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

By | January 18th, 2017|Research, SEO Knowledge|

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? Using CanIRank’s ability to [...]

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

By | December 21st, 2016|Research, SEO Knowledge|

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

By | December 1st, 2016|Research|

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 [...]

Who would Google vote for? An analysis of political bias in internet search engine results

By | November 21st, 2016|Research|

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 [...]

What is the Best Keyword Difficulty Metric?

By | November 4th, 2016|Research|

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 [...]

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