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By: John Doherty

What to Do When a New Potential SEO Client Contacts You

Consulting | Marketing Industry | Business Practices

How do you react when a new potential client contacts you? Discerning between a good fit and an adequate (or poor) fit can be key to both retaining those clients and growing your business. John Doherty walks you through the client vetting process, including the initial call and how to determine whether you should pitch your project or move on.

By: Rand Fishkin

Why Google AdWords' Keyword Volume Numbers Are Wildly Unreliable - Whiteboard Friday

Keyword Research | Whiteboard Friday

Broad and unusable volume ranges, misalignment with other Google tools, and conflating similar yet distinct keywords — these are just a few of the serious issues that make relying on AdWords search volume data alone so dangerous. In this edition of Whiteboard Friday, we discuss those issues and offer a few alternatives for more accurate volume data.


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By: Rand Fishkin

How to Rank in 2018: The SEO Checklist - Whiteboard Friday

Advanced SEO | Whiteboard Friday

It's hard enough as it is to explain to non-SEOs how to rank a webpage. In an increasingly complicated field, to do well you've got to have a good handle on a wide variety of detailed subjects. This edition of Whiteboard Friday covers a nine-point checklist of the major items you've got to cross off to rank in the new year — and maybe get some hints on how to explain it to others, too.

By: Rand Fishkin

3 Creative Ways to Give Your Content Efforts a Boost - Whiteboard Friday

Content | Whiteboard Friday | Basic SEO

We know that content is our doorway to earning countless SEO benefits for our sites. Admittedly, though, it’s too easy to get stuck in a rut after one too many content marketing campaigns. In this extra-special holiday edition of Whitebeard Friday (see what we did there?), Rand offers three novel ways to add sparkle to your content creation efforts.


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