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Google's 'Speed Update' Makes Mobile Page Speed a Ranking Factor

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There are many factors that are well-known to contribute to decent Google rankings: quality content, optimized meta information, keywords, content freshness, content authority, backlinks - just to name a few. When doing the work to optimize your site, though, the actual strategies for improving some of these factors can be unclear - not to mention how tough it can be to measure your strategies' actual effect on rankings.

Luckily, there's at least one ranking factor that's relatively easy to measure and improve: site speed. And with a recent announcement from Google, it's now time to analyze your mobile site speed and make it as fast as possible.

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Google Officially Extends Snippet Length

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Meta descriptions are one of the most important onpage SEO elements, with webmasters often spending large amounts of time thinking about, researching, and testing different variations to find the most effective description for each page of their site. Together with a page's meta title, the meta description forms a snippet that helps search engines understand and rank a page, while also serving as a "sales pitch" to entice potential visitors.

For years, it's been said that meta descriptions limited to 160 characters are optimal for Google's search results - but it may be time to throw the old playbook out.

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Study: Effective Blog Posts are Longer, More Media-Rich than Ever

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When it comes to creating effective content that gets real results, SEOs and content marketers have had two questions constantly in the back of their minds for years: how long should a blog post be, and how often should a site post a new blog?

Over time, the answers have varied wildly. Long, in-depth blog posts are often touted as a way to get long-term traffic from search, but short, "snackable" articles from 200-500 words have been an industry standard for years. Almost six years ago, we recommended posts between 250 and 1,000 words. So where are we now?

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AdWords Users - It's Time to Implement AMP on Your Landing Pages

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With Google's mobile-first index on its way, SEO-minded webmasters are more focused on mobile load speed than ever before. Simply put, the AMP format allows content to load extremely fast on mobile. In turn, AMP content often sees a lower bounce rate, potentially better search rankings, and even improved engagement.

Now, Google has announced that AdWords search ads will fully support links to AMP landing pages. While it's not known if Google will show preferential treatment to ads that link to AMP pages, one thing is clear: users will be much more likely to engage with your landing page if it loads quickly.

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Which Types of Content Actually Get Conversions?

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Aside from the SEO boost that can come from regularly posting fresh content, marketers know that all internet content needs to be created with a goal in mind. Whether you're trying to drive traffic to your website, generate leads, create brand awareness, or get repeat business, your content should be designed to meet your goals.

When it comes to planning and creating content, different topics, content formats and publishing methods can have a huge impact on your content's effectiveness. A new report suggests that many marketers use specific types of content to successfully convert their site visitors into paying customers.

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