SEO

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4 W’s of Search Relevancy and Social Media Engagement

May 7th, 2018 by

Any time you search on Google, more than half of the returned results are links to social profiles. That’s why when you’re trying to increase your brand’s search relevancy online, you should focus your efforts on your social channels as well as your owned sites. Jon Chang, digital marketing director at Kickstarter and a speaker at this week’s Social Shake-Up Show, shares some tips and tricks for improving SEO via social media, primarily to increase your engagement.

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Small Businesses Seek Quick Payoff from SEO

March 20th, 2018 by

In a new survey small businesses, those with fewer than 500 employees, are shown to be fairly large proponents of SEO. Some 55% of small businesses surveyed said they use SEO, a slight increase from 2017. More than 90% said last year they would be using SEO, according to Clutch, a B2B researcher.

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Link Authority Tops List of Most Important Google Ranking Factors

January 9th, 2018 by

One of the holy grails of PR must be the definitive word on Google’s SEO regime. While that might be unattainable we can make educated guesses as to how the search giant ranks articles. Branded3 of the U.K. has issued its list of best guesses as well as a list of things that can be done to a site and its contents to improve searchability ranking.

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A 12-Step Checklist to Optimize Your Content for a Google Search

September 25th, 2017 by

If you want to optimize a web page to be front and center on a Google search, there’s so much more to it than just using a couple of keywords in the title. From the time of day your page is posted, to making sure you always follow the 3/100 rule, there are a variety of methods for optimizing a page to make it dance with Google’s algorithm. Here’s a quick 12-step checklist to keep in mind whenever you’re posting a new piece of content to your site.

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A Beginner’s Quick Guide to Using Google Search Console for SEO

September 7th, 2017 by

If you want a better website with better content, Google Search Console should be one of your first stops. It’s a powerful set of tools that can give you valuable information on errors you may have in your code, usability, search traffic and so on. And yes, there can be a slight learning curve if you’re new to it. In the PR News Guidebook: Google for Communicators, Chris Hornak, owner of Blog Hands, argues that fluency with these tools is well worth the afternoon or two it might cost you to learn how to use them.

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What You Missed at the Big 4 Social Media Conference

August 14th, 2017 by

Did you experience a sudden and sharp sense of FOMO last week? Then you should’ve been in San Francisco with PR News. An all-star lineup of speakers presented on topics ranging from SEO and Google Analytics to influencer marketing and Snapchat at the Big 4 Social Media Conference and Google for Communicators Boot Camp held at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt Aug. 9-10. Here’s a wrap-up of the two-day event, which showcased compelling video, top-notch speakers and networking opportunities galore.

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5 SEO Best Practices for Crisis and Reputation Management

August 9th, 2017 by

When a crisis breaks, users inevitably Google the brand in question (or, for smaller brands, look them up on Yelp). But the last thing communicators want is negative headlines or reviews topping the list of search results for their brand. Here are five ways to make SEO an integral and immediate strategy when developing a crisis management campaign or handling Yelp customer reviews.

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Facebook to Prioritize Sites With Quick Load Time—10 Tips to Get Up to Speed

August 3rd, 2017 by

Facebook engineers Jiayi Wen and Shengbo Guo explained in a newsroom post Aug. 2 that an update to News Feed will soon show users more stories that will load quicker on mobile. This will take into account not only the speed of the site itself, but also the users’ network connection at the time they are browsing. Here are 10 tips from Facebook to ensure your site is up to speed.

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3 Places Most Communicators Miss Out on SEO Opportunities

July 6th, 2017 by

So you’re writing keyword-rich copy in the inverted pyramid style, including backlinks and making sure all your pages have unique and clear titles? That’s great, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to maximizing SEO potential. At the 2017 Social Shake-Up, Carolyn Shelby, SEO director at tronc, Inc., took the audience to school on all of the above, plus more key areas where communications pros have a blind spot.

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How to Approach SEO as Google Moves to a Mobile-First Index

January 5th, 2017 by

The rules of search engine optimization (SEO) can change so quickly, by the time you implement yesterday’s best practices, a new set of considerations seemingly take their place. And that moving target is set to move again: Since more searches now come from mobile platforms than desktops, Google will soon roll out a fully updated mobile-first index, which considers the mobile version of a website its primary version.