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April 20, 2015

Google’s New Mobile Breadcrumb URLs: Making the Most of Your Site Name & URL Structure

New in Google: Breadcrumb URLs

Google announced two more changes last week to the way URLs are displayed in mobile search results:

  • Mobile search results no longer show the actual page URL, but instead show a breadcrumbs-like format of the URL structure. This is rolling out worldwide.
  • The breadcrumbs-like information can show the site name in place of the domain name. This is rolling out in the U.S. only for now.

You can specifically control how the breadcrumb URL for your search results will appear if you add Schema.org markup to the HTML on your pages. Read more of Google’s New Mobile Breadcrumb URLs: Making the Most of Your Site Name & URL Structure




April 15, 2015

Why Is My Mobile-Friendly Label Missing in Google Search Results?

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As the April 21st deadline to make your site mobile-friendly approaches, many sites are checking to see if their pages get the “mobile-friendly” annotation. Those two words are Google’s promise to searchers that a result meets a certain standard of usability that mobile surfers are starting to expect.

What’s concerning is that sometimes the label doesn’t show up — even though Google’s own Mobile-Friendly Test declares “Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly.” In working with clients and through research, we’ve uncovered little-discussed reasons why a mobile-friendly annotation may not show up despite a page’s being fully optimized for mobile browsing.

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April 7, 2015

Introducing SEOToolSet Lite: A Free SEO Tools Suite

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You may have heard of the SEOToolSet®. SEOs have been using it for technical and organic search engine optimization since 1997.

But have you heard of the free SEOToolSet — SEOToolSet Lite?

In March we rolled out the newest generation of the SEOToolSet, built from the ground up and full of new tools our SEO analysts asked for and vetted. SEOToolSet 6 has two tiers — Lite and Pro, and today we want to introduce you to the tools available to you for free in SEOToolSet Lite. There’s no credit card required to sign up for SEOToolSet Lite, and there’s no software to download. Just create a username and password, supply an email, and get instant access to four diagnostic tools for a single website project.

Learn about the tools available to you in SEOToolSet Lite: A Free SEO Tools Suite from Bruce Clay, Inc.




March 30, 2015

Oh, the Challenges SEO Tools Can Solve – Announcing SEOToolSet 6

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The SEOToolSet® is a suite of organic optimization tools built by SEOs, for SEOs. We created these tools to help us do our jobs better and we hope, in turn, they can help you do your job better, too.

Today we’re launching SEOToolSet 6, the sixth generation of our tools. From the first-ever web page analysis program that Bruce Clay himself wrote in 1997 until now, our SEO software has always had a singular goal: Give SEOs the tools they need to increase a website’s visibility in search.

The SEOToolSet is unique because it focuses entirely on search engine optimization. See how these tools help solve the challenges SEOs face every day, such as:

  1. Have reports that monitor and prove SEO progress.
  2. Figure out what’s “natural” among top-ranked competitors.
  3. Efficiently find missing meta tags, duplicate titles, and problems with canonical elements.

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March 27, 2015

Apps: The New SEO Frontier?

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Google’s Feb. 26 announcement that the search engine will now “surface content from indexed apps more prominently in search” is significant news for SEOs. If a user has downloaded your app, your app content can get a ranking boost in their SERP — and if a ranking boost is on the table, it definitely makes an SEO stop and consider the possibilities.

On average, people install 26 apps on their phone … but there are more than 1.3 million apps in the app store. And we know that 5 percent of apps drive 92 percent of all app downloads. Moral of the story? Apps are a very competitive space, and before any coding begins, it’s important to determine whether or not an app is worth the investment for your business.

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March 5, 2015

Ask the Search Engines: Google and Bing #SMX West Liveblog

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SMX West 2015 ends on a high note with “Ask the Search Engines.” Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan welcomes Google’s Gary Illyes and Bing’s Duane Forrester to the stage for a no-holds-barred question and answer session with two of Search’s most important figures. These are the men with the inside info that we all want to hear.

Get the full scoop in this liveblog of Ask the Search Engines.




The Cutting Edge of Structured Data Implementation: Deep App Actions & Sitewide Dynamic Triggering #SMX

The Cutting Edge of Structured Data liveblog

It’s not enough just to implement structured data. That’s par for the course, a requirement now and not an advanced opportunity. We’re not early adopters and we have to think about the next step.

In this liveblog coverage of the SMX West session “The Next Generation of Structured Data: Taking Markup To The Next Level,” you’ll learn about some advanced things you can do with structured data. Our presenters go beyond Rich Snippets into the cutting edge of what Google’s developing in data markup. Find out what speakers Mike Arnesen and Justin Briggs had to say in the full presentation liveblog.




March 4, 2015

Conversion Tactics for SEOs – #SMX West Liveblog

Conversion Tactics for UX-Focused SEOs

At this SMX West session, our esteemed speakers talk of conversion SEO, emphasizing that the role of SEO doesn’t end at getting traffic to the site. Once you have the fish on the line, then what? As one speaker says, “Think about SEO not as search engine optimization but as search experience optimization.” Consider search as bigger than just search engines and get UX recommendations through streamlining the checkout process to surveying search visitors. Speakers on this panel: Mark Munroe, founder of SEORadar; Matt Storms, SEO at MattStorms.com; Lisa Williams, president and founder of Sustainable Digital Marketing.

Read the full liveblog to learn how to do “search experience optimization.”




Penguin Penalty Prevention: Link Acquisition & Audit Techniques You Need to Know

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In this SMX West session you’ll learn how to assess whether or not your site has been affected by manual link penalties or by the Penguin algorithmic link penalty. You’ll also learn how to do backlink analysis with recommended tools and how to request link removals. Read the full liveblog coverage of presentations by Marie Haynes, Rae Hoffman and Sha Menz.




What’s Important for Mobile SEO in 2015 (Insights Straight from Google)

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Given that Google is adding mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal, this morning’s SMX West session on mobile search is packed. Everyone is eager to hear insights directly from Google when Webmaster Trends Analyst Gary Illyes takes the stage to talk about the update and answer questions from the audience. In addition to Illyes, the audience will also hear from Mitul Gandhi, chief strategist at SEO Clarity, and Bryson Meunier, Director of SEO for Vivid Seats.

The information presented in this session was pretty significant, so we’re going to go ahead and tell you the two most important takeaways right up front. The two things SEOs absolutely need to take away from this session are:

1) Google’s Gary Illyes revealed that there is a Google team dedicated to indexing mobile sites separately – and the separate indexing of mobile sites is something Google might experiment with in the future.

2) April 21, 2015, by all accounts, is a “very important day.” That is an exact quote from Gary Illyes.

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