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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 most important ranking factor for Google. You can (and should) download it here. Src: SEMrush.com   For…

My Secret SEO Strategy Guarantees Results…

…But I won’t tell you my strategy, because its proprietary… This post appeared in my FaceBook feed, and sparked some discussion: From the outset, lets be perfectly clear, there is no SEO strategy worth engaging with that you shouldn’t, or can’t share with clients. If your agency, consultant, or SEO…

If you had access to “Google Level Data”…?

So I thought this was probably worthy of its own post,  but my good friend Dixon Jones left a comment on my previous post about the value of SEO studies, here it is in all its glory:           Just incase anybody doesn’t know Majestic, they have for a long…

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 data is interpreted correctly), you need Content, Links and structure. Pretty much in that order. There are two main categories, those…

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”. Let’s not forget, they’ve also said which ones they perceive to be accurate, so lets ignore the Black Hat bit and…

You don’t really hate SEO.

Do you hate SEO? Are you sick of spam emails, web pages with text that makes no sense & huge ugly blocks of links? Well, you’re not alone. For most people, this is their introduction to our industry:   SEO’s Hate That Stuff Too: Thing is, what you hate IS…

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