Creative Diversification — More Hooks and Less Risk for Link Building

Creative Diversification — More Hooks and Less Risk for Link Building

As digital PRs we can often get stuck with our “campaign goggles” on, especially in the ideation and production stage of a creative campaign. By this I mean, you have a preconceived idea of where you’d like your campaign to be featured, what kind of headlines you want it to achieve, and how people should read your data and story. As we all know, we can’t control the outcomes of a campaign, but we can certainly push them in the right direction. To give your link building campaigns the best chance in the outreach stage, you need to make sure there is enough creative diversification during the production process, especially for […]

Fifteen Years Is a Long Time in SEO

Fifteen Years Is a Long Time in SEO

I’ve been in an introspective mood lately. Earlier this year (15 years after starting Distilled in 2005), we spun out a new company called SearchPilot to focus on our SEO A/B testing and meta-CMS technology (previously known as Distilled ODN), and merged the consulting and conferences part of the business with Brainlabs. I’m now CEO of SearchPilot (which is primarily owned by the shareholders of Distilled), and am also SEO Partner at Brainlabs, so… I’m sorry everyone, but I’m very much staying in the SEO industry. As such, it feels a bit like the end of a chapter for me rather than the end of the book, but it has […]

Desktop, Mobile, or Voice? (D) All of the Above — Best of Whiteboard Friday

Desktop, Mobile, or Voice? (D) All of the Above — Best of Whiteboard Friday

Posted by Dr-Pete Needless to say, we’re facing more and more complexity in our everyday work, and the answers to our questions are about as clear as mud. In the wake of the 2018 mobile-first index, and since more searchers are home and not on-the-go, we’re left wondering where to focus our optimization efforts. Is desktop the most important? Is mobile? What about the voice phenomenon that’s now become part of our day-to-day lives? As with most things, the most important factor is to consider your audience. People aren’t siloed to a single device — your optimization strategy shouldn’t be, either. In this informative Whiteboard Friday, Dr. Pete soothes our fears […]

The MozCon Virtual Video Bundle Is Here (Plus, Our 2019 Videos are FREE!)

The MozCon Virtual Video Bundle Is Here (Plus, Our 2019 Videos are FREE!)

This year’s MozCon was unlike any other. In the midst of a global pandemic, we pivoted from planning our traditional 1,600-plus in-person shindig to an online conference that ended up bigger and more well-attended than anything we’d done before. MozCon Virtual was a delightful journey into the unknown. Just a few of the practical lessons we learned: And while it may have felt a little different this year, with 21 industry experts covering topics all the way from easy-to-implement machine learning to effective content promotion to crafting a keyword strategy that accounts for a world in crisis, MozCon Virtual offered up the same caliber of high-quality content as any in-person event […]

Adjusting Paid Campaigns During a Recession

Adjusting Paid Campaigns During a Recession

Our world changed dramatically in March of 2020 as a new viral threat to our livelihoods took hold in the United States and around the world. Here in the US (at the time of writing this post), COVID-19 has not relented Some industries have been more heavily affected than others. For example, travel and tourism businesses have been hurting far more than many other industries due to social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders. However, all businesses should re-evaluate their planned budgets for paid search and other paid digital campaigns for the next 12 to 24 months. Hopefully, this pandemic cedes faster than that and the economy comes out of our […]

Using the Flowchart Method for Diagnosing Ranking Drops — Best of Whiteboard Friday

Using the Flowchart Method for Diagnosing Ranking Drops — Best of Whiteboard Friday

Being able to pinpoint the reason for a ranking drop is one of our most perennial and potentially frustrating tasks as SEOs, especially in 2020. There are an unknowable number of factors that go into ranking these days, but luckily the methodology for diagnosing those fluctuations is readily at hand. In this popular Whiteboard Friday, the wonderful Kameron Jenkins shows us a structured way to diagnose ranking drops using a flowchart method and critical thinking.   Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, everyone. Welcome to this week’s edition of Whiteboard Friday. My name is Kameron Jenkins. I am […]

How to Make a Scalable SMS Chatbot Using Twilio, Python, and Google Sheets (with Free Code)

How to Make a Scalable SMS Chatbot Using Twilio, Python, and Google Sheets (with Free Code)

Posted by R0bin_L0rd Many of us are helping businesses that are facing hard times, or we’re facing hard times ourselves. If you’re working for a company (or client) that’s in trouble, the use of SMS chatbots could be a way for you to look outside your normal list of solutions and help them succeed in a completely different way. If you’re a marketer looking for work, adding this to your list of skills could mean you keep things ticking along while many of the usual doors are closed — or that you open new doors. What you’ll get In this post, I give you instructions and code to produce not […]

Daily SEO Fix: Investigate Changes in Your Rankings with Moz Pro

Daily SEO Fix: Investigate Changes in Your Rankings with Moz Pro

Posted by Ola.King As members of the Moz onboarding team — which gives one-on-one walkthroughs of Moz products to over 500 customers a month — we have our finger on the pulse of what people are asking for when it comes to SEO. We’re here to help you uncover the relevant Moz Pro features for your business. We know that somewhere along the journey of improving your website and drumming up more traffic (and hopefully conversions), you’ll want to track rankings for your target keywords. Perhaps you started by noticing a traffic drop on your website. Or maybe you’re actively adapting your business in response to new challenges as a […]

What Do Dolphins Eat? Lessons from How Kids Search — Best of Whiteboard Friday

What Do Dolphins Eat? Lessons from How Kids Search — Best of Whiteboard Friday

We’re bringing back this slightly different-from-the-norm Whiteboard Friday, in which the fantastic Will Critchlow shares lessons from how kids search. Kids may search differently than adults, but there are some interesting insights from how they use Google that can help deepen our understanding of searchers in general. Comfort levels with particular search strategies, reading only the bold words, taking search suggestions and related searches as answers — there’s a lot to dig into.   Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi, everyone. I’m Will Critchlow, founder and CEO of Distilled, and this week’s Whiteboard Friday is a little bit different. I […]

6 Connectors to Spice Up Your Reporting: Introducing Google Data Studio Connectors for STAT

6 Connectors to Spice Up Your Reporting: Introducing Google Data Studio Connectors for STAT

Data visualization platforms have become a vital tool to help illustrate the success of a body of work. Painting a clear picture of your SEO efforts is as important as ever, whether you’re reporting out to clients or to internal stakeholders at your own company. More and more SEOs are turning to data visualization tools to do so — pulling in data from across multiple SEO tools, blending that data in unique ways, and helping to pull back the curtain on the mystery of SEO. Platforms like Tableau and Google Data Studio are becoming more commonplace in the SEO community as we seek better ways to communicate with our teams. […]