The True Value of Top Publisher Links

I’m often asked about what results are earned through content marketing and digital PR. So I decided to take a data-driven approach to quantifying the value of links from top-tier press mentions by looking at the aggregate improvements seen by a group of domains that have enjoyed substantial press attention in the last few months. Then I examined which publishers can have the biggest impact on rankings. My goal was to answer this question: What sort of median bump can be expected when your brand secures media coverage? And how can you potentially get the biggest organic lift? First off: Top-tier links matter a great deal This chart represents the correlation between the number of times a site was linked to from within the article text of publishers and its rankings and traffic. Considering the sheer number of possible variables that contribute to rankings changes (on-site factors, amount and quality […]

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Mining Reddit for Content Ideas in 5 Steps – Whiteboard Friday

For marketers, Reddit is more than a tool to while away your lunch break. It’s a huge, thriving forum with subreddits devoted to almost any topic you can imagine — and exciting new content ideas lurk within threads, just waiting to be discovered. In this edition of Whiteboard Friday, Daniel Russell takes you through five simple steps to mine Reddit for content ideas bolstered by your target audience’s interest. Video Transcription Howdy, Moz fans. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. My name is Daniel Russell. I’m from an agency called Go Fish Digital. Today we’re going to be talking about mining Reddit for content ideas. Reddit, you’ve probably heard of it, but in case you haven’t, it’s one of the largest websites on the internet. It gets billions of views and clicks per year. People go there because it is a great source of content. It’s really entertaining. But […]

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What Do High-Performance E-Commerce Websites Do Differently? Results from the 2020 KPI Study

Hello Moz readers, We’re proud to bring some insights from the Wolfgang E-Commerce KPI Study 2020. The annual study provides KPI benchmark data which allow digital marketers analyze their 2019 performance and plan their 2020. The most popular section in the report amongst Moz readers has always been the conversion correlation, where we crunch the numbers to see what sets the high-performing websites apart. We’re privileged to count a number of particularly high-performance websites among our dataset participants. There have been over twenty international digital marketing awards won by a spread of participant websites in the last three years. In these findings, you’re getting insights from the global top tier of campaigns. If we take a five-year look-back, we can see the conversion correlation section acts as an accurate predictor of upcoming trends in digital marketing. In our 2016 study, the two stand-out correlations with conversion rate were: High-performing websites […]

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How to Use Tools to Determine Which Content to Re-Optimize: A Step-by-Step Guide

Why is everyone and their grandparents writing about content re-optimization? I can’t speak for the people writing endless streams of blogs on the subject, but in Brafton’s case, it’s been the fastest technique for improving rankings and driving more traffic. As a matter of fact, in this previous Moz post, we showed that rankings can improve in a matter of minutes after re-indexing. But why does it work? It’s probably a combination of factors (our favorite SEO copout!), which may include: Age value: In a previous study we observed a clear relationship between time indexed and keyword/URL performance, absent of links: More comprehensive content: Presumably, when re-optimizing content you are adding contextual depth to existing topics and breadth to related topics. It’s pretty clear at this point that Google understands when content has fully nailed a topic cluster. It’s a known quantity: You’re only going to be re-optimizing content that […]

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Intro to Python – Whiteboard Friday

Python is a programming language that can help you uncover incredible SEO insights and save you time by automating time-consuming tasks. But for those who haven’t explored this side of search, it can be intimidating. In this episode of Whiteboard Friday, Britney Muller and a true python expert named Pumpkin offer an intro into a helpful tool that’s worth your time to learn. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, Moz fans. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. Today we’re talking all about introduction to Python, which is why I have a special co-host here. She is a ball python herself, total expert. Her name is Pumpkin, and she’s the best.  What is Python? So what is Python? This has been in the industry a lot lately. There’s a lot of commotion that you should know how […]

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Find Competitive Keywords, Ranking Distributions, & Common Questions: 3 Workflows for Smarter Keyword Research

What keywords do your top competitors both rank for that you’re missing out on? How do you know how much top real estate your URL or page owns in the SERPs? How can you discover answers to your searchers’ most common questions and beef up that FAQ page? We can answer all of those questions with some super-simple workflows using Keyword Explorer. In our last post in this series, we covered how to find ranking keywords, uncover new opportunities, check rankings, and more. This time around, we’re diving into three more quick and easy workflows you can use to bolster your keyword research and work smarter, not harder. Ready to get started? Follow along in the tool with Britney Muller as she shares her very favorite Keyword Explorer features: Follow along in Keyword Explorer And remember, if you have a Moz Community account that you use to thumbs-up and comment on Moz Blog posts, you already have free […]

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2020 Local SEO Success: How to Feed, Fight, and Flip Google

Image credit: Migaspinto If you own or market a business location that makes a real-world community more serviceable, diverse, and strong, I’m on your side. I love interesting towns and cities, with a wide array of useful goods and services. Nothing in my career satisfies me more than advising any brand that’s determined to improve life quality in some spot on the map. It does my heart good to see it, but here’s my completely unsentimental take on the challenges you face: The Internet, and Google’s local platforms in particular, are a complete mess. Google is the biggest house on the local block; you can’t ignore it. Yet, the entries into the platform are poorly lit, the open-source concept is cluttered with spam, and growing litigation makes one wonder if there are bats in the belfry. Google comprises both risk and tremendous opportunity for local businesses and their marketers. Succeeding […]

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How to Create 10x SEO Reports – Whiteboard Friday

New year, new you — when it comes to SEO reporting, at least! We’re kicking off 2020 with a comprehensive yet gloriously simple recipe from Cyrus Shepard for creating truly effective SEO reports. From tying KPIs to business metrics to delivering bad news effectively, your reports have never looked so good. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Okay, so we have 400 broken pages. Ah, we rank number 7 for best plumbers in Idaho. Oh, hey, Moz fans. I’m Cyrus Shepard. Today I’m talking about SEO reports, specifically how to create 10x SEO reports.  I’ve gotten hundreds of SEO reports like this in my career, and I’ve got to tell you that’s useless. No one is reading those. This is unfortunate because this is your direct way to communicate the value of what you’re doing, drive action, […]

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How to Create 10x SEO Reports – Whiteboard Friday

New year, new you — when it comes to SEO reporting, at least! We’re kicking off 2020 with a comprehensive yet gloriously simple recipe from Cyrus Shepard for creating truly effective SEO reports. From tying KPIs to business metrics to delivering bad news effectively, your reports have never looked so good. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Okay, so we have 400 broken pages. Ah, we rank number 7 for best plumbers in Idaho. Oh, hey, Moz fans. I’m Cyrus Shepard. Today I’m talking about SEO reports, specifically how to create 10x SEO reports.  I’ve gotten hundreds of SEO reports like this in my career, and I’ve got to tell you that’s useless. No one is reading those. This is unfortunate because this is your direct way to communicate the value of what you’re doing, drive action, […]

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Better Site Speed: 4 Outside-the-Box Ideas

Most of us have done site speed audits, or seen audits done by others. These can be really helpful for businesses, but I often find they’re quite narrow in focus. Typically we use well-known tools that throw up a bunch of things to look at, and then we dive into things from there. However, if we dig deeper, there are often other ideas on how site speed can be improved. I often see plenty of opportunities that are never covered in site speed audits. Most site speed improvements are the result of a bunch of small changes, and so in this post I’m going to cover a few ideas that I’ve never seen in any site speed audit, all of which can make a difference. A different angle on image optimization Consider optimized SVGs over PNGs I was recently looking to book some tickets to see Frozen 2 (because of, […]

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The Not-So-Secret Value of Podcast Transcripts – Whiteboard Friday

What are the benefits of transcribing your podcasts and what’s the best way to go about getting them on your site? Niki Mosier breaks it down into 8 easy steps in this week’s episode of Whiteboard Friday. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, Moz fans. Here’s another edition of Whiteboard Friday. I’m Niki Mosier, a senior SEO account manager at Two Octobers, and I’m here today to talk to you about the not-so-secret value of podcast transcripts. I got the idea to play around with podcast transcripts after hearing Moz’s Britney Muller talk about machine learning and podcast transcripts at TechSEO Boost last fall.  +15% increase in organic traffic, +50% keyword lift I ended up getting the opportunity to play around with this a little bit with a pro bono client we had at a previous job, […]

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They’re the Best Around: The Top 25 Moz Blog Posts of 2019

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again. It’s hard to believe we’ve already gone another turn around the ol’ sun. But I’ve consulted my analytics data and made my SQL queries, and I’m here today to present to you the list of the top Moz Blog posts of 2019! For a little perspective, we published 207 blog posts, averaging out to about 4 per week. Out of those 207, the twenty-five I’m sharing with you below were the most-read pieces of the year. If you’re strapped for time (and who isn’t in our industry?), survey says these are the articles that aren’t to be missed. And bonus — a good chunk of them are videos, so bring out the chocolate popcorn and settle down to watch! (If chocolate popcorn sounds new and unfamiliar to you, I implore you to check out the Cinerama in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood the next time […]

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Actually Accurate Analytics – Whiteboard Friday

Clean, useful Google Analytics data is all-important — both for you, and for the clients and colleagues that will be working on the site in the future. Ruth Burr Reedy shares her absolute best tips for getting your Analytics data accurate, consistent, and future-proof in this week’s Whiteboard Friday. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi, Moz fans. I’m Ruth Burr Reedy, and I am the Vice President of Strategy at UpBuild. We’re a technical marketing agency specializing in technical SEO and advanced web analytics. One of the things I wanted to talk about today, Whiteboard Friday, is about analytics. So when I talk to SEOs about analytics and ask them, “When it comes to analytics, what do you do? What do you do first? When you’re taking on a new client, what do you do?” SEOs are often […]

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The Economics of Link Building

Life has taught me that good things should be expensive — especially when it comes to any type of digital marketing services. If you’re not an expert, you can end up getting something far from what you’ve been expecting. Here’s an example of “the best mascot image you can get for your event” that I paid for when organizing one of our first Digital Olympus events: Just for reference, this is how our mascot looked originally: My point is, just like working with freelance designers, hiring SEO consultants is only safe when you know exactly what you need and can control every step of the contract. This both relates to the scope or work and the price of contract. I get really confused when I hear that the price of an average SEO agency contract starts at $1k USD. This number was first shared by Rand Fishkin in 2012 when […]

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6 Local Search Marketing DIY Tips for the Crafting Industry

Think crafting is kids’ stuff? Think again. The owners of quilting, yarn, bead, fabric, woodworking, art supply, stationers, edible arts, and related shops know that: The crafting industry generated $44 billion in 2016 in the US alone. 63% of American households engage in at least one crafting project annually, while more than one in four participate in 5+ per year. The top three craft store chains in the country (Michaels, JOANN, Hobby Lobby) operate nearly 3,000 locations, just among themselves. There are an estimated 3,200 US storefronts devoted to quilting alone. Thousands more vend everything from the stuff of ancient arts (knitting, with a 1,000-year history) to the trendy and new (unicorn slime, which, yes, is really a thing). Our local search marketing industry has devoted abundant time to advising major local business categories over the past couple of decades, but crafting is one substantial retail niche we may have […]

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Spectator to Partner: Turn Your Clients into SEO Allies – Best of Whiteboard Friday

Are your clients your allies in SEO, or are they passive spectators? Could they even be inadvertently working against you? A better understanding of expectations, goals, and strategy by everyone involved can improve your client relations, provide extra clarity, and reduce the number of times you’re asked to “just SEO a site.”  In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Kameron Jenkins outlines tactics you should know for getting clients and bosses excited about the SEO journey, as well as the risks involved in passivity. (We were inspired to revisit this classic Whiteboard Friday by our brand-new Mini Guide to SEO Reporting! These two resources go together like a fine La Croix and a well-aged cheese.) Hop to the Mini Guide Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Whiteboard Friday. I am Kameron Jenkins, […]

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‘Tis the Season for Reporting (And a New Mini Guide)

How is it already reporting season again? Time to generate those dreaded end-of-year SEO reports that take hours to create and mere seconds for your client to skim through and toss to the side. We’ve all been there. But here’s the thing: it’s absolutely necessary! Not only for you and your team to track progress, but to prove value to your clients as well. Reporting for SEO can feel like a time-black-hole. You have an infinite amount of data that you have to sort through and piece together to tell a story. You know that you saw something, somewhere at some point that proved a strategy worked, but of course, now that you need it you can’t find it and now you’ve been looking for it for an hour and you just want to get back to the SEO part of your job. What if we told you we could […]

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Becoming an Industry Thought Leader: Advanced Techniques for Finding the Best Places to Pitch Guest Posts

If you’re involved in any kind of digital PR — or pitching content to writers to expand your brand awareness and build strong links — then you know how hard it can be to find a good home for your content. I’m about to share the process you can use to identify the best, highest ROI publishers for building consistent, mutually beneficial guest posting relationships with. This knowledge has been invaluable in understanding which publications have the best reach and authority to other known vertical/niche experts, allowing you to share your own authority within these readership communities. Before we get started, there’s a caveat: If you aren’t willing to develop true thought leadership, this process won’t work for you. The prerequisite for success here is having a piece of content that is new, newsworthy, and most likely data-driven. Now let’s get to the good stuff. Not all publications are equal […]

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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 can understand. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi, Moz fans. This is Mary Bowling from Ignitor Digital, and today I want to talk to you about the local algorithm. I’d like to make this as simple as possible for people to understand, because I think it’s a very confusing thing for a lot of SEOs who don’t do this every day. The local algorithm has always been based on relevance, prominence, and proximity.  1. Relevance For relevance, what the algorithm is asking […]

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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 MozCon. Maybe you’re a MozCon alumnus. You may have lurked the hashtag once or twice for inside tips and you’ve likely followed the work of some of the speakers for a while. But how are you going to relay that to your boss in a way that sells? Don’t worry, we’ve got a plan. (And if you want to skip ahead to the letter template, here it is!) Copy the template Step #1 – Gather evidence Alright, so just going in and saying “Rand Fishkin is brilliant and have you seen any of Britney Muller’s Whiteboard Fridays […]

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