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Why rank tracking isn’t a good SEO success metric

In this week’s episode, I share some insight into rank tracking in SEO – and why it’s a horrible way to judge SEO success. You don’t hire someone to do SEO to get you to rank, you hire someone to get you more traffic and leads. It’s all about growing your bottom line, and rank trackers don’t mean squat to your bottom line…


Suds and Search 60 | Eric Enge, Principal at Perficient

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My guest on this week’s episode of Suds & Search is Eric Enge, Principal at Perficient. Eric is one of the most recognizable faces in digital marketing. He is a frequent keynote speaker, a prolific writer, blogger, researcher, teacher, and entrepreneur.

Eric has won numerous awards. In 2018, he was named Search Personality of the Year by the Drum Search Awards. In 2016, he was awarded Search Engine Land’s Landy Award for Search Marketer of the Year and he also won US Search Awards Search Personality of the Year in 2016.

Eric is the lead author of the book The Art of SEO, a 900+ page book that is frequently used as THE textbook for learning SEO.


How much does Google Ads cost? [2021 Data]

Search Engine Marketing is essential to every businesses’ success online. For those looking to get quality traffic to their site quickly, Google Ads is an attractive option for many. With Google Ads, you’ve a lot of options to control how much you pay per each click, what traffic you buy, and how much your Google Ads campaigns spend. So, how much does Google Ads cost?

PPC is a large industry – with over 30 million businesses spending over $230 trillion dollars online in 2020. Last year, advertisers spent over $147 trillion on Google Ads, $84 trillion on Facebook Ads, and another $8 Billion dollars with Microsoft. But not all those advertisers are paying the same amount to advertise online.


Suds and Search 59 | Christi Olson, Global Media SEM Team Lead at Microsoft

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Christi Olson, Microsoft’s Global Media SEM Team Lead.

Christi is one of the most popular and well-known PPC keynote speakers in the industry. You may have heard Christi present at UnGagged, Content Marketing World, HeroConf, all the different SMX events, Pubcon… Come to think of it, the list of the conference she hasn’t spoken at may be shorter than the ones she has.


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.


Google is testing 2-pack results on mobile

In this week’s video, I share the details about Google’s widespread test that’s showing 2-packs in mobile search results (instead of the 3-pack we’ve had for 6+ years). Google runs tests constantly, so we’re not sure this will be a permanent change, but it’s showing up in most locations, so who knows? Watch the video for insight into what this means for Local SEO…