The Gray Dot Company Blog

May 12, 2022
Should Your Startup Do SEO Now?  The “It Depends” Startup SEO Question List

Should Your Startup Do SEO Now? The “It Depends” Startup SEO Question List

The conversation around SEO for startups tends toward one extreme or the other; while some preach SEO as absolutely essential for early-stage startups, others dismiss it as a waste of time. The truth is, SEO is neither an obvious yay nor nay decision. It… depends. But what does it depend *on*? Let's explore!

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April 21, 2022
Error 404 Guide for SEO & Usability (FAQs & More)

Error 404 Guide for SEO & Usability (FAQs & More)

Here's an in-depth Q&A of the most commonly asked questions we get from clients about 404 Pages, things that commonly go wrong, and advice for how to set up & monitor 404 errors properly.

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April 12, 2022
O/SEO/O™ Ep7: Opinions About Extending The Value of Search Data

O/SEO/O™ Ep7: Opinions About Extending The Value of Search Data

Learn more about "Search Market Data", and how your brand can use it to make better business decisions in this latest episode of Opinionated SEO Opinions™.

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April 7, 2022
Information Architecture Best Practices for Advanced SEO & UX

Information Architecture Best Practices for Advanced SEO & UX

Fundamental to SEO, information architecture influences many different practices, including UX, UI, and IxD (Interaction Design). Learn more about how we approach IA decisions to maximize SEO and the user experience.

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March 16, 2022
O/SEO/O E6: Opinions about SMB SEO

O/SEO/O E6: Opinions about SMB SEO

In this month's episode of O/SEO/O™ we'll cover 3 questions about SMB SEO: For the eComm world, how do small brands compete against giant retailers? Just how important are XML sitemaps? And finally, how should we be using headers for SEO?

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March 4, 2022
The Ultimate Guide to Cross-Domain Tracking

The Ultimate Guide to Cross-Domain Tracking

Getting cross-domain tracking *right* is a common pain point. Here's our guide to setting up cross-domain tracking with Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics (Universal), so you can start accurately measuring user activity across multiple domains.

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January 26, 2022
The eCommerce Technical SEO Framework: Making the Ambiguous Approachable

The eCommerce Technical SEO Framework: Making the Ambiguous Approachable

It’s easy to over-escalate eCommerce SEO as this complex labyrinth - but don’t get too overwhelmed by these challenges just yet. Here's our framework for the 4 (yes, only 4!) truly unique eComm SEO challenges, plus those issues you'll see more commonly.

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January 17, 2022
O/SEO/O E5: Opinions About Hiring SEO Talent

O/SEO/O E5: Opinions About Hiring SEO Talent

Learn more about Roxana Stingu (Head of SEO @ Alamy)'s Opinionated take (and ours!) on hiring SEO talent, plus get advice about learning resources for growing SEO talent - for resources at junior, intermediate and senior levels.

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January 10, 2022
Stand Out During The “Great Resignation:” An Open Letter

Stand Out During The “Great Resignation:” An Open Letter

Learn more about our initiative to support better pay and benefits for part-time employees (PTEs) and freelancers in the SEO & tech industry.

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December 7, 2021
11 Benefits of SEO for eCommerce Brands

11 Benefits of SEO for eCommerce Brands

Let's observe the limitless benefits that a sound SEO strategy can bring. We'll also outline several creative and out-of-the-box tips to help recalibrate the way you think about SEO for eCommerce.

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November 19, 2021
O/SEO/O E4: Opinions About The Future of Content

O/SEO/O E4: Opinions About The Future of Content

In our fourth episode of Opinionated SEO Opinions™, we dig into Rand Fishkin & SparkToro's blog about content publishing incentives, and the Future of Content Marketing.

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November 12, 2021
How to Level Up Internal Linking for SEO, UX, & Conversion

How to Level Up Internal Linking for SEO, UX, & Conversion

From toolkit creation and how-to’s to link placement and anchor text, here we discuss many tools of the trade to effectively level up your internal linking game for stronger SEO, enhanced usability, and more conversions.

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October 22, 2021
O/SEO/O E3: Opinions About SEO Content

O/SEO/O E3: Opinions About SEO Content

Episode 3: Opinionated SEO Opinions™ (O/SEO/O) is a new Q&A series by The Gray Dot Company. O/SEO/O Ep. 3 covers common "SEO Content" questions from keyword formatting to content length. Bonus: More about pricing & its impact on SEO rankings.

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October 1, 2021
How to Do A JavaScript Audit for SEO

How to Do A JavaScript Audit for SEO

Whether you're an SEO product manager or an SEO technical lead, chances are you need to audit your website(s) for JavaScript issues. Here's our ultimate guide to doing just that - from the terminology & tools you'll need to a step-by-step guide through the analysis process to SEO ticket completion.

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September 17, 2021
Personalization & SEO: How to Optimize for Personalized Search

Personalization & SEO: How to Optimize for Personalized Search

Search engine personalizes results based on where you are, what you like, and who you’re connected to. Are you doing everything you can to leverage personalization for better SEO results and increased traffic?

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September 2, 2021
AHA! JavaScript SEO Moments: 8 Common JS SEO Issues & How to Overcome Them

AHA! JavaScript SEO Moments: 8 Common JS SEO Issues & How to Overcome Them

Here are the most frequently occurring JavaScript issues we see as SEOs, insights as to why they occur, and solutions for how to resolve them.

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August 30, 2021
Opinionated SEO Opinions Episode 2: August 2021

Opinionated SEO Opinions Episode 2: August 2021

Episode 2: Opinionated SEO Opinions™ (O/SEO/O) is a new Q&A series by The Gray Dot Company. O/SEO/O Ep. 2 covers the subdomain debate - for several different use cases - and B2B SaaS growth strategies.

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August 13, 2021
The Agile SEO Framework: Building a Continuous Improvement Machine for SEO

The Agile SEO Framework: Building a Continuous Improvement Machine for SEO

As a business leader in an agile organization, how should you approach SEO in order to make it a continuous improvement machine? Here's our guide on doing just that!

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July 30, 2021
Opinionated SEO Opinions™ E1: Opinions About Schema & Complexity

Opinionated SEO Opinions™ E1: Opinions About Schema & Complexity

Episode 1: Opinionated SEO Opinions™ (O/SEO/O) is a new Q&A series by The Gray Dot Company. O/SEO/O is a web series geared towards the discussion and demystification of all things SEO and digital marketing. We'll answer SEO questions with nitty-gritty details and high-level insights, and weigh in on very Opinionated SEO matters.

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July 27, 2021
SEO Consultant, Agency, or In-House Specialists: Which to Hire & What to Consider When Hiring

SEO Consultant, Agency, or In-House Specialists: Which to Hire & What to Consider When Hiring

Finding the right SEO professional is daunting. Here we'll explore the traits of each, why that might work for you (or not!), and what to consider when hiring SEO consultants, agencies, and in-house SEOs.

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July 21, 2021
Free SEO Templates from the SEO Community: Kickoff & Improve SEO Work

Free SEO Templates from the SEO Community: Kickoff & Improve SEO Work

In the vast spectrum of SEO, templates are especially useful in guiding processes that can oftentimes be very detail-oriented and multifaceted, such as reporting, auditing, planning, and maintenance. Here's our list of favorite templates for you to download today!

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July 7, 2021
How to Handle Permanently and Temporarily Out-of-Stock Products for eCommerce SEO & UX

How to Handle Permanently and Temporarily Out-of-Stock Products for eCommerce SEO & UX

While Out-of-Stock items, or inventory stockouts, are a common conundrum for all eCommerce websites, it’s how they’re addressed that makes all the difference, particularly in maintaining a site’s SEO health and overall usability. Here's how to do it - the right way.

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June 21, 2021
Is My Website ADA Compliant? How to Make Sure Your Site is Accessible

Is My Website ADA Compliant? How to Make Sure Your Site is Accessible

What is website accessibility, and why is it important? Is it legally required? Here are some answers and recommendations for making your site ADA compliant.

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May 20, 2021
Duplicate Content & International SEO, Hreflang

Duplicate Content & International SEO, Hreflang

One very common issue - or concern - for International SEO is duplicate content. Does it happen? (Yes!) How do you fix it? Learn more here.

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April 22, 2021
UX and SEO: How UX Design Can Help With SEO Concerns

UX and SEO: How UX Design Can Help With SEO Concerns

Too often, SEOs ignore what Google has determined to be equally essential to your page experience: user experience web design (UX). Let’s take a look at how SEO and UX design can work together.

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April 8, 2021
Best Practices for Faceted Navigation & SEO: eCommerce Facets, Filters, and Sort Order

Best Practices for Faceted Navigation & SEO: eCommerce Facets, Filters, and Sort Order

Learn all about eCommerce facets and filters and their impact on eComm SEO.

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January 22, 2021
How to Recover Traffic If a Migration Goes Wrong

How to Recover Traffic If a Migration Goes Wrong

Have you noticed traffic loss after a recent website migration? You’re not alone. Regardless of the type of migration you performed, a few key factors could be contributing to the drop.

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December 18, 2020
Should I Choose a Multiple Domain SEO Strategy? The Why, What, When

Should I Choose a Multiple Domain SEO Strategy? The Why, What, When

We’re going to explore what a multiple domain SEO strategy is, when and why you should consider a multiple domain strategy, and when it is a big no-no-no for search engine algorithms.

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December 7, 2020
International SEO Technical Specs (+ Business Decision Insights)

International SEO Technical Specs (+ Business Decision Insights)

High-quality technical documentation is critical to ensuring solid web software.

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November 18, 2020
How to Deindex "Stuff" from Google Quickly & Effectively

How to Deindex "Stuff" from Google Quickly & Effectively

Removing content from Google can be a tricky process. There are important questions to be answered, different use cases, and a variety of methods to resolve the issue (which vary by content type, scale, speed requirements, etc.

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