What does Google’s “Speed Update” mean for mobile?

Yesterday, Google announced a major upcoming change to its mobile ranking algorithm. In a short blog post entitled ‘Using page speed in mobile search ranking’, it explained that starting in July 2018, page speed will officially be a ranking factor for mobile searches. The catchily-named “Speed Update” (a feat of inventive naming on a par with “Assistant”) is set to only affect “pages that deliver the slowest experience to users” and, in Google’s words, will only impact a “small percentage of queries”.

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Facebook kills off news: Publishers panic, try to remember how to do SEO

By now you’ve no doubt heard the news that’s been shaking up the internet since late last week. But in case you just came back online after a week-long internet blackout, here’s what’s happening: on Thursday 11 th January, Facebook announced a major change to the way posts are ranked in News Feed. In order to promote more “meaningful” interaction with friends and family, Facebook said that it would “prioritize posts from friends and family over public content … including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses”.

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What’s behind the trend towards private search engines?

Recently on Search Engine Watch, we rounded up six newcomers to the search engine landscape that are worth keeping an eye on for the future. Each new search engine takes a slightly different approach to searching the web, but there is one trait that many of the recent ones have in common: private, secure searching

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What are sitelinks and how can I get them?

Back in 2015, we published an article entitled ‘ How do I get sitelinks to appear in my site’s search results? ’ which looked at how to get the hallowed set of additional links which can appear beneath your website’s SERP listing, known as ‘sitelinks’. At the time of publication, this was all up-to-the-minute, cutting-edge information.

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4 safe search engines for kids

Young children are using the internet to search and find content more than they ever have before—but we can all understand some of the trade-offs that come with this technological advancement. Typical search engines (think Google, Bing, etc.) do not default to kid-friendly settings, and it takes a lot of adult monitoring to make sure that nothing is appearing and getting clicked on that isn’t age-appropriate. Luckily in recent years, more and more safe search engines for kids have been emerging.

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Image optimization 101: How to rank higher in image search

SEO is not only about optimizing written content. The increasing dominance of visual content online has brought with it new opportunities for increasing a site’s search traffic by optimizing videos and images. Optimizing your images  gives your website an additional chance to be found via image search, and a good logo or some eye-catching graphics can be just as effective at attracting visitors to your website as your written content

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How to stop Google AdWords campaigns from failing

Disruptive Advertising recently outlined the main reasons that AdWords campaigns succeed or fail, based on an audit of more than 2000 AdWords accounts . They found the following causes of failure: Incomplete conversion tracking Poor conversion rates Ad spend inefficiency Wasted ad spend Looking at these reasons, it became clear to us that they all have one thing in common – they all stem from a business’ inability to understand the real value of each touchpoint in their customers’ path to purchase

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What is keyword clustering, and who cares? (Hint: you should!)

Are you still optimizing for “keyword strings”? You are not alone! The problem is, the industry is moving on, so don’t fall behind and learn to implement a smarter approach to keyword research : Keyword clustering. Single-keyword SEO has been a staple for a long time

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The collision between PR, content, and SEO: How to make it work for you

The full power of the digital marketplace was realized less than a decade ago. Suddenly, customers had seemingly limitless access to engage with brands –– to voice their criticisms and critiques, or to become super fans. The importance of a website presence, blogging , social media posts and the other aspects of building an online brand seemed to sound the death toll for traditional communications and marketing strategies, like public relations.

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