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The 3 Types of Links that Send Legit Referral Traffic

I know for most of the year I’ve been telling you that links are going to lose value – and I still think it’s true. However, I’ve been careful to point out that for now, links are still pretty powerful stuff in SEO. Further, even if links eventually lost all their (direct) power to move your rankings, they’d still have value for you as a marketer, because links are great for exposure and...
July 23, 2014
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Google Calls Takebacks on Authorship Photos: An Alternate Theory

When Google announced a couple of weeks ago that Google+ authorship markup would be disappearing from the SERPs, Larry and Rand Fishkin were on the same page – both suspected that the reason for the reversal was a loss of clicks on ads. As Larry put it, “Clicks on the search results page are basically a zero sum game. If there's an increase in CTR for one part of the SERP, some other part is...
July 07, 2014
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Get Happy with WordStream’s Best of the Month

A lot of our most popular posts in June had to do with changes in AdWords – new features, new policies, new dashboards, new data. As always, we did the hard work and analysis for you, so instead of trying to parse the AdWords-ese, get the key takeaways from us right here. We also shared a bunch of great tips for creating marketing that resonates and makes your audience do the happy dance. If...
July 01, 2014
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7 Marketing Clichés that Make You Sound Like a Hack

Do you know the etymology of the word “cliché”? It’s a printer’s term – back when printers had to physically arrange letters together to form words and paragraphs and pages, they would sometimes arrange common strings of letters or words together on a single plate to facilitate printing those sequences more efficiently. This was also known as a “stereotype block.” You can see how both “cliché”...
June 04, 2014
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The Attention Economy: Why Some of Your Content Will Always Fail

“The attention auction” is a phrase that has stuck in my head since I first read it earlier this year, on AJ Kohn’s blog Blind Five-Year-Old. The idea is that we’re all competing for a finite amount of attention, and it’s a zero-sum game. If people are paying attention to your competitor, they can’t pay attention to you at the same time. Another term for the same basic idea is “attention...
May 23, 2014
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Contrarian Content Marketing: How to Zig When Everyone Else Zags

Confession: I’m a content marketing manager who hates most content. It’s all so boring! It’s true in the consumer world – as Choire Sicha, co-founder of The Awl, just said in an interview for The Atlantic: I opened up my Digg reader the other day, because I was on blogging duty at work, and everything was so duplicative of each other. I was like, yeah, okay, there’s that piece of news filtering...
May 19, 2014
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Matt Cutts Says Yes, Links Will Inevitably Lose Value Over Time

In the latest Webmaster video, Matt Cutts answers a question that could have come from me (but actually came from someone named Leah in New York): Google changed the search engine market in the '90s by evaluating a website's backlinks instead of just the content ... Updates like Panda and Penguin show a shift in importance towards content. Will backlinks lose their importance? There have been...
May 05, 2014
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Test Shows First Evidence of Google Testing Quality Score for Organic Search

Rand Fishkin just published the results of a test he did to see if query and click-through data might affect search rankings. To run the test, he asked his Twitter followers to search the term “imec lab” and click on the Moz result. He did not link to the post in his tweet: Care to help with a Google theory/test? Could you search for "IMEC Lab" in Google & click the link from my blog? I have...
May 01, 2014
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Brand Mentions Are the New Links?

Over at Moz, Simon Penson just wrote an interesting post about a “Panda Patent” which may shed light on how Google will rank sites in the future, “using a ratio of links and mentions, or ‘implied links.’” With penalties flying and the value of the almighty link coming into question, could Google be looking for new signals of authority? We think so, but are brand mentions the answer? The relevant...
April 30, 2014
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WordStream's Best of the Month (& Happy 5-Year Anniversary to Me!)

This past Sunday marked my five-year work anniversary at WordStream. I know that sounds like a long time, but young ones, five years goes by really fast when you’re on the wrong side of 30. I’ve now been working remotely (from the Mile High City) for longer than I worked in the Boston office, which, due to the telescopic nature of time, seems impossible. The math checks out though. (See also “...
April 30, 2014
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