Core Web Vitals: What Are They and Why Are They So Important?

Back in 2020, Google unveiled its new Core Web Vitals, a set of specific factors designed to measure the user experience on a web page. As of August 2021, these metrics have become an official Google ranking factor as part of the “page experience” update. Over a year later, Core Web Vitals continue to be an important factor for search engine optimization and must be considered by anyone hoping to rank highly. It is clear that Google plans to continue emphasizing user experience and may even evolve its Core Web Vitals over time, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these metrics. This blog post will help you understand all three Core Web Vitals and why you should be paying attention to them.   The Core Web Vitals Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) This is essentially the average loading time for the main content on a web page. […]

Tyson Breen

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About Tyson Breen

Tyson is a content writer and SEO specialist with over half a decade of industry experience. He is an expert on digital marketing and is passionate about providing his clients with powerful content that boosts traffic and engagement. When away from his desk, Tyson enjoys home cooking, comic books, and live music.

How to Dominate Google in 2022

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If you’ve been looking to do more than merely show up in Google’s search results, then you need to read this article. In this blog post, we’re going to show you how to dominate Google. We’ll start from the ground-up so you understand Google’s front-page results, how they work, and how you can appear at the top. Ready to make Google work for you? Let’s get started. Google’s Front-Page Results: A Breakdown The first thing you need to understand is how the search results appear on the page. In general, they are broken down into three different sections:  The local search pack  The organic search results  Google Ads (aka, pay-per-click ads, and formerly known as AdWords) Here, a visual reference might prove useful so that you have an idea of what these categories look like. Let’s try typing general contractor boston into Google to see how the search results are […]

John Wickham

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About John Wickham

John Wickham is Senior Content Writer and Strategist at LinkNow Media. An SEO expert, he writes to empower small-business owners by giving them the information they need to market themselves. His love of the written word is matched only by his love of ancient history, as well as the semi-colon.

10 Ways to Promote Your Blog on Google

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If you want people to read your blog, you need to promote your blog. How do you go about doing that? You’re in luck, because we’ve assembled a list of 7 ways you can promote your blog quickly and efficiently. These are tried-and-true techniques we use every day to promote our content. These are simple, effective strategies that will help you grow your audience, improve search rankings, and drive traffic to your site. And they don’t take much effort, either. Let’s get started. 1. Harness Social Media This is the easiest way to attract viewers to your blog. You can share individual blog posts on every platform you sign up with, be it Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Subreddits, or Twitter. It’s an organic method of growing your readership without spending much time or money. When sharing content on social media, give your readers a reason to click on your blog. Don’t […]

John Wickham

Author: John Wickham

About John Wickham

John Wickham is Senior Content Writer and Strategist at LinkNow Media. An SEO expert, he writes to empower small-business owners by giving them the information they need to market themselves. His love of the written word is matched only by his love of ancient history, as well as the semi-colon.

4 Big Benefits of Blogging (and Why Even Contractors Should Do It)

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teIf you’re not blogging in 2022, you’re leaving a lot on the table. Blogging helps put eyes on your business. It helps build trust with your audience—and with Google. Even contractors like roofers, plumbers, and general contractors are reaping the rewards, using it to scale up and build their brands simultaneously. If you’re not, you’re losing out. With that in mind, let’s look at 4 concrete reasons every business—including contractors—needs a blog. 1. The Cheapest Way to Increase Traffic Content is king when it comes to search engine optimization, and keeping a blog means that your website will be updated regularly with indexable pages. Try focussing your blog posts around topics that are related to your industry and include keywords and terms that promote your overall SEO strategy. Without a blog, a good chunk of the clicks on your website will likely come from people already familiar with your business […]

John Wickham

Author: John Wickham

About John Wickham

John Wickham is Senior Content Writer and Strategist at LinkNow Media. An SEO expert, he writes to empower small-business owners by giving them the information they need to market themselves. His love of the written word is matched only by his love of ancient history, as well as the semi-colon.

Google Passage Ranking: What It Is and What It Means for SEO in 2022

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Publishing long-form content has never been more important to ranking well on Google. And the reason? Google passage ranking: a relatively new (since 2021) feature affecting how Google ranks and indexes web pages. Today, let’s look at what Google passage ranking is, how it works, how you can harness it to improve your content’s online rankings. Let’s dive in. What is Passage Ranking? Passage ranking (also called passage indexing) is new feature that helps Google understand and contextualize the content of a webpage. It also helps generate better search results for users. Instead of ranking a whole webpage for a particular keyword, Google now ranks passages from that page according to how relevant they are to said keyword. Passage ranking evaluates certain sections to provide more specific, higher-quality search results for users. Consider this example. Let’s say there’s a 5000-word-long page about search engine optimization (SEO). Of the 5000 words, […]

John Wickham

Author: John Wickham

About John Wickham

John Wickham is Senior Content Writer and Strategist at LinkNow Media. An SEO expert, he writes to empower small-business owners by giving them the information they need to market themselves. His love of the written word is matched only by his love of ancient history, as well as the semi-colon.

Use Google’s EAT Principle to Crush the Competition

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Looking to get more leads from Google? Then first and foremost, you need to know about the Google EAT principle. By mastering EAT, you’ll be able to grow your web presence into a juggernaut, driving traffic from Google to your site. Let’s get started. What Is EAT? EAT stands for: Expertise Authority Trust Pretty simple so far. Let’s break down each of those terms and explain how they’re relevant to the way you create content going forward. Expertise Google wants to know how much you (the content creator) know about your industry and specific topics that surround what you do. Authority Google takes a step back to examine the larger picture, reviewing the credibility and good reputation of the creator of each piece of content, the brand, and the website in its entirety. Trust It’s true what they say about trust. It takes a while to build it and only […]

John Wickham

Author: John Wickham

About John Wickham

John Wickham is Senior Content Writer and Strategist at LinkNow Media. An SEO expert, he writes to empower small-business owners by giving them the information they need to market themselves. His love of the written word is matched only by his love of ancient history, as well as the semi-colon.

7 Ways to Promote Your Blog Online [2022]

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If you want people to read your blog, you need to promote your blog. How do you go about doing that? You’re in luck, because we’ve assembled a list of 7 ways you can promote your blog quickly and efficiently. These are tried-and-true techniques we use every day to promote our content. These are simple, effective strategies that will help you grow your audience, improve search rankings, and drive traffic to your site. And they don’t take much effort, either. Let’s get started. 1. Harness Social Media This is the easiest way to attract viewers to your blog. You can share individual blog posts on every platform you sign up with, be it Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Subreddits, or Twitter. It’s an organic method of growing your readership without spending much time or money. When sharing content on social media, give your readers a reason to click on your blog. Don’t […]

John Wickham

Author: John Wickham

About John Wickham

John Wickham is Senior Content Writer and Strategist at LinkNow Media. An SEO expert, he writes to empower small-business owners by giving them the information they need to market themselves. His love of the written word is matched only by his love of ancient history, as well as the semi-colon.

SEO vs SEM: What’s the Difference?

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SEO vs SEM: What’s the Difference? And Which Is Best for Your Online Marketing Strategy? Not sure what the difference is between SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SEM (Search Engine Marketing)? This post is for you. Today, we’ll be looking at the differences between SEO and SEM, their pros and cons, and how you can use both to power your online marketing strategy. Let’s dive in. The Difference Between SEO and SEM Google results can be divided into two main categories: organic results paid results While SEO focuses on optimizing a website to get traffic from organic search results, SEM focuses on getting traffic and visibility from organic results and paid search results. Understanding Search Engine Optimization (SEO) The Goal SEO is a slower process in which the website domain owner works to improve their website visibility and ranking with various strategies. SEO can be divided into three categories: On-Page […]

John Wickham

Author: John Wickham

About John Wickham

John Wickham is Senior Content Writer and Strategist at LinkNow Media. An SEO expert, he writes to empower small-business owners by giving them the information they need to market themselves. His love of the written word is matched only by his love of ancient history, as well as the semi-colon.

How to Create the Perfect Landing Page in 2022

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Are you looking to drive sales and generate leads with landing pages? Then this blog post’s for you. Today, we’re running you through our top tips to create the perfect landing page in 2022. These are real, practical tips you can use right now to target keywords, improve your ranking on Google, and get found by the kinds of customers you want. In fact: These are the same techniques we use to get our clients results like this: Let’s get started. What is a Landing Page? First things first: you should know exactly what a landing page is and is not. A landing page is a webpage designed to do two things: Rank well on Google Convince readers to take a specific action (buy something, sign up for a class, etc.) Landing pages can be about a specific service or product. They can also be geotargeted, focusing on a particular […]

Tyson Breen

Author: Tyson Breen

About Tyson Breen

Tyson is a content writer and SEO specialist with over half a decade of industry experience. He is an expert on digital marketing and is passionate about providing his clients with powerful content that boosts traffic and engagement. When away from his desk, Tyson enjoys home cooking, comic books, and live music.

5 Tips For Creating Google Business Posts

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Your Google Business Profile (formerly Google My Business, GMB) is one of the most powerful marketing tools at your disposal. And Google Business Posts are one of the best ways to leverage it. If you already have a Google Business Profile but aren’t sure how to make the most of it, this post is for you. Here are 5 tips to create Google Posts that not only generate clicks but also turn visitors into customers. These are quick, measurable, and easy-to-use tips to power your web presence and grow your ranking on Google. Best of all, they’re completely free. Let’s dive in. 1. Professional Images The first thing anyone will notice about your Google Posts is your chosen image. This can be in the form of a photo or video, and for both, make sure you’re using high-quality, eye-catching visuals that send a message about your business. Original images are […]

John Wickham

Author: John Wickham

About John Wickham

John Wickham is Senior Content Writer and Strategist at LinkNow Media. An SEO expert, he writes to empower small-business owners by giving them the information they need to market themselves. His love of the written word is matched only by his love of ancient history, as well as the semi-colon.