www vs non-www for SEO

Everyone is familiar with the expression “content is king.” Without rich content, you will find it difficult to achieve good rankings with specific keywords and to direct traffic to your website. Another method to rank well in Google is to submit your websites to article directories. This was the fast …

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Big Brands Burst to the Top

If you’re going to change a URL, but you don’t want its link juice to disappear, you can use a 301 redirect. A 301 will pass a majority of the link juice. Google has spent millions of dollars to create faster load times for search results. If they …

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Links are glue for your site

Use your website to communicate your value proposition and your general marketing messages (known as “high-level messages”). If there is one page which should be optimized for generic keywords, it is your homepage. Reviews are an important factor for SEO. They help potential customers trying to decide whether to trust …

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The first indication should be reporting

If you’re a business, it may be a good idea to start a blog on your website. Not only will this keep your site up-to-date with fresh content and encourage repeat visits (and increase the frequency of search engine crawlers), but also show that you’re a relevant, trustworthy …

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The importance of domain name selection for SEO

If you want to get loads of quality traffic to your website you have to work a lot or invest a lot. Properly optimizing your images can help you take advantage of using photos to generate empathy, increase trust, and improve a visitor’s experience without hampering load time which …

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Authorship may be the future of search

Bing has a partnership with Facebook that allows it to access data on user behavior on Facebook and use that to influence rankings and the presentation of its search results. Web users are busy and they expect to find the answers to their wants, needs and questions immediately. If your …

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Make sure your byline name matches your Google+ name

A reputable website should have great content which is relevant to its specific industry. A site with random and incoherent articles will be spotted by Google quickly, as it’s clear that the site has been set up purely to link to other sites. This becomes a bad backlink. Domain …

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Market Segmentation

Create and submit sitemaps for each country in Google Webmaster Tools. This is only necessary if you’re using subdirectories for each of your locale sites, but it is very important that Google indexes and understands all the pages on your site. The best way to do this is to …

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Mobile readiness is a confirmed general ranking factor.

Stop buying links in an attempt to fool Google and get more low-quality traffic. Write quality content instead, trust humans to find it and have them link to your pages because you are worth it. Google’s Penguin 4.0 is now included in the core algorithm and is updated …

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The title tag is a visitor's first exposure to your site

If you have covered the technical issues of a new website, you’ll have properly prepared your site for all the great content you’ll be adding. To optimize your keyword research for local SEO, brainstorm keywords or phrases with a geo-modifier that customers might use when searching for a …

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Review your goal keywords

As much as it's important to try out new things and experiment with SEO, one thing remains constant -- the importance of title and meta tags. Linking out to well-respected authority sites will not only increase the relevancy of your content and time readers spend on your site, but it is …

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Gathering your social profile linking domains

Writing blog content is one of the best ways to generate traffic and inbound links to your site. Marketers who blog consistently see up to 97% more organic links generated for their site. Guest blogging greatly contributes to that number if you’ve made that part of your content marketing …

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Determining Relevance in Link Building

Keyword Research and Implementation is important for making any piece of copy shine, especially in the eyes of search engines. Search engines are invested in providing users a great mobile experience. There’s a difference between desktop SEO and mobile SEO, but the goals are often comparable. You want to …

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Optimize from tail to head

Don’t just stuff your keywords in willy-nilly and then tack on your city and state (or region or county) at the end. Remember that in addition to conveying to Google the terms for which you want your business to be relevant, these are the phrases that your prospective customers …

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Think hard about sharing

Website crawl-ability and making a website searchable goes beyond making sure Google can “crawl” the website. Understanding how a website’s users (including Google) are navigating a website is key to building an information architecture. Building the information architecture in a way that mirrors their thought processes will help both …

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Penguin deals solely with link quality and nothing else

Keywords should never be used to try to trick or mislead human beings or Google spiders.. This means using keywords that do not exactly describe the contents of your page, repeating a keyword over and over in a way that in not natural (known as “keyword stuffing”) or using any …

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Planning is a crucial part of any SEO campaign

The Internet is made up of trillions of pages that are all connected to one another with links. These links are how search engines “crawl” the web, using virtual spiders (or bots). As these spiders follow the links on pages to other pages, they store information as they go. And …

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Tailor to shoppers, not search engines

Search engines don’t like familiar or generic content. Google counts links from other websites as votes. So, when they’re presented with two (or more) pages on the same topic, the page with the most links (i.e. votes) will usually rank higher than the page(s) with fewer …

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Use quality hosting and CDN

Since Google is the number one search engine in the world, it is the leader in determining which websites are the most relevant for search words and terms. Many companies underestimate how much time and money it takes to be successful with SEO. Success by any standard rarely comes within …

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Using Traffic Estimation Tools

Local SEO refers to making a company's website more visible on maps and in local-oriented searches, often for people seeking a brick and mortar store or a services based business that serves their area. When you link out to related domains, it not only helps the search engines to understand …

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Use Internal Links

Think of your brand as a publisher and source of high-quality information. When you produce helpful, informative content like blog posts, how-to articles, and research, you’ll get in front of searchers and earn their trust. Digital marketing professionals understand the importance of SEO and the need to implement a …

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We're searching in different ways already

Simply put, engagement is the ability to hold a user’s attention. In SEO terms, it is a measure of the amount of time spent on a page. Although Google hasn’t officially declared it, there is evidence to suggest that this search engine giant does reward sites with strong …

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Ranking high in the search engines is tough.

The number and quality of links pointing to your site will largely determine in what position your site ranks. Images, videos, slideshows and audio act as a signal of quality content to search engines… after all, you have put in the work to make your content look good and interactive …

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You have an opportunity to write something and rank

Creating evergreen content is as simple as staying away from topics that no one will care about in the foreseeable future, and focusing on keyword research. A search page provides you with more than one opportunity to put your name in front of the user. You should take advantage of …

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Changing Your Perspective

It's not actually that difficult to get on page 1 of Google in a search (but that depends on the search!) You need to know your market and you need to have a good understanding of SEO and how to use keywords. You also need some time, I'm not selling …

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Web 2.0 indexing is great for backlinks

Most people look at SEO the wrong way. They look at ways to do the least amount of work for the greatest initial return, when in fact, it's quite the opposite. In link analysis, search engines measure who is linking to a site or page and what they are saying …

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Block bad URLs with robot.txt

Google alone uses over 200 different signals in order to rank web pages and these signals change based on the type of content, industry, user intent, and other factors. There is not a one size fits all approach to SEO and what works for one business may not work for …

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Linking to related posts

Pick your permalink structure wisely. Don’t change your permalink structure for the sake of it. Incorrectly redirecting your old URLs to the new URLs might lead to problems and could get you dropped from the rankings. Once you’ve discovered your evangelists, think about ways to nurture and encourage …

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Exposure is the name of the game when creating a blog

In an SEO scenario, Google likes to trust sites that have links from high quality, relevant sources. For example, large news websites don’t generally link to an untrusted source, nor do top quality industry blogs or university or .edu websites. Search engines audiences are “in demand” mode and already …

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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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