Category: Search Marketing Column

What negative SEO is and is not

Today we are starting a six-part series on Negative SEO. The series will be broken into three areas and will show how negative search engine optimization (SEO) has an effect on links, content and user signals. Definitions Positive SEO under...

/ May 22, 2018

Ask the SMXpert: SEO markup and structured data

The Ask the SMXpert series continues the question and answer (Q&A) segment held during sessions at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West 2018. Today’s Q&A is from the Successful SEO Using Markup & Structured Data session with Alexis Sanders. With an introduction from...

/ May 22, 2018

Common mistakes and quick fixes to improve poky page speed

There are multiple reasons to improve how quickly your web pages load. One of them is page abandonment. If your pages load slowly and customers leave before seeing your services, how will you grow a business and be successful? A...

/ May 11, 2018

Ask the SMXperts: The latest in advanced technical SEO

The Ask the SMXpert series continues the question and answer (Q&A) segment held during sessions at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West 2018. Today’s Q&A is from the Latest in Advanced Technical SEO session with Dawn Anderson, Bastian Grimm and Brian...

/ May 11, 2018

Beyond keywords: What really matters in SEO content

Just when we thought the saying “Content is king” was gone for good, there it goes showing its sneaky little face again in the search engine optimization (SEO) world. Bearing in mind also that “Content is queen,” it appears that...

/ May 9, 2018

Ask the SMXpert: Keyword research and copywriting

The Ask the SMXpert series continues the question and answer (Q&A) segment of sessions held at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West 2018. The following Q&A is from the Keyword Research and Copywriting for Search Success Bootcamp with Christine Churchill, with...

/ May 9, 2018

Link building is complicated: A rebuttal

Search Engine Land recently published a column by Julie Joyce about how we often overcomplicate link building, and when I read it, something surprising happened. I actually disagreed with her. Well, I sort of disagree with her. I do agree the...

/ May 8, 2018

The ultimate guide to bot herding and spider wrangling — Part Two

In Part One of our three-part series, we learned what bots are and why crawl budgets are important. Let’s take a look at how to let the search engines know what’s important and some common coding issues. How to let...

/ May 4, 2018

Where to find ideas for content your audience will love, look at and link to

Creating useful and engaging content is an essential part of search engine optimization (SEO) and link building today. While it often feels fun and exciting in the beginning, it can quickly become a monotonous task that you dread. I mean,...

/ May 4, 2018

Searcher intent: The secret ingredient behind successful content development

Google’s goal is to satisfy a searcher’s intent. When a user finds what they’re looking for after clicking on an organic search result, that’s a success. Sounds easy enough, but things get complicated when there are multiple results that may...

/ May 2, 2018