-engage with your PR teams.
As much as small business owners may miss the simplistic link building days, SEO is now a much more complicated activity. To remain successful in the rankings, small businesses must find the time to participate in the process.
If you're a small business owner, you don't have time to waste trying to wade through Google's constantly shifting guidance on SEO tactics. Statistics and analytics will clearly suggest starting with PPC advertising, because it works.
You can redirect your energy into activities that have a positive return. Customer service is an area where many small businesses do poorly. Investments in training and staff, guided by research, will help retain customers during tough SEO times.
Small business owners who once obsessed over their top keyword rankings and traffic from a few money terms now need to adjust their thinking with the rise of "(not provided)" keywords and the arrival of the Google Hummingbird algorithm. Here's why.
Most small businesses run very close to the margin and traditionally resist increasing their SEO budget, no matter the consequences. While SEO will is becoming more difficult and expensive to execute, the ROI remains high for small business.
SEO is currently in a "flight to quality". This is what most columnists and bloggers mean by the "new" SEO. Sure, it's similar to the old SEO, but now there's a greater emphasis on quality and avoiding excessive, large-scale, low-quality SEO tactics.
Ignoring social media is no longer acceptable thinking for small businesses. Social signals affect search rankings and consumers do research about products/services on social. Here are some guidelines on how small businesses should use social media.