How Long Does Link Building Take to Influence Rankings?

Posted by Kristina Kledzik

[Estimated read time: 9 minutes]

If you’re an SEO, chances are, you’ve recommended link building as a tactic. And, unless you work for a very trusting firm, you’ve probably been met with the question, “When will we see a return on our investment, and how much will we see?”

This is a question I’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 1–2 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

April 21, 2016  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

What’s it Take to "Go Viral?" 11 Traits to Give Your Idea Wings

Posted by mattround

Before joining Distilled I worked for UsVsTh3m, an experimental Trinity Mirror project, where we created hundreds of games, quizzes and daft “toys.” We had unprecedented freedom to try out new interactive formats, learning a great deal about what works… and what doesn’t.

The key to success was “viral” traffic. You’ve probably heard the term bandied about in reference to something popular, and might even have rolled your eyes; it’s a much-abused buzzword.

The idea is that online word-of-mouth can drive exponential traffic growth and broad media coverage with little or no traditional promotional support, but achieving this requires a certain way of thinking. This article focuses on interactive content, but many of the same principles will apply to other formats.

The viral life cycle

It’s useful to aim for interactive content to be…

  1. Clickable — When someone sees a link and description (on social media or a site), it seems compelling enough to take a look.
  2. Playable — The visitor sticks with it and finds it enjoyable or interesting.
  3. Shareable — There’s a strong urge to tell others, often involving the visitor sharing their individual result/score.

You usually need all three aspects to be strong … Read the rest

February 1, 2016  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Let Data Take the Wheel – Using API-Integrated Reporting Dashboards

Posted by IanWatson

Some say the only constant thing in this world is change — and that seems to go double for the online marketing and SEO industry. At times this can seem daunting and sometimes insurmountable, but some have found ways to embrace the ambiguity and even thrive on it. Their paths and techniques may all differ slightly, but a commonality exists among them.

That commonality is the utilization of data, mainly via API-driven custom tools and dashboards. APIs like Salesforce’s Chatter, Facebook’s Graph, and our very own Mozscape all allow for massive amounts of useful data to be integrated into your systems.

So, what do you do with all that data?

The use cases are limitless and really depend on your goals, business model, and available resources. Many in our industry, including myself, still rely heavily upon spreadsheets to manage large data sets.

However, the amount of native data and data within reach has grown drastically, and can quickly become unwieldy.

An example of a live reporting dashboard from Klipfolio.

Technology to the rescue!

Business intelligence (BI) is a necessary cog in the machine when it comes to running a successful business. The first step to incorporating … Read the rest

December 2, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

3 Big-Name Companies You Should Take Social Media Lessons From

3 Big-Name Companies You Should Take Social Media Lessons From is a post by SEO expert Megan Fludd. For information about our SEO services or more great SEO tips and tricks, visit the SEO.com blog.

Okay, so Starbucks isn’t exactly hosting a presentation on “Social Media 101,” but if you watch carefully, there any many companies that are excelling with social media in ways that you easily can too. Large corporations often have expansive budgets and resources for their social media efforts that small businesses don’t have access to. However, smaller companies, especially those just starting out, can watch, analyze, and learn from these social media giants. Replicating strategies is a great way to take advantage of their large budgets and downscale them to something that works for you. These are three companies you should be taking lessons from and why.

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Staples

Staples has an endearing social media strategy that allows you to truly connect with them. When you scroll through their feed, it feels like they “get” you. You’ll laugh at their humor, appreciate their philanthropic efforts, and be inspired by their creativity. For example, on the 4th of July they created a video of … Read the rest

August 8, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

10 Tips to Take the Moz Tools to the Next Level

Posted by EllieWilkinson

Hey Moz fans! I’m Ellie, and I’m part of the newly formed Customer Success team at Moz. As part of the “S” team, I work to teach customers how to be successful marketers and awesome Moz users.

Whether you’re an old pro or a newb, we want to help you achieve your marketing goals. That’s why the Success Team and the Help Team at Moz decided to put together some tips and tricks to bring your Moz knowledge to the next level. Think of them as “power-ups” for your Moz boss fights!

We recorded several videos to provide step-by-step guides to the Moz tools for you. Be sure to watch the videos in the bottom right-hand corner for a laugh, and see how many video game references you can find!


1. Find the best time to tweet

Learn how to time your tweets to coincide with your Twitter followers’ activity with this 
Followerwonk walkthrough, which also shows me in action at my side job as PR specialist at the Death Star.

Tweet this: Find the best time to tweet: One of 10 video tips to take @Moz tools to the next level


2. Get the web’s best SERP analysis reportRead the rest

August 25, 2014  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments



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