Monthly Archives: June 2018

Duplicate Content and SEO

With the rapid pace that digital marketing changes it’s easy to understand why there are so many topics that can create confusion for marketers and website owners. We are all a little guilty of being excited and distracted by the latest shiniest tool, concept or trend in our space. But despite the prevailing enthusiasm and interest in the new and shiny, we often fail to develop a deep and nuanced familiarity with the “next big thing”. In many cases, we buy into the “why” before we ever really learn the “what” or the “how”. Such is the nature of digital marketing. You always have to stay on your toes.
However, duplicate content is a topic that should be well understood by now but, as it stands, it is more often a cause of confusion and a point of debate even among the most seasoned of veterans. The confusion around this topic is due in no small part to misguided, yet frequently shared, myths and basic misunderstandings. These misunderstandings result in poor strategies, wasted efforts, and little to no ROI.
But we’re here to clear things up. In this post, we’ll review pretty much everything you need to know regarding duplicate content and how it impacts SEO.

Duplicate Content

 

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Agency Best Practices for Client Reporting

If you’re part of a digital marketing agency, you know client reporting is necessary—but when the grueling end-of-month reporting cycle kicks in and you need to push out several dozen reports, it can be hard to think of it as anything other than a grind.
In reality, though, reporting isn’t just another obligatory monthly task you do on autopilot—or if it is, it shouldn’t be. When done right, reporting is an invaluable tool that benefits not only your clients, but your agency. It will strengthen your client relationships and make your work together more efficient and effective.
Reporting helps clients see their progress, but it also provides proof, in the form of convincing concrete data, of the specific ways in which your agency is helping them build their business over time. In other words, good reporting can remind them just how valuable your agency is to them.
Below, we’ll tell you more about how the best agencies maximize their reporting processes to create stronger relationships and happier, more educated clients.

Agency Best Practices for Client Reporting

 

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4 SEO Insights You Can Learn From Analyzing Search Results

Data-driven marketers who work in or report on organic search typically understand the importance of keywords and rankings. A lot of an SEO’s time and energy is spent poring over keyword ranking reports and keyword research. But for all the effort given to looking at keyword ranking data, often we neglect the act of analyzing search results in the wild. How often do we sit down to recreate queries and review the first one or two pages of results at a granular level?
Data is most useful when it is grounded in a context that creates meaning and that can provide actionable insights, and ranking reports presented in columned spreadsheets, are sometimes just not sufficient for that task. This is where strategy and data meet, as a manual review of the results is far more likely to lead to the types of insights that will help marketers improve their rankings than simply studying a spreadsheet report.
In this post, we will cover 4 things you can learn from analyzing search results, and we’ll include two different types of search results: both external search engine result pages (SERPs) and internal site search logs.

Your Clients Need a Monthly SEO Report

 

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Your Clients Need a Monthly SEO Report

Why You Should Report Once a Month, and How to Make It Look Easy
Agencies and marketers create SEO reports for clients to share their findings, establish trust and demonstrate accountability for their results. Clients, meanwhile, should green light those reporting efforts and thank those agencies and marketers for their hard work. Simple, right?
Not really. At all.

In practice, reporting your SEO results is a pain in the butt. It’s time-consuming. It’s stressful. And it confuses clients (“What are these metrics?” “What does this acronym mean?” “Why have rankings flatlined?” “Why am I paying you?”)
So why on earth would you choose to report more frequently than you do now? What could you and your clients possibly gain from monthly reports that you aren’t getting from your current “as needed” approach?
The answer: more than you’d expect.
This brief blog post will show you why monthly SEO reporting is too important to ignore. Furthermore, we’ve detailed five must-have sections to add to your monthly SEO report to ensure its success.

Your Clients Need a Monthly SEO Report

 

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3 Ways to Use Facebook Interests to Build Better Audiences

Understanding your audience is a huge part of making any marketing initiative successful. But when it comes to Facebook, knowing your competitors’ audience can be equally useful.
Facebook’s advertising platform offers a range of capabilities and features for targeting specific audiences. By identifying relevant and engaged audiences for ad targeting, organizations can run more effective campaigns with greater returns on investment (ROI).
When you’re building audiences for Facebook Ads, you have the option to create Custom Audiences from a preexisting list of contacts or customers or Lookalike Audiences for users similar to a preexisting list of contacts or customers.
But what if you don’t have a list of contacts on hand already?
Not a problem, a Custom audience can also be built using characteristics that define your ideal audience. The Core Audiences type allows organizations to create target lists based on a variety of personal user information, including demographics, location, behaviors, and interests. In this post, we’ll cover the Interests based targeting options in Facebook and review 3 ways to use Facebook Interests to build better audiences.
For the purposes of this exercise, the example organization we’ll use is called Bob’s Barbecue Smokers, who sells barbecue smokers that cost several hundreds of dollars. They are interested in identifying users who would be interested in such a product and have turned to Facebook advertising to set up their initial campaigns.

3 Ways to Use Facebook Interests to Build Better Audiences

 

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