Research

Infographic: Why WordPress is Our Preferred CMS

This week I came across the following infographic courtesy of Skilled.co. As many of you already know, Return On Now will work with nearly any CMS, but we prefer WordPress when we have a say in the decision. I could list many reasons why this is our favorite CMS. But much of it would be…

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5 Keyword Research Tools to Use in 2015 for More Search Traffic

In recent years, a lot of people have complained about the reduction in keyword data from Google’s Keyword Planner and Google Analytics. While Google’s tools are still a good place to look for higher traffic keywords, long tail keyword data has become more difficult to find. And most search traffic to a website comes from…

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Return On News: Penguins, Pandas, and Pirates, Oh My!

It has been quite a while since we’ve published a curated list of posts in our Return On News series. Since it has been a hot week or two for news items, I thought I’d pull one together today to help catch you up on all the latest developments. If you haven’t seen Return On…

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Highlights from the 2014 Search Ranking Factors Study

Every year, SearchMetrics compiles a correlation study that analyzes which search ranking factors are most impacting the SERPs from an organic perspective (i.e. SEO). Since the 2014 edition was just released, now is a great time to dig in and analyze the findings. Quick caveat – the SearchMetrics report analyzed correlation, i.e. what assumed SEO factors…

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Which Marketing Channels Provide the Most Value?

We’ve all witnessed the transformation of marketing in the past decade. With digital technologies have come a variety of new options for targeting and reaching out to both potential and current customers. Where we once had direct marketing, mass media advertising and similar tactics, we now have search marketing, social media, pay-per-click advertising, mobile marketing…

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Repeat After Me: There Is NO Google Zebra Update

For over a year now, we’ve been seeing a slew of blog posts on the web hyping up a supposed Google Zebra update that is “on the horizon”. This update has been rumored to target everything from social media to ecommerce merchants. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen shares of this topic on…

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Fun With Google Autocomplete

Back in June of 2010, Google announced Caffeine. While this was a new way of indexing and ranking sites on a real time basis (rather than in layers as they did previously), it set the stage for several features we see live today. One of the bigger features is Google Autocomplete. What is Autocomplete? I’m glad…

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WordPress SEO [Slideshow] from Austin SEO Meetup

Today I conducted a training session for the Austin SEO Meetup Group, at the Flying Saucer in Austin, TX. In preparing for this presentation, I did a lot of research to ensure I was fully up to speed on all of the latest ways to optimize WordPress. That was very fruitful, so much so that…

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