17 Advanced SEO Techniques for 2020

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This is a list of 17 advanced SEO strategies, techniques and tactics. In fact, these strategies have helped my site bring in 350,973 visitors per month from Google. So if you’re sick of reading the same old beginners stuff (“create great content!”), you’ll really enjoy this list. 1. Rank for “Journalist Keywords” 2. Use Animated Images to Improve Time On Site 3. Create Content Hubs 4. Target Comparison Keywords 5. Use Dynamic Parameters for Pagination 6. Build Backlinks With Podcasts 7. Forge a Content Alliance 8. Maximize SERP Real Estate 9. Embed Original Images In Your Content 10. Optimize Your Content For Keyword Relevance 11. Create a Comments Section On Your Blog 12. Uncover People Also Ask Keywords 13. Add “Content Features” To Your Page 14. Publish Topic + Year Content 15. Get Backlinks From Unlinked Brand Mentions 16. Optimize for Google Discover 17. Find Low-Competition Keywords From Reddit Bonus Strategy #1: Visualize Your Sitemap Bonus Strategy #2: Find Hidden Terms With Google Keyword Planner 1. Rank for “Journalist Keywords” Journalist Keywords are terms that journalists search for. And they’re a super powerful way to build backlinks at scale. For example, a while back we published this page speed study . Take a look at the referring domains data (via Ahrefs ) for that page. See how there’s a spike when the content was first published? Then it flattens. And then it spikes again? Well, that second spike came because that page starting rankings for a bunch of Journalist Keywords, like this: See how that works? A journalist needs a specific stat for their article. So they head to Google to find it. And my site gets in front of journalists right as they’re about to publish their piece. Which means they see my stat. And cite it in their articles. Very nice. 2. Use Animated Images to Improve Time On Site Our recent search engine ranking factors study found that time on site correlates with Google rankings . And I recently figured out a simple way to improve it: animated images. Specifically, high-res animated images (like animated SVGs ). These are basically animated GIFs. But MUCH higher quality. Here’s an example: And I’ve noticed that animated images stop people from skimming. That way, they read more of your content. And spend more time on your page. For example, this post from Backlinko has a handful of animated images. And …

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How to Create SEO-Friendly Podcast Show Notes

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In this post I’m going to show you how to create podcast shows notes that rank in Google. (Step-by-step) So if you’re looking for a way to grow your podcast with SEO, this new guide is for you. Let’s dive right in. Step #1: Transcribe Your Podcast Episode Step #2: Choose a Keyword For Your Episode Step #3: Format Your Show Notes Like a Blog Post Step #4: Optimize Your Show Notes for On-Page SEO Step #1: Transcribe Your Podcast Episode Your first step is to get a transcription of your podcast episode. A transcription is important for two reasons: First , it helps you quickly review the content. That way, you can pick a keyword to optimize your show notes around. (More on that later) Second , you can copy and paste a lot of the text into your show notes. Which will make your show notes more SEO-friendly. …

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17 Untapped Ways to Find New Content Ideas

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Today I’m going to show you 17 little-known ways to find GREAT content ideas. In fact, finding untapped content topics is one of the main reasons that my blog now brings in 519,977 visits per month: So if you want to come up with content topic ideas for blog posts, YouTube videos and podcasts, this list is for you. 1. Use Google Image Tags 2. Facebook Ad Library 3. The Reddit Keyword Research Tool 4. Best By Links Reports 5. The Exploding Topics Tool 6. Scan Blog Comments 7. Competitor’s YouTube Channels 8. Product Hunt 9. Google Analytics Landing Pages Report 10. Ahrefs Content Explorer 11. The Content Relaunch 12. Create Yearly Guides 13. Content Swipe File 14. Google’s Searches Related To 15. Find Super Low-Competition Keywords 16. A/B Rankings Keyword Questions Tool 17. Podcast Titles and Descriptions Bonus #1: Conference Talks Bonus #2: Pinterest Suggest 1. Use Google Image …

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17 Actionable Content Marketing Tips For More Traffic

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This is a list of actionable content marketing tips. In fact, these same strategies helped grow my blog to 304,265 monthly visits: So if you want more traffic from every piece of content that you publish, you’ll love this list of tips, techniques and strategies. Let’s get started. 1. Publish “X vs. Y” Posts 2. Link to Social Profiles in Outreach Emails 3. Use The Animalz Revive Tool 4. Try The PBC Formula 5. Publish “Power Posts” 6. Write About Trending Topics 7. Include Native Content With Social Shares 8. Use Padlock Posts 9. Include a Keyword in Your URL 10. Add More Cuts to Your Video Content 11. Write Longer Headlines 12. Optimize Around Untapped Keywords 13. Use Blog Post Templates 14. Use Emotional Titles 15. Optimize Around Brand Keywords 16. Tell Relatable Stories in YouTube Videos 17. Write Compelling Meta Descriptions Bonus #1: Reverse Engineer Your Competition Bonus …

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SEMrush Review: Details, Features & Pricing

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Here is my complete review of SEMrush . In this post you’ll see: What SEMrush does well What SEMrush doesn’t do well My opinion of SEMrush’s SEO and PPC features Whether SEMrush is worth the monthly fee A whole lot more Let’s get started. Domain Analytics This is a big picture overview of a site’s overall SEO and PPC marketing efforts. And if you want to dig deeper, you can get details on a site’s organic traffic, backlinks , PPC campaigns, engagement metrics (like bounce rate ), the site’s main competitors in Google search, and more. This report is helpful if you want to quickly see how much traffic a site gets from SEO or Google Ads . But the real value here comes from each of the detailed subreports. So let’s break down a few of these right now. Organic Research This feature is simple. Yet super powerful if …

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How to Detect and Improve Underperforming Content: A Guide to Optimization

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Posted by SamuelMangialavori Content, content, and more content! That’s what SEO is all about nowadays, right? Compared to when I started working in SEO (2014), today, content is consistently one of the most popular topics covered at digital marketing conferences, there are way more tools that focus on content analysis and optimization, and overall it seems to dominate most of SEO news. Don’t believe me? Here’s a nice Google Trends graph that may change your mind: Google Trends screenshot for “content marketing” as a topic, set for worldwide interest. But why is it that content is now dominating the SEO scene? How vital is content for your SEO strategy, actually? And most importantly: how can you be content with your site’s content? Puns aside, this post aims to help you figure out potential causes of your underperforming content and how to improve it. Why content is key in SEO in …

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The Step-by-Step Guide to Improving Google Rankings Without Getting Penalized

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Top Google rankings are a pinnacle of online business success. According to Backlinko , the first result on Google gets 31.7 percent of all clicks — while results on the second page receive just .78 percent of clicks. I’ve talked to a lot of business owners and managers – newbies and veterans – who have gone crazy trying to unlock the secrets of how to improve Google ranking without getting penalized. I wish I could tell you there’s a magic button that ranks your site #1 without fail. The truth is, it takes resourcefulness, dedication, persistence, and creativity. This is especially true because of the constantly-changing nature of Google’s algorithm. While there’s no magic, there are steps you can take to soar to the top of a search engine results page (SERP). I learned this the hard way. But luckily, you don’t have to. I’m going back to basics with …

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21 Smart Google SEO Tips for 2021

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Posted by Cyrus-Shepard Happy new year, readers! We're back with a brand new season of Whiteboard Friday episodes for your viewing pleasure. First up: Moz SEO expert Cyrus Shepard shares his top 21 tips for successful Google SEO in 2021, including what to prioritize and what to look out for in the year ahead. He's also included a bunch of helpful resources for your reference in the transcription below! Watch and enjoy, and as always, leave your questions and your own suggestions in the comment section.       Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Howdy, Moz fans. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. I'm Cyrus Shepard. Today, so glad that you can join us. We are talking about 21 smart Google SEO tips for 2021. We're getting ready for a new year, a …

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4 Link Building Campaign Tips That Work

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It’s no secret that link building campaigns are critical to ranking organically. If you want better search engine rankings, you need more backlinks. Links give context and power to pages that Google considers authoritative. Google will almost certainly see a page with 100,000 links as more authoritative than one with 1,000 links. (Unless all those links suck.) But that is exactly the problem– everybody needs links, and everyone campaigns for them. So how on Earth do you get links when half your inbox messages are other people asking you for a link? Many marketers have stopped campaigning because they think link building is“annoying” or “disrespectful.” But you need those links if you want to increase organic traffic. So link building still needs to be a priority. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can campaign for backlinks that are guaranteed to produce results — and avoid annoying people. Here’s why …

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The Evolution of SEO [Video Presentation]

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Posted by RobOusbey Last November, Moz VP Product, Rob Ousbey, gave a presentation at Web Con 2020 on the evolution of SEO, and we're sharing it with you today! Rob draws on his years of research experience in the industry to discuss how SEO has changed, and what that means for your strategies. Editor's Note : Rob mentions a promo in the video that has since expired, but you can still get a free month of Moz Pro + free walkthrough here ! Video Transcription Hello, everyone. Thank you for that introduction. I very much appreciate it, and it's wonderful to be with all of you here today. I'm Rob Ousbey from Moz. Real quick, I was going to share my screen here and say that my gift to you for coming to the session today is this link . This won't just get you a free month of Moz …

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19 Advanced SEO Techniques to Double Your Search Traffic

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Are you ready to double your search traffic ? Understanding SEO is crucial to significantly increase your traffic and brand awareness. Right now, thousands of people are looking for content just like yours. You can help them find it by becoming an SEO expert. In fact, 40 percent of website traffic begins with a search query. That’s why search engine optimization (SEO) is so important. Staying on top of SEO takes a lot of research and experimentation. Google’s algorithms are constantly updated, so it’s important to stay tuned into the latest news. With a bit of practice, you can become your own SEO expert. That’s what I did! Every day, people use Google to conduct over 3.5 billion searches . In the U.S., 78% of people use the web to research products and services before buying. Once your website begins to rank on the first pages of Google’s search results, …

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