Does Matt Cutts’ Statement on Guest Blogging Signal a Weakness at Google?

The news of the week in the SEO community comes off the back of this post by Matt Cutts. He started the post by saying this: Okay, I’m calling it: if you’re using guest blogging as a way to gain links in 2014, you should probably stop. Why? Because over time it’s become a more..

New look for Adwords ads with transparent background and yellow Ad button

Google Adwords have just rolled out a new look to their ads today. I have not seen an official announcement of this yet so perhaps it is still in beta but I am seeing it for every search that I run across Google so I get the feeling that it is not just a test..

Getting better results from product listing ads

With one of our clients we had a poor month with product listing ads in October. I was just digging into the results, found something interesting so thought that I would write about it here. Product listing ads are triggered through users searches matching to data in a product feed submitted to the Google merchant centre…

Which content is most linked to in the SEO industry?

This week MajesticSEO released a new “wildcard” feature to their site explorer. What this does is allow you to explore the links to all pages of a site under a specific folder or part URL. This means that even if a web page is a 404 error page itself, if there are a range of..

Recovering Quality Score in Google Adwords

Quality Score is a key factor in the success of an Adwords account. It contributes significantly to the profitability of an Adwords account as it is a key determinant of the actual CPC that an advertiser pays. If you are in need of a refresher on how quality score is calculated and works then you..

Building links for a .gov site – an obvious thing that we learnt

A few months back we were asked to help a government organisation form an SEO link building strategy. Compared to most sites we do link building for it was an absolute breeze but we did notice a few things that could be carried across into general link building strategies for all kinds of websites. image..

Google kill 2 birds with their Dynamic Re-marketing Ads

At the back end of last month (June 2013) Google announced the release of Dynamic re-marketing ads. This is one of the most interesting tools that Google have given to advertisers, and specifically retailers in a very long time. Dynamic re-marketing ads allow advertisers to show past visitors ads that are dynamically generated based on..

The humanisation of SEO

Until a few years ago it was possible to win at SEO through taking a relatively robotic and technical approach to website optimisation and to then build links en masse through largely automated/outsourced or at least templated processes. There was often little love in this process apart from the love of finding and implementing new..

Link building with Clique Hunter from Majestic

The Clique Hunter from Majestic just helped me find 125 new link opportunities that I have somehow managed to miss in a tight niche. I have been working for this client for around 18 months and our link building has been very successful and their traffic has grown significantly over the period but this was..

Adwords Script to track Quality Score on Account, campaign & Ad Group Level

Warning: this post is a bit more technical than most of our posts as we go into some depth on Adwords scripts. BUT – do not worry – if you follow the post through you will hopefully be able to just follow the instructions and achieve what you need to achieve with no coding at..