How to Delegate SEO Work Effectively

Whether you’re the only SEO at your company, work within a larger team, or even manage others, you still have to stay on top of your projects. Project management skills aren’t and shouldn’t be exclusive to someone (or some tool) with the title “project manager.” I believe that having good project manager skills is essential to getting work done at all, let alone delivering high-quality work in a timely and efficient way. In defense of management Freakonomics Radio released this Continue Reading ...

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New Year’s Day 2017 Google doodle features balloon drop to mark 1st day of the year

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Google is welcoming in 2017 by letting loose its celebratory balloon drop from yesterday’s doodle. The New Year’s Day 2017 doodle is a follow up to the New Year’s Eve doodle Google posted yesterday – an image of balloons waiting to be dropped. Today’s doodle leads to a search for “New Year’s Day 2017,” and includes the usual sharing icon to post the image in social feeds or send via email. From the Google Doodle Blog: Cheers to a new year! As 2017 makes its debut, we celebrate Continue Reading ...

Search Engine Land’s most engaging stories of 2016: A whole lotta Google

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I wasn’t exaggerating with that title. Sure, we cover a lot of Google-related news here on Search Engine Land, but now it can be definitively stated that it’s (in part) because that’s what you, our readers, crave. We tallied all of the likes, favorites, shares, clicks, retweets and so on for every single social post across the Search Engine Land Facebook and Twitter communities over the past 12 months. Out of the top 10 most socially engaging stories across those communities — 20 Continue Reading ...

How to Craft a Remarkable SEO Strategy for 2017 – Whiteboard Friday

From understanding the big-picture search trends to making sure your SEO goals jive with your CEO's goals, there's a lot to consider when planning for 2017. Next year promises to be huge for our industry, and in today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand outlines how to craft a truly remarkable SEO strategy to help you sail through 2017. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to this special New Year's edition Continue Reading ...

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SearchCap: Happy New Year’s, Santa tracker & Google’s new recipe results

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: A year in review: Search Engine Land’s top 10 columns of 2016Dec 30, 2016 by Jessica Thompson Which topics drew the most attention within the search industry this year? From infographics to quizzes to advice, our top 10 columns of the year covered all the bases. 4 steps to make your organic listings more effectiveDec 30, 2016 by Jason Decker How can you Continue Reading ...

SEO in 2017: Seizing opportunity, evangelizing success, achieving overarching growth

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As we begin 2017, the fusion of the search and content marketing disciplines has become increasingly more evident. A full 89 percent of B2B marketers (PDF) say that they use content marketing, as do 86 percent of B2C marketers, according to the Content Marketing Institute. Additionally, over 70 percent of marketers in both groups plan on producing more content in the new year than they did in 2016. However, content only has real value if it is found and optimized, and if it converts with Continue Reading ...

How to Improve Your Site’s Performance When Using GIFs

The GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) format was originally developed in 1987. Debuted by Steve Wilhite of Compuserve, GIFs improved on the black-and-white images in use during that time by allowing the use of 256 colors while maintaining a compressed format that could still be loaded by those utilizing slow modems. Furthermore, web developers and designers could create animations via timed delays. And to this day, little has changed regarding GIFs. Due to its simplicity, the widespread support Continue Reading ...

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Amazon begins testing Product Listing Ads on AdWords

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In 2012, Google’s Product Search was transformed from an organic product search tool into a pay-to-play shopping destination. Since the removal of Product Search, Amazon has not participated with Google’s Product Listing Ads. Until now. Merkle discovered Amazon testing PLAs in the wild — something completely new for the world’s largest online retailer. According to Merkle’s Mark Ballard, Amazon appears to be testing (and increasing) its PLA presence. We were able to replicate these Continue Reading ...

Hunting Down SERP Features to Understand Intent & Drive Traffic – Next Level

Welcome to the seventh installment of our educational Next Level series! In our last episode, Jo showed us how to better optimize our sites when we think we've done it all (but still aren't ranking). This time around she's giving us the tools and the knowledge to finally capture ourselves a SERP feature. Read on and level up! Are you within striking distance of traffic-bumping SERP features? The content on your freakin' awesome site better be targeting the intent of the searcher. People of Continue Reading ...

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Improve search rankings and increase productivity with local marketing automation software

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Managing online citations, claimed and unclaimed listings, reviews and ratings, landing pages and data feeds for hundreds or thousands of locations has become time-consuming and costly for enterprise brands. Automating these processes can improve search rankings, increase productivity and lower CPCs due to better SEO. Marketing Land’s “Enterprise Local Marketing Automation Platforms” examines the market for local marketing automation platforms. The 50-page report reviews current trends Continue Reading ...