Digital Marketing

In Search [Episode 3]: Do Multifaceted Featured Snippets Have a Real Impact? Is RankBrain Over-Hyped?

In episode 03 of the In Search SEO podcast our hosts, Mordy Oberstein and Jacqueline Harkham dive into:

  • New Discover More Places data How impactful are Multifaceted Featured Snippets... really?
  • Are SEOs too focused on RankBrain?
  • What's new in the world of voice search and what is the SEO industry still glossing over?

In Search [Episode 2] - Is AMP a Ranking Factor & What Brings Up the Explore Panel?

In this episode of In Search our hosts, Mordy Oberstein and Jacqueline Harkham discuss:

  • How often does the Explore Panel appear on the SERP?
  • Is AMP a ranking factor?
  • Google's Knowledge Panel relationship building
  • The latest SEO news with full analysis

Has AMP Hit a Wall?

Back in 2016, AMP, Google's open source project to make a speedier mobile web , was all the rage. AMP was going to be the next big thing. Fast forward three or so years into the future and AMP, while still significant, is not the dominant force we thought it would be. AMP seems to have lost a bit of steam. Though still very much a part of the search marketing dialogue, AMP has faced some pretty significant obstacles that have downgraded its "SEO prestige."

Here's why I think AMP has hit a wall.

In Search [Episode 1] - Authorship for YMYL Sites & Featured Snippets vs. Title Optimization

In this, the first episode of In Search: Making SEO Small Talk, a weekly SEO podcast, we analyze the latest news coming out of the SEO industry, talk tips for creating authoritative authorship when lacking official credentials, and whether or not you should focus first on Featured Snippets or creating highly clickable titles. 

Google's 20th Anniversary Search Updates - What Do They Mean for the Future of SEO?

Google took its 20th anniversary as an opportunity to hang a pinata of search updates that have already begun to rain down on us. From "topic layers" in what is an all but transcendental Knowledge Panel, to Google pulling site content to create its own version of AMP Stories, the updates announced at Google's 20th birthday bash event are set to change the way users interact with search.

Here's what I think the common denominator between the changes is, what it means for search, and what you might want to do about it!

The Guide to Handling Feature Heavy SERPs - The Experts Speak

Dealing with feature heavy SERPs is a big problem for a lot of folks. I went around and asked some pretty smart people what they thought the best way is to handle ranking amidst Google's SERP features. The idea was to combine the different pieces of the puzzle into one resource.

To be blunt, this is not another roundup so that a bunch of people can walk away with links where nobody really says much of anything. These are the best thoughts these fantastic folks have on how to deal with a SERP where Google is a formidable competitor.

Getting Over Ranking Factor Studies in the Era of Machine Learning

In the not too distant past, I wrote a piece highlighting how machine learning has impacted rank volatility (in that rank is considerably more volatile). At the time, we touched on what machine learning means for understanding how ranking works and how the process directly influences rank. Here, we'll get into the nitty-gritty of it all by analyzing the holy of holies of optimization information, ranking factor studies, particularly niche ranking studies by asking one very simple question .... Do ranking factors studies still apply in a world where machine learning and intent reign supreme, and if so, to what extent?

SMX Advanced 2018 - A Machine Learning Love Story

Learn how machine learning changes the rules of the game for ranking on page one of the Google SERP. As Google becomes better at understanding intent, Google's machine learning properties have a greater impact on ranking itself and how we go about the optimization process. Get insight on how to identify the way Google sees user intent. At the same time, you'll better understand the role of niche ranking factor studies, and how to go beyond them with query specific analysis. 

Why Does Google Want to Limit Organic Results?

Organic is old news. If I would have said something like that five years ago, you might be looking at me all cross-eyed. However, in today's SEO world, one in which SERP features dominate, such a statement actually contains an air of viability. I mean, for crying out loud, Google has tested zero organic result SERPs. Why? Why does it feel as if Google is increasingly giving more weight to its own SERP properties? Why would Google even test a SERP with no results?


I have a theory.

From Facebook Flaws to Amazon Supremacy - An Interview with Mordecai Holtz

How will the tech giants handle privacy concerns? Who poses the biggest threat to Google’s empire? Which social media platforms are too saturated? Get an expert understanding of the ever-changing digital marketing landscape in this interview with Blue Thread Marketing co-founder Mordecai Holtz.

What Google's 'More Results' Button Means for You - Winners & Losers

After extensive testing, Google's 'More results' button officially does away with mobile pagination. With the new mobile format users can quickly load the equivalent of another page of search results with just one click and without wait, but what are the consequences? Who benefits from this considerable change to the mobile SERP? Who loses out? What are the implications?

How to Optimize Your Content Without Sacrificing Pizzazz

Learn how to consider the needs of both your readers and Google when drafting web content. Delving right into the problems that face content creators when trying to engage their readers without befuddling Google, gain some actionable tips to help bring balance to your content. 




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