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….

Which of My Competitor’s Keywords Should (& Shouldn’t) I Target? – Best of Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishYou don’t want to try to rank for every one of your competitors’ keywords. Like most things with SEO, it’s important to be strategic and intentional with your decisions. In this fan favorite Whiteboard Friday, Rand shares his recommended process for understanding your funnel, identifying the right competitors to track, and prioritizing which of their keywords you ought to target. Plus, don’t miss our upcoming webinar on Wednesday, March 11: Competitive Analysis for SEO: Size Up & Surpass Your Search Rivals presented by Director of Growth Marketing Kelly Cooper. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in…

Google My Business: FAQ for Multiple Businesses at the Same Address

Posted by MiriamEllisHow should I get listed in Google My Business if I’ve got multiple businesses at the same address? How many listings am I eligible for if I’m legitimately running more than one business at my location? What determines eligibility, and what penalties might I incur if I make a mistake? How should I name my businesses at the same address? The FAQs surrounding this single, big topic fill local SEO forums across the web, year after year. The guidelines for representing your business on Google contain most of the answers you’re seeking about co-located businesses, but sometimes they…

How to Increase Your Organic Growth by Over 400%, According to the SEO Lead at Nextiva

Here’s a reality check for 2020 — only one-third of businesses make it to the 10 year mark. No market demand, running out of cash, and getting out-competed are among the leading reasons businesses fail. The good news? You don’t have to figure it all out on your own, because I’ve done a lot of the legwork for you. When I served as the VP of Marketing at Sales Hacker (a publication and community for B2B salespeople), I uncovered strategies and processes that exploded our growth. In fact, the results were outstanding: in just over a year, we were able…