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Diggity Marketing SEO News Roundup — May 2024

As we roll into May, SEO is quickly becoming less predictable than ever. This roundup will help you catch up with the big controversies, changes, and predictions for the future. You’ll start by getting a briefing on a big fight that went down. Some people are charging that Google Search has been “killed,” and Google has a response for them. You’ll get both sides and the chance to make up your own mind. After that, you’ll get the facts from a block of great case studies. Is AI content detectable? What does the March Core Update do now that the dust has settled? Is 3500% traffic growth possible, and how? At the end, several big news items are covered to help you catch up on everything happening. Google has a new reputation abuse policy you need to comply with, AI is being used in knowledge panels, and new AI paywall options may be coming. Read More


Diggity Marketing SEO News Roundup — April 2024

You won’t want to miss this roundup covering the changes that have come down through the end of March and early April. A huge update has landed, and SEOs have learned many new ways to make the most of AI. The three biggest stories of the month come first. You’ll get a look into the SEO strategies of the biggest digital goliaths, an analysis of the Google Core Update in 2024, and a message directly from Google about the future of spam policies Following the top stories, you’ll find other popular releases from last month that competitive SEOs cannot afford to miss. They have advice on building better backlinks, developing better content with AI, and recovering in case the update hits you. Let’s jump in! Read More

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Case Study: A User-First SEO Strategy That Generated +3700% More Traffic in < 12 Months

Through the numerous core algorithm updates announced over the past few years (most recently in March 2024), Google has made it clear that its focus is on rewarding websites with helpful, user-first content. This means that if your website doesn’t think of your target audience first, you’ll struggle to rank. In this case study, you’ll learn how my team at The Search Initiative grew our client’s organic traffic by 3,773.46% from 1,040 to 40,284 monthly sessions by adopting a client-customized, user-first SEO strategy and implementing some out-of-the-box tactics. In this case study, you’ll learn how to: If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, I cover some of the key insights in this video. First, though, here’s some background about the site we worked on and the main challenges that we overcame during the campaign. Read More


Diggity Marketing SEO News Roundup — March 2024

Reddit will have its content used for more results than ever before and will likely enjoy some traffic growth thanks to increased visibility. Reddit is also receiving access to Google’s Vertex AI platform and plans to use that access to improve search on its own platform. March is going to be a huge month for SEO. Changes are coming for search results and AI and the community has picked up some exciting new tricks following the last round of updates. This roundup will help you catch up. My big three stories of the month are featured first. The set includes a big case study into the sites winning & losing Google updates and a dive into a content deal between Google and Reddit. Then, you’ll read one of my favorite think pieces of the month, “How Google is Killing Independent Sites Like Ours.” After that, you’ll find more SEO stories from the last month that I think are too good to miss. You’ll learn about recent signs of an incoming rank update, a deep investigation into forum & discussion sites, big changes in featured snippets, and more. Read More


Diggity Marketing SEO News Roundup — February 2024

Don’t miss February’s roundup if AI’s impact on SEO has been on your mind. Many of this month’s pieces deal directly with AI and how it is advancing and being optimized. Catch up now so you don’t fall behind. The guides are first. You’ll learn more effective ways to use AI, what big changes to Assistant mean for search, and how to rank quickly with entity AI SEO. The case studies and experiments are next. You’ll see what the data says about growing traffic without SEO, how a company generated 400k+ in revenue with money keywords, and how to most effectively block content from appearing in Google searches. The roundup closes on the SEO and AI news and discussions you shouldn’t miss. You’ll get the latest headlines about changes to core web vitals, examples of how Google grades content from a live audit, and some reasons AI-generated content may rank over original news. Read More


Diggity Marketing SEO News Roundup—January 2024

Jump into the new year with the biggest stories in SEO. This roundup covers AI, SEO heists, and big hints from Google about what’s coming next. First, you’ll review some recent data, analysis, and case studies. You’ll learn some new SGE insights, find out what tests revealed about removing meta descriptions, and learn whether the “SEO heist” we discussed in the last roundup was worth it. Next, you’ll find some guides to help you develop more effective SEO. They’ll teach you what to expect from SGE and Generative AI and how SGE will likely impact your organic traffic going forward. At the end, you’ll find some of the top news stories of the new year. It’s all about Google’s latest moves, including phasing out third-party cookies, the company’s response to a massive spam attack, and removing the previously posted SGE end date. Read More

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Case Study: The Programmatic SEO Approach that Got Attention from Oracle and Google

What if I told you there’s an SEO tactic that allows you to create hundreds of thousands of high quality pages at scale and at a fraction of the cost of doing so manually? Welcome to Programmatic SEO. In this case study, you’ll learn how my team at The Search Initiative grew our client’s organic traffic by 38% sessions. This was achieved by adopting a programmatic approach to SEO. Instead of hiring writers, we designed a single page template and let programming do the rest, creating 500 pages.. Read More


Diggity Marketing SEO News Roundup—December 2023

You need this month’s roundup if recent core or review updates have hit your site. It curates some of the freshest, most in-depth coverage of updates and other urgent SEO topics. The case studies are first. You’ll have plenty of data to sift through, starting with a deep dive into the impact of the Helpful Content Update. Then, you’ll find out the real size of Google’s index and see some numbers on Google Discover traffic declines. Next, you can pick up some new SEO tricks from the guides. You’ll learn how to recognize and respond to the three different SGE snapshots and how to mine Reddit for SEO insights using your favorite AI tool. You’ll also discover the results of a massive SEO “heist.” Last, you’ll get caught up on the latest news in SEO. Discover why some Google patent requests may offer clues for the future. You’ll also read the announcement closing the November Core Update and November Reviews Update. Read More


Diggity Marketing SEO News Roundup – November 2023

Don’t miss this roundup if AI SEO and Google’s recent updates have been on your mind. The guides, case studies, and news items we’ve got for you will catch you up on everything happening. This month’s guides focus on AI and a recent change in Google’s algorithm. You’ll get tips on how to future-proof your marketing for AI, advice on how to incorporate AI chat into your SEO, and a breakdown of how to respond to a broad core update. The case studies are next. First, you’ll learn how Google changes your searches, then you’ll learn what happened to one site when they experimented with removing content. Finally, you’ll get some of the biggest SEO headlines of the past month. Google has announced another update and may have already started a different one. You’ll also learn about Google’s mobile-first indexing announcement and discover how a presidential executive order may impact your marketing tools. Read More


Diggity Marketing SEO News Roundup—October 2023

October’s SEO roundup comes in the aftershock of several huge Google updates and developments that may determine the future of AI content. Get caught up here with the latest case studies, guides, and news. First, the case studies will update you on the latest data. This month’s items are about the updates, including how Google foreshadowed some Helpful Content Update (HCU) changes, how the HCU deployed from rollout to impact, and what you can do about HCU visibility loss. You’ll also get two perspectives about the winners and losers of the core update. After that, the guides will help you adjust to some of the new changes. You’ll get two looks at how to take advantage of recent AI upgrades. Finally, you’ll get caught up on the month’s biggest news. Google confirms the helpful content update is complete, has quietly removed the tag “Written by People, and has made the controversial announcement that links are not a major search factor (I have some thoughts about it). Read More