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The state of HTTPS in 2018: Why should you migrate?

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People rarely take SEO recommendations seriously, especially when there are no direct repercussions of not following them on the horizon. So, when in 2014 Google confirmed HTTPS as a ranking signal – that is, recommended that all websites should migrate to HTTPS for the sake of their users’ security – few website owners …

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An SEO’s survival guide to Single Page Applications (SPAs)

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SEOs beware: if you haven’t heard of Single Page Applications (SPA for short), or if you have been resistant to learning about these JavaScript methods for creating websites, the time for hiding your head in the sand is over. Check out this tweet from Google Webmaster Trends Analyst John Mueller: …

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The SEO’s essential guide to web technology

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As an SEO professional, your role will invariably lead you to interactions with people in a wide variety of roles including business owners, marketing managers, content creators, link builders, PR agencies, and developers. That last one – developers – is a catch-all term that can encompass software engineers, coders, programmers, …

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Overcoming 4 black hat SEO techniques that spammers and scammers use to harm your search rankings

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This might come as an utter shock, but not everyone on the web plays by the rules. The dark side of SEO can be particularly crippling to a business if they aren’t aware of how to fight back. All those algorithms Google and other search engines use to identify sites …

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Understanding click-through rate (CTR) in the context of search satisfaction

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Click-through rate (CTR) has historically been an important factor in gauging the quality of results in information retrieval tasks. In SEO, there has long been a notion that Google uses a metric called Time-To-Long-Click (TTLC), first noted in 2013 by AJ Kohn in this wonderful article. Since then, Google has …

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8 tips for boosting the speed of your WordPress site

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Chances are you’d not have waited for this page to load had it taken a second or two longer. That’s the truth – users expect web pages to load pretty much as soon as they click on a hyperlink. Slow loading web pages can become the leading cause of high …

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The 2018 guide to free SEO training courses online

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Over the past decade SEO has been growing into its position as a critical marketing channel for businesses. You might be new to this environment, or you may have new team members that need to be trained up on search engine optimization. Before you go handing over your gold coins …

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What factors should you consider before choosing a web crawler tool?

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The goal of any business serious about SEO is for prospective customers to find them through search. The reason is simple: these leads are more qualified, and are already looking for what the business has to offer. But SEO is a many-headed beast. There are just too many rules, guidelines …

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What is HTTP/2 and how does it benefit SEO?

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The HTTP/2 protocol was published in 2015 with the aim of creating a faster, more secure Internet. Adoption has been gradual and is ongoing, but there are clear benefits for marketers who make the upgrade. So what exactly is HTTP/2 and how does it affect SEO? The variety and quantities …

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Should I move my WordPress website to HTTPS?

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Whether you’re a website owner or a website visitor, everyone wants a fast loading website which can carry out sensitive exchanges of information securely. In 2014, Google announced that it was beginning to use HTTPS as a ranking signal, signalling an increased emphasis on secure connections from the world’s biggest search engine. Then, …

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