How to E-A-T, Speak & Breathe Schema Markup
Right now, most SEO’s are adapting their strategies to optimize for a radically changing age of discovery. We are looking to optimize for E-A-T (or Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trustworthiness, which is the acronym for how Google defines quality content), capture user attention with on-SERP optimization, and make a splash in voice search. However, many of the recommendations for tackling those three items boil down to “have a great site” or “produce great content”. If that makes you want to pull your hair out, you aren’t alone.
Luckily, Schema.org structured data markup is the trusted tool in your SEO toolkit that can help you gain a competitive advantage in all three of those areas.
Unconventional Career Paths are the New Normal
May. It’s such an exciting time for college seniors. You’re getting ready to graduate. Maybe you have a job lined up. Or, if you were like me, you’re just trying to get through that freshman-level computer science class you put off until the last semester.
While I was ready to leave college, I was completely unsure about the path I was choosing. I had a moment where I thought, “Oh my god, I've completely wasted my time and I don't know if this is even something I want to be doing”.
What I didn’t realize then was that’s how many soon-to-be or recent graduates feel.
From Sketch to Print: Bringing a Dead Idea Back to Life
As a designer, it’s my job to bring ideas to life. But for every great idea that makes it to production, dozens of other crazy-amazing ideas die.
Every creative has an idea graveyard. There’s a lot that gets left behind in revisions, and a lot that changes from Version_1.psd to Final_V9_for_real_this_time_v5.jpg. Most of the time, we shed a tear, say a few kind words and let these ideas rest in peace. But this time, we did something different. We went full-on Evil Dead and brought a great idea back from the grave.
Last year, we worked on a fundraising campaign for a nonprofit. The plan was to build excitement around donations by offering some swag for donors. We generated tons of ideas, all of which would have made amazing gifts for donors. But in the end, we could only choose one. We ended up producing a series of original photographs, and they were a hit. The campaign was a success, but there was one idea that just wouldn’t die.
Why We’re Reinventing How We Design and Build Stuff
Nebo turned 15 this year. We’ve been very lucky. We’ve grown every year. We’ve never laid a single employee off. We’ve won a ton of awards. We’ve worked with some amazing clients, we’ve been a part of some exciting campaigns, and we’ve worked side by side with some of the most talented people in the industry who we call teammates.
However, success can have its downsides. Success can cause us to focus on what has worked and what is working, at the expense of what will work in the future. When you simply say “Don’t fix what isn’t broken,” innovation stops. Blind spots form and lead to sacred cows.
That’s why we believe in attacking our own work. We’re constantly critiquing, deconstructing and rethinking our own products, services, processes and methods to make them better. Over the years we’ve dramatically changed processes, restructured departments and even reinvented entire service lines (like PR, CRO and Social Media Marketing).
But reinventing the interactive collection of services is a different beast. It’s more than attacking a single department — it’s slaying a den of dragons. UX, Design, Content and Engineering are all intricately connected. You can’t change one without affecting the rest. That’s why in the past, we’ve taken relatively smaller steps, evaluating projects in post-mortems or revising process issues as they arise.
But this year, we’re taking a big leap. We’re completely reinventing our interactive services from the ground up.
We’re Obsessed with Google Ads Scripts, and You Should Be Too
Everyone who knows me knows I’m OBSESSED with Google Ads scripts. Heck, it’s even in my Twitter handle! (@PPCScriptQueen, if you were wondering.) They are one of the most amazing PPC tools available — for free — and not enough marketers are taking advantage of them.
In the past, marketers have been wary of using scripts to automate or enhance campaigns, since they couldn’t be rolled out across multiple platforms. But now that Bing Ads has launched scripts, it is more important than ever to implement holistic optimization strategies across your Paid Media campaigns. This is why I spoke at PPC HeroConf and shared the automation tools that saved my sanity while working on complex accounts.
In my session, I discussed how to pinpoint areas of PPC accounts that can be enhanced with scripts, and how to launch new Bing Ads scripts. Additionally, I gave out three new updates to the best PPC scripts available.
These scripts will take your campaigns to new heights on both Google Ads and Bing Ads, and I’m giving them to you for free!
International SEO: Building Global Visibility
In today's search landscape, a global approach is paramount. Building an SEO strategy can be complicated, and it’s tempting to take shortcuts and ignore international search and the challenges that come with it. This shortcut can be incredibly costly, however, and can cause your business to lose valuable traffic.
It’s not uncommon for multiple versions of websites to be created to accommodate users of various languages and, unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for this to be done without appropriate planning. It may be easy to rely on a cookie-cutter approach, but it’s not sustainable. And moreover, it can have potentially damaging impacts on your brand.
There may not be a one-size-fits-all approach to international SEO. In fact, we know there isn't. International SEO is complicated. It is its own complex beast. And there are a number of big considerations to think about when setting your strategy. Your reasons for creating an international strategy may be entirely different from someone else’s, and as such, the things you include and the way you execute on them will likely be different too.
Let’s walk through some of the most important considerations so you’re well equipped to develop a tailored approach to your international SEO plan.