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When #1 Isn't Good Enough (for Google) Anymore
December 18, 2017 // 3:00 PM
TL;DR:Traffic to theHubSpot Blogflattened out earlier this year after growing steadily since 2006. Our team dug into the trend and found that the decline was due to two main changes in Google search: the addition of featured snippets on Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs) and the increase in conversational search.
TL;DR:Influential search engines like Google have changed their algorithm to favor topic-based content. As a result, SEOs are exploring a new way of linking related content under a "topic clusters" model. This report serves as a tactical primer for marketers responsible for SEO strategies.
What makes a website great? And more importantly to businesses, what makes a website rank? It used to be that great content and design alone were enough. Today, new factors determine a website’s success. Now, great, high ranking websites have:
Average Traffic Sources For Websites: Benchmarks From 15K HubSpot Customers
March 7, 2016 // 2:32 PM
HubSpot Research exported sources data from HubSpot’s Marketing product and created website visit benchmarks across business type, employee size, region, and industry. HubSpot Research calculated the proportion of total visits each channel generates across January 2014 through May 2015. The detailed charts below also represent the average number of visits received each month from each traffic source.
Compounding Blog Posts: What They Are and Why They Matter
January 28, 2016 // 12:43 PM
HubSpot Research analyzed blogging data from more than 15,000 companies.1 Based on our analysis, HubSpot recommends that marketers focus on “compounding” blog posts — posts whose traffic grows steadily over time. These posts are far more valuable than “decaying” posts which deliver a surge of traffic and then decay over time. While only one in ten posts are compounding posts, they account for 38% of total blog traffic across our sample. To maximize the chance of creating a compounding post, write articles that solve readers’ problems, are easy to scan, and feature words like “how” and “why” in the title.