The latest industry insights from a passionate bunch of specialists who live and breathe digital.

Sharing our knowledge, exploring the latest digital trends and celebrating the work and people behind the screens.

Black Friday: Eight Things to Think About
Black Friday: Eight Things to Think About

Although originally an American tradition, Black Friday was introduced to Britain by Amazon in 2010. This sales extravaganza soon took the UK by storm, and having realised the enormous potential of this day, the majority of UK businesses now partake in the Black...

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How Much Should You Spend on Google Ads this Christmas?
How Much Should You Spend on Google Ads this Christmas?

What We’re Advising Ecommerce Clients to Do This November and December Even before this Saturday’s announcement about the 4-week lockdown starting from Thursday 5th November, we’ve been expecting November ecommerce sales to break all records. The closure of...

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How to Compete with Big Companies using SEO
How to Compete with Big Companies using SEO

How do small companies compete with bigger rivals? It’s a commonly asked question by smaller businesses who are trying to remain competitive in an ever changing market. We discuss how you can use SEO to help level the playing field with your larger, deeper-pocketed...

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10 Tips on Using Email Marketing to Generate Leads
10 Tips on Using Email Marketing to Generate Leads

Email marketing and lead generation can go hand in hand, and when done properly, can make a significant difference to the organic traffic going to your website. Not only will you get more traffic to your website, but those users will also be people you know are...

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4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Affects SEO in 2020
4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Affects SEO in 2020

Artificial intelligence in SEO is  at the forefront in the evolution of the digital marketing industry and has increasingly caught people’s attention worldwide. In this article, we’ll explain what artificial intelligence is and take a look at what’s in store for...

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The Importance of Context in Content Marketing
The Importance of Context in Content Marketing

Content marketing and optimisation are often misunderstood as simply, ‘good writing’. However, a successful content strategy understands the importance of context with every content campaign. Context is key to understand Google’s latest algorithms, the thought process...

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Understanding Common HTTP Errors
Understanding Common HTTP Errors

Understanding common HTTP errors is important for a happy and healthy website. Websites are made up of URLs, so it's important to ensure that all of your URLs are working properly for optimum website health. In this post, we're going to walk you through the most...

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How to Brainstorm for New Blog Content Ideas
How to Brainstorm for New Blog Content Ideas

Every writer knows the feeling of being at a total loss for the next best idea. Writer’s block can come in many forms, especially at the ideation stage, explaining why many of us often struggle with brainstorming new blog content ideas. And, in the world of blogging,...

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What is Google Discover and Why Do You Need It?
What is Google Discover and Why Do You Need It?

For the past few months, we’ve seen a significant increase in traffic from Discover for a number of our clients. In this article, we are taking a closer look at what Google Discover is, why it’s different from Search, why it needs to be treated differently, and why it should form an important part of your search and content strategy.

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How to Write SEO Friendly Content
How to Write SEO Friendly Content

Content must be written not only for the reader but also for search engines. The content you write should be relevant and informative to the reader but also easily digestible and appealing to search engines. Striking a balance can sometimes feel hard when you are...

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7 Free Digital Marketing Tools We Use Every Day
7 Free Digital Marketing Tools We Use Every Day

Digital marketing covers such a broad spectrum of activity that it’s very difficult to stay on top without the help of tools and apps. Time is money and marketing software helps to get the job done much more quickly than if you...

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What is On-Page SEO and Why is it Important?
What is On-Page SEO and Why is it Important?

On-page SEO is an important part of your SEO and content strategy. Regularly reviewing your website page and blog rankings will help you identify where to focus your on-page optimisation efforts. However, knowing what changes to make to these pages...

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5 Tips for Watertight Proofreading
5 Tips for Watertight Proofreading

Proofreading your own writing is a vital skill for any writer. It’s the final stage of the writing process and consists of fixing spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and formatting issues. And, although tempting, you shouldn’t solely rely on your online spellchecker...

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Why You Should be Using Pinterest for Business
Why You Should be Using Pinterest for Business

If you’re not using Pinterest for business you could be missing out on a valuable marketing opportunity. But isn’t Pinterest just for interior design and wardrobe inspiration? My target audience isn’t on there! We can see why you might think so, but we invite you to...

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How to Disavow Bad Backlinks by Creating a Disavow File
How to Disavow Bad Backlinks by Creating a Disavow File

What To Do when Bad Backlinks Negatively Affect Your Site's Search Engine Performance Backlinks are often referred to as one of the most important factors of SEO.  Having authoritative links from relevant websites is crucial for good SEO performance. However, not all...

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Green Shoots of Recovery in the Spring of Coronavirus
Green Shoots of Recovery in the Spring of Coronavirus

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all sorts of businesses and affected them significantly. Here at Zelst we saw massive declines in search volumes and search traffic across virtually all of our clients in March, as the world’s attention was focused on other matters....

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Why You Should Be Repurposing Content
Why You Should Be Repurposing Content

When it comes to creating quality content, you don’t always have to brainstorm brand new ideas. Oftentimes, you already have some superb pieces of content published that can be refreshed and repackaged for different platforms or audiences. This is called repurposing...

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The Truth About Guest Blogging and SEO
The Truth About Guest Blogging and SEO

Guest blogging for SEO value has been much debated since Matt Cutts pronounced it dead in his article The decay and fall of guest blogging for SEO, back in 2014. However, guest blogging remains a common SEO strategy for many businesses, generating...

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7 SEO Best Practices that are Fundamental in 2020
7 SEO Best Practices that are Fundamental in 2020

As an SEO in 2020 it is crucial to be up to date with what is going on in the search industry, what is still relevant and what is not so, what things you must do and what tricks you should avoid. This informative guide examines the 7 SEO best practices that are...

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How to Create a Blog Content Plan in 7 Steps
How to Create a Blog Content Plan in 7 Steps

Blogs are a powerful digital marketing tool: they provide useful content for your audience, build brand awareness, establish your business as authoritative and boost your online visibility. By establishing a thorough and effective blog content strategy, you will be...

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What does SERP mean and what exactly are SERP Features?
What does SERP mean and what exactly are SERP Features?

What does SERP mean? Search Engine Results Pages (SERP) are the results pages that show up in search engines after a user enters an online query. The architecture of a SERP can be varied based on the searchers choice of terminology, phrasing and intention. However, in...

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10 Effective eCommerce Reactive Marketing Examples
10 Effective eCommerce Reactive Marketing Examples

While businesses are in a mad scrum for online visibility after closing their doors on the high street, getting ahead of the curve has never been more important. This is where reactive marketing comes in. You may have heard the term, ‘reactive marketing’, before and...

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How to be Seen Online During COVID-19
How to be Seen Online During COVID-19

  You can't ignore the impact COVID-19 is having on the economy worldwide. As such, businesses are facing challenging decisions on maintaining their online presence in a world which is currently dominated by Coronavirus.       Econsultancy’s stats...

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What is Position Zero and 3 Ways to Capture It
What is Position Zero and 3 Ways to Capture It

It’s no secret that to be visible online, you need to be aiming for that number one spot in search. However since the arrival of featured snippets back in 2014, the SEO game has changed. Position Zero is the coveted spot...

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Search Intent-Based Keyword Strategy
Search Intent-Based Keyword Strategy

Keyword Strategy and the Keyword research behind it is more than simply identifying a range of keyword terms that people are searching for and which you’d like to rank for. A Keyword strategy is about identifying every term in which you need to be seen and can get...

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Simple Steps to Creating a Pillar Content Strategy
Simple Steps to Creating a Pillar Content Strategy

You may have heard the term pillar page or pillar content thrown around a lot during content strategy meetings. Although it’s a term that most content marketers are familiar with, the method for creating a successful pillar content strategy is much more unfamiliar,...

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Five of the Best Ways to Use Canva for Business
Five of the Best Ways to Use Canva for Business

What they say rings true – content is king – and what piece of content is complete without eye-catching imagery to accompany it? Content that incorporates visuals is better received by users. It may feel impossible to keep up with the quality and calibre of visual...

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2019 Organic and Paid Growth Highlights at Zelst
2019 Organic and Paid Growth Highlights at Zelst

It’s already been a busy start to the year at Zelst, but we wanted to take a moment to recognise our fantastic clients and the growth we have helped them achieve over the past year. Looking Back on another Year of Growth with Zelst Of course, each year brings its own...

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