How old are the top ranking pages and what does this mean for your business?

One very common question everyone wants to know is 'how do I get my website ranking on Google?' Marketing agencies are probably used to hearing this question and responding with the same answers that there's not a 100% chance of ranking on Google even if you do everything right. Ranking first on Google organically may not be as successful as you once thought when you've got 3-4 search ads taking space at the top. So what does it take for higher chances of potentially ranking based on Google? Only 22% of pages that currently rank in the top 10 were created within 1 year, with the majority of pages being 3 years and older. These strategies on this infographic by The Website Group are guaranteed to revolutionize your marketing. Courtesy of: The Website Group…

Great new visual design and usability, but no long-term data (yet)

There has been a fair bit of excitement about the new search console (GSC) since it was first announced, perhaps mainly since it was promised this would give us access to a full 16 months data about search queries to our site rather than the previous 90 days. Last week took a look, prompted by the many reminders to take a look a the new beta since I asked to join the beta a few months back. Google announced the beta was available earlier in January and it seems most admins will be getting alerts, but if you haven't you can read about the benefits here and see Google's summary of the new search console features. I was also interested to see whether there would be any new reports or insights which were available.…

Will you be using the full range of Free, Freemium and Paid tools available to review and improve your SEO and content marketing effectiveness?

To compete with SEO, it's essential to have the best tools at your fingertips enabling you to find new opportunities, save time and keep track of how your SEO can be boosted. We think that harnessing the insight available from tools isn't just important for SEO specialists, but essential whether you’re Director of Search for a multi-national business, digital marketing manager, working as an account manager in digital marketing agency, owner of an SME, even if you run your own blog Previously, we have rated the best tools for digital marketing overall, but we wanted to drill down to review the best services for SEO and content marketing to help readers this year.

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 Knowing if you’ve got a successful retail SEO campaign all starts with picking the right metrics

With a wealth of information at your fingertips in Google Analytics, how do you determine what the key performance indicators (KPIs) are for your website? Everyone wants to demonstrate the value of organic campaigns but since the cruel and unusual punishment of the removal of the organic keyword conversion report in Google Analytics to be replaced by the opaque 'not-provided', it can seem difficult to measure the impact of all the hard work although the improved Search Console-Google Analytics integration does help. Before we dive into the KPIs, it’s important to remember a few things when you’re pulling data out of Google Analytics and drawing conclusions from this…

What is data without human interpretation?

As with any quantitative data you get the what but not the why. Human interpretation of this data is where the…

Clickthrough research data reveals the importance of 1st, 2nd or 3rd position in Google

You often hear company owners saying “I want to rank top” for their target keywords. Although this may be an unrealistic hope, they’re right to say this since they realise that the proportion of clicks driven by top positions is much higher. Research showing average clickthrough rates by position in the SERPs (Google's search results pages) are useful since they can help make the business case for more investment in SEO since you can estimate uplift in visits with improved rankings when performing a gap analysis for which keywords to improve in SEO, using search query data from Google Search console, for example. The best open source for this data today is the Advanced Web Ranking organic CTR research which we share here, so you can check out the different CTR analysis it gives. This data is from…

Moz releases a new free tool to help you discover, prioritize, and build lists of high-quality keywords.

The Keyword Explorer (KWE from herein) comes as part of the Free tools offered by Moz, a leader in Digital Marketing and Search Tools. It's a result of year-long development by a team already dedicated to the maintenance and development of Moz's rankings collections and research tools. How has it the impacted the final product? Let's find out.

What does it do?

The official strapline is...

"Find The Best Keywords For Your SEO Strategy

Discover, prioritize, and build lists of high-quality keywords."

And I can safely say it passes the "Ronseal Test"; it does exactly what is say's on the tin.

The tool takes users through the entire keyword research process, whilst providing metrics and scoring systems (Volume, Difficulty,…

Check out these 4 new features including real-time data, YouTube and Google News

Value: [rating=4] Recommended link: Google announcement summarising new features. On the 17th of June Google announced the biggest update to Google Trends in three years. It's one of our favourite tools for learning about customers and marketplace trends so we thought it worth flagging up!  For example, we used trends in this post to explore how marketers have changed how they label digital marketing vs Internet marketing over the years. Allowing users to see real-time data, and integrating trends from YouTube and Google News into the home page, gives marketers a powerful tool to track online trends and optimise there real-time marketing strategy. I’ll give you a quick overview of the newly released features so you don’t miss out on any real-marketing opportunities.

1. Real-time data

Perhaps the most important feature to be released in this update is the inclusion of…

10 things you need to know about Search Analytics - Google's new tool for Keyword Ranking reports

Rating of value of tool: [rating=4] Recommended link: Google's announcement of Search Analytics launch Have you seen Google's new Search Analytics tool? It's an important free tool to help with SEO since it shows how well your site is ranking for different keywords and where visitors are landing.  We've been using it during Google's Beta review and it's now available to all users of Webmaster Tools. In this post we'll explain the main features and where it fits in with Google's other analytics tools to support SEO. Here's how the new tool looks:

What do I need to know about Google's Search Analytics? 

1. Search Analytics is a free tool to show how your keywords rank and the…

Five methods to prove the efficiency and effectiveness of SEO

Calculating and proving the value of SEO isn't easy. Not only is there the misunderstanding of how SEO works when discussing SEO with senior stakeholders, but there’s also the added complexity of measurement in a world of ‘Not Provided keywords’. While rankings can show us how we’re performing for a particular set of keywords, search results are now personalised and this does not demonstrate ROI. Factors including personalisation, localisation and limitations on the number of keywords one can track mean that rankings should be used more as a high-level KPI rather than a solid success metric. At an executive level, ranking data will not effectively communicate the true value of organic search so we need to find methodologies that will enable us to speak the ‘language of the board room’ and generate buy-in for further activity.

Structure measurement…

Is Google favouring long-form content in its results?

Something rather strange happened recently to the results for one of our major keywords 'copywriting' - see SERPs. For the past 12 months or so, our homepage has consistently appeared in the top 10 results for the term – the largest volume search term in our industry. This page has been replaced with various other landing pages, most recently settling on a guide we produced titled 'How to become a copywriter.' This is despite the fact that this page does not include the term 'copywriting' in the meta data or header tags on the page and has no external back links. I suspected that the replacement of this page may have been due to an algorithmic penalty due to overzealous use of the term in link building to the homepage. However, …

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