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Keyword Research Beats Nate Silver’s 2016 Presidential Election Prediction

Posted by BritneyMuller100% of statisticians would say this is a terrible method for predicting elections. However, in the case of 2016’s presidential election, analyzing the geographic search volume of a few telling keywords “predicted” the outcome more accurately than Nate Silver himself. The 2016 US Presidential Election was a nail-biter, ...

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Not-Actually-the-Best Local SEO Practices

Posted by MiriamEllisIt’s never fun being the bearer of bad news. You’re on the phone with an amazing prospect. Let’s say it’s a growing appliance sales and repair provider with 75 locations in the western US. Your agency would absolutely love to onboard this client, and the contact is telling ...

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What Do Google’s New, Longer Snippets Mean for SEO? – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishSnippets and meta descriptions have brand-new character limits, and it’s a big change for Google and SEOs alike. Learn about what’s new, when it changed, and what it all means for SEO in this edition of Whiteboard Friday. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution ...

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Don’t Be Fooled by Data: 4 Data Analysis Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them

Posted by Tom.CapperDigital marketing is a proudly data-driven field. Yet, as SEOs especially, we often have such incomplete or questionable data to work with, that we end up jumping to the wrong conclusions in our attempts to substantiate our arguments or quantify our issues and opportunities. In this post, I’m ...

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Our Readership: Results of the 2017 Moz Blog Reader Survey

Posted by Trevor-KleinThis blog is for all of you. In a notoriously opaque and confusing industry that’s prone to frequent changes, we see immense benefit in helping all of you stay on top of the game. To that end, every couple of years we ask for a report card of ...

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How Local SEO Fits In With What You’re Already Doing

Posted by MiriamEllisYou own, work for, or market a business, but you don’t think of yourself as a Local SEO. That’s okay. The forces of history have, in fact, conspired in some weird ways to make local search seem like an island unto itself. Out there, beyond the horizon, there ...

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Designing a Page’s Content Flow to Maximize SEO Opportunity – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishControlling and improving the flow of your on-site content can actually help your SEO. What’s the best way to capitalize on the opportunity present in your page design? Rand covers the questions you need to ask (and answer) and the goals you should strive for in today’s Whiteboard ...

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The Complete Guide to Direct Traffic in Google Analytics

Posted by tombennetWhen it comes to direct traffic in Analytics, there are two deeply entrenched misconceptions.The first is that it’s caused almost exclusively by users typing an address into their browser (or clicking on a bookmark). The second is that it’s a Bad Thing, not because it has any overt ...

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How to Write Marketing Case Studies That Convert

Posted by kerryjonesIn my last post, I discussed why your top funnel content shouldn’t be all about your brand. Today I’m making a 180-degree turn and covering the value of content at the opposite end of the spectrum: content that’s directly about your business and offers proof of your effectiveness.Specifically, ...

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Knowledge Graph Eats Featured Snippets, Jumps +30%

Posted by Dr-PeteOver the past two years, we’ve seen a steady and substantial increase in Featured Snippets on Google SERPs. In our 10,000-keyword daily tracking set, Featured Snippets have gone from about 5.5% of queries in November 2015 to a recent high of just over 16% (roughly tripling). Other data ...

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