Vol. 66: Google Unleashes ‘Project Owl’ to Target Fake News and Iffy Content

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Eminent SEO News: Team Eminent Goes to Space … Kinda

We’ve been able to let our inner nerd out so far this month! Not only was May the 4th a pretty big day at the Eminent office – thanks to “Star Wars Day” – but we went as a team to see the new “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” the following day.

And the day after, many of us went to the Chris Rock stand-up show in downtown Phoenix! We would share a few photos from it but … we couldn’t use our phones in the venue because apparently the show was being taped for a Netflix special.

So that’s how our month has gone so far. How about yours?

What’s New in SEO: Google’s New ‘Project Owl’ Aims to Make Search Answers More Reliable

Try as it might, Google has its work cut out for it when it comes to fighting back against web content that’s misleading or outright false.

Recently, the tech giant launched “Project Owl” to minimize the amount of fake news and problematic content that shows up in search results. Perhaps the best news in this new campaign is the fact users will get to play a role in weeding out the iffy content that occasionally shows up for certain search queries.

According to Search Engine Land, Google’s new attention to “problematic searches” will target content that is:

  • Partially or entirely made up
  • Heavily biased
  • Based on rumors, conspiracies or myths
  • Offensive
  • Derogatory

Which Areas of Search Will ‘Project Owl’ Target?

Project Owl also aims to improve:

  • Autocomplete search suggestions
  • Featured snippet answers (the information that is prominently featured when you ask a very specific question in search)
  • The visibility of authoritative content

To accomplish this, Google is taking new steps to identify and boost authoritative content, as well as opening feedback forms for users to opine on search suggestions and featured snippet answers.

For example, this is the form you can access if the search engine delivers a featured snippet for your query:

Google Search Featured Snippet Feedback - ESEOGoogle is on record saying these “problematic searches” only occur 0.25 percent of the time, but that still adds up to more than 1 million such occurrences each day. Let’s hope Project Owl elicits a better search experience for all of us, and don’t let your blog posts or website content get caught in the owl’s wrath!

Featured Service: High-Quality Blog Post Production

You don’t want to churn out blog content that will be flagged as “fake news,” heavily biased or problematic. If your business could use help with producing informative, engaging blog articles, talk to the experts at Eminent SEO.

Not only are our blog posts image-rich and highly optimized for search, but each article we produce is well-researched and aimed directly at one of the client’s target audiences. We also use the best linking practices (inks to highly authoritative sources, not too many links per page, etc.) when writing, which helps with search rankings in a number of ways.

To find out more about how we can take your blog and start using it to build up your search engine rankings and overall web presence, give us a call at 800.871.4130 today or visit our Blogging Services page.

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April Blog Article Roundup

Here are the must-see articles that went live on the Eminent SEO blog in April:

Generation Z Online Retail Shoppin Experience - Eminent SEOThe Retail Online Shopping Experience Differs for Generation Z: Are You Ready?

Consumers demand choices, more than ever before. With Generation Z moving into the forefront of retail business owners’ minds (as they should), the face of the retail online shopping experience is only part of the larger picture.


Do PR And SEO Link Building Overlap - Eminent SEODo the Fields of PR and SEO Overlap? A Closer Look at How One Can Strengthen the Other

There are a handful of different avenues a link builder can take, but the end goal is the same: to get a certain page or website to rank higher in the search results than those belonging to similar competitors.


Thank you to all our readers and subscribers! Until next month’s newsletter, if you’d like to stay in touch with Eminent SEO, please visit our blog or use the icons below to find us on social media.

 

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Vol. 65: Will Organic Search Results Survive the Rise of Voice Search and Machine Learning?

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Eminent SEO News: Three New Additions to the Team!

The Eminent team is ever growing. Over the last month, we added three new members to our staff, each joining us with unique skills and specialties. Their futures are so bright, they’ve got to wear shades! Meet the three newest additions to our team here:

Jessica Feldman – Digital Marketing Strategist

Jessica comes to us with a degree in advertising and more than 10 years of marketing experience. Jessica will be using Google Adwords, Facebook Ads and several other platforms to produce viable leads for Eminent SEO and our clients.

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Melanie Stern – Content Strategist

Melanie is responsible for producing premium copy for content pages, blog posts, newsletters and other pieces of content for our clients. She comes to us with more than 30 years of professional experience, including several years in advertising, radio and more.

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Vrinda Mamundi – Pay Per Click Manager

Vrinda has more than 10 years of experience in the online advertising industry, running strategic campaigns for businesses large and small. She will help us expand our pay per click capabilities in new ways to generate online traffic and leads for our clients.

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SEO Focus: Organic Search Results Facing Competition from Voice Search

Several recent articles and reports have touched on how organic search no longer has the market cornered on how people find the information they’re looking for.

Does that mean users are becoming more comfortable with relying on pay-per-click ads? Not necessarily.

As mobile search volume has surpassed that of the desktop variety, voice search is also on the rise.

Baseball Siri - ESEOMeanwhile, machine learning continues to better understand and predicts users’ behavior, and that will continue to change the look of search engine results.

Here are a few takeaways when it comes to the latest developments in organic search, voice search and machine learning:

  • A Stone Temple Consulting study found 60 percent of people want more results available via mobile search in lieu of visiting a webpage. Are digital marketers adjusting their strategies accordingly?
  • There are a multitude of incentives for consumers to turn to voice search rather than typing a query into a search engine. This trend will likely accelerate, rather than fizzle out.
  • New consumer behaviors, driven by improved voice technology, must be accounted for.
  • The first shake-up being driven by voice search will be for eCommerce businesses. They will need new digital marketing strategies to keep pace.
  • Closer analysis of how voice search, along with machine learning, could substantially change how marketers view the value of organic search results.

Other SEO Industry News

1. Google is planning to livestream its updates and announcements regarding AdWords and Analytics on May 23. Read more…

2. Entrepreneur Magazine recently covered why you should invest significantly in content marketing, even with the few risks and uncertainties that accompany the practice. Read more…

3. Google is saying it hopes to launch its official mobile-first index by the end of the year. Read more…

4. Business research firm Clutch recently conducted a large survey on how small businesses plan to address and invest in SEO in 2017, concluding that many need to adjust their strategies. Read more…

March Blog Roundup

Here are the must-see posts that went live on the Eminent SEO blog in March:

Tips For Balancing Digital Marketing And Creative Writing - Eminent SEOWriter By Day, Writer By Night: 6 Tips for Balancing Digital Marketing and Creative Writing

If you have a passion for creative writing in your free time but your duties as a digital marketing professional are a little more straightforward, here are six tips on how you can balance the two pursuits.


What Is Neuromarketing - Eminent SEOWhat Is Neuromarketing and Is It Better Than Traditional Marketing?

Regardless of whether you’re familiar with the term “neuromarketing,” you’ve probably read or heard about some of the insights marketers have learned from it. But what is neuromarketing really, and how much do you need to know about it?


Featured Service: Website and Digital Asset Audit

Given what you now know about how organic SEO is facing competition from other modes of search, it’s important to not only optimize your website, but to have other marketable, lead-generating assets. When businesses first make an inquiry into Eminent SEO, we often start with an audit before we have them commit to a month-to-month contract.

Our auditing services actually go well beyond the prospect’s website(s). We also evaluate all other brand collateral – online and offline – and evaluate whether these assets are legitimately bringing attention to the brand – and if it’s the right kind of attention. From there, we will offer suggestions and submit a proposal for how we can build up the prospect’s online presence and brand, month by month.

If you’re unsure if your website and digital assets are bringing in the right kind of traffic and want to put your best foot forward, give Eminent SEO a call today at 800.871.4130.

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Vol. 64: Five New Additions to the Eminent Team; Study Calls Infographics into Question

Eminent SEO Team Continues To Expand

Eminent SEO News: The Team Continues to Expand

The Eminent SEO team is rapidly expanding! Over the last month, we’ve added five new members to our staff, all with unique specialties to help us explore new ventures and do more for our clients.

Meet our newest team members now:

Hung Tran – Organic Marketing Strategist

Hung is one of two new members of our organic marketing department. A graduate of Arizona State University, Hung will help develop strategic campaigns to help build organic backlinks to our clients’ websites, in addition to performing day-to-day outreach. Hung believes that backlink building is crucial to healthy SEO practices.

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Mark Meza – Social Media Strategist

The newest member of our social media department, Mark has lived and traveled all over the country and has experience in managing tours for some of hip hop’s top artists. Mark brings keyword research, SEO and blogging skills into his new role as a social media strategist.


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Nicola Yap – Organic Marketing Strategist

We’re also happy to count Nicola as another new member of our organic marketing team. A graduate from Boston University with a public relations degree, Nicola comes to us with a background in copywriting and social media management. She will focus on developing and managing outreach campaigns for our clients.

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Remy Albillar – Content Writer

For creative writing and SEO-driven content, we looked no further than Remy Albillar. He has his master’s degree in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston, and he’s served as a copywriter within multiple industries. Now, Remy is in charge of writing and revising blog posts, content pages, newsletters, eBooks and more.

Learn More About Remy


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Sara Korn – Content Writer

Sara is another new asset in our expanded content team, and she comes to us with a background in marketing and graphic design. Having owned her own company and written books, Sara will boost our copywriting and content efforts by producing optimized and engaging content pages, blog posts, newsletters and other digital assets.

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What’s New in SEO: Not All Infographics Are Created Equal

A new Moz-BuzzSumo study found that content marketers aren’t getting the type of ROI they hoped for out of a time-intensive content piece known as an infographic.

In a study of more than 1 million articles (with just under 100,000 infographics involved), Moz and BuzzSumo found that infographics clearly get the lowest number of average shares, compared to list posts, videos and even quizzes. More than 50 percent of the infographics in the study’s sample earned zero backlinks, while 25 percent of them were shared fewer than 10 times across all networks.

Moz Founder Rand Fishkin even proclaimed, “The age of infographics is dying, and most of them are quite bad,” as quoted by the research and ratings firm Clutch.

On the Bright Side

While the Moz-BuzzSumo study seemed to put infographics in a negative light, not all hope is lost.

On average, infographics were found to do reasonably well when it comes to earning links from other websites. The Moz report concluded the reason most infographics appeared to do so poorly was a “recent trend to turn everything into an infographic leading to many poor pieces of content.” Some of these creations actually did really, really well, earning 10,000 shares or more.

The takeaway is not everything needs to be turned into an infographic. If you have great facts or stats and a strong design team, then an infographic could make sense in the right context. Otherwise, don’t waste your team’s time on a mediocre image that’s going to return little on your investment.

Other SEO Industry News

1. In early March, Google appeared to launch an unconfirmed ranking update that targets link and content quality. SEO experts are calling the new update Fred. Read more >

2. Google announced it plans to dilute the power of exact-match keywords, meaning that its algorithm will get smarter and account for more close variants of keywords. Read more >

3. Forbes recently explained the complexity of the ever-changing SEO game, and that better rankings don’t just happen overnight. Read more >

February Social Media Roundup

In case you missed us on social media in February, here is a taste of what you missed. (Look out for the donuts video!) Feel free to click on any of the images to see the caption and interaction that went with it.

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Featured Services: Video Marketing and Website Content

While the Moz-BuzzSumo study called the effectiveness of infographics into question, it did conclude that videos, list posts and quizzes get the most shares, and that research-backed articles and opinion-forming journalism earn the most links and media mentions.

With those takeaways in mind, Eminent SEO continues to offer high-quality video and web content services.

From concise, entertaining videos for social media to in-depth, authoritative packages, Eminent SEO can work with your team to create video that will turn heads and generate shares.

For web content, we’ve got you covered on everything from regular website content pages to landing pages to blog posts. For example, we’ve recently started building out large resource sections on our clients’ sites. This provides value to visitors – at no cost to them – building brand awareness and loyalty.

To see how we can fix your company up with new videos and website content, give us a call today at 800.871.4130.

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Vol. 63: Another New ESEO Team Member; Google Explains What Crawl Budget Means

Eminent SEO News: The Team Continues to Grow

Thanks to some new clientele and additional projects, the Eminent SEO team is rapidly expanding. In the middle of January, we added another member to to team, and we plan to have at least five more people start this month!

Meet the newest member of our staff here:

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Jacqlyn Cvitkovich – Social Media Strategist

Jacqlyn is the newest asset to our social media team. She is responsible for maintaining and expanding our clients’ social media presence on all major platforms through compelling visual and written content. With a background in music and an affinity for pop culture, Jacqlyn looks to develop unique social strategies to drive traffic to clients’ websites.

Welcome to the team, Jacqlyn!

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What’s New in SEO: Google Clears Up What Crawl Budget Means

If you’ve ever heard the term “crawl budget” when talking to your web department or a digital marketing agency, you may have had trouble figuring out exactly what they were talking about.

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Don’t sweat it: It’s not an easy concept. To clarify what crawl budget really means, Google recently released a blog post on the topic. In the very first sentence, Google department head Gary Illyes acknowledged that he’s heard many definitions floating around for crawl budget.

Illyes continued to say that he’s not certain what crawl budget means to different SEO experts and marketing agencies, but that he set out to clear up what the term means for Googlebot, Google’s web crawler that peruses websites for new pages and content to index for the search engine.

Illyes then stated that most websites don’t have to worry about their crawl budget. Sites with “fewer than a few thousand URLs” will be crawled efficiently, most of the time, he wrote. Very large websites, however, need to take their crawl budget into account.

Highlights of the Google Blog Post

So, what exactly is a crawl budget? Here are the key takeaways from Illyes’s blog post to help you understand what crawl budget means:

  • Crawl rate limit determines a threshold for how often and how fast Googlebot can crawl your website without overloading your server.
  • Crawl demand refers to how often Googlebot should return to your website to crawl its pages, based on popularity, new content, etc.
  • Crawl budget, thus, is a combination of crawl rate limit and crawl demand. Essentially, it’s how many pages Googlebot can crawl on your website and how frequently it should crawl the site.

If you want to learn what your site’s crawl budget is AND set your crawl rate limit, all you have to do is use Google Search Console. Keep in mind that if you set a higher crawl rate limit, it doesn’t necessarily mean Googlebot will crawl your site more often.

For more on crawl budgets and to read Illyes’s answers to FAQs on the topic, read the full Google blog post here.

January Blog Roundup

We started off January with a different kind of blog post, one that explains how our company is pitching in to help a local business that suffered a major setback last year. Also on our blog, we offered an in-depth look at progressive web apps, a new technology that combines the best features of a phone app and a mobile website.

The January highlights of our blog are as follows:

Phoenix Graphics Firm Think Graphics Rebuild - Eminent SEOEminent SEO Pitches In to Help Phoenix Graphics Firm Rebuild Scorched Office

Last year, Think Graphics & Printing Solutions lost its downtown Phoenix office when a fire overtook the building. When we heard the heartbreaking story, we felt called to help this fellow Arizona business! Find out how we are helping Think Graphics raise money to rebuild its office, plus how you can pitch in too.


Progressive Web Apps Technology - Eminent SEOProgressive Web Apps: The New Frontier for Mobile Browsing and Marketing

Have you been exploring the ways that a mobile app could promote your business? Well, read this blog post first, because there’s a new alternative. Learn all about progressive web apps, a Google-developed technology that brings app-like features to mobile websites.


Our Commitment to Ethical Marketing

When you enlist Eminent SEO to help out with your website, your social media accounts, your email marketing or any other channel, it’s important to point out that we are committed to ethical hiring and marketing practices.

We don’t use black hat tactics to help your site climb up the search engine rankings, and we don’t cut corners when producing content on your behalf. We pride ourselves on transparency, and team works closely with yours to expand your brand’s reach and drive traffic to (and conversions on) your website.

To learn more about our ethical marketing practices and how we can customize a strategy to expand your digital presence, talk to us today at 800.871.4130!

 

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Vol. 62: Three New ESEO Team Members; Google Penalizes Pages with Intrusive Mobile Interstitials

Eminent SEO News: 3 New Hires

As the Eminent SEO client base expands, our team does as well. Over the last month, we have added three new members to the Eminent SEO team, and we’re looking to hire more!

Meet the three newest members of our team:

Trista Sobeck – Content Writer

Trista is the newest writer here at Eminent SEO. We already have her working on website pages, blog posts, eBooks, newsletter, social media posts, marketing emails and more for our premium clients. Trista has a Creative Writing degree and comes to us with a background in writing for everything from small boutique agencies to Fortune 500 companies.

Welcome to the team, Trista!


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Holly Salars – Outreach Coordinator

Holly, our new outreach coordinator, is performing administrative duties for Eminent SEO, in addition to publishing blog posts for clients and building business relationships on their behalf. Holly has a background in several industries, such as health care, hospitality, food and beverage, construction, child care, addiction rehabilitation and more.

Welcome aboard, Holly!


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Theresa Nacho Montiel – Senior Graphic Designer

Theresa is the new Senior Graphic Designer at Eminent SEO who produces strategic and original imagery for website designs, blog posts, social media posts, eBooks and more. Theresa has more than 10 years of experience with Adobe programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, and she believes that design is more than pretty pictures: It’s a business solution.

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What’s New in SEO: Google Targets Intrusive Mobile Interstitials

Have you ever clicked a link on social media or in Google Search and you were served a full-page pop-up that you had to click out of to see the desired content? If you hate when that happens, you’re not alone.

Just last week, two high-ranking members of Google confirmed their company began targeting websites that use so-called intrusive mobile interstitials before serving the content that actually shows up in the search engine results. Basically, Google has started penalizing pages that are interrupted by an interstitial right out of mobile search. A penalty will either put the page out of Google’s radar or push it way down in the mobile search results.

Google officials, however, said that the penalty does not apply to pages the user could click through to after landing on a certain page from search. In other words, if you open a website from Google Search and an intrusive interstitial only pops up after clicking to another page on that website, then the site won’t suffer any penalties.

Here are some other instances where certain interstitials won’t warrant a Google penalty for a website:

  • When the interstitial is for legal obligations, such as to verify the user’s age or warn them about cookies
  • If the interstitial pops up ahead of non-indexible content that is behind a paywall
  • When a pop-up banner only covers a small portion of the screen and is easily dismissible

But Who Uses Intrusive Interstitials?

An obvious example that comes to mind of a website with intrusive interstitials is Forbes.com. Whether you’re going to the homepage or you’re clicking on a specific Forbes article from social media or search, you’re immediately served a “Quote of the Day” full page before arriving at your desired reading content. This is true whether visiting Forbes from your mobile device or desktop.

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While the Forbes interstitial is fairly benign and it still takes you to your desired page after 5 seconds (unless you manually click out of it), it’s still quite frustrating if you’re trying to pull up an article quickly. The “Quote of the Day” page isn’t an ad by itself, but as you can see, they sneak an ad in there while you’re waiting for the article to appear, which is more prominent on mobile.

The Forbes site has been doing this for several years, but its web content team might want to put an end to it, based on Google’s recent targeting of this practice. Then again, Forbes is a news website and may not care all that much about organic search engine rankings, so it’s anybody’s guess as to whether they’ll kill off the “Quote of the Day” interstitials.

For those of you who do care about your organic rankings, the lesson here is to get rid of intrusive mobile interstitials that cover most, or all, of certain pages on your website. You’re especially going to want to do this if the pages in question show up high in Google mobile search. To read more about Google’s new penalty rollout, check out Search Engine Land’s report.

December Social Media Roundup

We had a busy, but rewarding holiday season here at Eminent SEO. How were your holidays? As the month progressed, we again saw strong engagement on our Instagram account. See the best of our social media shares from last month:

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December Blog Roundup

On the Eminent SEO blog in December, we covered a pair of social media-related topics. One dealt with social media directly – copywriting for social media – while the other has very close ties – GIF images. So if you want to upgrade your social game, read through the following blog posts very carefully. Below is an overview of those two posts.


Why Well-Written Social Media Copy Makes Difference - Eminent SEOWhy Well-Written Social Media Copy Makes a Difference

While the average social media manager doesn’t have to be a writer, per se, it is still imperative to write strongly on any social platform. Learn why strong social media copy makes a difference, and get a few tips on how to write specifically for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Beginners Guide To GIF Images In Marketing - Eminent SEOGIF Images Are Clever Tools in the Right Marketer’s Hands

Animated GIFs are the life of any social media thread, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. Are you familiar with the five different types of GIFs? You’ll learn all about that plus the legal considerations of sharing GIFs when you read this insightful blog post.


Quality over Quantity Marketing

Now more than ever, Eminent SEO is a firm believer in (and practitioner of) quality over quantity when it comes to digital marketing solutions. That’s why we refer to ourselves as a boutique marketing agency.

It’s easy to see that one great blog post can do more for a website and a brand than several mediocre posts. Likewise, one viral social media share can pay more dividends than dozens of run-of-the-mill social posts. This is why when we look over a client’s objectives for the month, we don’t think in terms of, for example, how many blog posts they need, but instead we ask, “How can we produce remarkable content that knocks it out of the park for them?”

In short, we focus on quality over quantity because readers now demand it, and because that’s what it takes to excel in today’s SEO environment. Anything less would be uncivilized.

To learn more about our unique approach to marketing and how we can help your business, call us today at 800.871.4130.

Happy New Year!

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