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There is no need to stress more the fact that Google has just made an innovative update: Penguin 4.0 –  a real-time, granular algorithm update that allows both real-time penalties and incredibly quick recoveries. However, with such a big controversy around this update, what we need to dwell on more are case studies and analyses in order to have the best understanding of the latest Penguin phenomenon.     As (we hope) you’re already used to, at cognitiveSEO we are [...]
Penguin 4.0 is here and is real-time. This means that the Penguin portion of the algorithm will always be “on” and updating from now on. As we have previously developed in an earlier blog post, Penguin going real-time is huge news for the SEO community. With Penguin 4.0, the algorithm should now catch spam link profiles more quickly. Aside from the fact that Penguin’s data is now refreshed in real time so that changes will be visible much faster, Penguin will be able to devalue spam by [...]
There is a lot of buzz and fuzz regarding the influence of shares, comments, likes, etc. on SEO in general. Yet, the question that is on everyone’s lips is actually: “Are social signals a ranking factor?” There have been lots of discussions around this topic, both pros and cons; even some studies were conducted on it. Yet, no clear light has been shed on the matter.   And, as we think that research is one of the most exciting and, most of all, rewarding of occupations, we’ve c [...]
Long content or short content? Which one is better? What is the case? The more the merrier, or less is more? Well, the answer is rather complicated and needs a bit of unpacking. If you are looking for a short answer you need to know that there is no such thing. Long and short content alike can be better, depending on the context and on your needs: rankings, conversions, followers, popularity, authority, engagement, keyword optimization, etc. TL;DR – This is quite a large study. If you don’t [...]
Creating high quality content is a highly important aspect, not only for gaining high ranks but firstly for making users or readers happy. Yet, we all know that running a blog with constant valuable and high quality content might sometimes be difficult as it is a resource-consuming process.   Therefore, why not getting the best out of the content that you’ve already worked on? You sometimes don’t want (or don’t have the means) to reinvent the wheel every time you create a new piece [...]
Every site owner’s dream (and goal) is to rank as high as possible for their target audience. Every search engine’s dream (and goal) is to make sure that the most relevant websites rank the highest. But how is that relevancy built and interpreted? Does it have anything to do with what you say? That much we know to be true. Does it have anything to do with how (or where) you say it? That’s what we set to find out. Having this in mind we’ve conducted an in-depth research, with a set of [...]
I always advocate the idea of taking a step back to see the larger picture. When it comes to digital marketing, this is a crucial step - as it can easily point out what is currently missing from the approach you’re implementing for your website.     Always make sure you’ve still got the big picture in mind, however complicated this may sometimes seem. While keeping this in mind, this post is going to offer you a series of tips that can boost your traffic, provided that [...]
Here, at cognitiveSEO, we believe that things are always evolving, and that such evolution is nothing but necessary. Not only for us, but for our day to day users, our readers, our fans, our critics as well. We strive to push our limits and overcome our struggles. And when we do, we get to know ourselves better. This is how we came up with a series of brand new improvements today, specially designed for you, our beloved cognitives.   Today it's our Site Explorer's turn to get updated. [...]
Email open rates represent the ultimate effectiveness of the emails you’re sending to your audience and your leads, and the better they are in composition, structure and spamming, the more you’re going to grow in a sustainable way. That’s why we’ve put together (probably) the largest list of hands on tips to help you nail email marketing and build a better strategy for your ROI. With no further introduction, we present you a great list of 53 great methods on how to considerably [...]
Bad marketing is, most of the time, simply bad strategy. For instance, it might be tempting to think that all you need to succeed today is a strong social media presence and fan base. However, that would be a huge mistake on your part, strategically. Sure, social media might be a good place to promote a product or service, but there isn’t really any return on investment on that promotion, as Facebook users simply don’t engage with brands. What you really need is an interaction environment wh [...]