Author: Mike Murray

Mike Murray has shaped online marketing strategies for hundreds of businesses since 1997, including Fortune 500 companies. A former journalist, he has led SEO studies and spoken at regional and national Internet conferences. Founder of Online Marketing Coach, Mike is passionate about helping clients identify their best opportunities for online marketing success based on their strengths, his advice and industry trends. You can find him at his blog, Online Marketing Matters or on Twitter @mikeonlinecoach.

By mike-murray published July 17, 2018

Should You Worry About Your SEO and Google’s Mobile-First Index?

seo-google-mobile-first-indexGiven your vigilance with the all-powerful search engine rankings, it is reasonable to be concerned about Google mobile-first or at least more curious than usual.

Google recently weighed in, knowing its plan led to confusion. In a series of tweets, Google touched on everything from a problem showing cached pages with mobile-first results to clarifying that “hamburger” menus are fine to use.

But confusion still abounds because of the vast number of websites and worry about natural search engine rankings.

Let’s dive into some common questions to learn whether your website is likely OK, where the biggest problems may surface, and how to keep your rankings in perspective.
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By mike-murray published June 20, 2018

9 Evergreen Content Formats for Long-Term Success [Examples]

9-evergreen-formatsDoes your online content have an expiration date?

Is it only good for 30 days? A year? Two years?

Thanks to search engines – whether you like it or not – your content is evergreen.

But while your content’s always discoverable technically, you need to think strategically about how it can be valuable all year round for searchers and Google’s algorithm.

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By mike-murray published April 2, 2018

Oops! 17 SEO Misfires to Avoid With Website Content Marketing

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I doubt any marketing team can perfect its SEO and content marketing efforts. Time, degrees of expertise, and changing algorithms always get in the way.

But SEO misfires abound for B2B and B2C websites and they can be avoided or at least minimized.

Let’s dive in.

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By mike-murray published January 24, 2018

SEO Marketing Strategy: Tips for Success in 2018

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Businesses should use 2018 to break the bad habit of viewing aspects of an SEO marketing strategy as a one-time exercise. Too often, some companies optimize a website page and never adjust it.

Though 61% of marketers in a 2017 HubSpot study say increasing organic visibility is their highest inbound marketing priority, they don’t always follow through.

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By mike-murray published June 25, 2017

101+ Key Performance Indicators – Pick the Best KPI Options

kpi_pick_best_oneA key performance indicator (KPI) is only effective if you’re actively measuring it.

Key performance indicators can help provide insight into whether your marketing efforts are effective or you need to take a different approach. For example, if one of your campaigns is negatively affecting ROI, the sooner you know the better.

Marketers who measure their KPIs on a frequent basis can more easily identify bad campaigns and flip the switch before it affects the ultimate objective. Likewise, campaigns showing promise through positive key performance indicators can be further explored. Continue Reading

By mike-murray published May 3, 2017

34+ Link-Building Tips, Tools, and Examples for SEO and Website Traffic

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If you care about content marketing and SEO, you can’t ignore link building.

Google executives acknowledge that backlinks are among top three ranking factors along with content and RankBrain (Google’s artificial intelligence technology that handles search queries).Continue Reading

By mike-murray published January 31, 2017

SEO and Website Image Optimization 10-Point Checklist for Marketers

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SEO image optimization should be second nature for content marketers, but it’s easily overlooked. Search traffic loses when haste wins.

Before I get into all of the nuances and tips, I want to be clear. Google still highlights some poorly optimized images on the primary and image search results. Why? Google is all about presenting the right information when it can. If the content is relevant to a search phrase, the image could appear high even if it misses the mark in terms of best practices.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published January 25, 2017

5 Reasons SEO Should Take a Back Seat With Website Content

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It makes sense at times to produce content without worrying too much about the SEO aspects. (Please know it isn’t easy for me, an SEO professional, to write that.)

Some SEO purists suggest that website content be optimized at all times. It’s inevitable that someone – or a team – will follow an internal process and think about the content with an everything-SEO mentality.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published August 7, 2016

7 Reasons Why Keyword Phrases Aren’t Dead for SEO and Content Marketing

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The tech-savvy president of a company recently told me he’s confused because he heard keywords don’t matter anymore with SEO.

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By mike-murray published June 13, 2016

The Ultimate Blog Marketing Checklist: 65 Tips, Tools, and Resources

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Success at blog marketing depends on a myriad of content, design, technical, and promotional factors. Though it would be prohibitively exhausting to excel at all of them simultaneously, the good news is that there are many small changes you can make that can significantly improve the success of your blog content over the long term.

Whether you’re just starting to explore the world of blog marketing, looking to spruce up the look and feel of your existing blog, or are ready to take your efforts and expertise to the next level, the 65 tips (8 more than when I wrote the original post two years ago) on this handy checklist will support your journey to blogging success.Continue Reading