How do you explain to your boss or client how SEO works and when to expect results? Use this doctors and medication analogy to help them realize the time and effort it takes to run a successful SEO campaign and avoid being inundated with questions.
Majestic SEO's Clique Hunter should be one of your go-to tools for link building due to its focus on sites that are (mostly) relevant and sites that are willing to link to others in your industry. Here's how to use it to find hubs and secure links.
Did you know that all Google manual penalties have an expiration date? In some cases, they can expire after just a few months. In other cases it can take years. So is there a discernible pattern to help us know when a penalty is going to expire?
It's official. Panda 4.0 has officially hit the Google search results. Google and Matt Cutts have confirmed Panda 4.0 began rolling out yesterday, and it has caused some waves in the search results along with an update targeting spammy queries.
Over the weekend Google released an update to their algorithm most commonly referred to as the "payday loans update." Google said it is "the next generation of an algorithm that originally rolled out last summer for very spammy queries."
These activities will all give you alternative ways to build your reputation, visibility, and traffic. They also give you the best chance that your site will be sending out the types of signals that search engines want to discover and value anyway.
How can entrepreneurs survive and swim with the SEO sharks? Here's some advice and top tips for business leaders looking for the ultimate entrepreneur SEO checklist for 2014, plus how to screen for social media fakes, phonies, and posers.
Internet marketing company Portent recently tested 500 e-commerce sites using YSlow to gather basic performance data and found 50 percent of the websites audited had an average load time of more than five seconds with a standard deviation of eight...
Google Webmaster Tools is the primary mechanism for Google to communicate with webmasters and helps alert you about issues with your site. This guide will walk you through the various GWT features, and what actionable data can be found within.
Robots.txt. Google DNS. Penguin, Panda, and penalties. Duplicate content filter. PageRank. You've heard all these terms, but these words have very specific meanings and are among the most commonly misunderstood terms when it comes to Google and SEO.
Are for ready for the tough questions about your organic search plans? Be well prepared with data points and projections that speak to the goals that matter to different decision-makers, using this five-point data-driven decision plan.
Hot on the heels of Google's Matt Cutts discussing what he feels are the biggest SEO myths, Bing's Duane Forrester has written about what he feels are 10 of the biggest myths in SEO. While some are true SEO myths, a few fall under best practices.
With Google stepping up its efforts to penalize link networks and those who buy and sell links, and algorithms like Panda meant to reward sites with high-quality content, how important will backlinks be to Google's search algorithm in the future?
Ever wonder how or why your website lost its once favorable rankings in Google? If you want to stay on the good side of Matt Cutts and Google and avoid potentially activating a Google spam filter, never implement any of the these 32 tactics.
Paying for Google AdWords will get you higher organic search rankings! All algorithmic changes are designed to force people to buy AdWords ads! Tools will solve every SEO problem you've ever had! Yeah, don't believe everything you hear or read.
How does Google determine what they will use for the title of your page in search results? Is it influenced by schema? Is this influenced by certain headings (H1s or H2s)? Why won't Google just show your title tag? Google's Matt Cutts explains.
If you run a smaller website, it can be frustrating to know that even though your site has great content, you aren't getting as much traffic as a well-known brand. So what can you do to improve your rankings and beat large sites in the search...
Without knowing who your online competition really is, any competitive analysis will be misguided. You'll be looking at the wrong competitors. The solution: be thorough about discovering your true online competition before diving into SEO tactics.
In SEO, we're now tasked with building brands, growing communities, enchanting audiences, and flexing our creative and analytical muscles. We play integral roles in the growth of businesses. Our thinking should match these new responsibilities.
Google is targeting links in spammy or low-quality guest blogs, and if you have these types of links you should absolutely nofollow them. But moving forward, should we expect to change all links in a marketing campaign to nofollow? No. Here's why.