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12 Link-Bait Techniques to Help Maximize Your SEO

The following post is a guest post, written by Megan Marrs of WordStream. The term “link-baiting” has a negative tinge to it, and I can’t help but think of some dastardly fisherman violently yanking a giant metal hook through some innocent fish’s face (I’ve never imagined fishing as such a dark sport). But in truth, link-baiting doesn’t have to be a shameful endeavor. Link-baiting is as much about creating wonderful

The 6 People Twitter Should Bring if Stranded on a Desert Island

Image from: Andrew Doran / Shutterstock As a brand who seeks out any way to engage with our customers, friends, and other our industry experts, we openly admit that we need Twitter. We might even go so far as to say that we are addicted to it. It seems that in this day and age if a company does not have a social media presence they are not only outdated, but also

Sites Thankful for Thanksgiving

No holiday beats Thanksgiving in my book—you just can’t top family, food and football. Of course, having the resources of compete.com at my disposal, why not take a minute to check out which sites get the spike from turkey day traffic? After looking up the keyword “thanksgiving” on compete.com, which sites are most thankful for the holiday? Cooking sites, apparently. While retail sites all see that boost from the upcoming

Tis’ the Season to Up the Ante on Your iPad SEO

Now I have been on the Apple bandwagon since my first iPod in 9th grade and while I often Shazam a good tune via my iPhone 4, right before downloading it on my Macbook, I lack one Apple screen that any tech saavy digital native should have… An iPad. Recently, I opened up an email from Apple and was greeted with a catchy phrase, “The best gifts surprise people long

Help, My Competitor is Yelp! Is the Local Review Space Big Enough?

The local review space is increasingly relevant to the modern day consumer. Long gone are the days where the only way you were recommended a business was through your friend’s sister’s friend with the hair salon or by calling your one foodie friend who happens to know every type of cuisine within a 10 mile radius – although you should probably still keep that friend around. We decided to check

Search for a Cure: The Medical Problems that Worry Americans Most

Image from: Sven Hoppe/Shutterstock Some might call me a hypochondriac.  Check my medical history, and you’ll see that I have never had a life-threatening medical problem.  Check my Google history, and you’ll see that I’ve thought I’ve been sick, at some point in my life or another, with about half a dozen of them.  I would guess that I’ve Googled “which side of the stomach is the appendix on” for

Traffic Report: The Top 10 Growing Magazines Online

Here at Compete, we have compiled a Magazine category which encompasses both digital magazines and the digital forms of print magazines. While the category experienced a slight (and expected) seasonal dip of 3% in unique visitors, it is up 13% year over year, a much larger growth than the 4% growth from September 2009 to September 2010. As digital becomes more relevant and more crucial to a magazine’s success, we

Picking Blackberries Online: A Look at Smartphone Search

Lasse Kristensen/Shutterstock I once owned a Blackberry.  I liked BBM, that blinking red light and being able to tell everyone that my messages were “encrypted.” That was until I owned an iPhone. Now we have all heard the debate, Mac or PC, iPhone or Blackberry, Firefox or Internet Explorer… everyone has their reasons and I have mine. Each phone has their unique features, but no matter which device is actually

September 2011 US Search Market Share Report

As with any major web usage and activity online, there are seasonal trends that occur within search.  Summer vacations, back-to-school shopping, big news and events, and even new search features on the engines themselves – all these factors influence the level of search activity that consumers conduct. In the coming months, Compete will try to shed some light into what exactly is driving changes in consumer search activity and to

Gamers Today – A View Through Search

If search existed in 1980 when Pac-Man was released, what would gamers or potential gamers have searched for?  Surely Pac-Man, “the most famous arcade game of all time,” according to Wikipedia, would’ve had massive search volume?  Perhaps gamers would have looked to see where they could play, get cheats to help advance levels, find the cheapest retailer to buy t-shirts, or gather information on other games slated for release in

AT&T Still Top Carrier Destination for iPhone Searchers

There has been a lot of buzz around the office surrounding the next iPhone release – or, as everyone is referring to it, the “iPhone 5.”  As we near the launch, I thought it would be interesting to see where people were going for information on this next evolution of the iPhone. Using Compete’s Daily Keyword Destination report I looked to see where people searching on any term that included