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The SEO industry is suffering an identity crisis. On the one hand there are people who say it’s dead, then there’s those who want to rename it “Inbound marketing” or any other offshoot. Likewise what SEOs do today is very different to what they did five years ago. Which begs the question, if an industry has fundamentally changed (or is “dead”), can we still call ourselves SEOs any more?
From fake reviews to boost rankings, to early reviews on unreleased products, the desire to rank well and get in there first has led to a drastic decline in the quality of online reviews. We investigate this worrying trend.
Over the past few years I have interviewed a lot of individuals for digital marketing related roles including SEO, PPC, Social, Analytics and Content. A lot of the time, interviews run pretty smoothly and you get an idea of how the interview is going to pan out right from the very start. However, there have been some occasions where I have interviewed people and some of the things they come out with are shocking!
Since Google’s most recent Panda algorithm updates they have become more adept at penalising sites where the quality and quantity of content is poor. This has been evident more so on minimalist sites that provide more rich images than content, but has also affected sites that have limited content for the user above the fold of the page.
Aleyda Solis literally talks the talk when it comes to SEO in different languages, having given SEO talks in both English and Spanish. Today she explores the challenges of optimising websites when you don’t know the language, with six ways to bridge the language barrier.
That’s how many people helped me when all I did was ask. Friends, family, colleagues and even people I had never met all pledged their time to help with a challenge. This speaks volumes about the power of people, and how by asking for help, you can achieve amazing things.
For many years now digital marketers, such as myself, have relied upon data from Google Analytics to help us understand the activity on our websites. The limitation with this is Google Analytics offers visit centric data meaning, that upon returning to our website, user interaction is tracked as a new visit… Enter Universal Analytics – A new technology within Google Analytics which allows us to track interaction on a website from a user centric approach.
Paying on results sounds like a win-win scenario but as Steve Morgan reveals there are factors to consider that mean you could end up paying with more than just your money.