For over a decade, Google has been fighting the myth of the duplicate content penalty. Since I still continue to field questions on it, I thought it would be worth discussing here. First, let’s discuss the verbiage: What Is Duplicate Content? Duplicate content generally refers to substantive blocks of content within or across domains that either completely matches other content or that is appreciably similar. Mostly, this is not deceptive in origin. Google, Avoid Duplicate
We’re helping an enterprise client right now with implementing a new WordPress site. They’re a multi-location, multi-language business and have had some poor results with regard to search over recent years. When we were planning their new site, we identified a few issues: Archives – they had several sites in the last decade with a demonstrable difference in their site’s URL structure. When we tested old page links, they were 404’d on their latest site.
For quite a long time, I was only trying to consult with funded startups and large enterprise clients because I knew I’d be able to move the conversion needle dramatically with companies that had resources and time to capture market share. Last year, for the first time, I decided to apply the same techniques that I used for those companies with regional, small companies… and it’s had a dramatic impact on improving their organic search
Whenever I describe ranking to my customers, I use the analogy of a boat race where Google is the ocean and all of your competitors are other boats. Some boats are bigger and better, some old and barely staying afloat. Meanwhile, the ocean is moving as well… with storms (algorithm changes), waves (search popularity crests and troughs), and of course the continued popularity of your own content. There are often times where I can identify
Over the last few years, I’ve been quite vocal about how so many consultants and agencies in the organic search industry refuse to change. It’s unfortunate as they continue to leave a trail of clients that have invested a lot but actually destroyed their ability to acquire organic authority, ranking, and traffic. Good SEO: A Case Study The following is a chart of one of our recent customers’ keyword rankings over time using Semrush: A
Before you get upset with me on this article, please read it thoroughly. I’m not saying that Google isn’t an incredible acquisition resource or that there’s not marketing return on investment in either paid or organic search strategies. My point in this article is that big business is totally dominating organic and paid search results. We’ve always known that pay-per-click was a channel where money ruled, it’s the business model. Placement will always go to
Working with marketing technology companies provides us the opportunity to work with an array of organizations – from large companies who see very big picture and are working to adjust the impression of their brand over years – to the organization that is wondering why their phone isn’t ringing a month into their investment. An analogy I’ve used for quite a while with marketing is fishing. If you’re a sales driven organization, you just want
We’re going to write a lot more about content authority, but want to introduce a concept that our agency has been deploying with the assistance of our partners at Metonymy Media and Dittoe PR. Background on Content Authority The challenge that we continue to find with our clients is that there always seems to be a lack of strategy as they’re deploying their content marketing. Altimeter reports that 70% of marketers lack a consistent or