RankBrain: the evolution of the Google algorithm

Google is the search engine of choice for an overwhelming majority of internet users around the world. Around 3 billion user requests are answered each day by the market leader. This is partially thanks to a self-learning AI system known as RankBrain. Normally, Google lays low when it comes to revealing its search algorithms but this time the company has been quite open. We explain how RankBrain...

SEO add-ins for Excel: optimising and editing all in one

SEO data is the bedrock for any successful online marketing venture. The calculating power of Excel is a boon to data analysts when it comes to processing metrics and analysis data. But how can these large quantities of data gathered from SEO tools be directly processed in Excel? SEO plugins for Excel offer a very practical possibility here. We present the most useful extensions here.

The AdWords Advertising Guidelines at a Glance

Anyone who advertises with Google AdWords must follow certain guidelines. In addition to content, these guidelines define unauthorised practices as well as editorial and technical requirements. If an ad does not satisfy these requirements, it is automatically rejected by the system. This article provides an overview of what to look for when creating an advertising campaign.

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 optimisation. 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...

Display advertising/display marketing vs. real-time advertising (RTA)

Banner ads and other forms of display marketing have been proven to be effective marketing strategies for products and services online. The new practice in this field is real-time advertising (RTA) and its real-time bidding (RTB) approach. This new strategy carries out an automated bidding war in milliseconds to decide which advert will be displayed. But how does it differ from traditional display...

Mobile SEO: optimise your site for mobile devices

Many businesses invest a lot of time and money into search engine optimisation: spending weeks working on keyword strategies, checking links, and working on the site’s technical framework. But then – nothing happens. This could be because mobile SEO has been neglected. It’s important to remember this vital step, since most searches now come through mobile devices, and Google expects website...

Amazon SEO: Improve your Amazon ranking

Those who want to sell online often can’t avoid going to Amazon with their online shop. The sales platform is one of the most important e-commerce magnets in the world, which is why good placement in the Amazon search results is highly competitive. Like classic search engine optimisation, Amazon SEO has developed into an important success strategy for this reason. If you understand the mechanics...

Google Search Console for beginners

Google provides web developers with many free tools, but hardly any are as versatile and valuable to the SEO sector as the Google Search Console. Using the free analyser tool, developers can take their website’s settings and technical optimisations into their own hands, gain access to statistics not visible to the public, and learn to better understand the “Google view” of things. The only...

Image SEO: improve your Google ranking with image optimisation

There’s no doubt that having engaging images on your website is of central importance. Photographs and graphics can be much more than just decorative; they can inspire visitors to read more content and possibly lead to conversions. Many webmasters neglect to take appropriate measures here. In adjusting the standard SEO of the website, all too often, little or no attention is paid to the search...

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 summarised the key learning points of the 2016 study for...