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Emery Ross Emery is an inbound marketing specialist in search engine optimization and content writing. She earned a Master of Arts in rhetoric and composition from Boise State University. In her free time she writes about birds (mostly geese).

Diagnosing Website Traffic Drops

Posted by Emery Ross on Nov 12, 2020 9:45:00 AM

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Whether a sudden or slow drop over time, when your website traffic dips, it can be frustrating. It can be especially frustrating when you can’t figure out why. The truth is, there are many reasons why web traffic can take a dive, and it can take a little detective work to understand what’s happening. While the answer may not always be clear, there are some things you can research to see if you can make a diagnosis.

Your Guide to Google Search Console

Posted by Emery Ross on Aug 3, 2020 4:00:00 PM

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Google Search Console (GSC) is one of the best free tools out there for SEO. In fact, if you only use one tool, let it be this one. That's because Google Search Console is all about organic search. GSC offers insights into impressions and traffic, and it's where you'll see issues Google has identified regarding page speed, AMP, or indexing. And, if you've received a manual penalty, you'll find that out here.

The Best Google Tools for Web Marketing

Posted by Emery Ross on Apr 20, 2020 7:45:00 AM

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The tools you use for web marketing and website management are important, and there are so many of them out there for you to use. Most people find a few that become favorites and typically end up paying for at least one. However, Google offers a variety of tools for free that you should absolutely check out. 

4 Black Hat Tactics to Avoid

Posted by Emery Ross on Apr 8, 2020 7:30:00 AM

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SEO used to be a lot easier to do before Google’s search algorithm became as sophisticated as it is today. Couple of keywords here, a few links there, and you were sure to start ranking for some pretty competitive terms.

All that has changed. The problem, however, is that some SEO companies and “professionals” will still practice these tactics in order to see quick results. You know the type: the ones that can “guarantee” you top rankings on Google in 3 months. While these black hat tactics may still work to some degree, the risk of being penalized or de-indexed is a far greater threat to your business than taking a little extra time to rank on Google.

SEO For Affiliate Sites: Where to Start

Posted by Emery Ross on Mar 16, 2020 10:30:00 AM

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Affiliate websites are often described as "passive income" opportunities, but anyone who has run an affiliate site knows it's far from passive. In the early days of affiliate marketing, markets were less saturated, fewer sites were going after the same niche, and many site owners were able to add content, include affiliate links, and set it and forget it.