SEO is Money. Period.

SEO is the hardest it’s ever been. Top rankings now require more strategy and grit than they ever have before. The days of stuffing title tags and using rotating proxies to blast anchor text are behind us. With algorithm changes happening at an increasing pace and an over-saturated marketplace, the value of accurate and actionable information is at an all-time high.

Our SEO posts are here to share our tests and experiences with the hope that you will participate in the discussion. Please share your thoughts and feedback in the comments and never hesitate to contact me with any ideas you may have.

Local search engine optimization

Local search is all around us.

There are seven billion people on this planet, and one in every five own a smartphone.

It’s safe to say the world is now connected by our collective fingertips, but as a local business, how can you cut through the clutter and reach people? I previously posted a case study in how to boost website traffic organically, with no advertising whatsoever.  But how … Keep Reading »

Case Study: Testing the Skyscraper Building Method

In the digital marketing world there’s an annoyingly persistent myth which undermines the work of marketers all across the world.

That myth is that great content is enough.

This all stems from that often repeated marketing mantra that content is king. The idea that if you write good content, readers will flock to your website, consume all your blogs and shower you with comments, shares and backlinks.

Sadly, it’s Keep Reading »

How To Do Market Research with Search Data

Editor’s Note: Matt and I had great success with our last Marvel team-up over on MOZ, so we decided to do it again. Thanks again Mr. Gratt for lending your superb process skills to this post. Cheers!

We often think of search as a direct marketing channel (and it’s a great one) but it’s so much more than that.

A Search Engine is a database of intentions – and … Keep Reading »

How to Integrate SEO Elements to Move Beyond Responsive Design

Since mobile search surpassed desktop earlier this year, digital marketing experts have been putting a LOT of effort into mobile optimization.

In fact, a single search for ‘mobile-friendliness’ or ‘responsive web design’ will generate thousands of results. Although more and more businesses are switching to Responsive Web Design (RWD), it has now created a new problem: focusing too much on mobile.

Although responsive web design can be an effective … Keep Reading »

Realistic SEO - Understanding Rank Potential

Forrester Research projects U.S. consumers will spend $327 Billion online in 2016. With Google seeing approximately 7.1 Billion searches per day globally* (between mobile, desktop, and tablets) we can approximate that every single query in the U.S. is worth $1.26 (based on U.S. representing 10% of world’s internet users).

*Update: thank you Rand Fishkin for pointing out the original stat was outdated.

In a recent study by … Keep Reading »

How I Increased Traffic From 100,000 to Over 200,000 Organic Visitors Per Month, Overnight

This is a case study on how I doubled organic traffic to an existing website from 100,000 visits per month to over 200,000 visitors per month, overnight, using technical SEO and the osmosis technique.

This was done using a strategy that involves absorbing another operating website’s content, rankings, and ultimately traffic.

Here’s the website’s traffic the week before, from July 25, 2014 to July 31, 2014:

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Conversion Strategy: Using Colloquial Keywords to Optimize the Purchase Journey

Colloquial keywords… Purchase Journey… seriously?

If you’re rolling your eyes, just chill for a second. I promise I’m not here to promote annoying new marketing terms. So before we proceed let’s align on my intent for sharing this strategy and process, which is:

To inspire you to take a transformative action that will give you an advantage over your competitors by enhancing your desire to understand, on a deeper … Keep Reading »

How To Build a Keyword Matrix [and Why You Need One]

If built and used properly a keyword matrix can increase your rankings and your keyword spread exponentially.

Keyword matrices have traditionally been used for paid search, but also have far reaching implications for organic search; essentially using other factors of influence to help qualify and quantify your opportunities.

So, What is a Keyword Matrix?

Unlike the virtual world built by the Wachowski brothers, the idea is relatively simple, … Keep Reading »

Advanced SEO For Ecommerce: Maximizing Keyword Spread

If you’re not yet ready to move on to advanced SEO for Ecommerce, I’ve written an introductory post about how to get started with the seo basics.

Maximizing the search engine visibility of your eCommerce website, for qualified queries, is perhaps the most important role SEO has to play in selling products online.

The idea of keyword spread is similar to an approach taken by stock options traders … Keep Reading »


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