Your Daily SEO Fix: The Keyword Research Edition

Posted by FeliciaCrawfordBack in 2015, we had an epiphany. Every day, via every channel, you — our readers, subscribers, community members, and social followers — would ask us really good questions. (You’re an incredibly intelligent, friendly, inquisitive bunch, you know that? It’s humbling.) A lot of those questions were about how to accomplish your SEO goals, and it got us thinking. Moz is an educational resource, it’s true, but we also offer a suite of tools (both free and paid) that can help you achieve those goals. Why not provide a space for those two things … Read Entire Story

How to Target Your Facebook Audience (Even if You’re a Rookie)

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If you’re trying to build an online business, then chances are good you’ve come across a few stories about how incredible Facebook ads can be as a marketing tool. “A zillion webinar sign ups that resulted in a million sales!” “Automated list building around the clock!” “A constant stream of high-quality traffic that converts!” That’s great. But how’s it really done? It starts with a solid understanding of the three things you can use … Read Entire Story

Better Alternatives to "Expert Roundup"-Style Content – Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by randfishYou may be tempted to publish that newest round of answers you’ve gotten from industry experts, but hold off — there’s a better way. In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Rand explains why expert roundups just aren’t the best use of your time and effort, and how to pivot your strategy to create similar content that’ll make the juice worth the squeeze. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video TranscriptionHowdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week we’re going to look at some better alternatives to the expert roundup-style content that’s become extremely popular on… Read Entire Story

How to Create Content That Keeps Earning Links (Even After You Stop Promoting It)

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Posted by kerryjonesDo your link building results look something like this? Start doing outreach Get links Stop doing outreach No more links Everyone talks about the long-term benefits of using content marketing as part of a link building strategy. But without the right type of content, your experience may be that you stop earning links as soon as you stop doing outreach. In this sense, you have to keep putting gas in the car for it to keep running (marketing “gas” = time, effort, and resources). But what if there was a way to fill … Read Entire Story

Follow Your Curiosity, Find Your Passion & Keep it! Here’s How (FS204)

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On the podcast today we interview someone who actually found out how to make his living doing something he loved. And, I swear to god, if he can do it with this niche, there’s at least a chance for you to do it in whatever topic that’s got you excited. Because this guy, Ross Symons, literally makes little paper animals. THAT’S. IT. Origami, that’s the interest Ross pursued. No, I’m serious, ORIGAMI! Little. Paper. Animals. Is there something you’re dreaming of pursuing? Or something that’s growing in interest for you? Chances are, if you’re like a lot of us, you can’t even tell — your life … Read Entire Story

Mastering Google Search Operators in 67 Easy Steps

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Posted by Dr-Pete #kwd1 { border: 2px solid #53bce7; padding: 3px 12px } Any SEO worth their sustainably harvested pink Himalayan salt knows that Google offers a variety of advanced search operators – special commands that take you above and beyond regular text searches. Learning search operators is a bit like learning chess, though. It’s easy to memorize how each piece moves, but that’s about 1% of your path toward mastery. I know that the pointy-hat guy in chess moves diagonally, but that doesn’t mean I’m about to take on Kasparov or Deep Blue. Instead of just listing all of the operators and telling you what they do, I’d like to try something different. … Read Entire Story

Aren’t 301s, 302s, and Canonicals All Basically the Same? – Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by Dr-PeteThey say history repeats itself. In the case of the great 301 vs 302 vs rel=canonical debate, it repeats itself about every three months. In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Dr. Pete explains how bots and humans experience pages differently depending on which solution you use, why it matters, and how each choice may be treated by Google. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video TranscriptionHey, Moz fans, it’s Dr. Pete, your friendly neighborhood marketing scientist here at Moz, and I want to talk today about an issue that comes up probably about every three months since the beginning of SEO history. It’s a question that looks something like this: Aren’t 301s, 302s, … Read Entire Story

How To Quit Your Startup (Or Anything Else You Need To Quit) – FS203

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Listen, some things you just need to quit. You realize you need to stop doing it, stop it. Acknowledge and move on. But other things… other things are big, hairy, important, terrifying things. To quit these kinds of things is heavy, emotional, traumatic. So, in this article (and accompanying podcast) I’m going to share: How we get “bamboozled” into working on stuff that burns us out; What role our intuition plays in deciding what to quit and what to pursue; How to play a simple game to make… Read Entire Story

Proximity to Searcher is the New #1 Local Search Ranking Factor

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Posted by WhitesparkHave you noticed that a lot of local pack results don’t seem to make sense these days? Almost every time I search Google for a local search term, the pack results leave me wondering, “Why are these businesses ranking?” For example, take a look at the results I get for “plumbers”: (Searched in an incognito Chrome browser on PC in Edmonton) Here’s a quick summary of the basic local ranking factors for the businesses in this local pack: Notice that: None of the businesses have claimed/verified their Google listing. None of the … Read Entire Story

Local SEO & Beyond: Ranking Your Local Business in 2017

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Posted by Casey_MerazIn 2016, I predicted that ranking in the 3-pack was hard and it would continually get more competitive. I maintain that prediction for 2017, but I want to make one thing clear. If you haven’t done so, I believe local businesses should start to look outside of a local-SEO-3-Pack-ONLY focused strategy. While local SEO still presents a tremendous opportunity to grow your business, I’m going to look at some supplementary organic strategies you can take into your local marketing campaign, as well. In this post I’m going to address: How local search … Read Entire Story

3 Tactics for Hyperlocal Keywords – Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by randfishTrying to target a small, specific region with your keywords can prove frustrating. While reaching a high-intent local audience is incredibly valuable, without volume data to inform your keyword research, you’ll find yourself hitting a wall. In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand shares how to uncover powerful, laser-focused keywords that will reach exactly the right people. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video TranscriptionHowdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week we’re going to chat about hyperlocal keyword research. Now, this is a big challenge, not only for hyperlocal-focused businesses, but also for all kinds of websites that are trying to target very small regions, and many … Read Entire Story

The 2017 Local SEO Forecast: 10 Predictions According to Mozzers

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Posted by MiriamEllisMaybe it takes a bit of daring to forecast local search developments in quarters 2, 3, and 4 from the fresh heights of Q1, but the Moz team thrives on challenges. In this post, Rand Fishkin, Dr. Pete Meyers, George Freitag, Britney Muller, and I peer into the future in hopes of helping your local business or local search marketing agency be mentally and tactically prepared for an exciting ride in the year ahead. 1. There will … Read Entire Story