The SEO’s Toolbox: Followerwonk

wonkWelcome one, welcome all to 5th instalment of “The SEO’s Toolbox”, thanks for sticking with me on these, so far so good!

Today I’m over the moon to be joined by Peter Bray representing Followerwonk, possibly one of the most well known social analytics  tools on the market. I’ve been using Wonk for almost as long as I’ve been using Twitter and I’m always finding new uses for it, with the help of my peers.

As I’m sure most of you are already aware Wonk recently joined forces with SEOmoz making quite the powerful combinational for anybody with a Moz pro membership.

Anyway, enough of me going on, welcome Peter and welcome Followerwonk…

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Have You Run A Branded Keyword Audit? – (S)NoBoard SEO #22

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Hey folks!

Welcome to my very first video post kindly brought to you in association with Dan Shure of Evolving SEO.

I’ve been a keen follower of Dan’s excellent “NoBoard SEO” series for a few months now and have always wanted to feature a video post on Stoked but just don’t have the setup required here at the moment. Thankfully Dan took a break from clearing the snow outside his house to give us some quick thoughts on keeping track of our branded keywords.

Many thanks to Dan for allowing me to hold this video hostage for a few weeks. I challenged him to give me something actionable and he definitely did that. Enjoy…

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The SEO’s Toolbox: Screaming Frog

Screaming-Frog-LogoWelcome ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls to another exciting instalment of “The SEO’s Toolbox.”

Today I’m delighted to be joined by Dan Sharp of Screaming Frog, one of the most brilliantly named SEO tools/agencies around. Dan has been super cool and offered to hang around the blog today to answer any questions you guys may have about Screaming Frog not covered in the post.

I’m constantly surprised with the creative uses SEO’s come up with for this tool so I’m definitely looking forward to this one. Huge thanks to Dan for getting involved!

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Adventures Of A One Year Old Blogger – StokedSEO 12 Months On

Wow, they say time flies when you’re having fun but has it really been 12 whole content laden months since I set up this little ol’ blog?

Why, yes it has.

A little over 12 months ago I decided to get on this blogging thing for a number of reasons, the main reason, to just get better. I knocked out my first post to get the ball rolling (don’t read it, it’s horrible) and have had a great time getting from there to here. Blogging, or writing in general has never been my greatest skill, it’s not something I hugely enjoy, or I didn’t think it was and I didn’t even leave high school with a reasonable level of competence  (I had to retake English to get on my College IT course)

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The SEO’s Toolbox: Übersuggest

ubersuggest_boxWelcome to the 3rd in “The SEO’s Toolbox” series!

Today I’m delighted to be in the company of Alessandro Martin the Italian SEO behind the totally awesome Übersuggest keyword tool. I’m very greatful to Alessandro for giving up his time in order to answer my questions, I know he’s super busy working.

Grazie Mille Alex!

Übersuggest is one of the most popular and useful free keyword tools around (it actually powers the ultimate link building query generator from an earlier post), just a quick look at the site’s backlink profile will bring the scale of this tool’s popularity. Multiple links from industry leading sites like SEOmoz, SEOBook, SE Watch, Marketing Land and ProBlogger make for impressive reading.

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The SEO’s Toolbox: Social Crawlytics

YousafWelcome to the second in the series of the SEO’s toolbox!

Today I’m honoured to be in the company of Yousaf Sekander of Rocket Mill the brains behind the awesome social share monitoring tool “Social Crawlytics”.  Social Crawl (that’s what us cool kids call it) made quite a splash in 2012 and I was fortunate to get in on it very early. It’s an excellent social tool to monitor your own sites but for me it REALLY comes into it’s own when analysing competitors social activity.

Over to you Yousaf…

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The SEO’s Toolbox: Microsite Masters

microsite-masters-rank-trackerWelcome to the first post in what I hope will be a long running series of interviews I’ve been wanting to put together for some time now. I will be speaking to some of the amazing people behind SEO tools we all know and love over the coming months, hopefully bringing some insight into the great tools available to SEOs, and maybe bringing you a few hidden gems along the way?

First up is a rank tracking tool which I’ve been using for a little while now to follow a couple of clients sites and have been really impressed so far. Rank tracking is a hot topic at the moment with the announcement from Raven tools that they are to drop rank tracking and other scraped data in 2013 with others sure to follow. The irony of Google punishing others for scraping data won’t be lost on those of us who’ve been in the industry for more than 10 minutes.

Anyway, over to my first guest, Nick Cuttonaro of Microsite Masters….

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The future of SEO in 2013

Wow! What a year it’s been in SEO 2012, we’ve had the crackdown on link networks, EMD’s, Panda, Penguin, and Piranha.

Ok, I made the last one up, but there should have been Piranha update right?

It got me thinking, what on earth is Google going to throw at us in 2013? How can they top that? I had no idea, so I thought I’d ask some of my favourite SEO’s instead. I’d just like to thank everybody who contributed to this (especially Shelli who also did all the awesome graphics), almost everybody contacted was more than happy to be involved, some of these replies could be post on their own and I’m humbled the amount of time people have put into this. So thank you guys (and gals!)

The question I posed was simply what they believe is going to happen to the industry in 2013. How do they think Google will be changing, which factors will take a hit and which will be moving up the food chain in terms of importance.

Enjoy…

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Quick and Dirty Citation Finder for Local Business

I’ve been working recently with a few small local businesses, trying to give them some quick and simple tips on getting the websites they have created onto the first page for a few major keywords in their niche. These aren’t my usual gigs and are more me just dropping the odd email here and there saying “Do this”, “Change that” and “No, you did it wrong, try again”. I’m doing these in the main to help out a few buddies with very little in the way of “cash” changing hands so the amount of time I can put in is at a premium. Santa with 'Will work for beer' sign

Photo: Mark Holloway/Flickr

One of the key factors of local SEO of course is citations and we’ve just got to the point in one of the projects where I’m saying, look, you need to go get you some citations. I explain this to my “clients”. Blank faces stare back at me. What I want to go through in this post isn’t your real high end, flashy local SEO, it’s more of the stuff that needs to be done to a new site just to get the ball rolling. If you’re looking for something more upmarket then I suggest you check out these posts on Skyrocket and Anthony’s piece on Cucumber Nebula. If you don’t mind slumming it and getting your hands dirty then stick around, I’m about to light the bum fire. [Read more...]

The Ultimate Link Building Query Generator

Many of you will have caught this post from Jayson over at SEO Teky where he introduced us to his pretty sweet guest post finding tool.

The “Guest Post Query Generator” fetched keyword derivatives from UberSuggest and then generated the Google search query for each of these in real time. I was really impressed with how brilliantly simple this tool was, you simply put in your search term, wait a couple of seconds and you’re ready to rock.

Not only was I impressed but it made me think, could you use this spreadsheet to generate other queries for link building?

Guest posting is one of the hot tactics on the link building scene, possibly too hot as discussed by Chairman Cutts in the video below (Kudos to AJ Kohn for asking the question!) but it’s not the only tactic in the SEO’s toolbox.

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