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The Recipe For SEO Success Show

The Recipe for SEO Success podcast helps you expand your understanding of all things Search Engine Optimisation and learn from experts you can trust. Listen to award winning SEO copywriting and SEO Consultant Kate Toon chat with her expert guests about all things Google including: - Optimisation tips and techniques - The latest SEO news and updates - Real life SEO case studies and critiques - Focus on different aspects of SEO from link building and local to ecommerce and engagement.
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Oct 16, 2018

 

Content marketing can feel overwhelming, there's so much you can do, but what should you be doing?

Joining me today is Shannon Morrison, not only is he incredibly lovable he’s also a genius when it comes to all aspects of content marketing.

Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the content marketing pool or you’ve been attempting to swim in it for a while, this pod is for you.

Tune in to learn:

  • What content marketing is
  • How to find your audience
  • What goes into creating content
  • The types of content you can create
  • Top mistakes people make with developing content
  • Simple vs advanced content
  • Planning a good content approach
  • Developing a long term content strategy, including basic and advanced content options
  • How SEO factors into a content strategy
  • Helpful tools when developing content
Oct 2, 2018

Real life business owners explain their Digital Marketing secrets.

In my Reality SEO series I interview REAL LIFE HUMANS for who've transformed their businesses with simple digital marketing and SEO techniques.

These practical episode include real life advice for real life humans.

My third Reality SEO guest is Kate Merryweather

Kate has worked hard on her SEO to optimise her site, and one her biggest wins was reducing her site speed from a bloated 13 seconds to a lean mean speedy machine of 3 seconds.

Oct 1, 2018

Yoast is my favourite SEO plugin for WordPress.

I use it on all my business websites and yes, I have eight.

And I advise all my students to do the same. In my opinion, it's crucial for a great SEO strategy.
So why Yoast?

And what makes it great?

Today, we're going to find out some secret Yoast tips that you can use to boost your SEO because we are talking with the man himself, Joost from Yoast is here to answer questions and explain how to use Yoast to its full potential.

Tune in to learn:

  • Why Yoast is called Yoast
  • How Joost going into WordPress plugin Development
  • Why Joost thinks Yoast is the best SEO plugin
  • Why Yoast has so many effing updates!
  • Why the Traffic light system is not a golden bullet
  • How Yoast work with Google, the other big plugins and themes to ensure their updates work
  • Big changes coming to Yoast 9.0 with linguistic morphology features
  • Yoasts sexy new Gutenberg features
  • How Joost handles social media attacks
  • Who's speaking at the upcoming YoastCon event
  • What Joost thinks will be the big thing for SEO in 2019.
Sep 4, 2018

Nikola Minkov shares his best tips for implementing Schema

Schema. When I first heard about Schema I could feel the terror from my chest to the bottom of my bottom. What is Schema? Do I really need it? Can’t I just pretend it doesn’t exist?

Lucky for me, all my fears have been allayed as in this week’s pod Nikola Minkov breaks Schema down. We run through the A to Z of Schema, ways you can implement Schema now where you’re a beginner or a pro. If you feel the Schema terror or are simply intrigued and want some solid Schema strategies, this pod is for you.

Tune in to learn:

  • What is Schema?
  • Why is Schema important?
  • What are the benefits of Schema markup?
  • Great Schema plugins
  • Are plugins or manual Schema best?
  • What is Google’s structured data testing tool?
  • Schema troubleshooting
  • Schema Q&A from the digital masterchefs.
Sep 4, 2018

Real life business owners explain their Digital Marketing secrets.

So today I'm starting something new.

I'm interviewing REAL LIFE HUMANS for my podcast who've changed their digital marketing for good and uses simple techniques to transform their business and brand.
These shorter episodes will include practical DOABLE advice for real life humans (not lofty abstract tips that require 40 hours a week of effort and a $100k budget).

First off the rank Jenny De Lacy.

Jenny explains how some simple usability changes improved conversion on her home page, encouraged more sign ups to her lead magnet and ultimate drove more sales.

Aug 14, 2018

Tim Capper answers our burning Local SEO questions

Local SEO and the mysterious local pack. We all yearn to crawl our way in and mostly, we fail. What is the secret to mastering local SEO?

In this week’s pod we put our burning Local SEO questions to the master. We run through the best strategies to make it into the local pack and how to widen your local search opportunities. If you’ve spent many night trying to conquer the beast that is Local SEO, this pod is for you.

Tune in to learn:

  • Can I optimise for “near me” searches?
  • How to compete with big city level searches
  • Is putting more than one suburb in title tags and meta descriptions a good idea?
  • How do I know if I’m ranking in the local pack?
  • The best way to differentiate Google My Business clicks to other click throughs to the website in Google Analytics
  • How to prepare for voice search queries
Jul 25, 2018

Since I started my pod, not one but 4 of the big SEO software companies have started their own podcasts.

They have money, high production values, teams, audio people, dancing girls and lazers.

I have me, in a hut, with a really annoying dog next door who never stops effing barking.

I've been sketchy with my schedule.
I've wondered if it's worth it.
I've had horrible bouts of imposter syndrome.

But today I got a huge boost because not only did the spokesperson for GOOGLE recommend my podcast, but one of the most popular SEO news sites published a link to my podcast.

It's reinvigorated me to keep on going with the pod. And to make some changes.

 

Jun 19, 2018

Practical tips for normal humans

As you’ll know, if you listened to the podcast with John Mueller, Google has moved to a mobile first index.

So what does this mean for you small business owner?

Must you burn your site to the ground and start again?

Must you pay big bucks to your website developer to do all the things?

Must your site be faster than a otter sliding down a greasy tube?

Well no, and yes. And a bit more no.

In this episode we’re going to pass on 10 easy ways to improve your site’s mobile optimisation.

So oil up your ears people, it’s going to be fun!

Tune in to learn:

  • What mobile first means
  • Why Mobile optimisation is a top priority for all businesses
  • Important tips to improve speed
  • How to make your site touch screen ready
  • How to handle font and contrast issues
  • The importance of usability
  • What to do with pop ups
  • Why click to call is essential
  • Great tools to test out your site
May 23, 2018

Learn the ins and outs of voice search and the potential for your business

Voice search is a speech recognition technology that allows users like you and me to perform searches via a voice command. Voice search can be used with smartphones and other small web-enabled devices.

It’s hard to say exactly how many search queries are voice-based since Google doesn’t publish that exact information regularly.

But we do know that it’s rising and that soon, voice searches may represent the majority of total searches.

In this episode, I’m going to uncover everything there is to know about voice search and how it’s changing the world of SEO.

Tune in to learn:

  • What voice search is and how it works
  • Why voice searches are on the rise
  • The positives and negatives of voice search
  • How Google generates the results for voice searches
  • Will voice search completely change the market for normal SEO services?
  • Will voice search cause normal SEO services to eventually become obsolete?
  • How do you optimize website content for a voice search?
  • What is the next big thing for voice search?
May 7, 2018

We get the inside track from Google themselves

Google, it’s a mystery - right?
What the hell to they want from us?
What fiery hoops must we force our websites to jump through to meet their never-ending list of demands?

And why do they keep changing things?

But rather than pull your hair out and mutter swear words under your breath, I have a solution for you. We can ask GOOGLE what they’re up to.

That’s why I’m super super delighted to have John Mueller back on the show today for a Google Q&A.

Tune in to learn:

  • Why most websites don’t have the basics covered
  • John Mueller’s top recommendation for ecommerce stores to increase visibility on Google
  • The importance of the H1
  • What’s the best way for ecommerce sites to use Google My Business?
  • How big your service area should be
  • If Google will ever offer SEO certification
  • Whether Google has too much power
  • And other super important Google questions
Apr 9, 2018

Best practices and what it means for your business website

On Monday, March 26, 2018 Google announced that after a year and a half of careful experimentation and testing they’re migrating sites that follow best practices for mobile first indexing.

The much talked about Mobile first index is finally here.

But what does this mean for the average small business website owner?

How will this site affect their web traffic, and what changes do they need to make to their websites to ensure they maintain their rankings, today I’m talking with John Mueller from Google all about this momentous change.

Tune in to learn:

  • What does mobile first indexing mean
  • Why Google are making this change
  • What are the best practices for mobile first sites
  • What impact will mobile first have on the average business website owner
  • Is having a responsive site enough
  • How important is speed when it comes to mobile sites
  • And other super important Google questions

https://therecipeforseosuccess.com/mobile-first-with-john-mueller/

Mar 6, 2018

How to boost brand awareness and links with PR

You might not realise it but PR and SEO go together like jam and scones.

While some people like to keep their digital communications in neat little pots, the truth is that the lines are very much blurred these days.

If you can write a press release that generates real media coverage, it will boost your SEO efforts with traffic, awareness and those all-important links.

So how can small businesses and DIYers use PR to boost their SEO?

In this episode of the podcast I’m talking with Mez about how his agency uses press coverage and PR to build Google juice for their clients, and how you can too.

Tune in to learn:

  • What PR is
  • What influence outreach is
  • Why PR helps SEO
  • Mez’s tips for building media awareness
  • Mez’s tips for influence outreach
  • How Mez measures PR and SEO success

 https://therecipeforseosuccess.com/pr-using-media-boost-seo/

Feb 20, 2018

Okay, so it’s time to make big changes to your website.

Perhaps you want to move to a new platform.
Or finally change from HTTP to HTTPS.
Perhaps you’re changing your domain name.

While this might be great for business, it’s important to understand just how big of an impact a poorly managed site migration can have.

Get it wrong and you could take a big fat hit in the wiggly bits when it comes to site traffic.

So in this episode of the podcast I’m talking with Jason Munn about how to ensure your site migration goes without a hitch.

Tune in to learn:

  • The different types of site migrations
  • When is it a good idea to migrate
  • The possible impact of poor migrations
  • Jason’s top migration tips
  • Kate’s top migration tips

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Feb 6, 2018

So if you’re been studying SEO for any period of time you’re likely to have come across the phrase Domain Authority.

It’s a term coined by Moz, the SEO software company, and they use it as a metric of a site’s ability to rank against its competitors.

But while many swear that the concept of Domain Authority is real, many more assert there’s no evidence such a thing exists. In fact, you’ll find many of the more ranty SEO types getting really angry when it’s mentioned.

So in this episode of the podcast I’m talking with Ross Tavendale about Domain Authority, what it is, why it’s helpful and if it’s even real.

Tune in to learn:

  • What is Domain Authority?
  • How you can use it to measure performance?
  • Whether Ross thinks DA is real?
  • What is SEO Juice?
  • Why do we need no follow links?
  • What is Page rank?
  • If DA is real, how do we build it?

https://therecipeforseosuccess.com/domain-authority-big-fat-lie/

Jan 22, 2018

Social media is so much fun, and such a giant time sucker.

But does it really have any impact on your Search Engine Optimisation and ability to rank?

Social signals and their importance in relation to rankings is something that’s been hotly debated for years.
There are lots of people is the YES camp and about the same number in the NO camp.

In today’s episode, we’re going to dig a bit deeper into the relationship between social media and SEO. And I hope that by the end of the episode, we’ll be able to be 100% clear on whether social media metrics have a direct impact on rankings.

So, if you’re a Facebook fan, Instagram addict or Pinterest tragic. This is the episode for you.

Tune in to learn:

  • Does social media directly influence rankings?
  • What do SEOs mean when they talk about causation and correlation?
  • Do links from social media count as much as links from a regular website?
  • Does the number of followers I have on Instagram, or Facebook influence how Google sees my website?
  • How can I use Twitter to boost my SEO?
  • Does posting on Google+ help improve my ranking?
  • How do I optimise my social profiles for SEO?
  • Is traffic a ranking factor?
  • Does boosting posts help?
  • Does using scheduling for social media posts hurt SEO?
  • How can we use social media to improve our SEO?
Jan 9, 2018

Why you need a fast site, not an AMP site

These days, everyone in the SEO cafeteria is talking AMP, AMP, AMP.

It’s been around for a time, and while some earlier pioneers have tried to make it work (me), many failed (also me) and have given up.

So, when I saw the title of Jon Henshaw’s presentation at the recent Brighton SEO event ‘ FORGET AMP. MAKE FAST SITES', I thought my prayers had been answered! No need for AMP?

That’s why, today, I have Jon on the show to give us the low down on AMP and speeding up websites.

Tune in to learn:

  • What is AMP?
  • Why AMP might not be great for your website
  • Why we need fast sites
  • What’s the ideal loading time
  • Advanced site speed improvement tips
  • How to improve your site’s images
  • How improving your site’s UX can help speed things up
  • What is prefetch and how does it help
  • What is Gzip and how does it help
  • Jon’s favourite site speed testing tools
Jan 3, 2018

Today, I want to talk about my SEO predictions for 2018.

 

 

  • What’s going to happen in the world of Google?
  • What should you as business owners, bloggers, entrepreneurs, word press developers, copywriters and marketeers.
  • What should you be concentrating on?
  • And what will I be focusing my efforts on for my six, or is it seven, websites in 2018?
Dec 13, 2017

The Google Knowledge Graph is a system that was launched in May 2012. It understands facts about people, places and things and how these entities are all connected.

The Knowledge Graph is used both behind-the-scenes to help Google improve its search relevancy and also to present Knowledge Graph boxes within its search results that provide us consumers with direct answers.

You and I know the Knowledge Graph as the little box/panel or card that appears on the right hand side of the Results page or at the top of the results below the AMP carousel on mobile devices.

So, as small business DIY SEOers, how can we use the Knowledge Graph to our advantage?

Today, I’m talking to legendary SEO guru Bill Slawski to get the lowdown on all things Knowledge Graph.

Tune in to learn:

  • What is the Google Knowledge Graph?
  • What does ‘things not strings’ mean?
  • Why the Knowledge Graph is important for your business
  • How often do Knowledge Graph cards show up
  • The anatomy of the Knowledge Graph card
  • How to enhance your results
  • Does the Knowledge Graph actually damage our site?

https://www.therecipeforseosuccess.com/knowledge-graph-101-make-work-business

Nov 21, 2017

We all know how important our landing pages are. The internet is full of articles hacks and tips on how to create a super smooth funnel, killer Calls to Action and they all promise that if we get our landing optimisation right – we’ll be winner customers faster than a well oiled otter sliding down a pipe.

But how does landing page optimisation relate to SEO and what are the really important things we need to be thinking about when we optimise our pages.

Today I’m talking to Arnout an online marketeer from Amsterdam into SEO, Analytics and Conversion – he’s an all round SEO and landing page optimisation whizz.

Tune in to learn:

  • Anout’s definition of a landing page
  • Does traffic from paid search perform the same way as traffic from organic search
  • The 3 essential ingredients for a tasty landing page
  • The best colour and copy for a Call to Action button
  • Whether it’s a good idea to remove navigation from our landing pages
  • How can we assess our landing page’s performance
  • Common landing page mistakes
  • Average conversion rates
  • And much much more

www.therecipeforseosuccess.com

Oct 31, 2017

How to get to grips with Google when you're going it alone.

When I spoke to Rand Fishkin way back on Podcast episode 1 (when I didn't even have a podcast and honestly just wanted an excuse to talk to Rand Fishkin) I asked him if he thought it was truly possible for small business types to do their own SEO.

He replied that yes it was possible, but they wouldn't be doing SEO at the same level as some highly paid Search Engine Optimisation guru.

And I couldn't agree more, we've had some amazing experts on this podcast already and their level of knowledge is EXTREME.

But can a small business handle the basics, even the intermediate requirements of a good solid SEO strategy?

In this episode I talk to four small business owners who have decided to take control of their own SEO. - and find out whether it's a been a SEO success or a giant fail.

Tune in to learn:

  • What struggles each business were facing before they DIYed their SEO
  • What key learnings they have had along the way
  • What improvements they've seen so far
  • There number one SEO tip

www.therecipeforseosuccess.com

Sep 12, 2017

If there’s one thing I get asked by my SEO students at least once a week, it’s ‘Are Wix websites any good for SEO?’

And I get it. Wix is an easy to use platform that allows even the least technical beast to build a site quickly and easily.

I know that you want it to be great for SEO – because then life would be so much easier. But is it?

In this episode I’m going to compare both platforms and give you my honest opinion about whether Wix is really SEO-friendly, and how it compares to my favourite platform: WordPress.

Tune in to learn:

  • My previous experience with Wix.
  • How Wix stacks up against WordPress in terms of:
    • Cost
    • Usability
    • Optimisation
    • Design
    • Plugins and apps
    • Shops
    • Support
    • Maintenance

 
Podcast episode:
Website: https://www.therecipeforseosuccess.com

Jun 22, 2017

The words “duplicate content penalty” strike fear in the hearts of business owners.

And there are a lot of myths surrounding this topic so today we’re going to bust some. In this episode I’m going to take you through what duplicate content really means, how to find it, the different types of duplicate content and some easy fixes.

"Duplicate content generally refers to substantive blocks of content within or across domains that either completely match other content or are appreciably similar. Mostly, this is not deceptive in origin…..”

Tune in to learn:

  • What is duplicate content?
  • Is there a duplicate content penalty?
  • How can duplicate content impact your website?
  • What are the different types of duplicate content?
  • Some useful duplicate content finding tools
  • How to fix duplicate content issues.

 

https://therecipeforseosuccess.com/duplicate-content-how-to-find-it-fix-it-and-does-it-really-matter

Apr 4, 2017

Facebook - it’s the social media platform we love to hate.

Business page owners will know the struggle of trying to cut through the noise and get your posts seen. Some statistics say that even with the people who’ve taken the time to like your page, could only be seeing 2% of your content.

So how does Facebook’s news algorithm really work and what do we need to understand to get our content seen by more potential customers - without having to pay for ads.

Today I’m chatting with Marie Page, Author, Speaker and Co Founder of The Digiterati about Facebook’s mysterious algorithm.

Tune in to learn:

Episode:  http://www.therecipeforseosuccess.comfacebook-optimisation-understanding-facebook-news-feed-algorithm

Website: http://www.therecipeforseosuccess.com

Mar 7, 2017

Create faster site that Google can't help but love

We all know the feeling as we wait, and wait, (and sometimes wait some more) for the page to load. Do we hang around or do we click away and find a faster site?
Well Google feels the same way, the school of thought is that while Google doesn't reward faster sites, it probably doesn't give slow sites a whole lot of love and this could see them slipping down the ranks.

In this episode I chat with Vahe about simple tips we can use to speed up our lazy old websites.

Tune in to learn:

  • Why having a fast site is important?
  • What is the impact of having a slow site
  • What is a fair load time benchmark for a small business website
  • Which Content Management System is the fastest
  • Our favourite speed testing tools
  • What is caching and how to does it help
  • How to reduce server response time

Episode: https://therecipeforseosuccess.com/speed-speed-sluggish-website/
Website: http://www.therecipeforseosuccess.com

Feb 21, 2017

So today we’re talking all about content marketing, how to use blogs, videos, graphics and other media to increase sales, improve customer loyalty, drive awareness and get a better return on your investment.

 

it’s a pretty big subject and can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, but don’t worry we’ve got ten simple tactics you can start using today.


So if you want to learn and how to stimulate more interest in your products and services and build rapport and authority with your customers, this is the show for you.

  • What content marketing is
  • What benefits content marketing has for your business
  • Kate’s five favourite content marketing hacks
  • James’ favourite content marketing hacks
  • Content marketing tips and advice

 

Website: http://www.therecipeforseosuccess.com

 

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