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July 22, 2015

19 Fresh Thoughts on Link Building & Disavow Shared by Top SEO Minds from John Mueller to Neil Patel

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Among search engine optimization folks there are a couple questions that continually spur on conversation, and one of them is: Link building — is it black hat? The last few weeks have seen a surge of articles and online chats on the topic of link building and its proper place in search engine optimization. Recent discussions about links bring to light the battle-worn wisdom of knowledgeable, go-to search engine optimization minds, like John Mueller and Neil Patel, whose advice has been indispensable in the two years since we first were introduced to Google’s Penguin algorithm update.

We’ve harvested 19 fresh thoughts on link building, link cleanup and disavowal, covering:

  • Link building today — its current definition and role
  • Natural vs. unnatural links — staying in Penguin’s good graces
  • Disavow files — tools and techniques for backlink cleanup

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July 20, 2015

Link Building in the Penguin Age: SEOs on Earning, Pruning and Disavowing Links

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Link building is a matter of hot debate among search engine optimization analysts because quality links are vital for top rankings while spam links can land a site with a serious search engine penalty. In the age of Penguin, attention must be paid not only to the links themselves but how they are earned. Even asking for links the wrong way can violate webmaster guidelines, according to a Google blog post from earlier this month.

As moderators of last Thursday’s SEO-focused Twitter chat, #SEOchat, we wanted to hear what top SEOs were feeling about the current state of link building, link removal and disavowing links. The debate was lively and at times surprising. Discover all the thought-provoking and controversial points of view!




July 15, 2015

FAQs on How to Use Google Search Console

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Whether you’re new to Google Search Console (formerly called Google Webmaster Tools) or have been using it for years, you might have a question or two about its functionality and capabilities. In this article we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Google Search Console from our readers as well as some additional ones that we hope will make using the tools easier for you. Get your answers and learn how to use the Google Search Console.




June 25, 2015

Apps 101: Deep Linking, App Indexing and Why They Matter

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Apps are largely considered the new SEO frontier. Mobile app usage is growing at an incredible rate and shows no sign of slowing. Overall app usage grew by 76 percent in 2014, and lifestyle apps in particular saw 174 percent growth. If you are have an app or are developing an app, app indexation and deep linking are something you definitely need to be paying attention to. Basically, Google wants to treat your app like a website. It wants to crawl it and index it so that it can return specific pages from an app in search results. That ability to return specific pages within an app? That’s deep linking.

This article is for those just dipping their toes in app indexation. Read on for a breakdown of what app indexing and deep linking actually are, as well as helpful examples of deep linking in action. You’ll also learn basic requirements for Android and iOS setup.

Read more of Apps 101: Deep Linking, App Indexing and Why They Matter.




June 22, 2015

Free SEO Tool Alert! Quick Backlink Snapshot from the Lightweight Link Analysis Report

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In the latest edition of Free SEO Tool Tuesday, we introduce you to the Link Analysis Report, a free SEO tool that provides a quick snapshot of a URL’s backlinks. Use it to discover your site’s backlinks and the inbound links of your competitors. There are 10 free SEO tools that anyone can use without logging in from the Free Tools page of SEOToolSet.com. This blog walks through the simple steps of how to use the free Link Analysis Report and provides four ways to use the data from the tool to sharpen your organic SEO strategy. Learn how to use the Link Analysis Report tool.




June 16, 2015

In-House SEO or SEO Agency: Which Is Right for Your Business?

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Devising or revising an SEO strategy for your business and wondering whether or not to go with an in-house SEO or an SEO agency? It’s a common – and good – question to be asking. The answer depends on your budget and your goals.

Each option comes with its own benefits – and in a perfect world you would likely have both. Here’s Bruce Clay’s take on the issue: “It’s crucial to stay current with the latest SEO methodology – that’s very time-consuming, though. It requires several hours a day that a solo in-house SEO probably doesn’t have. An SEO agency or consultant can be a powerful ally, filling in the gaps by mentoring and guiding an in-house SEO.”

If it’s a matter of one or the other, however, it’s important to align the benefits of each and determine which is a better fit for your needs. Read on to find out more about the benefits of each option, with food for thought from our SEO Manager, Robert Ramirez.




June 5, 2015

Google Wants You to Make Your Site Faster or They’ll Do It For You. Will You Like the Result?

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In April, around the time of Google’s “Mobbilegeddon” mobile ranking update, the search engine announced another mobile optimization in testing. Via the Webmaster Central Blog, Google said they’d “developed a way to optimize pages to be faster and lighter, while preserving most of the relevant content.” In other words, if you don’t optimize your site so that it loads quickly for mobile devices, Google will try to do it for you.

Called transcoding, Google says it’s a feature intended to help deliver results quickly to searchers on slow mobile connections. Google’s early tests show that transcoding returns pages with 80 percent fewer bytes and 50 percent faster load times. Indonesia has been the staging ground for early field tests, displaying transcoded sites when a mobile searcher is on a slow connection, like 2G.

Sounds cool, right? Now website owners and SEOs don’t need to worry about optimizing sites to be fast; Google is going to do it for us! What a magnanimous thing for Google to do. Except that there are a couple of reasons that this should give developers and webmasters pause.

Read about the pros and cons of Google’s new low bandwidth transcoder.




June 2, 2015

SEO AMA: Googler Gary Illyes Answers Burning Search Questions at #SMX Advanced

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Googler Gary Illyes sits, cool and collected, on the SMX Advanced stage. Across from him is Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan. Sullivan is about to ask Illyes anything and everything digital marketers have been dying to know in this “Ask Me Anything” session. In the weeks prior to SMX, SEOs have been sending in their questions. Sullivan will ask Illyes those questions and anything else he sees fit to quiz the Google Webmaster Trends Analyst on.

It seems like every SMX attendee is in the standing-room only audience. Read on to find out everything Illyes had to say, including his insights on:

  • Mobilegeddon (a term, for the record, that he hates)
  • The Quality Update
  • When to expect the next updates of Panda and Penguin
  • App indexing

Read SEO AMA: Googler Gary Illyes Answers Questions at SMX.




SMX Liveblog: Mobile Is Still the New Black Says Google’s Gary Illyes

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April 21, 2015 arrived with a bang. Google announced it was the day that mobile-friendliness would officially be a ranking signal for Google mobile search results. That day, dubbed “Mobilegeddon,” wasn’t the the day search marketing changed, however. Improving a website’s experience for mobile users has been an SEO mission a long time in the making. SMX Advanced speakers, including a Google representative, share thoughts on improving a site in light of Google’s mobile-friendly update.

Read the liveblog coverage of the SMX Advanced session Mobilegeddon! Surviving Google’s Mobile Friendly Update.




June 1, 2015

Introducing DisavowFiles: Free Crowdsourced Tool Brings Google Disavow Link Data to Light

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Ever wonder what’s inside the search engines’ black box of disavowed backlink data?

Google and Bing are the only parties who can see the disavow data given to them by site owners. We, the webmaster community, can’t access this data to help us make informed decisions when vetting backlinks, researching sites, or creating our own disavow files.

Let’s change that.

Today we’re launching DisavowFiles, a free, crowdsourced tool aimed at bringing transparency to disavow data. Sign up for free at DisavowFiles.com.

Read the post on the reports, features and, of course, privacy and anonymity of DisavowFiles.com.




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