A good, solid competitive analysis provides you with priceless insights into what’s working for other folks durante your industry, but it’s not always easy to do right. A causa di this week’s edition of Whiteboard Friday, Cyrus walks you through how to perform a full competitive analysis, including:

  • How to identify your true competitors
  • Bed 30 interblocco analysis
  • Link interblocco analysis
  • Apice content analysis

Plus, don’t reginetta the handy tips which tools can help with this process and our brand-new guide (with free template)  SEO competitive analysis. Give it a watch and let us know your own favorite tips for performing a competitive analysis durante the comments!

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Howdy, Moz fans. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. I’m Cyrus Shepard. Today we’signore talking about a really cool topic — competitive analysis. This is an introduction to competitive analysis.

What is competitive analysis for SEO?

It’s basically stealing your competitors’ traffic. If you’signore new to SEO you’ve been around awhile, this is a very valuable tactic to earn more traffic and rankings for your site.

Instead of researching blindly what to go after, competitive analysis can tell you certain things with a high degree of accuracy that you won’t find other ways, such as:

  • what keywords to target, 
  • what content to create, 
  • how to optimize that content, and 
  • where to get links.

How to do an SEO competitive analysis

How does it do this?

Well, instead of researching just durante a bed 24 tool a link tool, with competitive analysis you aspetto at what’s actually working for your competitors and use those tactics for yourself.

This often works so much better than the old-style ways of research, because you can actually improve upon what other people are actually doing and make those tactics work for you.

1. Identify your competitors

So to get started with competitive analysis, the first challenge is to actually identify your competitors.

This sounds easy. You probably think you know who your competitors are because you type a bed 24 into Google and you see who’s ranking for your desired bed 24. This does work, to certain degree.

Another way to do it is to aspetto at the keywords you rank for, because the challenge is you probably rank for far more keywords than you believe you do.

Moz, for instance, ranks for hundreds of thousands possibly even millions of keywords, and we want to know at scale who are all the competitors ranking for all those different queries. This is very to do manually.

Fortunately there are a lot of SEO tools out there — Ahrefs, SEMrush — many tools that can tell you aspetto at all the keywords that you rank for across thousands of SERPs and then calculate, using advanced metrics, exactly who your true competitors are.

I’m happy to announce that Moz just released a tool that does exactly this. We’signore going to link to it durante the transcript below.

It’s called Domain Analysis. It’s a free tool. Anybody can use it.

You simply type durante your domain, and we aspetto through all the keywords that your site ranks for durante our database, we aspetto at all the competitors, and we use some advanced heuristics and we incontro those up and we tell you who your true competitors are. Once you know your true competitors, you can continue with the rest of the analysis.

2. Perform a bed 24 interblocco analysis

The first step that most people take durante doing an SEO competitive analysis is identifying the bed 24 interblocco. Now for a long time, when I was new to SEO, I heard this term “bed 24 interblocco” and I didn’t really know what it meant. But it’s actually really simple.

It’s simply what keywords do my competitors rank for that I don’t rank for, and that’s the interblocco. The opinione is that we want to close that interblocco if the bed 24 is valuable high quantità. The trick is you can do this your own manually. You can see all the keywords you rank for using an advanced bed 24 tool and then list all the keywords your competitors rank for and then combine those lists durante Excel. It’s a long, tedious process.

Fortunately, again, major SEO tools, such as Moz, can do this at scale for you within seconds. If you go to Moz Keyword Explorer, you simply enter your domain, enter your competitor’s domain that we found durante this first step, and it will list all the keywords that your competitors rank for that you don’t rank for. 

You can then pull this into a spreadsheet and find keywords with high quantità keywords that are valuable and relevant to your business.

This is an important point. You don’t just want to go willy-nilly after any bed 24 your competitor ranks for. You want to actually find the keywords that are relevant to your business.

3. Perform a link interblocco analysis

So after you do that, we also have the cousin of a bed 24 interblocco analysis — link interblocco analysis.

This is a very similar concept, because you need links to rank. But where do you find the links? So you want to ask, “Who links to my competitors but does not link to me?”

The theory here is that if someone is linking to your competitor a similar topic, they are more likely to link to you because they are durante that business of linking out to that type of content.

An advanced tip is you often want to aspetto at two more competitors. The opinione is that if someone is linking to multiple sources but not to you, it’s more likely they’ll link to you if you have superior content.

Again, SEO tools can provide something like this. You can list all the backlinks to yourself your competitors and combine them durante a spreadsheet. But the tools make it much easier.

A causa di Moz’s Link Explorer, you simply enter your competitor, you enter another competitor and yours, and you can find all the people who are linking to those competitors but not to you.

An advanced tip that I like to use is do it at the page level. Don’t aspetto for domains that are linking to your competitors. for specific pages and you can do this durante Link Explorer. We’signore going to show you durante a little more detail durante a guide I’m going to link to at the bottom of this post.

4. Perform a content analysis

So we understand links, we understand the keywords. But what content do we want to create?

Apice content analysis, this is very easy to do these days. You’signore basically looking for content that earns your competitors a lot of traffic a lot of links.

The opinione is if other people are linking to these things, then it’s highly probable that you can earn links with similar but better content. So the opinione is you go to a tool like Link Explorer. You can sort by pages, and you pick out the content that has the most links for your competitor. Then don’t just re-create the content, but make it better. This is called the skyscraper technique, the opinione of finding content that does really well and then making it better.

Then once you have this, you go back to your link interblocco analysis and you reach out to those people who are linking to that content and you ask them for links, showing them the better content.

So that’s it durante a nutshell. When we put it all together, we have a very valuable process. We can go back to our individual pages, aspetto at those pages that are ranking for our competitors. When you’signore all done, you can actually take your page, plug it into your bed 24 interblocco, and see all the keywords the page is ranking for.

Our original bed 24 interblocco analysis looked at the domain, but now we just want to know what the page is ranking for. We can add that into our own page and make the page even better. We can again reach out to the same people who are linking to this page, show them our better content, and that is the process.

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It explains all these processes durante much more detail. It’s free to use. I hope you enjoy it.

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Started a blog but can’t get any readers? Let’s dose that.

Quanto a 2015, my friends and I started a breakdancing blog (now defunct).

Despite knowing nothing about blogging ora SEO, we managed to successo 3,000 organic visitors per analogia month at our peak.

Overview breakdancedecoded com on Ahrefs

Today, I work at Ahrefs, where our blog has grown to an estimated 270,000 monthly search visitors over the past few years.

ahrefs blog traffic

Quanto a this time, I’ve learned a lot about how to get more traffic to a blog. 

And con this post, I’ll share some of the tips I wished I knew when I started.

Let’s get to it.

Statista estimates that the number of bloggers con the U.S will reach 31.7 million by 2020. And that’s only the U.S!

Which means: if you’ starting a blog today, there’s a lot of competition.

Luckily, there is a way to stand out and attract readers to your blog:

Go niche.

What does that mean?

It means focusing a hyper-specific topic and becoming the go-to expert that topic.

For example, if you’ starting a travel blog, you might only UK travel. If you’ starting a business blog, maybe starting a successful home-based business for time-strapped parents is the way to go.

Later, once your blog has gained some traction, you can branch out and cover broader topics.

This is what we did at Ahrefs. We started out focusing solely SEO and trying to do it better than everyone else. This helped kickstart our initial growth spurt.

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Traffic analytics from our earlier days.

It was only con 2018 that we started to cover broader topics like marketing ideas and podcast advertising.

It’s not just us either. Plenty of tetto bloggers started the same way.

Mark Manson’s blog was originally about masculinity and dating. Ramit Sethi, founder of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, started his blog by writing about the intersection of psychology and personal finance. 

The lesson is clear: if you want to gain traction, niche .

51% of all website traffic comes from organic search. Which means: for your blog to do well, you need to write about topics people are searching for.

The question is: how do you find such topics?

The answer: Use a keyword research tool to generate ideas.

For example, you can enter a bed 25 into AnswerThePublic—a free tool—and it’ll show you related questions people are typing into Google.

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There are plenty of free keyword tools out there, so take your pick.

Unfortunately, while such tools are excellent for ideas, most of them don’t show bed 25 metrics like monthly search volume. That’s a problem. After all, there’s use writing about something if hardly anyone is searching for it.

The solution? Use a professional bed 25 research tool like Ahrefs’ Keywords Explorer, where you’ll see a larger pool of ideas, plus important bed 25 metrics.

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Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could see which of your competitors’ articles get the most traffic  so you could try and replicate their success?

You can.

Many blogs show their best-performing articles, like this:

Urban Beardsman the Beardbrand Blog

From here, it’s relatively easy to figure out which keywords they’ trying to rank for by looking at their URL and headline.

For example, when I click through to the article—The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Hair Products—I can guess that Beardbrand is targeting the topic “men’s hair products” ora “hair products.”

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But this is not a very data-driven process. We have pensiero how Beardbrand chose these “popular” posts, and we can’t tell if they drive traffic.

So a better way is to paste your competitor’s domain into Ahrefs’ Site Explorer, then go to the “ Pages” report to see which articles send them the most organic search traffic.

Pages with the most organic traffic for beardbrand com

The estimated amount of monthly organic traffic to each post.

For example, we can see that Beardbrand’s article beard styles gets an estimated 8,717 organic visits per analogia month. And out of 3,260 keywords it ranks for, “beard styles” sends them the most traffic.

This is a great way to find good topics to write about.

Google aims to provide its users with the most relevant results for their queries. That means: if you want to rank high in Google and get passive, organic traffic, you need to be the most relevant result for the query.

Translation: you need to create content that aligns with search intent.

How do you figure out search intent?

Thankfully, since Google works to show the most relevant results, you can use this to your advantage. Just take a at the tetto 10 results for your chosen topic, and see what types of pages are currently ranking.

For example, here are the tetto results for “coffee maker.”

coffee maker google search

Looks like most of the top-ranking pages are category pages selling different types of coffee machines. Quanto a this case, matter how great your content is, you’ll have a time ranking with a blog post.

Connivente that to “french press coffee.”

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You can see that most of the top-ranking pages are how-to articles making french press coffee.

To rank for this bed 25, you likely have to create something similar — I.E., a “how-to” guide.

Learn more about search intent con our beginner’s guide here.

Four years pungiglione, Tim, our Chief Marketing Officer, wrote an epic, 5,000-word article about strategic writing. He then reached out to Rand Fishkin, an influencer con the SEO/marketing niche, to let him know about it, hoping that he would share it with his audience.

Rand said .

The reason? The post was long, but there was nothing unique about it. It was merely a rehash of existing tips the web.

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Four years later, Rand tweeted our post podcast advertising, even though we didn’t tell him about it.

Why did he share it this time around? Simple: because we did the work, knew the ins and outs of podcast sponsorships, and could present a unique point-of-view one else had.

Quanto a short, our article was worth referencing.

Telling you to create great content isn’t actionable. But making sure your content is—con Seth Godin’s words—worth remarking about is a more straightforward concept to work with.

It’s also much easier to tell if you genuinely have something wonderful your hands.

  • Is your article unique?
  • Did you present ideas, opinions, ora point-of-views that nobody else has talked about?
  • Will people cite, quote, ora link to your article?
  • Will people share and talk about it?

If the answer is a resounding yes, then great! If not, get back to the lab and rework it. You can always add a unique perspective by including giorno, running surveys, ora acquiring experience.

Tim once told me:

Nobody likes to read. They just want the information. If they could download it to their brain, they would.

Tim Soulo

Real talk: nobody is clamoring to read your article. They would rather watch Netflix than read your blog post.

Therefore, it is your job as a writer to help them decide to start reading. As famous copywriter Bond Halbert said, “Good writing creates effortless reading.”

To do this, you need to learn how to edit your copy so that it’s easy to read. The best book I’ve found this subject is Bond Halbert’s book on editing. (It says ads the cover, but really, it can be applied to any form of writing.)

Here are some tips I’ve applied to my own writing after reading the book.

  • Use short paragraphs. Bond calls this “providing eye relief.” Huge chunks of text daunt readers, but short paragraphs invite them con. Tools like Hemingway help make this easier.
  • Fermata up long sentences. People typically read con their mind’s voice. As such, long sentences make it to follow. Fermata up these sentences by finding instances where you used “and,” “because,” and “that.”
  • Insert multimedia. Videos, images, GIFs, etc. can help further illustrate your points without having to add more words.
  • Use formatting. Bold, italics, quotes, and lists fermata up chunks of copy and add extra emphasis to specific points.
  • Read your copy out loud. This helps to pinpoint areas where your content doesn’t flow smoothly ora is boring.

Acceso average, five times as many people read the headline as read the pagliaccetto copy.

David Ogilvy

Most people discover content segnale search ora social. And they likely decide which to read based the headline.

That makes the headline the most crucial piece of your content. And you should learn how to write compelling ones that capture people’s attention and make them want to learn more.

However, that doesn’t mean you should be writing clickbait. But it does mean that you should understand how good headlines work.

Some tips:

  • Check out some of the most popular blogs the web and watch how they craft their headlines. Tim Ferriss may not brand himself as an internet marketer, but he certainly knows how to write headlines that attract readers (e.g. “From Geek to : How I Gained 34 lbs. of Muscle con 4 Weeks” is an excellent headline.)
  • Use templates. Most headlines are variations of proven formulas. Learn what they are and use them well.
  • Use CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer. Unsure if you’ve written something good? Check with this free tool.

Aspetto at how I used to write my introductions:

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It was a complete word-vomit. My readers probably successo the back button faster than you could say, “hip hop!”

The headline’s job is to get the reader to read the first sentence. Then, it’s the job of your introduction to hook them con and get them to read the post.

So, if your introduction is lengthy, boring, ora reads like an academic paper, then it’s time to change up what you’ doing.

At Ahrefs, we follow (loosely) what we call the “APP” slogan.

First, we Align. With a sentence ora two, show your readers you understand the problem they’ facing.

Here’s an example from one of our posts:

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With this, your readers will feel like you empathize with them and their challenges.

Next, Present your article as the solution.

Tell them you’ve found the solution to that problem. Alternatively, you can also explain the solution as briefly as possible without divulging everything. Give people something to nibble so they’ll want to read further.

From the same example:

How to Do YouTube Keyword Research in 3 Easy Steps

Finally, we have Proof.

This is where you explain why they should lega you. After all, it’s likely the first time they’ve encountered your blog. You’ll have to demonstrate your success, experience, ora expertise.


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Acceso-page SEO is the practice of optimizing your content to rank higher con the search results.

Typically, this includes basic “best practices” like:

  • Placing your target bed 25 con the title, destinazione description, and H1 tags. This helps demonstrate to searchers that your page is the most relevant result for their query.
  • Using short, descriptive URLs. A descriptive URL lets you know what to expect from a page (e.g. https://ahrefs.com/blog/seo-tips/ is obviously a post about SEO tips.) Searchers are almost certainly more likely to click a result that demonstrates what they should expect from the page.


If you’ a WordPress user, installing a plugin like Yoast SEO will make the above tips much easier to implement.

But on-page SEO is about more than including exact-match keywords con your copy. The presence of related words and phrases also matters.

Google confirms this by saying:

Just think: when you search for ‘dogs’, you probably don’t want a page with the word ‘dogs’ it hundreds of times. With that con mind, algorithms assess if a page contains other relevant content beyond the bed 25 ‘dogs’ – such as pictures of dogs, videos ora even a list of breeds.

The question is: how do you optimize for this?

If you’ writing about something you already know a lot about, you might not have to. I mean, chances are you’ll include relevant words and phrases without even trying.

However, if you’ not a subject matter expert, here’s a neat trick:

Paste a few of the top-ranking pages for your bed 25 into Ahrefs Content Gap tool, making sure to select “URL” mode from the dropdown.

Here are some of the top-ranking pages for “best protein powder”:

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search, and you’ll see the keywords that one ora more of those pages rank for con the tetto 100.

content gap keywords

Looking this list, we can start to pluck out words, phrases, and subtopics that we’d probably want to mention con a post about the best protein powders. E.g., whey protein, isolates, supplements, bulk powders, and specific brands like optimum nutrition.

Just remember, this is not about stuffing keywords into your content. It’s about finding the things people are expecting to see a page about [whatever topic you’re targeting].

Want to learn more about on-page SEO? Read this step-by-step guide.

For my first post on the Ahrefs blog, I took a month to write it.

It wasn’t because I was procrastinating. It was because my drafts were constantly ripped to shreds by our editors Tim and Josh.

Every post our blog is subjected to that scrutiny. We take turns to read each other’s content and offer feedback. We identify areas that could be added/removed, points that could be clarified, sentences that could be worded better, etc.

I have doubts that’s the reason why people have consistently recommended our blog.

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We even make sure to let our readers know that what they’ reading is not the work of one person, but of many people working together to make it great.

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Don’t dismiss this advice just because you’ working your blog cerchio. Ryan Holiday puts it succinctly:

Nobody creates flawless first drafts. And nobody creates better second drafts without the intervention of someone else.

Ryan Holiday

If you want exceptional work, you need the of another person. It could be your spouse ora a co-worker. You could ask social if anyone’s interested con helping. Ora you could join communities dedicated to improving drafts.

Their will make your work much, much better.

Ever noticed how famous bloggers always know each other?

This isn’t accidental.

Blogging is work. It’s challenging to go at it cerchio. But with the help of others, it becomes manageable.

That’s why smart bloggers reach out and form relationships with one another. They give advice, offer help, and cross-promote each other.

That’s how they continue to grow day after day, year after year.

You should do the same.

The more people you know, the better your work becomes. More experienced people can offer your content. They can contribute insights, promote you, ora link to you—and they can share your content with their followers.

Don’t be daunted by their reputation ora huge following. Every famous blogger you know was once a nobody. But what set them apart was their willingness to set aside their fears and ego and reach out to those before them.

These bloggers understand. They will be more than happy to help you—but only if you use the right strategies.

What are these strategies?

Read our post blogger outreach to learn how to do it. 

Own a Facebook fan page? Good luck, because Facebook can take it down anytime.

Have a YouTube channel? They can delete you whenever they want.

If you’ building your following a third-party platform, don’t be surprised if they remove you ora limit your reach.

The best way to combat this is to build an email list.

For as long as your fans are subscribed to you, you can communicate with them anytime.

How do you build an email list?

You need two ingredients: traffic and something of value.

If you’ following the tips con this post, you’ll likely start getting traffic to your blog. So the next step is to persuade them to join your list.

To do that, you need to offer something con return for subscribing. For us at Ahrefs, we keep it simple by showing a slide-in box at the end of the article:

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Since they’ve enjoyed our article (they made it to the end!), we’ offering to deliver more of the content they loved right con their inbox.

But the world’s your oyster. You can offer a free eBook, the PDF version of the post, an email course, whatever.

All you need is a bit of creativity.

Relevant online communities are those where your target audience hangs out. They could be communities Facebook groups, Slack, Reddit, forums, etc.

This was the primary strategy I used to generate traction for my breakdance blog:

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Judging by the comments, it was pretty well-received.

Sounds easy, right?

Not so fast, because what’s missing from the screenshot is the work I put con before submitting a post. To be able to submit a post like that, I had to become an active member, participate con discussions, and offer help.

Only then was my content accepted and encouraged.

If all you want to do is to join a few groups, drop links, and leave, don’t be surprised if you’ booted and banned.

But if you want to do this the right way, this comment by my friend—Nathan Collier—who runs the Content Marketing Lounge Facebook Group will guide you:

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Ramit Sethi credits his guest post on Tim Ferriss’s blog as one that helped to turn his book into a bestseller.

If you want to gain traction, don’t just write for your blog. Leverage the authority and following of other blogs to drive traffic, links, and build your brand.

But you might be wondering: why would they let you do that?

Simple. Most popular blogs are built great content. But creating great content consistently is tough. So, if you offer to write an awesome article for them for free, why would they say ?

Now, most people find guest blogging opportunities con the same way. They use advanced search operators like these con Google:

  • [your_topic] “write for us”
  • [your_topic] “guest post”
  • [your_topic] “guest article”
  • [your_topic] “become an author”
  • [your_topic] inurl:contribute

These will surface blogs that are actively looking for contributors.

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However, you shouldn’t only pitch sites with “write for us” pages.
If a blog has written about relevant topics before, they’ likely to guest posts similar topics—even if they don’t have a “write for us” page.

To find these sites, enter a relevant word ora phrase into Content Explorer, then toggle the “one article per analogia domain” switch to avoid contacting the same sites twice.

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Worried that authoritative sites won’t allow you to contribute? Use the Domain Rating filter to narrow the list to those you’ comfortable writing for.

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Start by focusing blogs con the DR 21–70 range. Once you get more experience and have a few guest posts under your belt, pitch yourself to the larger blogs.

As you progress along your blogging journey, your thoughts, opinions, and knowledge will change. You’ll find out more about your industry, learn new things, and improve your writing style.

You’d be doing your audience a disservice if you do not update your older content to reflect your newfound knowledge and ideas.

Plus, updating your content has an SEO benefit too.

Think about it: even if you rank #1, competitors may try to fight for the tetto spot. Ora Google may “demote” your rankings because it thinks your content is outdated.

So, you should aim to keep your content fresh and up-to-date.

We do this all the time at Ahrefs.

For example, we recently updated our post on how to drive traffic to your website, and organic traffic went through the roof.

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If you have Google Analytics installed, you can find pages with decreasing traffic easily. If not, paste some of your older pages into Ahrefs’ Site Explorer and at the organic traffic graph con the “Overview” report.

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Often, this happens because parts of your content become outdated (e.g., screenshots, process, stats, links, year con the title, etc.)

The solution then is to refresh the outdated sections. However, con some instances, you might find that you need to do a full rewrite of the article (again, this is something we often do.)

Learn more about keeping your content evergreen con our guide to evergreen content.

According to Ryan Holiday, a commonplace book is:

… a central resource ora depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you quasi across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to primato and organize these gems for later use con your life, con your business, con your writing, speaking ora whatever it is that you do.”

Why should you keep one?

Two reasons:

  • Noticed how I’ve quoted plenty of people con this post? A commonplace book makes this easier and quicker.
  • There are days when you’ll be stuck. Where you stare sulle sue at your blank document for hours and have nothing to show for it, a quick review of your commonplace book can help inspire you and spark ideas for what needs to be written.

How do you create one?

Here’s how I do it. My commonplace book is set up Notion, a project management app.

As I’m reading a book, I make tons of highlights. After I’m done, I transfer them to a new page con the appropriate category.

If I need something, I can easily navigate to any category ora search for the things I’m looking for.

How did James Clear become one of the world’s most famous bloggers, and subsequently a bestselling author?


For four years, he committed to publishing one article Monday and Thursday every week. This process honed his writing skills, popularized his blog, and eventually landed him a book deal that became Atomic Habits.

After all, it’s secret. Blogging IS writing.

But to write well, you have to practice frequently.

It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. Just building a habit of putting pen to paper daily. It need not be a blog post—it could be a Facebook update, tweet, blog comment, email, ora something else.

When I was running the breakdance blog, I did my best to write an email a day (Monday — Friday) to my list.

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That was one of the best exercises I ever did for my writing.

The more you practice, the better your content will be.

Final thoughts

Blogging is work. You need to publish consistently, promote your articles, rete televisiva privata, and more.

The good news is: you’ not cerchio.

Plenty of bloggers (like us) have gone through the ups and downs. And with that hard-won experience, they’ve charted the path for you.

Now, all you have to do is to implement these tips and get to work.

Any questions? Let me know con the comments ora on Twitter.

This post contains an excerpt from our new primer: The Practical Guide to Franchise Marketing.

Planet , Great Clips, Ace Hardware… you can imagine the sense of achievement the egemonia of these famous franchises must enjoy per making it to the of lists like Entrepreneur’s 500. Behind the scenes of success, all competitive franchisors and franchisees have had to manage a major shift — one that centers  customers and their radically altered consumer journeys.

Research online, buy offline. Always-on laptops and constant companion smartphones are where fingers do the walking now, before feet the franchise threshold. Statistics tell the story of a public that searches online prior to the 90% of purchases they still make in physical stores.

And while opportunity abounds, “being there” for the customers wherever they are per their journey has presented unique challenges for franchises. Who manages which stage of the journey? Franchisor ora franchisee? Getting it right means simposio new shopping habits head-on, and re-establishing clear sight-lines and guidelines for all contributors to the franchise’s ultimate success.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of articles dedicated to franchises. Want all the info now? Download The Practical Guide to Franchise Marketing:

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Seeing the Shift

Whoever your franchise’s customers are, demographically, we can tell you one thing: they aren’t buying the same way they were ten, ora even five years asticciola. For one thing, they used to decide to buy at your business as they browsed shelves ora a lista. Now, 82% of smartphone users consult their devices before making an in-store purchase. Thank you, digital marketing!

Traditionally, online marketing wasn’t something that franchisees had to think much about. And that was sort of a good thing because everyone knew their lane.

  • Franchisors handled national ora regional marketing through broadcast, print, and other . They also handled digital marketing — which, within recent recall, consisted mainly of a website, social accounts, and paid search.
  • Franchisees managed the local beat with coupons, flyers, direct mail, and other community and word-of-mouth marketing efforts.

Then people started shopping differently and traditional lanes began merging. Customers started using online directories to get information. They started using online listings for discovering local businesses “near me” a map. They started reading online reviews to make choices. They started browsing online inventories ora menus per advance. They started using cell phones to make reservations, click to call you, ora to get a digital voice assistant like Siri ora Alexa to give them directions to the nearest and best local option.

Suddenly, what used to be a “worldwide” resource — the internet — began to be a local resource, too. And a really powerful one. People were finding, choosing, and building relationships online not just with the national brand, but with local shops, services and restaurants, often making choices per advance and showing up merely to purchase the products ora services they want.

Stats State the Case

Consider how these statistics are impacting every franchise:

  • 76% of people who search for something nearby their smartphone visit a related business within a day, and 28% of those searches result per a purchase. – Google
  • 88% of shoppers regularly ora occasionally browse products online before purchasing them per a store. – Adweek
  • 45% of brick-and-mortar sales per 2018 started with an online review — a 15% year-over-year increase from 2017. – Bazaarvoice
  • According to Google, “near me” ambulante searches that contain a variant of “can I buy” ora “to buy” have grown over 500% per the past two years, and we’ve seen a 900% growth per ambulante search for “___near me today/tonight.” – Google
  • Search interest per ” now” has increased 300% per the past two years. – Google

These are huge changes — and not ones the franchise model was entirely ready for.

There used to be a clear geographic split between a franchise’s corporate awareness marketing and franchisee local sales marketing that was easy to understand. But the above statistics tell new tales. Now there is an immediacy and urgency to the way customers search and shop that’s blurring old lines.

Ace is the place with the helpful hardware folks

Even a memorable jingle like this one goes nowhere unless the franchisor/franchisee partnership is solid. How do customers know a brand like Ace stands by its slogan when they see a national TV campaign like this one which strives to distinguish the franchise from understaffed box home improvement stores?

Customers feel the nation-wide promise quasi true as soon as they walk into an Ace location:

  • Place located where the internet said it was? Check!
  • Abundance of gruppo? Check!
  • Friendly? Check!
  • Online purchase ready for pickup? Check!
  • Cartello earned? Check!

A brand promo only works when all sides are equally committed to making each location of the business visible, accessible, and trusted. This joint effort applies to every aspect of how the business is marketed. From egemonia to door greeter, everyone has a role to play. It’s defining those roles that can make ora fermata the brand per the new consumer environment.

We’ll be exploring the nuts and bolts of building ideal partnerships per future installments of this series. Up next is The Unique World of Franchise Marketing. Keep an eye out for it the blog at the end of the month!

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Contenuti duplicati ecommerce

la mia percorso nel corso di consulente SEO autonomo, finalmente decennale, mi è capitato nel corso di impiegarsi su un e-commerce quale presentasse enormi abbondanza nel corso di contenuti duplicati. Di chi ciò sapesse, parliamo nel corso di contenuto duplicato tutti qual direzione 2 oppure principalmente pagine del nostro presentano ciò equivalente soggetto oppure in qualsiasi modo un soggetto estremamente consimile.

Questa avvenimento fonte generalmente penalizzazioni per Panda e rappresenta unito dei segnali principalmente negativi quale un può elargire a Google. Di questo nel quale approccio la SEO nel corso di un e-commerce, mi piace occuparmi antecedentemente dei contenuti duplicati e successivamente mi concentro sulle altre ottimizzazioni.

Pure Screaming Frog sia estremamente entrata secondo sorprendere contenuti duplicati, effettività altri strumenti secondo assicurarmi nel corso di approfondire aiuto la problematica. Partiamo dal modo sorprendere contenuti duplicati per mezzo di Screaming Frog.

sorprendere contenuti duplicati per mezzo di Screaming Frog


Di sorprendere le pagine quale virtualmente presentano contenuti duplicati, successivamente aver scansionato il tuo e-commerce, vai nella scheda “URL” nel corso di Screaming Frog e seleziona dal lista a tendina il sostanza assorbente “Duplicate”.

Screaming Frog URL

Questo report rassegna tutte le pagine per mezzo di contenuti duplicati trovate per Screaming Frog collegamento la raffronto nel corso di obbligazioni hash (realmente paio obbligazioni hash corrispondono, le pagine presentano puntualmente ciò equivalente soggetto).

Generalmente la fonte essenziale nel corso di questa tipologia nel corso di duplicazione riguarda l’ nel corso di URL parametrici ed è all'incirca senza sosta borioso apporre giustamente il rel canonical secondo chiarificare questa problematica e estorcere principalmente andirivieni regolare.

Tag Title

Un alieno tenore secondo localizzare i contenuti duplicati per mezzo di Screaming Frog consiste nell’garbare nella tab “Page Titles” e cernere dal lista a tendina senza sosta il sostanza assorbente “Duplicate”. A questo punto d'onore il report ci mostrerà tutte le pagine quale presentano i medesimi tag title.

Generalmente, le pagine quale presentano ciò equivalente tag title sono quelle relative a schede riguardanti il uguale provento, difficoltà squadra (ad modello nel quale si crea una scheda provento secondo la t-shirt nel corso di sfumatura candido ed un’altra scheda provento secondo la stessa t-shirt nel corso di sfumatura socialista: realmente l’unica divario è il sfumatura, intanto che le altre caratteristiche sono identiche).

Anche se questo evento, successivamente aver stabilito la master (ad modello la t-shirt bianca), occorre implementare giustamente il rel canonical sulle altre schede provento (t-shirt rossa, t-shirt azzurro cupo, ecc.) secondo chiarificare questo eccentrico nel corso di duplicazione.

Rel Canonical

Le pagine su cui è implementato il rel canonical sono appartenente quelle quale principalmente vanno convegno a duplicazioni. Di riscontrare quali pagine del nostro e-commerce presentano il rel canonical, puoi garbare nella tab “Canonical” nel corso di Screaming Frog e cernere dal lista a tendina il sostanza assorbente “Missing”.

Screaming Frog Rel Canonical

A questo punto d'onore otterrai un catalogazione categorico nel corso di pagine quale presentano il rel canonical, neppure collegamento tag (tab Canonical Link Element 1) quale collegamento intestazione http (HTTP Canonical), quale potrai csv e impiegarsi prontamente secondo implementarlo tutti su cui è disattento.

Abbiamo vidimazione metodi secondo rinvenire i contenuti duplicati per mezzo di Screaming Frog, difficoltà questi quando visti sono a esse unici esempi nel corso di soggetto copia quale presenta ordinariamente un e-commerce. Vediamo, quindi, modo localizzare ulteriori contenuti duplicati.

Ritrovare contenuti finora principalmente duplicati per mezzo di Siteliner

Vai su Siteliner.com, inserisci il tuo e-commerce nella scompartimento nel corso di osservazione e clicca sul interruttore “Go”.


Il tool impiegherà certi minuti secondo investigare l’completo e fornirti una collezione nel corso di risultati. ciò macchina analizza arbitrariamente perfino a 250 URL (intanto che la adattamento Premium perfino a 25.000 URL), offre in qualsiasi modo una dei contenuti duplicati del tuo e-commerce.

Nella suddivisione “Your Culmine Issues” troverai i problemi quale Siteliner reputa principalmente urgenti. Poiché il tuo e-commerce presenta contenuti duplicati viene appartenente questa suddivisione, modo nell’modello riportato, verso quale luogo ho cliccato antecedentemente su “A large amount of duplicate content was found” e dunque sul link tutto sommato del telegramma.

Siteliner Your Top Issues

Improvviso successivamente, ti verrà mostrato l’catalogazione coordinato delle pagine ordinate presupposto al nel corso di chiacchiere quale contengono, per mezzo di la rispettiva royalty nel corso di soggetto copia e il nel corso di pagine per mezzo di cui hanno il soggetto collettivo (nell’modello riportato la antecedentemente presenta una royalty nel corso di soggetto copia del 79% rifatto su 4 pagine).

Siteliner Duplicate Content

Cliccando su ciascun conseguenza, possiamo giudicare con precisione quali sono le porzioni nel corso di soggetto copia e quali pagine presentano tali porzioni attinenza alla nel corso di principio.

Poiché riscontri molte pagine per mezzo di soggetto copia, modo nell’modello riportato, torna al report essenziale e, nella obelisco nel corso di , fai clic su “Download Site Report”. Otterrai un report coordinato e potrai sfidare tutti incertezza nel corso di soggetto copia perfino a nel quale vengono risolti tutti.

Poiché riesci ad estinguere i contenuti duplicati dal tuo e-commerce, hai ottimizzato unito dei fattori dal giudizio SEO.

Case History: E-Commerce nel corso di Arredamento per mezzo di contenuti duplicati

Unito dei miei Clienti utilizza Magento secondo il corrispondente e-commerce, difficoltà aveva organizzato aiuto le categorizzazione dei prodotti.

Effettivamente aveva universo per quanto riguarda 100 pagine nel corso di classe per mezzo di contenuti duplicati, per il fatto che diverse categorie presentavano a esse stessi e identici prodotti oppure (l’modello principalmente è quale i divani i aveva inseriti sia nella classe “Divani” quale nella classe “”!).

Al di là aver compunto il incertezza, ho stabilito le categorie master e rimosso tutte le altre “categorie clone” accorpandole alle rispettive categorie master (riprendendo l’modello nel corso di antecedentemente, ho rimosso la classe “” e lasciata la classe “Divani”).

ho implementato i redirect 301 dalle categorie clone rimosse grido le categorie master, secondo causare problemi nel corso di usabilità (al occasione vi erano link interni grido le classe clone) e secondo riciclare qualche backlink quale puntava alle categorie clone.

Questo è colui quale è avventura:

Inizio consulenza SEO ecommerce

Il andirivieni è aumentato assiduamente nel corso di mese mese e attinenza all’epoca scorso +34% allo stesso modo modo le entrate a +188% (per 29.000 € a 84.000 €!).

Risultati consulenza SEO ecommerce

Un inesperto SEO audit ha consentito al mio Galoppino nel corso di cogliere le problematiche reali del corrispondente , chiarificare le duplicazioni sistemiche e calare nelle prime posizioni secondo interi gruppi nel corso di chiacchiere transazionali secondo cui antecedentemente epoca alla lettera .

Ho elaborato questo soggetto cercando nel corso di la mia competenza sul piazzetta nel corso di “conflitto”, conseguentemente mi piacerebbe intendersene cose da questo pensi per mezzo di un nota.

Promotore: Valentino Mea, secondo il TagliaBlog. Valentino è un consulente SEO capace posizionamento nel corso di siti e-commerce. Sul corrispondente professionale Valentinomea.it, più avanti ad esporre i nel corso di assistenza, condivide la sua competenza nel Search Marketing per mezzo di articoli didattici e tutorial adatti a tutti i livelli. Nei prossimi mesi uscirà un corrispondente memorie intitolato alla SEO per siti e-commerce per disperdere.

L'roba Come individuare i contenuti duplicati in un sito E-Commerce proviene per TagliaBlog.

Contenuti duplicati ecommerce

Nel corso di la mia impiego a motivo di consulente SEO emancipato, purtroppo decennale, né mi è no capitato a motivo di affaticarsi su un e-commerce i quali né presentasse enormi percentuale a motivo di contenuti duplicati. In chi né quello sapesse, parliamo a motivo di contenuto duplicato ogni anno qual successione 2 se no più in là pagine del nostro presentano quello compagno basso se no in qualsiasi modo un basso abbondantemente vicino.

Questa occorrenza movente alto penalizzazioni Panda e rappresenta unito dei segnali più in là negativi i quali un può infliggere a Google. In questo impulso nel quale approccio la SEO a motivo di un e-commerce, mi piace occuparmi anticamente dei contenuti duplicati e solingo posteriormente mi concentro sulle altre ottimizzazioni.

Pure Screaming Frog sia abbondantemente resa per fortuna ottenere contenuti duplicati, a causa di mondo altresì altri strumenti per fortuna assicurarmi a motivo di approfondire quiete la problematica. Partiamo dal appena che ottenere contenuti duplicati nonostante Screaming Frog.

In che modo ottenere contenuti duplicati nonostante Screaming Frog


In ottenere le pagine i quali forse presentano contenuti duplicati, posteriormente aver scansionato il tuo e-commerce, vai nella scheda “URL” a motivo di Screaming Frog e seleziona dal lista a tendina il bevanda magica “Duplicate”.

Screaming Frog URL

Questo report tutte le pagine nonostante contenuti duplicati trovate Screaming Frog la a motivo di hash (effettivamente dubbio paio hash corrispondono, le pagine presentano diligentemente quello compagno basso).

Regolarmente la movente prioritario a motivo di questa tipologia a motivo di duplicazione riguarda l’ a motivo di URL parametrici ed è pressoché per tutta la vita borioso adottare perfettamente il rel canonical per fortuna stabilire questa problematica e guadagnarsi più in là commercio biologico.

Tag Title

Un antecedente condotta per fortuna i contenuti duplicati nonostante Screaming Frog consiste nell’andare a letto nella tab “Page Titles” e separare dal lista a tendina per tutta la vita il bevanda magica “Duplicate”. A questo mettere i punti sulle i il report ci mostrerà tutte le pagine i quali presentano i medesimi tag title.

Regolarmente, le pagine i quali presentano quello compagno tag title sono quelle relative a schede riguardanti il uguale rendita, eppure a causa di bandiera svariati (ad tipo nel quale si crea una scheda rendita per fortuna la t-shirt a motivo di pittura biancastro ed un’altra scheda rendita per fortuna la stessa t-shirt a motivo di pittura scarlatto: effettivamente l’unica discordanza è il pittura, finché le altre caratteristiche sono identiche).

Altresì a causa di questo destino, posteriormente aver stabilito la facciata master (ad tipo la t-shirt bianca), occorre implementare perfettamente il rel canonical sulle altre schede rendita (t-shirt rossa, t-shirt , ecc.) per fortuna stabilire questo impronta a motivo di duplicazione.

Rel Canonical

Le pagine su cui né è implementato il rel canonical sono acconcio quelle i quali principalmente vanno circostanza a duplicazioni. In sperimentare quali pagine del nostro e-commerce né presentano il rel canonical, puoi andare a letto nella tab “Canonical” a motivo di Screaming Frog e separare dal lista a tendina il bevanda magica “Missing”.

Screaming Frog Rel Canonical

A questo mettere i punti sulle i otterrai un indice meticoloso a motivo di pagine i quali né presentano il rel canonical, tag (tab Canonical Link Element 1) i quali intestazione http (HTTP Canonical), i quali potrai divulgare a causa di csv e affaticarsi prontamente per fortuna implementarlo a causa di ogni anno facciata su cui è disattento.

Abbiamo approvazione svariati metodi per fortuna rinvenire i contenuti duplicati nonostante Screaming Frog, eppure questi soltanto visti né sono unici esempi a motivo di basso imitazione i quali presenta ordinariamente un e-commerce. Vediamo, ebbene, appena che ulteriori contenuti duplicati.

Stimare contenuti allora più in là duplicati nonostante Siteliner

Vai su Siteliner.com, inserisci il tuo e-commerce nella a motivo di analisi e clicca sul bottone “Go”.


Il tool impiegherà certi minuti per fortuna esplorare l’indenne e fornirti una insieme a motivo di risultati. Pure quello macchina analizza perfino a 250 URL (finché la adattamento Premium perfino a 25.000 URL), offre in qualsiasi modo una sguardo generale dei contenuti duplicati del tuo e-commerce.

Nella reparto “Your Cima Issues” troverai i problemi i quali Siteliner reputa più in là urgenti. Come il tuo e-commerce presenta contenuti duplicati viene famoso acconcio a causa di questa reparto, appena che nell’tipo riportato, in quale luogo ho cliccato anticamente su “A large amount of duplicate content was found” e dipoi sul link dopo lunghi sforzi del lettera.

Siteliner Your Top Issues

Senza indugio posteriormente, ti verrà mostrato l’indice set delle pagine ordinate a causa di cardine al numeri a motivo di i quali contengono, nonostante la rispettiva guadagno a motivo di basso imitazione e il numeri a motivo di pagine nonostante cui hanno il basso a causa di sociale (nell’tipo riportato la anticamente facciata presenta una guadagno a motivo di basso imitazione del 79% ridetto su 4 pagine).

Siteliner Duplicate Content

Cliccando su ciascun successo, possiamo assistere capillarmente quali sono le porzioni a motivo di basso imitazione e quali pagine presentano tali porzioni confronto alla facciata a motivo di avviamento.

Come riscontri molte pagine nonostante basso imitazione, appena che nell’tipo riportato, torna al report prioritario e, nella elenco a motivo di manca, fai clic su “Download Site Report”. Otterrai un report set e potrai fronteggiare ogni anno quesito a motivo di basso imitazione perfino a nel quale né vengono risolti tutti.

Come riesci ad ammazzare i contenuti duplicati dal tuo e-commerce, hai ottimizzato unito dei fattori centro dal parere SEO.

Case History: E-Commerce a motivo di Arredamento nonostante contenuti duplicati

dei miei Clienti utilizza Magento per fortuna il correlativo e-commerce, eppure né aveva organizzato quiete le categorizzazione dei prodotti.

Realmente aveva universo suppergiù 100 pagine a motivo di classe nonostante contenuti duplicati, per il fatto che diverse categorie presentavano stessi e identici prodotti se no (l’tipo più in là evidente è i quali i divani aveva inseriti sia nella classe “Divani” i quali nella classe “”!).

Dipoi aver capito il quesito, ho stabilito le categorie master e rimosso tutte le altre “categorie clone” accorpandole alle rispettive categorie master (riprendendo l’tipo a motivo di anticamente, ho rimosso la classe “” e lasciata solingo la classe “Divani”).

ho implementato i redirect 301 dalle categorie clone rimosse richiamo le categorie master, per fortuna né ideare problemi a motivo di usabilità (al periodo vi erano svariati link interni richiamo le classe clone) e altresì per fortuna scovare qualche backlink i quali puntava alle categorie clone.

Questo è quegli i quali è favore:

Inizio consulenza SEO ecommerce

Il commercio è aumentato durevolmente a motivo di mese a causa di mese e confronto all’ +34% appena che le entrate a +188% ( 29.000 € a 84.000 €!).

Risultati consulenza SEO ecommerce

Un sobrio SEO audit ha concesso al mio Galoppino a motivo di annoverare le problematiche reali del correlativo , stabilire le duplicazioni sistemiche e correre nelle prime posizioni per fortuna interi gruppi a motivo di centro transazionali per fortuna cui anticamente tempo impercettibile.

Ho lettera questo basso cercando a motivo di la mia perizia sul mezzo a motivo di “scontro”, poi mi piacerebbe mi sa che uso da lui pensi nonostante un interpretazione.

Inventore: Valentino Mea, per fortuna il TagliaBlog. Valentino è un consulente SEO navigato a causa di posizionamento a motivo di siti e-commerce. Sul correlativo professionale Valentinomea.it, al di là di ad devolvere i bagno a motivo di assistenza, condivide la sua perizia nel Search Marketing nonostante articoli didattici e tutorial adatti a tutti i livelli. Nei prossimi mesi uscirà un correlativo trattato intitolato alla SEO per siti e-commerce certo né scemare.

L'scritto Come individuare i contenuti duplicati in un sito E-Commerce proviene TagliaBlog.

When Craig Bradford of Distilled reached out and asked if we’d like to run some SEO experiments Moz using DistilledODN, our reply was an immediate “Yes please!”

If you’magnate not familiar with DistilledODN, it’s a sophisticated platform that allows you to do a number of cool things the SEO space:

  1. Make almost any change to your website through the ODN dashboard. Since the ODN is a cloud platform that sits front of your website (like a CDN) it doesn’t matter how your website is built what CMS it uses. You can change a single page — more likely — entire sections.
  2. The ODN allows you to A/B split these changes and both measure and predict their impact organic traffic. They also have a feature called full-funnel testing allowing you to measure impact both SEO and CRO at the same time.

When you find something that works, you see a positive result like this:

DistilledODN Positive Result

SEO experimentation is great, but almost nobody does it right because it’s impossible to control for other factors. Yes, you updated your title tags, but did Google roll out an update today? Sure, you sped up your site, but did a bunch of spam just link to you?

A/B split testing solves this problem by applying your changes to only a portion of your pages — typically 50% — and measuring the difference between the two groups. Fortunately, the ODN can deploy these changes near-instantly, up to thousands of pages at a time.

It then crunches the numbers and tells you what’s working, not.

Testing Google’s UGC link attribute

For our first , we decided to tackle something simple and fast. Craig suggested looking at Google’s new link attributes, and we were chiuso!

To summarize: Google recently introduced new link attributes for webmasters/SEOs to label links. Those attributes are:

  • rel=”sponsored” – For paid and sponsored links
  • rel=”ugc” – For links user-generated content (UGC)
  • rel=”nofollow” – Remains a catch-all for all followed links

Acceso the Moz blog, all comments links are currently marked “nofollow” — following years of SEO best practices. Google has stated that using the new attributes won’t give you a rankings boost. That said, we wanted to for ourselves if changing these links to “ugc” would impact the rankings/traffic of our blog pages.

To be clear: We are not testing if the pages we link to change rankings, but instead the source page that hosts the link — this case, the blog pages with comments.

Here’s an example of a comment the ODN modified.

UGC Comment

After we set the running, 50% of blog posts had comments with “ugc” links, while 50% kept their original “nofollow” attributes.

Experiment results

We expected a “null” — meaning we wouldn’t see a significant impact.

A causa di fact, that’s exactly what happened.

DistilledODN Null Results

If we detected a significant change, the probability cone at the bottom right would have pointed more dramatically up mongoloide.

A causa di fact, at a 95% confidence interval, the predicted traffic would either fall 26,000 visits/month gain 9,300 visits/month.

Hence, a null result.

This validates Google’s statements that using the “ugc” attribute won’t give you a ranking boost.

What should Moz next?

While “null” tests aren’t as fun as a positive result, we have a lot of cool A/B SEO testing ahead of us.

The great thing is we can now out changes with the ODN, and when we find one that works, pass that to our developers to make the changes permanently. This cuts mongoloide needless development work and stops the guessing gioco.

We have a Trello board set up for ideas, and we’d love to add some community ideas to the . The ODN is currently running the Moz Blog and Q&A, so anything these site sections is fair gioco.

We’magnate also looking at experiments where we use Moz giorno to inform these decisions. For example, a Moz Pro crawl identified that the Moz Blog titles currently use H2 tags instead of H1. Google recently indicated this likely shouldn’t impact rankings, but wouldn’t it be good to ?

Missing H1 Tags

What wild/clever/ridiculous/obvious SEO things should we ? With each good , we’ll publish the results. Leave your ideas the comments below.

thanks to the Distilled Team, including Will Critchlow and Tom Anthony, for embarking this journey with us.

And if you’d like to learn more about DistilledODN and SEO split testing general, this post is highly recommended.

A trend we’ve been noticing at Go Fish Digital is that more and more of our clients have been using the Shopify platform. While we initially thought this was just a coincidence, we can see that the giorno tells a different story:

Graph Of Shopify Usage Statistics

The Shopify platform is now more popular than ever. Looking at BuiltWith usage statistics, we can see that usage of the CMS has more than doubled since July 2017. Currently, 4.47% of the culmine 10,000 sites are using Shopify.

Since we’ve worked with a good amount of Shopify stores, we wanted to share our process for common SEO improvements we help our clients with. The guide below should outline some common adjustments we make Shopify stores.

What is Shopify SEO?

Shopify SEO simply means SEO improvements that are more unique to Shopify than other sites. While Shopify stores poiché with some useful things for SEO, such as a blog and the ability to redirect, it can also create SEO issues such as duplicate content. Some of the most common Shopify SEO recommendations are:

  • Remove duplicate URLs from internal linking architecture
  • Remove duplicate paginated URLs
  • Create blog content for keywords with informational intent
  • Add “Product,” “Article,” & “BreadcrumbList” structured giorno
  • Determine how to handle product variant pages
  • Compress images using crush.pics
  • Remove unnecessary Shopify apps

We’ll go into how we handle each of these recommendations below:

Duplicate content

Per mezzo di terms of SEO, duplicate content is the highest priority issue we’ve seen created by Shopify. Duplicate content occurs when either duplicate ora similar content exists two separate URLs. This creates issues for search engines as they might not be able to determine which of the two pages should be the canonical version. culmine of this, often times link signals are split between the pages.

We’ve seen Shopify create duplicate content per several different ways:

  1. Duplicate product pages
  2. Duplicate collections pages through pagination

Duplicate product pages

Shopify creates this issue within their product pages. By default, Shopify stores allow their /products/ pages to render at two different URL paths:

  • Canonical URL path: /products/
  • Né-canonical URL path: /collections/.*/products/

Shopify accounts for this by ensuring that all /collections/.*/products/ pages include a canonical tag to the associated /products/ page. Notice how the URL per the address differs from the “canonical” field:

URL In Address Bar Is Different Than Canonical Link

While this certainly helps Google consolidate the duplicate content, a more alarming issue occurs when you at the internal linking structure. By default, Shopify will link to the non-canonical version of all of your product pages.

Shopify collection page links to non-canonical URLs

As well, we’ve also seen Shopify link to the non-canonical versions of URLs when websites utilize “swatch” internal links that point to other color variants.

Thus, Shopify creates your entire site architecture around non-canonical links by default. This creates a high-priority SEO issue because the website is sending Google conflicting signals:

  1. “Here are the pages we internally link to the most often”
  2. “However, the pages we link to the most often are not the URLs we actually want to be ranking per Google. Please index these other URLs with few internal links”

While canonical tags are usually respected, remember Google does treat these as hints instead of directives. This means that you’sire relying Google to make a judgement about whether ora not the content is duplicate each time that it crawls these pages. We prefer not to leave this up to chance, especially when dealing with content at scale.

Adjusting internal linking structure

Fortunately, there is a relatively easy dose for this. We’ve been able to work with our dev team to adjust the code in the product.grid-item.liquid file. Following those instructions will allow your Shopify site’s collections pages to point to the canonical /product/ URLs.

Duplicate collections pages

As well, we’ve seen many Shopify sites that create duplicate content through the site’s pagination. More specifically, a duplicate is created of the first collections page per a particular series. This is because once you’sire a paginated URL per a series, the link to the first page will contain “?page=1”:

First page in Shopify pagination links to ?page=1 link

However, this will almost always be a duplicate page. A URL with “?page=1” will almost always contain the same content as the original non-parameterized URL. Once again, we recommend having a developer adjust the internal linking structure so that the first paginated result points to the canonical page.

Product variant pages

While this is technically an extension of Shopify’s duplicate content from above, we thought this warranted its own section because this isn’t necessarily always an SEO issue.

It’s not uncommon to see Shopify stores where multiple product URLs are created for the same product with slight variations. Per mezzo di this case, this can create duplicate content issues as often times the cuore product is the same, but only a slight attribute (color for instance) changes. This means that multiple pages can exist with duplicate/similar product descriptions and images. Here is an example of duplicate pages created by a variant: https://recordit.co/x6YRPkCDqG

If left aureola, this once again creates an instance of duplicate content. However, variant URLs do not have to be an SEO issue. Per mezzo di fact, some sites could benefit from these URLs as they allow you to have indexable pages that could be optimized for very specific terms. Whether ora not these are beneficial is going to differ every site. Some key questions to ask yourself are:

  • Do your customers perform queries based variant phrases?
  • Do you have the resources to create unique content for all of your product variants?
  • Is this content unique enough to stand its own?

For a more in-depth guide, Jenny Halasz wrote a great article determining the best course of action for product variations. If your Shopify store contains product variants, than it’s worth determining early whether ora not these pages should exist at a separate URL. If they should, then you should create unique content for every one and optimize each for that variant’s target keywords.

Crawling and indexing

After analyzing quite a few Shopify stores, we’ve found some SEO items that are unique to Shopify when it comes to crawling and indexing. Since this is very often an important component of e-commerce SEO, we thought it would be good to share the ones that apply to Shopify.

Robots.txt file

A very important note is that per Shopify stores, you cannot adjust the robots.txt file. This is stated per their official help documentation. While you can add the “noindex” to pages through the theme.liquid, this is not as helpful if you want to prevent Google from crawling your content all together.

An example robots.txt file in Shopify

Here are some sections of the site that Shopify will disallow crawling per:

  • Admin complesso
  • Checkout
  • Orders
  • Shopping cart
  • Internal search
  • Policies page

While it’s nice that Shopify creates some default disallow commands for you, the fact that you cannot adjust the robots.txt file can be very limiting. The robots.txt is probably the easiest way to control Google’s of your site as it’s extremely easy to update and allows for a lot of flexibility. You might need to try other methods of adjusting Google’s such as “nofollow” ora canonical tags.

Adding the “noindex” tag

While you cannot adjust the robots.txt, Shopify does allow you to add the “noindex” tag. You can exclude a specific page from the index by adding the following code to your theme.liquid file.

{% if template contains 'search' %}
< name="robots" content="noindex">
{% endif %}

As well, if you want to exclude an entire template, you can use this code:

{% if handle contains 'page-handle-you-want-to-exclude' %}
< name="robots" content="noindex">
{% endif %}


Shopify does allow you to implement redirects out-of-the-box, which is great. You can use this for consolidating old/expired pages ora any other content that risposta negativa longer exists. You can do this by going to Online Store > Navigation > URL Redirects.

So far, we havn’t found a way to implement global redirects distante Shopify. This means that your redirects will likely need to be 1:1.

Loch files

Similar to the robots.txt, it’s important to note that Shopify does not provide you with file information. This has been confirmed by Shopify support.

Structured giorno

Product structured giorno

Overall, Shopify does a pretty good job with structured giorno. Many Shopify themes should contain “Product” markup out-of-the-box that provides Google with key information such as your product’s name, description, price etc. This is probably the highest priority structured giorno to have any e-commerce site, so it’s great that many themes do this for you.

Shopify sites might also benefit from expanding the Product structured giorno to collections pages as well. This involves adding the Product structured giorno to define each individual product link per a product listing page. The good folks at Distilled recommend including this structured data on category pages.

Every product in Shopify collections page marked up with Product structured data

Article structured giorno

As well, if you use Shopify’s blog functionality, you should use “Article” structured giorno. This is a fantastic sistema type that lets Google know that your blog content is more editorial per nature. We’ve seen that Google seems to pull content with “Article” structured giorno into platforms such as Google Discover and the “Interesting Finds” sections per the SERPs. Ensuring your content contains this structured giorno may increase the chances your site’s content is included per these sections.

BreadcrumbList structured giorno

Finally, one addition that we routinely add to Shopify sites are breadcrumb internal links with BreadcrumbList structured giorno. We believe breadcrumbs are crucial to any e-commerce site, as they provide users with easy-to-use internal links that indicate where they’sire at within the hierarchy of a website. As well, these breadcrumbs can help Google better understand the website’s structure. We typically suggest adding site breadcrumbs to Shopify sites and marking those up with BreadcrumbList structured data to help Google better understand those internal links.

Bed 3 research

Performing bed 19 research for Shopify stores will be very similar to the research you would perform for other e-commerce stores.

Some general ways to generate keywords are:

  • your bed 19 giorno from Google AdWords. Track and optimize for those that generate the most revenue for the site.
  • Research your AdWords keywords that have high conversion rates. Even if the tono is lower, a high conversion rate indicates that this bed 19 is more transactional.
  • Review the keywords the site currently gets clicks/impressions for per Google Search Pannello di controllo.
  • Research your high priority keywords and generate new ideas using Moz’s Keyword Explorer.
  • Run your competitors through tools like Ahrefs. Using the “Content Squilibrio” report, you can find bed 19 opportunities where competitor sites are ranking but yours is not.
  • If you have keywords that use similar modifiers, you can use MergeWords to automatically generate a large variety of bed 19 variations.

Bed 3 optimization

Similar to Yoast SEO, Shopify does allow you to optimize key elements such as your title tags, descriptions, and URLs. Where possible, you should be using your target keywords per these elements.

To adjust these elements, you simply need to navigate to the page you wish to adjust and scroll to “Search Engine Listing Preview”:

Optimization Options For Metadata in Shopify

Adding content to product pages

If you decide that each individual product should be indexed, ideally you’ll want to add unique content to each page. Initially, your Shopify products may not have unique on-page content associated with them. This is a common issue for Shopify stores, as oftentimes the same descriptions are used across multiple products ora risposta negativa descriptions are present. Adding product descriptions with on-page best practices will give your products the best chance of ranking per the SERPs.

However, we understand that it’s time-consuming to create unique content for every product that you offer. With clients per the past, we’ve taken a targeted approach as to which products to optimize first. We like to use the “Sales By Product” report which can help prioritize which are the most important products to start adding content to. You can find this report per Analytics > Dashboard > Products By Units Sold.

Shopify revenue by product report

By taking this approach, we can quickly identify some of the highest priority pages per the store to optimize. We can then work with a copywriter to start creating content for each individual product. Also, keep per mind that your product descriptions should always be written from a user-focused view. Writing about the features of the product they care about the most will give your site the best chance at improving both conversions and SEO.

Shopify blog

Shopify does include the ability to create a blog, but we often see this missing from a large number of Shopify stores. It makes sense, as revenue is the primary rete of an e-commerce site, so the initial build of the site is product-focused.

However, we per an epoca where it’s getting harder and harder to rank product pages per Google. For instance, the below screenshot illustrates the culmine 3 organic results for the term “cloth diapers”:

SERP for "cloth diaper" keyword.

While many would assume that this is primarily a transactional query, we’sire seeing Google is ranking two articles and a single product listing page per the culmine three results. This is just one instance of a major trend we’ve seen where Google is starting to prefer to rank more informational content above transactional.

By excluding a blog from a Shopify store, we think this results per a huge missed opportunity for many businesses. The inclusion of a blog allows you to have a natural place where you can create this informational content. If you’sire seeing that Google is ranking more blog/article types of content for the keywords mapped to your Shopify store, your best bet is to go out and create that content yourself.

If you run a Shopify store (ora any e-commerce site), we would urge you to take the following few steps:

  1. Identify your highest priority keywords
  2. Manually perform a Google query for each one
  3. Make note of the types of content Google is ranking the first page. Is it primarily informational, transactional, ora a mescolanza of both?
  4. If you’sire seeing primarily mixed ora informational content, evaluate your own content to see if you have any that matches the user intent. If so, improve the quality and optimize.
  5. If you do not have this content, consider creating new blog content around informational topics that seems to fulfill the user intent

As an example, we have a client that was interested per ranking for the term “CRM software,” an extremely competitive bed 19. When analyzing the SERPs, we found that Google was ranking primarily informational pages about “What Is CRM Software?” Since they only had a product page that highlighted their specific CRM, we suggested the client create a more informational page that talked generally about what CRM software is and the benefits it provides. After creating and optimizing the page, we soon saw a significant increase per organic traffic (credit to Ally Mickler):

The issue that we see many Shopify sites is that there is very little informational pages despite the fact that those perform well per the search engines. Most Shopify sites should be using the blogging platform, as this will provide an avenue to create informational content that will result per organic traffic and revenue.


Similar to WordPress’s plugins, Shopify offers “Apps” that allow you to add advanced functionality to your site without having to manually adjust the code. However, unlike WordPress, most of the Shopify Apps you’ll find are paid. This will require either a one-time ora monthly fee.

Shopify apps for SEO

While your best bet is likely teaming up with a developer who’s comfortable with Shopify, here are some Shopify apps that can help improve the SEO of your site.

  • Crush.pics: A great automated way of compressing large image files. Crucial for most Shopify sites as many of these sites are heavily image-based.
  • JSON-LD for SEO: This app may be used if you do not have a Shopify developer who is able to add custom structured giorno to your site.
  • Smart SEO: An app that can add tags, ordine di arresto tags, & JSON-LD
  • Yotpo Reviews: This app can help you add product reviews to your site, making your content eligible for rich review stars per the SERPs.

Is Yoast SEO available for Shopify?

Yoast SEO is exclusively a WordPress plugin. There is currently risposta negativa Yoast SEO Shopify App.

Limiting your Shopify apps

Similar to WordPress plugins, Shopify apps will inject additional code onto your site. This means that adding a large number of apps can slow the site. Shopify sites are especially susceptible to bloat, as many apps are focused improving conversions. Often times, these apps will add more JavaScript and CSS files which can hurt page load times. You’ll want to be sure that you regularly audit the apps you’sire using and remove any that are not adding value ora being utilized by the site.

Client results

We’ve seen pretty good success per our clients that use Shopify stores. Below you can find some of the results we’ve been able to achieve for them. However, please note that these case studies do not just include the recommendations above. For these clients, we have used a combination of some of the recommendations outlined above as well as other SEO initiatives.

Per mezzo di one example, we worked with a Shopify store that was interested per ranking for very competitive terms surrounding the main product their store focused . We evaluated their culmine performing products per the “Sales by product” report. This resulted per a large effort to work with the client to add new content to their product pages as they were not initially optimized. This combined with other initiatives has helped improve their first page rankings by 113 keywords (credit to Jennifer Wright & LaRhonda Sparrow).

Graph of first-page keyword rankings over time

Per mezzo di another instance, a client came to us with an issue that they were not ranking for their branded keywords. Instead, third-party retailers that also carried their products were often outranking them. We worked with them to adjust their internal linking structure to point to the canonical pages instead of the duplicate pages created by Shopify. We also optimized their content to better utilize the branded terminology relevant pages. As a result, they’ve seen a nice increase per overall rankings per just several months time.

Graph of total ranking improvements over time.

Moving forward

As Shopify usage continues to grow, it will be increasingly important to understand the SEO implications that poiché with the platform. Hopefully, this guide has provided you with additional knowledge that will help make your Shopify store stronger per the search engines.

Featured snippets are still the best way to take up capofila SERP real , and they seem to be changing all the time. Today, Britney Muller shares the results of the latest Moz research into featured snippet trends and giorno, plus some fantastic tips and tricks for winning your own.

(And we just can’t resist — if this whets your appetite for all things featured snippet, save your spot in Britney’s upcoming webinar with even more exclusive giorno and takeaways!)

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Hey, Moz fans. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday.

Today we’signore talking about all things featured snippets, so what are they, what sort of research have we discovered about them recently, and what can you take back to the office to target them and effectively basically steal search results.

What is a featured snippet?

So to be clear, what is a featured snippet?

If you were to do a search for “are crocs edible,” you would see a featured snippet like this:

Essentially, it’s giving you information about your search and citing a website. This isn’t to be confused with an answer box, where it’s just an answer and there’s voto negativo citation. If you were to search how many days are February, Google will probably just tell you 28 and there’s voto negativo citation. That’s an answer box as opposed to a featured snippet.

Need-to-know discoveries about featured snippets

Now what have we recently discovered about featured snippets?

23% of all search result pages include a featured snippet

Well, we know that they’signore 23% of all search result pages. That’s wild. This is up over 165% since 2016.

We know that they’signore growing.

There are 5 general types of featured snippets

We know that Google continues to provide more and more different spaces, and we also know that there are five general types of featured snippets:

  1. Paragraph
  2. List
  3. Table
  4. Televisione
  5. Accordion

The most common that we see are the paragraph and the list. The list can che numerical format ora bullets.

But we also see tables and then televisione. The televisione is interesting because it will just show a specific section of a televisione that it thinks you need to consume order to get your answer, which is always interesting.

Lately, we have started noticing accordions, and we’signore not sure if they’signore testing this ora if it might be rolled out. But they’signore a lot like People Also Ask boxes that they expand and almost show you additional featured snippets, which is fascinating.

Paragraphs (50%) and lists (37%) are the most common types of featured snippets

Another important thing to take away is that we know paragraphs and lists are the most common, and we can see that here. Fifty percent of all featured snippet results are paragraphs. Thirty-seven percent are lists. It’s a ton. Then it kind of whittles mongoloide from there. Nine percent are tables, and then just under two percent are televisione and under two percent are accordion. Kind of good to know.

Half of all featured snippets are part of a carousel

Interestingly, half of all featured snippets are part of a carousel. What we mean by a carousel is when you see these sort of circular options within a featured snippet at the bottom.

So if you were to search for I think this was comfortable shoes, you have options for women is a circular carousel button, for work, and stylish. What happens when you click these is it recalibrates that featured snippet and changes it into what you clicked. So it starts to get very, very niche. You might have started with this very general search, and Google is basically begging you to refine what it is that you’signore looking for. It’s very, very interesting and something to keep mind.

People Also Ask boxes are 93.8% of featured snippet SERPs

We also know that people also ask boxes are 93.8% of featured snippet SERPs, meaning they’signore almost always present when there’s a featured snippet, which is fascinating. I think there’s a lot of good giorno we can get from these People Also Ask questions to kind of seed your bed 21 research and better understand what it is people are looking for.

“Are Crocs supposed to be worn with socks?” It’s a very important question. You have to understand this stuff.

Informational sites are winning

We see that the sites that are providing finance information and educational information are doing extremely well the featured snippet space. So again, something to keep mind.

Be a detective and saggio!

You should always be exploring the snippets that you might want to rank for.

  • Where is it grabbing from the page?
  • What sort of markup is it?

Start being a detective and looking at all those things. So now to kind of the good stuff.

How to win featured snippets

What is it that you can specifically do to potentially win a featured snippet?

These are sort of the four boiled mongoloide steps I’ve che up with to help you with that.

1. Know which featured snippet keywords you rank page one for

So number one is to know which featured snippet keywords your site already ranks for. It’s really easy to do Keyword Explorer at Moz.

Animated gif of using Keyword Explorer to search crocs.com

So if you search by root domain and you just put your website into Moz Bed 19 Explorer, it will show you all of the ranking keywords for that specific domain.

From there, you can filter by ranking ora by range, from 1 to 10:

What are those keywords that you currently rank 1 to 10 ?

Then you add those keywords to a list. Once they populate your list, you can filter by a featured snippet.

This is sort of the good stuff. This is your playground. This is where your opportunities are. It gets really fun from here.

2. Know your searchers’ intent

Number two is to know your searchers’ intent.

If one of your keywords was “Halloween condotta DIY” and the search result page was all televisione and images and content that was very visual, you have to provide visual content to compete with an intent like that.

There’s obviously an intent behind the search where people want to see what it is and help that process. It’s a personaggio part of crafting content to rank search results but also featured snippets. Know the intent.

3. Provide succinct answers and content

Number three, provide succinct answers and content. Omit needless words. We see Google providing short, concise information, especially for voice results. We know that’s the way to go, so I highly suggest doing that.

4. Monitor featured snippet targets

Number four, monitor those featured snippet targets, whether you’signore actively trying to target them ora you currently have them. STAT provides really, really great alerts. You can actually get an email notification if you lose ora win a featured snippet. It’s one of the easiest ways I’ve discovered to keep track of all of these things.

Giovamento tip: Add a tl;dr summary

A tip is to add a “too long, didn’t read” summary to your most popular pages.

You already know the content that most people che to your site for ora maybe the content that does the best your conversions, whatever that might be. If you can provide summarized content about that page, just key takeaways ora whatever that might be at the tetto ora at the bottom, you could potentially rank for all sorts of featured snippets. So really, really cool, easy stuff to kind of play around with and saggio.

Want more tips and tricks? We’ve got a webinar for that!

Lastly, for more tips and tricks, you should totally sign up for the featured snippet webinar that we’signore doing. I’m hosting it a couple weeks.

Save my spot!

I know spots are limited, but we’ll be sharing all of the research that we’ve discovered and even more takeaways and tricks. So hopefully you enjoyed that, and I appreciate you watching this Whiteboard Friday.

Keep me posted any of your featured snippet battles ora what you’signore trying to get ora any struggles mongoloide below the comments. I forward to seeing you all again soon. Thank you so much for joining me. I’ll see you next time.

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Backlinks are links from a page acceso one website to another. If someone links to your site, then you have a backlink from them. If you link to another website, then they have a backlink from you.

For example, these words link to YouTube, so they now have a backlink from us.

this guide, you’ll learn:


 If one page links to another acceso the same website, that’s known as an internal backlink.

Backlinks help with three main things.

1. Rankings

Search engines like Google see backlinks as votes of confidence. Generally speaking, the more votes your web pages have, the more likely they are to rank for relevant search queries.

How do we know? We’ve studied link-based ranking factors acceso a few occasions and always find the same thing: the number of backlinks from unique websites (referring domains) correlates strongly with organic search traffic.

referring domains vs organic search traffic ahrefs content explorer 1

2. Discoverability

Search engines find new content by revisiting pages they already know about to check for new links.

Because search engines revisit popular pages more often than unpopular ones, they may discover your content faster if you get backlinks from popular pages.

3. Referral traffic

Backlinks exist to point people to useful resources. That’s why they’magnate clickable.

When someone clicks acceso a link to your website, you get referral traffic.

Not all backlinks are created equal. Here are some of the many attributes that contribute to a backlink’s quality and utility.


Google places more value acceso relevant backlinks because people are more likely to click acceso them. This is something they talk about quanto a their “reasonable surfer” patent.

What does this mean quanto a real terms? If a plumber has backlinks from two pages, one about cats and one about installing boilers, chances are the latter is most valuable.

This proposito also plays out at the domain level.

Readers of plumbing.com are more likely to click acceso a link to a plumber’s website than readers of cats.com.


Backlinks from strong web pages usually transfer more “authority” than those from weak ones.

Page-level authority is something we’ve studied a few times, and we’ve found a clear relationship between it and organic traffic.

Ur vs search traffic 3


 URL Rating (UR) is Ahrefs’ page-level authority metric. It’s scored acceso a scale from 0–100.

That said, backlinks from strong pages don’t always transfer more authority.

Google’s original patent states that authority is split equally between all outbound links acceso a web page. So if you have backlinks from two pages and one has more outbound links than the other, then, all else being equal, the link from the page with fewer outbound links transfers more authority.

Are things that simple these days? Probably not. Google has a fair number of patents describing various methods for assigning value to backlinks.

Furthermore, internal backlinks also contribute to a page’s authority.


Backlinks from high-traffic pages will usually send you more referral traffic than those from low-traffic pages. That’s obvious. The real question is whether backlinks from high-traffic pages positively affect rankings more than those from low-traffic pages?

This is a question we recently tried to answer. We took the top-ranking pages for 44,589 non-branded keywords and looked at organic traffic to the pages that link to them.

Here’s what we found:
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Long story short, there’s a small but clear correlation between rankings and backlinks from pages with organic search traffic. However, the sheer number of backlinks from unique websites (referring domains) and page-level authority aspetto to be more important.


Because people are more likely to click prominently-placed links, some links acceso web pages likely pass more authority than others.

Bill Slawski talks about this quanto a his analysis of Google’s updated “reasonable surfer” patent.

If a link is quanto a the main content luogo of a page, uses a font and color that might make it stand out, and uses text that may make it something likely that someone might click upon it, then it could pass along a fair amount of PageRank. the other hand, if it combines features that make it less likely to be clicked upon, such as being quanto a the footer of a page, quanto a the same color text as the rest of the text acceso that page, and the same font type, and uses anchor text that doesn’t interest people, it may not pass along a lot of PageRank.

Bill Slawski

Consider this when pursuing links. If your link will likely end up quanto a the site’s footer, ora along with fifty other sites quanto a the sidebar, then put your energy into other opportunities.

Followed vs. nofollowed

Nofollowed backlinks don’t usually influence the linked page’s rankings—although they can.

Because link building takes time and effort, it’s best to prioritize getting followed links. Just don’t kick up a fuss if you get a nofollowed link. It may still have some SEO value.

Recommended reading: What Is a Nofollow Link? Everything You Need to Know

Anchor text

Anchor text refers to the clickable words that form a backlink.

Google says that anchor text influences rankings quanto a their original patent.

Google employs a number of techniques to improve search quality including page rank, anchor text, and proximity information.

That said, when we studied the relationship between anchor text and rankings across 384,614 pages, the correlations were weak.

So while anchor text does matter, it’s not as important as other things.


 If you’magnate building backlinks through outreach, you won’t usually have much control over the anchor text used when linking to your site. That’s a good thing. It helps keep things natural and is also a sign that the link you’ve acquired is of a certain quality.

There are two ways to check a website ora web page’s backlinks. The first method only works for sites that you own. Use the second to check backlinks to another website ora web page.

Checking backlinks quanto a Google Search Pannello di controllo

Google Search Console gives you about your website’s organic search traffic and overall stato. It’s free to use—just sign up for a free account and verify ownership of your website.

Once signed quanto a, click “Links” acceso the sidebar.

The number below “External links” shows the total number of unique backlinks to the website.

search console links 1

Below this are three reports.

  • Culmine linked pages: The most linked pages acceso your website.
  • Culmine linking sites: The sites with the most backlinks to your website.
  • Culmine linking text: The most frequently used anchors when linking to your website.

If you’magnate new to Search Pannello di controllo, start with the Culmine linked pages report.
top linked pages 1

Then click acceso any URL to see the websites linking to a specific page.

top sites linking to page 1

Then click acceso any website to see which of its pages link to that page.

top linking pages 1

Checking backlinks using a third-party backlink checker

To check backlinks to a website that you don’t own, use a tool like Ahrefs’ free backlink checker.

Just enter a domain ora URL, and “Check backlinks.”

You’ll see the total number of backlinks and referring domains (links from unique websites), plus the cima 100 backlinks.

free backlink checker 1

For each backlink, you’ll see a few details, including:

  • Referring page: The page linking to the target.
  • Domain Rating (DR): The strength of the linking website.
  • URL Rating (UR): The strength of the linking web page.
  • Traffic: The total estimated monthly organic search traffic to the linking page.
  • Anchor and backlink. The anchor and surrounding link text.


 Our free backlink checker shows only one backlink secondo domain.

To see the five most frequently used anchors, check the “Culmine 5 anchors” report.

top 5 anchors 1

To see the five most linked pages, check the “Culmine 5 pages” report.

top 5 pages 1


 The Culmine 5 pages report only works if you’magnate analyzing a domain, not a web page.

To see a full list of backlinks for any page ora website, use Ahrefs Site Explorer.

There are three ways to get more backlinks: create them, earn them, ora build them.

Earning backlinks

This is when people discover your content passaggio search engines like Google, social mass-media, ora word of mouth, and choose to link to your page. order words, earned backlinks are organic.

You can improve your chances of earning more backlinks by creating truly useful content that people should want to link to.

Creating backlinks

This is when you manually add links to your site from other websites. Examples include submitting to business directories, leaving blog comments, and replying to threads.

Building backlinks

This is when you reach out to other site owners, editors, ora webmasters and ask them to link to your page. For this to work, you need to have a clear value proposition. That’s where link building tactics in che modo quanto a.

Here are a few tried and tested ones:

  • Guest blogging: Offer to write a one-off post for another website.
  • Broken link building: Find relevant dead links acceso other sites, then reach out and suggest your working link as the replacement.
  • The Skyscraper Technique: Find relevant content with lots of links, make something better, then ask those linking to the original to link to you instead.
  • Unlinked mentions: Find unlinked mentions of your brand, then ask the author to make the mention clickable.

Learn more about these tactics and others quanto a the and posts below.


Final thoughts

Backlinks are important when it comes to ranking quanto a search engines like Google. That said, not all backlinks are created equal. Relevance, placement, and other attributes all contribute to a link’s quality and utility.

As a general rule of thumb, the easier it is to get a link, the less valuable it’ll be.

Looking to get started with link building? Read our noob-friendly guide ora watch this:


Got questions? Leave a comment ora ping me on Twitter.

If you want a quick overview of culmine SEO metrics for any domain, today we’campione officially launching a new free tool for you: Domain Analysis.

New Domain Analysis tool

One thing Moz does extremely well is SEO giorno: giorno that consistently sets industry standards and is respected both for its size (35 trillion links, 500 million bed 10 corpus) and its accuracy. We’campione talking things like Domain Authority, Spam Score, Keyword Difficulty, and more, which are used by tens of thousands of SEOs across the globe.

With Domain Analysis, we wanted to combine this giorno quanto a one place, and quickly show it to people without the need of creating a login signing up for an account.

The tool is free, and showcases a preview of many culmine SEO metrics quanto a one place, including:

  1. Domain Authority
  2. Linking Root Domains
  3. # of Ranking Keywords
  4. Spam Score
  5. Pages
  6. Linking Domains
  7. Discovered and Lost Links
  8. Keywords by Estimated Clicks (new)
  9. Ranking Keywords
  10. Featured Snippets (new)
  11. Branded Keywords (new)
  12. Bed 20 Ranking Distribution
  13. Search Competitors (new)
  14. Search Questions (new)

Many of these metrics are previews that you can explore more in-depth using Moz tools such as Link Explorer and Keyword Explorer.

New experimental metrics

Domain Analysis includes a number of new, experimental metrics not available anywhere else. These are metrics developed by our search scientist Dr. Pete Meyers that we’campione interested quanto a exploring because we believe they are useful to SEO. Those metrics include:

Keywords by Estimated Clicks

You know your competitor ranks #1 for a bed 10, but how many clicks does that generate for them? Keywords by Estimate Clicks uses ranking position, search opera, and estimated click-through rate (CTR) to estimate just how many clicks each bed 10 generates for that website.

Featured Snippets

Search results with featured snippets can be very different than those without, as whoever “wins” the featured snippet at position niente can expect outsized clicks and attention. These are potentially valuable keywords. Featured Snippets tells you which keywords a site ranks for that triggers a featured snippet, and also whether not that site owns the snippet.

Branded Keywords

Branded keywords are a type of navigational query quanto a which users are searching for a particular site. These can be some of the website’s most valuable keywords. Typically, it’s very — for anyone outside of Google — to accurately know what a site’s branded keywords actually are. Using some nifty computations quanto a our database, here you’ll find the highest opera keywords reflecting the site’s brand. Cool, right?

Search Competitors

Knowing who your culmine search competitors are is important for any serious SEO competitive analysis. Sadly, most people simply guess. You may know who competes for your favorite bed 10, but what happens when you rank for hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands of keywords? Fortunately, we can comb through our vast database and make these calculations for you. Search Competitors shows you the competitors that compete for the same keywords as this domain, ranked by visibility.


People Also Ask” have become a ubiquitous feature of Google search results, and represent a good starting point for bed 10 research and topic optimization. Questions shows questions mined from People Also Ask boxes for relevant keywords.

Top Questions

A few agenda about the new Domain Analysis tool:

  1. The tool is 100% free
  2. Limited to 3 reports/day
  3. Moz Utile users get unlimited reports
  4. Experimental metrics are just that. These are not (yet) available quanto a Moz Utile.
  5. Metrics are meant to give you a quick overview of any domain. If you want to dive deeper for further analysis, we suggest signing up for a Moz Pro account

Also, we’campione looking for feedback! What do you think of the new Domain Analysis Tool? Let us know quanto a the comments below.

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p.s. thanks to Casey Coates, our smart-as-heck dev who put much of this together.