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Advanced Local SEO Competition Analysis. Competition in local search is fierce.

Advanced Local SEO Competition Analysis

While it's typical to do some surface level research on your competitors before entering a market, you can go much further down the SEO rabbit hole. In this article we will look at how you can find more competitors, pull their data, and use it to beat them in the search game. Since there are plenty of resources out there on best practices, this guide will assume that you have already followed the best practices for your own listing and are looking for the little things that might make a big difference in putting you over your competition.

So if you haven't already read how to perform the Ultimate Local SEO Audit or how to Find and Build Citations then you should probably start there. Disclaimer: While it's important to mention that correlation does not mean causation, we can learn a lot by seeing what the competition has done. Some of the benefits of conducting competitive research are: ​Inbound Lead Generation: eCommerce Marketing's Missing Link. The author's posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz.

​Inbound Lead Generation: eCommerce Marketing's Missing Link

If eCommerce businesses hope to remain competitive with Amazon, eBay, big box brands, and other online retail juggernauts, they'll need to learn how to conduct content marketing, lead generation, and contact nurturing as part of a comprehensive inbound marketing strategy. First, I will discuss some of the ways most online retailers are approaching email from the bottom of the funnel upward, and why this needs to be turned around.

Building Online Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses. The author's posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz.

Building Online Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

Building marketing strategies for small businesses is one of my favorite things. In my first marketing role, I worked in the marketing department for a small company before moving on to Distilled, where I've been lucky enough to continue working with small businesses that have enormous potential. Despite the various industries, locales, and personalities, one of the prevailing similarities between them is that small businesses often don't position their company or use the web as effectively as they could. While this is partially due to the time and resource crunch small business owners feel, it's also because, beyond building a website, they don't know where to begin. You Don't Need to Be a Brand Publisher to Win at Content Marketing. The author's posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz.

You Don't Need to Be a Brand Publisher to Win at Content Marketing

"Man, I'm sorry. Local Search Expert Quiz: How Much Do You Know about Local SEO? 7 Dead-Simple Ways to Improve Slide Decks. Slide decks are a powerful way to back up any type of presentation from team meetings and sales pitches to conference keynotes and workshops.

7 Dead-Simple Ways to Improve Slide Decks

We've all seen presentations with poor design that takes away from talks, and at worse, completely distracts the intended audience. However, most presenters aren't graphic designers. Slide decks can be frustrating to build, and great slide decks help communicate what an audience needs to hear. At Moz, I've had the pleasure of working with many speakers on their decks, whether for a biweekly webinar or for MozCon. How to Have a Successful Local SEO Campaign in 2015. The author's posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz.

How to Have a Successful Local SEO Campaign in 2015

Another year in search has passed. It's now 2015 and we have seen some major changes in local ranking factors since 2014, which I also expect to change greatly throughout 2015. A Step-by-Step Guide to Updating Your Website Without Destroying Your SEO. The first thing any SEO thinks when a client says "I'm redesigning my website" is what impact will this have on all my work?

A Step-by-Step Guide to Updating Your Website Without Destroying Your SEO

In these events, often the client doesn't even consider telling their online marketing agency about the redesign until two days before launch. This resource will cover how to do SEO checks on your test site/development site to ensure the structure, URLs, Page Titles, Meta Descriptions and more all match up properly. It also serves as an SEO checklist touching on things that are often forgotten when a website goes through a complete overhaul. 58% Of Local Marketers Will Change Tactics After Pigeon Update.

Pigeonholed: How to Avoid Google's Algorithm Wrath! Anyone who has ever dealt with a persistent pigeon problem knows that as soon as you find one method of deterring them, the pigeons find another way to make a nuisance of themselves.

Pigeonholed: How to Avoid Google's Algorithm Wrath!

If you’ve been working with SEO and local SEO in particular recently, you might have had that same feeling of continually solving one conundrum only to have Google change things up again and send you in search of yet another solution. It seems fitting then that latest Google algorithm update has been dubbed Pigeon after those pesky urban dwellers. However, as with every Google update, there is a logic behind the update and steps users can take to stay current with the new requirements. This update has search results closely tied to the location of the signal and affecting the top search results or what is commonly known as the 7-pack SERPs.

It's Over: The Rise & Fall Of Google Authorship For Search Results. All You Need to Know About the #SEO Ranking Fac... Build Local Links. How To Build Local Links & Why They’re Important For Your Brand Posted by Sam Lowe on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 01:00 PM Brands and organizations spend large amounts of time and money attempting to become highly visible on search engines for a national or international audience.

Build Local Links

Too often, though, the value of local searches is underestimated and pushed aside in favor of trying to rank for a high-traffic keyword. You can’t ignore the value of local links, however, because they can be a competitive SEO advantage. Local links will help bolster your online presence and open the doors to a wider variety of searches. Publications Yahoo Outpaces Google In Mobile Search 10/10. Yahoo now sees 31% of its searches on mobile devices, slightly outpacing Google at 30%.

Publications Yahoo Outpaces Google In Mobile Search 10/10

Estimates include hidden Apple iOS visits related to the company's clients. The Rimm-Kaufman Group Q3 Digital Marketing Report analyzes paid search, organic search and social, comparison shopping engines and attribution associated with RKG clients. Organic searches continue to become more interesting for marketers as Google has built barriers preventing marketers from seeing search query keyword data. Missing or not, provided search query share rose at the end of Q3 to reach 80%, as Google pushed consumers toward secure searches -- regardless of their browser or log-in status. Bing's share of organic search visits rose to 10.5% in Q3, up from 10.1% sequentially. Smartphones and tablets now account for 28% of organic search visits, led by the iPad at 10%. Search Marketing ~ How customer reviews make a difference. Search Marketing is a moving target If you know anything at all about search engine marketing you know it’s an ever-evolving process.

In the early days of the Internet one could simply identify important search terms and then fill their sites with these words completely out of context. It wasn’t unusual to find sites filled with the names of female celebrities; a classic bait and switch move. There is a game of “cat” and “mouse” between search engine programmers and online marketers. It’s no secret that Google is the search engine giant. 9 Steps to Optimizing Images for Improved Local SEO. It’s a little-known fact that Google Images is one of the search engine’s hottest properties. We all type out keywords and then click on ‘images,’ but it’s easy to overlook the importance of this fact when considering our search engine optimization (SEO) campaigns and how our clients find us.

For this reason, it’s important to optimize each image on your site. Not only will you improve your SEO, earning more customers and organic traffic, but you’re also more likely to convert that traffic when it lands on your site. Before we look at steps to optimize your images, let’s first consider the reasons why it’s a good idea. People have notoriously short attention spans while searching the net and if there’s any doubt regarding the relevancy of your site, visitor are much more likely to leave immediately.

7 Keyword Research Tools for Bloggers. I don’t always care about SEO with every blog post that I write. That’s because I’m not always trying to hit a home run with everything I publish. But when you do care about SEO, and you’re aiming to write a great piece of evergreen content — something that will stand the test of time and bring traffic over the long haul — keyword research is a must. Experienced SEOs and bloggers will surely recognize most, if not all, of the keyword research tools on this list. What is a SERP? - Small Business Trends. WTF is SEO? Ever had a massive, life-changing epiphany?

Me neither. However, I’ve slowly reached the conclusion that we’re doing SEO all wrong. Not in the do-real-marketing sense, or the we-need-to-change-the-name sense. More in the wow-did-we-ever-screw-the-pooch-this-time sense. After 17+ years of beating my head against walls like IT departments, branding teams and disbelieving CFOs, I’ve figured out why: SEO isn’t an activity, or a tactic, or a strategy. Inbound Marketing / Google Plus SEO: Everybody's Talks About It - How Do You DO It? excellent content/advice. 6 Indispensable Free & Freemium SEO Tools. 9/19/12 #SMchat Social Media & SEO (with tweets) · smsjoe.

Social Media and SEO. Fish Where The Fish Are Join me, Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 1PM ET, as I moderate the #SMChat topic: Social Media and SEO. #usguyschat Part 2 SEO/Speed · smsjoe. Top Tips for SEO using Fishies as a memory device. Mozhpvj Shared by Josepf. #usguyschat 4/16 SEO/SPEED Part 1 of 2 Chats · smsjoe. The #Linkedin Profile #in personal #SEO #infograph. Just a few years ago, professional networking meant printing off your resume, attending job fairs, and scheduling coffee dates with old co-workers or friends of friends who could help you land your next dream job. That has all changed with LinkedIn. Now you can publicly display your resume, easily interact with industry professionals, and discover that your new boss is connected to your favorite college professor.

And with its recent IPO, LinkedIn has been all over the news. Pages With Too Many Ads "Above The Fold" Now Penalized By Google's "Page Layout" Algorithm. Do you shove lots of ads at the top of your web pages? Think again. Responsive Web Design and Facebook Fan Pages a Perfect Marriage. Ethan Marcotte coined the term Responsive Web Design and soon after wrote an amazing book on the topic. A Book Apart’s Responsive Web Design is the perfect stepping stone to getting started coding and designing responsive websites. Why local search engine marketing is important - a personal story. A few weeks ago I had to have an apartment lock changed in New York City.

My wife and I are responsible for managing the estate of a close friend who just passed away. Getting this lock changed in a timely fashion was important. Since I was staying in Connecticut at the time I performed a Google search using the keywords that I felt would yield the best results. Top 10 Effective Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques. Guide to Setting up Advanced Segments in Google Analytics for Complex Brand Names. This is a step by step guide to setting up Brand and Non Brand keyword segments for a complex brand – when you have multiple brand keywords and where your brand keywords mirror your non brand keywords.

The Ultimate Guide to Keyword Research. Utilising the power of the keyphrases that people use online has enabled me to make a full-time income since February 2009. I’ve spent the last two and a half years of my life doing nothing but using my own tactics, coupled with powerful resources, to analyse industries in order to get more website traffic. And, in-turn, make more money. 4 Quick Tips for Getting the Most out of Google Analytics. There are plenty of tools and services out there for measuring useful statistics when doing research on websites. 6 Steps for Optimizing Images for SEO. SEO for Corporate Blogs: Where to Use Keywords. Google to offer app search and nine other search predictions for 2011. Where to Kickoff Your Keyword Research. 34 Search Engine Optimization Techniques. Search Engine Optimization SEO Tutorial — WebBizIdeas. Inbound Marketing for Startups in 2011. SEO Mistakes That Just Make You Look Dumb.

6 New Tools Every SEO Should Check Out.