On January 15, 2016, I helped lead an intro to SEO session for the brilliant students of Drexel University in Philadelphia in their New Media Marketing class (led by Jed Singer of Socialight Media and Professor Lawrence Duke). Joining me was the incredible Emma Still from Seer Interactive.
If you checked Google News on mobile today, depending on your device and location, you may have seen a pretty massive change: headlines are now contained in an AMP carousel. This is a huge change, as previously, all news stories were in a neat list. Now, we’ve got images front and center, with way less stories above the fold.
If you’ve ever seen the show Catfish then you know all about Google’s reverse image search. What you may not know is that Google isn’t the only reverse image search tool when it comes to finding rogue images online.
You’ve probably seen it by now. Articles in Google search sometimes come with a fancy carousel at the top of the mobile results page, with a nifty little AMP icon. On some Facebook articles in your mobile feed, you’ll notice a tag denoting that they’re “instant”.
Google announced that they were changing the presentation of paid search ads by removing those in the right rail. As part of this shift, there would typically be three, sometimes four, ads above the organic search results, with another three ads below the organic results.
Are you AMP’ed? It looks like Google is rolling out AMP tags in mobile SERPs. We’ve confirmed that informational searches are starting to return pages with a new special AMP designation, complete with an AMP logo that really causes the result to stick out.
If you’re working in the SEO industry, you probably know about SEMrush, keyword research and competitor analysis tool that offers numerous useful features. Our very own Sean Malseed is pretty familiar with the tool since he used to work at SEMrush as Director of Strategic Development, and he recently gave a Knowledge Share focusing on three of its most useful features: Domain vs. Domain, ranking history tools, and filters. Here’s an SEMrush review and the key takeaways from his presentation!
The Skyscraper Technique is used to engage your audience with presumably the most relevant, complete and comprehensive piece of content on a given topic. The concept describes writing a piece content on a topic that’s significantly better than anything on the web – putting together research and data from prestigious sources and giving valuable inputs in the industry.
Here at Greenlane, we’ve even got a dedicated crawling computer (named R2D2!) with a super-pumped-up install of Screaming Frog that can go as fast and hard as an IT team lets us. And they often tell us to have at it… when the site isn’t busy. Which is usually like 4:30 in the morning on Sunday. Which really interferes with my long-standing whiskey and sleeping plans. So in order to preserve our sanity, we built a way to schedule crawls automatically: Punctual Frog.
Site speed has been a huge factor these last few years and we have seen the ramifications of a slow site. Many SEOs have relied on Google Pagespeed Insights to gauge our site’s performance, but I believe we shouldn’t just rely on Google’s tool for the whole picture on site speed.