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Google offers advice on how to get ready for the mobile-first index

Image Credit: Denys Prykhodov / Shutterstock.com Google has posted on the webmaster blog more advice around getting ready for the mobile-first index. Google confirmed it has rolled out the mobile-first index “for a handful of sites” and said the search team is “closely” monitoring those sites for testing purposes. You will know when your site moved

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Surviving and thriving at an SEO conference

I was recently asked about an issue many of us in the SEO industry face: “When you’re attending a conference where you’ll be meeting peers, clients and prospective clients, how do you avoid awkward silence?” This is obviously a good question in and of itself, but it got me thinking about a larger issue search professionals

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Voice search and SEO: Why B2B marketers need to pay attention now

Voice search is commonly discussed in the context of local and B2C SEO, but it’s being used for more than just getting directions to nearby restaurants or hearing the next step in a recipe while cooking. Voice search is being adopted for a variety of purposes, and its influence on B2B decision-makers is growing as

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The value of an in-house SEO

Over the last decade, SEO has morphed into a complex field encroaching on UX, content marketing, and even web development. At the same time, a wide range of organizations are now running full force on to the web; yet they often fail to consider the possibility of bringing an SEO specialist in-house. Based on conversations

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Featured snippets: Optimization tips & how to ID candidate snippets

Featured snippets are quickly becoming the only search results for many queries. If a user goes to Google.com and types [what is the tallest tree], Google returns a featured snippet, followed by thousands of organic search results. However, when a user conducts the same query via Google voice search, Google responds with an audible version

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LISTEN: Danny Sullivan reflects on 21 years covering the search industry

There aren’t many people who can claim to have created an industry, but Danny Sullivan is one of them. When he first published “The Webmaster’s Guide to Search Engines” in 1996, he attracted an audience of online marketing pioneers who wanted to understand how search engines of the day — think Yahoo, AltaVista, Lycos and

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More content, less traffic: Part II

At the end of last year, I shared the results from three of our projects showcasing how we had increased traffic by reducing a website’s overall page count. Simply put, many of our clients had way too much content — pages and pages of content that not only didn’t generate traffic, but also had the

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SEO case study: Zero to 100,000 visitors in 12 months

You need more traffic. More visitors on your site means more impressions, more signups, more purchases — more revenue. But how do you capture more traffic from search results that are becoming more crowded, more diverse, and evolving in the way they are delivered? With SEO, of course! Today, I want to share a process

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Google Posts are removed after 7 days, with one exception

Google has confirmed that most Google Posts are removed seven days after they are first published. The exception to this rule is Google Posts that are based on upcoming events. Event-based Google Posts are removed after the event date. A Google spokesperson told us, “Posts enable merchants to share timely, relevant updates on Google Search

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7 most important SEO focus areas for colleges and universities

July typically means a new fiscal year for colleges and universities, bringing with it new marketing plans and goals for the upcoming educational year. Where does SEO fit into your higher education marketing plan this year? Hopefully, right at the top. Earlier this year, Chegg Enrollment Services and the National Research Center for College and

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Fix your outbound link problem in a single workday

Links are the foundation of Google’s algorithm. A naïve reading of the algorithm suggests that you shouldn’t link to anybody else, ever. It turns out that’s not at all true. But your outbound links play an important role in your ability to turn up in the SERPs. Let’s make sure your outbound link game is

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How much does SEO cost?

How much does SEO cost? It’s the proverbial, “How long is a piece of string?” question. And if you think about it, this is not without good reason. SEO is not as easy to nail down as, say, sending out a direct mail campaign to 100 recipients. In some ways, it is not always as

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Bing adds ‘Popular Content’ search results snippet section

Bing has added a new feature to its search results page, a box named “Popular Content.” David Iwanow spotted this first, where if you search for brands such as [dropbox] or [shutterstock], among others, you get this new search result feature. The popular content section is a carousel-like feature that lets you click the right

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AMP for Advanced SEOs: SMX Advanced insights

At the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle this year, Ranna Zhou from Google, Scott Sala from iProspect and Paul Shapiro from Catalyst all took deep dives into Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). In today’s post, I’m going to share some of the great information that they provided on the topic. AMP’s expanding ad coverage Ranna Zhou, Google

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Key notes on optimizing for voice search: Conversation, content and context

Alexander Supertramp / Shutterstock.com Voice search, the topic that is on the virtual tip of every marketer’s tongue, currently accounts for one out of every five Google mobile searches — and that number is expected to grow over time as digital assistants and smart home devices become more commonplace. For the modern-day SEO, the shift from manual

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Google image search now shows videos and recipes

Google is now showing both videos and recipe data within the image search results. This is something Google was testing earlier this year and now seems to have deployed it on mobile search. Aaron Bradley posted on Google+ that this seems to be derived from newly supported schema around your images. Specifically, you can now

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Consumers over bots: Why site crawlers don’t hold all the answers

Advances in technology have driven efficiency in SEO, where site crawlers such as Botify, DeepCrawl and ScreamingFrog have flourished. These tools are an essential part of the SEO toolbox and are great at uncovering and visualizing technical issues such as broken links, 404 errors and invalid canonical tags. They are becoming the default source of

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