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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 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 [...]
This is a TRUE SUCCESS story from Jibran Qazi – Founder of Hunter Canada, a cognitiveSEO long-time customer and SEO expert with almost 15 years of experience.   Jibran Qazi is an SEO consultant, growth hacker, and founder of Hunter Canada, a company that helps tech firms achieve exponential traffic growth. Enjoy his story, written and documented by himself, and see how he managed to grow an app in the Fintech space, increasing its number of monthly visitors from 4000 to 420K+ in ju [...]
Intentional or unintentional, be it plagiarism or bad technical implementation, duplicate content is an issue that is affecting millions of websites around the web. If you've wondered what content duplication is exactly and how it affects SEO and Google rankings, then you're in the right place.   Whether you think your site is affected by this issue or just want to learn about it, in this article you will find everything you need to know about duplicate content. From what it is to how yo [...]
Within this cognitiveSEO Talks episode you'll get the chance to get inspired by Lukasz Zelezny, a prolific keynote speaker, SEO consultant, and author. He started working in the SEO industry around 20 years ago while living in Poland. Every year he is actively participating in 10 to 20 events as a keynote speaker and he constantly worked for mid and large companies such as HomeAway, Thomson Reuters, The Digital Property Group,to mention just a few.        As Lukasz himsel [...]
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, [...]
It’s almost impossible to come up with a digital marketing strategy to spy on your competitors without consistent information regarding the trends in the niche. And, if you think that it’s only what works that matters, you may not get too far.   In order to develop a way to leverage customers' and influencers' behavior to your advantage, you’ll have to make yourself comfortable in the office chair and start to seriously monitor the entire niche. That’s the wonder of a free market [...]
When launching a new website, there are some things that seem unimportant at first, but turn out to really be an issue later on. One of them is the WWW vs. Non-WWW issue.   When you first think about it, it doesn't sound like much of a deal. You might not even care at all about it. When you first research it, you'll probably learn around the web that it doesn't really matter for SEO.     However, if you start digging deeper, you'll discover a lot of things you didn't know. [...]
If you use SEO to promote your website, you most probably have heard of PBNs (Private Blog Networks). The concept isn't very difficult to understand (although it is difficult to execute), but with the overload of information out there, you might be conflicted.   Do PBNs still work in 2018? Are there any risks? Well, the short answers are yes and yes. So should you build one? That's up to you. However, this article has to purpose to help you make an educated decision. This won't be a guide [...]
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 [...]