Are H1 Tags Necessary for Ranking? [SEO Experiment]

Posted by Cyrus-ShepardIn earlier days of search marketing, SEOs often heard the same two best practices repeated so many times it became implanted in our brains: Wrap the title of your page in H1 tagsUse one — and only one — H1 tag per pageThese suggestions appeared in audits, SEO tools, and was the source of constant head shaking. Conversations would go like this: “Silly CNN. The headline on that page is an H2. That’s not right!” “Sure, but is it hurting them?” “No idea, actually.” Over time, SEOs started to abandon these ideas, and the strict concept of using a single H1…

5 Examples of Brands Newsjacking in 2019

Shortly after the announcement that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were “stepping away” as senior members of the Royal Family, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum also made news by removing Harry and Megan from a wax display of the Royal family. But, the famous wax museum’s publicity stunt isn’t the only example of a brand that’s leveraged a news event to gain awareness or viral attention. In fact, this tactic has been used by marketers throughout the 2000s. It’s often called “newsjacking.” Newsjacking is when a brand or firm mentions or creates a campaign centered around a major, well-discussed news item….

Spot Zero is Gone — Here’s What We Know After 30 Days

Posted by PJ_HowlandAs you are probably aware by now, recent updates have changed the world of search optimization. On January 22nd Google, in its infinite wisdom, decided that the URL that has earned the featured snippet in a SERP would not have the additional spot in that SERP. This also means that from now on the featured snippet will be the true spot-one position. If a web page listing is elevated into the featured snippet position, we no longer repeat the listing in the search results. This declutters the results & helps users locate relevant information more easily. Featured snippets…

The Death of the Third-Party Cookie: What Marketers Need to Know

What do marketers and Sesame Street monsters have in common? They LOVE cookies. For years, we’ve been using them to track our website visitors, improve the user experience, and collect data that helps us target ads to the right audiences. We also use them to learn about what our visitors are checking out online when they aren’t on our websites. But the way we use cookies could change dramatically with Google’s announcement that it will phase out the third-party cookie on Chrome browsers by 2022. A Google blog post announcing the phaseout explains, “Users are demanding greater privacy–including transparency, choice,…

5 Things I Learned About Product (and People) Management This Year

This last year has been a blur. At the start of 2016 I was working in Product Management at Twitter, and then I moved to the other side of the world to work at Atlassian in Sydney, Australia. Despite the massive geographic and timezone change, I’ve learned a lot from both places about being a better product manager. These lessons are based on my own experiences and feedback from managers, peers, and direct reports. I can’t thank these individuals enough for taking the time to share this feedback with me, as it’s the most valuable information I, (and anyone for…

What’s a Good Bounce Rate? We Asked 500+ Analytics Accounts. Here’s the Average Bounce Rate for Websites.

It’s such a common question, some Analytics pros are tired of hearing it. When the boss or a client asks “What’s a good bounce rate?” or “What’s the average bounce rate?” they groan and the responses get snarky. A bounce rate is basically a one-page visit but no one likes one-page visits. Everyone wants to lower their bounce rate. But what is an acceptable bounce rate? We’re going to answer this question once and for all. We have access to hundreds of Analytics accounts across a huge range of industries. So we looked at 501 Analytics accounts, calculated the average bounce…

How I Grew Traffic By 300% with Only a Little Content

I recently received a call from a new customer. After talking through what he needed from us, he asked, “By the way, who handles your marketing?” I asked, “Why?” “Well, I Googled a few different things when looking for a vendor for this project, and you popped-up on page one in every search.” That might have been my proudest moment as a part-time content marketer. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… My name is Tony Gnau, and I own a Milwaukee video production company. We started in Chicago in 2003 and still have an office there….