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Rank Ranger SEO & Digital Marketing Software Year in Review 2018

Yet another year has come and gone and with it one of the most dynamic years in SEO report and tool creation here at Rank Ranger. 2018 was all about offering you a new way to navigate search data. That meant we sat down and reflected on some of the things being said within the SEO community about where search is heading and created an array of new tools to help your site flourish in a new ranking environment.

Without further adieu, here are the highlights from Rank Ranger's year in SEO & digital marketing reporting!

The Year in SEO Research: Rank Ranger's 2018 SEO Studies

Each and every year we're humbled by the additions we're able to offer to the SEO industry's understanding of the "search environment." Whether it be a deep dive into a Google algorithm update or a case study on Google's use of SERP features, we feel honored to offer a bit of insight into how Google is treating the SERP and so forth. With the year coming to a close, here's a review of the original research Rank Ranger has brought to the forefront of SEO consciousness.

In Search [Episode 08]: Another Major Google Ads Shift & Google Goes to Congress - What Should Have Happened!

In Episode 08 of the In Search SEO Podcast our hosts Mordy Oberstein & Jacqueline Harkham explore: 

  • Big Google Ad and PLA swings (again)! What's going on? 
  • Google goes to Washington but did anything come of it? 
  • What happens when SEO theory becomes a reality for booking sites? 
  • Is blogging still worth it?!


Why Ranking Above the Fold Matters More Than Ever (& How to Get There!)

As time has gone on, how we measure effective Google rankings has evolved. We're at one of those moments in time (again) where the ranking paradigm is changing/has changed. As you'll see, ranking above the fold is more important than ever. It's why we created a tool as part of our Beta Blitz SEO reporting initiative that tells you just that: Are you ranking above the fold or can no one see your site despite it ranking so well?

So then, why is ranking above the fold so important and how do you get there? The experts weigh in.

In Search [Episode 07]: Does Google's Search Philosophy Leave It Predisposed to Filter Bubbles?

In Episode 07 of the In Search SEO Podcast our hosts Mordy Oberstein & guest host Kim Rognes explore:

  • Search filter bubbles & the possibility of Google's approach to search resulting in them
  • Huge decreases in ads on the SERP worldwide!
  • What happens when Google tries to meet too many user intents on the same SERP?
  • Is the Reserve with Google program heading towards monetization?

In Search [Episode 06]: Zero Organic Result SERPs - The What & The Why

In Episode 06 of the In Search SEO Podcast our hosts, Mordy Oberstein and Jacqueline Harkham, explore zero result SERPs!

  • Why Google brought them back
  • How this instance is different from when Google first tried zero organic result SERPs
  • The overall impact of no organic results on the SERP

SERP News: Zero-Results SERPs Return Amid Major SERP Feature Decreases

November did not disappoint as Google unleashed a series of SERP feature data downgrades amid not one, not two, but three algorithm updates all while officially doing away with organic results in certain instances! During the month we also saw multifaceted Featured Snippets show up in all-new places, hotel Local Packs become picture perfect, and AMP Stories get an advertising addition.

In Search [Episode 5]: Where Google Goes Wrong by Just Showing Popular Search Results

In Episode 05 of the In Search SEO Podcast we explore:

  • What is Google's ethical duty towards its search results?
  • Will SERP commenting for live sports events have an SEO impact?
  • Data on video carousel and Image Box drop-offs
  • How to properly frame the question surrounding Google's ability (or lack thereof) to use authorship as a ranking factor

Beta Blitz 2018! Exploring New Reporting for a New Era in SEO

Things have changed so drastically in the world of SEO that we reached a tipping point that made us ask, how could we best serve the needs of the industry in this new world of search? So, we enhanced all sorts of reports to give you insights that would help you day in and day out. But it wasn't enough. It wasn't drastic. It didn't offer a new way to provide SEO insight, a way that matched this new ranking environment. So we returned to the drawing board and came up with a set of new reports to track rank and site performance in all-new ways.

Now we're testing the waters in what we're calling Beta Blitz!

In Search [Episode 4]: No Link Needed? Is a Mention Enough? Is Voice Search Trustworthy?

Episode 04 of the In Search SEO Podcast our hosts, Mordy Oberstein and Jacqueline Harkham tackle:

  • Is offering a mention, with no link, enough when citing a source?
  • When Google mentions 'linking naturally', is that really possible?
  • The implications of the rise in the People Also Ask SERP feature
  • What user trust in chatbots means for voice search commerce

Keyword Cannibalization: How to Identify It, How to Fix It!

Keyword cannibalization is one of those SEO buzzwords that carries with it a certain myth and mythology. But behind the commonly held ethos of how keyword cannibalization is perceived lies a real problem that could impact your site and more importantly your bottom line. If you're wondering what keyword cannibalization is, what it's not, why it's a problem, and what you can do about it, then this post was written for you. If not, give it a read anyway, what do you have to lose?

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?



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