How Google SERP Layouts Affect Searching Behavior

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Posted by Stephen_Job There are several studies (and lots of data) out there about how people use Google SERPs, what they ignore, and what they focus on. An example is Moz’s recent experiment testing whether SEOs should continue optimizing for featured snippets or not (especially now that Google has announced that if you have a...

Opting-Out of Google Featured Snippets Led to 12% Traffic Loss

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Posted by Cyrus-Shepard Note: This post was co-authored by Cyrus Shepard and Rida Abidi. Everyone wants to win Google featured snippets. Right? At least, it used to be that way. Winning the featured snippet typically meant extra traffic, in part because Google showed your URL twice: once in the featured snippet and again in regular...

How Low Can #1 Go? (2020 Edition)

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Posted by Dr-Pete Being #1 on Google isn’t what it used to be. Back in 2013, we analyzed 10,000 searches and found out that the average #1 ranking began at 375 pixels (px) down the page. The worst case scenario, a search for “Disney stock,” pushed #1 all the way down to 976px. A lot has...

Spot Zero is Gone — Here’s What We Know After 30 Days

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Posted by PJ_Howland As you are probably aware by now, recent updates have changed the world of search optimization. On January 22nd Google, in its infinite wisdom, decided that the URL that has earned the featured snippet in a SERP would not have the additional spot in that SERP. This also means that from now...

The Power of "Is": A Featured Snippet Case Study

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Posted by EricSerdar I’m not a literary scholar, but I believe it was Hamlet that said “to have a featured snippet or not to have a featured snippet?” Ever since featured snippets came onto the scene, sites have been trying to secure them. My team and I wanted in on this craze. Throughout our journey...

The Dirty Little Featured Snippet Secret: Where Humans Rely on Algorithmic Intervention [Case Study]

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Posted by brodieclarkconsulting I recently finished a project where I was tasked to investigate why a site (that receives over one million organic visits per month) does not rank for any featured snippets. This is obviously an alarming situation, since ~15% of all result pages, according to the MozCast, have a featured snippet as a SERP...

The Featured Snippets Cheat Sheet and Interactive Q&A

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Posted by BritneyMuller Earlier this week, I hosted a webinar all about featured snippets covering essential background info, brand-new research we’ve done, the results of all the tests I’ve performed, and key takeaways. Things didn’t quite go as planned, though. We had technical difficulties that interfered with our ability to broadcast live, and lots of folks...

5 Things You Should Know About "People Also Ask" & How to Take Advantage

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Posted by SamuelMangialavori It’s undeniable that the SERPs have changed considerably in the last year or so. Elements like featured snippets, Knowledge Graphs, local packs, and People Also Ask have really taken over the SEO world — and left some of us a bit confused. In particular, the People Also Ask (PAA) feature caught my...

NPMA Technology Summit explores evolving technology

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PHOTO: ISTOCK.COM/URUPONG When pest management professionals (PMPs) get together, they tend to share the successes and challenges they’ve experienced in all aspects of their businesses. Be it tips for pest control, advice for managing problematic pests, ideas for marketing their services, or suggestions for hiring and retaining employees, PMPs don’t hesitate to explain what works...

Copywriting Guru Ben Opsah

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It’s with great pleasure that we’ve caught up with copywriting top gun Ben Opsahl for a ‘quick’ interview. Ben gave us the brass tacks on the art of words and how they benefit your sales copy, marketing tactics… and above all, sales! He’s a man of words, to put it mildly, started as an aspiring...