The 6 WordPress Mistakes Made by Newbies

The 6 WordPress Mistakes Made by Newbies

WordPress is a great platform for blogging. It’s navigational dashboard allows students, moms, and small and large businesses to easily add content without ever taking a web design or development course. Unfortunately, even WordPress isn’t flawless. There are a few “gotchas!” which can throw even experienced bloggers for a loop. Here are some of the top WordPress mistakes that WordPress Newbs (or veterans) can make. 1. Changing Permalinks The ideal blog URL structure should look something like this: http://www.v9seo.com/blog/2015/03/26/5-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-a-better-digital-marketer/ Whether…

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How to Identify Bad Links in Your Link Profile

How to Identify Bad Links in Your Link Profile

Your link profile (meaning the collection of backlinks to your website) plays a major role in your search engine rankings. Consequently, bad backlinks, or simply “bad links”, can negatively impact your SEO. That’s why it’s important to identify the bad links in your link profile, and then make an educated decision about what to do with each one. What is a Bad Link? Bad links come in various forms, but in general they are backlinks that Google sees as “unnatural”….

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V9 Sponsoring SearchCon 2015

V9 Sponsoring SearchCon 2015

Volume Nine is proud to be a Black Diamond Sponsor of SearchCon 2015 which is taking place on April 9th and 10th right here in our lovely town of Breckenridge, Colorado.  The conference will cover a variety of topics including Search Engine Optimization, Internet Marketing, Social Media, and Content Marketing. The conference provides attendees an “escape to the mountains” with breaks on Friday to squeeze a few ski runs in before heading back to more high-energy and intimate settings that should allow…

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Don’t Panic! The Only 3 Things You Need to Know About the Google Mobile Update

Don’t Panic! The Only 3 Things You Need to Know About the Google Mobile Update

We are just a few short weeks away from a significant mobile-friendly algorithm update set to debut by Google. Although the announcement is not altogether a surprise, alarm has still been raised among many Webmasters. What Is the Google Mobile Update?  On April 21, 2015, Google will begin rolling out the mobile update, which assesses pages in real-time on an individual, page-by-page basis.  Google also states they will “use information from indexed apps as a factor in ranking for signed-in…

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Friday Fun-time: Upgrade to the New Google Hangouts

Friday Fun-time: Upgrade to the New Google Hangouts

Prior to working as a Content Marketing specialist at Volume Nine, I worked for a group of radio stations writing commercials. It was not uncommon to see people whizzing through the halls on scooters or hearing a DJ screaming his head off while on the air. It was a loud place, to say the least. When I joined Volume Nine, it was a bit of a culture shock; the world of SEO was quite different from the world of radio….

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How to Find Duplicate Content on Your Website

How to Find Duplicate Content on Your Website

What is Duplicate Content? In terms of SEO, duplicate content refers to a piece of text on a web page that is exactly the same as, or very similar to text on another web page. Search engines don’t like duplicate content, plain and simple; and when Google flags a web page as “duplicate”, that specific page will likely suffer in the SERPs. In fact, if it’s difficult for a search engine to tell which page between two or more is the original…

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The Top Sweet Sixteen SEO Tools You Should Know About

The Top Sweet Sixteen SEO Tools You Should Know About

When my beloved Kansas Jayhawks didn’t make it to the Sweet 16 this year, I decided not to let it get me down. Instead, I put the time I WOULD have spent watching the games last night wisely and put together a Sweet 16 of my own. Below, are 16 of best SEO tools out there (in my humble opinion). I’m nothing, if not topical. Google Analytics (GA) GA is the best site analytics platform out there, period. There are certainly…

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5 Harsh Truths that Will Make You a Better Digital Marketer

5 Harsh Truths that Will Make You a Better Digital Marketer

Sometimes in life, getting smacked in the face with a 2×4 of truth is the best thing for us. No one really likes brutal honesty, but the fact of the matter is, it is usually the only way to really grow. This is as true in the online marketing space as it is in any other realm of life. It never ceases to amaze me how often we as digital marketers (and SEOs especially) can entirely miss the point of…

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How to Write a Kick A$$ Meta Description that Gets Clicks

How to Write a Kick A$$ Meta Description that Gets Clicks

Although Google does not factor meta descriptions into the page’s ranking, meta descriptions still pack a mighty punch when it comes to your click-through rate (CTR) in SERPs. But with a mere 155 charcters to work with how are you going to persuade searchers to click your link and visit your web page? Let’s find out what Meta Tag Man has to say about how to write a meta description that actually gets clicks. Know What Meta Descriptions Are All…

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Google Doorway Pages Update Explained

Google Doorway Pages Update Explained

In case you missed it, Google updated their Webmaster Guidelines around Doorway Pages on Monday. Essentially, doorway pages have never been a good SEO technique (except perhaps in the mid-2000’s), but now Google is taking an even more direct stance on them: just don’t do it. Stuff like this can cause some huge (and often hilarious – SEOs are usually huge nerds) discussions, debates, and disagreements within the SEO community.  All the clarifications and opinions on this latest change are evolving in…

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