One of the best ways to bring forward new ideas is by exploring SEO data, trends, and research. Not only is reading-up on the latest search studies a vital way to stay informed, but it can also offer renewed perspective. In many cases, compelling data can reshape how we think about SEO and what new opportunities we may be missing. So to cut through the clutter of generic SEO roundups and surveys, here are ten pieces of SEO-related data that we’ve distilled into actionable strategies.
Piggybacking on changes to exact match last fall, Google is now extending same-meaning close variants to both phrase match and broad match modifier. Essentially what this means is that Google will match a query if it determines the query has the same intent as the keyword. A couple examples are "lawn" and "grass," "couch" and "sofa," or "company" and "agency." See how to mitigate the potential repercussions of this change.
Technical SEO is a bit of a rabbit hole, starting with implementing proactive measures to anticipate the foreseeable, to frantically creating reactive strategies to fix the broken. Whether preparing for a new site launch or auditing a site’s current health, having a technical SEO checklist in place can help to keep you organized and on track. At Captivate, we aren’t strangers to the technical challenges accompanying SEO. In fact, 2018 was a year of trial and testing, as we were involved in a number of technical clean-up projects and helped to reverse traffic drops across multiple sites. In turn, we are both inspired and equipped to share our ten-step technical SEO checklist for 2019.
In this post, we’re going to clear up some of the mysteries surrounding backlinks and discuss why they matter and how to evaluate their quality. Because not all backlinks are created equal, often times "bad" link can do more harm than good. As such, it's important to know how to identify a site's backlinks and take the necessary action to maintain a healthy link profile.
Captivate Search Marketing has been nominated as a 2019 finalist for two AMY Award categories in Search Marketing (SEO) and Paid Search Marketing (PPC). The AMY Awards, which are lead by the Atlanta Marketing Association (AMA), are designed to recognize local companies and professionals who have crafted innovative digital marketing campaigns and produced outstanding results for their clients.
If you advertise with Google Ads, then you've likely received an email headlined "We'll focus on your campaigns, so you can focus on your business." While this might seem like an enticing offer, there are major implications to allowing Google control how you spend money with... well, Google. And because there's already plenty of news surrounding this announcement, this post summarizes our thoughts on why you might not want Google managing your ads.
If you're already using Google Ads for a medical practice, then perhaps you've seen your ads disapproved before. Or worse, your Google Ads account has been banned entirely. This all too common scenario is typically due to a lack of awareness surrounding Google's latest advertising policies, which can sometimes be confusing to fully grasp.
Whether for local businesses, online brands, business consultants or service providers - in any context across the board, it’s no secret that content marketing is a powerful tool for SEO. But what defines “SEO content strategy”? Why the hell does everyone still agree that “content is king”...? And why does Joanne in marketing always say “we need to blogging more” at every company meeting?
In the process of how to optimize PDFs for SEO, the core of our "optimization” ensures each document is keyword relevant and consistently aligned in all the right places. Minor details like a PDF’s file name and properties can have significant implications after it has been published. When documents are properly optimized, not only do they stand to rank in Google Search, but they also add value to other SEO money pages. Staying diligent in addressing these practices can have substantial returns for SEO down the road.
The perplexing nature of local SEO presents a unique challenge to even the most savvy marketers. Google takes into consideration many different off-site factors to determine the organic, local, and Google Maps rankings (yes there are three possible placements in which your business can be found; four if you count PPC). The ideas surrounding on-site SEO are an entirely different beast. So in this post, we’re going to focus on two of the biggest off-site variables that influence local SEO: citations and backlinks.