Posted by Laura.Lippay
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(header photo “Kenzie” by H.L.W. from the Blind Photographers Flickr Group.)
Search engine optimization (SEO) evolved by search engines creating algorithms to automate the classification and ranking of websites, with SEOs manipulating the loopholes in those algos.
Accessibility, on the other hand, is born out of a desire to be inclusive; to connect humans to information through assistive technology (AT).
When we strip down both industries to where a machine is reading a web page, there are a few overlaps. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™re looking at in this series. If youâ€™re optimizing for search engines, youâ€™re also affecting how people using screen readers and assistive technologies are experiencing your site.
In todayâ€™s post on accessibility + SEO, weâ€™re digging into on-page aspects that include formatting text, colors, links, and content that we canâ€™t see see but machines can. The previous post covered structure overlaps, and weâ€™ll cover images, video, and non-text elements in the last post following this one.
There are times when something that can be seen on the page provides information or context that isnâ€™t able to be read by bots or screen readers, like in … Read the rest
Posted by David_Farkas
This post was originally in YouMoz, and was promoted to the main blog because it provides great value and interest to our community. The author’s views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of Moz, Inc.
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Creating content for local link building can be intimidating.
Sure, you know your business. You know your area, but do you know what locals want to read about?
You can always guess, and you might strike gold. My guess is you donâ€™t have the time, resources, or budget for guesswork.
I donâ€™t either, which is why I like to go in educated.
Enter Moz Content.
Even if you donâ€™t have a Moz account, Moz Content allows you to audit any website and find its most popular content. You can figure out which pages and posts have the most shares, the most links, and the sort of reach each page might have.
You can go much more in-depth with the paid version of the tool, and itâ€™s absolutely worth the money.
But this post is about using the free version to remove the intimidation factor from local-based content, so we … Read the rest
Posted by Kristina Kledzik
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If youâ€™re an SEO, chances are, youâ€™ve recommended link building as a tactic. And, unless you work for a very trusting firm, youâ€™ve probably been met with the question, â€śWhen will we see a return on our investment, and how much will we see?â€ť
This is a question Iâ€™ve been asked numerous times, but never had a good answer for. The truth is, a new link doesn’t affect rankings immediately. That makes it hard to tie an individual link to SERP rankings increases, since there will usually be several other links and on-page changes made to a target page between the time when you get that first link and when you finally see increases in rankings.
So, I set out to figure this out myself. I’m lucky enough to be working for a company with nearly 200,000 indexed pages, which gets hundreds of new links each month naturally, through PR and through my link building efforts. That means I’ve got a lot of pages that only got 1â€“2 links in the last 6 months, and didn’t go through many on-page changes.
I picked out 76 links pointing to pages which … Read the rest
Posted by randfish
SEO has much of its roots in the practice of targeted link building. And while it’s no longer the only core component involved, it’s still a hugely valuable factor when it comes to rank boosting. In this week’s Whiteboard Friday, Rand goes over why targeted link building is still relevant today and how to develop a process you can strategically follow to success.
Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week we’re going to chat about four questions that kind of all go together around targeted link building.
Targeted link building is the practice of reaching out and trying to individually bring links to specific URLs or specific domains â€” usually individual pages, though â€” and trying to use those links to boost the rankings of those pages in search engine results. And look, for a long time, this was the core of SEO. This was how SEO was done. It was almost the start and the end.
Obviously, a lot of other practices have come into play in the industry, and I think there’s … Read the rest
The end of this year should see Google rolling out its new Penguin update, which is said to include some real-time elements that could significantly change the game for link building strategies in 2016.
A lot of the conversation around link building often starts with a phrase like: â€śRemember how easy link building used to be?â€ť Well, 2016 looks like it isnâ€™t going to get any easier, but that doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s something you can skip. Link building remains an integral part of a strong SEO strategy â€“ you just have to be more careful about how you do it.
2016 is going to require a change in perspective. Link building is tied very closely to Authority Building, which means that you have to look at it as more than just a number. While links are certainly necessary to build authority, there may be some other ways you can make your link building more effective.
So letâ€™s take a look at the things you need to know … Read the rest