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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.
Speed is very important for a website. It's so important that Google has made it an actual ranking factor. Over time, Google has taken action to improve the loading speed of websites by providing a set of tools for developers and webmasters. One of these tools is Google Lighthouse.   But how does this PageSpeed Insights Tool from Google actually work? And, more importantly, does page speed affect SEO? You'll find everything you need to know in this article.   The PageSpeed Insigh [...]
Hey, we get it. The URL structure is a difficult SEO topic. It's not easy to master, but not impossible, either. In fact, we're here to make things easier for you.   In this article, we'll try to answer all your questions and provide examples for a better understanding of how the structure of your URLs influence your SEO strategies.     Even if you own an eCommerce website or are struggling with Local SEO and Wordpress, after reading this article you'll know how to set up [...]
If you want to become a good SEO, you need to have a holistic view on all SEO related topics and there are some technical elements that you must understand, even if they're not quite easy to digest. One of these topics is schema markup.   Schema markup and structured data had a role in SEO for years now and it seems that major search engines recommend them. But what exactly is schema markup? And, more importantly, how does it impact the SEO process?   After reading this article, [...]
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 [...]
There are many attributes that an SEO must have in order to be successful, but one of the most important ones is being willing to improve all the time. Improvement doesn't always come from making things right. In fact, the only way you'll really improve is by failing, over and over again.   However, when it comes to SEO, a mistake might pass by unnoticed. You might not have any idea that you're doing something wrong. Now, there are thousands of horrible mistakes that you could be making, [...]
As SEO evolves, it gets more and more human-centered and people in the industry begin to question old techniques, targeted mostly at search engines. Such is the case with Sitemaps, which have been around for ages.   Do sitemaps still matter for SEO in 2020 or are they just a waste of time? When and why should you use them? And how can you optimize them for maximum SEO results?     In this article, you'll find out the answers to all those questions, so keep reading!   [...]
Not long ago, Google has released version 68 of the Chrome Web Browser. In this version, websites that don't run on HTTPS will be marked as Not Secure. This might lead to the following question: does Google value websites with SSL certificates more? Will they rank better? Is it worth to make the switch?   In this article (Updated 2019) you'll find out whether SSL certificates matter for SEO or not. You'll also learn exactly how to migrate your website from HTTP to HTTPS without suffering [...]
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 native or preferred language. And, in order to speak their language, you need to translate your website [...]
Titles are among the most important things in SEO. But, although it is very basic to have your keywords inside the title, it isn't always easy to write SEO friendly title tags. That's why we've prepared this guide and set of best practices you need to follow in order to have well optimized titles on all of your website's pages.   If there's one thing I've noticed during many years of practicing SEO, it's that people heavily neglect titles. Countless times have I been told - "I've worked w [...]
Outranking your competition can be very difficult, especially if your website is rather new. What's even more frustrating is when you can't outrank competitors which have spammy backlink profiles. Why doesn't Google penalize them? Why does it rank you lower than them in the Google search results, even though you play the game by the book?   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 arti [...]