Social Media Not a Ranking Factor, Bucketing Keywords, Being Customer First, & More [Content Roundup]

Social Media Not a Ranking Factor, Bucketing Keywords, Being Customer First, & More [Content Roundup]

Why Social Media Is NOT a Search Ranking Factor [Article]

I’ve been saying what this article is touting for a long time: while social media is a great tool and can be incredibly useful in promoting your content, it is not a ranking factor. I love this quote from the article:

In the case of social signals, it’s likely that large exposure on social media increases the chances that website owners will see the content, thereby increasing the opportunities that they will link to it from their own content.

Basically, what it comes down to is that Google can’t ascertain why you liked a brand on Facebook. Do you really like the brand? Or did you just like the picture they posted? Google doesn’t know so that’s why they have said, explicitly, they don’t use social media as a ranking factor.

Now, all of that being said, I still think social media is an incredibly robust, useful, and informative tool. Use it right, and it can have a tremendous impact on your website. Read more

Meta Descriptions, Search Newsletter, SERP Topography, and More [Roundup Post]

Meta Descriptions, Search Newsletter, SERP Topography, and More

Website Migration

Hey all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted my weekly roundup. And the reason is because I moved the site off Squarespace and onto WordPress. And I screwed up a lot in the process. I mean, a lot.

I had to transfer the domain as well as the whole website. The website was down for a couple days, and then when it did get transferred, I had to rebuild the entire site. I was at least somewhat smart and downloaded my pages, but failed to download my images, so there were a bunch of broken images all over the site. And I didn’t think ahead and so I didn’t have a theme I wanted installed. Also, a lot of my URLs changed so I had to deal with that.

To sum it all up, it was a learning experience. The site is still a little bit of a work in progress, but I’m incredibly happy to have my website on WordPress. It’s so much better for SEO purposes and it’s a lot easier to manage and update as needed.

Now onto the weekly roundup, shall we? Read more

Content Marketing Playbook, Google Directive Chart, Semantic Search and SEO, and More [Content Roundup]

The Decentralized Content Marketing Playbook [Infographic]

Content is king. That is the tired cliche of marketers. And while it is tired, it remains true, but this infographic from Hubspot highlights the need to focus on content that is just not the traditional blog post, as noted in the snippet from the infographic above. Read more

Negative SEO, Moving Away from Forms, Productivity Software, and More [Roundup Post]

Cleaning Up a Massive Negative SEO Attack with Web CEO [Article]

I’ve dealt with a client that got hacked in the past and it sent me into a total panic. Suddenly there were hundreds of spammy backlinks pointing back to my client’s site and I was scrambling to deal with them. This article from woorkup does a good job of walking you through the Web CEO tool and how to deal with a negative SEO attack. Hopefully you never have to deal with a hacking situation! Read more

Future of Search, SEO Tools, Featured Snippets Study, and More [Roundup Post]

4 Tips That Will Prepare You for the Future of Search & SEO [Article]

Search Engine Journal puts out consistently good and informative articles in the world of search, and they also they release webinars and host conferences as well. Read more about these 4 tips they present in the article:

  1. Use Psychology & Technology to Shape Strategy
  2. Structure Your Site Around Topics
  3. Think Beyond Google
  4. Devise a Flexible Measurement Strategy

Read more

Influencer Marketing, Outreach Case Studies, and SEO KPIs [Content Curation]

Guide to Influencer Marketing eBook

I’ve been trying to do more research into proven methods of influencer marketing and outreach. In the past I have done outreach in a kind of fly by the seat of my pants fashion, so this ebook was a good opportunity to get a better understanding of established influencer marketing strategies. Here’s a good stat from the ebook: 83% of buyers prefer 3rd-party opinions to evaluate vendors. Read more

On-page SEO Tips, Twitter Quiz, Google Phrase-Based Indexing, and More [Content Curation]

9 Actionable Techniques That Work for On Page SEO [Video]

Brian Page is undeniably an online genius. Backlinko is a great resource for online strategies, and this video is a good roundup of on page SEO tips, 9 of them to be exact. I really recommend watching the video, but here are the 9 tips that he lays out and explains in an easy to understand manner:

  1. Use Super Short URLS
  2. Include Keyword In URL
  3. Use LSI Keywords
  4. Publish Long Content
  5. Optimize Your Title Tag For CTR
  6. Use External Links
  7. Use Internal Links
  8. Maximize Site Speed
  9. Use Multimedia

Nothing in here is super shocking, but like I wrote in my comment to Brian, which he responded to with a smiley face, “it’s always good to be reminded of these things and have a reliable source like Brian if people try to disagree with your tactics.” Read more

I Read 121 Books This Year and These are the Ones I Recommend

Every year I set New Year’s resolutions. And every year I usually only stick to one. This year I actually completed two of my resolutions: I ran the Chicago Marathon and I read 115 books. Not to brag, but I actually read 121 books.

Every time I tell people how many books I read they always say to me, “I could never read that much!” And every time I roll my eyes and say, “Yes, you can.” I did a blog post last year recapping the books I read in 2014 that I liked so I won’t repeat my advice on finding time to read, but you can read it yourself if you’re in the mood for unsolicited advice.

But I do think people should read more. I don’t really give a crap what you read (God knows I read enough trash), but you should read more. Here are ways to find some good books to read:

  • Join Goodreads. The site will recommend books for you based on ratings you give to books you already read. Or you can just browse genre sections and see what’s new or popular. Plus, it has a very active community, so there are always a bunch of reviews and ratings.
  • Follow a book blog. Find a genre you like and research the blogs. It’s crazy how many extremely active book blogs there are.
  • The NPR book concierge is a fantastic interactive tool to help you narrow down to a book that’s just right for you.
  • What Should I Read Next? It’s a pretty simple website where you can just type in an author’s name or a book title and a whole list will populate.
  • Go to an actual brick and mortar bookstore. I’m completely guilty of not doing this enough. I order almost all my books online or get them on my Nook. Even if you don’t want to ask the staff what they would recommend, I say just browse the shelves, take a peek at something that looks good, judge a book by its cover. I once had a date at a bookstore, and it was a blast, so there’s that option if you are dating a reader.

Now onto the list, shall we? Read more