Category Archives: SEO

The Local Algorithm: Relevance, Proximity, and Prominence

How does Google decide what goes into the local pack? It doesn’t have to be a black box — there’s logic behind the order. In this week’s Whiteboard Friday, renowned local SEO expert Mary Bowling lays out the three factors that drive Google’s local algorithm and local rankings in a simple and concise way anyone

Convince Your Boss to Send You to MozCon 2020 (Plus Bonus Letter Template!)

It’s that time of year again. Professional development budgets are being distributed and you’re daydreaming of Roger hugs and fist bumps. Well, this is a call to arms! It’s time to get down to business and convince your boss that you HAVE to go to MozCon 2020. You’re already well acquainted with the benefits of

Simple Spam Fighting: The Easiest Local Rankings You’ll Ever Earn

Image credit: Visit Lakeland Reporting fake and duplicate listings to Google sounds hard. Sometimes it can be. But very often, it’s as easy as falling off a log, takes only a modest session of spam fighting and can yield significant local ranking improvements. If your local business/the local brands your agency markets aren’t using spam

All About Fraggles (Fragment + Handle) – Whiteboard Friday

What are “fraggles” in SEO and how do they relate to mobile-first indexing, entities, the Knowledge Graph, and your day-to-day work? In this glimpse into her 2019 MozCon talk, Cindy Krum explains everything you need to understand about fraggles in this edition of Whiteboard Friday. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version

The Practical Guide to Finding Anyone’s Email Address

In link building, few things are more frustrating than finding the perfect link opportunity but being completely unable to find a contact email address. It’s probably happened to you — if you’re trying to build links or do any sort of outreach, it almost always entails sending out a fairly significant amount of emails. There

App Store SEO: How to Diagnose a Drop in Traffic & Win It Back

For some organizations, mobile apps can be an important means to capturing new leads and customers, so it can be alarming when you notice your app visits are declining. However, while there is content on how to optimize your app, otherwise known as ASO (App Store Optimization), there is little information out there on the

Better Content Through NLP (Natural Language Processing) – Whiteboard Friday

Gone are the days of optimizing content solely for search engines. For modern SEO, your content needs to please both robots and humans. But how do you know that what you’re writing can check the boxes for both man and machine? In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Ruth Burr Reedy focuses on part of her recent MozCon 2019 talk

Find Ranking Keywords, Uncover Opportunities, Check Rankings, & More: 5 Workflows for Easier Keyword Research

Have you ever wished there were an easy way to see all the top keywords your site is ranking for? How about a competitor’s? What about those times when you’re stumped trying to come up with keywords related to your core topic, or want to know the questions people are asking around your keywords? There’s plenty

It’s Content and It’s Links – Are We Making SEO Too Complicated?

Content and links — to successfully leverage search as a marketing channel you need useful content and relevant links. Many experienced SEOs have run numerous tests and experiments to correlate backlinks with higher rankings, and Google has espoused the importance of “great content” for as long as I can remember. In fact, a Google employee

9 Reports Every SEO Needs: Introducing Custom Report Templates in Moz Pro

Reporting is central to our jobs as SEOs and helps us to communicate the value of our work to stakeholders and clients alike. Without good reporting, it can be a challenge to illustrate our success in search. We know how important it is — but it can also be painful and clunky. Am I the