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    Technical SEO Audit Checklist for Human Beings: October 2018 Update

    Technical audits are one of the activities that define SEO—we’ve all done them. But audits are only as valuable as their impact. Whether you’re a practitioner or an agency partner, your job really begins when the audit is finished. With that in mind, we asked “Can we design an audit that helps make real change happen?” The result is an aware technical audit checklist. It considers the underlying problems we’re tackling (or trying to prevent). It makes technical audits faster, more effective, and more impactful. Read more

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    Marginal losses: the hidden reason your SEO performance is lagging

    Without a structured testing program, our experience shows that it’s very likely that most SEO efforts are at best taking two steps forward and one step back by routinely deploying changes that make things worse. This is true even when the thinking behind a change is solid, is based on correct... Read more

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    Optimizing Pinterest for the Buyer’s Journey

    This is a post written by our Seattle intern, Tammy Yu. Tammy is a recent graduate from the University of Washington who majored in Informatics and is soon to be a full time Distiller. According to Pinterest, 72% of survey respondents said Pinterest helps them find ideas for their everyday lives... Read more

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    2018 Distilled Creative: What we’ve learned and changing trends

    Each year we write a round-up of some of the most exciting projects we’ve worked on over the past 12 months. We’ve continued to create a wide variety of content; never restricted by format. This year’s roundup includes photo stories, maps, mind maps, calendars, a long format article, picture... Read more

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    What We Learned in August 2018: The Digital Marketing Month in a Minute

    Several fascinating findings were revealed in Ofcom’s annual review of the UK communications sector. Key takeaways include: On average, people in the UK spend the equivalent of a day online per week Facebook’s reach among 18-24 year-olds is in decline (by 4% YoY) The smartphone video advertising... Read more

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    Featured Snippets: Tips and tricks on reaching the top

    Most companies with a presence on Google will have an interest in appearing at the top of search results. Naturally then as SEOs, we are often asked how featured snippets can be acquired. If you’re currently working on winning some featured snippets, this blog post will give you some tips and... Read more

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    A Simple Approach to Optimizing Website Internal Linking Structure

    Having a great internal linking strategy is essential for a website’s success, both for user experience and for SEO. The ranking and indexing of a site depend on a number of factors, the layout of site’s structure via main navigation and on-page internal linking being some of the most important... Read more

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    Search basics: the difference between URL structure and Information Architecture

    I’ve recently noticed some confusion around the industry on the differences between URL structures and Information Architecture (IA). I thought it was worth clarifying a few points and giving you all some language that is useful when talking about the differences. Pre-requisites - if you aren’t... Read more

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    Being a better human - How to give better positive feedback

    I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures... I divide the world into the learners and nonlearners. Benjamin Barber Digital marketing is one of the most rapidly evolving fields. It exists in a symbiotic relationship to the evolution of Google, Facebook... Read more

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    Your brand’s next social media platform — Spotify

    Spotify’s launch in 2008 took the music listening world by storm; with 71 million paying listeners and 101 million ad-based listeners, it is clear that your brand needs to be reaching out to this audience, and I’m here to tell you how. Music has always been a point of connectivity between human... Read more

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    8 Reasons You Should Join us at SearchLove London 2018

    We’re closing in on SearchLove London - it’s on 15th and 16th October - in just a few short weeks’ time. We’ve been running a conference in our home city since 2009, and I’m as passionate as I’ve ever been about making our events stand out. You can still get a ticket for under £800 - the classic all-access pass costs £779 +VAT - and get access to the whole conference as well as after-show entertainment on both nights. Here’s why we think our show is special: Read more

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    How to Use REGEX Formulas in Google Sheets

    Handling big sets of data to analyse is quite normal if you work in SEO. On a regular basis, either in Google Sheets or Excel, I use formulas such as vlookup, index, iferror, and the list goes on, to sort quickly through endless data. Not only are they fundamental for my survival as an SEO analyst... Read more