What Do Google’s New, Longer Snippets Mean for SEO? – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishSnippets and meta descriptions have brand-new character limits, and it's a big change for Google and SEOs alike. Learn about what's new, when it changed, and what it all means for SEO in this edition of Whiteboard Friday. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! <span id="selection-marker-1" … [Read more...]

Designing a Page’s Content Flow to Maximize SEO Opportunity – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishControlling and improving the flow of your on-site content can actually help your SEO. What's the best way to capitalize on the opportunity present in your page design? Rand covers the questions you need to ask (and answer) and the goals you should strive for in today's Whiteboard Friday. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new … [Read more...]

Which of My Competitor’s Keywords Should (& Shouldn’t ) I Target? – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishYou don't want to try to rank for every one of your competitors' keywords. Like most things with SEO, it's important to be strategic and intentional with your decisions. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand shares his recommended process for understanding your funnel, identifying the right competitors to track, and prioritizing which of their keywords you ought to … [Read more...]

How Google AdWords (PPC) Does and Doesn’t Affect Organic Results – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishIt's common industry knowledge that PPC can have an effect on our organic results. But what effect is that, exactly, and how does it work? In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand covers the ways paid ads influence organic results — and one very important way it doesn't. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video TranscriptionHowdy, Moz … [Read more...]

How Google Gives Us insight into Searcher Intent Through the Results – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishWhen Google isn't quite sure what a searcher means just by their search query, the results (appropriately) cater to multiple possible meanings. Those SERPs, if we examine them carefully, are full of useful information. In this episode of Whiteboard Friday, Rand offers some real-world examples of what we can glean just by skimming the kinds of things Google decides are … [Read more...]

Link Strategies that Stand the Test of Time: A Tribute to Eric Ward (Link Moses) – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishThis week, we pay a special tribute to the late SEO pioneer Eric Ward. His link strategies formed the foundation of many of today's smartest approaches to links, and in this Whiteboard Friday, Rand covers several that are as relevant today as they were when Eric first started talking about them. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new … [Read more...]

How to Use the "Keywords by Site" Data in Tools (Moz, SEMrush, Ahrefs, etc.) to Improve Your Keyword Research and Targeting – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishOne of the most helpful functions of modern-day SEO software is the idea of a "keyword universe," a database of tens of millions of keywords that you can tap into and discover what your site is ranking for. Rankings data like this can be powerful, and having that kind of power at your fingertips can be intimidating. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand explains the concept of the … [Read more...]

NEW in Keyword Explorer: See Who Ranks & How Much with Keywords by Site

Posted by randfishFor many years now, Moz's customers and so, so many of my friends and colleagues in the SEO world have had one big feature request from our toolset: "GIVE ME KEYWORDS BY SITE!" Today, we're answering that long-standing request with that precise data inside <a href="https://moz.com/explorer" target="_blank" Keyword Explorer: This data is likely familiar to … [Read more...]

How Links in Headers, Footers, Content, and Navigation Can Impact SEO – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishWhich link is more valuable: the one in your nav, or the one in the content of your page? Now, how about if one of those in-content links is an image, and one is text? Not all links are created equal, and getting familiar with the details will help you build a stronger linking structure. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new … [Read more...]

Writing Headlines that Serve SEO, Social Media, and Website Visitors All Together – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishHave your headlines been doing some heavy lifting? If you've been using one headline to serve multiple audiences, you're missing out on some key optimization opportunities. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand gives you a process for writing headlines for SEO, for social media, and for your website visitors — each custom-tailored to its audience and optimized to meet different … [Read more...]

Getting SEO Value from rel=&quot;nofollow&quot; Links – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishPlenty of websites that make it easy for you to contribute don't make it easy to earn a followed link from those contributions. While rel=nofollow links reign in the land of social media profiles, comments, and publishers, there's a few ways around it. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand shares five tactics to help you earn equity-passing followed links using traditionally … [Read more...]

10 Things that DO NOT (Directly) Affect Your Google Rankings – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishWhat do the age of your site, your headline H1/H2 preference, bounce rate, and shared hosting all have in common? You might've gotten a hint from the title: not a single one of them directly affects your Google rankings. In this rather comforting Whiteboard Friday, Rand lists out ten factors commonly thought to influence your rankings that Google simply doesn't care … [Read more...]

Understanding and Harnessing the Flow of Link Equity to Maximize SEO Ranking Opportunity – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishHow does the flow of link equity work these days, and how can you harness its potential to help improve your rankings? Whether you're in need of a refresher or you've always wanted a firmer grasp of the concept, this week's Whiteboard Friday is required watching. Rand covers the basic principles of link equity, outlines common flow issues your site might be encountering, and … [Read more...]

The 3 Easiest Link Building Tactics Any Website Can Use to Acquire Their First 50 Links – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishWithout a solid base of links, your site won't be competitive in the SERPs — even if you do everything else right. But building your first few links can be difficult and discouraging, especially for new websites. Never fear — Rand is here to share three relatively quick, easy, and tool-free (read: actually free) methods to build that solid base and earn yourself … [Read more...]

How to Diagnose Pages that Rank in One Geography But Not Another – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishAre you ranking pretty well in one locale, only to find out your rankings tank in another? It's not uncommon, even for sites without an intent to capture local queries. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand shows you how to diagnose the issue with a few clever SEO tricks, then identify the right strategy to get back on top. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a … [Read more...]

How to Determine if a Page is &quot;Low Quality&quot; in Google’s Eyes – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishWhat are the factors Google considers when weighing whether a page is high or low quality, and how can you identify those pages yourself? There's a laundry list of things to examine to determine which pages make the grade and which don't, from searcher behavior to page load times to spelling mistakes. Rand covers it all in this episode of Whiteboard Friday. Click on the … [Read more...]

The Perfect Blog Post Length and Publishing Frequency is B?!!$#&divide;x – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishThe perfect blog post length or publishing frequency doesn't actually exist. "Perfect" isn't universal — your content's success depends on tons of personalized factors. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand explains why the idea of "perfect" is baloney when it comes to your blog, and lists what you should actually be looking for in a successful publishing strategy. Click on the … [Read more...]

Google (Almost Certainly) Has an Organic Quality Score (Or Something a Lot Like It) that SEOs Need to Optimize For – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishEntertain the idea, for a moment, that Google assigned a quality score to organic search results. Say it was based off of click data and engagement metrics, and that it would function in a similar way to the Google AdWords quality score. How exactly might such a score work, what would it be based off of, and how could you optimize for it? While there's no hard proof it exists, … [Read more...]

Is the New, Most Powerful Ranking Factor &quot;Searcher Task Accomplishment?&quot; – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishMove over, links, content, and RankBrain — there's a new ranking factor in town, and it's a doozy. All kidding aside, the idea of searcher task accomplishment is a compelling argument for how we should be optimizing our sites. Are they actually solving the problems searchers seek answers for? In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand explains how searcher task accomplishment is what … [Read more...]

5 Tactics to Earn Links Without Having to Directly Ask – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishTypical link outreach is a tired sport, and we've all but alienated most content creators with our constant link requests. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand outlines five smart ways to earn links to your site without having to beg. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video TranscriptionHowdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another … [Read more...]

Ranking Multiple Domains to Own More SERP Real Estate – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishIs it better to rank higher in a single position frequently, or to own more of the SERP real estate consistently? The answer may vary. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand presents four questions you should ask to determine whether this strategy could work for you, shares some high-profile success cases, and explores the best ways to go about ranking more than one site at a time. … [Read more...]

The State of Searcher Behavior Revealed Through 23 Remarkable Statistics

Posted by randfishOne of the marketing world's greatest frustrations has long been the lack of data from Google and other search engines about the behavior of users on their platforms. Occasionally, Google will divulge a nugget of bland, hard-to-interpret information about how they process more than X billion queries, or how many videos were uploaded to YouTube, or how many people have found … [Read more...]

Better Alternatives to &quot;Expert Roundup&quot;-Style Content – Whiteboard Friday

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 … [Read more...]

3 Tactics for Hyperlocal Keywords – Whiteboard Friday

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 … [Read more...]