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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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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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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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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11 Proven Ways to Increase Dwell Time

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Are you doing everything you can to rank for a specific keyword? Are you struggling to get on even the first page, much less the top? Here’s the thing: there’s a good chance you are making a ton of mistakes that sends users back to the SERP. After developing hundreds of high-ranking pages, I’m here to show you the role dwell time plays in ranking and how you can increase it. Before I share 11 strategies to increase your dwell time, let’s look at what dwell time is and why it matters. What is Dwell Time? Dwell time is the length of time a user spends on your page before returning to SERP. Most SEOs consider dwell time to be a ranking signal, though Google hasn’t confirmed it. As an example, let’s say you want to establish a better morning routine. So you Google “morning rituals.” You click on the …

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There's Gold In Them Thar SERPs: Mining Important SEO Insights from Search Results

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Posted by AndrewDennis33 There’s gold in them thar SERPs…gold I tell ya! Now, whether that phrase takes you back to a simpler (maybe? I don’t know, I was born in the 80s) time of gold panning, Mark Twain, and metallurgical assay — or just makes you want some Velveeta shells and liquid gold (I also might be hungry) — the point is, there is a lot you can learn from analyzing search results. Search engine results pages (SERPs) are the mountains we’re trying to climb as SEOs to reach the peak (number one position). But these mountains aren’t just for climbing — there are numerous “nuggets” of information to be mined from the SERPs that can help us on our journey to the mountaintop. Earning page one rankings is difficult — to build optimized pages that can rank, you need comprehensive SEO strategy that includes: Content audits Keyword research Competitive …

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8 major Google ranking factors — SEO guide

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The SEO community is always looking for new ranking factors and we have discovered over two hundred of them so far. But there may be hundreds more actually used by Google. Luckily, we don’t have to work on all of them. Most have very little weight in SEO and are often used as tie-breakers rather than ranking signals. Instead, here is the definitive list of Google ranking factors, each of which can make or break your search optimization strategy. 1. Backlinks Even though Google is planning to move away from backlinks in the future, they still remain the most important ranking factor for your pages. Except it is now too risky to use black hat SEO strategies — your links have to come from a variety of high authority websites that are similar to yours. Furthermore, some Google patents say that freshness and traffic may also be important backlink metrics. …

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Search Intent and SEO: A Quick Guide

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Posted by DawnMacri Understanding search intent can be the secret ingredient that brings your content strategy from okay to outstanding. As an SEO Strategist at a digital marketing agency ( Brainlabs ), we often find clients on the brink of ranking success. They’re sitting on stellar content that simply isn’t ranking for their target keywords. Why? Oftentimes, the keywords and the intent simply don’t match. Here we’ll discuss the different types of search intent, how to determine the best intent for given keywords, and how to optimize for search intent. First–let’s iron out the basics. What is search intent? Search intent (also known as user intent) is the primary goal a user has when searching a query in a search engine. Many times, users are searching for a specific type of answer or resource as they search. Take pizza for example. Searching for a pizza recipe has a different intent …

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Pay Attention to These SEO Trends in 2020 and Beyond

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Posted by Suganthan-Mohanadasan Without a doubt, it is our job as SEOs to keep an eye on the future and anticipate what Google is planning, testing, or looking to drop on our doorsteps. Over the past 12 months alone, we have seen several changes in Google Search — each impacting how we plan, implement, and report on campaigns. In this article, I will take a look at what is in store for SEO in 2020 and how these factors will change the way we formulate strategies throughout the next year and beyond. Artificial intelligence will continue to evolve Over the past half-decade, artificial intelligence has become a pioneering force in the evolution of SEO. In 2015, for example, we were introduced to RankBrain -- the machine-based search algorithm that helps Google push more relevant results to users. Although RankBrain is coming up on its fifth birthday, we are only now …

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