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Google's Top 3 Signals for Search Ranking

Google's Top 3 Signals for Search Ranking
If you've been following this blog for awhile, you'll know that SEO has changed quite a bit in the past three years, and small to medium-sized businesses that want to make sure their companies show up in Google searches have had to navigate the changing criteria by which Google has determined what shows up in searches. We've known since last fall that Google intended to utilize RankBrain, its machine-learning artificial intelligence system as a big part of that, only behind inbound linking and w...
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Why are Internal Links Important?

Why are Internal Links Important?
​Previously we've discussed link building and how Google's algorithm rewards or penalizes different types. To review, Google wants to create an internet full of interesting and original content accessed organically. Essentially, it wants to mimic the way people socialize in real life - which means directing traffic to items of general interest and not to advertising or marketing (which most people recognize and either click out of or delete). We've focused on external links before. External link...
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How to Write an Effective Blog Post for Your Company's Website

How to Write an Effective Blog Post for Your Company's Website
​A truly effective blog post will engage the audience and either educate, entertain, or otherwise enlighten. Remember, not everyone who reads the post has to be educated or entertained. On a company blog, you're trying to appeal to a specific audience - either your customers or people who might search for the terms or keywords you use in your pieces. Lure them in with your content, and then introduce them to what your company has to offer. A web post should: Be at least 400 words long. SEO copyw...
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Creating Interest or Community Building Content

Creating Interest or Community Building Content
​Alexandra Samuel recently wrote an interesting article entitled The Social Cost of Bad Online Marketing in which she discusses how clickbait articles, email spamming, and other practices businesses have adopted in an effort to compete in the much flatter market the internet has created and how it has affected the online environment itself. We've discussed before what is currently happening with content marketing and how garbage content does more harm than good. Google has made it one of their h...
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What is Google's RankBrain?

What is Google's RankBrain?
​For business owners and SEO professionals, every time Google changes things around in terms of how it evaluates websites and ranks them in its search results can be nerve wracking. This is true even for companies who pay attention to Google's mission statement and the resulting changes that have come down the line. In the fall, Google announced that it was employing machine-learning artificial intelligence system called RankBrain in order to sort through web results. At the time, no one knew ex...
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