Three critical keyword research trends you must embrace

30-second summary: Exact-match keywords are useful for researching patterns and trends but not so much for optimization purposes When optimizing for keywords, optimize for intent and solve problems, don’t just match your page to the keyword Brand-driven keywords should be your top priority because you cannot control SERPs but you can rank assets that will drive people back to your site Instead of focusing on keyword strings, research your niche entities and find the ways to associate your business with those through on-site content and PR/link building efforts If you ask an SEO expert to name one SEO tactic that has changed the most over the years, they are likely to confidently answer “link building.” Some will point out to “technical tasks”, and very few will ever think of “keyword research.” The truth is, most SEO tasks look completely different these days but few SEO experts have changed the fundamental way they do keyword research and optimize content for those keywords. Yes, we seem to have finally left keyword density behind (unless Google forces it back) but fundamentally nothing has changed: We run keyword tools, find relevant keyword strings and use them as much as we can throughout a dedicated page. In the meantime, Google’s understanding and treatments of keywords has changed completely

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Three critical keyword research trends you must embrace

Seven Google alerts SEOs need to stay on top of everything!

30-second summary: The search landscape is very dynamic and almost impossible to stay abreast of While an SEO and search marketer’s email inbox can be overwhelming, it can also be a powerhouse that helps you stay in the loop of industry developments and keep an eye on the competition These must-have, free Google email alerts will notify you when your site traffic drops or spikes, when your site is hacked, or when there’s a manual penalty applied to your site SEO and search marketing are challenging because they’re scattered all over the place. Setting up email notifications is the best way to be on top of everything.

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Seven Google alerts SEOs need to stay on top of everything!

Six things missing from your competitor research

30-second summary: There are ways to save and optimize your SEO budget, here’s how Start with creating an “at a glance” report comparing your competitors’ key metrics. Find interesting trends to look further into! Analyze and monitor your competitors’ online sentiment and customer satisfaction. How can you become better than your competitors

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Six things missing from your competitor research

Diagnosing a traffic drop? Just breathe!

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.

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Diagnosing a traffic drop? Just breathe!

How to make the most of Google’s “People also ask” results

Google’s “People also ask” boxes are widely discussed within the SEO industry as they take a lot of SERP real estate while providing little to no organic visibility to the publishers’ sites.

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How to make the most of Google’s “People also ask” results

Accessibility and SEO: Where they overlap and how to optimize for both

The general misunderstanding is that web accessibility standards stand in a way of search engine optimization tactics preventing SEO experts from doing their job properly. Well, that’s not true

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Accessibility and SEO: Where they overlap and how to optimize for both