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Recap SEO For Publishers Episode #2; Over-Optimization

Are you over-optimizing? Adding keywords where you shouldn’t be, or just way too many of them? On the second episode of SEO For Publishers we discussed what over-optimization looks like and how to properly optimize your pages. Check out the […]

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Be Prepared; Rankings and Traffic Will Fluctuate

It’s worth mentioning that anytime a significant algorithm update occurs, webmasters should expect any previous rankings for broad, generic keywords to decline and in some cases disappear for good. Why do rankings flucuate? It’s largely due to the fact that […]

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Stop Over-Optimizing; It’s Hurting Your Search Rankings

One of the SEO techniques that gets abused by novices is a technique called keyword stuffing. To the human eye, it’s easy to recognize, and search engine crawlers and algorithm updates have also gotten savvier and savvier at recognizing when […]

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Review Your Backlinks, Frequently

As a blogger, you likely don’t have a lot of resources, a full content team, or expensive SEO software watching out for your website. Links have long been regarded as a vote of confidence between websites. An internal link between […]

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Why You Should Denote Sponsored and Affiliate Links

Ever wonder why most people don’t like used car salesmen? They’re oftentimes overly pushy about selling you a car. In a manner of speaking, in the online blog space, the same is true for bloggers who come across as overly […]

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Crawling & Indexing; Exclude Low-Value Pages

Indexation of lower value pages was among many of the findings from our correlative study of the November 2019 Google update. As a result, one of our recommendations is that websites (blogs) need to cut down on low-value pages by developing […]

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Focus on Speed; Cut Down On Plugins and Image Size

If you had to choose between ranking a web page because it loaded quickly versus one that implicitly matched the user’s need, which would you rank highest? OK, technically, that’s a trick question because both of those factors are involved […]

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More Ads Doesn’t Equal More Money

While it’s a common practice to run advertisements on your blog as a method of monetization, there is a limit. If, however, your blog has a disproportionately large amount of ads on each page, it can come across as intrusive […]

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Prioritize Relevant Content; Get To The Point

Let me tell you a story about why I love sourdough bread. It really goes back to my childhood days spent outside my family’s cottage, when my mother would leave a piping hot loaf of fresh, sourdough bread in the […]

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Don’t Focus On Broad, Short-Tail Keywords (too much)

Before we serve the meal, let’s first set the table. For context: Top Hat Rank published a food blogger study based on data and observations from a Google algorithm update identified among the industry in November of 2019. In the […]

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