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Advanced Linkbuilding: How to Find the Absolute Best Publishers and Writers to Pitch

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In my last post, I explained how using network visualization tools can help you massively improve your content marketing PR/Outreach strategy —understanding which news outlets have the largest syndication networks empowers your outreach team to prioritize high-syndication publications over lower syndication publications. The result? The content you are pitching enjoys significantly more widespread link pickups.

Today, I’m going to take you a little deeper — we’ll be looking at a few techniques for forming an even better understanding of the publisher syndication networks in your particular niche. I’ve broken this technique into two parts:

  • Technique One — Leveraging Buzzsumo influencer data and twitter scraping to find the most influential journalists writing about any topic
  • Technique Two — Leveraging the Gdelt Dataset to reveal deep story syndication networks between publishers using in-context links.

Why do this at all?

If you are interested in generating high-value links at scale, these techniques provide an undeniable competitive advantage — they help you to deeply understand how writers and news publications connect and syndicate to each other.

In our opinion at Fractl, data-driven content stories that have strong news hooks, finding writers and publications who would find the content compelling, and pitching them effectively is the single highest ROI SEO activity possible. Done correctly, it is entirely possible to generate dozens, sometimes even hundreds or thousands, of high-authority links with one or a handful of content campaigns.

Let’s dive in.

Using Buzzsumo to understand journalist influencer networks on any topic

First, you want to figure out who your topc influencers are your a topic. A very handy feature of Buzzsumo is its “influencers” tool. You can locate it on the influences tab, then follow these steps:

  • Select only “Journalists.” This will limit the result to only the Twitter accounts of those known to be reporters and journalists of major publications. Bloggers and lower authority publishers will be excluded.
  • Search using a topical keyword. If it is straightforward, one or two searches should be fine. If it is more complex, create a few related queries, and collate the twitter accounts that appear in all of them. Alternatively, use the Boolean “and/or” in your search to narrow your result. It is critical to be sure your search results are returning journalists that as closely match your target criteria as possible.
  • Ideally, you want at least 100 results. More is generally better, so long as you are sure the results represent your target criteria well.
  • Once you are happy with your search result, click export to grab a CSV.

The next step is to grab all of the people each of these known journalist influencers follows — the goal is to understand which of these 100 or so influencers impacts the other 100 the most. Additionally, we want to find people outside of this group that many of these 100 follow in common.

To do so, we leveraged Twint, a handy Twitter scraper available on Github to pull all of the people each of these journalist influencers follow. Using our scraped data, we built an edge list, which allowed us to visualize the result in  Gephi.

Here is an interactive version for you to explore, and here is a screenshot of what it looks like:

This graph shows us which nodes (influencers) have the most In-Degree links. In other words: it tells us who, of our media influencers, is most followed. 

    These are the top 10 nodes:

    • Maia Szalavitz (@maiasz) Neuroscience Journalist, VICE and TIME
    • Radley Balko (@radleybalko) Opinion journalist, Washington Post
    • Johann Hari (@johannhari101) New York Times best-selling author
    • David Kroll (@davidkroll) Freelance healthcare writer, Forbes Heath
    • Max Daly (@Narcomania) Global Drugs Editor, VICE
    • Dana Milbank (@milbank)Columnist, Washington Post
    • Sam Quinones (@samquinones7), Author
    • Felice Freyer (@felicejfreyer), Boston Globe Reporter, Mental health and Addiction
    • Jeanne Whalen (@jeannewhalen) Business Reporter, Washington Post
    • Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) New York Times best-selling author

    Who is the most influential?

      Using the “Betweenness Centrality” score given by Gephi, we get a rough understanding of which nodes (influencers) in the network act as hubs of information transfer. Those with the highest “Betweenness Centrality” can be thought of as the “connectors” of the network. These are the top 10 influencers:\

      • Maia Szalavitz (@maiasz) Neuroscience Journalist, VICE and TIME
      • David Kroll (@davidkroll) Freelance healthcare writer, Forbes Heath
      • Jeanne Whalen (@jeannewhalen) Business Reporter, Washington Post
      • Travis Lupick (@tlupick), Journalist, Author
      • Johann Hari (@johannhari101) New York Times best-selling author
      • Radley Balko (@radleybalko) Opinion journalist, Washington Post
      • Sam Quinones (@samquinones7), Author
      • Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) New York Times best-selling author
      • Dana Milbank (@milbank)Columnist, Washington Post
      • Mike Riggs (@mikeriggs) Writer & Editor, Reason Mag 

          @maiasz, @davidkroll, and @johannhari101 are standouts. There’s considerable overlap between the winners in “In-Degree” and “Betweenness Centrality” but they are still quite different. 

            What else can we learn?

              The middle of the visualization holds many of the largest sized nodes. The nodes in this view are sized by “In-Degree.” The large, centrally located nodes are disproportionately followed by other members of the graph and enjoy popularity across the board (from many of the other influential nodes). These are journalists commonly followed by everyone else. Sifting through these centrally located nodes will surface many journalists who behave as influencers of the group initially pulled from BuzzSumo.

              So, if you had a campaign about a niche topic, you could consider pitching to an influencer surfaced from this data —according to our the visualization, an article shared in their network would have the most reach and potential ROI

              Using Gdelt to find the most influential websites on a topic with in-context link analysis

              The first example was a great way to find the best journalists in a niche to pitch to, but top journalists are often the most pitched to overall. Often times, it can be easier to get a pickup from less known writers at major publications. For this reason, understanding which major publishers are most influential, and enjoy the widest syndication on a specific theme, topic, or beat, can be majorly helpful.

              By using Gdelt’s massive and fully comprehensive database of digital news stories, along with Google BigQuery and Gephi, it is possible to dig even deeper to yield important strategic information that will help you prioritize your content pitching.

              We pulled all of the articles in Gdelt’s database that are known to be about a specific theme within a given timeframe. In this case (as with the previous example) we looked at “behaviour health.” For each article we found in Gdelt’s database that matches our criteria, we also grabbed links found only within the context of the article.

              Here is how it is done:

              • Connect to Gdelt on Google BigQuery — you can find a tutorial here.
              • Pull data from Gdelt. You can use this command: SELECT DocumentIdentifier,V2Themes,Extras,SourceCommonName,DATE FROM [gdelt-bq:gdeltv2.gkg] where (V2Themes like ‘%Your Theme%’).
              • Select any theme you find, here — just replace the part between the percentages.
              • To extract the links found in each article and build an edge file. This can be done with a relatively simple python script to pull out all of the <PAGE_LINKS> from the results of the query, clean the links to only show their root domain (not the full URL) and put them into an edge file format.

              Note: The edge file is made up of Source–>Target pairs. The Source is the article and the Target are the links found within the article. The edge list will look like this:

              • Article 1, First link found in the article.
              • Article 1, Second link found in the article.
              • Article 2, First link found in the article.
              • Article 2, Second link found in the article.
              • Article 2, Third link found in the article.

              From here, the edge file can be used to build a network visualization where the nodes publishers and the edges between them represent the in-context links found from our Gdelt data pull around whatever topic we desired.

              This final visualization is a network representation of the publishers who have written stories about addiction, and where those stories link to.

                What can we learn from this graph?

                This tells us which nodes (Publisher websites) have the most In-Degree links. In other words: who is the most linked. We can see that the most linked-to for this topic are:

                • tmz.com
                • people.com
                • cdc.gov
                • cnn.com
                • go.com
                • nih.gov
                • ap.org
                • latimes.com
                • jamanetwork.com
                • nytimes.com

                Which publisher is most influential? 

                Using the “Betweenness Centrality” score given by Gephi, we get a rough understanding of which nodes (publishers) in the network act as hubs of information transfer. The nodes with the highest “Betweenness Centrality” can be thought of as the “connectors” of the network. Getting pickups from these high-betweenness centrality nodes gives a much greater likelihood of syndication for that specific topic/theme. 

                • Dailymail.co.uk
                • Nytimes.com
                • People.com
                • CNN.com
                • Latimes.com
                • washingtonpost.com
                • usatoday.com
                • cvslocal.com
                • huffingtonpost.com
                • sfgate.com

                What else can we learn?

                  Similar to the first example, the higher the betweenness centrality numbers, number of In-degree links, and the more centrally located in the graph, the more “important” that node can generally be said to be. Using this as a guide, the most important pitching targets can be easily identified. 

                  Understanding some of the edge clusters gives additional insights into other potential opportunities. Including a few clusters specific to different regional or state local news, and a few foreign language publication clusters.

                  Wrapping up

                  I’ve outlined two different techniques we use at Fractl to understand the influence networks around specific topical areas, both in terms of publications and the writers at those publications. The visualization techniques described are not obvious guides, but instead, are tools for combing through large amounts of data and finding hidden information. Use these techniques to unearth new opportunities and prioritize as you get ready to find the best places to pitch the content you’ve worked so hard to create.

                  Do you have any similar ideas or tactics to ensure you’re pitching the best writers and publishers with your content? Comment below!

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                    My Best Free Training Resources To Help You Start An Online Business

                    On this page you will find direct download links for every significant free training resource I’ve created in the past decade to help you start and grow an online business. I recommend you bookmark this page as there is more here than you can get through in just one sitting. Blog Profits Blueprint Here are […]

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                    Here Are All The Best Free Training Resources I Released To Help You Start An Online Business

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                    Follow the Local SEO Leaders: A Guide to Our Industry’s Best Publications

                    Posted by MiriamEllis

                    Change is the only constant in local SEO. As your local brand or local search marketing agency grows, you’ll be onboarding new hires. Whether they’re novices or adepts, they’ll need to keep up with continuous industry developments in order to make agile contributions to team strategy. Particularly if local SEO is new to someone, it saves training time if you can fast-track them on who to follow for the best news and analysis. This guide serves as a blueprint for that very purpose.

                    And even if you’re an old hand in the local SEM industry, you may find some sources here you’ve been overlooking that could add richness and depth to your ongoing education.

                    Two quick notes on what and how I’ve chosen:

                    1. As the author of both of Moz’s newsletters (the Moz Top 10 and the Moz Local Top 7), I read an inordinate amount of SEO and local SEO content, but I could have missed your work. The list that follows represents my own, personal slate of the resources that have taught me the most. If you publish great local SEO information but you’re not on this list, my apologies, and if you write something truly awesome in future, you’re welcome to tweet at me. I’m always on the lookout for fresh and enlightening voices. My personal criteria for the publications I trust is that they are typically groundbreaking, thoughtful, investigative, and respectful of readers and subjects.
                    2. Following the leaders is a useful practice, but not a stopping point. Even experts aren’t infallible. Rather than take industry advice at face value, do your own testing. Some of the most interesting local SEO discussions I’ve ever participated in have stemmed from people questioning standard best practices. So, while it’s smart to absorb the wisdom of experts, it’s even smarter to do your own experiments.

                    The best of local SEO news

                    Who reports fastest on Google updates, Knowledge Panel tweaks, and industry business?

                    Sterling Sky’s Timeline of Local SEO Changes is the industry’s premiere log of developments that impact local businesses and is continuously updated by Joy Hawkins + team.

                    Search Engine Roundtable has a proven track record of being among the first to report news that affects both local and digital businesses, thanks to the ongoing dedication of Barry Schwartz.

                    Street Fight is the best place on the web to read about mergers, acquisitions, the release of new technology, and other major happenings on the business side of local. I’m categorizing Street Fight under news, but they also offer good commentary, particularly the joint contributions of David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal.

                    LocalU’s Last Week in Local video and podcast series highlights Mike Blumenthal and Mary Bowling’s top picks of industry coverage most worthy of your attention. Comes with the bonus of expert commentary as they share their list.

                    TechCrunch also keeps a finger on the pulse of technology and business dealings that point to the future of local.

                    Search Engine Land’s local category is consistently swift in getting the word out about breaking industry news, with the help of multiple authors.

                    Adweek is a good source for reportage on retail and brand news, but there’s a limit to the number of articles you can read without a subscription. I often find them covering quirky stories that are absent from other publications I read.

                    The SEMPost’s local tab is another good place to check for local developments, chiefly covered by Jennifer Slegg.

                    Search Engine Journal’s local column also gets my vote for speedy delivery of breaking local stories.

                    Google’s main blog and the ThinkWithGoogle blog are musts to keep tabs on the search engine’s own developments, bearing in mind, of course, that these publications can be highly promotional of their products and worldview.

                    The best of local search marketing analysis

                    Who can you trust most to analyze the present and predict the future?

                    LocalU’s Deep Dive video series features what I consider to be the our industry’s most consistently insightful analysis of a variety of local marketing topics, discussed by learned faculty and guests.

                    The Moz Blog’s local category hosts a slate of gifted bloggers and professional editorial standards that result in truly in-depth treatment of local topics, presented with care and attention. As a veteran contributor to this publication, I can attest to how Moz inspires authors to aim high, and one of the nicest things that happened to our team in 2018 was being voted the #2 local SEO blog by BrightLocal’s survey respondents.

                    The Local Search Association’s Insider blog is one I turn to again and again, particularly for their excellent studies and quotable statistics.

                    Mike Blumenthal’s blog has earned a place of honor over many years as a key destination for breaking local developments and one-of-a-kind analysis. When Blumenthal talks, local people listen. One of the things I’ve prized for well over a decade in Mike’s writing is his ability to see things from a small business perspective, as opposed to simply standing in awe of big business and technology.

                    BrightLocal’s surveys and studies are some of the industry’s most cited and I look eagerly forward to their annual publication.

                    Whitespark’s blog doesn’t publish as frequently as I wish it did, but their posts by Darren Shaw and crew are always on extremely relevant topics and of high quality.

                    Sterling Sky’s blog is a relative newcomer, but the expertise Joy Hawkins and Colan Nielsen bring to their agency’s publication is making it a go-to resource for advice on some of the toughest aspects of local SEO.

                    Local Visibility System’s blog continues to please, with the thoughtful voice of Phil Rozek exploring themes you likely encounter in your day-to-day work as a local SEO.

                    The Local Search Forum is, hands down, the best free forum on the web to take your local mysteries and musings to. Founded by Linda Buquet, the ethos of the platform is approachable, friendly, and often fun, and high-level local SEOs frequently weigh in on hot topics.

                    Pro tip: In addition to the above tried-and-true resources, I frequently scan the online versions of city newspapers across the country for interesting local stories that add perspective to my vision of the challenges and successes of local businesses. Sometimes, too, publications like The Atlantic, Forbes, or Business Insider will publish pieces of a high journalistic quality with relevance to our industry. Check them out!

                    The best for specific local marketing disciplines

                    Here, I’ll break this down by subject or industry for easy scanning:

                    Reviews

                    • GatherUp (formerly GetFiveStars) can’t be beat for insight into online reputation management, with Aaron Weiche and team delivering amazing case studies and memorable statistics. I literally have a document of quotes from their work that I refer to on a regular basis in my own writing.
                    • Grade.us is my other ORM favorite for bright and lively coverage from authors like Garrett Sussman and Andrew McDermott.

                    Email marketing

                    • Tidings’ vault contains a tiny but growing treasure trove of email marketing wisdom from David Mihm, whose former glory days spent in the trenches of local SEO make him especially attuned to our industry.

                    SABs

                    • Tom Waddington’s blog is the must-read publication for service area businesses whose livelihoods are being impacted by Google’s Local Service Ads program in an increasing number of categories and cities.

                    Automotive marketing

                    • DealerOn’s blog is the real deal when it comes to automotive local SEO, with Greg Gifford teaching memorable lessons in an enjoyable way.

                    Legal marketing

                    • JurisDigital brings the the educated voices of Casey Meraz and team to the highly-specialized field of attorney marketing.

                    Hospitality marketing

                    Independent businesses

                    Link building

                    • Nifty Marketing’s blog has earned my trust for its nifty local link building ideas and case studies.
                    • ZipSprout belongs here, too, because of their focus on local sponsorships, which are a favorite local link building methodology. Check them out for blog posts and podcasts.

                    Schema + other markup

                    • Touchpoint Digital Marketing doesn’t publish much on their own website, but look anywhere you can for David Deering’s writings on markup. LocalU and Moz are good places to search for his expertise.

                    Patents

                    • SEO by the Sea has proffered years of matchless analysis of Google patents that frequently impact local businesses or point to future possible developments.

                    Best local search industry newsletters

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                    Follow the local SEO leaders on Twitter

                    What an easy way to track what industry adepts are thinking and sharing, up-to-the-minute! Following this list of professionals (alphabetized by first name) will fill up your social calendar with juicy local tidbits. Keep in mind that many of these folks either own or work for agencies or publishers you can follow, too.

                    Aaron Weiche
                    Adam Dorfman
                    Andrew Shotland
                    Ben Fisher
                    Bernadette Coleman
                    Bill Slawski
                    Brian Barwig
                    Carrie Hill
                    Casey Meraz
                    Cindy Krum
                    Colan Nielsen
                    DJ Baxter
                    Dan Leibson
                    Dana DiTomaso
                    Dani Owens
                    Darren Shaw
                    Dave DiGreggorio
                    David Mihm
                    Don Campbell
                    Garrett Sussman
                    Glenn Gabe
                    Greg Gifford
                    Greg Sterling
                    Jennifer Slegg
                    Joel Headley
                    Joy Hawkins
                    Mary Bowling
                    Mike Blumenthal
                    Mike Ramsey
                    Miriam Ellis
                    Phil Rozek
                    Sherry Bonelli
                    Thibault Adda
                    Tim Capper
                    Tom Waddington

                    Share what you learn

                    How about your voice? How do you get it heard in the local SEO industry? The answer is simple: share what you learn with others. Each of the people and publications on my list has earned a place there because, at one time or another, they have taught me something they learned from their own work. Some tips:

                    • Our industry has become a sizeable niche, but there is always room for new, interesting voices
                    • Experiment and publish — consistent publication of your findings is the best way I know of to become a trusted source of information
                    • Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, so long as you are willing to own them
                    • Socialize — attend events, amplify the work of colleagues you admire, reach out in real ways to others to share your common work interest while also respecting busy schedules

                    Local SEO is a little bit like jazz, in which we’re all riffing off the same chord progressions created by Google, Facebook, Yelp, other major platforms, and the needs of clients. Mike Blumenthal plays a note about a jeweler whose WOMM is driving the majority of her customers. You take that note and turn it around for someone in the auto industry, yielding an unexpected insight. Someone else takes your insight and creates a print handout to bolster a loyalty program.

                    Everyone ends up learning in this virtuous, democratic cycle, so go ahead — start sharing! A zest for contribution is a step towards leadership and your observations could be music to the industry’s ears.

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                    Why the Best Writers Aren’t Always the Most Successful

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                    The Best Form of Energy is PASSION

                    Prolific video blogger and digital marketer extraordinaire, Neil Patel, recently talked about how passion drives him and should drive you too. Here are some key outtakes to get you motivated:

                    Passion is All You Need

                    Today, I’m shooting a lot of videos, probably 20-25. There are moments when I’m tired, I am human. It’s not like I am a machine where I can keep going forever. People ask me do you want coffee? I don’t want coffee, I don’t need caffeine. If you haven’t tried giving up coffee in your life, the first week or two or even a month is a bit tough, but it gets easier.

                    Here’s what I found is the best form of energy. It’s passion. If you love what you are doing you will keep going no matter how tired you are.

                    Passion Drives Personal Efficiency

                    I was talking to a buddy last night and he was mentioning to me, hey sometimes I only work like 43 hours in a week, because if I work 60 hours that other 17 hours are really inefficient, and I’m not really getting much done. What I’ve found is that if you are truly passionate about what you are doing, you’ll be efficient with all of your hours. It doesn’t matter if you are tired, you will still figure out how to grind through, put in all that you have, and get the job done.

                    Yes, you could take vacations, you could take breaks, but I believe the best form of pushing through and accomplishing your goals is having passion. And if you don’t have the passion for whatever you are doing, stop doing it, life is too short. You’re going to regret it in the future, the question is just when.

                    How to Find Your Passion

                    Keep trying out different things. When you are a kid you’re like, I want to be a doctor, I want to be a firefighter. Then you grow up, you may go to college, you may not, but you’re not still like I want to be a doctor or firefighter. Most people are lost. A lot of people 50 or 60 are still lost. Most people don’t know what they want to do, they just don’t admit that.

                    The way you figure out your true passion, what you want to do, is you try a lot of little things out and you will eventually figure out what you are good at, and usually what you are good at is also what you are passionate about. And if not, quit, go onto the next thing. As long as you keep trying new things you will learn what you’re passionate about, and then you will do well and you won’t need the coffee.

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                    The Very Best of the Moz Blog 2017: Our Top 50 Posts

                    Posted by FeliciaCrawford

                    Now, I know we technically have a few days left in 2017, but I’m ready to dive head-first into a fond, full-blown retrospective. Each year we look back on what we’ve published, compiling and sharing the pieces you liked best. Normally we divvy it up via various metrics: traffic, 1Metric score, total thumbs up, total comments, the best of YouMoz, and so on and so forth. This year, however, we’re doing things just a little differently.

                    A lot has changed in the past year…

                    The way we run the blog has changed in a few significant ways from the days of yesteryear. YouMoz, our user-generated content blog, was retired in the autumn of 2016 (though we hope to resurrect it in another form someday). We reduced our publishing frequency a bit, and refocused our content on core SEO topics after spending 2015 and 2016 branching out into other marketing subjects (like social media and content marketing). We also made some big changes with regards to commenting: we closed comments on posts older than 30 days (they became veritable spam factories), and implemented stricter moderation filters to better catch spammy comments fishing for either a link or easy MozPoints.

                    And if I’m being completely honest, I don’t think the “Best of” posts from years past have offered you, our beloved readers, as much value as they should’ve. The most excited comments on those posts occur when someone discovers a gem they’d missed, when a post reaches out to you from the masses of online content clamoring for your attention and speaks to you. The way we formerly ranked “the best” resulted in a lot of overlap; the same few posts with lots of thumbs up, a busy comments section, and high traffic overwhelmed the leaderboard.

                    What criteria now determines “best”?

                    At the end of 2017, we’re starting fresh. First, I’ve taken our ten most popular blog post categories by traffic — these represent the topics readers are actively seeking information on. Next, I thought about which metric matters most to me when I consider the success of a blog post. Traffic, thumbs, social shares… Nice to see, yes, but they don’t paint a very clear picture of a post’s impact. I found myself returning to my favorite blog post metric again and again: the comments.

                    A post with a lively comments section can be many things. Perhaps it sparked questions or debate; perhaps the findings were controversial; perhaps it was simply inspiring. Whatever the reason, a heavily commented-on post represents something that struck a chord, that convinced a person to peek out from behind their keyboard shield and contribute a thought, something that coaxed a little extra effort and commitment from our community. As a silent lurker myself, I am consistently blown away by the humility, genius, and generosity you all display in the blog comments section every day.

                    So there we have it: this year’s Best of the Moz Blog 2017 is a list of the top five most-commented posts in the top ten blog categories. That’s fifty unique blog posts throughout the year on a variety of topics, some of which you may have missed. Most blog posts fall into several of our categories, but every post will only be listed once; if it’s hit the top five in a more popular category, I’ve taken it out of the running for the rest. It’s my sincere hope that this list uncovers something useful for you, something that helps make your job and day just a little easier.

                    Without further ado, let’s get this party started!

                    (If you’re curious, check out the Best of 2016 and the Best of 2015, too.)


                    The top 5 Whiteboard Fridays

                    Whiteboard Friday is far and away our most popular blog category, earning three times as much traffic as the rest. Because it always overlaps with at least one other category, you’re bound to get a tidy grab bag of SEO takeaways with this list!

                    10 Things that DO NOT (Directly) Affect Your Google Rankings

                    Rand Fishkin, September 22nd

                    Thumbs: 85
                    Comments: 180

                    What do the age of your site, your headline H1/H2 preference, bounce rate, and shared hosting all have in common? You might’ve gotten a hint from the title: not a single one of them directly affects your Google rankings. In this rather comforting Whiteboard Friday, Rand lists out ten factors commonly thought to influence your rankings that Google simply doesn’t care about.

                    What Do Google’s New, Longer Snippets Mean for SEO?

                    Rand Fishkin, December 8th

                    Thumbs: 100
                    Comments: 136

                    Featured snippets and meta descriptions have brand-new character limits, and it’s a huge change for Google and SEOs alike. Learn about what’s new, when it changed, and what it all means for SEO in this episode of Whiteboard Friday. (And this is cheating, but for good measure, you might follow up with Dr. Pete’s official recommendation for meta description lengths in 2018.)

                    What Links Can You Get that Comply with Google’s Guidelines?

                    Marie Haynes, January 20th

                    Thumbs: 68
                    Comments: 112

                    If you’ve ever been the victim of a Google penalty, you know how painful it can be to identify the problem and recover from the hit. Even if you’ve been penalty-free thus far, the threat of getting penalized is a source of worry. But how can you avoid it, when it seems like unnatural links lurk around every corner?

                    In this Whiteboard Friday, we warmly welcome Google penalty and unnatural link expert Marie Haynes as she shares how to earn links that do comply with Google’s guidelines, that will keep your site out of trouble, and that can make a real impact.

                    7 ‹Title Tag› Hacks for Increased Rankings + Traffic – Whiteboard Friday

                    Cyrus Shepard, May 5th

                    Thumbs: 185
                    Comments: 103

                    You may find yourself wondering whether the humble title tag still matters in modern SEO. When it comes to your click-through rate, the answer is a resounding yes! In this Whiteboard Friday, we welcome back our good friend Cyrus Shepard to talk about 7 ways you can revamp your title tags to increase your site traffic and rankings.

                    Comment Marketing: How to Earn Benefits from Community Participation

                    Rand Fishkin, January 13th

                    Thumbs: 53
                    Comments: 97

                    It’s been a few years since we’ve covered the topic of comment marketing, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of date. There are clever, intentional ways to market yourself and your brand in the comments sections of sites, and there’s less competition now than ever before. In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand details what you can do to get noticed in the comments and the benefits you’ll reap from high-quality contributions.


                    The top 5 posts in On-Page SEO

                    The results of our recent Moz Blog Reader Survey highlighted on-page SEO as the topic you’d most like to learn about, so it’s not surprising to see that this category sits right under Whiteboard Friday for popularity. There’s an interesting theme that emerges from these top posts: it seems we’re still working on many of the same things, but how we treat them has necessarily changed over time.

                    How Links in Headers, Footers, Content, and Navigation Can Impact SEO – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, October 20th

                    Thumbs: 68
                    Comments: 92

                    Which link is more valuable: the one in your nav, or the one in the content of your page? Now, how about if one of those in-content links is an image, and one is text? Not all links are created equal, and getting familiar with the details will help you build a stronger linking structure. This Whiteboard Friday covers links in headers and footers, in navigation versus content, and how that can affect internal and external links, link equity, and link value between your site and others.

                    It’s Time to Stop Doing On-Page SEO Like It’s 2012

                    Rand Fishkin, February 6th

                    Thumbs: 84
                    Comments: 91

                    On-page SEO has evolved in the past five years. Rand outlines the changes in five succinct tactics: move beyond keyword repetition rules; searcher intent matters more than raw keywords; related topics are essential; links don’t always beat on-page; and topical authority is more important than ever.

                    The Wonderful World of SEO Meta Tags [Refreshed for 2017]

                    Kate Morris, April 13th

                    Thumbs: 46
                    Comments: 67

                    Which meta tags are absolutely necessary, which are dependent on your situation, and which should you absolutely ignore or remove? Kate Morris refreshes her original 2010 post on the subject of meta tags, sharing a few new tips and reiterating what’s remained the same over the past 7 years.

                    Designing a Page’s Content Flow to Maximize SEO Opportunity – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, December 1st

                    Thumbs: 54
                    Comments: 48

                    Controlling and improving the flow of your on-site content can actually help your SEO. What’s the best way to capitalize on the opportunity present in your page design? Rand covers the questions you need to ask (and answer) and the goals you should strive for in this edition of Whiteboard Friday.

                    How to Do a Content Audit [Updated for 2017]

                    Everett Sizemore, March 22nd

                    Thumbs: 49
                    Comments: 31

                    Learn how to do content audits for SEO in this comprehensive, updated guide by Everett Sizemore, including tips for crawling large websites, rendering JavaScript content, and auditing dynamic mobile content.


                    The top 5 posts in Local SEO

                    Local SEO overlaps with what we think of as traditional SEO in many ways, so it’s not surprising at all to see this category near the top. There’s still a lot of doubt and apprehension, it seems, when it comes to local SEO best practices and what really works, and the top posts in this category reflect that.

                    Local SEO Spam Tactics Are Working: How You Can Fight Back

                    Casey Meraz, March 28th

                    Thumbs: 48
                    Comments: 75

                    It’s very clear that spam tactics in Google’s local results are earning higher rankings. In this post, Casey Meraz identifies exactly what spammers are doing to get ahead, what they can get away with, and what you can do to fight back against the problem plaguing local results.

                    Not-Actually-the-Best Local SEO Practices

                    Miriam Ellis, December 11th

                    Thumbs: 47
                    Comments: 72

                    Not all common practices in local SEO are the best practices. In fact, some of them can be pretty darn harmful. Check out Miriam’s list of what-not-to-dos (and what-you-should-actually-dos) in this comprehensive blog post.

                    The 2017 Local SEO Forecast: 10 Predictions According to Mozzers

                    Miriam Ellis, February 14th

                    Thumbs: 35
                    Comments: 67

                    From Google providing intimate details about businesses to Amazon expanding even further into the local scene, local SEO stood to see a lot of change this year. Check out what the SEOs at Moz had to say about what to prepare for in 2017.

                    Proximity to Searcher is the New #1 Local Search Ranking Factor

                    Darren Shaw, February 22nd

                    Thumbs: 58
                    Comments: 65

                    Forget everything you thought you knew about the most impactful local ranking factors — searcher proximity just may be the number-one thing influencing where a local business shows on the SERPs.

                    How to Perform a Basic Local Business Competitive Audit

                    Miriam Ellis, August 22nd

                    Thumbs: 32
                    Comments: 65

                    Are you outranked in Google’s Local Pack? Then it’s high time to perform a competitive business audit. Use this example analysis and downloadable spreadsheet to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of multiple businesses and devise a plan to win.


                    The top 5 posts in Basic SEO

                    Basic SEO is another category that enjoys a lot of overlap with other topics; perhaps that’s one reason why it’s so popular. This year’s top posts in this category cover a range of subjects, and all are pretty useful for someone learning (or leveling up in) SEO.

                    Aren’t 301s, 302s, and Canonicals All Basically the Same? – Whiteboard Friday

                    Dr. Pete, March 3rd

                    Thumbs: 62
                    Comments: 69

                    They say history repeats itself. In the case of the great 301 vs 302 vs rel=canonical debate, it repeats itself about every three months. In this Whiteboard Friday, Dr. Pete explains how bots and humans experience pages differently depending on which solution you use, why it matters, and how each choice may be treated by Google.

                    How to Prioritize SEO Tasks [+Worksheet]

                    Britney Muller, September 21st

                    Thumbs: 41
                    Comments: 64

                    An absolute essential if you want to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed, Moz’s own SEO Britney Muller offers five tips for prioritizing your SEO work: setting specific goals, identifying important pages for conversions, uncovering technical opportunities via a site crawl, time management, and providing consistent benchmarks and reporting.

                    5 Tactics to Earn Links Without Having to Directly Ask – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, July 28th

                    Thumbs: 71
                    Comments: 63

                    Typical link outreach is a tired sport, and we’ve all but alienated most content creators with our constant link requests. In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand outlines five smart ways to earn links to your site without having to beg.

                    “SEO Is Always Changing”… Or Is It?: Debunking the Myth and Getting Back to Basics

                    Bridget Randolph, July 19th

                    Thumbs: 56
                    Comments: 60

                    We’re so fond of the idea that SEO is hard because it’s always changing. But is that really true? Bridget Randolph challenges a common industry refrain and brings us back to the basics of what’s really important in our work.

                    How to Target Multiple Keywords with One Page – Next Level

                    Brian Childs, June 15th

                    Thumbs: 45
                    Comments: 56

                    In this edition of our educational Next Level series, you’ll learn an easy workflow for researching and targeting multiple keywords with a single page.


                    The top five posts in Link Building

                    A thousand years from now, when the Space Needle has toppled into Puget Sound and our great-great-great-great-etc. grandchildren are living on Mars, link building will still prove to be one of the most popular subjects on the Moz Blog. And you get a double-whammy of goodness this year, because they just so happen to all be Whiteboard Fridays!

                    Should SEOs Care About Internal Links? – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, May 26th

                    Thumbs: 85
                    Comments: 87

                    Internal links are one of those essential SEO items you have to get right to avoid getting them really wrong. Rand shares 18 tips to help inform your strategy, going into detail about their attributes, internal vs. external links, ideal link structures, and much, much more in this edition of Whiteboard Friday.

                    How to Prioritize Your Link Building Efforts & Opportunities – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, February 17th

                    Thumbs: 73
                    Comments: 81

                    We all know how effective link building efforts can be, but it can be an intimidating, frustrating process — and sometimes even a chore. In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand builds out a framework you can start using today to streamline and simplify the link building process for you, your teammates, and yes, even your interns.

                    The 3 Easiest Link Building Tactics Any Website Can Use to Acquire Their First 50 Links – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, September 8th

                    Thumbs: 81
                    Comments: 77

                    Without a solid base of links, your site won’t be competitive in the SERPs — even if you do everything else right. But building your first few links can be difficult and discouraging, especially for new websites. Never fear — Rand is here to share three relatively quick, easy, and tool-free (read: actually free) methods to build that solid base and earn yourself links.

                    When and How to Use Domain Authority, Page Authority, and Link Count Metrics – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, June 16th

                    Thumbs: 50
                    Comments: 71

                    How can you effectively apply link metrics like Domain Authority and Page Authority alongside your other SEO metrics? Where and when does it make sense to take them into account, and what exactly do they mean? In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand answers these questions and more, arming you with the knowledge you need to better understand and execute your SEO work.

                    Image Link Building – Whiteboard Friday

                    Britney Muller, December 15th

                    Thumbs: 48
                    Comments: 63

                    Image link building is a delicate art. There are some distinct considerations from traditional link building, and doing it successfully requires a balance of creativity, curiosity, and having the right tools on hand. In this Whiteboard Friday, Moz’s own SEO and link building aficionado Britney Muller offers up concrete advice for successfully building links via images.


                    The top 5 posts in Advanced SEO

                    2017′s top posts in the advanced SEO category cover just about every post type we like to publish (and that you like to read): in-depth case studies, Whiteboard Fridays, best practice advice, and solid how-tos.

                    [Case Study] How We Ranked #1 for a High-Volume Keyword in Under 3 Months

                    Dmitry Dragilev, April 19th

                    Thumbs: 73
                    Comments: 140

                    If you’ve been struggling to take the number-one spot in the SERPs for a competitive keyword, take a cue from this case study. Dmitry Dragilev shares his team’s 8-step methodology for ranking first in a popular niche.

                    How Google AdWords (PPC) Does and Doesn’t Affect Organic Results – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, November 17th

                    Thumbs: 68
                    Comments: 89

                    It’s common industry knowledge that PPC can have an effect on our organic results. But what effect is that, exactly, and how does it work? In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand covers the ways paid ads influence organic results — and one very important way they don’t.

                    SEO Best Practices for Canonical URLs + the Rel=Canonical Tag – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, July 14th

                    Thumbs: 62
                    Comments: 87

                    If you’ve ever had any questions about the canonical tag, well, have we got the Whiteboard Friday for you. In this episode, Rand defines what rel=canonical means and its intended purpose, when it’s recommended you use it, how to use it, and sticky situations to avoid.

                    How to Uncover Hidden Keyword-Level Data Using Google Sheets

                    Sarah Lively, February 13th

                    Thumbs: 42
                    Comments: 83

                    Which keywords are driving your organic traffic? Keyword-level data doesn’t have to be (not provided). Sarah Lively shares a smart solution using two free add-ons for Google Sheets.

                    How Long Should Your Meta Description Be? (2018 Edition)

                    Dr. Pete, December 19th

                    Thumbs: 49
                    Comments: 76

                    The end of November saw a spike in the average length of SERP snippets. Across 90K results, we found a definite increase but many oddities, such as video snippets. Our data suggests that many snippets are exceeding 300 characters, and we recommend a new meta description limit of 300 characters.


                    The top 5 posts in Technical SEO

                    Technical SEO posts are some of my favorite categories to publish (which is perhaps a strange sentiment coming from a poetry major). The debate that recently raged — about whether it’s necessary or unnecessary for SEO — will always stick with many of us, as will Rand’s excellent Whiteboard Friday rebuttal on the topic.

                    XML Sitemaps: The Most Misunderstood Tool in the SEO’s Toolbox

                    Michael Cottam, April 11th

                    Thumbs: 43
                    Comments: 83

                    XML sitemaps are a powerful tool for SEOs, but are often misunderstood and misused. Michael Cottam explains how to leverage XML sitemaps to identify and resolve indexation problems.

                    JavaScript & SEO: Making Your Bot Experience As Good As Your User Experience

                    Alexis Sanders, June 20th

                    Thumbs: 56
                    Comments: 79

                    More and more, we’re realizing it’s incredibly important for us as SEOs to understand JavaScript’s impact on search experience. Can search engines see your content and experience your site the way a user does? If not, what solutions can you use to fix it?

                    Pros and Cons of HTTPS Services: Traditional vs Let’s Encrypt vs Cloudflare

                    JR Ridley, September 13th

                    Thumbs: 38
                    Comments: 78

                    Thinking about going secure? It’s more important than ever, with Google issuing security warnings for many non-secure sites in Chrome. This comparison of three popular HTTPS services will help you determine the best option for implementing an SSL certification on your site.

                    Mastering Google Search Operators in 67 Easy Steps

                    Dr. Pete, March 1st

                    Thumbs: 82
                    Comments: 76

                    Google search operators are like chess – knowing how the pieces move doesn’t make you a master. Dive into 67 examples, from content research to site audits, and level up your search operator game.

                    Unlocking Hidden Gems Within Schema.org

                    Alexis Sanders, October 18th

                    Thumbs: 45
                    Comments: 69

                    Schema.org can be a confusing resource if you’re trying to learn how to use and implement structured data. This mini-guide arms you with the right kind of thinking to tackle your next structured data project.


                    The top 5 posts in Keyword Research

                    The posts generating the most buzz in our keyword research category seem to revolve around quick yet effective wins and tactical advice. And with time constraints being one of the biggest challenges reported in our Reader’s Survey, it’s really no surprise.

                    The Lazy Writer’s Guide to 30-Minute Keyword Research

                    Britney Muller, July 26th

                    Thumbs: 52
                    Comments: 54

                    Keyword research doesn’t have to be a marathon bender. A brisk 30-minute walk can provide incredible insights — insights that connect you with a wider audience on a deeper level. Britney Muller shares several ways to get your keyword research tasks done efficiently and well.

                    The Keyword + Year Content/Rankings Hack – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, February 10th

                    Thumbs: 63
                    Comments: 49

                    What’s the secret to earning site traffic from competitive keywords with decent search volume? The answer could be as easy as 1, 2, 3 — or more precisely, 2, 0, 1, 7. In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand lets you in on a relatively straightforward tactic that can help you compete in a tough space using very fresh content.

                    3 Tactics for Hyperlocal Keywords – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, February 24th

                    Thumbs: 63
                    Comments: 47

                    Trying to target a small, specific region with your keywords can prove frustrating. While reaching a high-intent local audience is incredibly valuable, without volume data to inform your keyword research, you’ll find yourself hitting a wall. In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand shares how to uncover powerful, laser-focused keywords that will reach exactly the right people.

                    Which of My Competitor’s Keywords Should (& Shouldn’t ) I Target? – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, November 24th

                    Thumbs: 45
                    Comments: 44

                    You don’t want to try to rank for every one of your competitors’ keywords. Like most things with SEO, it’s important to be strategic and intentional with your decisions. In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand shares his recommended process for understanding your funnel, identifying the right competitors to track, and prioritizing which of their keywords you ought to target.

                    NEW in Keyword Explorer: See Who Ranks & How Much with Keywords by Site

                    Rand Fishkin, October 23rd

                    Thumbs: 41
                    Comments: 43

                    It’s not often that a product-focused post makes our blog’s Best of the Year list, so this is both interesting and heartening to see. We worked really hard to bring better data and more usefulness to Keyword Explorer this year, and y’all left some really kind sentiments in the comments. Thanks for always being here for us, folks! :)


                    The top 5 posts in Content

                    I won’t say it, I promise. ;) But content is just as important as ever, and the rather vague advice of “create great content and the rest will come” has certainly gotten a bit exhausting over the years. We’ve made an effort to publish more actionable ways to think about and use content, and it seems like that’s been resonating with you so far!

                    Refurbishing Top Content – Whiteboard Friday

                    Britney Muller, February 3rd

                    Thumbs: 66
                    Comments: 82

                    You’ve got top-performing content on your site that does really well. Maybe it’s highly converting, maybe it garners the most qualified traffic — but it’s just sitting there gathering dust. Isn’t there something else you can do with content that’s clearly proven its worth?

                    As it turns out, there is! In this Whiteboard Friday, Britney Muller shares three easy steps for identifying, repurposing, and republishing your top content to juice every drop of goodness out of it.

                    What We Learned From Analyzing 1.4 Million Featured Snippets

                    A.J. Ghergich, January 17th

                    Thumbs: 48
                    Comments: 78

                    From optimal snippet length, to practical application tips, to which queries prefer tables, lists, or paragraphs, learn everything you need to know to supercharge your snippet wins.

                    The Perfect Blog Post Length and Publishing Frequency is B?!!$ #÷x – Whiteboard Friday

                    Rand Fishkin, August 18th

                    Thumbs: 76
                    Comments: 65

                    The perfect blog post length or publishing frequency doesn’t actually exist. “Perfect” isn’t universal — your content’s success depends on tons of personalized factors. In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand explains why the idea of “perfect” is baloney when it comes to your blog, and lists what you should actually be looking for in a successful publishing strategy.

                    Learning to Re-Share: 4 Strategies to Renew, Refresh, and Recycle Content for Bigger Reach

                    Jen Carney, August 2nd

                    Thumbs: 31
                    Comments: 51

                    You’ve spend too much time and effort on content creation to share it only once. Check out four smart strategies you can implement today to improve the reach of your existing content.

                    How to Build the Right Content Marketing Strategy for SEO Growth

                    Alli Berry, November 15th

                    Thumbs: 30
                    Comments: 51

                    Keywords are important for innumerable SEO tasks, but driving your content marketing strategy isn’t one of them. Your strategy should be based on the audience you’re trying to reach if you want your organic traffic to convert.


                    Paid Search Marketing

                    While it perhaps seems a little strange for an SEO blog to cover, paid search plays an important part in our digital marketing world, and as reported in our Reader’s Survey, plenty of us wear more than one hat. Here are the top posts from 2017 that generated the most commentary about all things paid:

                    Do iPhone Users Spend More Online Than Android Users?

                    Martin Meany, October 11th

                    Thumbs: 27
                    Comments: 71

                    iPhone users tend to spend 3x as much as Android users, according to an analysis of 31 million mobile e-commerce sessions. Digital marketers can capitalize on this revelation via Facebook and AdWords.

                    Branding Success: How to Use PPC to Amplify Your Brand

                    Purna Virji, February 21st

                    Thumbs: 34
                    Comments: 44

                    You might be surprised to learn that branding and PPC go hand-in-hand. Find out how to leverage your PPC campaigns to strengthen your brand and win conversions and loyalty from your customers.

                    No, Paid Search Audiences Won’t Replace Keywords

                    Kirk Williams, May 30th

                    Thumbs: 33
                    Comments: 29

                    Keywords or audience targeting? Kirk Williams sets out to argue that far from being dead, keywords are still the most useful tool in the paid search marketer’s toolbox.

                    Paid Social for Content Marketing Launches – Whiteboard Friday

                    Kane Jamison, September 29th

                    Thumbs: 31
                    Comments: 29

                    Stuck in a content marketing rut? Relying on your existing newsletter, social followers, or email outreach won’t do your launches justice. Boosting your signal with paid social both introduces your brand to new audiences and improves your launch’s traffic and results. In this Whiteboard Friday, we’re welcoming back our good friend Kane Jamison to highlight four straightforward, actionable tactics you can start using ASAP.

                    The Step-By-Step Guide to Testing Voice Search Via PPC

                    Purna Virji, March 21st

                    Thumbs: 30
                    Comments: 24

                    Conversational interfaces are becoming more and more popular, but it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to voice search. A $ 50 PPC budget is enough to jumpstart your voice search keyword list and strategy — learn how in this step-by-step guide.


                    Top comments by thumbs up

                    Comments are my favorite blog post success metric, and it simply wouldn’t do if we didn’t honor the folks who contributed the most popular comments in 2017. Thank you, all of you, for sharing your thoughts with the greater Moz and SEO community, and for taking precious time out of your day to make the blog a more interesting and better place. And for all the comment lurkers out there like me, I offer you solemn solidarity and zero judgment (but I’d be delighted to see y’all venture out from behind the screen now and again ;) .

                    1. Praveen Sharma on “10 Things that DO NOT (Directly) Affect Your Google Rankings – Whiteboard Friday” – 58 thumbs up

                    Short, sweet, accurate, relevant advice is the name of the game. :) We’ve had feedback before that some readers come to the blog for the comments as much as the post itself, and this example shows why. Thanks for sharing your insight, Praveen!

                    2. SEOMG on “7 ‹Title Tag› Hacks for Increased Rankings + Traffic – Whiteboard Friday” – 42 thumbs up

                    Much like the above, this comment exemplifies clear, useful examples related to the post topic. You rock, SEOMG!

                    3. Praveen Sharma on “The 3 Easiest Link Building Tactics Any Website Can Use to Acquire Their First 50 Links – Whiteboard Friday” – 39 thumbs up

                    Swooping in again with another helpful tidbit to add to the blog post at hand, Praveen’s made it on the Top 10 list twice. We really appreciate your contributions, Praveen!

                    4. Trevor Klein on “Moz Transitions: Rand to Step Away from Operations and into Advisory Role in Early 2018” – 38 thumbs up

                    A bittersweet comment that clearly struck a chord with many in our community. Rand, I hope you know how much we all love and appreciate you! And Trevor, thank you so much for your candid and genuine thoughts; you truly spoke for all of us there.

                    5. Gianluca Fiorelli on “SEO Best Practices for Canonical URLs + the Rel=Canonical Tag – Whiteboard Friday” – 30 thumbs up

                    Gianluca’s comments on the Moz Blog are legendary; each one is a treasure, a miniature blog post in and of itself. Thank you for sharing your smarts with us, Gianluca!

                    6. Rand Fishkin on “What Do Google’s New, Longer Snippets Mean for SEO? – Whiteboard Friday” – 28 thumbs up

                    By using the comments section to clarify a few points about his Whiteboard Friday video and highlight his advice, Rand adds extra value and oomph to the post as a whole… and the community responded. :) Thank you for always leaving 10X comments, Rand!

                    7. Eric Hahn on “10 Things that DO NOT (Directly) Affect Your Google Rankings – Whiteboard Friday” – 26 thumbs up

                    The discussion in the thread spurred by this helpful, on-topic comment is the kind of lively, educational back-and-forth we love to witness. Thank you for inspiring folks to ask questions and learn, Eric!

                    8. Igor Gorbenko on “What Do Google’s New, Longer Snippets Mean for SEO? – Whiteboard Friday” – 25 thumbs up

                    It makes me really happy that our community has — and rewards — such awesome personality. Igor, thank you for your wit and your insights! ᕕ(⌐■_■)ᕗ ♪♬

                    9. Tim Soulo on “Moz Transitions: Rand to Step Away from Operations and into Advisory Role in Early 2018” – 22 thumbs up

                    The blog community definitely resonated with all the heartfelt, personal stories shared on this post. Tim, thank you for sharing!

                    10. Gianluca Fiorelli on “Comment Marketing: How to Earn Benefits from Community Participation – Whiteboard Friday” – 21 thumbs up

                    In an incredibly meta turn of events, Gianluca’s comment on our Comment Marketing Whiteboard Friday rounds out the list of 2017′s top comments on the Moz Blog. I don’t think there’s a person on this Internet that’s done a better job of personal comment marketing than Gianluca! :)


                    Here’s to you!

                    Thank you all, each and every one of you, for helping to keep our little community a thriving, nurturing place to learn SEO, share ideas, and hey, even make mistakes now and again. It’s an honor to have a hand in providing content to such a TAGFEE and brilliant group of people, and I can’t describe how excited I am for all that 2018 will bring.

                    Let me know in the comments how you liked the change-up this year, what other “Best of” formats or lists you might find helpful, and any other ponderings or thoughts you might have — and thank you again for reading!

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