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, including Content Marketing World. 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 on Twitter @mikeonlinecoach.

By mike-murray published January 5, 2022

How To Find SEO and Keyword Ranking Success on Google in 2022

Heading into the new year, I’m usually full of cautionary notes about SEO, keywords, rankings, and organic traffic, all tied to search engines like Google.

These days, I’m optimistic because technological advances could be a real win for companies that keep up with SEO best practices.

The work will be more time-consuming than difficult. You (and your team) will need to focus on multiple types of content, from blog posts to podcasts. Yes, you need to work on page load speed and secure featured snippets. But expect your content – website pages, videos, images, and audio – to work for you to a greater degree as long as you’re creating it to meet strategic goals.

Google seems relentless in unearthing the best results for searchers. Enter the Google Multitask Unified Model (MUM) update, an AI-based algorithm designed to streamline searching.

MUM compares complex queries to give people what they want the first time they search. For content marketers, MUM will increase the odds that your content (not necessarily a text-heavy page) will be selected for a search result.

Keep these quick tips and reminders at the ready as you make your SEO plans for 2022. (As always, make sure to test any changes with your own data.)

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By mike-murray published October 14, 2021

To Keep Your SEO Page Title Tags Safe From Google Meddling, Try This

The world’s most popular search engine caused a stir in August when it published guidance on when and how it modifies or replaces page titles.

SEOs on Twitter complained about changes they’d noticed to the way their page titles get displayed in search results. In some cases, Google replaced page titles with H1 header elements. In others, it dropped words from the page title or appended new ones (often the company name) to it.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published July 14, 2021

4 SEO Factors to Consider Before Removing Outdated Website Content

It’s easy to get rid of outdated website content. You can redirect it or delete it.

But, if the outdated blog post still brings in website traffic – do you really want to get rid of it? The decision could be costly in terms of leads, sales, and the bottom line if you don’t check a few key metrics before you decide.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published June 7, 2021

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

You can think of link building in many ways. I like to call it tedious, painful, and a test of patience.

It’s also necessary to compete. Can your business survive without getting one new link in the next year or even five years? Sure. Will your brand miss out on leads, sales, and increased profitability? Probably.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published May 10, 2021

How to Be an SEO Difference Maker

SEO can seem like a complicated puzzle for digital marketers. But you need to put it together to create a better picture for your website traffic.

Explore these key tactics, tools, and time savers to make putting together the puzzle easier and help you shine when it comes to sharing your performance data.Continue Reading

By mike-murray published January 7, 2021

21 SEO Tips, Tactics, and Trends for Website Content in 2021

Will Google turn the natural search landscape upside down in 2021? I doubt it. Although change is inevitable, you can survive or even gain an edge with a little vigilance.

But don’t expect any relief from the merciless trend of organic results moving way down the search engine results pages (SERPs).  Like any good content marketer, Google is focused on the needs of its audience – searchers.

Eager to produce relevant results, the search engine constantly enhances its technology and relies on artificial intelligence to support results. Google’s BERT, for example, focuses on natural language processing (NLP), including searcher intent and the context of search queries.

Fortunately, marketers still see traffic from Google and other major search engines. Organic searches accounted for 53% of website traffic in 2019, according to BrightEdge data. I don’t expect that number has changed much since 2019.

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By mike-murray published September 8, 2020

Writing High-Quality Website Content? Don’t Forget About SEO

The world’s most popular search engine has affected the marketing psyche. Yes, quality matters.

Marketers believe exceptional content ensures SEO rewards because Google emphasizes quality. But for every success story among enterprises, there’s another that fails in a dramatic way.

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By mike-murray published March 19, 2020

Rise Up in Google SERPs With the Right SEO Website Content

Are Google search engine results holding your content down?

Google says its mission is to “deliver the most relevant and reliable information available,” but questions sometimes arise about where “relevant” and “reliable” fall with each search query.

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By mike-murray published February 12, 2020

How to Use SEO to Boost Branded Keyword Rankings on Google

Some SEO low-hanging fruit is almost too low. It makes you think you don’t need to try to earn better rankings that generate more traffic.

But why settle? You’ll miss countless higher-hanging SEO fruit.

Branded keywords can easily fall into that grasp. By brand, I’m not merely referencing a single keyword like GE or DHL. Brands are part of countless keyword phrases:

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By mike-murray published January 2, 2020

20 SEO and Keyword Tips for Your Best Google Rankings in 2020

As you dig in with your SEO strategies in 2020, stick with what you do well and prioritize time for organic search tactics you’ve neglected or handled the wrong way.

Leverage every opportunity that Google gives your content to rank well. Despite constant changes by Google and consumer behavior, a 2019 BrightEdge study found that organic commands 53% of all website traffic.

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