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Adrian Cojocariu

Adrian is a passionate SEO Analyst who discovered the digital marketing world at a very early age. He is also a professional piano player and a martial arts enthusiast. Still, SEO remains his biggest love of all.
It's interesting for me to see that even experienced SEO specialists forget about the power of internal linking. As backlinks from other websites become harder and harder to obtain (because people focus on the wrong techniques), using an internal linking strategy with the right combination of anchor texts can bring great SEO results.     But what makes a good internal linking strategy? Well, the answer varies from site to site but, generally, it's the foundation that matters. Buil [...]
Regardless if you're just starting out with SEO, or you're offering SEO services for a long time, everybody seems to ask you the same thing:   "How long does it take to rank in Google?"   Well, it's time to understand exactly what factors impact ranking time so you can approximate (after an SEO audit) how long it would take to rank and, if it's the case, sign a contract with your client accordingly.   This can be a tough one to answer and it might even even prevent you fro [...]
301 redirects are one of the core elements SEO experts use on a regular basis. They are very useful but they can also be very dangerous. You can fix broken links with them, but you can also create redirect loops which can affect indexability.   In order to really take advantage of 301 redirects, you have to know how to set them up properly but also the scenarios in which they are required. Last but not least, you have to know what to avoid when using 301 redirects to deal with a problem. [...]
To many people SEO seems like something really hard to do, which also takes a lot of time. While mostly that's true, it's also true that there are some small SEO actions you can perform that can have a big impact on your rankings.   In this post, we've gathered 21 things you can do to improve your SEO. Most of them are easy to implement, but we're trying to focus more on the ratio between the effort and the results. So, if something seems harder to do, it will also have a greater impact. [...]
While technical SEO is a topic that only some of us make use of rigorously, it is a part of everybody’s life. Well, which part of SEO is not technical if we were to look at it thoroughly?   SEO issues, mistakes, tips and recommendations are all included in today's technical checklist. We wanted to cover, in the most effective way possible, all the elements that are important for making your website user-friendly, efficient, visible in SERP, functional and easy to understand. Therefore, [...]
Web Directories have been the norm for the world wide web and for search engine optimization for a long time. But are they still relevant in this age of advanced AI Google Updates?   Well, as Head of Web SPAM at Google John Mueller said, "in general, no". But the key words in that answer are "in general". That's the usual answer we get from John and, as much as we'd like to say we will dissect it, the truth is that we can only be speculating and interpreting things based on own knowledge [...]
You keep hearing around that the same way true fans like their Apples fresh (I'm talking about iPhones), Google likes its content fresh. Well, it's somewhat true, but not for the reasons you might think of!   Google doesn't necessarily favor "fresh" content. Some search queries definitely deserve freshness, while others not so much. However, fresh content can impact SEO through some indirect "freshness" factors.     What Does Fresh Content Even Mean? Freshness & [...]
If you're active on social media groups or forums, you've probably seen plenty of free SEO audit offers. Ask an opinion about your site and the comment sections will quickly fill up with offers.   Hey, but it's FREE, right? I mean, isn't that great? However... if we've learned something over the past years of digital marketing and SEO is that nothing good comes for free. Even if you do end up spending less money, you spend time instead and always risk doing a bad job.     [...]
The Google Disavow Tool can be useful but it can also be very dangerous. If not used properly, it can mess up with your website's rankings on Google.   In order to make sure you use the Google Disavow Tool right, you must first know when you are actually allowed to use it. This advanced Google feature should only be used in specific scenarios.     If you're interested in finding out when you should use the Google Disavow Tool, keep reading, because you'll get all your answe [...]
Convincing clients to buy your SEO services is hard. Although it's a growing market and people become more aware of its value, they still don't see its true potential. They have a ton of objections and questions, especially if you're the one approaching them to make a sale.   I'm sure prospects have told you plenty of times things like Can you guarantee #1 positions? or It takes too much time, Adwords brings me instant results.     If you don't answer those questions and ob [...]