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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.
If you haven't searched Google for an alternative to doorway pages, then you might think this article is about BlackHat SEO techniques. If doorway pages are against Google's Guidelines, doesn't that make any alternative wrong, as well?   Well, the answer to that can be nuanced, because sometimes webmasters have no alternative. They need to create multiple, similar pages, but fear that Google's algorithms will see them as doorway pages and penalize the entire website for that. Their only o [...]
We all know that quality links to our website are beneficial for rankings. But link-building is hard and time consuming and reckless link-building is sort of 'illegal' in terms of Google Guidelines. Your only 'legal' option is to create great content and distribute it properly in order to earn natural links.   The problem is that not all pages are easily linked to. It's just not the case for category pages, or landing pages in strange niches, such as leech breeding. So, instead, you creat [...]
Did you know that Google doesn't show all your pages in the search results, even though they have the potential to rank high? Yeah, that's right! Your page is eligible to rank high, but doesn't get displayed in the searches.   These are called omitted results and, although they aren't something to freak out about, they can sometimes become a little bit of a pain. If your website is listed in Google's omitted results, almost nobody will ever see it. Fortunately, there are some things you c [...]
Content Marketing is dominating the internet. It stays at the core of everything, be it an article, a video or even an ad. So, in order to succeed or even attempt to be successful at digital marketing, you have to create some form of content.   However, many people find it very difficult to create content or do link building, especially if they're in a 'boring' niche. This complaint often comes not only from the website owners themselves, but also from various digital marketing experts tr [...]
The internet gives a business the power to compete on a global level. Gone are the days when your only competitor was the other shop across the road. If you sell your products or services on a website, you have the power to quickly expand beyond your country's borders, without spending millions of dollars on opening new physical stores.   But in order to do this, you have to speak their language. And, in order to speak their language, you need to translate your website. Apparently, settin [...]
If you're a webmaster, then you love backlinks. You're all about them, saying yes to every backlink opportunity like it's your first date ever. You smile when you manage to get one, and you're always looking for new link building openings.   But I'm about to tell you a story about a link that doesn't bring you that much joy:   Someone read your article. They liked it. They contacted you, stating how interesting the information was and that they would link to it from their website. [...]
Knowing how to analyze your SEO competition is an important step in determining your overall keyword and SEO strategy. There are many factors involved in the process, and without the correct framework, it can get complicated.   This SEO Competitor Analysis Template will guide you through the exact steps you need to take in order to deploy a comprehensive analysis. Below the infographic, you can find a detailed explanation of each step.     We’ve tried to make the steps as [...]
Google's algorithm has evolved a lot over the years. The main purpose of the improvements was to be able to better distinguish natural links from artificially generated links. Although big advancements have been made, top ranking websites with clean link profiles aren't always the case.   It probably happened to you (or to someone you know) to run a business in compliance with all Google's guidelines when it comes to  link building but, at the end of the day, to be dethroned by other si [...]
The subdomain vs. subdirectory question has been around probably ever since Google first appeared. People ask themselves if having one or another affects SEO. The popular belief is that switching from a subdomain to a subfolder of the root domain will help increase the overall rankings of your website.   But is that true?   The short answer is... it depends. But if you're asking yourself which one you should use and you want to make a very documented opinion on the subject before y [...]
The advent of CMS (Content Management Systems), such as WordPress, has revolutionized the internet, with around 5-10 websites being built every single second. If websites were built before only by professionals, today anyone can create a website in a matter of minutes, with little to no coding knowledge.   That creates lots of opportunities, but also comes clogged up with many problems. After an easy 5 minutes install process, one of the first things most people want to do is customize [...]