SEO: Content & Writing

What people get wrong about keyword cannibalization

I loathe the term “keyword cannibalization.” The term reminds me of the arguments around one keyword per page. News flash — Pages rank for multiple keywords. According to a study by Ahrefs last year, the average page ranking number one also ranked for about 1,000 other relevant keywords. If your content is relevant enough, you can even have multiple pages show for the same keyword. If you’ve worked with an enterprise, you’ve likely...

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On-page + off-page SEO working together = success

I encounter many people who believe the basic blocking and tackling of search engine optimization (SEO) execution is losing its value, but I find doing this basic hard work still works incredibly well. In today’s post, I’m going to share a case study of a travel site whose business plan incorporates a straightforward approach to creating highly differentiated content on their site and then promoting that content effectively. They believe in...

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4 reports you can pull from Ahrefs that you didn’t know existed

Author’s note: Besides being a customer of Ahrefs, I have no affiliation with the tool, and this is not a paid article. Ahrefs is a robust SEO toolset that is popular among search professionals — yet many are not using it to its fullest potential. There are so many nooks and crannies in Ahrefs that it can take a while to learn everything it has to offer. The following lesser-known Ahrefs reports...

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Four brand-building activities that lay the foundation for SEO

At Google’s inception, one innovation differentiated it as a search engine: It used information gained from off-site sources to inform its estimation of the relevance, importance and quality of pages in its index. Originally, this source of off-site information was the network of links found by crawling the web. Nearly two decades later, in 2017, with countless other rich data sources at its disposal, Google uses a more diverse and sophisticated...

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8 simple ways to utilize a blog to improve SEO results

Seemingly every company has a blog these days. Unfortunately, very few organizations fully capitalize on their blog content to maximize SEO results. Here are eight simple ways a blog can improve your website’s organic visibility, traffic and results. 1. Create a compelling name for your blog It irks me when I go to a company’s website and the name of the blog is… “Blog”! I urge marketers to be creative and more...

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The four pillars of an effective SEO strategy

SEO can be complicated — in many cases, overcomplicated. How many ranking factors are involved in generating strong organic search results? Ten? Twenty? Thirty? Two hundred? A quick search for “SEO ranking factors” will give you all of these answers and myriad others. There is a lot of information out there. And the reality is, while there are likely hundreds of variables working together to determine final placement, much of what...

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How to increase B2B traffic by 192% in five months

SEO is a long-term strategy. It takes time to build authority and reputation, and spammy tricks that work for a short time are eventually devalued by the search engines. However, we’ve found a strategy that’s delivered results relatively quickly and proven particularly effective in the B2B space. Some of our best projects have seen near double traffic growth: Not surprisingly, this traffic growth corresponds with our efforts to secure links. Here is a look...

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