Is SEO Dead? (A Data-Driven Answer)

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SEO has been changing drastically over the years. In 2010, Google made 516 algorithm changes . That number increased to 1,653 in 2016 and to 3,234 in 2018. We don’t have data for the last couple of years, but still, you can bet that the number is continually going up. With over 9 algorithm changes a day, it’s safe to say that it is no longer easy to manipulate or game Google. So, is SEO dead? Well, let’s look at the data and from there I’ll show you what you should do. Is SEO dead? Do you know how many searches take place on Google each day? Roughly 5.6 billion searches per day . That’s roughly 2 trillion searches each year. Although that’s a lot of searches, there is also a lot of content being created. There are roughly a billion blogs on the web . There are so many blogs that you can find an excessive amount of content on most topics out there. For example, if you look at the long-tail phrase, “what is digital marketing”, there are only 11,300 global searches a month but a whopping 665,000 pieces of content trying to answer that question. In other words, the supply is much greater than the demand. You’ll see even more of this for head terms. Just look at the phrase “banana”: 640,300 global searches seem like a high number but there are 880,000,000 million results. Sure, some of those results may not be on the food, banana, but still, that’s a lot of content compared to the search volume. You can still find search phrases where there is more search volume than content but the trend is continually increasing in which content production is exceeding search demand. On top of that, Google is turning into an answer engine in which they are answering people’s questions without them having to go to a website. According to Dejan SEO , they saw CTRs drastically decrease once Google started answering questions. Just look at this weather search query: Their clicks from weather-related queries went from 46% all the way down to 7%. This trend has become so common that the percentage of traffic that Google drives to organic listings (SEO results) has been decreasing over time . So, does this mean SEO is dead? It’s actually the opposite. SEO is not dead With all of the data, how can that …

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How I Generate 18,800 Visitors from Google Without SEO or Ads

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If you want to get traffic from Google, how would you go about it? Chances are you are either going to leverage SEO or pay for some ads. But what if there was another way to get traffic from Google? A way that didn’t take as long as SEO and didn’t cost money like paid ads. And no, I’m not talking about Google News… there is actually an easier way . It’s so effective that it drove 18,800 visitors to my site in the last 3 months. Just look at the screenshot above. So, what is it? Google Discover Similar to how you have feeds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, did you know Google has a feed for you. It’s called Google Discover. If you mainly use Google on your laptop or desktop computer, chances are you haven’t seen it. But if you have the Google mobile app or the …

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Google’s May 2020 Core Update: What You Need to Know

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On May 4th, Google started to roll out a major update to its algorithm. They call it a “core” update because it’s a large change to their algorithm, which means it impacts a lot of sites. To give you an idea of how big the update is, just look at the image above. It’s from SEMrush Sensor , which monitors the movement of results on Google. The chart tracks Google on a daily basis and when it shows green or blue for the day, it means there isn’t much movement going on. But when things turn red, it means there is volatility in the rankings. Now the real question is, what happened to your traffic? If you already haven’t, you should go and check your rankings to see if they have gone up or down. If you aren’t tracking your rankings, you can set up a project on Ubersuggest for …

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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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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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Here’s What You Should Do When Your Search Rankings Drop

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If you’ve ever done SEO, you know how good it feels to see your rankings go up. You put a ton of hard work into moving up in the SERPs and it finally pays off. But then the unexpected happens . Your rankings drop. Few things in SEO are more discouraging than a fall in the rankings. It makes you feel like everything you did was useless. You wonder what went wrong or if you made a mistake. You beat yourself up for not doing it right. You’re back to square one again, and you have to start all over. Or do you? In my experience, that’s not always the case. My rankings have dropped more times than I can count. At first, I panicked. As I learned more, I found out that it’s not the end of the world if you go down a position or two. It’s obviously …

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The 5 Best SEO Companies of 2020

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Anywhere you find a cube of sugar in the open, you’ll find ants. Today, the SEO service providers’ industry, valued over $65 billion , is like a cube of sugar. It’s why you’ll find countless SEO companies scrambling for a piece of that sugary cake. And where does that leave you, a business owner eager to reach Google’s top pages, generate qualified traffic, and drive sales? Insanity! With all this confusion, I sense you came here pondering: How do I filter vetted SEO companies? How can I find a top SEO company that doesn’t need ads to rank its website organically? You’ll find the answer to those questions here. And that’s not all. You’ll also see the SEO companies that go beyond vanity metrics and deliver real business results. …

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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… …

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How to Check if Google Manually Reviewed Your Site

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Do you know how Google decides what website should be ranked number 1, 2, 3 and so on for any given keyword? Well, they have an algorithm for that. But as you know, algorithms aren’t perfect. That’s why Google continually tries to improve it. One way that they try to improve their algorithm is through Search Quality Raters. What’s a Search Quality Rater? Google knows that they can always make their search results better. And one way is to have humans review their listings for any given keyword. So, all around the world, Google has people who manually review websites . And they review each website based on these guidelines . It’s kind of long and extensive, but it is important that the Quality Raters don’t directly impact rankings . Instead, they give feedback to the engineers who code up the algorithm so they can make it more relevant to …

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How to Find Your Target Audience

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When I first started out in marketing, I thought traffic was everything. I wanted to be as big as companies like HubSpot . Just look at the image above and you’ll see how many visitors they are getting. They generate 29.61 million visitors a month from 11.74 million people. And those visitors produce roughly 10 billion dollars of market cap . Now, let’s look at NeilPatel.com. Can you guess how many visitors I’m getting each month? I’m generating roughly 8.717 million visitors a month from 3.616 million people. When you look at it from a unique visitor perspective, HubSpot is getting 3.24 times more unique visitors than me. So, in theory, I should be worth roughly 3 times less than them, right? Well, technically I’m not even worth 1/10th of them. Not even close. Why is that? It’s because I didn’t go after the right target audience, while HubSpot did. …

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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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