30-second summary: 12 months, several curveballs, and some masterstrokes If you missed out, today is a great day to look through the Search Engine Watch lens for the year gone by Key themes that were front of mind in 2021 – Google’s updates, cookie death counter-strategies, mastering customer experience elements, trust-building, and alternatives for search marketing and ranking As the world, people, and of course businesses motored through a year of uncertainties – these crackers of articles gave your strategies an unfair advantage. #1 – Google Page Experience update is all set to launch in May 2021 – Webmasters, hang in there! You asked, “What is Page Experience, anyway? Do we really need to have an overflowing to-do list?” – and we answered everything around this enigma
30-second summary: SEO’s dynamic nature and Google’s mysterious algorithm specifics keep the industry on its toes Is it possible to simply spot the inefficiencies of SEO in its infancy and foresee trends?
30-second summary: Keyword difficulty (KD) scores help digital marketers understand potential search engine performance KD scores are useful in building SEO strategies, filtering out ineffective keywords Low competition keywords give an advantage in attracting traffic Some KD calculating tools may be inaccurate due to the use of limited parameters Semrush has developed a new formula for KD score calculations that it says has improved accuracy With countless companies competing for the same audience, digital marketers need to develop a highly effective and targeted content strategy to find a way through the crowded market and connect with potential customers. Keyword difficulty (KD) is an essential metric to assist marketers in formulating an effective SEO strategy for reaching the top of search engine results pages (SERP). Focusing on a keyword with a low KD score can achieve faster results with traffic from search engines as there is less competition.
30-second summary: The needs of an SEO agency are dynamic and change as the business grows From data accuracy to seamless functionality, the spectrum of SEO tools and their features is wide, but how do you decide? Five telltale signs that it might be time to start prospecting for new SEO software to complete your technology stack The SEO industry is constantly changing and evolving
30-second summary: A traffic drop doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong – in most cases, it is natural All sites have experienced a decline in traffic throughout their lifetime which can be explained by seasonality, loss of PPC budget, and many other factors When it comes to organic search traffic decline, it is often caused by stagnant content, the emergence of new competitors, or loss of backlinks To diagnose a traffic drop, identify which traffic source is declining, then find which pages have lost traffic It is important to avoid hasty decisions, take your time exploring whether you lost any positions and which pages replaced yours Try to evaluate why this shift has happened and how you may fix it Have you ever checked your analytics and saw a sudden or gradual decline in organic traffic? Who hasn’t? If there’s one common thing in just about any marketing strategy: All of us have dealt with organic traffic decrease on many occasions.
30-second summary: Very few SMBs use multiple channels for their online advertising Facebook is the most effective channel based on the cost for CPM and CPC It’s important to remember that every business is unique when it comes to deciding on budget allocation For any business in the software as a service (SaaS) space, data analysis and science are crucial to ensure they keep pushing ahead to reveal those insights that can really make a difference. With this in mind, the Cambridge MBA team looked to leverage Adzooma’s extensive data to identify new ways for SMBs to maximize their ad spend with cross-channel marketing.
30-second summary: Data storytelling is the process of combining graphics and narratives to help audiences understand complex data There are eight types of graphs and charts that marketers can use to tell data stories This guide will help you understand why data storytelling is important and what best practices you should follow We’re seeing the growing importance of storytelling with data in 2021—primarily because of the amount of data being shared with audiences over the past year. But data needs to make sense to people if it’s to lead to better engagement and increased conversions. That’s where visualization comes in
30-second summary: Experts have told us for a few years that SEO and public relations (PR) need to merge Are SEO and PR really integrating “in the wild”? In case you too searched the web about how this and found nothing considerably valuable, here are some answers for you Founder and CEO of Organic Growth, Kevin Carney surveyed 184 SEO and PR professionals across brands, agencies, and consultants Dive in to discover more on the state of SEO and PR integrations in the industry We’ve been hearing for a few years now that SEO and public relations (PR) need to merge.
30-second summary: Around one-fifth of all keywords trigger a featured snippet 99% of all featured snippets tend to appear within the first organic position and take over 50% of the screen on mobile devices, driving higher-than-average click-through rates (CTR) The key to featured snippet optimization lies in a few specific areas: long-tail- and question-like keyword strategy, date marked content that comes at the right length and format, and a succinct URL structure Google has always been pretty hazy on any details about winning featured snippets. This was the case when they were first introduced , making them something businesses considered to be the cherry on top of their SEO efforts, which is still largely the case. Having first-hand knowledge about the value and power of featured snippets, Brado teamed up with Semrush to conduct the most comprehensive research around featured snippet optimization to uncover how they really work, and what you can do to win them.
30-second summary: Did you know that 53 percent of trackable web traffic is organic? A study from BrightEdge revealed that search (organic and paid) still delivers more traffic to websites than any other channels, including social and display These statistics prove that the role of SEO in 2021 is elevated across all industries since an organic flow of traffic is now more critical than ever Merkle Inc.’s VP Head of SEO, Eryck Dzotsi discusses six key focus areas that leaders across organizations must clearly understand about the role of SEO to drive organic search performance 2020 wasn’t a year that we will soon forget.