Google will pay publishers $1 billion to quell claims of unfairly profiting from their content

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The search giant has come under increasing pressure from publishers and regulators in recent years about the way it profits from the work publishers do. Google has announced a new initiative called Google News Showcase that will pay select publishers for content the showcase is populated with. Currently, Google has set aside $1 billion to pay publishers over the next three years to get the initiative off the ground. In a blog post , Google CEO Sundar Pichai described Showcase as follows: Read Full Story

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What is Games as a Service (GaaS) and What Does it Mean For Marketers?

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Games as a Service (GaaS) was introduced as a barrier between consumer cost concerns and user engagement. It offers a way to bring down customer acquisition costs and has been proven to keep users in a game for far longer than the pay-to-play method. EA Games, for example, increased its market value from $4 billion to $33 billion in just six years after introducing GaaS content. Games as a Service acts as a continuous revenue service for developers, allowing them to break their reliance on the one-time purchase. With more games being developed every year, GaaS gives them a competitive advantage in the fight for user attention. It also allows advertisers to get exposure in some of the most popular games played in today’s market. What Is Games as a Service (GaaS)? Games as a Service refers to games that operate without initial purchasing costs and instead, make their profits …

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How to Respond to Ripoff Report Reviews

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Ripoff Report is a popular website that claims to give consumers recourse if they are scammed on the internet. But what if the tables turn, and your legitimate business is listed? What course of action can you take? How Ripoff Report Listings Can Impact Your Business According to reputation management best practices , you should claim all the online listings you can, including local directories, social media , and authoritative sites such as government and educational domains. Unfortunately, getting listed on RipoffReport.com is not the kind of reputation you want. 93% of consumers use online reviews to help them determine which products and services to buy. So having just one negative review online can harm your business by turning good customers away. The reviews on Ripoff Report are always negative, unlike Yelp , where you will find a mix of good and bad reviews. The site has even been accused …

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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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They're Simply the Best: The Top 25 Moz Blog Posts of 2020

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Posted by morgan.mcmurray Here we are again — that time of year filled with wrap-ups and lookbacks and “best of” compilations. 2020 was a year like no other, and that’s certainly reflected in the topics covered by the blogs in the list below. We published 170 blog posts this year (including Whiteboard Friday episodes) — not too shabby for a year rife with personal and professional challenges! We’re looking forward to what 2021 has in store, but in case you missed anything, we’ve compiled the top 25 most-read pieces from the last 12 months*. You’ll find several Whiteboard Friday episodes (past and present), local SEO tips, and advice for empathetic marketing, along with the optimistic SEO predictions for 2020 and beyond — made in pre-COVID times. So without further ado, here are the best Moz Blog posts of 2020. Enjoy!   *The top 25 Moz Blog posts listed below …

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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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5 Alternatives to Google Plus for Your Local Business

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On the hunt for a Google+ (also called Google Plus and G+) alternative? It may be easier than you think! Since the social media platform closed its doors in 2019 , consumers have been looking for another option to match the features, traffic, and SEO benefits. Luckily, there are several replacements you can use. Here are the best Google Plus alternatives and how you can use them to grow your business online. What Was Google Plus and Why Did It Shut Down? Google Plus was Google’s fourth attempt at building a social media network. Its predecessors included Google Buzz, Google Friend Connect, and Orkut. While Google Plus had success initially, with 395 million active accounts in 2016 and Facebook seeing the network as a threat , it soon fizzled out. Why? For years, you had to have a Google Plus account to use features like Google Photos, Hangouts, and YouTube. …

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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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2020 Google Search Survey: How Much Do Users Trust Their Search Results?

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Posted by LilyRayNYC While Google’s mission has always been to surface high-quality content, over the past few years the company has worked especially hard to ensure that its search results are also consistently accurate, credible, and trustworthy. Reducing false and misleading information has been a top priority for Google since concerns over misinformation surfaced during the 2016 US presidential election. The search giant is investing huge sums of money and brain power into organizing the ever-increasing amounts of content on the web in a way that prioritizes accuracy and credibility. In a 30-page whitepaper published last year, Google delineates specifically how it fights against bad actors and misinformation across Google Search, News, Youtube, Ads, and other Google products. In this whitepaper, Google explains how Knowledge Panels — a common organic search feature — are part of its initiative to show “context and diversity of perspectives to form their own views.” …

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The Key to Successful Amazon Ads

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In one 36-hour period, Amazon sold 100 million products . Chances are, Amazon ads spurred some of those sales. Amazon ads allow companies to pop to the top of search results. You reap a return on your investment in the form of enhanced sales and potential customer loyalty. Amazon, in return, makes a profit on ad sales (to the tune of $3 billion in some years). Creativity, including visual pizazz, is critical in the Amazon marketplace. Killer keyword strategies matter too. I’ll walk you through Amazon ad setup best practices, so you’ll know just what to do to get your products flying off the shelves. Why Your Business Should Use Amazon Ads The average user spends less than 10 minutes on Amazon. If your product is buried low in search results, no one will see it. People simply don’t have the time to read every product description or check out …

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1,083,219 People Per Month and Counting: My New Favorite SEO Strategy

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Podcasting. You’ve heard about it before and I bet you’ve even listened to a handful of podcasts. But you probably haven’t created one yet. Just think of it this way… There are over 1 billion blogs and roughly 7 billion people in this world. That’s 1 blog for every 7 people… On the other hand, there are roughly 700,000 podcasts . That means there is only 1 podcast for every 10,000 people or so. Podcasting is 1,428 times less competitive than blogging. So, should you waste your time on podcasting? Well, let me ask you this… do you want a new way to get more organic traffic from Google? I’m guessing you said yes. But before I teach you how to do that, let me first break down some podcasting stats for you, in case you aren’t convinced yet. Is podcasting even worth it? From a marketing and monetization standpoint, …

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