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The Secret Behind My 1,866,913 Monthly Search Visitors (It’s Not What You Think)

The Secret Behind My 1,866,913 Monthly Search Visitors (It’s Not What You Think)

How many visitors do you think NeilPatel.com generates each month? Maybe a million… maybe 2 million? I bet you’re going to guess 1,866,913. If that’s what you guessed, you are wrong. This blog actually generated 2,530,346 visitors. 1,866,913 is the number that came from search engines. So, what’s the secret to my ever-growing Google traffic? Sure, I have optimized my on-page SEO, I’ve built links, written tons of blog post… I’ve done all of the stuff that most of my competition has done. But doing the same stuff as your competition isn’t enough. My secret sauce is that I optimize for user...

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Local Business Transparency & Empathy for the Holidays: Tips + Downloadable Checklist

Posted by MiriamEllis Your local business will invest its all in stocking shelves and menus with the right goods and services in advance of the 2018 holiday season, but does your inventory include the on-and-offline experiences consumers say they want most? Right now, a potential patron near you is having an experience that will inform their decision of whether to do business with you at year’s end, and their takeaway is largely hinging on two things: your brand’s transparency and empathy. An excellent SproutSocial survey of 1,000 consumers found that people define transparency as being:...

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What We Learned in August 2018: The Digital Marketing Month in a Minute

What We Learned in August 2018: The Digital Marketing Month in a Minute

The average Briton spends over 2 hours online per day Several fascinating findings were revealed in Ofcom’s annual review of the UK communications sector. Key takeaways include: On average, people in the UK spend the equivalent of a day online per week Facebook’s reach among 18-24 year-olds is in decline (by 4% YoY) The smartphone video advertising market is worth over 1 billion pounds Read the full story (Linkedin) Google risks class action due to “surreptitious” tracking of user location A lawsuit was filed versus Google in California after it was found that Google...

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Do 404s Hurt SEO and Rankings?

Do 404s Hurt SEO and Rankings?

Status code 404 is probably the most common HTTP error that people encounter when they’re browsing the web. If you’ve been using the internet for over a year, chances that you haven’t encountered one yet are pretty low. They’re very common.   Normally, people don’t pay too much attention to them. As a user, you will get frustrated at most and hit the back button or close the tab. As a webmaster, however, more things might be at stake. Many website owners ask themselves if 404 pages hurt their SEO and rankings in any way.       What Is Error Code...

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4 warning signs AdSense is ruining your contextual advertising strategy

4 warning signs AdSense is ruining your contextual advertising strategy

In the dark ages of the SEO era, when bloggers and webmasters were still familiarizing themselves with the process and its functionality, certain tactics and strategies had become industry standards. The era I’m talking about is the one where Google AdSense was heavily built into the foundation of a blogger’s strategy. The “legacy” tactics associated with this approach can still be found in the way modern publishers think about SEO and branding strategy. However, AdSense’s limited customizability can hold back publishers. This needs be addressed and rooted out. Before assuming...

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Structured Data Can = MehSEO

Structured Data Can = MehSEO

In 2011, Google, Bing & Yahoo announced Schema.org which got SEOs all excited to start marking up website content to turn it into “structured data.” The benefit would be that search engines would be more certain that a text string of numbers was in fact a phone number, or at least they would be more certain that you wanted them to think it was phone number. The search engines could then turn the structured data into eye-catching fripperies designed to seduce searchers into surrendering their clicks and revenue to your fabulously marked-up site (aka “Rich Results). It...

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