Search Engine Optimization

Details about Google’s Page Experience update

In this week’s video, I share the important details about Google’s upcoming Page Experience update. Learn how the Core Web Vitals and other usability signals are being incorporated into the ranking algorithm, and what that means for your website.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Yesterday Google announced that the update has been delayed until June, but we already had this video shot, and it’s important info, so we’re sharing anyway…


Suds and Search 58 | Mark Traphagen, VP of Product Marketing & Training at seoClarity

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My guest on this week’s episode of Suds & Search is Mark Traphagen, Vice President of Product Marketing & Training at seoClarity.

Mark is an indispensable member of the SEO community. He is ubiquitous on the conference circuit, a prolific blogger, vlogger, educator, and thought-leader.

A very short list of the conferences you may have heard Mark present at includes Pubcon, State of Search, MozCon, and all the different SMX events.

He is a frequent columnist at Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Land, and on the seoClarity company blog.

Where I think his talents shine brightest are on video series and webinars. Earlier this year, Mark put out a webinar titled the State of the Enterprise SEO Industry. I’m going to spend a lot of our conversation talking about the findings in that webinar.

For years, he and his Eric Enge co-hosted the terribly impressive and often hilariously funny web series “Here’s Why.” I’m going to ask Mark about the video series. Between when I visited with Mark and this episode aired, Mark and Eric brought the band back together (pun intended) for a great episode about the power of user intent.

There aren’t many people like Mark Traphagen. He is considered by many of his peers one of the smartest and kindest professionals working in digital marketing. That was on display when my four-year-old son decided to make a cameo appearance during our discussion.

Join me for a conversation with Mark Traphagen. We’ll talk about Core Web Vitals, SERP Feature Changes, a nuanced view of rank tracking seoClarity calls visibility share, and we’ll spend a little time talking about lavender martinis.


Suds and Search 57 | Mat Siltala, founder of Avalaunch Media

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My guest on this episode of Suds and Search is Mat Sitala, founder of Avalaunch Media, Co-Founder of The Business of Digital Podcast, and the man behind one of the most famous beards in all of digital marketing.

Digital.com recently named Avalaunch agency of the year for 2020. Avalaunch was chosen after digital.com interviewed and screened 280 other agencies.

Mat co-hosts the extremely impressive podcast The Business of Digital with Dave Rohrer. After you’re done watching this episode, I highly encourage tuning into Mat’s podcast. The information is really good and Mat and Dave have great chemistry.

Mat is an in-demand conference speaker, presenter, and podcaster. A shortlist of the conferences you may have seen him present at includes Brighton SEO, Pubcon, Search Fest, and State of Search. If you’ve never seen Mat present, check out his SlideShare account. He’s got some of the best looking slides I’ve seen.

Mat is a serial entrepreneur. In addition to owning his agency, Mat has owned several small businesses including a mattress retailer. We’ll talk a little bit about his entrepreneurial journey during our conversation.

Join me for a fun conversation with Mat Siltala. We’ll talk about how to leverage your content for max capacity, how to avoid common client relations traps, and the Twitter account @siltalasbeard.


Learn everything you need to know about SEO in less than 2 minutes

In this week’s video, I share everything you need to know about SEO in less than 2 minutes! There’s no trick – yes, there’s a ton to learn… but if you watch, you’ll see how I’m not lying, and can actually tell you everything you need to know in less than two minutes!


9 Online Marketing Strategies You Can Use Right Now To Get Your Business Found In More Searches

Online marketing is constantly changing, and things won’t slow down in 2021. As you plan for a new year, it’s necessary to know what works and what doesn’t. While some strategies are essentially timeless, some current trends are important to understand and implement right now.

The following is a guide to help you develop a 2021 online marketing strategy to get your business found in more searches.

1. Develop Content That’s Rich and Fresh

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Image via HalGatewood.com via Unsplash.

Content is still just as important as it’s ever been if you want to rank in search engines. However, it’s all about the quality over the quantity of content and keywords. Google appreciates readable content that people find easy to digest. It won’t matter how many keywords you add or the number of H tags, links, images, and videos you embed within – Google won’t reward old-school Search Engine Optimization (SEO) practices.

Keywords are still important, but they aren’t the basis for your content the way they used to be. First and foremost, write for readers, not Google. If you can write engaging content that people actively read and are willing to share, this could signal to Google that the content is worth ranking over competitors.


Suds and Search 54 | Barry Adams, Founder of Polemic Digital

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Barry Adams, owner of Polemic Digital, a specialized SEO Consultancy based in Northern Ireland.

Barry is an in-demand conference presenter and frequent trainer on topics related to Technical SEO. A few places you might’ve heard Barry present include Brighton SEO, Ungagged, SMX Munich, SMX Paris, Pubcon, Chiang Mai SEO, and many other places.

His consulting business has worked with some of the world’s largest brands. Polemic Digital has won several awards including the UK Search Awards, DANI Awards, and the coveted Global Business Insight Award.


Suds and Search 52 | Ginny Marvin, Google Ads Product Liaison

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Ginny Marvin, the former Editor-in-Chief at Third Door Media. Third Door Media is the publisher of Search Engine Land, Marketing Land & MarTech Today. They also host the popular conference series Search Marketing Expo with nine events scheduled in 2021.

At the time our episode was filmed, Ginny had just finished her tenure at Third Door Media and we spend most of our conversation reflecting on her time there. Very recently, Ginny announced that she has accepted a role at Google as its new Ads Product Liaison.

Over the course of her career, Ginny has had a truly unique perspective on the industry. I started reading Search Engine Land back in 2008. It has remained the go-to destination for search marketers seeking daily news coverage, breaking stories, industry trends, feature announcements, and product changes.


10 ideas for local blog posts

In this week’s video, I share 10 ideas for local blog posts to help you write better localized content. Adding more localized content to your blog helps cast a wider net and get your brand more exposure, so use these ideas, or springboard off of them and come up with your own. You’ll show up in more local searches and outpace your competitors, which means more leads when local customers are ready to buy!


How to Come Up with Blog Ideas: Four Easy Tips for Business Owners

In order to keep your site relevant for your money-making search terms, you need a blog, and you need to publish high-quality content on your blog regularly.

What to blog about, though? Where to start?

In this post, I offer a few no-nonsense ways business owners can come up with great blog ideas by leveraging their experience and expertise in their field—no intimidating “keyword research,” “discovery,” or “competitor analysis” process required.

(For my purposes here, by “business owners,” I mean those without SEO training.)

If successful, the tips from this post won’t feed you blog ideas or topics themselves. Rather, they’ll equip you with a reproducible process to ideate stellar content ideas or topics for months (and years) to come. If you take advantage of the tips I provide, you’ll become your business’ very own brainy content strategist—and very likely a richer entrepreneur.