How to Find Your Competitor’s Backlinks – Next Level

Posted by BrianChilds

Welcome to the newest installment of our educational Next Level series! In our last episode, Brian Childs equipped copywriters with the tools they need to succeed with SEO. Today, he’s back to share how to use Open Site Explorer to find linking opportunities based upon your competitors’ external inbound links. Read on and level up!


In Moz’s SEO training classes, we discuss how to identify and prioritize sources of backlinks using a mix of tools. One tactic to quickly find high Domain Authority sites that have a history of linking to pages discussing your topic is to study your competitors’ backlinks. This process is covered in-depth during the SEO Link Building Bootcamp.

In this article, I’ll show how to create and export a list of your competitor’s backlinks that you can use for targeting activities. This assumes you’ve already completed keyword research and have identified competitors that rank well in the search results for these queries. Use those competitors for the following analysis.


How to check the backlinks of a site

Step 1: Navigate to Open Site Explorer

Open Site Explorer is a tool used to research the link profile of a website. … Read the rest

August 10, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

SEO for Copywriters: Tips on Measuring SEO Impact – Next Level

Posted by BrianChilds

Welcome to the newest installment of our educational Next Level series! In our last episode, Brian Childs shared a few handy shortcuts for targeting multiple keywords with one page. Today, he’s back to share how to use Google Analytics to measure the SEO impact of your content. Read on and level up!

Understanding how to write web content for SEO is important. But equally important is knowing how to measure the SEO impact of your content after it’s published. In this article I’ll describe how to use Google Analytics to create reports that evaluate the performance of articles or the writers creating those articles.

Let’s start with some definitions.

What is SEO content?

Search engine optimized content is the strategic process of researching and writing website copy with the goal of maximizing its impact in the SERPs. This requires having a keyword strategy, the ability to conduct competitive analyses, and knowledge of current ranking factors.

If you’re a copywriter, you’ve likely already been asked by your clients to create content “written for SEO.” Translating this into action often means the writer needs to have a greater role in both strategy and research. Words matter in … Read the rest

July 17, 2017  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

How to Target Multiple Keywords with One Page – Next Level

Posted by BrianChilds

Welcome to our newest installment of our educational Next Level series! In our last episode, Jo Cameron taught you how to whip up intelligent SEO reports for your clients to deliver impressive, actionable insights. Today, our friendly neighborhood Training Program Manager, Brian Childs, is here to show you an easy workflow for targeting multiple keywords with a single page. Read on and level up!


For those who have taken any of the Moz Training Bootcamps, you’ll know that we approach keyword research with the goal of identifying concepts rather than individual keywords. A common term for this in SEO is “niche keywords.” I think of a “niche” as a set of related words or concepts that are essentially variants of the same query.

Example:

Let’s pretend my broad subject is: Why are cats jerks?

Some niche topics within this subject are:

  • Why does my cat keep knocking things off the counter?
  • Why does my cat destroy my furniture?
  • Why did I agree to get this cat?

I can then find variants of these niche topics using Keyword Explorer or another tool, looking for the keywords with the best qualities (Difficulty, Search Volume, Opportunity, etc).

By … Read the rest

June 15, 2017  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Level Up Your SEO Skills at MozCon Workshops: SEO-Intensive

Posted by Danielle_Launders

Can’t get enough of MozCon? Neither can we.

Join us a day early for our new half-day working session series and have fun learning, brainstorming, and collaborating with some of the brightest minds at Moz.

They’ll cover all of the nitty-gritty aspects of SEO to help those new to the industry have a better understanding of ranking in the SERPs.

Those who are more experienced will get some hands-on time with Moz’s SEO experts to fine-tune their skills and take home some actionable tips and action plans.

I’m in! Save my spot!

The details

Exclusive to MozCon attendees, these additional workshops are interactive 75-minute working sessions designed to have attendees leave with outlines, strategies, and action plans to start implementing right away. You’ll be able to customize your workshop agenda by choosing 3 out of the 5 available workshops to attend in the order of your choice. Read through the workshop descriptions below so you can plan your perfect day when you register.


MozCon Workshops: SEO-Intensive Schedule

Sunday, July 16
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12:30–1:00pm | Registration
1:00–2:15pm | First Workshop
2:15–2:25pm | Break
2:25–3:40pm | Second Workshop
3:40–3:50pm | Break
3:50–5:05pm | Third Workshop


The workshops

The … Read the rest

June 1, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Hunting Down SERP Features to Understand Intent & Drive Traffic – Next Level

Posted by jocameron

Welcome to the seventh installment of our educational Next Level series! In our last episode, Jo showed us how to better optimize our sites when we think we’ve done it all (but still aren’t ranking). This time around she’s giving us the tools and the knowledge to finally capture ourselves a SERP feature. Read on and level up!

Are you within striking distance of traffic-bumping SERP features?

The content on your freakin’ awesome site better be targeting the intent of the searcher.

People of the world want different types of content depending on what they search. If you get this right, your content will earn the engagement signals that tell search engines you’re fighting the good fight.

The stakes are even higher now. Not only are you battling it out in the organic results, but there are attention-grabbing features that draw clicks away from organic results.

But, hey now, chin up! You can use these features to focus on keywords with higher opportunity and win those bobby-dazzlers to drive even more traffic.

I’m going to show you how to use the ever-impressive SERP features to check whether you’re targeting intent and whether the entirety of your … Read the rest

December 27, 2016  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments



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