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I wish I knew earlier about this Google update! is something many site owners or marketers say on a daily basis. Moreover, it would be heaven on earth if we also knew how all those Google algorithm changes, be they official or unnamed updates, should be dealt with.   Most times, we get to see how rankings fluctuate, traffic drops, and still, we don't know what to do. What's more, we always think it's us who made a mistake and, therefore, got downgraded. This blog post will both prove you [...]
Everybody is talking about high-quality content but what does it even mean these days? That’s what we are going to find out today. There’s no content marketing inception. The truth is that high-quality content is contextual and for maximum results, it requires three steps: keyword research, good content writing, and on-page search engine optimization.   Let's find out how to perform top-notch keyword research, how to measure results and optimize pages up front for astonishing on-pag [...]
This cognitiveSEO Talks - On Search and Traffic episode brings to your attention a bunch of rare SEO tips and tricks and a frank all-SEO discussion with Andrea Pernici, a chief technology officer specialized in search engine marketing, design, and technical SEO, to mention just a few.     From web analytics to mobile marketing, HTML & CSS, Andrea has it all: great digital marketing skills, an excellent understanding of the SEO landscape and a highly business-oriented approach. Ther [...]
There are many questions about canonical tags that could have landed you on this page. What are canonical tags? When to use them? Do canonical tags impact SEO in any way?   We know, there's a lot to take in. But do you know what the good part is? This article will answer everything you need to know about canonical tags!     Quick answer: Canonical tags affect SEO from two points of view. For once, they directly influence how search results display. They can also influence t [...]
The content marketing industry is continuing to evolve, and the trends that appear mingle with other faces of the marketing. SEO is an important asset and facet of the marketing domain. SEO and content marketing should always be best friends, one should not live without the other.    That’s how we come to the idea of searching the trends in content marketing which influence SEO so as to know what to expect and how to place ourselves on the wave and not against it.     W [...]
There's a lot of confusion when it comes to meta descriptions and SEO. Do they affect search engine rankings? Is it worth spending the time to write a good meta description?   Well, in theory, meta descriptions do not affect SEO. This is an official statement from Google, released in 2009. However, since meta descriptions show in the search engine results, they can affect CTRs (click through rates), which are linked to SEO & rankings. So, in practice, meta descriptions might have an i [...]
Rumor has it that Bing from Microsoft can really take your marketing and SEO efforts to a whole different level. Is it true though that Bing can be gold when it comes to better traffic to your website, increased ROI, affordable advertising, convertible exclusive visitors, and an overall friendlier search environment?    Given that we don't lean on rumor, we figured out it's best to check ourselves what's there that makes Bing a smart target to marketers of all kinds.       [...]
It was a time when everybody was looking and following various strategies to increase the PageRank score for their websites. PageRank was developed as a way to measure the importance of a website in order to rank it. Google uses the algorithm by counting the number of links and checking their quality. Everybody check PageRank (PR) for their website by using the toolbar and compare their website to others if wanted.   While this worked for lots of years, Google removed the PageRank toolbar [...]
Wikipedia is one of the most (if not THE most) authoritative sources on the internet. With an average of 8 billion pageviews every single month and over 6 million articles posted only in the English version of the colossus, Wikipedia claims its well deserved spot as the 5th most visited website of the planet.   Yet, it does not serve any ads to its users. How is this possible? Every other site you visit on a daily basis probably runs ads to survive. How come the 5th most visited site in t [...]
Local SEO myths - what a tangled topic to discuss. You might get caught on the subject and start feeling intimidated thinking of the high amount of work you must do to rank in local SEO. Which, obviously, is unreal. Don't get us wrong: it's difficult indeed, but far from impossible.    In the local SEO area there are always new things to discover that can help your business get new customers, improve your visibility and get more local searches. Let's bury all the local SEO myths and misl [...]