Digital Marketing

Google's 20th Anniversary Search Updates - What Do They Mean for the Future of SEO?

Google took its 20th anniversary as an opportunity to hang a pinata of search updates that have already begun to rain down on us. From "topic layers" in what is an all but transcendental Knowledge Panel, to Google pulling site content to create its own version of AMP Stories, the updates announced at Google's 20th birthday bash event are set to change the way users interact with search.

Here's what I think the common denominator between the changes is, what it means for search, and what you might want to do about it!

The Guide to Handling Feature Heavy SERPs - The Experts Speak

Dealing with feature heavy SERPs is a big problem for a lot of folks. I went around and asked some pretty smart people what they thought the best way is to handle ranking amidst Google's SERP features. The idea was to combine the different pieces of the puzzle into one resource.

To be blunt, this is not another roundup so that a bunch of people can walk away with links where nobody really says much of anything. These are the best thoughts these fantastic folks have on how to deal with a SERP where Google is a formidable competitor.

Getting Over Ranking Factor Studies in the Era of Machine Learning

In the not too distant past, I wrote a piece highlighting how machine learning has impacted rank volatility (in that rank is considerably more volatile). At the time, we touched on what machine learning means for understanding how ranking works and how the process directly influences rank. Here, we'll get into the nitty-gritty of it all by analyzing the holy of holies of optimization information, ranking factor studies, particularly niche ranking studies by asking one very simple question .... Do ranking factors studies still apply in a world where machine learning and intent reign supreme, and if so, to what extent?

SMX Advanced 2018 - A Machine Learning Love Story

Learn how machine learning changes the rules of the game for ranking on page one of the Google SERP. As Google becomes better at understanding intent, Google's machine learning properties have a greater impact on ranking itself and how we go about the optimization process. Get insight on how to identify the way Google sees user intent. At the same time, you'll better understand the role of niche ranking factor studies, and how to go beyond them with query specific analysis. 

Why Does Google Want to Limit Organic Results?

Organic is old news. If I would have said something like that five years ago, you might be looking at me all cross-eyed. However, in today's SEO world, one in which SERP features dominate, such a statement actually contains an air of viability. I mean, for crying out loud, Google has tested zero organic result SERPs. Why? Why does it feel as if Google is increasingly giving more weight to its own SERP properties? Why would Google even test a SERP with no results?


I have a theory.

From Facebook Flaws to Amazon Supremacy - An Interview with Mordecai Holtz

How will the tech giants handle privacy concerns? Who poses the biggest threat to Google’s empire? Which social media platforms are too saturated? Get an expert understanding of the ever-changing digital marketing landscape in this interview with Blue Thread Marketing co-founder Mordecai Holtz.

What Google's 'More Results' Button Means for You - Winners & Losers

After extensive testing, Google's 'More results' button officially does away with mobile pagination. With the new mobile format users can quickly load the equivalent of another page of search results with just one click and without wait, but what are the consequences? Who benefits from this considerable change to the mobile SERP? Who loses out? What are the implications?

How to Optimize Your Content Without Sacrificing Pizzazz

Learn how to consider the needs of both your readers and Google when drafting web content. Delving right into the problems that face content creators when trying to engage their readers without befuddling Google, gain some actionable tips to help bring balance to your content. 

How to Identify and then Repurpose Old Blog Posts

In the fast-paced and dynamic environment of our digital times, content that was relevant just a few months ago (let alone a few years ago) can become yesterday’s news and completely useless. In this post, you'll learn how to identify old blog posts that can be repurposed, as well as how you can update them.

How to Increase Your AdWords IQ

What is the best way to monitor your AdWords competition? Is there even a best way to monitor your AdWords competition? It's complicated, and anyone that gives you a one-size-fits-all list is just yanking your chain. I don't have all of the answers, and I am not going to pretend that I do. What I do have is a unique take on a piece of the process that might broaden the way you approach monitoring the AdWords field, or, as the title of this piece claims, increase your AdWords IQ.

The Forgotten Truth about Content Marketing

While most of the advice content marketers get revolves around topics such as how to promote on social media or choose the best content automation tools, we've in a way forgotten what it means to be a content marketer. The most basic truth is that content marketers are educators. Creating content means to teach. If a piece of content doesn't teach anyone anything, it's worthless. So how do you go about effectively educating?

The Authoritative Guide to Google's Mobile Knowledge Panel

In this guide, we'll go through the various formats and types of mobile Knowledge Panels, highlighting what has changed and been upgraded along the way (when applicable of course). We'll also pay special attention to some of the newer formats of the panel as well. So sit back and get ready to explore Google's magnificently malleable mobile Knowledge Panels.



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