Category: seo
  • 4 Things You can do with Screaming Frog that You Couldn’t do a Year Ago

    In case you haven’t used it before, Screaming Frog is a web crawler which you can use to crawl a website the way a search engine does. While it does this it spits out pretty much every piece of SEO related data you could think of from each page. One of the great things about Screaming Frog is that... Read more

  • Prerender and You: a Case Study in AJAX Crawlability

    This year I had the opportunity to work on an interesting technical SEO project for a client: they had a great web-app that prioritized performance and usability, built entirely with AJAX. The app was dynamically generated and rendered fully on the client-side, resulting in a lightweight, seamless... Read more

  • Getting Started with .htaccess: a Guide for SEOs

    As an SEO, you'll almost definitely have strayed upon an Apache configuration or .htaccess file at some point. This blog post won't turn you into an expert, but it should leave you a little more confident when talking with your clients or developers, or looking over their Apache configurations. You'll be more able to understand what you should be looking at, what the different redirects actually look like, and a sense of how difficult or easy they are to implement. Read more

  • Web Scraping with Ruby and Nokogiri for Beginners

    I know what’s going through your head: “Noko what? Web scraping?” Learning how to write a web scraping program will significantly up your game as a resourceful and data driven online marketer. If you’re a web developer of any skill level you’ll also enjoy this guide as it will expand your horizons with a bunch of fun new project possibilities. Read more

  • Statistical Forecasting for SEO & Analytics (and a Free Tool!)

    Statistical forecasting is a powerful tool that’s been used at Distilled for a while, both by consultants when analysing client data and by our in-house monitoring tool that alerts us to problems with client sites. In this post, I’m publicly launching a free forecasting tool that I spoke about last week at BrightonSEO, and explaining how to make best use of it. Read more

  • 5 Common Schema Problems and What You Can Do about Them

    Structured data looks is starting to look like the future of the web. It's been around for awhile now and is slowly becoming more common. Search engines like Google and Bing are driving the adoption and are providing the primary benefits for us, as marketers, to implement. This post is going to go over five common problems you might come across when you start to dig into and actually apply schema. Read more

  • How to Use SEMrush for Competitive Keyword Research

    It is not possible to understate the importance of keyword research. If you’re not writing about yourself and your products in the same way that your customers are talking about their problems, you won’t be found in the search results. A lot of great posts have been written about keyword research;... Read more

  • Machine-Powered ‘Taste’ - The Future of Algorithms is Curation

    It’s fascinating that we still don’t really have a solution to the ‘discovery problem’ – that is, how people find new things online, things they weren’t explicitly searching for. This is despite 15+ years of Amazon’s “people who bought this also bought…”. In large part, it comes down to the balance... Read more

  • Your Hunch is Probably Wrong - The Importance of Testing

    Since starting as an analyst at Distilled, I’ve been keen to understand the reasons why we make the decisions we do in digital marketing. There’s a wide variety of ways to approach a problem, and although many of them have value, there has to be a best way to make sure that the decision you make is the right one. I wanted to take my evidence-first way of thinking and apply it to this field. Read more

  • Competitor Research Using Search Operators | A Launch Point For Beginners

    When identifying keywords for your website or a client’s website, have you considered how competitors seek to earn organic traffic? Researching your competitors can provide crucial insights into new opportunities for your business. You’ll be able to spot gaps in the market and possibly... Read more

  • The Consultant’s Checklist for Launching Content

    You’ve launched a brilliant new piece of content everyone is excited about. But a few minutes after it’s sent out into the big wide world, you realise you’ve forgotten to do something. Panic sets in, the phone starts ringing… I’m guessing many of us have experienced this scenario. In a way, it’s... Read more

  • Relevant, Resonant, Different: A Framework for Pitching Creative Ideas

    Over the years we’ve learned a lot about what makes for a successful piece of content. It’s fair to say that most of those lessons were learned the hard way.

    Here's Hannah Smith with some key insights into giving pitches for creative work. Read more