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Recent Survey Reveals the Top 3 Local Search Ranking Factors Your SMB Needs to Thrive

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As the digital marketplace becomes an increasingly competitive space, it is difficult for many startups and SMBs to determine the best strategies to attract new customers and boost growth opportunities. Fortunately, the recent results from Moz’s 2018 Local Search Ranking Factors survey delivered important data revealing which online marketing elements currently impact search results most heavily. Moz’s study, based on input from experts in the SEO and marketing communities, determined that the three resources below may be the most effective ways for businesses to generate higher rankings and outperform the competition.

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Linkable Content vs. Shareable Content: When and How to Do Both

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Your content strategy should include specific goals for everything you publish. Consistently creating new, valuable content is incredibly important for SEO, lead generation and general visibility, but there's just so much content currently being produced that "publishing for the sake of publishing" simply doesn't cut it in many industries. The best content is both valuable to users and specifically designed to help you achieve your goals.

Two of the most popular goals for content include generating backlinks and getting social shares. The content you create in pursuit of these two goals will most likely have specific and opposing characteristics.

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Google Penguin Update on the Way: Time to Analyze Your Backlinks

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When Google's Penguin algorithm first went live nearly four years ago, sites that were engaging in black hat link schemes saw massive reductions in search rank and traffic that ended up being very difficult to recover from. At it's best, Penguin helped even the playing field by penalizing sites that were gaming the system through dubious link building. Unfortunately, it also killed some sites whose webmasters were unaware they were doing anything wrong or unethical.

Now, a new and potentially final Penguin update could be on its way. Analyzing your backlink profile can help ensure your rankings don't plummet.

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Skyscraper Content: Invest Some Time In Being the Best

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There are seemingly endless ways to make your content stand out when it comes to content marketing. Maybe you can provide a unique perspective or voice that others in your industry don't have. Maybe your content will get attention because it's fun and entertaining.

The most basic possibility, however, is that people will link and share your content because it's the best source for a certain topic. This is where content marketers are using the term "skyscraper content." While the concept is extremely broad, it could be hugely beneficial for gaining exposure and establishing yourself as an authority.

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Is the Riskiness of Link Building Too High? Experts Are Divided

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John Mueller recently announced that Google's Penguin 3.0 update is likely to launch sometime this year. Webmasters won't really be able to evaluate its effect until after it's put into place of course, but the repercussions of the update shouldn't be all that surprising.

SEOs hopefully learned some lessons about spammy linking after Panda 2.0 ended up wreaking havoc with the traffic and rankings for some sites. Despite all the chatter over Penguin, however, nobody can seem to definitively assess the riskiness of link building. Experts disagree about even some of the most "dangerous" tactics.

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