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SEO Update: 2016 ranking factors according to Searchmetrics

SEO ranking factors 2016: the Searchmetrics study at a glance

With the annual correlation study on the topic of ranking factors, Searchmetrics has been taking care of the SEO sector since 2012. The prominent search and content performance platform also presents the most important findings each year in Google rankings – this comes in the form of general ranking factors and rank correlations. We have summarized the key learning points of the 2016 study for...

Index management with the robots.txt file

Index management with robots.txt files

With the file, robots.txt, website operators are able to greatly influence which portions of their web projects are able to be read by search bots. In addition to HTML meta tags, redirects, and canonical tags, this seemingly insignificant text file located in the domain’s root directory is an important tool for index management. We’ve laid out how robot.txt files are built and what website...

Free tools for a successful online keyword research

Keyword research – part 2: research tools

Putting together a useful keyword set isn’t as simple as thinking up a couple of search terms and jotting them down in a brainstorming session. Keyword research experts know to check the relevance of their terms and to try out different keyword variants and combinations to improve their positioning in Google’s search engine results pages. The following keyword research tools are great ways to...

SEO basics: internal links and website structure

SEO basics: correct website structure through internal linking

Have you ever thought of what kind of role internal linking plays in search engine optimization? Linking individual web pages can be very beneficial for SEO, so this practice shouldn’t be overlooked. Through a meaningful website structure and the correct positioning and number of internal links, websites can increase their search engine ranking.

SEO basics: link building tips for good page ranking

SEO basics: link building—the right external links

Despite the radical change Google Penguin brought to the function of search engines, a website’s link structure still remains an important component of search engine optimization. Gone are the days where websites were able to increase their ranking through the dubious practices of link farming and using expired domains. Nowadays, organic link building is the best method for improving a site’s...

Ad exchanges: what you need to know

Advertise online with ad exchanges

The advertisements you see online aren’t just chosen at random. Many extensive processes and procedures have gone into even the simplest of banner advertisements. The user doesn’t notice any of this thanks to real-time advertising, which takes a few milliseconds to decide which company can have their advertisement on the website. Ad exchanges are the central contact for advertisers and website...

What is the AdWords Quality Score?

The AdWords Quality Score: factors and effects

Google is the most popular search engine in the world and a highly effective advertising platform. One reason is how well Google carries out quality evaluations for each ad in its network. In order to present users with the advertising that’s most relevant to them, the AdWords Quality Score was created on a keyword level. But what exactly is this Quality Score?

Keyword strategy

Keyword research - part 3: keyword strategy

An exhaustive keyword list alone isn’t enough to deliver any results that you’ll be able to use for an SEO strategy. Insights for onpage optimization can only first be derived if the search terms have been both quantitatively and qualitatively evaluated and prioritized according to their relevance for the project you’re optimizing. In part three of our series, we show you how to develop such a...

Keyword research

Keyword research – part 1: first steps

The world of search engine optimization revolves around keywords. Website operators looking to optimize their project for major search engines must find out how to get their search terms on the coveted top spots in the search engine results pages. To put it another way, on-page optimization can’t take place without first conducting keyword research. In the first part of our series, we introduce...

How to embed Google Maps

Embedding Google Maps: API or iFrame?

If you want to embed Google Maps on your website, you have two options: either you can integrate the software using a simple iFrame element and pre-determined HTML code, or you can explore Google Maps APIs, the official programming interface of the online mapping giant. We’ll take you through the benefits of embedding Google Maps and explain the differences between the two integration methods.