SEO Content Strategy: 5 Steps to Growing Traffic & Links Organically

SEO Content Strategy 5 Steps to Growing Traffic Links Organically
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?

How to Optimize PDFs for SEO

How to Optimize PDFs for SEO
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.

Local SEO: Citations & Backlinks (And Why Your Business Needs Them)

Local SEO Citations & Backlinks
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.

5 Tips for a More Search Engine Friendly Website

Search Engine Friendly Website Tips
Announced Tuesday, December 12 on the Webmaster Central Blog is Google's newly revamped “SEO Starter Guide.” The updated guide covers many relevant areas on to craft a more search engine friendly website. What makes it especially relevant is that the guide discusses many areas that often go overlooked. Before you check out the revamped SEO Starter Guide, we've provided a handful of SEO tips that align with key points made in the guide. You might find that these tips are more digestible and actionable as you go about creating a more search engine friendly website.

SEO: If You’ve Yet to Migrate to SSL, You Should. Here’s Why.

Migrate to SSL Google Chrome
Starting October 2017, Google's Chrome will display a "NOT SECURE" warning to users on sites that do not have SSL certificates. If you're working toward top rankings in Google’s search results, you don't have much of a choice but to convert from HTTP to HTTPS. Not only will the October Chrome update impact user experience, but site security will also strengthen as a ranking signal. So if your site is unencrypted, you stand to compromise a lot of traffic and potentially its rankings.

The Power of Paid Social Media for SEO Purposes

paid social media for seo purposes
The use of paid social media for SEO purposes is nothing new or original. Many search marketers are slaying it by boosting resourceful content to incredibly targeted audiences. In turn, they’re driving more traffic, engagement, and links to their sites - all of which are SEO factors that impact rankings. I wanted to scribe a quick perspective piece underscoring the value in paid social media for SEO. Not only are we starting to do a lot of it here at Captivate, but I believe the “paid social SEO strategy” to be naturally intuitive to most creative and open-minded search marketers.

Siri, How is Voice Search Impacting SEO?

How Does Voice Search Impact SEO?
Voice Search is a speech recognition technology that allows users to speak directly to a search engine via their home and handheld devices. Using finely tuned automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU) mechanisms, voice search technology to enable. The search engines then looks for data that responds to the user’s query based on the voice command.

How to Get Products to Appear in Google Image Search

Optimize Products for Google Image Search
If you've been paying attention to Google Image Search lately, then you may have noticed some new changes. Now, related product images (including price information about those products) are appearing in the Image Search results. And it's not a PPC thing, either. It's a SEO thing, and it's prompting ecommerce marketers to ask the question: how can I get my products to appear in Google Image Search? Learn how.

Google Mobile First Index Unlikely to Roll Out in 2017

The news struck many of us as a bummer when we caught wind that Google's highly-anticipated mobile first index will likely be postponed, and for quite some time. During #Next10x: Mastering Mobile Digital Marketing in Boston, Gary Illyes from Google said that the mobile first index might not launch in 2017. He mentioned that he hopes it does launch, but is not 100% sure.

Adwords “Exact Match” Targeting Gets Not So Exact Anymore

Google Adwords Exact Match Keyword Targeting
The primary concern surrounding most AdWords PPC advertisers is Google matching queries to keywords that don’t have the same meaning or intentional relevancy. However, Google emphasizes that it won't alter exact match word order or function words when it understands changes would alter the true meaning of the query. I suppose the keyword there is "when it understands." Learn more.