The 13 Best SEO Posts of the Year

On December 28, 2016
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When I'm not busy at WordStream, talking about magical unicorns on social media, speaking at industry events, or writing, I'm reading. I want to stay up to date on everything SEO, which means I devote hundreds of hours to reading every year.

As another year comes to a close, I want to share my top picks for the best, must-read articles of the year.

While there was (as always) a lot of news in the SEO industry, my goal here isn't to highlight news stories or "how to" types of posts. Also, my selections aren't purely based on social share numbers or view counts ­– I wanted to highlight posts that either offered original research (we need more of it!) or strong opinions that offered really interesting insights about SEO.

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4 Super-Smart Keyword Research Ideas that Boost SEO

On December 21, 2016
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I’m one of those weirdos who finds keyword research fun; seriously, it’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. When you’re looking for new keywords to target, the world seems bright and full of possibility.

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Looking for keyword gold at the end of the SEO rainbow

I recently ran a little keyword research workshop with some folks on the WordStream marketing team, in an effort to get others around here as jazzed about keywords as I am. Here are a few of the keyword research and optimization tips I shared. Let’s hope they help shake you out of your keyword rut!

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23 Creative Advertising Ideas That Actually Work

On December 20, 2016
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Per a 2014 report from SJ Insights, people are exposed to an average of 5,000 advertisements and brands per day. Of that number, only an average of 153 advertisements are noted, and we only engage with about 12 ads. The competition for attention is fierce and your ads need to stand out from the crowd to get noticed.

Keeping that in mind during this frantic holiday shopping season, I compiled a list of creative advertising ideas with examples to make your brand stand out!

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7 Ready-Made AdWords Headline Formulas to Make Your Life Easy

On December 19, 2016
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Admit it. You hate it.

There are only a few characters. It should only take a few seconds. Yet you cringe in pain every time you have to create new ad text.

You’ve got to take all of this information into account, come up with a killer value prop, and then stuff it down into an impossibly low restricted character limit.

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Thankfully, there are a few shortcuts available. Tried-and-true formulas from people who’ve already been there and done that.

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18 Marketers, Influencers, & Thought Leaders You HAVE to Read on Medium

On December 15, 2016
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For digital marketers, there’s no better social network than Twitter. However, despite being the most popular social media channel for marketing professionals by far, Twitter does have its limitations – most notably, the platform’s trademark brevity. Twitter is perfect for catching up with the latest news from the ever-changing world of digital marketing, but when you’re craving content with a little more substance, where do you go?

Medium.

 Best marketers on Medium

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5 Really Good Reasons to Use Twitter Ads

On December 14, 2016
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Is Twitter the best online advertising platform?

Sometimes!

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It’s true – Twitter has its problems, but in certain cases and contexts, it truly is the best ad platform you'll find – though ultimately it will depend on what you hope to accomplish.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Expanded Text Ads (And What to Do Instead)

On December 13, 2016
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Despite the fact that remembering to rinse cans and throw out the little sheet of wax paper covered in coagulated cheese at the bottom of every pizza box is a minor annoyance, I’m a big proponent of recycling.

Unless, that is, we’re talking about stitching old snippets of ad copy together in order to create your new Expanded Text Ads

the 7 deadly sins of expanded text ads

You see, recycling standard text ads—carving off a sliver of a description line here, stealing a CTA there, and pulling it all together with a bit of punctuation or a nice conjunction-suture—simply doesn’t work.

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The 10 Best & Biggest New PPC Features of the Year

On December 12, 2016
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Another crazy year is almost behind us. The year 2016 will be remembered for some huge and unexpected changes, some awesome new PPC features, and welcome changes to both the Google AdWords and Bing Ads platforms.

But some new PPC features stuck out more than the rest this year. This article will separate the unicorns from the donkeys!

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Here are my picks for the top 10 new PPC features of 2016.

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