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Things I Learned About SEO as a Customer Success Specialist at Ahrefs

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Here, at Ahrefs, we firmly believe that the key to building a successful SEO Tool (or any tool for that matter) lies in our customer base itself. Because who else is better to tell you what people who buy your product need?

Obviously, we do some filtering and adjusting. But, nevertheless, we are good listeners, always open to learning something new.

And by providing assistance to our customers, each person on our team feels like they do something bigger than just guiding or answering common questions. Well, the position is called Customer Success Specialist for a reason.  Read More

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How To Do A Content Audit (And Why You Should)

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If you run a blog, if your business website has a blog, or if you have ever toyed with the idea of starting a blog, you have likely adopted the maxim of “publish quality and publish often”. Which comes as no surprise, as the world wide web is simply teeming with articles instructing you to do just that: publish blog posts regularly, so as to always have something new to offer readers and potential customers.

Don’t get me wrong – publishing quality content on a regular basis is something we all should be striving for, in one form or another, but in reality, this is never easy, is sometimes very challenging, and at times neigh-on impossible. Especially if you are the only one writing for said blog.  Read More

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Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves: Women In SEO

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Are you singing the song yet? If you’re not, you should be! Aretha should be blaring out in your ears as loud as possible. Go on, sing it loudly. Let that woman stare at you.

OK, that’s enough. Don’t get carried away.

Because, difficult as it is to believe, I’m not just writing this blog post as a tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin. Although I probably should be; she deserves it.

But no, on this occasion, I’m writing about the fact that we, the GrowTraffic dream team, are a group of four women, fighting our corner in a very male dominated world. We’re independent women in SEO. And we love it.  Read More

Keywords

Keywords; How Have They Evolved?

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First of all, if you are new to SEO then it’s a good idea to get yourself around the basics and understand that Keywords are one of the fundamental parts of good content marketing and getting your page actually noticed.

If you are an e-commerce site for example, it is good practice to have maybe 4 or 5 keywords about your product that appear throughout your site that draw traffic from relevant searches.

Keywords, if you like, are the skeleton of your website, the bones around which the meat hangs, (Sorry to all the vegetarians out there for that analogy!).

They need to be nourished and kept strong to support the rest of the frame, so understanding how Keywords have evolved is an important part of SEO.

Want to find out more?  Read More

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How Is Content Marketing Changing in 2018?

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More and more, traditional marketing strategies are either going out the window or being saved for the big boys.

Since the big boys obviously don’t need little old me writing their marketing strategy, I’m going to talk to the rest of you, rest of us anyway. How do you compete?

Content marketing has changed the game.  Stop swimming and die, or in this case, stop evolving, stop adapting, stop giving great answers, and die.  Read More

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Why Do I Need Good Content On My Website?

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Now I don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not (it’s not as though I bang on about it much!) but I’m an SEO Copywriter by trade. My job title might be Managing Director now, but having come from a previous life as a freelance copywriter, before I got dragged into the crazy world of GrowTraffic and SEO, copywriting is pretty much what I’m obsessed with.

Which is why all my blogs are about copywriting. You might have perceived the theme?  Read More

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Putting SEO Predictions Under The Microscope – 2018 A Mid-Year Review

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 SEO – The Story SO Far for 2018

You know it’s coming to the end of the year when Sports Personality of the Year is on the BBC and the annual reviews start appearing in the tabloids and on social media, whether they are about film releases, the year in politics, fashion hits and misses or generally the stories that made the headlines from January to December are reviewed and make the headlines once more! 

When it comes to Digital Marketing developments however, it’s worth remembering that changes to SEO algorithms moves so quickly and Google updates happen in the blink of an eye, that it’s worth stopping half way through the year to reflect and ensure you’re digital marketing strategies are still on track. 

Want to find out if you are still winning the SEO strategic battle? Find out here in this week’s blog!    Read More

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Who Are The Leading SEOs In The UK In 2018?

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve created a top SEOs blog post, but I consistently SEO orientated digital marketers reaching out to me to see if they could be included in one of my top SEO lists.

So, let’s get something straight right from the start. The GrowTraffic, TOP SEO list is created using the vaguest of methodologies. There is a bit of science behind it but I’m not going to try to pretend that this is a scientific analysis of who the top SEOs are in the UK. You could probably conclude that this is at best competitor analysis of those competing in the SEO space in Google’s SERPs from a GrowTraffc perspective. Read More

How To Create and Maintain Great Content for Your Website

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The website is all good to go, the pages are well optimised, the product pictures look great and the E-Commerce shop is waiting for customers to spend their money and generate sales. It’s all very exciting, you have spent ages planning and setting up a business and you’ve depleted your hard-earned savings on having a professional website built.

But what do you do about keeping your content fresh once the website is launched? Content is King after all, and it’s a huge factor in those all-important SEO rankings that ensure your website comes out on top in the Google search.

Well you plan. That’s what. You plan your content like you plan everything else to stay well organised and on top of your game.

Want to know how to plan content for your website? Read On… Read More

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The Power of Business Networking Part II

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How much business networking do you do for your company?

I wrote a blog way back in 2015 entitled The Power of Networking, which was about how GrowTraffic had recently started networking in the Rossendale Valley, having moved to the area a year or so earlier. It wasn’t a new venture for us, as such, because we’d done networking previously in other areas, but it was a bit of a revelation to find a community in our new locality that was so much more switched on to the benefits of networking than we’d encountered at our old one.

That’s why, since I wrote that last blog in 2015, networking has become a central pillar of GrowTraffic’s sales and growth strategy, and it’s something that all of the team take part in on a regular basis.  Read More

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How Do I Optimise A Blog Post For SEO?

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I love copywriting.

Whilst I’m currently the Managing Director of GrowTraffic Ltd (I say ‘currently’ because who knows how long this will last?!? I might win the lottery next week, in which case I’m outta here!) I started off as an SEO Copywriter, so copywriting is kind of my bag.

In fact, if you gave me the option of doing something Managing Director-ish or something copywriter-ish, I’m going to do copywriter things. Hence this blog now.

But even I, as a loyal devotee of SEO copywriting, know that writing your content is only half the battle.

Once you’ve written it, if you want to give it the best chance of ranking (which you do, otherwise what was the point of writing it in the first place?!) then you have to optimise it as you’re uploading it. Forget to do that bit, and you might as well chuck half of your lovely blog post straight in the bin.  Read More

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How To Get Out Of A Marketing Rut

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We all get stuck in a marketing rut at work from time to time. When you’re a marketer you’ll realise that you’re doing the same things over and over again in slightly different ways and hoping to get different results. As the old saying goes “if you always do the same things, you’ll always get the same results,” and whilst this is true, sometimes it’s hard to think of what to do next and what to do differently.  Read More

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Voice Search – The Evolution of SEO

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Okay so your business is going well, and according to your sales figures, (and quite possibly some SEO analysis),  your website is well optimised and getting plenty of traffic. Customers are buying your products… Hurrayyy, you can relax a little, put your feet up and be pleased you are keeping up to date with technology and business practice in the 21st Century.

Or can you? Have you heard of Voice Search and do you use it? Are customers using it to find you? In this ever changing digital age, Voice Search is the fastest growing search type worldwide, and could put some serious pressure on to the Google search model for the first time since it’s launch in 1997. Want to find out more? Read on!  Read More

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SEO Blogging-Top 5 Tips

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Getting a website to rank isn’t as hard as you might imagine, and SEO blogging is one of the easiest ways to make it happen. But SEO blogging requires a little more consideration than just writing a few paragraphs.

But fear not-these tips are really easy and will have you writing high quality SEO blogs in no time, so you can get your website ranking in Google and grow your business.

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What Are The Benefits of Blogging?

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What Is A Blog?

This week’s blog is about guess what? Blogging!

Which kind of makes sense, seeing as I have been writing blogs for  Grow Traffic for a few weeks now, and I haven’t really understood the benefits, other than to indulge my love of writing for my favourite SEO company, and get paid for the privilege! Win win I say! 

But before we look at the benefits of blogging, who will read your blog, and how to begin if you’ve never ventured in to blogging before but want to get started, we need to look at what actually is a blogRead More

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Can Social Media Grow Your Business Profile?

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Unless you have been living in a cave for the last ten years, or you have recently landed here from another universe, you will be all too familiar with the way Social Media is the ‘thing’ to increase your personal profile, connect with friends and colleagues, and use as a source of information for anything, from planning days out to emergency plumbers when the boiler is on the blink!

Which begs the question, just how important is social media in growing your business online? Or put another way, can you really afford not to have an online profile for your business?

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