Posted by randfish
We all know how effective link building efforts can be, but it can be an intimidating, frustrating process â€” and sometimes even a chore. In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Rand builds out a framework you can start using today to streamline and simplify the link building process for you, your teammates, and yes, even your interns.
Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. As you can see, I’m missing my moustache, but never mind. We’ve got tons of important things to get through, and so we’ll leave the facial hair to the inevitable comments.
I want to talk today about how to prioritize your link building efforts and opportunities. I think this comes as a big challenge for many marketers and SEOs because link building can just seem so daunting. So it’s tough to know how to get started, and then it’s tough to know once you’ve gotten into the practice of link building, how do you build up a consistent, useful system to do it? That’s what I want to walk you through today.
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Posted by mark-johnstone
A few weeks ago, a post was published entitled The SEO Myth of Going Viral. It referenced 8 pieces of content across 4 different sites that went viral and, most importantly for SEO, gained hundreds of linking root domains. I was the creative director on a lot of those campaigns while working as the VP of Creative at Distilled. Today, Iâ€™d like to add some important context and detail to the original post.
I actually agree with much of what it said. However, it’s based on the assumption that one big viral piece of content would result in a visible jump in rankings across the domain within about 3 months of the content being released. There are a few challenges with this as a basis for measuring success.
I wouldnâ€™t advise setting your hopes on one big viral hit boosting your rankings across the domain. Not by itself. However, if that viral hit is part of ongoing link building efforts in which you build lots of links to lots of pieces of content, you can begin to see an upwards trend.
“Trend” is the important word here. If youâ€™re looking for a dramatic step … Read the rest
Posted by JoyHawkins
Previously, I wrote an article unveiling some of the most common myths I see in the Local SEO space. I thought Iâ€™d do a follow-up that specifically talked about the myths pertaining to citations that I commonly hear from both small business owners and SEOs alike.
Myth #1: If your citations donâ€™t include your suite number, you should stop everything you’re doing and fix this ASAP.
Truth: Google doesnâ€™t even recognize suite numbers for a whopping majority of Google business listings. Even though you enter a suite number in Google My Business, it doesnâ€™t translate into the “Suite #” field in Google MapMaker â€” it simply gets eliminated. Google also pays more attention to the location (pin) marker of the business when it comes to determining the actual location and less to the actual words people enter in as the address, as there can be multiple ways to name a street address. Googleâ€™s Possum update recently introduced a filter for search queries that is based on location. Weâ€™ve seen this has to do with the address itself and how close other businesses in the same industry are to your location. Whether or not you have … Read the rest
Posted by KelseyLibert
The Fractl team has worked on hundreds of content marketing projects. Along the way, weâ€™ve kept track of a lot of data, including everywhere our client campaigns have been featured, what types of links each campaign attracted, and how many times each placement was shared.
While we regularly look back on our data to evaluate performance per campaign and client, until now weâ€™d never analyzed all of these data in aggregate. After combing through 31,000 media mentions and 26,000 links, hereâ€™s what we found.
Most high-authority links donâ€™t receive a lot of social shares.
Most marketers assume that if they build links on high-authority sites, the shares will come. In a Whiteboard Friday from last year, Rand talks about this trend. BuzzSumo and Moz analyzed 1 million articles and found that over 75 percent received no social shares at all. When they looked at all links â€“ not just articles â€“ this number rose to around 90 percent.
We (wrongfully) assumed this wouldnâ€™t be the case with high-quality links weâ€™ve earned. It turns out, even the majority of our links on sites with a high Domain Authority (DA) didnâ€™t get any social shares:
- 52 percent
Posted by randfish
The rules of link building aren’t always black and white, and getting it wrong can sometimes result in frustrating consequences. But where’s the benefit in following rules that don’t actually exist? In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Rand addresses eight of the big link building myths making their rounds across the web.
Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week we’re going to chat about some of the weird and crazy myths that have popped up around link building. We’ve actually been seeing them in the comments of some of our blog posts and Whiteboard Fridays and Q&A. So I figured, hey, let’s try and set the record straight here.
1. Never get links from sites with a lower domain authority than your own
What? No, that is a terrible idea. Domain authority, just to be totally clear, it’s a machine learning system that we built here at Moz. It takes and looks at all the metrics. It builds the best correlation it can against Google’s rankings across a broad set of keywords, similar to … Read the rest