Why Google loves a persona-led approach to content

Google has made it very obvious that in order to succeed at SEO you need to be producing high quality content that is targeted to your audience. One of the best ways to ensure that you are creating this specialist content is to write for a specific persona. Logically speaking, this makes sense as you are writing for a tailored group of people who will be interested in your products and services, but why does Google love it? I’ll explain:

Google’s Affinity Segments

Hang on, what’s this? In plain and...

By Gareth Morgan, 12 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Google now includes website security as new ranking signal

It is a well-known fact that the Internet is not always the safest place for people looking to keep their computers or information secure. However, Google being one of the most popular websites in the world does its best to keep those who use it safe when browsing the Internet. Of course, Google cannot guarantee the security of the millions of sites it links to, but the search engine is now being updated to make using Google a more secure experience for everyone.

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By Maciej Fita, 29 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Find the amount of content that’s “just right” for your marketing

We’ve all heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. She sneaks into the house of three bears and tries their porridge, chairs, and beds only finding one of the three in each instance to be “just right”. The options that were “just wrong” were the extremes. The hot and cold porridge. The small and large chairs. The hard and soft beds. When it comes to content creation we recommend that website owners find the amount that’s “just right”. Unfortunately,...

By Nick Stamoulis, 08 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Organic Search.

How SEO and content marketing go hand in hand

Okay, we all know content is important and we all understand SEO is a must, right? Sounds simple but for many the thought of piecing these two puzzle pieces together can be a daunting task. The truth is that content plays a vital role in the way the search engines view a websites authority.

The folks over at Brafton recently put this great infographic together discussing the importance of the two and how they actually go together.

By Maciej Fita, 12 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Even Matt Cutts says backlinks count for something

With all the changes Google has made to the algorithm (Panda and Penguin are just the biggest ones of many) and Webmaster Tools Guidelines in the last two years, many site owners (and more than a few SEOs) are left wondering if link building counts for anything anymore.

In a perfect SEO world, the kind Google wishes we all worked and searched in, no site would actively build links. They would instead focus all their energy on content creation and let links come naturally as people found and shared that...

By Nick Stamoulis, 09 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Do these 10 skills make up the “perfect” SEO Manager?

Last year I promised to dig more into Bubble’s vast wealth of digital job data to try and pin down the latest digital recruitment trends and identify exactly what employers are looking for when recruiting in the digital space… but as avid readers of this blog will know, I’ve not really produced as many blogs as I’d have liked on the topic.

Today I thought I’d change that and shine the spotlight on what employers are looking for when recruiting for a particular candidate – and with

By Amy Edwards, 24 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Organic Search.

Google penalises guest blog network MyBlogGuest

By Amy@BubbleJobs

It’s no secret that guest blogging has been on shaky ground for a while now. I first blogged about the potential risks of guest blogging back in July last year and since then, Google has only been getting more and more vocal about how careful you have to be when guest blogging – last year urging SEOs to no=follow any backlinks in guest blogs – and more recently, warning that

By Amy Edwards, 21 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Will big brands automatically win the SEO race?

By Shawna Wright

More than one small business owner has lamented over the fact that it takes them months of back and forth with Google to recover from a manual action penalty, yet bigger websites/brands seem to recover in just a matter of weeks. Will larger sites automatically win the SEO race simply because they are too big to fail?

Some SEO experts have pointed out, and I...

By Nick Stamoulis, 20 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Organic Search.

Why not all B2B content should be gated

An important component of a B2B online marketing campaign is sharing informational content with your target audience. Unlike many B2C products that are fairly straightforward in nature, B2B products and services tend to be more complex and in order for target audience members to understand what it is that you offer and how it will help them perform their jobs better, there needs to be an adequate amount of informational content for them to consume. B2Bs often use their content as a form of lead...

By Nick Stamoulis, 18 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Is Halifax the latest brand to be caught out by Google?

By Amy@BubbleJobs

It’s safe to say that in terms of SEO and manual penalties, 2014 is definitely proving to be an interesting year. A few weeks ago I blogged about Expedia’s massive manual penalty from the Big G – and this week it looks like yet another brand has been caught out for using less than white-hat link building techniques. I am of course talking about Halifax.

News first broke of Halifax’s suspected penalty last week (as far...

By Amy Edwards, 12 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Has Expedia been whacked with an unnatural links penalty?

By Amy@BubbleJobs

Apart from a few guest blogging comments from Matt Cutts and an actual apology from Google (yes, really!) over the Google Maps/hotel listing fiasco, things have been a quiet in the SEO industry as of late… but that all changed yesterday with an announcement that one of the biggest names in the travel industry may have been whacked with a pretty hefty unnatural links penalty.

An

By Amy Edwards, 22 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Google’s Matt Cutts warns of the death of SEO guest blogging

It’s finished, stick a fork in it: Google’s Matt Cutts has officially proclaimed the death of guest blogging for SEO.

In a blog post from yesterday, the head of Google’s webspam team has confirmed what a lot of people already suspected; accepting guest blogs with paid for dofollow links will more likely harm your brand than help it.

“This is why we can’t have nice things in the SEO space,” Cutts ruefully states.

It’s worth noting...

By James Bourne, 21 January 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Content Marketing, Organic Search.

What to focus on with limited content time

If our B2B SEO clients had unlimited budgets we’d recommend that they hire a full time content writing team that could produce a never ending stream of blog posts, press releases, white papers, case studies, videos, podcasts, etc.

After all, content is what really makes an SEO campaign work today. It’s what gets optimized to appear within organic search, gets shared in social media to generate traffic and social signals, and is linked to naturally within content that appears on other sites...

By Nick Stamoulis, 13 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Organic Search.

Top 10 myths associated with working in the digital industry

Just like any other industry, when it comes to working in the digital sector, it’s fair to say that there are more than a couple of misconceptions and myths circulating about the roles available and the work involved.

Now, I don’t know whether it’s because it’s still classed as a fairly “new” industry or the fact it’s just a little bit mysterious, but somehow, somewhere some pretty silly misconceptions have been formed – and I’m sure I’m not alone in...

By Amy Edwards, 17 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

SEO won’t work unless your product is consistent

When first speaking with a potential SEO client to get a sense of the history of their business and their business website there are certain things that stand out that tell us either 1. This website and company will be great to work with and we will be able to get them SEO results or 2. There are red flags present that could hinder the success of an SEO campaign.

One important thing that we take into consideration is the consistency of the company. How long have they been around? How long has the website...

By Nick Stamoulis, 08 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Why blog posts should be lead generation tools

Blog posts serve many purposes for a business or organization. They provide current and prospective clients or customers with information that can assist with their decision making. It’s an avenue to share some brand personality and showcase specific employees within the organization, allowing target audience members to feel more “connected”. From an SEO perspective, blog posts provide an additional opportunity to target keywords, specifically long tail keyword variations that will generate traffic...

By Nick Stamoulis, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Organic Search.

5 things the best SEO clients understand

Just like there are good and bad SEO firms, there are also good and bad SEO clients.

When a prospective client comes running to us complaining about their current or former SEO firm, we always make sure to ask the right questions to determine whether it actually was the SEO firm’s fault that the SEO program wasn’t working or if it in fact might have been the client that was the culprit all along.

The SEO client tends to think that they can never be the one to blame, since after all they are the...

By Nick Stamoulis, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Organic Search.