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Business should be ditching their Facebook (and Twitter) marketing. 
Stop making Facebook the center of your relationship marketing efforts," says Nate Elliott, VP and principal analyst at Forrester.
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Another good one from Rand! Keyword relevance and domains...
#WhitboardFridays from +Moz
I bet you always wanted to know How Google is Connecting Keyword Relevance to Websites through More than Just Domain Names

You are in luck; that's what +Rand Fishkin's latest #WhiteboardFriday  at +Moz is about. 

Watch Rand's full video (under 8 minutes) here:

And here's my 30-second Skinny:

♨ seems to rank on the first page for anything related to things like 10, 15 minute recipes, cleaning products, physical fitness and workouts, makeup and beauty.

And sometimes they are not even the most relevant result, but they rank anyway.


Brand and non-brand search volume: A lot of people who search for quick recipes or cleaning products might add "Real Simple" or "Martha Stewart" to their searches ==> Google starts building a connection between the brand and the searches.

Co-occurrence of brand name and/or links to the site from sites/pages discussing these topics: 'Oh, gosh, a lot of people who are talking about cleaning products seem to link over to Real Simple.'

Searchers on these topics eventually end up on that site or where on the web they frequent: 'Hmm, you know, this person searched for cleaning products. We didn't send them to Real Simple, but then eventually they ended up there anyway.'

♨ Thus, if we want to rank for certain topics, we need to start asking ourselves:

'Okay, how do we build up an association between our brand or our domain and the broad keywords, terms, topics, phrases, so that we can rank for all of the long tail and chunky middle terms around those topics?'

But how?

♨ Instead of building that one page that addresses that one specific inquiry, target various topics in many of your posts as often as you can.

In other words, consistently produce the kind of content that will provide consistent and thorough help on the topics your site wants to be associated with.

Solve your readers' problems! Become a site that is associated with all of the keyword topics, rather than just cherry picking the ones that convert for you.

#searchengineoptimization   #contentmarketing   #googleranking  
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The 2015 SEO Tactics for Success, by Rand Fishkin.
Rand Fishkin — Cracking the SEO Code for 2015: Tactics to Love vs. Leave

Greetings from SearchLove San Diego! I was fortunate enough to attend this year's conference, and will be providing select presentation recaps.

It's all changed – from how people use the web, to how Google ranks pages, to what resonates with influencers. Not surprisingly, the tactics marketers employ need to change, too. But tragically, many of us are stuck in a rut, eeking out the last few drops of fuel from efforts that are dying or dead. What's even worse – the cutting edge practices that are producing remarkable returns heavily benefit early adopters, and if we're not in those groups, we could find ourselves way behind in the years to come. In this presentation, Moz founder Rand will dive deep into what really works to drive traffic, rankings, branding, and conversions (and what's better left in the scrap heap of yesteryear).

What Changed - a brief look at the more subtle, quiet changes in SEO & Web Marketing

1. Both searchers and engines are demanding a tremendous amount more from our content e.g. pagespeed, UX, search quality metrics (SERP bounce). 
- Google is leaning more heavily on human quality raters
- Past SEO success may not be indicative of the future

2. The move from keyword matching to topic association
- Google is moving away from occurrences and looking more at the contextual meaning of the webpage. It's using topic association and topic modeling and entity matching

3. Domain level keyword connections are on the rise
- Google's algorithm used to be very page-level biased
- Invest in a domain level content strategy. 

4. Google's crackdown on spam is basically a crackdown on ranking without a brand
- Manipulating Google - you better be a brand. Google doesn't want to look bad by not having a big brand in their results. Just look at the big brands that have been penalized and been back in the SERPs days or weeks later
- Ranking well, but now a brand, Google's gonna reclassify those tactics
- "brands are the solution, not the problem, brands are how you sort out the cesspool - Eric Schmidt

5. Critical SEO data still flows to a small percentage of websites
 ♦ Not provided. Big sites - 10% of referral data is still useful
 ♦ AdWords [Exact Match] no longer exact - but if you're a BIG advertiser, that keyword data still flows through your reports
 ♦ Google Analytics sampling is pervasive...unless you pay

Tactics: Processes and practices to change in the year ahead to stay a step ahead

Rand believes we are getting a smaller chunk of a much larger pie

Our keyword research process needs to evolve. We need to start with search, news, images, YouTube, Buzzsumo to expand your keyword list. 

♦ Instead of grouping keywords by targeting and ranking ability - group keywords by overlap in searcher intent
♦ Break into the buckets of 1% of terms of phrases you can target on one page

If you have multiple pages already targeting the same keywords, consider consolidation (especially if they don't rank well). Be the source or domain that Google connects with a topic.

You can't just rely on the Keyword Planner Tool for expansion anymore

Your content should do two things: engage users and be optimized for Google's topic modeling algorithm. Build up your site's association with a topic or set of topics

♦ If there is a link that you can go build, Google doesn't want to count it.

Anchor text still works with a charm 

♦ The goal for relationships isn't links, it's to grow the quantity of interactions where the relationship is real. 

Don't be like everyone else. Folks with heavy Twitter followings often get bombarded with offers. Sort by social authority, find out who is influential that doesn't have a high follower count.

Tool: GoConspire - you can find anyone at a given company and or any specific person and how we're connected. 

Pro Tip The correlation exists between advertisers on small-medium sites & links. There's a strong probability that at some point, the blogger/site owner will editorially link to these folks, simply because they're top of mind. 

Pro Tip Brand mentions near keywords may have link like effects - why bother with EMAT when you can put your brand next to keywords you want to rank for.

Content marketing may be creating false expectations & bad practices. Here's some criteria for modern content investments:

♦ One-of-a-Kind - appears nowhere else on the web
♦ Relevant - it contains content that's on topic
♦ Helpful - it resolves the searcher's query
♦ Uniquely valuable - provides information that's unavailable (or hard to get) elsewhere
♦ Great UX - it has to be easy and pleasurable to consume on any device
♦ Likely to spread - it has a convincing answer to "who will help amplify this content and why"

Pro Tip Imitate what has already worked well. Take from news sites, publishers, Buzzfeed
Pro Tip Text < Visuals < Interactive
Pro Tip Even great content benefits from paid amplification 

Choosing Where to Invest
♦ Measurability is inversely correlated with opportunity 
♦ SEO is getting much more challenging - the beautiful thing is that higher barriers to entry means great opportunity.

#SEO   #seotips2014   #futureofsearch  
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Rich Snippets in Search: A History and Where They Are Going Next

+AJ Kohn has published a masterful, comprehensive overview of rich snippets in Google search. Read it at >>

Rich Snippets are visual add-ons to the regular organic search results that in some way enhance those results. Authorship photos, review stars, and video thumbnails are all examples of the great variety of rich snippets Google has tried out in its results.

The Faded Glory of Rich Snippets
But has that grand experiment, one AJ notes Google entered kicking and screaming, now run its course? It is beginning to appear that the results are in, and Google has decided that rich snippets have perhaps been overserved, and like a barroom drunk were drawing too much attention to themselves. 

In his article, AJ discusses the maturing of Google's rich snippet algorithm, and why he thinks it has increasingly incorporated site quality filters, perhaps gained at least in part from Google's Panda updates. This (along with UX concerns, very likely) has led to an overall reduction in the amount of rich snippets now being shown.

Authorship As an Example
As I pointed out in my January article, Authorship results were a prime example of this. Starting in December of 2013 Google not only began reducing the amount of Authorship rich snippets shown overall, but also instituted what I called two "classes" of Authorship. First class authors still got an author photo for most of their authorship-qualified results, while second class got only a byline.

Of course now, since the end of June, author photos have been removed altogether from non-personalized search. 

Finally, AJ posits that the Knowledge Graph may be replacing much of what rich snippets once did.

Please read his article for a fascinating deep dive into the mind of Google and how search results evolve over time. 

Read it at >>
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Haha! Designer humor at Google!! ;-)
Morning humor: Door signs at Google

At least Googlers know how to start their days right... :)

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Announcing the All-New Beginner's Guide to Link Building

Authored by the one and only link building expert +Paddy Moogan
Topics covered include:
 1: What is Link Building & Why is it important?
 2: Types of Links (Both Good and Bad)
 3: How to Start a Link Building Campaign
 4: Link Building Tactics
 5: Link Building Metrics
 6: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of Link Building
 7: Advanced Link Building Tips and Tricks

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More evidence to show that online-based education will serve a larger part of the student marketplace in years to come. Could this help change our educational system overall?
Online education becoming more popular for high school students #education
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The Simplest Way To Remove The Background From Any Image

Removing backgrounds from images has traditionally been one of those things that we leave to graphic designers because it’s tedious, annoying and requires having a solid understanding of your graphics software. 

Not any more: just read about Clipping Magic at +Kimberly Brink-Castleberry's blog ( - looks like a great way to get things done!

It's not free, but very inexpensive - $2.99 a month will do the trick.

#imageediting   #blogimages  
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