Should SEOs and Marketers Continue to Track and Report on Keyword Rankings? – Whiteboard Friday

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Is the practice of tracking keywords truly dying? There’s been a great deal of industry discussion around the topic of late, and some key points have been made. In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Rand speaks to the biggest challenges keyword rank tracking faces today and how to solve for them.

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Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week we’re going to chat about keyword ranking reports. There have been a few articles that have come out recently on a number of big industry sites around whether SEOs should still be tracking their keyword rankings.

I want to be clear: Moz has a little bit of a vested interest here. And so the question is: Can you actually trust me, who obviously I’m a big shareholder in Moz and I’m the founder, and so I care a lot about how Moz does as a software business. We help people track rankings. Does that mean I’m biased? I’m going to do my best not to be. So rather than saying you absolutely should track rankings, I’m instead … Read the rest

July 29, 2016  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Sweating the Details – Rethinking Google Keyword Tool Volume

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I joined Moz in August of 2015 and fell right into the middle of something great. Rand had brought his broad vision of a refined yet comprehensive SEO keyword tool to a talented team of developers, designers, data scientists and project managers… and now, me.

I was hoping to ease in with a project that was right up my wheelhouse, so when the “Volume” metric in Keyword Explorer was pitched as something I could work on, I jumped right on it. In my mind, I was done the second the work was offered to me. I already had a giant keyword volume database at my disposal and a crawling platform ready to fire up. All I had to do was tie some strings together and, voilà.

Peer pressure

It was subtle at first, and never direct, but I quickly began to see something different about the way Moz looked at problems. I’ve always been a bit of a lazy pragmatist — when I need a hammer, I look around for something hard. It’s a useful skill set for quick approximations, but when you have months set aside to do something right, … Read the rest

May 17, 2016  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Google Keyword Planner’s Dirty Secrets

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Sometimes our best data sources aren’t exactly up to par. While nearly every search marketer will rely on Google Keyword Planner data at one point or another, especially while doing keyword research, the reality is that the data is often untrustworthy and should be viewed with great skepticism. Whether you plan to use it to help build a paid search campaign or determine which content to write, there are huge caveats to the numbers presented as Average Search Volume. Today, I want to walk through a number of the “gotchas” in Google Keyword Planner data so you can do better keyword research and make smarter decisions for you or your clients’ sites.

Dirty secret #1: Rounded averages

By far, the most-used piece of data from Google Keyword Planner is the “Average Monthly Search Volume” metric. This key data point is used in everything from basic decisions on what keywords to use in an ad campaign to complex traffic prediction curves. But can we trust it?

Suppose you run a sports website and two keywords pop up in the recommendations: baseball scores and basketball games. Google Keyword Planner lets us know that each of these keywords … Read the rest

December 6, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

How Much Keyword Repetition is Optimal – Whiteboard Friday

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With all the advancements search engines have made, a lot of folks in the SEO world are circling back to a fundamental question: If I’m targeting a particular keyword, where and how often should I use that in the front and back ends of my page? In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Rand puts his recommendations into the context of today’s SERPs.

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Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week we’re going to chat about keyword use, keyword repetition and overuse.

I know this might seem like a basic topic, but actually it’s advanced a little bit in the last few years, and I still get a surprising amount of email and see a surprising number of questions around things like, “How many times should I use my keyword that I’m targeting to rank for in my URL string or my H1 tag or my title? Or how many different pages should I have that target this keyword?” So let’s try and clear a little bit of this up.
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August 21, 2015  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Why We Can’t Do Keyword Research Like It’s 2010 – Whiteboard Friday

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Keyword Research is a very different field than it was just five years ago, and if we don’t keep up with the times we might end up doing more harm than good. From the research itself to the selection and targeting process, in today’s Whiteboard Friday Rand explains what has changed and what we all need to do to conduct effective keyword research today.

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What do we need to change to keep up with the changing world of keyword research?

Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week we’re going to chat a little bit about keyword research, why it’s changed from the last five, six years and what we need to do differently now that things have changed. So I want to talk about changing up not just the research but also the selection and targeting process.

There are three big areas that I’ll cover here. There’s lots more in-depth stuff, but I think we should start with these three.

1) The Adwords keyword tool hides data!

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June 12, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments



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