10 Things That Expose Good Sites to Google Panda

Google Panda hit and recovery

Google Panda was designed to go after sites with a high volume of thin or low-quality content (among other things) in an effort to improve the overall strength of the search results. But the unfortunate reality is that with just about every Panda update well-established brands with good content get caught in the filter. We […]

The Best Tools for Keyword Research, Competitive Analysis and Trending Topics

keyword research tools

Editorial teams and content creators are always on the lookout for useful tools for keyword research and content planning. To help with that, I’ve put together a list of the best options for keyword research, competitive analysis and monitoring search and social trends. There is a wide universe of tools out there and my intention […]

Take Advantage of Additional Google News Opportunities for Publishers

Google News Editors' Picks

Google News continues to be an important source of traffic for publishers, in particular from the news OneBoxes that are frequently included in regular Web search results. While most news search optimization efforts rightly focus on editorial best practices and avoiding Google News errors, there are some additional opportunities that are worth taking advantage of. […]

Success with the Google News Standout Tag: A 90-Day Study

Featured article with Google News standout tag

Which news organizations are having the most success with the Google News standout tag? I monitored “Featured” articles in Google News for 90 days to find out. When I previously wrote about how to use the standout tag, I wished I could have provided some insights on how often “Featured” articles appear and which publications […]

Google News Tip for Google+ Embedded Posts

Google+ embedded posts

A quick tip for news publishers on using Google+ embedded posts. When embedding a Google+ post in a news article, be sure to include enough original editorial text to meet the 80 word minimum for Google News indexation. The same goes for Facebook Embedded Posts, Embedded Tweets and any other form of embedded multimedia. The […]

The Google News Standout Tag: Does it Work?

Google News featured article

The standout tag for Google News has been around for a couple years now but many news publishers are still uncertain about it. The questions I’m asked most often are how and when to use it, how well it works and if it is worth putting in the time and resources to support it. Does […]

25 Random Observations about #MozCon Speakers

Richard Baxter

I attended MozCon 2013 last week. It’s really become a big production with a three-day agenda, large stage and space-age theme in the main room. I hadn’t been to one before and I came away pretty impressed. I don’t think I’ve ever done a conference recap, but I had a good experience at MozCon and […]

A Simple Workflow for Keyword Research for Content Planning

Keyword research workflow

Most editorial teams employ basic keyword research tactics as part of their daily routine, such as using keyword tools to refine word choice or monitoring trending topics for real-time opportunities. But what about using search and social data to influence the editorial calendar over the longer term? Mining keyword research, analytics and competitive data to […]

Top Link Building Tactics for Publishers

BBC GoodFood widget

When it comes to link building publishers have a significant advantage because editorial content, be it hard news or evergreen content, lends itself naturally to linking and sharing. In addition producing quality content on a daily basis creates a steady stream of new opportunities. It is one of the many reasons that content marketing has […]

SEO Tips for Infinite Scrolling

Mashable archive link module

Infinite scrolling has been growing in popularity with various forms being utilized on a variety of sites. While there are pros and cons from both a technical and usability perspective, and it hasn’t worked for everyone, in the right situation it can be a good fit. Social sites use infinite scrolling as a way to […]