Elisa Gabbert

  • Value of a #1 Google Ranking Down 37% in Two Years?

    SEO is hard, y’all. It can take a while to start working, and then, once you get used to seeing double-digit growth in organic traffic year over year – suddenly you hit the dreaded plateau. It’s harder and harder to make serious gains. WordStream's traffic growth since 2009 See how the slope of growth is less steep toward the end? I remember the days where there were lots ...

    Elisa Gabbert/ WordStreamin Paid Search EMail Google- 17 readers -
  • 4 Super-Smart Keyword Research Ideas that Boost SEO

    I’m one of those weirdos who finds keyword research fun; seriously, it’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. When you’re looking for new keywords to target, the world seems bright and full of possibility. Looking for keyword gold at the end of the SEO rainbow I recently ran a little keyword research workshop with some folks on the WordStream marketing team, in an effo ...

    Elisa Gabbert/ WordStreamin Paid Search SEO- 16 readers -
  • Getting Started with Google Advertising [Video Series]

    We know there are a lot of people out there with questions about Google AdWords – what it is, how it works, and how to do it effectively. We know this because some of our all-time most popular pages on this site attempt to answer these questions – take our infographic on how the AdWords auction works, our guide to how much AdWords costs, and our industry benchmarks that show av ...

    Elisa Gabbert/ WordStreamin Paid Search Google- 15 readers -
  • 10 Question-Based Keywords that Drive Tons of High-Quality Traffic

    I was pretty psyched a few months back when Glenn Gabe published some research showing that WordStream is “the king of featured snippets,” ranking in more featured snippets (AKA position zero) than any other marketing site he analyzed. (However, since I manage our SEO and content marketing and not Larry Kim, I think that should be “queen of featured snippets.” Ahem.

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  • 9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Marketing Resume

    I’m not going to mince words: Hiring kind of sucks. First, if I’m hiring for a marketing role, that usually means someone on my team is moving on, and that’s bittersweet. It’s great to see people I’ve worked with grow and try new things, but it’s also sad to see them go. Second, and worse, hiring takes up a ton of time.

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  • AdWords Ad Disapproved for ‘Body Type Targeting’?!

    Here’s something we’ve never seen before – one of our client’s accounts had an ad disapproved for “body type and personality targeting”: Jaclyn Jordan, who manages the account, alerted me to the new policy. We were both pretty surprised by it. Here’s the full explanation from Google: ==================== Disapproval Reason ==================== Gmail Ads- Body type and pe ...

    Elisa Gabbert/ WordStreamin Paid Search- 31 readers -
  • 3 Cool New Keyword Tools for Generating Content Ideas

    You know how they say you should shake up your work-out routine from time to time to “shock your body”? (Real talk: I never do this.) The same is true of your keyword research routine – changing up your tools is a great way to get new content ideas. The WordStream Free Keyword Tool and AdWords Keyword Planner are old, reliable favorites, but here are three newish/new-to-me keyw ...

    Elisa Gabbert/ WordStreamin Paid Search- 66 readers -
  • 3 Tips for Ranking in the Answer Box (AKA Position Zero)

    It was the great Pete Meyers, better known as Dr. Pete, who got me thinking of the Google Answer Box as “Position Zero” back at Mozcon this summer. That’s because Google sometimes features your content in the Answer Box even if you’re not in position 1. It’s like skipping a grade in school, but on the SERP! Check out the results below – our post is featured in the Answer Box e ...

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  • 4 Stealable Ways Great Public Speakers Make Sure You Remember Them

    I just got back from MozCon and I’m still dreaming about conferencing – you know how it’s hard to go back to normal walking after you get off a trampoline? Call it a variation of the Tetris Effect. MozCon needs no real introduction in the search marketing industry, but if you’ve never been, let me assure you, the quality of the speakers/presentations is super-high.

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  • 4 Email Marketing Mistakes that Make Your Members Hit 'Unsubscribe'

    We’re pretty big fans of email marketing here at WordStream, and over the past year or so we’ve been sharing all our best advice on creating effective email marketing campaigns, including tips on: Finding free customizable email templates Crafting a more open-able subject line Sending your emails out at the right time Getting more subscribers But it’s not enough just to build up a.

    Elisa Gabbert/ WordStreamin EMail- 19 readers -
  • How to Get a Million+ Blog Visits Per Month

    As more and more brands become publishers, the competition for eyeballs on your content continues to grow. The web is now pretty much littered with blogs – some super successful and others … not so much. What is it that makes a blog take off and become a hit with readers, to the extent that hundreds of thousands or even millions of viewers tune in religiously every month? Mor ...

    Elisa Gabbert/ WordStreamin Social Paid Search Blogging How To's- 29 readers -
  • The 3 Types of Links that Send Legit Referral Traffic

    I know for most of the year I’ve been telling you that links are going to lose value – and I still think it’s true. However, I’ve been careful to point out that for now, links are still pretty powerful stuff in SEO. Further, even if links eventually lost all their (direct) power to move your rankings, they’d still have value for you as a marketer, because links are great for ...

    Elisa Gabbert/ Search Engine Journalin SEO- 7 readers -