Richard Baxter

Chief Executive Officer

Why You Should Learn JSON-LD & Separate Your Data from Your Markup

For years and years, web developers have been taught to separate presentation from structure. Your HTML (the Markup) should be separate from your CSS (the presentation) and so on. That’s why I’m an advocate of placing your data in a JSON-LD payload; rather than including data inside the HTML Mark-up. I’d argue this is a […]

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Implementing JSON-LD in WordPress

First, A Brief History of Structured Data for SEO Microformats For a time, we had Microformats. Those times were simple, and good. Implementing Microformats would lead to interesting things, like review ratings in Google’s search results. You could have your events listed, recipes indexed, and all sorts of contact details marked up as critical data […]

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Does This Look Right To You?

A few days ago I was at the Inbound Conference in Dublin. At the bar after my session, a junior digital marketer asked me a really interesting question: “What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone who’s currently learning SEO?” My answer: always ask yourself, does this look right? Be Curious The SEO […]

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The Future of Mobile Is Search, Not Just “SEO”

A few weeks ago, one of our junior team asked me to host a training session to explain Schema markup. Specifically, what Schema is, and why we implement it. It was an extremely on-point question, and one that I enjoyed answering. Around the same time, I was contacted for an opinion on Google’s Mobile update […]

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The Impact of IP Host Location on Your Site SEO

Back in February I contacted WPengine to ask if we could upgrade to PHP 5.5. With WPengine (and the way we’ve set up our DNS) this upgrade involved an IP address change in Builtvisible.com’s a-records. Following this change, I saw a drop in SEO visibility in our UK rankings so, I investigated. Sure enough, Searchmetrics […]

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Launching “Big” Content – A Checklist

When I wrote this back in 2012 I was probably having a bit of a bad day: The big day comes, it’s time to go live, to publish your work. You click “publish”, and, nothing. Sorry folks, you had an ugly baby. Your content marketing looks like a dog chewing a wasp. The humiliation of […]

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How 3rd Party CDNs Can Block GoogleBot

You shouldn’t block Googlebots’s access to your CSS or JS files. We’ve known that for a long time, but more recently we’ve had reminders from around the community and Google themselves because of algorithm updates and proposed changes to the way mobile sites might be ranked in mobile search. Some of us might be assuming […]

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Marketers. Learn to Sell.

You’re a marketer. You should learn to sell. In the last two weeks, I’ve come across two marketers who have said that they’d never want to have to sell. I think all marketers should have experience of actually selling something. I think almost all do, without actually realising. Have you been successful in a job […]

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How To Use Social Link Intersect for Quick Linkbuilding Wins

Earlier this month I gave a presentation on Quick Wins for SEO at Friends of Search in Amsterdam. One of the tips that seemed to go down the best was based on my comments about the Moz “Link Intersect” tool. I’ve been a fan of that idea for a long time. Link intersect analysis is […]

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Low Effort, Big Return Marketing: Quick Wins for SEO

They say the smallest things can make a difference, and I don’t doubt that for a second. A passion for search engine optimisation is borne from a love of teasing out each and every possible performance gain on a site. That simple truth has kept me addicted to SEO for over a decade. Marginal Gains: […]

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Choosing The Best WordPress Hosting Package

What are the best WordPress hosting options for my new website in the UK, US or Internationally? Choosing a fast, secure and cheap WordPress host is an important move for any business. If you’re anything like me, you’d probably prefer to spend your time writing blog posts and marketing your site, rather than trying to […]

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Great SEO Starts With The Right People

Hiring the right people is hard. Hiring the right people who have years of experience in this industry is extremely hard. With that said, I don’t think experience is always necessary to good hiring, or building a great company. You’ve had a lot of success in your own search marketing efforts, but when it comes […]

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My Favourite Queries: SEOgadget for Excel

SEOgadget for Excel got a little update this week with better documentation to help you learn how to use the extension. I thought I’d share the few queries that I use in Excel most heavily: All the URL Metrics from Moz Sometimes you need all the URL Metrics data, and, if you have a paid […]

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Quick and Easy: Embeddable Highcharts Code Generator

Last week’s post “On Link Volume” used a nifty interactive Highcharts.js embed, and a few of you noticed that we have Highcharts “working” in WordPress. I’m a big fan of Highcharts – they can look lovely in a blog post, with the only barrier to using the library is the initial complexity of learning “the […]

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On Link Volume for SEO

Like every other SEO / digital agency, we get requests for “link volume numbers” in our proposals on a regular basis. That’s OK, we know how to deal out a decent response to the query, but the queries still come. Today I’m going to talk about why asking for link volumes in an organic campaign […]

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