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

Posted by Trevor-Klein

It is my great pleasure to announce the release of Moz’s third guide for marketers, written by the inimitable 
Paddy Moogan of Distilled:

The Beginner's Guide to Link Building

We could tell you all about how high-quality, authoritative links pointing to your site benefit your standing in the SERPs, but instead we’ll just copy the words straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth:

“Backlinks, even though there’s some noise and certainly a lot of spam, for the most part are still a really, really big win in terms of quality for search results.”
— Matt Cutts, head of the webspam team at Google, 
2/19/14

Link building is one area of SEO that has changed significantly over the last several years; 
some tactics that were once effective are now easily identifiable and penalized by Google. At the same time, earning links remains vital to success in search marketing: Link authority features showed the strongest correlation with higher rankings in our 2013 ranking factors survey. For that reason, it has never been more important for marketers to truly earn their links, and this guide will have you building effective campaigns in no time.

Read the Beginner’s Guide to Link Building

What you’ll learn


1. What is Link Building, and Why Is It Important?


This is where it … Read the rest

August 20, 2014  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

A Content Marketer’s Guide to Data Scraping

Posted by MatthewBarby

As digital marketers,
big data should be what we use to inform a lot of the decisions we make. Using intelligence to understand what works within your industry is absolutely crucial within content campaigns, but it blows my mind to know that so many businesses aren’t focusing on it.

One reason I often hear from businesses is that they don’t have the budget to invest in complex and expensive tools that can feed in reams of data to them. That said, you don’t always need to invest in expensive tools to gather valuable intelligence — this is where data scraping comes in.

Just so you understand, here’s a very brief overview of what data scraping is from Wikipedia:

Data scraping is a technique in which a computer program extracts data from human-readable output coming from another program.”

Essentially, it involves crawling through a web page and gathering nuggets of information that you can use for your analysis. For example, you could search through a site like Search Engine Land and scrape the author names of each of the posts that have been published, and then you could correlate this to social share data to … Read the rest

June 2, 2014  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

The Most Entertaining Guide to Landing Page Optimization You’ll Ever Read

Posted by OliGardner

Landing pages rule. Blah.

Homepages suck. Blah.

Do some A/B testing. Blah.

Base your optimization strategy on customer feedback. Blah.


All of those statements are true.
But they sound boring and being boring is lame. It’s twenty fourteen and I refuse to be lame.

If you want to be a non-lame marketer, it’s really easy. Read this post, have a laugh, and treat everything I say as gospel.

Be warned, however, that
I may descend into telling bad jokes in the absence of witty metaphor and charming anecdotal rhetoric.

The experienced adult readers amongst you might remember that “Shit. The condom broke!” moment. Yeah you do. You might also remember that it felt like a
good time to run a test. #STDsArentFunny. Perhaps. But, as we go through this epic journey together today, I’ll show you exactly when and how you should
really be testing.

But first. The best 7-part list of bullet points you’ll ever read.

The start of the best part of your day begins now with this table of contents:

  1. First I’ll give you the only rationale you’ll ever need to explain why landing pages are to marketers, what Immodium is to an
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May 20, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Link Audit Guide for Effective Link Removals & Risk Mitigation

Posted by Modestos

This step-by-step guide aims to help users with the link auditing process relying on own judgment, without blindly relying on automation. Because links are still a very important ranking factor, link audits should be carried out by experienced link auditors rather than third party automated services. A flawed link audit can have detrimental implications.

The guide consists of the following sections:

  1. How to make sure that your site’s issues are links-related.
  2. Which common misconceptions you should to avoid when judging the impact of backlinks.
  3. How to shape a solid link removal strategy.
  4. How to improve the backlink data collection process.
  5. Why you need to re-crawl all collected backlink data.
  6. Why you need to find the genuine URLs of your backlinks.
  7. How to build a bespoke backlink classification model.
  8. Why you need to weight and aggregate all negative signals.
  9. How to prioritise backlinks for removal.
  10. How to measure success after having removed/disavowed links.

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May 3, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

The Advertiser’s Guide To Surviving Reddit

Posted by anthonycoraggio

If you’ve so far neglected the advertising and marketing opportunities on Reddit, you’re not alone. Historically, the relationship between Redditors and those who market to them has been contentious—Reddit is a cohesive community in a way that social platforms like Facebook or Twitter are not, and Redditors will fight to protect its integrity from spammers and lazy attempts at commercial gain. Done well, however, advertising on Reddit represents a tremendous opportunity. The site is one of the fundamental drivers of internet culture, and boasts roughly 115 million monthly unique visitors, low ad costs, and high potential for engagement and virality. Even better, Reddit is finally getting serious about monetizing the business and attaining profitability, rolling out new features for advertisers and even offering free campaigns for international advertisers to get started. Reddit can be a tough nut to crack, but handled correctly it can become your secret weapon—and I’m here to show you how.

There are three main things you need to know to successfully brave the brash, quick-witted, and anonymous crowds of Reddit as a paid advertiser.

  • The raw materials: What kind of inventory is there to work with?
  • The culture: What makes Reddit tick?
  • How
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April 28, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments



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