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  • Shopify SEO: The Guide to Optimizing&nbspShopify

    A trend we’ve been noticing at Go Fish Digital is that more and more of our clients have been using the Shopify platform. While we initially thought this was just a coincidence, we can see that the data tells a different story: The Shopify platform is now more popular than ever. Looking at BuiltWith usage statistics, we can see that usage of the CMS has more than doubled since July 2017. Currently, 4.47% of the top 10,000 sites are using Shopify. Since we’ve worked with a good amount of Shopify stores, we wanted to share our process for common SEO improvements we help our clients with. The guide below should outline some common adjustments we make on Shopify stores. What is Shopify SEO? Shopify SEO simply means SEO improvements that are more unique to Shopify than other sites. While Shopify stores come with some useful things for SEO, such as a blog and the ability to redirect, it can also create SEO issues such as duplicate content. Some of the most common Shopify SEO recommendations are: Remove duplicate URLs from internal linking architecture Remove duplicate paginated URLs Create blog content for keywords with informational intent Add “Product,” “Article,” & “BreadcrumbList” structured …

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  • The 19 Best WordPress Hosting Providers in 2019

    If you’re building a WordPress website, you’ll first have to choose a hosting provider. Just one problem: there are hundreds of hosting providers to choose from. And the provider you choose really matters. That’s because it impacts your website’s health, speed, reliability, security, and more. We have compiled a list of what we believe are 21…

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  • The 19 Best WordPress Hosting Providers in 2019

    If you’re building a WordPress website, you’ll first have to choose a hosting provider. Just one problem: there are hundreds of hosting providers to choose from. And the provider you choose really matters. That’s because it impacts your website’s health, speed, reliability, security, and more. We have compiled a list of what we believe are 21…

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  • New Opportunities for Image SEO: How to Leverage Machine Vision for Strategic&nbspWins

    Image search results used to give you the option to “view image” without having to navigate to the site the image was hosted on. When it started in 2013, sites saw a 63% decline in organic traffic from image results. Why? Because there was no need to click through when the image could be viewed in full from within the search results. And then everything changed In February 2018, Google decided to remove the “view image” button. Now searchers must visit the site hosting that image directly, restoring image results to their former organic search driving power. According to some recent studies, this change has increased organic image traffic a massive 37%. Given image results’ return to value, marketers are asking themselves how they can make the most out of this search mechanism. So what are some new ways we can leverage tools to better understand how to optimize images for ranking? To explore this, I decided to see if Google’s Vision AI could assist in unearthing hidden information about what matters to image ranking. Specifically, I wondered what Google’s image topic modeling would reveal about the images that rank for individual keyword searches, as well as groups of thematically …

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  • Google Review Stars Drop by&nbsp14%

    On Monday, September 16, Google announced that they would be restricting review stars in SERPs to specific schemas and would stop displaying reviews that they deemed to be “self-serving.” It wasn’t clear at the time when this change would be happening, or if it had already happened. Across our daily MozCast tracking set, we measured a drop the morning of September 16 (in sync with the announcement) followed by a continued drop the next day … The purple bar shows the new “normal” in our data set (so far). This represents a two-day relative drop of nearly 14% (13.8%). It definitely appears that Google dropped review snippets from page-1 SERPs across the roughly 48-hour period around their announcement (note that measurements are only taken once per day, so we can’t pinpoint changes beyond 24-hour periods). Review drops by category When we broke this two-day drop out into 20 industry categories (roughly corresponding to Google Ads), the results were dramatic. Note that every industry experienced some loss of review snippets. This is not a situation with “winners” and “losers” like an algorithm update. Google’s changes only reduced review snippets. Here’s the breakdown … Percent drops in blue are Average reviews per SERP If …

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  • How to Write Content for Answers Using the Inverted Pyramid – Best of Whiteboard&nbspFriday

    If you’ve been searching for a quick hack to write content for featured snippets, this isn’t the article for you. But if you’re looking for lasting results and a smart tactic to increase your chances of winning a snippet, you’re definitely in the right place. Borrowed from journalism, the inverted pyramid method of writing can help you craft intentional, compelling, rich content that will help you rank for multiple queries and win more than one snippet at a time. Learn how in this fan-favorite Whiteboard Friday starring the one and only Dr. Pete! Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, Moz fans, Dr. Pete here. I’m the Marketing Scientist at Moz and visiting you from not-so-sunny Chicago in the Seattle office. We’ve talked a lot in the last couple years in my blog posts and such about featured snippets. So these are answers that kind of cross with organic. So it’s an answer box, but you get the attribution and the link. Britney has done some great Whiteboard Fridays, the last couple, about how you do research for featured snippets and how you look for good questions to answer. But …

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  • 6 Ways to Get More Organic Traffic, Without Ranking Your&nbspWebsite

    A few years ago, I wrote a post here that caught some attention in the community. I argued Google appears to be ranking websites heavily based on searcher intent — this is more true now than ever. In fact, it might be algorithmically impossible to get your website on top of the SERPs. If you find your website in this position, don’t give up on SEO! The point of “Search Engine Optimization” is to get organic exposure through search engines — it doesn’t necessarily have to be your website. We can leverage the ranking authority of other websites pass organic referral traffic to our sites. I’m going to give 6 times when you should NOT rank your website. Prefer to watch / listen? I outlined all these points as a part of a recent keynote: https://youtu.be/mMvIty5W93Y 1. When the keywords are just TOO competitive We’ve all been there: trying to rank a website with no authority for highly competitive keywords. These keywords are competitive because they’re valuable so we can’t give up on them. Here’s a few workarounds I’ve used in the past. Tactic 1: Offer to sponsor the content Ardent sells a product that “decarboxylates” cannabis for medicinal users. There’s …

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  • The 2019 Holiday Checklist for Local SEO Heroes&nbsp

     Right now, the shoppers nearest you are making some pretty long gift lists. US holiday sales are predicted to surpass $1.1 trillion, with 4.5–5% growth between November–January. That’s a lot of gadgets, garments, games, goodies, and gizmos to bought and sold. Winter weather and long lines will be braved, traffic endured, tired feet soaked, and patience tested in the search for the perfect gift for everyone on everyone’s list. Holiday shopping can and should be cheery, but sometimes it can be a bit of an overload. The end of the year can put local businesses back in the black, but it can be kind of stressful, too. And that’s why local business marketers need a list of their own. Your agency can be holiday heroes, both to clients and their customers. An organized approach can ensure that no mom with three kids in tow is inconvenienced by a wrong address on a Facebook listing, and no dad is doomed to wander lonely aisles for hours with no help in sight. Strategic planning can save your clients, too, from total holiday frazzle. Be of good cheer! Download the Moz Holiday Local SEO Checklist, share it with each of your clients, …

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  • Custom Extraction Using an SEO Crawler for CRO and UX Insights – Whiteboard&nbspFriday

    From e-commerce to listings sites to real estate and myriad verticals beyond, the data you can harness using custom extraction via crawler tools is worth its weight in revenue. With a greater granularity of data at your fingertips, you can uncover CRO and user experience insights that can inform your optimizations and transform your customer experience. In this episode of Whiteboard Friday, we’re delighted to welcome Luke Carthy to share actionable wisdom from his recent MozCon 2019 presentation, Killer CRO and UX Wins Using an SEO Crawler. Video Transcription Hey, Moz. What’s up? Wow, can I just say it’s incredible I’m here in Seattle right now doing a Whiteboard Friday? I can’t wait to share this cool stuff with you. So thanks for joining me. My name is Luke Carthy. As you can probably tell, I’m from the UK, and I want to talk to you about custom extraction, specifically in the world of e-commerce. However, what I will say is this works beautifully well in many of the verticals as well, so real estate, in job listings. In fact, any website that can pretty much spit out HTML in a web crawler, you can use custom extraction. What is …

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  • How We Grew Blog Traffic by 650% in Two Years —&nbspOrganically

    As a digital content marketer, your job is to grow traffic that converts into leads and sales. Some of us in this field are lucky to work with companies that sell sexy products. It makes it a little easier. But that’s not always the case. This post is for the other marketers that work in the not-so-sexy fields. I can speak to this audience because up until the spring of this year, I was the Digital Content and Marketing Manager at a synthetic oil company. I won’t fault you if you don’t know what that is — we’ll get to it shortly. Grow blog traffic, stat In 2016, I joined a company that sold synthetic oil (the stuff in your engine that you change once every couple of months). One of my tasks was to grow website traffic, and the best channel I landed on was the company blog. The corporate e-commerce website (yep, we sold engine oil online at a premium) was a political minefield, so I had very limited sway. The blog was not. A group of three contributors would meet weekly and throw spur-of-the-moment posts together. It had a sporadic publishing schedule. The topics were dry (it …

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