30 Lessons After 30 Million SEO Visitors

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As you can see from the screenshot above, I’ve driven 30 million visitors to my website from SEO. Technically it’s more, but who’s counting . What’s funny, though, is I barely look at my traffic, even as Google continually rolls out algorithm updates . I know that sounds contradictory because if you are an SEO, why wouldn’t you obsess about traffic, right? Well, it’s because I’ve learned some hard lessons over the year… mainly because I’ve made a lot of mistakes. So today, I wanted to share them with you so that you can learn from my mistakes… so here goes: Lesson #1: Don’t obsess over rankings, obsess over conversions I used to check my rankings every single day. Literally. On top of that, I would log into Google Analytics 4 to 5 times a day and continually check my traffic. That’s all I cared about back in the day… boosting my organic traffic. But here is the thing: As my rankings and traffic went up over the years, my revenue didn’t go up proportionally. For example, during one quarter in 2017, my SEO traffic went up 39.52%, but my revenue from SEO went up only 4.29%. I quickly learned that traffic isn’t everything. If you can’t convert the traffic into revenue it doesn’t matter. That taught me that you need to focus on the right keywords that drive conversions and continually optimize your site for conversions. An easy first step for you to take is to install Crazy Egg and run a heatmap to see where people click so you adjust your design and copy to get more sales. Lesson #2: The easiest way to grow your SEO traffic is international expansion You already know that I get a lot of SEO traffic, but do you know what country drives most of my traffic? If you guessed United States, you are wrong. Brazil is my most popular region, followed by India. International SEO is the easiest way to expand and grow your traffic. Here are a few posts that you should read before you expand your SEO globally: How to create a global SEO strategy Fundamentals of international SEO How to correctly setup your site for international SEO How to profitably expand your SEO globally Lesson #3: Keywords are very, very, very, very important When I used to write my content, I didn’t obsess about the keywords when I …

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your SEO Traffic Using Ubersuggest

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There are a lot of tools out there and a ton of SEO reports. But when you use them, what happens? You get lost, right? Don’t worry, that’s normal (sadly). And maybe one day I will be able to fix that. But for now, the next best thing I can do is teach you how to grow your SEO traffic using Ubersuggest . This way, you know exactly what to do, even if you have never done any SEO. Here we go… Step #1: Create a project Head over to the Ubersuggest dashboard and register for a free account. Once you do that, I want you to click on “Add Your First Project.” Next, add your URL and the name of your website. Then pick the main country or city that you do business in. If you are a national business, then type in the country you are in. If …

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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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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 …

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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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Google’s New Algorithm: Page Experience

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Don’t worry… your traffic hasn’t gone down (or up) because of the Page Experience algorithm update hasn’t rolled out yet. But it will in 2021 according to Google. Due to the coronavirus, they decided to give us all a heads up on the future algorithm update and what it entails… that way you can adjust your website so your traffic doesn’t tank. So, what’s the Page Experience update and how can you prepare for it? Page Experience In Google’s own words, here is what it means… The page experience signal measures aspects of how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page. Optimizing for these factors makes the web more delightful for users across all web browsers and surfaces, and helps sites evolve towards user expectations on mobile. We believe this will contribute to business success on the web as users grow more engaged and can transact with …

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SEO Pack: 21 Worksheets, Templates, and Cheat Sheets

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SEO is tough. It’s time-consuming and hard to implement. And, because of that, I have a free SEO training course and even an SEO tool to help you out. But what if you don’t have the time to go through a 21-part training series? Or what if my SEO tool doesn’t give you the step-by-step instructions you need? What other options do you have? Well, today I thought I would make your life easier by sharing 21 of my own SEO and content marketing worksheets and templates to help you get higher rankings in less time and, best of all, with less effort. Marketing definitions Let’s start off with the basics. In marketing, we all use terms that might be a bit confusing. Sure, you probably know what SEO is and what it means , but what about terms like CPC? Or more complicated ones like CAC, BANT, LTV, or …

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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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Do High DA Backlinks From Blog Comments Help Rankings?

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If you have ever left a comment on NeilPatel.com, you’ll notice that there is no URL field. Why? Well, a few years ago, blog commenting exploded. I was literally getting thousands of spam comments a day from people just leaving a comment for the purpose of link building instead of providing value to the community. Sure, there are spam plugins like Akismet , but it doesn’t catch everything. Now, most blog comments contain the nofollow attribute in which they tell Google not to follow the link or drive any “SEO value” to that URL. But still, people still leave blog comments for the purpose of link building. So, over the past 7 months, I’ve been running an interesting experiment to answer the age-old question… Do backlinks from blog comments actually help rankings? Experiment rules First off, for this experiment, we used “domain score,” which is similar to domain authority. If …

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Content Marketing Unlocked: Your Content Marketing Training Course

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Blogging is so effective that there are over a billion blogs on the web. Just think about that… that’s roughly 1 blog for every 7 people. Sure, we don’t really need any more blogs, but people still create them because they can be such effective marketing channels. And best of all, unlike social sites, the moment you create a blog that has an audience, you can continually reach them without having to worry about algorithm changes. So, to help you with your content marketing efforts, I’ve created a free 4-week training course called Content Marketing Unlocked . Introducing Content Marketing Unlocked As I mentioned, over the next 4 weeks I am going to teach you all about content marketing. Everything from the basics of content marketing and how it works to the advanced parts such as generating traffic and sales from blogging. To get you started, make sure you watch …

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13 Amazing Free Chrome Extensions For SEO

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Every SEO tool is different. Some have better keyword data, others have better link data, others give better technical suggestions… in other words, there is no perfect tool. And I really mean that, even though I created Ubersuggest for you. Plus paying for a handful of SEO tools can be expensive and isn’t realistic. But don’t worry, because today, I’m about to make your life a bit easier. Here are 13 free chrome extensions that will help you with your SEO. What’s beautiful is that when you combine them all, you’ll have everything you need. So here goes. Extension #1: Keyword Surfer It doesn’t matter if you use Ubersuggest, Ahrefs, or SEMrush… there is one thing that all of those tools have in common. You as a user have to keep going back to them to get the keyword data you need. Wouldn’t it be easier if you can get …

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