As yet another Google core update rolls out, let’s see what the team have been reading to keep abreast of all the current changes, trends, and advancements in the world of digital marketing.
We also take a bit of a retrospective look at the history of Google, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary (and makes us all feel ancient), whilst Jon goes all analogue on us and picks up a proper book from 1909. Meanwhile, Wayne shares an extensive reading list in an attempt to prepare you for SEO in 2024, and Susan recommends one of her favourite newsletters from the world of copywriting.
Head of SEO
By EM Forster
This 1909 short story has been cited by many as prescient for predicting “the internets”, lockdown, and the era of surveillance capitalism. Like any great sci-fi (such as Phillip K Dick at his best) it’s not the “science” that is the impressive bit, it’s the depiction of humanity and how in this case the misery of what tech brings to a world that’s so obsessed with one activity – a screen. H/t to John Naughton for the share.
By Sean Kaye (@SeanDoesLife)
A thought-provoking thread on how Google tells small publishers that content should be helpful and SEOs should not try to “game” Google yet SERPs are dominated by huge publishers and content that is neither helpful or any good because of their backlink profiles, and as suggested by some, the ad revenue these sites bring in.
Head of Design & Creative Content
By Google for Developers (@googledevs)
Google turned 25 earlier this year (that’s a quarter of a century!) and some of us have been here from the very beginning! Aside from general search, it’s actually fascinating looking back at what web designers and developers have been using Google for and all the challenges and roadblocks we’ve encountered along the way.
I’m also probably responsible for around 99% of the searches for “how to center a div”…
SEO Content Writer
By Nick Parker (@itstoneknob)
I’m always happy to see a new Tone Knob newsletter in my inbox, but this month’s featured brand was a complete gem.
Although the brilliance of The Rochambeau Club is the concept (an imaginary members club to promote rosé wine) its success hangs almost entirely on its pitch-perfect tone of voice. In this newsletter, Nick Parker pulls apart exactly why this TOV works so well, the tiny touches that you might not even notice that come together to build a world so rich you could wander around in for hours without being bored.
If you’re the kind of person who cares about words, every edition of Tone Knob is a must-read. An (almost) monthly inbox highlight, it reminds you exactly why words are so important, inspiring you to sharpen your own writing until every syllable counts.
Principal Client Strategist
By AJ Kohn (@ajkohn)
One of my fave SEO guys and all the stuff he was saying a decade ago still stands true. When AJ writes, I listen.
By Aleyda Solis (@aleyda)
I’ve also been brushing up on all the things that we should be doing now with as many clients as possible to get ready for the new world of SEO.
- Generative AI For E-Commerce: Everything SEOs Need To Know
- How To Build A Product Knowledge Graph From Your Merchant Feed
- Entity SEO: The definitive guide
- The Future of SEO in a Post-ChatGPT World – Animalz
- Oh My MUM Strikes Back – Or how to win the battle of Generative Search – Speaker Deck
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