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Best of 2013

2013 HAS BEEN A FANTASTIC YEAR FOR IM CONTENT!

2013 has been packed with Epic Content across the board! So, I took it upon myself to put together THE Best Internet Marketing posts of 2013. I'd like to congratulate all the winners on their Hard work and Awesome Pieces of Content!

JANUARY
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14
Jan

How To Do Keyword Research For SEO


By: Nick Eubanks
nick-eubanks

Nick covered pretty much every aspect of finding those golden keywords and teaches you 2 different mindsets to take when doing your keyword research. It was a fantastic piece and helped me a lot when I was stuck with a bit of work at Bootcamp, where the niche was dominated by Amazon pages.

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24
Jan

The Advanced Guide to SEO


By: Neil Patel
neil-patel

As soon as this was released, everyone went mad for it! The awesome custom graphic work and the easy to use navigation make Quick Sprout’s guides awesome, as well as the fact that every point was delved into and expertly written by Neil. It made for one of the best guides on SEO out there.

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29
Jan

How I increased my blog’s Search Traffic by 44% in under a month


By: Jason Acidre
jason-acidre

This post was fantastic, it basically told you how to do a proper analytics keyword audit to find some killer keywords to build content around and re-optimize your content and blog to get even better rankings and traffic.

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30
Jan

How Color Theory Affects Landing Page Conversion


By: Josh Pigford
josh-pigford

This just proves how changing even the tiniest aspects on your site can massively improve your sites conversions.

FEBRUARY
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23
Feb

Keyword Research: Why 95% of Marketers Are Doing Wrong?


By: Tung Tran
tung-tran

Tung has been working on a ton of epic posts this year for his CloudLiving blog and he’s done a fantastic job. This keyword research post really was epic and pushed the discrepancies marketers have been fulfilling when doing their keyword research campaign and looked at how he does keyword research, properly.

MARCH
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1
Mar

The Short Cutts - The short answer to every matt cutts video.


By: Click Consult
click-consult

This was just a fantastic video, who wants to watch a 3 minute Matt Cutts video for a mostly yes or no answer? I sure don't and haven't watched one since they released this cheeky site!

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18
Mar

BUILD YOUR AUTHORITY NOT YOUR AUTHOR RANK


By: AJ Kohn
aj-kohn

AJ did an awesome job of explaining why building up you and your authority on Google+ rather than your author rank can help you massively, though it does mean you are pretty dependent on Google.

APRIL
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3
Apr

People Still Pay for Links, Not Vague Content Marketing Strategies


By: Jon Cooper
jon-cooper

This post really reminded the Mozombie community of how a lot of clients still want to pay you to get strong links, and it pays off compared to the more long term content marketing strategies coming out of Moz. Remember, MozCon is one hella expensive conference to attend, so that alone shows you need a budget to attend of over $1,000 and most agencies have clients with budgets less than that each month.

MAY
date
2
May

How To Use "SAPE" Effectively, And Safely


By: SEOLeith
seoleith

I featured Leith on the blog in an interview previously and his video tutorials are still the #1 go to guides for SAPE. He did a fantastic job in explaining every detail in this 3 part series and I’m still annoyed he closed his darn blog!

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date
12
May

How to Rank #1 on Google – by Matt Cutts


By: Sam Applegate
sam-applegate

Absolutely hilarious video of several of Matt Cutts videos compiled into a funny parody on the Google Webmasters videos.

JUNE
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4
Jun

How to Build Links to Your Blog


By: Matthew Barby
matthew-barby

Matt’s featured a few times this year as he’s been posting some absolutely fantastic posts. I actually got to know Matt through this blog post and after having a few Moz PMs between each other, we met up for a drink as we worked literally within a 5 minute walk of each other. Little did we know we’d end up working at the same company and becoming best SEO-buddies!

JULY
date
9
July

How Black Hats Are Still Gaming Google for Competitive Keywords


By: Modestos Siotos
modestossiotos

Modestos went through a number of examples of people making a killing on hugely competitive keywords.

AUGUST
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4
Aug

Google Authorship Update: Where Is Google Going with rel=author?


By: Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen

Mark's always been the expert on Google+ related SEO, ever since it launched and he did a cracking job of explaining to us non-Google+ devoted peoples on where Authorship was heading and all about the August update.

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13
Aug

Pulling off the Lorenzo Von Matterhorn with Black hat SEO


By: Martin Harris
Martin Harris

This post wasn't a tutorial or guide and wasn't super big but it was just genius and very creative. I laughed for a good 20 minutes+ not sure he quite pulled it off but I'm sure someone will use it to pick up girls!

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20
Aug

How I Built a Top 100 Blog


By: Matthew Woodward
Matthew Woodward

This is THE biggest internet marketing post of 2013, coming in at over 19,000 words, you won't be disappointed by what you learn from this.

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28
Aug

2 Million Backlinks and 15 SEO Answers from Google's Matt Cutts


By: ViperChill
ViperChill

This sparked a ton of conversation throughout the SEO community on black hats back at it again, stronger than ever dominating with Parasites!

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29
Aug

One Black Hat Site to Rule them All?


By: Agent Blackhat
Agent Blackhat

This showcased a site that was just persisting through all algo updates and seemed to be unstoppable when it came to getting hit. The case study style details behind it of how they did it was awesome as well!

SEPTEMBER
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2
Sep

The Ultimate Guide to Scrapebox


By: Jacob King
Jacob King

I was actually featured in Chapter 9 in this epic guide, and it really is the guide to Scrapebox. It covers nearly every aspect of it and has a ton of awesome tips in the comments to further add to the guide!

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4
Sep

Why Local Businesses Don't Need Big Budgets for Their Content Marketing


By: Matthew Barby
Matthew Barby

This acctually resonated from an office discussion I started with Matt which then developed into a massive Inbound discussion which Matt developed into a gigantic Moz post. He gives away some fantastic content marketing tips for local businesses in this pure genius post.

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9
Sep

How to Advertise on a Porn Website


By: Eat24
Eat24

If you haven't seen this already, it's the case study behind a genius marketing campaign for Eat24, which didn't manage to pull in ANY venture capital and needed a cheap and affordable way to grow their sites traffic.

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16
Sep

Affiliate Marketing Niche Idea: Star Wars


By: Samuel Frost
Samuel Frost

This is a golden nugget in my opinion, if you’re an affiliate or just an internet marketer in general, you will want to see this awesome post on finding a niche that’s got almost no competition and some great sales potential.

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19
Sep

The Ultimate Guide to Running Online Competitions


By: Matthew Barby
Matthew Barby

The Barby Factor has hit it on the head again this month, with an epic piece on running online competitions and growing both your social and email following hugely!If you haven't seen this already, it's the case study behind a genius marketing campaign for Eat24, which didn't manage to pull in ANY venture capital and needed a cheap and affordable way to grow their sites traffic.

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25
Sep

The Most Actionable SEO Tips Ever


By: Web Gnomes
web-gnomes

After a little helping hand in the right direction, I managed to come across this article and how f%$king awesome it really is! It showcases some fantastic tips from Experts across the SEO field from literally all sorts of stuff, it's hard for me to explain how good this article is.

OCTOBER
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2
Oct

How to Start your Own SEO Business


By: Krystian Szastok
Krystian Szastok

I launched Godlike Marketing in October and this couldn’t of come at a better time, I got some awesome tips and helpful advice from a ton of big SEO CEOs without having to outreach individually!

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3
Oct

What I Learned from Scraping SEOMoz


By: Mike King
Michael King

Mike went through how he scraped the entire active Moz user database, then used the data to learn a ton about Moz as a company.

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8
Oct

The Definitive Guide to White Hat Tiered Link Building


By: Rohit Palit
Rohit Palit

Rohit (Who works with me at Godlike) did an awesome piece on how to setup a white hat version of Matthew Woodwards tiered link building guide and includes some awesome tips to take away.

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15
Oct

How I stopped Black Hat Forums & File Sharers Distributing my Products


By: Glen Alsopp aka ViperChill
ViperChill

Back again in October to show you how to stop your property being shared across the web, and pretty easily as well!

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17
Oct

5 Types of Link-Worthy Content and How to Earn Links through Them


By: Venchito Tampon
Venchito Tampon

This is a golden nugget in my opinion, if you’re an affiliate or just an internet marketer in general, you will want to see this awesome post on finding a niche that’s got almost no competition and some great sales potential.

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29
Oct

The $100 Link Building Challenge


By: Matthew Barby
Matthew Barby

I used to work at Wow and helped a little bit with this post, originally it was 100 SEO $100 challenge, but regardless it still gives some absolutely amazing tips and tricks from some of the best known SEOs in the world.

NOVEMBER
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7
Nov

The Secret To Finding Proven Money Making Niches


By: Lewis Ogden
Lewis Ogden

As Lewis is fairly new to the blogging game, he managed to snag the 2nd guest post ever on Matthew Woodward (*cough* I wonder who was first *cough*) and as per usual, Matt's blog didn't disappoint! He showed how he found some epic niches, some ways to build up sites, gain backlinks and find related domains!

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17
Nov

Parasite Ranking Daily Diary


By: Terry Kyle
Terry Kyle

Terry throughout November put together an awesome daily diary of him ranking parasites for a very niche product, a great article right before the run up to Christmas!

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19
Nov

How I Built & Marketed Successful eCommerce Sites


By: Me (Charles Floate)
Charles Floate

This is the only post of mine I’ll be featuring in the best posts of 2013 as I put a ridiculous amount of effort into it and by the comments it got, I think it deserves a spot.. Feel free to bash away at me in the comments on featuring my own piece though :3

DECEMBER
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9
Dec

Double Your Traffic in 30 Days


By: Neil Patel
Neil Patel

This Article by Neil PAtel (Though the excellent Graphics and HTML work, makes it more of a story than a guide) shows a day by day, step by step routine of what to do and how to go about doing it for your site. It's super actionable and I may just put it to the test on a site myself in the New Year.

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12
Dec

SEO Discussions That Need to Die


By: Branko Rihtman
Branko Rihtman

This post was more humour than anything and it had some really good points to back up it’s funny cartoons like Stuporman. As computer geeks, it’s our goal to annoy the hell out of people (aka troll, look at Joel Klettke for THE best examples) via the internet, combine that with an industry of mainly young people and you get a ton of arguments break out. Branko has given some examples of some rather stupid arguments, though BH vs WH is always going to be a hilarity contest as Agent BlackHat proved earlier.

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16
Dec

This is What Happens When You Bait Matt Cutts


By: AgentBlackhat
AgentBlackhat

Agent made a fantastic post here all about how 90% of his online empire got screwed over by one call out of Matt Clutts, Cutts (and more than likely with help from his team) managed to effectively “dox” (get someone’s personal information) him and what followed was a barrage of manual penalties, rank drops, tweets @ Agent’s personal Twitter and more… A pretty interesting study of how pissing off the wrong people can make your online career go down the drain – Also show’s there is a dark side to anyone, even the loveable teddy bear-like Clutts himself.

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16
Dec

Why Your Tiered Links Won’t Rank Sh*t


By: Jacob King
Jacob King

Jacob’s been a pal of mine for a while and his honesty really shone through in this one. He showed even his own mistakes in previous posts and others on the effectiveness of certain link types, I don’t agree with the whole article but his research seems to fit well.

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