Happy New Year from SEO Jo Blogs – Highlights from 2013

There were many positives from 2013.  A few were the result of the first State of Digital Roadshow which I took part in 2012 and met over 16 SEOs all over Europe. I was able to interviews these SEOs and they shared their Search predictions for 2013.

Elena Farinelli predicted the biggest change in 2013 would be how to get valuable links. She was correct as we have found and this will continue into 2014. Elena said people will have to find new ways to earn links.

Sydney NYE

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International Search Summit London 2013

Webcertain organised a great International Search Summit 22nd of October in London.  There were some key speakers from the search industry  sharing their tips on how best to approach SEO in multiple markets

I have recapped some of the highlights from the day on this site and a few more on SEO Jo Blogs and written a full day write up on State of Digital.

International Content Outreach

Lisa Myers, CEO of Verve Search

Lisa as always, gave a very insightful and detailed presentation about International SEO.  She also referenced a case study for a piece of work her company Verve Search completed for Hotel Club, it was a video about “Brighton on a Skateboard” and was called Sk88ssing. The point of any campaign that is made is that it has to be beneficial for social media which in turn will generate links back to the site.

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Search London – Avoiding the Wrath of Google

The Link Removals and Avoiding the Wrath of Google presentation took place on the 30th of October, 2013. This was a very topical subject to speak about at Search London , considering many sites have been penalised by Google.  We had two great speakers at the event; Kirsty Hulse, SEO Strategist at Digitas LBi and Jose Truchado, Head of SEO for Expedia Europe.

Digtias LBi were the sponsors for the event and let us have their amazing venue for Search London – thank you Digitas LBi.

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Search Love – How To Get Out of the Google Penalty – Paul Madden

Paul Madden, one of the founders of LinkRisk gave a great presentation at Search Love about Removing Spammy links.  This was particularly useful to those who have had a Google penalty.

Paul started the presentation by taking the audience through his history and how started his career in link building, from building scraper sites, to working in affiliates and now helping companies remove links.

Pre 2012 – links either counted or they didn’t. So people used to throw as many  links as they could to see their rankings improve.

Post 2012 – Google changed their stance. This was a major change and increased the pressure on link builders.

Google adopts very quickly and link builders have to as well.  Google introduced Penguin last year which was directly aimed at those who do SEO.  They introduced link penalties. So Paul and his team needed to change. As a result, Paul helps companies who have been affected by the Google updates and now have a penalty.

Paul Madden Search Love

 

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September Update in SEO – Google Hummingbird and 100% Not Provided

September was a very busy month, which is why I have been delayed in posting this month’s round up.  Google celebrated their 15th birthday with two major changes, it introduced in the last week of September:

1- 100% not provided

2- Hummingbird

What a birthday present it shared with all of us – encrypting search query data, which means rolling out 100% not provided over the next couple of months.  The change comes as no surprise as the monopoly of Google has grown from strength to strength.  As they see the power of GA  as a great free analytics tool take shape, Google want to change the boundaries.  This encryption of all searches has come earlier than anticipated but is not really a surprise to the SEO industry who seem to always be severely impacted by the Google updates.

What does this 100% not provided mean for those in SEO? I wrote a detailed explanation on the iProspect blog, here is a summary:

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August Update in SEO – Link Building

Despite August being the holiday/vacation time, a lot has happened this month.

For this month’s round up on SEO Jo Blogs, I am going to focus on link building. The post to kick this off is the one by Julie Joyce on Search Engine Watching, giving the Link Building A – Z Guide Definition Terms.  If you have questions about link building before you read this, you certainly won’t after.

Guest Posting when done correctly is good for SEO

Grant Draper from VibeTech Media wrote an interesting post on searchenginepeople earlier this month about how to get the benefit of guest posting with Google’s blessing.  With the recent algo updates, webmasters may be scared about accepting guest posts.  But they should not be if the content is relevant to the site and it has not been written just for the sake of it, with a link back.  It is more important to have relevant content rather than getting a link from a high PR page (which used to help sites rank). If you are having guest posts on your site, make sure you set the guidelines, such as the length, the number of links within the body, the rights to the images and ask writers reply to comments.

Webmasters should also be outreaching to those who already writing about their products/services but not linking to them.

 

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July Update in SEO – Monthly New Blasts

There is so much going on in the industry, how do you know where to begin reading the news and know exactly what to take on board? Here are some of the news from this past month which I found interesting and what I wanted to share with you. (This does not mean the posts I didn’t mention were not interesting – I just can’t write them all down). I am planning on writing a summary of some of the most interesting news in search monthly, so if there is something I have missed, please let me know.

Penguin 2.0

I particularly liked RustyBrick’s post earlier this month about Penguin.  In the post it featured one webmaster who thought he had been hit by Penguin 2.0, as he had a sudden drop in traffic and therefore he wrote to Google.  Google responded to the webmaster and they said it was just normal fluctuations even though it was not usual for the webmaster to see these changes in traffic.

Summary: Google are as clear as mud about their updates.

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June 25th Google Update

We only just had the Penguin 2.0 update at the end of May and then we have been hit by another update from our friends at Google in June.  For sites that are in .com.au, it may be hard to see whether the Penguin 2.0 had an impact on their site or if it was the latter update considering the fact the updates do not always impact non .com domains straight away.

There was a great post on MozCon about the June 25th update and which queries and sites were affected.   I suggest for those interested to know about exactly how their client may be affected by this last update, please read.  I thought it was an interesting post, but it also made me start questioning the fact that we all know that there are over 200 updates from Google a year and they announce just a handful of them, so why does everyone always go crazy when these announcements are made? Does Google think we are just sitting around waiting for these updates to then change our SEO strategy?

Sitting Around

 

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How To Recover from An Unnatural Link Penalty

In my last post I talked about how to React to Penguin 2.0, keep calm and don’t chase the algorithm. I mentioned Search Engine Journal’s post about how to recover from an unnatural link penalty.  I will now explain in more detail how to do this.

Please note that an unnatural link penalty is different to Penguin and Panda, it is not indication that you have been affected by Panda.  Marie Haynes goes into detail about this on SEOmoz blog.

In short, Penguin was released on April 24, 2012 and was designed to fight webspam which involved keyword stuffing and buying links.. Panda was released in February 2011 (worldwide April 2011)  and then on September 18, 2012, a Penda refresh was rolled out. It targeted sites with duplicate and thin content and aimed to lower the rank of these lower quality sites. The change affected rankings of almost 12% of search results.

Once Bitten Twice Shy

 

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