Ice Bucket Challenge: SEO Success Story

Ice Bucket Challenge: SEO Success Story

As some of you know, V9 participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge a while back.  It was a fun team bonding experience and we’re excited to share in the fundraising and awareness efforts that the campaign encouraged.  By now we don’t even have to explain the premise of this challenge – you could probably recite the specifics on command. Since the wheels are always turning here at V9, we can’t help but think of the Ice Bucket Challenge as more…

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A Deep Dive: Searchmetrics 2014 Ranking Factors Summary

A Deep Dive: Searchmetrics 2014 Ranking Factors Summary

Searchmetrics has released its 2014 reports on SEO Rank Correlations and Ranking Factors, digging down into what makes the top ranking sites the best around, and what we can learn from them. This year the survey confirmed ongoing trends, debunked some common assumptions, and pointed out what upcoming factors will be the most important when getting your site visibility. The survey collected around 300,000 URLS with the best search results and studied around 10,000 informational keywords. The goal was to…

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Google Sitelinks Search Box Allows Quicker Search Results

Google Sitelinks Search Box Allows Quicker Search Results

Hey, guess what? There are new updates from Google (I know, I know; we have heard this a million times, but this time its actually something we believe will have a positive impact!). Drumroll please … As a new feature, Google’s sitelinks search box now allows people to reach your content more quickly from search results. Often, searchers use navigational queries—typing in the brand name or URL of a known site—only to get to the point where they can make…

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Facebook Algorithm Update: Safe Guarding Users From Click Bait

Facebook Algorithm Update: Safe Guarding Users From Click Bait

The old bait and switch is something Facebook users have become entirely too accustomed to, and finally Facebook has an answer. Earlier this week, Facebook announced an algorithm update in a blog post  that will measure the relevancy of links posted by brands. The update analyzes the time it takes a user to come back to Facebook after they click on a link from their newsfeed. This amount of time, known as the bounce rate, will affect how much reach that…

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What You Need to Know About Penguin 3.0 and Website Relevancy Updates

What You Need to Know About Penguin 3.0 and Website Relevancy Updates

NOTE: Additional Updates on Penguin 3.0 and the potential website relevancy update  can be found at the end of this post. If you live and die by internet marketing, August 2014 was likely a volatile month for your search rankings and visibility, and it’s likely to get much more volatile.  With rumors of multiple Google algorithm updates coming our way, what can you do to better prepare your site for the changes, and ultimately, avoid seeing large ranking declines?  While these updates…

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SEO for Ski Resorts – Tips to Making your Season a Success

SEO for Ski Resorts – Tips to Making your Season a Success

Fall’s just around the corner- time to start thinking about powder! That and getting all the inroads to your resort choked with gridlock traffic. In a way, skiing practically sells itself. But with all the choices in the winter games industry, what’s going to get your resort to the top of the Googlesphere? You need an awesome SEO strategy. How do you get this awesome SEO strategy, you ask? Here’s a little taste of the goods:   Embrace the Buzz What’s…

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Is Your Site Secure?  Google Tells Marketers Why It Should Be

Is Your Site Secure? Google Tells Marketers Why It Should Be

NOTE: Additional Updates on site security and the migration to HTTPS can be found at the end of this post. On August 6th, Google made an interesting announcement concerning a change to the search engine giant’s algorithm.  So what makes this announcement especially interesting?  Unlike most changes to the algorithm that work to improve user experience with the search engine, this announcement had one main goal: Security. On the Google Webmaster Central Blog, Google did something it very rarely does.  It identified…

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What To Blog About On Your Company Website

What To Blog About On Your Company Website

Having a company blog can be extremely beneficial to your business in many ways. As high-quality, informative content becomes an increasingly important factor in determining how sites will rank in search results, many businesses are discovering the immense power of having a blog on their company website to increase rankings, increase traffic, expand brand awareness and drive conversions. Today on the Volume 9 blog, we are going to take a look into what kind of content businesses should blog about…

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Google’s “Pigeon” Algorithm Update Ready for Flight

Google’s “Pigeon” Algorithm Update Ready for Flight

Oops, they did it again, another Google Algorithm Update. A little birdie told us the folks at Google are at it again with changes and improvements to their world famous search engine algorithms. This time with updates to the Local Search  feature in both Google Search and Google Maps, the update codenamed “Pigeon” by SearchEngineWorld is designed to offer more relevant, effective, and precise search results that can be ranked similarly to the standard search function. This change will affect…

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Happy Birthday, Colorado! 20 things we love about you.

Happy Birthday, Colorado! 20 things we love about you.

Colorado Day is celebrated on August 1st each year. This is the anniversary of Colorado’s statehood — President Ulysses S. Grant signed the proclamation admitting Colorado to the Union on August 1, 1876 making Colorado the 38th state. One of the great things about Colorado Day is the special perks that come with the state-wide pride: The Parks & Wildlife department offers free access to all Colorado state parks on this special day. According to Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the…

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