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Search engine optimization, or SEO, is the practice of optimizing your website to generate more traffic from search engines. Learn how to improve your rankings, build links, run technical website audits, track performance, write content that’s fully optimized for Google, the difference between white hat and black hat SEO, and much, much more. The WordStream blog is your home for all things SEO this year.

The 13 Best SEO Posts of the Year

Check out Larry Kim's picks for the absolute best, most helpful and innovative SEO articles and blog posts of the year, from WordStream and around the web.

Larry Kim
December 20, 2016 | SEO

4 Super-Smart Keyword Research Ideas that Boost SEO

Need some new ideas for SEO keyword research? Odds are, you're skipping these great keyword research tips that can really improve your organic rankings and CTR.

Elisa Gabbert
December 19, 2016 | Content Marketing

6 SEO Experiments That Will Blow Your Mind

Best practices are nice, but SEO experiments are what really move us forward in the world of organic search engine optimization. Here are six crazy experiments that really surprised us, and how you can use the results for your own SEO gains.

Larry Kim
November 21, 2016 | Content Marketing

How to Calculate the ROI of Offline Transactions

We can measure which ad campaigns lead to form completions (conversions), but how do we know which ones lead to actual sales? Here's a system that works!

11 Battle-Tested Ways to Raise Your SEO Click-Through Rate [Infographic]

High organic click-through rates are an increasingly important factor in your SEO rankings. Check out these 11 proven methods to raise your organic CTR.

Larry Kim
October 12, 2016 | Marketing Ideas

2 Classic Ways Your Analytics Are Lying to You

Your analytics are supposed to help you do your job better. But these big lies your analytics tell you can get in the way of your decision making. Learn how to fix them.

Brad Smith
September 22, 2016 | Marketing Ideas

SEO Lensing: How to Climb the SERPs with Content Consolidation

In this must-read post, learn how a simple technique called SEO lensing, or content consolidation, can help you climb the SERPs and improve rankings without creating more content.

Guest Author
September 7, 2016 | Content Marketing

The Best SEO Strategies for 2016 in One Awesome Infographic

It’s a whole new world of SEO! Learn the SEO strategies that really work in 2016 with this in-depth infographic covering local search, mobile SEO and more.

Mary Lister
August 17, 2016 | Marketing Ideas

EMDs vs. Branded Domains: What’s the Best Solution?

Not sure if an exact match domain (EMD) or a branded domain is right for your site? Check out this guide to the pros and cons of EMDs versus branded domains.

Guest Author
August 9, 2016 | SEO

10 Question-Based Keywords that Drive Tons of High-Quality Traffic

Answering questions with your content is a fantastic way to drive tons of high-quality organic traffic. Check out 10 types of questions that work, plus SEO tips for ranking on question keywords.

Why You NEED to Raise Organic CTR’s (And How to Do It)

Is click-through rate (CTR) a ranking factor in Google? We've got data that suggests yes, Google does factor organic CTR into its ranking algorithm -- plus crucial tips on how to raise your Google click-through rates for better organic rankings and SEO.

RankBrain Judgment Day: 4 SEO Strategies You’ll Need to Survive

RankBrain, Google's sophisticated AI system, will change SEO forever. Larry Kim has come back from the future to tell us how we can win the war against the machines and survive SEO Judgment Day.

Larry Kim
March 14, 2016 | Marketing Ideas

RankBrain: A Primer on Google’s Artificial Intelligence Technology

RankBrain, Google's proprietary artificial intelligence system, is revolutionizing the world of search. Here's everything you need to know.

Dan Shewan
November 4, 2015 | SEO

3 Tips for Ranking in the Featured Snippet (AKA Position Zero)

Getting into Google's featured snippet is like ranking in position zero! Learn how to get featured snippets in Google and earn tons of organic traffic.

Elisa Gabbert
October 13, 2015 | Content Marketing

SEO Basics: Complete Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization

In this complete beginner's guide to SEO, learn the SEO basics in eight parts, including keyword targeting, on-page SEO, quality content, technical SEO, and more.

Tom Demers
April 30, 2015 | SEO

26 Crazy Facts You Didn’t Know About Google

Did you know that Google negotiated the terms of acquisition for YouTube in a Denny's diner? Check out this and 25 other crazy facts you didn't know about Google.

Larry Kim
April 15, 2015 | SEO

Search Trends by State: Top Trending Searches in All 50 States

What search terms trended in YOUR state last year? See the top rising search trends in all 50 U.S. states in this infographic.

Elisa Gabbert
March 2, 2015 | SEO

How to Get a Million+ Blog Visits Per Month

Learn from the pros at WordStream and HubSpot how to run a blog that drives a million visits per month, including tips for blogging strategy, optimization, management and promotion.

Elisa Gabbert
November 24, 2014 | Content Marketing

Why SEO Rank Checking Tools Are Useless (And What to Use Instead)

Still searching for the best rank tracking tool? You might be wasting your time! Learn why SEO rank checking tools are useless for evaluating your keyword position in SERPs, and what tools to use instead to really drive more traffic from organic search.

Megan Marrs
August 11, 2014 | SEO

The 3 Types of Links that Send Legit Referral Traffic

Most inbound links have some value, but only some links drive real referral traffic. And what good is link building for SEO if you’re not getting more traffic to your site? Learn what types of links are mostly likely to send real referral traffic to your site.

Elisa Gabbert
July 23, 2014 | SEO

How Google Hummingbird Changed the Future of Search

Google Hummingbird was the most comprehensive and ambitious update to Google's search algorithm since 2001. Here's how Google Hummingbird changed search forever, and what we can expect from Google in the future.

Dan Shewan
June 23, 2014 | SEO

Dwell Time: The Most Important Metric You’re Not Measuring

Dwell time, the length of time that a visitor spends on a page before returning to the SERPs, is one of the most important analytics metrics, as well as one of the most frequently misunderstood. Learn what dwell time is and how you can increase it for better SEO results.

Dan Shewan
June 10, 2014 | SEO

Panda 4.0: Why eBay Just Lost 80% of its Organic Rankings

Google just released Panda 4.0, the latest iteration of its algorithm update intended to keep thin content spam out of the SERPs. eBay has taken a big hit.

Larry Kim
May 21, 2014 | SEO

6 Google Analytics Tips for Business Insight Way Beyond Traffic

Recently I discovered six Google Analytics tips that totally changed the way I use the software. Want to get better, more actionable data about your site’s visitors and traffic patterns? Here are my six best Google Analytics tips that can help your business too!

Dan Shewan
May 15, 2014 | SEO

The Mega Collection of SEO Expert Advice: Best of the Reddit SEO AMAs

If you're at all familiar with Reddit, you know about their AMA series, AKA, Ask Me Anything. Superstars from Obama to Rob Delaney have done AMA's, committing to answer questions from anyone and everyone who shows up to submit a question.

Megan Marrs
May 7, 2014 | SEO

If People Don’t Link to Porn Sites, How Does Google Rank Porn?

In his latest Webmaster video, Matt Cutts answers the question: “How does Google separate popularity from authority?” (This question came from a “Blind Five Year Old,” by the way! That’s our friend AJ Kohn unless someone stole his alias.)

Elisa Gabbert
April 2, 2014 | SEO

How to Use Schema Markup for SEO: Making Your Site Easier to Find for Stupid Machines

Although schema and other structured markup formats have been around for several years, relatively few people actually know what schema is or what it’s for. Today, we’re going to answer your questions about schema and why you should make it an integral part of your SEO strategy.

Dan Shewan
March 20, 2014 | SEO