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10 Bad Links That Can Get You Penalized by Google

Posted in advertising, Google, interactive advertising, search engines, SEM, SEO with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2019 by gadler

Every SEO professional worth their salt knows that links (along with content) are the backbone of SEO.

Links continue to remain a significant ranking factor.

What happens when you get bad links on enough of a scale to harm your site?

Your site can get algorithmically downgraded by Google – or worse, you get a manual action.

While Google maintains they are good at ignoring bad links, enough bad links can harm your site’s ranking.

This guide will explain 10 different types of bad links that can get you penalized, and what you can do about them.

— Read on www.searchenginejournal.com/link-building-guide/bad-links-risky-tactics/

Here’s what you need to know about Google’s newest local algorithm update

Posted in Google, interactive advertising, search engines, SEO with tags , , , , , , , on November 16, 2019 by gadler

Google’s biggest local algorithm update since 2016 will require businesses and agencies to be more vigilant about fighting spam in affected areas.
— Read on searchengineland.com/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-googles-newest-algorithm-update-possum-2-0-324927

On Google’s 21st birthday, a look back in time

Posted in Google, internet, search engines, SEM, world wide web, www, Yahoo! with tags , , , on September 28, 2019 by gadler

Google’s exact “birthday” remains a mystery, but the official line is that September 27, 1998 was the day the startup launched. Today marks the 21st anniversary of the company that has grown into one of the world’s largest companies, now considered by most to be a tech titan.
— Read on searchengineland.com/on-googles-21st-birthday-a-look-back-in-time-322721

The North Face booed by SEO community

Posted in digital media, Google, search engines, SEO with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2019 by gadler

“Last week, outdoor clothing brand The North Face and its ad agency Leo Burnett Tailor Made, came under fire after the agency updated images on Wikipedia pages for popular travel destinations. The efforts were part of a campaign to get The North Face branding at the top of Google image search results when anyone searched for the corresponding travel locations.

The brand initially claimed it collaborated with Wikimedia for the SEO campaign, but later apologized for the campaign after the Wikimedia Foundation published a response saying The North Face had unethically manipulated Wikipedia and risked the trust in Wikipedia’s mission, “for a short-lived marketing stunt.”

Read the full Search Engine Land article here: searchengineland.com/the-north-face-gets-a-thumbs-down-from-seo-community-after-manipulating-google-image-search-results-317747

2019 Google Ad Industry Benchmarks

Posted in advertising, digital media, Google, interactive advertising, online marketing, PPC, Research, SEM with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2019 by gadler

Each year, we dive into our data and look for an answer to one persistent, ubiquitous question for PPC advertisers: what exactly does “average” performance look like? Understanding these benchmarks is key for advertisers to recognize their strengths and weaknesses—and more importantly, how they compare in their industry. 

This year’s Google Ads report will reveal the average performance across the most crucial KPI’s for advertisers, including:

  • Click-through rate
  • Cost per click
  • Conversion rate
  • Cost per acquisition

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What’s wrong with translating keywords?

Posted in AdWords, Google, PPC, search engines, SEM, SEO, voice first with tags , , , , , , on May 21, 2019 by gadler

“…As Google, Yandex and Baidu have developed their search engines and added more automation, machine learning, AI and sophisticated systems, today’s guidance should be:

“Whatever you do, whatever robot you use, do not in any circumstances use any kind of system to translate your keywords – or you will be sent straight to jail without passing go.”
— Read on searchengineland.com/whats-wrong-with-translating-keywords-317281

What the numbers tell us about the current voice search opportunity

Posted in advertising, Analytics, Attribution, Google, online marketing, PPC, Research, search engines, SEM, voice first with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2019 by gadler

Despite the rapid growth of voice and virtual assistant adoption, platforms like Google and Amazon have yet to provide businesses with the ability to segment voice interactions from typed interactions in performance reports. This makes it difficult to fully assess the role of voice search and virtual assistants at present, but there are some signals we can use to examine any changes in user behavior and the directional growth of voice interactions.
— Read on searchengineland.com/what-the-numbers-tell-us-about-the-current-voice-search-opportunity-314810

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