Category Archives: SEO

What a Two-Tiered SERP Means for Content Strategy – Whiteboard Friday

If you’re a big site competing to rank for popular head terms, where’s the best place to focus your content strategy? According to a hypothesis by the good folks at Distilled, the answer may lie in perfectly satisfying searcher intent. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in

The Influence of Voice Search on Featured Snippets

This post was originally published on the STAT blog. We all know that featured snippets provide easy-to-read, authoritative answers and that digital assistants love to say them out loud when asked questions. This means that featured snippets have an impact on voice search — bad snippets, or no snippets at all, and digital assistants struggle.

SEO Channel Context: An Analysis of Growth Opportunities

Too often do you see SEO analyses and decisions being made without considering the context of the marketing channel mix. Equally as often do you see large budgets being poured into paid ads in ways that seem to forget there’s a whole lot to gain from catering to popular search demand. Both instances can lead

Detecting Link Manipulation and Spam with Domain Authority

Over 7 years ago, while still an employee at Virante, Inc. (now Hive Digital), I wrote a post on Moz outlining some simple methods for detecting backlink manipulation by comparing one’s backlink profile to an ideal model based on Wikipedia. At the time, I was limited in the research I could perform because I was

Build a Search Intent Dashboard to Unlock Better Opportunities

We’ve been talking a lot about search intent this week, and if you’ve been following along, you’re likely already aware of how “search intent” is essential for a robust SEO strategy. If, however, you’ve ever laboured for hours classifying keywords by topic and search intent, only to end up with a ton of data you

4 Ways to Improve Your Data Hygiene – Whiteboard Friday

We base so much of our livelihood on good data, but managing that data properly is a task in and of itself. In this week’s Whiteboard Friday, Dana DiTomaso shares why you need to keep your data clean and some of the top things to watch out for. Click on the whiteboard

People Ask Their Most Pressing SEO Questions — Our Experts Answer

We teamed up with our friends at Duda, a website design scaling platform service, who asked their agency customers to divulge their most pressing SEO questions, quandaries, and concerns. Our in-house SEO experts, always down for a challenge, hunkered down to collaborate on providing them with answers. From Schema.org to voice search to local targeting,

A guide to setting up your very own search intent projects

This post was originally published on the STAT blog. Whether you’re tracking thousands or millions of keywords, if you expect to extract deep insights and trends just by looking at your keywords from a high-level, you’re not getting the full story. Smart segmentation is key to making sense of your data. And you’re probably

Do Businesses Really Use Google My Business Posts? A Case Study

Google My Business (GMB) is one of the most powerful ways to improve a business’ local search engine optimization and online visibility. If you’re a local business, claiming your Google My Business profile is one of the first steps you should take to increase your company’s online presence. As long as your local business meets

The Basics of Building an Intent-based Keyword List

This week, we’re taking a deep into search intent. The STAT whitepaper looked at how SERP features respond to intent, and the bonus blog posts broke things down even further and examined how individual intent modifiers impact SERP features, the kind of content that Google serves at each stage of intent, and how you can