Tag Archives: Ranking

6 Ways to Get More Organic Traffic, Without Ranking Your Website

A few years ago, I wrote a post here that caught some attention in the community. I argued Google appears to be ranking websites heavily based on searcher intent — this is more true now than ever. In fact, it might be algorithmically impossible to get your website on top of the SERPs. If you find

Links as a Google Ranking Factor: A 2019 Study

Do Links Still Matter? For the fourth year running, Stone Temple (now a part of Perficient Digital) conducted a study on how much links matter as a ranking factor. We did that using Moz’s Link Explorer and in this year’s study, we looked at the largest data set yet — 27,000 queries. Our study used quadratic

7 Search Ranking Factors Analyzed: A Follow-Up Study

Grab yourself a cup of coffee (or two) and buckle up, because we’re doing maths today. Again. Back it on up… A quick refresher from last time: I pulled data from 50 keyword-targeted articles written on Brafton’s blog between January and June of 2018. We used a technique of writing these articles published earlier on

Local Search Ranking Factors 2018: Local Today, Key Takeaways, and the Future

In the past year, local SEO has run at a startling and near-constant pace of change. From an explosion of new Google My Business features to an ever-increasing emphasis on the importance of reviews, it’s almost too much to keep up with. In today’s Whiteboard Friday, we welcome our friend Darren Shaw to explain what

Announcing the 2018 Local Search Ranking Factors Survey

It has been another year (and a half) since the last publication of the Local Search Ranking Factors, and local search continues to see significant growth and change. The biggest shift this year is happening in Google My Business signals, but we’re also seeing an increase in the importance of reviews and continued decreases in

Ranking the 6 Most Accurate Keyword Research Tools

In January of 2018 Brafton began a massive organic keyword targeting campaign, amounting to over 90,000 words of blog content being published. Did it work? Well, yeah. We doubled the number of total keywords we rank for in less than six months. By using our advanced keyword research and topic writing process published earlier this

Using the Flowchart Method for Diagnosing Ranking Drops – Whiteboard Friday

Being able to pinpoint the reason for a ranking drop is one of our most perennial and potentially frustrating tasks as SEOs. There are an unknowable number of factors that go into ranking these days, but luckily the methodology for diagnosing those fluctuations is readily at hand. In today’s Whiteboard Friday, we welcome the wonderful

Rewriting the Beginner’s Guide to SEO, Chapter 2: Crawling, Indexing, and Ranking

It’s been a few months since our last share of our work-in-progress rewrite of the Beginner’s Guide to SEO, but after a brief hiatus, we’re back to share our draft of Chapter Two with you! This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Kameron Jenkins, who has thoughtfully contributed her great talent for wordsmithing