marcus tober

Marcus Tober

About Marcus Tober

Marcus Tober is founder and CTO of Searchmetrics.

He also founded Ecards and More, one of the largest German online greeting card companies.

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Are Google ranking factors studies just plain dumb?

Some search experts are saying that the ranking factors studies churned out annually by SEO agencies and vendors are a waste of time.  How true is that?  And why might they be losing their relevance?

Five lingering questions about Google’s move to mobile-first indexing

Google’s move to mobile-first indexing is under way, but there’s still a lack of clarity in a number of areas.

Remember that with mobile-first, Google’s going to be primarily crawling and indexing the mobile version of your website, and using that to determine rankings. This is an idea that Google first mooted in 2016 but has only recently started cautiously rolling out, with plenty of testing to make sure things run smoothly. 

Why SEO is getting vertical-specific

A couple of years ago, Google revealed it was using AI and machine learning techniques, such as its RankBrain system, to improve search results.

This helps it better understand the intention behind the words that searchers type into the search box, with the ultimate aim of making results more relevant and providing the best possible results for each and every keyword.

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Five keys to managing your online reputation in Google search

Managing your online reputation in search is not something you can leave to chance. What are the key things you should consider?

UC Davis (part of the University of California) is an example of what happens when things go wrong: the school was reportedly forced to spend $175,000 to help clean up negative references about it that appeared online after an incident when student protesters were sprayed with pepper spray by campus police.

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Seven ways Google helps you unlock the secrets to creating killer content

For content ideas and inspiration, most content creators depend on a number of techniques.

They might develop buyer personas, talk with the sales team (to get first-hand insights about customer challenges), conduct customer research (which can get expensive) and regularly brainstorm new topics. Plus they rely on a very highly developed ‘gut feel’ that tells them when a topic or idea will work. 

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How does Google judge quality content?

Everybody talks about the need to provide quality content on your site if you want to rank well in searches. But how do search engines identify quality content?

Successive Google algorithm updates (culminating in the recent Panda 4.1) aim to refine results so that they match the intent of the search query and deliver the most comprehensive, accessible and well-written answer.