Spoke on some on-site technical, I’ll review some off0site data for compettitors. AtBlueGlass, we focus on the overall strategy – we don’t believe in putting an ounce of effort into strategy until we know the full competitive landscape. That means understanding overall strategy, and being able to view the tactics that are contributing to strategy.
It’s hard! Especially in a post-panda and penguin world, when all sorts of algorithm changes are rolling out left and right. Your own analysis will give you more insight than any tool will. When you’re looking at data, look for what theyre screwing up so you can hedge your site when changes roll out.
Get a good feel for the site itself. Run the domain through screaming frog and pull a big data dump so you can start sorting and sifting to understand structure.
Breaking out the categories gives you a clear view of where your competitor (and your site) are gaining traction.
How are they treating their evergreen content? If they have a strong audience often times you’ll see brands push content out on the blog and then canonical it to a static page to prevent it from getting buried
Understanding the who what where of pages and who they’re targeting
What’s the overall makeup of your site copy vs. their site copy – keyword density isn’t really something to pay attention to – it’s all about the overall makeup and relationships between the words. What’s the strength of your key pages in relation to your competitors?
Are they still performing via brute force? Opportunity to hedge the correct way with diversification, branded and modified phrases/
Look for modifiers and related phrases to blend with brand & domain terms.
Gives you a quick overall view so you can drill down – this is where the analysis outside of pure data and snapshot is necessary. Identify sites by “AC Rank” but drill down into the true metrics of trust scoring in Majestic. This gives you a truer count.
SEO “Wizardry”Or, In Normal Speak –Leveraging Data for Insight
What can tools show you?• Hard numbers• Lots of pretty graphs• Obscure terminology• Tactics- Not Strategy
Which means… • You have to use your own analysis • Draw your own conclusions • Create an actionable plan from those conclusions
What does this tell me?Are they:• Leveraging OG with “verbs” and “actions” to increase sharing?• Are they fully optimizing content and site for sharing?
Semantics, Concepts and Entities• What’s the topical strength of category pages• What user base are they targeted? Do? Know? Go? Multiple?• Are these pages intended for transactional, information or direct traffic?
Concepts and Entities Overall Makeup vs. “Density”
Analysis Off-Site• Who are they?• What are they doing?• More Importantly, how are you viewed?
GoRank- Does heavy lifting for you• Full phrases• Drills down to individual words• Helps show relationships between phrases
Link Quality Snapshots- AnalyticsSEOBenefits:• You can potentially see their skeletons & low quality links• You can identify which competitor has the highest “quality” linksDrawbacks• Only AC rank for judging quality• Trust scores aren’t integrated• Cross-reference AC Rank with Trust Scores In Majestic
Various Tracking Graphs• Track specific URLs against your competitors that are performing better than you [Majestic]• Track your pages that are struggling to perform for high volume phrases above the fold• Track the drop off of referring domains • Indicator of feed links • Indicator of non-static links • Only momentary value
YOUR JUDGEMENT!What tactics are helping vs. hurting strategy? Use your brains.