It’s no secret that online marketing has been suffering in recent years. The use of ad blockers is on the rise, fueled primarily by poor advertising practices. That’s bad news for webmasters who draw most of their revenue from advertising partnerships – and even worse news for marketers.
“The majority of feedback from readers is that they block because of the nuisance of ads,” Destructoid founder Niero Gonzalez told Forbes in 2013, after finding out that over half of his visitors used ad-blocking software. “People are fed up with ads that expand and blow up in their face. If I wasn’t in the publishing industry, I would definitely use it.”
I’ve said it before, and it bears mentioning again: search engine optimization has changed. Back in its early days, when the Internet was still in its infancy, SEO was all about manipulating search algorithms; it was all about nailing down the most successful ranking tactics. Content was often a secondary concern.
In other words, the early days of SEO were about the engine rather than the user.
That’s no longer the case. With every update to its algorithms, Google’s making its search engine a little bit smarter and a little bit more capable of determining what a user will find interesting. On top of that, social media comprises a huge chunk of most web traffic – if someone finds a page interesting, they’re probably going to share it with their friends over Reddit, Facebook, or Twitter.
In last month’s roundup we declared that it had been a calm month in the world of SEO, that “there were no major Matt Cutts declarations or Google updates that sent the industry scrambling.” Then, about two weeks ago, Mr. Cutts fired off this tweet, “Google is rolling out our Panda 4.0 update starting today.” So that was pretty major. However, the Panda updated wasn’t the only news in May, so we’ve rounded up the best of the rest from the worlds of social media, content marketing and SEO for your convenience. Enjoy, and if you’re looking for the same great content the rest of the month, don’t forget to check in with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
My friend and ex-colleague Modestos Siotos has written an authoritative piece on site migration over on the Moz blog and there’s no way I even want to go anywhere near improving on that.