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Page Speed Optimization: Table for Two

I’ve been reading a lot about this debate of “does site speed matter for organic success?”, and to me it always sounds like an evening out at a restaurant. Page speed is the time it takes from a customer first entering a restaurant, to receiving their food. The longer it takes, the more likely it

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Improve UX by Quantifying Your Intuition

As an SEO consultant, I often find myself discussing user experience (UX) with my clients. This is in part because UX factors influence search engine ranking, but mostly because we measure our success in terms of engaged visitors and conversions, as opposed to ranking and clicks. As I discuss UX with a client, I often

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SERP Optimization: Myth of the 10 Blue Links

 Use SERP Features To Rank in Google 97% of Google SERPs (search engine results pages) include rich results like local pack, shopping, in-app-search, knowledge panel, answer box, etc. Businesses need to take note, along with the web developers, content creators, marketers, and SEO specialists they rely on to represent their brand and business online. We

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An SEO’s Guide to Executing a Successful Website Redesign

“We need a new website.” Those are five simple words, but they pack a punch. I’ve seen more than one client come looking for help midstream during a redesign project because they didn’t realize just how much work was involved. Worse yet are the times a distraught client comes to me after unveiling a new

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Workarounds for Google Analytics ‘(not provided)’

We’re going to start in the middle here. Google Analytics organic keyword information is lacking. Their goal is to protect the privacy of all users searching on Google. The issue here is that it leaves marketers with a lack of information as to how people are finding their websites. It originally started with the assurance

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Internal Site Search: Hiding in Plain Sight

Businesses pay a lot of money to figure out what people want from them and/or their industry. Even with that research, businesses can still miss the mark on what they deliver and how they deliver it. What a lot of these businesses don’t realize is that gaining insight into the true intentions of many users

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The Good, the Bad, and the Excellent in SEO Link Building

Too many people think that good SEO is about structuring your site a certain way and flooding your page with keywords. In actuality, more than 50% of your site’s ability to rank for whatever keywords you’re trying to rank for comes from off-site factors. The biggest piece of that is the quantity and quality of

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Link Building Checklist for Local Businesses

According to people who know more than I do, link building is the most important thing you can do to improve your search engine ranking, apart from avoiding stupid mistakes. Most link building advice falls into one of two categories: Quit your day job and try to become more like the person giving the advice,

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Turning Web Design Upside-down

Think of a website like a storefront. No one loves analogies more than I do. I’ve even used analogies to explain analogies. But sometimes they can be dangerous. If an analogy provides a mental model that mostly fits, it can blind a person to important truths. A website is like a storefront, and it is

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Seeing What a Search Engine Sees

Make sure you can be found: seeing site content and navigation from the point of view of a search engine. I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog how compelling content and links from other sites are the most important factors if you want to show up in search engines. That’s true, but they matter little

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