Be mindful of structure

Does the content add an enormous amount of value or is it thin and veiled in an attempt to merely rank for a keyword? Is the content unique? You can't skimp on quality. Not today. Ever wonder how to pick the perfect keyword topic for your blog or website, or …

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Why Links Still Rule the Roost

There’s a difference between desktop SEO and mobile SEO, but the goals are often comparable. You want to reach your audience and turn them into customers. In some ways, desktop SEO tactics also work for mobile SEO, but in a slightly different form. Sitelinks are additional links which appear …

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Broken links are a waste of your crawl budget

Inbound link-building is an important SEO strategy, and a great way to do this is to make friends with other relevant, local businesses so that you can share links and promote one another. Perhaps you could organise a community event together or work out some kind mutually beneficial offer for …

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Bring your customers back to your site in the form of traffic and sales

The problem with directories: A good directory’s intent is to categorize the internet into different categories/subcategories, while providing links to good websites in those categories. Although there are legitimate directory websites, many were built solely for the purpose of building links back to webpages without consideration of link …

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Indexing requirements often conflict with aesthetic requirements

Dig through your customer communications to find additional, actively used keywords. Talk to your customer service people to find out what customers are asking about (in their words). It doesn’t matter how many searches a keyword has in a month if it doesn’t accurately reflect the content on …

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Using Google’s Disavow Tool

Don’t let ego fuel your obsession with keyword rankings. And remember that your personal search experience is not necessarily what your prospective customers see. The main heading of your page tells visitors, including search engines, what the page is about. Heading tags let us mark up what is a …

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Audit of your existing keywords

Buying backlinks can and does work, however, there’s a substantial risk involved if you buy low quality ones and/or from people who openly sell them. If their website gets penalised, you’re in trouble too. Like it or not, your business’s Google rankings can have a huge …

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Why are backlinks important?

We use keyword research to identify potentially useful queries for which a site is not receiving traffic. Keyword research is often abused by aggressive Web marketers who pursue an endless keyword strategy. Endless Keyword marketing continually adds keyword targets to a Website’s list of desired queries. This leads to …

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Identify who are the main influencers in your industry

Keyword relevancy and placement is far more important than frequency. Your keyword or key phrase should appear in the first 100 words of your page, if not the first sentence. If you’re familiar with SEO, you’ll already know the importance of keyword research – it ensures that you’re …

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Content is king or customer is king?

Google, now more than ever, don't just want more content, they want content that they feel is quality. Build your site with a logical link structure. Every page should be reachable from at least one static text link. The best way to build links is to not build links. I …

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Focus on topics instead of keywords

The days of keyword “stuffing” are over, but you still need to keep your site pages optimized around one central idea and keyword. Any SEO pro will tell you that every day brings something new in the world of search engine optimization. While we spend our careers focused on the …

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Powerful Link Building Strategies For Small Businesses

If your website or webpage suddenly or gradually changes focus over time (say from a carpentry guide to a best practice SEO guide – sounds unlikely, but you never know), then anchor text pointing to you will likely change in line with the different topic. Google may then decide that your …

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Generate keyword ideas

If you need search engine optimisation help for your small business website, consider working with an SEO agency or hiring an SEO freelancer. This can be a complex area, and it pays to get it right. Writing good page titles is an essential skill for anyone doing SEO. The title …

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Improve your visibility in organic search results

Google does not expect you to meet all of their standards, but they do expect you to at least try your very best. The days of blackhat and grey hat SEO strategies are over. Most tools you use to build websites make it super easy to add important image tags …

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Toxic links and their cure

An HTML sitemap (as opposed to an XML sitemap) is often mentioned as being useful for SEO. They certainly are if you use them wisely (and especially Bing seems to like them at times), but I like them even more for the fact that users like them a lot. In …

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Do a spring cleaning

Search engines want to show the best content based on context relevance, authority of the site, trustworthiness based on how other sites and people engage with the site, and other factors. Many marketers will have seen a technical SEO checklist in their time. Any time a site migration is approaching …

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Easy wins – existing relationships are an instant source of backlinks

There have been many minor changes to the layout of Search Engine Results Pages. Local and more location-specific searches have become more commonplace — especially on mobile devices. Longer sentences are hard to follow onscreen. When possible, break longer sentences into multiple shorter sentences. When your schedule is manic and you …

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How are you supposed to audit your site?

Search engine optimization, while a very technical practice, is a marketing function—and it needs to be treated like one. Since Google only wants to deliver the best possible results to its users, it will push sites with strong engagement up in the search engine results pages (SERPs). All too …

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