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About Matt Bentley

Part data scientist and part growth marketer, Matt Bentley has spent 20 years growing internet startup companies in 5 different countries as a Founder, CEO, CMO, and SEO consultant. He is the Founder and Chief Scientist of SEO and content marketing software, and intelligent marketing assistant Connect with Matt on Twitter or LinkedIn to chat startups, rock climbing, or how best to balance managing a startup company with being a new dad.

11 Questions to Ask an SEO Agency Before You Hire Them

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Hiring an SEO agency can be daunting. The SEO industry seems particularly plagued with low-quality service providers (including some that are borderline scams), and it's hard to evaluate their skills and expertise if you're not an SEO expert yourself. In this post, we'll help you avoid getting scammed and improve the likelihood that you'll [...]

How Much Does SEO Cost?

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The value of your iPhone is the same whether you paid $300 for it or $1,000. Shopping for commodity products teaches us to look for the lowest possible price (hopefully a HUGE discount from the “normal” price!). But the value, and even the definition, of SEO varies widely. A spammer who clicks one button [...]

Ecommerce SEO Done Right: From Launch to Over $1 Million in Sales With Free Organic Traffic

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  In this case study we’ll share how CanIRank Full Service helped a brand new ecommerce store go from launch to over $1 million in sales using free organic SEO traffic. Bavarian Clockworks is a niche etailer built on the excellent BigCommerce platform that sells authentic handcrafted cuckoo clocks imported from the Black Forest region [...]

What is the Best Keyword Difficulty Tool?

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Keyword research is arguably the most important step in the SEO process. It's the perfect antidote to Google's recent algorithm updates making it increasingly expensive, complicated, and risky to attempt to "punch above your weight" by manipulating your way to the top of the search engine results. Or at least, where the competition is weak [...]

Data-driven SEO Part 2: Does Long Content Really Rank Better?

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Many SEOs have made the claim that long content ranks better, but... Is this yet another example of confusing correlation vs causation? Does longer content just earn more links? Do bigger, more authoritative sites publish longer content? Is longer content just better optimized? Or… will publishing longer content really help you rank better? As one of the [...]

SEO for SaaS: From 0 to $50,000/ month in Free, Organic SEO traffic

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In this SEO case study, we'll share how the brand new SaaS startup PDF Pro used CanIRank Full Service to grow their organic traffic from almost nothing to over 150,000 visitors a month. PDFPro is a SaaS app offering a completely cloud-based solution for creating, editing, and reviewing PDF files, eliminating the need to download expensive and cumbersome [...]

Data-Driven SEO Part 1: Can You Trust Correlation Studies on Search Ranking Factors?

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Search ranking factor correlation studies are bullshit. In the past year, nearly every major SEO media outlet has published their own variation of a search ranking factor correlation study. They scrape huge numbers of search engine results and calculate the correlation between Google rank and various SEO metrics such as number of links, keyword density, or CTR. These correlations, [...]

New Research: Keyword domains still work, despite what Google says

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Keyword domain names were once thought of as a golden ticket to top rankings, but the general consensus in the SEO community seems to be that their power has diminished in the wake of Google's Exact Match Domain update. I have a long history with keyword domains, having been an early promoter of the marketing value [...]

SEO for Startups – 5 Ways to Use Brains Over Budget

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SEO can be challenging for startups. Search engine results heavily favor big brand websites with thousands of links, a recognizable brand name, and virtually unlimited budgets for fresh content. Faced with daunting odds and tepid initial results, many startups quickly give up on SEO as a viable marketing channel. That’s a huge mistake.

Study: Google bias in search results; 40% lean left or liberal

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Although internet search engines like Google play an increasingly prominent role shaping voter opinions and perception of issues and candidates, their ranking algorithms aren’t designed to provide a fairly balanced or completely honest representation of controversial issues. In order to assess how fairly search engine results portray political candidates and controversial issues, we collected over [...]

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