Google Plus SEO: The Business Benefits
SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
Google Plus offers business opportunities available nowhere else. The social network run by Google — the gateway to your business — is a game-changer. It ties together several Google products and delivers many rewards for brands. Vic Gundotra, the head of Google+, has said , “It’s really the unification of all of Google’s services, with a common social layer.”
How Much Google News Traffic Do Publishers Get? Here’s Data on 80 News Sites.
DECEMBER 9, 2014
Google News has been in the news itself lately, from European efforts to impose taxes to questions about its value and even suggestions for giving it a full redesign. But just how much traffic is it currently driving to publishers? But I’ve included enough sites to provide a good sense of the current news search opportunity for publishers. Jan-Nov 2014) Percentage of.
Link Building Tactics for Publishers
MAY 14, 2013
When it comes to link building publishers have a significant advantage because editorial content, be it hard news or evergreen content, lends itself naturally to linking and sharing. It is one of the many reasons that content marketing has become so popular, as brands in other industries put an emphasis on content development and promotion and essentially become publishers themselves.
Take Advantage of Additional Google News Opportunities for Publishers
JUNE 4, 2014
Google News continues to be an important source of traffic for publishers, in particular from the news OneBoxes that are frequently included in regular Web search results. While most news search optimization efforts rightly focus on editorial best practices and avoiding Google News errors , there are some additional opportunities that are worth taking advantage of.
Branded Content: 6 Things To Remember before Publishing
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
Whenever you publish content it should be relevant for both your audience and your own business perspectives. Always Always ask yourself if this specific piece of content is relevant enough to publish. You are hopefully already publishing a lot of content in different formats. Therefore, as a little help to content marketeers, we have made a small checklist.
SEO Metrics for Publishers: How are You Tracking and Measuring Success?
MAY 1, 2012
The technical, editorial and marketing teams are trained in SEO best practices and are integrating them into the daily workflow. When it comes to SEO publishers need to understand and effectively communicate progress and success. In this post I’d like to highlight some of the key metrics for publishers to focus on. Sounds good, but are your efforts working?
6 Rules of Thumb for Successful Brand Publishing
JUNE 17, 2015
The Internet has made brand publishing ubiquitous. In the words of Mark Ragan , CEO of Ragan Communications, “If we tell our stories the right way, we have the ability to become legitimate publishers in our own right.”. And in today’s hyper connected world, everyone’s a publisher. So what could possibly go wrong with brand publishing? But how do they do this effectively?
SEO Tips for Infinite Scrolling
APRIL 16, 2013
Publishers are starting to use it more often too on their home and channel pages. Don’t Forget SEO. This creates an obstacle for SEO. This type of progressive enhancement is good for usability as well as SEO. Related posts: Google News Optimization Tips. SEO Guidelines for Sponsored Content and Partner Links. Mashable is a Good Example.
Your 16-Point Content Publishing Checklist
Convince & Convert
FEBRUARY 23, 2015
The same goes for publishing content. With so many moving parts that take place even before you press “Publish,” a checklist can seriously come in handy. We’ve all had those cringe-worthy moments when we see a typo or two in a blog we just published. Depending on the site infrastructure where your content is published, the category and tags will vary.
My Top Posts of 2011 on SEO, PR and Social Media for Publishers
DECEMBER 21, 2011
Google Expanded Sitelinks: Optimize Opening Text in META Description Tag. Editorial SEO Tactics for the Newsroom. Is Using Facebook Comments Good for Publishers? The post on Facebook analytics tools did well considering I just published it last week. In checking out Google Analytics one thing I like about my top 10 is there were multiple paths to success.
5 Ways that Social Media Impacts SEO
AUGUST 21, 2012
It is intended to be a general overview for publishers. That’s a common question these days as publishers try to make the most of search and social for audience development. While the role of social media signals in Google and Bing’s ranking algorithms is still evolving there are already a number of ways that social media is having a clear influence. AuthorRank.
8 Critical SEO and Digital Marketing Opportunities
OCTOBER 14, 2015
So I put together a round-up of current SEO and digital marketing trends that offer good opportunities for publishers. As a user I like the new hosted and mobile-specific article formats, be that Facebook Instant Articles , Apple News Format or Google’s AMP project. App Indexing for both Google and Apple is another growing trend. Google News. Site Speed.
6 Social Tools to Use Immediately After You Hit “Publish”
JUNE 15, 2015
published it. In fact, publishing your article is just the first step. have shared some of the most essential steps to take right after you publish an article which include: Email those who helped you write it (If you were using any expert quotes). Share on Facebook, Google Plus and Linkedin making you tagged every person or company you mentioned in the article. Right?
Will SEO Exist in 2015?
Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg
JUNE 13, 2012
SEO used to be a self-standing marketing discipline, having a well defined, generally accepted set of activities and objectives. Today, SEO is much more intertwined with other marketing activities, making it difficult to know where SEO ends and where social media, for example, begins. Google’s SEO Mindset. Unique and relevant content, according to Google.
The New Face of SEO: Content Creation Comes First [Infographic]
DECEMBER 6, 2012
Traditionally, we think of SEO as something very technically rooted. Today, SEO is changing more and more towards a creative and marketing mindset, where content creators think about their audience first by prioritizing engaging content before optimisation for search engines. This infographic by Fuzz One shows the old vs. new approaches to SEO.
SEO Guidelines for Sponsored Content and Partner Links
APRIL 3, 2013
Sponsored content in various forms is growing in popularity as publishers seek additional sources of revenue. Done well it can be a good fit for both publishers and advertisers, and dare I say even add value for users. However in any implementation it is important to comply with search engine guidelines to avoid negative repercussions for SEO. Sponsored Content Compliance.
8 Social Media Questions Publishers Should Be Asking Themselves
MARCH 8, 2012
For most publishers social media has earned itself a prominent seat at the audience development table. To provide a strategic overview and set a framework for the discussion I came up with a list of questions that summarizes the types of issues we frequently encounter in helping publishers with social media. Every publisher (and title) needs to find the right mix for themselves. 6.
Revealed: The New SEO (When Google Takes Freshness Too Far)
JULY 30, 2013
That being said, it amazes me that every SEO blog is preaching the same old things that they’ve been saying for years. One person I was disappointed to see doing this was Rand at SEO Moz. I won’t say his surname, as I don’t want this post to rank for his name (I don’t like ‘outing’, either). when they were published). Content Not Fresh?
Do Social Signals Drive SEO?
Convince & Convert
OCTOBER 30, 2014
You just hit hit publish on that great new blog post. You get many of your friends, some followers, and even an influencer or two to share it too. A day later you notice the post has been indexed by Google, and it’s at #4 on the second page one of your main keywords. week later, you check that keyword again in Google, and lo and behold, it’s now at #5 on page one. Not so fast!
How Rich Answers Provide a New Approach to SEO
Convince & Convert
NOVEMBER 30, 2015
On Wednesday the 21st of October, I published the results of our latest study on Google’s Rich Answers. In that study, I showed how Google’s use of these types of results in the SERPs has increased over the past year. However, in today’s post, I am going to emphasize a completely different angle, and I am going to show you an entirely new way to do SEO.
10 Things That Expose Good Sites to Google Panda
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
Google Panda was designed to go after sites with a high volume of thin or low-quality content (among other things) in an effort to improve the overall strength of the search results. We work with a lot of major publishers and nearly all of them have had at least a few titles get hit by Panda in recent years. Here’s an example of site that was hit by Panda 4.0
Google News Tip for Google+ Embedded Posts
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
A quick tip for news publishers on using Google+ embedded posts. When embedding a Google+ post in a news article, be sure to include enough original editorial text to meet the 80 word minimum for Google News indexation. also want to emphasize that this tip applies only to articles and blog posts that are eligible for Google News indexation.
Simple SEO Tips
JUNE 21, 2013
That’s where SEO comes in. The idea is that you want to use specific words and content that is related to your site in order to get Google (and other search engines) to “crawl” your site. You can also link to anywhere else on the web that you have been published. So you’ve decided to start a website for your business. You get a great URL. Photo Source).
Editorial SEO Tactics for the Newsroom
JANUARY 12, 2011
By now most editorial sites are employing basic SEO best practices in the newsroom but how many are taking full advantage of every opportunity? To be successful an editorial staff needs to do more do more than just optimize headlines and title tags; there are a wide range of editorial SEO tactics that need to be employed. What other SEO tactics should newsrooms employ?
Pinterest: Great Opportunity for Lifestyle Publishers and Brands
NOVEMBER 21, 2011
While any photo-rich site can benefit from Pinterest, at least at this stage in its evolution there are particularly strong opportunities for lifestyle publishers and brands. At the moment it has more followers than all of the others combined. I am primarily covering publishers in this post but there are also solid opportunities for retailers. Should Publishers Add “Pin It” Buttons?
My Top Posts of 2013 on SEO and Social Media for Publishers
DECEMBER 17, 2013
So as I stumble across the finish line, here are my top posts of 2013 by pageviews: The Most Common Google News Errors and How to Avoid Them. SEO Tips for Infinite Scrolling. SEO Guidelines for Sponsored Content and Partner Links. Google+ Engagement for News Sites: Top Performers and One-Year Growth Rates. Top Link Building Tactics for Publishers. Publishing
24 of the Best Google+ Guides, Tips, Rants and Raves of 2012
DECEMBER 12, 2012
Will Google+ be a “Facebook killer” or just Google’s next failed social network? Then again, the average Facebook user spends nearly seven hours per month on the site—compared to just three minutes for the average Google+user. Many of this year’s best posts about Google’s newest social platform were written early in the year. You can!
Breaking Up Google
JANUARY 27, 2014
It may be time to break Google up. At a minimum, the Justice Department should consider taking up antitrust action against Google again. Google takes these actions to drive revenue for its advertising products. Contextual and creepy at the same time, Google uses all of the data collected from products to serve the ad beast, which in turn suggests products from paying partners.
SEO Copywriting: 25 Best Practices for 2014
MAY 7, 2014
To the dismay of businesses and marketers, SEO copywriting best practices do not guarantee high SERP rankings. All of them adhere to SEO and content creation guidelines. In 2014, SEO copywriting is about quality – well-written optimized content that appeals to humans. Since Google replaced their old tool with the new Planner , many copywriters are finding this harder to do.
The Google News Standout Tag: Does it Work?
JULY 23, 2013
The standout tag for Google News has been around for a couple years now but many news publishers are still uncertain about it. The primary way that it manifests within Google News is when an article in a lead story cluster is labeled “Featured.”. The fact is there is no way to know how long Google News will support the standout tag. Does the standout tag actually work?
5 Things You Can Do to Escape Google Penalties
Convince & Convert
JANUARY 11, 2016
The SEO world, too, is preparing to combat unexpected threats, especially from various Google penalties. Whether you like it or not, websites in variety of niches depend on Google for a high percentage of their traffic. According to Matt Cutts , around 400,000 of these kinds of actions are being initiated manually every month by Google. Monitor Negative SEO.
Survey: Pinterest a Great Source of Links for Publishers. What Types of Sites Get the Most Links?
AUGUST 14, 2012
As Pinterest continues to grow in popularity and usage it is becoming not only an important source of traffic and engagement for publishers but also a good source of links. spend a lot of time auditing websites which means I am regularly in the Google Webmaster Tools profiles for a variety of sites. Related posts: Pinterest: Great Opportunity for Lifestyle Publishers and Brands.
Theme Week: Publish Your Blog Post Without SEO, and 1000s of Visits Will Be Forever Lost
JUNE 2, 2014
We welcome Rand Fishkin to the ProBlogger Theme Week today to talk us through all things SEO. While this week we’re exploring all the things you can do with a post after you hit “publish”, Rand is reminding is to take a second before we do and have a look at the things you can do to optimize your post before it even gets into the hands of your readers. General
5 SEO Writing Techniques to Consider in 2015
JANUARY 21, 2015
SEO writing techniques? What’s the point of high quality writing that ends up on page 40 of Google’s search results? SEO Writing Techniques: 5 Ways to Create Better Content. It lets you plan around important dates, identify gaps in your strategy, and maintain publishing consistency, which is important for both readers and SEO. Creating Yes, SEO matters.
Google News Optimization Tips
SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
Home About Contact PR Publishing SEO Social Media Subscribe Adam Sherk Google News Optimization Tips by Adam Sherk on September 3, 2009 This week Google put out a video to give publishers more information on how Google News works and how best to optimize for it. To get your videos into Google News you need to create a YouTube channel.
Google News news_keywords Meta Tag: More Cons than Pros?
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
The Google News news_keywords meta tag is now available to all publishers that are approved for inclusion. It is nice that Google News is trying to accommodate publishers and allow for more witty, print-style headlines. But it is fair to say that Google News has always been a strange beast. Google News Wants Title Tags to Match Headlines?
Google Expanded Sitelinks: Optimize Opening Text in META Description Tag
AUGUST 22, 2011
Google’s expanded sitelinks give sites greater exposure for branded searches and the ability to dominate the page one results above the fold. User reactions have been mixed so far (some find them overwhelming or borderline obnoxious) but Google is touting the user benefits and the expanded sitelinks appear to be here to stay.
The Most Common Google News Errors and How to Avoid Them
JANUARY 16, 2013
In working with publishers one of the things I’m most frequently asked to do is troubleshoot problems with Google News. Anyone on staff at a news or content site can attest to the importance of Google News and news search optimization. Not an approved source – site not showing up in Google News? quick way to check is to do a [site:domain] search in Google News.
TopSEOs.com Banned In Google
OCTOBER 8, 2014
TopSEOs.com, a site that listed the “top SEO firms” in a list (for a fee) has been banned in Google. TopSEOs is a paid rating system website, that, in my opinion, has used deceptive practices over the years to list what were supposedly the “Top SEOs” However, that’s just not the case: the companies on the list pay for their spot. They had a booth.
Yahoo! Search Data (@YahooSearchData) a Good Source of Trending Topics for Lifestyle Publishers
JUNE 27, 2012
Now that the Hot Searches list on Google Trends has been stripped down publishers are moving to other sources for monitoring search trends. Specific to lifestyle publishers the Google data was never all that useful anyway since it was dominated by topics like breaking news, sports and entertainment. One good source is @YahooSearchData on Twitter. I’d given Yahoo!
Looking Back on the Year of the Panda: Google Algorithm Changes
Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg
DECEMBER 27, 2011
This last year Google brought a large number of algorithm changes to the table. In case you missed it through all the chaos, below lists all of the crazy Google changes that occurred in 2011and just what they all meant: Top 10 Google Algorithm Changes of 2011. April 11 : Panda update 2.0 – This incorporated Google searcher blocking data. labeled 2.51, 2.5.2, and 2.5.3)
Why Google is Really Pushing HTTPs
NOVEMBER 30, 2015
In a recent Search Engine Land article , Patrick Stox explains what HTTP/2 is, and what it means for SEOs. After all, Google has publicly stated that their search engine crawler, called Googlebot, is going to be supporting HTTP/2 soon. As you might recall, I moved this website to HTTPs a few days after Google announced that HTTPs is a search engine ranking factor.
SEO Mega-Checklist: 75 steps to increased visibility for your site (infographic)
JUNE 20, 2016
Almost nobody knows everything about how SEO (search engine optimization) really works. It’s a bit of a black art, and Google especially has been less than forthcoming in communicating best practices. Those who do this for a living have identified more than 200 SEO ranking factors that Google takes into account. So which key aspects of SEO should you focus on?