Is Direct Traffic a Ranking Factor?

Yesterday, SEMrush released an updated version of their June 2017 ranking factors report, again placing Direct Traffic right at the top of the list – stating that its the...

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Most SEO Studies are Basically Pointless

For some years now, the industry has had an unspoken problem with most SEO studies published. Sure, they pretty much always reveal the same factors (as long as the...

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Scraping Google to Build Massive Datasets

Scraping Google for keyword rankings is a tricky business, they don’t want you to do it, and have gone as far as calling applications that do it “Black Hat”....

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Sorry: Negative SEO Does Exist

UPDATE: Please check the end of this post for some final notes, following communications with Google. Rand Fishkin published a post yesterday saying: “webmasters are forced to police their...

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Speed up WordPress: Peadig Framework

If you’ve visited the blog before you will probably notice a few key differences today. It looks pretty similar to the old design, and while its still a work...

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We can’t stop Spam, we CAN save Polar Bears

I am bothered by comment spam as much as the next person, but in the pursuit of science (honest) I  also like playing about with the latest spamming tools....

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Buying a website? Audit a Flippa Listing in Minutes

Buying and selling websites is a hobby of mine, and the busiest marketplace is Flippa. Before you buy any site though you should spend a few minutes auditing whether...

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Negative SEO vs. MattCutts.com

Negative SEO has been a hot topic for a number of years now, and we all know the typical routes to demoting your competition: 1) buy loads of crappy...

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Digg banned from Google?

Something interesting has just come across one of my networks (hat tip to datadial), just a few days after Digg have announced that they are building a replacement for...

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Interflora SEO Penalty Analysis 2013

Yesterday evening, well known florist brand Interflora was wiped off the face of the internet.  Well, in search marketing terms anyway… Searching for the terms [Flowers], [florist], [flower delivery],...

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The Curious Case of Camper Shoes

I stumbled on this less than 20 minutes ago across a twitter conversation concerning rankings for the keyword term “camper men shoes“. Its hardly a big money search term...

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