Category: seo
  • Early Results from Split Testing JavaScript for SEO

    With our new ODN platform, we were excited to test the impact of JavaScript on search performance. Google has been talking about rendering JavaScript and indexing the resulting DOM for some time, and others around the industry have been testing various aspects of it, figuring out when it times out, and finding out the differences between inline, external, and bundled JS. When we ran an SEO split test to remove a reliance on JavaScript, we saw an uplift in search performance. Read more

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Site Migration

    We’ve all heard the horror stories about sites that have migrated from one domain to another and experienced a huge drop in traffic and visibility, and those that have suffered the same fate just by changing protocol. Whether you have acquired a domain, want to roll up your M-Dot site into a responsive design or desire a move from http to https, devising a solid action plan to avoid traffic and revenue loss is paramount. Read more

  • Do it Yourself SEO Split Testing Tool With Causal Impact

    We've got a new tool to share! This tool allows you to measure the effect of any SEO split tests you might run on your website. You can find it here. This post will walk you through how to use it. Read more

  • Google Expanding Carousel Layout for “Best” Keywords

    Over the past year we’ve seen Google expanding their carousel layout and experimenting with new UI for SERPs (see Dr Pete’s helpful mega-guide to the SERP layout), last week we saw some new layouts around filtering and today we’re noticing an expanded rollout across some commercial keywords that will dramatically impact user behaviour. Read more

  • 5 Analyses You can do Without an SEO Platform

    Having a major SEO monitoring platform like Brightedge or Conductor is great. They come with integrated rank tracking. Plus, they have interesting interpretations of that data. A strict rank tracker won’t provide that. These insights come at a cost, in terms of money, time and inertia. What if we could get the best of these analyses and avoid these burdens? Say we’re working with a small site. Or we’re working with a small section of a site. Or we’re trying choices on for size. Or that we can’t afford to shell out! Read more

  • Where Will the Next Trillion Searches Come From?

    I want to talk today about a shift in searcher behaviour as big as the growth of mobile. That’s quite a claim, so let’s back up and get some context. We don’t have perfect information about how many searches are performed each day, but we can piece together some clues. Read more

  • A Complete Guide to Log Analysis with Big Query

    (For some people the timestamp converter wasn't working properly, that should now be fixed.) Curious about log analysis? This guide will cover everything from why you should do it, to getting logs, uploading and analysing them. Will you need any programming skill to follow this? No, but we’ll... Read more

  • What Web Dev Inadvertently Taught Me about SEO

    Before Distilled, I was a Digital Producer (think: front end developer meets project manager) and worked on dozens of web development projects. So when I started my role at Distilled, I didn’t expect to discover that I’d been inadvertently practicing SEO in following guidelines that make websites accessible to most people. This is because, believe it or not, web development best practices map onto SEO guidelines pretty well. Read more

  • A More Organized Approach to Technical Audits

    A common task that is required of SEOs is performing technical audits. As an SEO, your ability to look at a website from a technical perspective and provide recommendations is essential to your role. The goal of this article is not to show you how to identify these issues. The goal is not to teach you how to fix the issues you find. Instead, this article focuses on outlining a framework that could be used when approaching SEO. My hope is that this framework will help make our recommendations clearer and more impactful. Read more

  • Ways Recommendations Fail and How Split-Testing is Changing Consulting

    It’s always bugged us that so many recommendations get shoved in a drawer and never seen again. I remember the repeated pain in the early years as we found ourselves getting surprised again and again by the clients who would commission us to create some in-depth audit, and then never make the changes we were recommending. Our obsession with figuring out how to have an actual business impact for our clients meant that this was really troubling for us - after all, a recommendation that never gets implemented can never make a difference. It was so troubling that we ended up crystallising it in our core values. Read more

  • JSON-LD in Real Life: Understanding and Implementing Structured Data

    Chances are, you’ve already heard of JSON-LD — you might even be using it already. Kudos to you if that’s the case. If you haven’t heard of it, I’d urgently recommend you to read up on what is becoming an ever-more important part of SEO. The good news is that once you have a grounding in it, it isn’t that hard to get right. By the end of this post you’ll understand enough to understand any JSON-LD you come across. Read more

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