Archive for May, 2014

Breaking the SEO Rules: When Not to Follow Best Practices – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by Cyrus-Shepard

Best practices are set in place to guide us toward success in most situations. Not all situations. In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Cyrus shows us several instances in which it’s actually best to break the rules and throw those best practices out the window.

For reference, here’s a still of this week’s whiteboard!

Video Transcription

Howdy Moz fans. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. I’m Cyrus Shepard. Today we’re going to be talking about one of my favorite subjects – breaking the SEO rules, and when not to follow best practices.

Now, best practices are something we talk a lot about here at Moz, and people are very adamant about following them oftentimes. So before we get started, I want to talk about what exactly we mean when we say “best practices.”

For example, a best practice would be that your meta description length is only so long, or that your title tag length is 512 pixels or something like that. So when we talk about best practices, we’re talking about a set of rules that are consistently showing superior results. It doesn’t mean they’re the only way you can do things, but in general, over time, they

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May 30, 2014  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

The Illustrated SEO Competitive Analysis Workflow

Posted by Aleyda

One of the most important activities for any SEO process is the initial competitive analysis. This process should correctly identify your SEO targets and provide fundamental input to establish your overall strategy.

Depending on the type, industry, and scope of the SEO process, this analysis can become quite complex, as there are many factors to take into consideration—more now than ever before.

In order to facilitate this process (and make it easy to replicate, control, and document), I’ve created a
step-by-step workflow with the different activities and factors to take into consideration, including identifying SEO competitors, gathering the potential keywords to target, assessing their level of difficulty, and selecting them based on defined criteria:

If you prefer, you can also grab a
higher resolution version of the workflow from here.

The four analysis phases

As you can see, the SEO analysis workflow is divided into four phases:

1. Identify your potential SEO competitors

This initial phase is especially helpful if you’re starting with an SEO process for a new client or industry that you don’t know anything about, and you need to start from scratch to identify all of the potentially relevant competitors.

It’s important to note that these are not necessarily limited to companies or websites that offer … Read the rest

May 29, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

The Illustrated SEO Competitive Analysis Workflow

Posted by Aleyda

One of the most important activities for any SEO process is the initial competitive analysis. This process should correctly identify your SEO targets and provide fundamental input to establish your overall strategy.

Depending on the type, industry, and scope of the SEO process, this analysis can become quite complex, as there are many factors to take into consideration—more now than ever before.

In order to facilitate this process (and make it easy to replicate, control, and document), I’ve created a
step-by-step workflow with the different activities and factors to take into consideration, including identifying SEO competitors, gathering the potential keywords to target, assessing their level of difficulty, and selecting them based on defined criteria:

If you prefer, you can also grab a
higher resolution version of the workflow from here.

The four analysis phases

As you can see, the SEO analysis workflow is divided into four phases:

1. Identify your potential SEO competitors

This initial phase is especially helpful if you’re starting with an SEO process for a new client or industry that you don’t know anything about, and you need to start from scratch to identify all of the potentially relevant competitors.

It’s important to note that these are not necessarily limited to companies or websites that offer … Read the rest

May 29, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Take the SEO Expert Quiz and Rule the Internet

Posted by Cyrus-Shepard

You are master of the keyword.

You create 1,000 links with a single tweet. You rank for the word “rank.” Google engineers ask for your approval before updating their algorithm.

You, my friend, are an SEO expert.

Ready for fun? Here at Moz we gathered our wits (it didn’t take very long) and created a new quiz to test our SEO knowledge.

Based on a quiz that our co-founder Rand first published back in 2005, at the dawn of electronics and lighter-than-air travel, we now present to you the new and improved
SEO Expert Quiz.

The quiz contains
50 questions and takes about 15 minutes to complete. The questions are randomized so no two people will get the exact same quiz with the same order of questions.

Here’s what to expect.

1. The quiz is hard! 

Like, astronaut training hard. Very few people score 100%. The breakdown of performance looks like this:

  • 0-40% SEO Newbie: You rank on page 7, but are aiming to move up.
  • 41-60% SEO Novice: Young, but strong in the ways of the Force, you are.
  • 61-75% SEO Pro: The traffic is pouring in!
  • 76-90% SEO Expert and Formula One race car driver
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May 28, 2014  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

50+ Things You Should Learn About Your Client

Posted by RobOusbey

Six years ago I stood in a client’s board room with a list of SEO recommendations that I was convinced would earn me big smiles, firm handshakes, and and maybe even a celebratory slap on the back. Instead I was met with icy stares and nonchalance to my suggestions.

This was despite all my preparation to understand various intricate SEO best practices, as well as the quirks of their website and CMS. I just had no idea what this team believed in, or what angle I should use to persuade them to get things done.

It was July 2008, and I decided:
SEO is easy. Consulting is hard.

Every day that I’ve been at Distilled, I’ve had the pleasure of learning more about online marketing, but I’ve also been able to learn—through research, practice, observation and teaching—lots about the skills that make someone an effective consultant.

There are many
many traits of a great consultant that can be developed, but one necessary skill is: getting to know your client and understanding how you can be effective for them. This knowledge is how you unlock your ability to talk to them about the problems they’re facing, discover … Read the rest

May 27, 2014  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments



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