Does "fresh content" help with SEO?

You may have heard the search engines like "fresh content." In other words, that you'll drive more traffic if you publish more content more frequently. All things being equal that's true; publish 10 pieces of content and you'll get more traffic than publishing 5 pieces of the exact same quality. I'm using the term "quality" […]

The Trouble with Attribution

Two weeks ago I bought an Apple Watch. Here's how it happened… I was browsing my favorite website one day and saw an ad for an "Apple Watch." I was totally unfamiliar with the Apple brand and had never heard of their watch, so I clicked the ad purely out of curiosity. I landed on […]

The 2018 Ultimate Guide to Meta Descriptions (+ action plan)

Meta descriptions are simple. They seem complex, but they’re not.

Meta descriptions are simple. They seem complex, but they’re not. They seem complex because there are lots of little details to worry about and nobody really distills it down to the simplest instructions that tell you exactly what to do. So I’m going to do that with this guide. I'm going to take the rare […]

Keyword Intent: The Ultimate Resource List

Everything you need to know to use keyword intent to dominate in the era of "New Google"

What is keyword intent? When people talk about intent, they're generally referring to one of two concepts: The high-level classification of a searcher's goal: Is it navigational, informational, commercial, or transactional? This is the traditional meaning of intent. The specific goal of the search: For example, when someone searches "basketball," are they looking to buy a […]

Surprise! The 4 Most Crucial Components of Website Design

Companies are designing websites all wrong. Here's why the process should be reversed.

Let's say you're having a website redesigned. What are the main things you're focused on? For most companies, the process looks something like this: Look through design portfolios to narrow the selection. Contact those firms to get pricing information. Narrow the choices to a few contenders and speak with each of them. Hire one. Communicate information about […]

AdWords: When a lower ad position is better

Why reducing your bids on AdWords can help you save quite a bit of money under the right circumstances.

I'm often asked by clients why our AdWords ads aren't showing up at the very top. My answer is: Sometimes it's far more profitable to show up further down the page. Let's say you have a product / service with a long sales cycle. It's heavily researched by your customers. They compile lists of every option that appeals […]

20 Awesome Web Design Companies in Cincinnati

Looking for a web design company? You should read this article on what's really important first. Then come back to this list. There are close to 100 web design companies in the Cincinnati area, but more impressive is the diversity of these companies. For instance, within the Greater Cincinnati area, you’ll find a web design […]

Ultimate Guide to Content Marketing for Local SEO

A step-by-step guide to crafting local SEO content that ranks in the search engines.

Why is local SEO important? Local SEO is more important than ever. Google recently announced that  with more people using mobile devices than desktops for search, it was going to make its index mobile-first. Mobile users typically search for information that's relevant to where they are (or plan to be). In other words, local information. […]

Watch What Happens When We Change the Dates on Our Blog Posts

Does post date recency affect organic search traffic?

We switched all our blog post dates to Aug 8, 2014. A week later, organic traffic was up 45% and direct traffic was up 62%. Here's what happened, why I think it happened, and how you should handle blog post dates for SEO. We launched a new website design a few months ago. Somewhere along the line […]

Determine Keyword Intent with this Quick Checklist

If you're going to craft content that ranks, you need to understand intent. Use Google AdWords along with this checklist to help you figure it out.

The first step in crafting content that ranks is determining the intent behind a particular search term. If you aren't familiar with the concept of "intent," check out this giant list of resources to help you understand keyword intent. So, let's say I search "basketball." Is my intent to watch basketball, play basketball, learn the rules to basketball, or buy […]