Baffled by search engines and how they work? Not technical in orientation? Here's a layman's level explanation of the basics of search engines – including the critical concepts of relevance, popularity, segmentation, diversity, trust, and quality.
Less than a month after announcing a significant update to its algorithm targeting spammy queries such as payday loans, Google's Distinguished Engineer Matt Cutts announced yesterday at SMX Advanced that another update will launch this week.
With all the great tools already out there, why do you need another? The goal of using SpyFu's Backlink Builder tool isn't to "get a win on every page." It's to short-list sites that are worth looking at. And that's what this tool is great for.
Successfully selling SEO requires you to wrap your head around important "pain points" and goals of a prospect, and speak to that. Here are a few tips you can use to help cut through the techno-babble, relate to a prospect, and close some business.
Much may have changed through the years in SEO, however the importance of the title tag can't be overstressed. Here's how to create title tags that state who you are, what you do, why anyone should bother to click, and why Google should care.
Starting a new SEO project, or want to check ongoing projects? Use the following approach, which includes a mix of specific keyword research, testing important assumptions, and growing traffic and rankings with link building and copywriting.
Google's Panda 4.0 was a major algorithm update. There were many examples of websites recovering, as well as many examples of sites getting crushed. Here are some SEO findings based on an analysis of 41 websites impacted by Panda 4.0.
What happens if your site gets hit by Penguin or a manual penalty, you lose rankings for your main keywords, and you can't get traffic back? Whether you endure is entirely dependent on your willingness to do more with less and evolve your business.
Stop trying to salt your content and meta data with keywords, thinking that's all you need to get to the top of search engines. And that doesn't mean just concentrating on synonyms, either. Instead, focus on conveying the concept of your pages.
Cheap, easy, automated link spamming is no longer an option for those in it for the long haul. Editorial link building is alive and well and more powerful than ever before. Links still matter a lot and they will continue to matter for many years.
Professional home stagers transform homes into showrooms. To get more links to your real estate website and attract more traffic, you also need to stage it. Here are tips on how to optimize your site so it's more appealing to prospective linkers.
Google has added to the Fetch as Google tool in Webmaster Tools, allowing webmasters to render their webpage as Googlebot sees it and address any issues. You can Fetch and Render for Desktop, Mobile: Smartphone, Mobile: XHTML/WML or Mobile: cHTML.
In his latest Webmaster Help video, Google's Distinguished Engineer Matt Cutts discusses what happens to the flow of PageRank when Google crawls a page and finds two links on a page pointing to the same target, but each uses unique anchor text.
The authors of the Innovation Report were ruthlessly introspective about their search visibility, ranking, and optimization. Here are some highlights, including a number of obstacles the team has faced in terms of search marketing over the years.
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.