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Google Cancelling Google Plus

Millions of businesses are signed up to Google+: it has become an important part of both social media and SEO initiatives. Did you know that Google+ engagement is comparatively better than most social networks? According to SEP, “Google+ active users spend quality time on the site — an average of 3:46 per visit.”  And Google+ bounce rate is excellent at 53.6%. See chart below. So what happens when Google decides to shut down the platform? You didn’t see that coming but it’s actually going to happen over the next 10 months. To the uninitiated, this may not seem like a problem. But to you that every once in a while uses Google+, why wouldn’t Google just consider you! The fact ...

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SEO Contractors Part 2

Now that the construction business is established with Google, it’s important to optimize the website so that you can further improve the likelihood of coming up in local search. What follows are some important tips forlocal SEO that go beyond GMB. Digital Marketing Tips to Improve Local SEO Increase the company’s chances to land on the search results page! There are a number of steps that can be taken to achieve this. NAPs are Important Be sure to include NAP information (name, address, phone number) and other important details in an easily crawlable HTML text format. Remember that images can’t be crawled, other than the alt text, so don’t include vital NAP information in image format; be sure it’s in ...

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SEO Contractors Part 1

As a contractor, it’s important to consider that much of the business received will be local. Accordingly, contractors benefit when their SEO strategy has a local focus. To stand out locally or regionally, it’s important to make sure all information on Google My Business is complete; then make sure to establish a local SEO strategy on the company website and beyond. Google My Business is Key Complete the entirety of your Google My Business profile. This allows users to learn as much as possible about the business before even clicking off of Google. It’s important to double-check this information often, because Google will often prompt users to answer questions about the business and allow them to suggest edits. This means ...

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Linkless SEO

The MarketingProfs theorize that with the rising prominence of voice search, the landscape of SEO is changing. They believe that without links to click on during screenless searches, the importance of linkless mentions will grow as well. Links are still vastly important, however, there is value to earn from linkless mentions. What Are the Search Engines Saying? Bing, generally a little more forthright in its algorithms, has admitted outright that linkless mentions affect SEO. Bing’s Webmaster Guidelines: “Social media plays a role in today’s effort to rank well in search results. The most obvious part it plays is via influence. If you are influential socially, this leads to your followers sharing your information widely, which in turn results in Bing ...

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Voice Search

Amazon Echo frenzy has taken over and people are quickly adopting smart speakers and other forms of voice search. Think snippets limited your company’s influence on page 1? Voice search will likely hit harder. Because results are read, not seen, it’s unlikely users will hear much beyond the first result. It’s now more important than ever to create compelling, search engine-optimized content to common customer queries than ever before. Voice Search Statistics Voice search’s prominence is rising, and quickly. Here are some important statistics to keep in mind. General statistics The following statistics were compiled by WordStream and give good insight on what to expect the voice search landscape to look like over the next few years. 50% of all ...

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Google Featured Snippet

Featured snippets improve the search experience for users, especially in a world where users are increasingly using mobile and voice for their search. Instead of clicking through countless links, the answer will be provided at the top of the search results page. One issue, however, if you thought it was hard enough ranking on the first page, it’s even harder to earn a snippet. But put in some hard work, and you’ll earn position 0 in no time. SEM Rush analyzed 1.3 million snippets; here’s a summary of it’s findings.  PS: Need a refresher on what a featured snippet is? Read our blog here. What do top performers have in common? From SEM Rush’s research, they learned some common factors ...

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Marketing Stack

“Technology stacks” are the buzzwords of the tech community, but have you ever considered the same concept applied to marketing? Read further on what a tech stack is and how it can be applied to marketing. Back Up: What is a Tech Stack? Essentially, those creating a tech stack treat their entire technology effort like a skyscraper. It starts with a good foundation. Everything built on top of that needs to be strong enough to hold the next layer. Customers will be in awe of said stack like they are of a skyscraper. They don’t necessarily need to know what goes into it, but they do know that it’s working and has earned their interest. How Does This Apply to ...

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SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is evolving in 2018 as Google now says 100 percent of its queries are processed through its artificial intelligence (AI) program, RankBrain. RankBrain was actually introduced in October of 2015, but it wasn’t until last year that Google confirmed it is among the top three most influential ranking factors in its overall larger algorithm. What is RankBrain Rankbrain is an AI-powered tool designed to try and understand user intent, to understand what a user is really searching for and present those results. RankBrain is all about making the user experience more relevant. It looks at every user’s search terms, then compares these to billions of other searches and assumes the intent or the interpretation of what ...

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Meta Description

Back in December, Google increased meta descriptions from 160 characters to 320 characters. Just how will this affect your meta description length? Well, there are plenty of factors to consider. Why did Google do it? Straight from the source, a Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land: “We recently made a change to provide more descriptive and useful snippets, to help people better understand how pages are relevant to their searches. This resulted in snippets becoming slightly longer, on average.” Always keeping its visitors in mind, Google made the update to make snippets more descriptive and useful. Desktop vs. Mobile While the lengthened meta descriptions allows you to be more descriptive, it’s important to consider that the lengthened description may not ...

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SEO Content

Gone are the days of using Yellow Pages to find local business; that search has moved online. With the ever-increasing importance Google places on local search, marketers will need to up their SEO game, namely within a certain region. We’ll look at on-page local SEO elements to include, important link building strategies, customer reviews, and the creation of solid local SEO content. Local SEO Must-Haves Before you can get to the local content, you’ll need to ensure that both your website and the pages within it are locally search optimized. Some important elements to include: Add NAP (Name, Address, Phone Number) to the header or footer of your website. Use the name of your city and its suburbs throughout site ...

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Google Maccabees

There’s been murmuring of a recent Maccabees update on Google. Is this update as major as everyone thinks or normal maintenance? Who’s affected? And how should they respond? We explore all the details below. Why is everyone freaking out over Maccabees? It all happened between December 12-14 when multiple sites noticed 20-30% site traffic loss. It didn’t appear seasonally related and left business owners and marketers scratching their heads to find an explanation. What does Google have to Say? A Google spokesperson explained that this wasn’t a major Google update. Rather, it was a series of minor updates made to the core algorithm as “part of [their] regular and routine efforts to improve relevancy.” Danny Sullivan, Google’s public liason for ...

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Google Snippets

For years, the coveted SEO spot has always been the first listing. The further you are from this spot, the more invisible you become. Accordingly, wise marketers always worked hard to gain this top position. But as the years go by, Google continuously throws in new features on its search page. It has greatly enhanced the consumer experience, but it tends to mean a new challenge for marketers to address. Google snippets are no exception. Whenever a snippet exists, it overshadows the other listings, including the top organic spot. What exactly is a Google snippet? And, how can you end up there? Learn more below. What is a Google Snippet? Even if you’re unfamiliar with the term, you probably have ...

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HTTPS Websites and Google

Google has repeatedly talked about the importance of HTTPS as opposed to HTTP over the last year and discussed flagging non-HTTPS pages with warnings to users on its Chrome browser. Now, it appears to be in its final implementation. Non-HTTPS pages are displaying warnings in a variety of industries. A Reminder: What’s the Difference Between HTTP and HTTPS? HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol; HTTPS means HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. Both are protocols/languages for passing information between servers and clients. As the names imply, HTTPS is secure; HTTP is not. Without the security, it is possible third parties can view the conversation between the site and the user. HTTPS connections are secured through SSL/TSL protocol, which respectively stand for Secure ...

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website tips for IT companies

Your website is one of the most important marketing and business development tools you have. A majority of prospective clients will begin their hunt for IT services with a search engine, with these searches often being local in nature. The primary purpose of your website is two fold: 1) to help prospects find you; and 2) once they find you, to tell them about what your business does (services). Whether a small or large IT services provider, there are 6 essential website features that are crucial to generating more leads: Mobile-Friendly Easy to Contact Services Case Studies/Testimonials/Reviews Blog Local SEO Mobile-Friendly Potential clients are almost certainly searching for your services on a phone. More often than not, searches with local ...

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Google Local Business URLs

Google recently released a new feature that will allow searchers to take actions, like making a reservation, right from the search results page or Google Maps. If you you own or work for a website or mobile app which offers restaurant reservations, appointment booking, online ordering, or other similar services which can be directly reserved or booked online by end users then you should leverage these actionable links. Here are instructions for implementing: How to Add Local Business URLS Your Google My Business listing can include links to specific actions which will appear with your listing within Google Search and maps. You can add your own URLs for the following actions: Placing an order Booking an appointment Reserving a table ...

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Where to post whitepapers and presentations

So, you’ve published a whitepaper, guide, slide deck, or other big, important piece of content. You upload the entire document (or better idea, upload a preview) to SlideShare, because you want to share it to the most used visual content platform, which just so happens to be owned by the world’s largest professional network, which in turn is owned by Microsoft. Makes sense. But why stop there? You don’t just share your blog post to Facebook, you share it to Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. for optimal awareness. Why not do the same with your big content too? SlideShare Is Great, But I Have Some Concerns Let’s get this out of the way, I love SlideShare. I loved it more when they gave ...

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Link Building Tactics

Link Building Part 1 blog covered link building outreach, which is necessary to learn before approaching any of the other link building tactics, as they, too, require outreach. Link Building Part 2 consider four main tactics including: Guest Blogging Ego-Bait Broken Link Building Link Reclamation Below, we break down how to approach each tactic. Guest Blogging One effective way to build links is through guest blogging. This tactic involves you publishing your content on their blog. Step 1: Decide on what links you want to use. What page on your website do you want the guest blog to link back to? The homepage? Services? A contact form? Deciding which links you want your guest blog to link back to creates ...

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Link Building

Search engines use links in two important ways: (1) to discover new web pages and (2) to determine how well a link should rank. Links act as the way that search engines crawl the Internet. Without link building, your website could be invisible to search engines. Some link building is organic. Quality content is likely to be shared on other websites. As a result, your site has earned an organic link. The best way to gain organic links is to create content others want to share. Consider the following forms of content to increase the likelihood of shares: Video Infographic Data Visualization Whitepaper How-to Guide Image Gallery Once you’ve ensured that your content is solid, you can look to other ...

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how to add meta descriptions to HubSpot blog

In this article, we will be providing instructions for adding a meta description to your HubSpot Blog. What is a Meta Description? A meta description is the text that shows up with your listing in a search results page (like Google). Each page and blog on your website should have a keyword-rich meta description (also relevant and specific to the page) that is approximately 150 characters in length including spaces. While technically, meta descriptions do not effect rank, the meta description is what displays in a search result, so keyword relevance can effect click-through rate, and hence authority. It’s also worth mentioning that social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook will use your blog’s description tag when it is shared on their ...

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Google Algorithm Timeline

Google has long been the leader of search engines and its influence is far-reaching. Ranking on Google means being visible on the Internet; conversely, not ranking makes you invisible. Over the years, Google has perfected its search algorithms to provide better searches for its users. On multiple occasions, its major updates have required marketers to completely shake up their strategies. Below is a timeline of major changes from 2011 to 2017, followed by a description of these updates. Google Algorithm Timeline Major Updates Penguin Initially launched in 2012, Penguin was created to catch sites spamming its search results, particularly by buying links or obtaining links from networks created primarily to boost Google rankings. Launched: April 2012 Most recent: October 2016 ...

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Law-Firm-Websites

Whether a small or large firm with hundreds of attorneys, your website is likely the foundation of business development, and new client lead generation. There is certainly a lot of advice on how to make a website effective. So much information that it might be difficult to determine where to start? To that end, following are 5 best practices for developing and managing a law firm website that is focused on lead generation: web platform, SEO, content, contact information, and social media.

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Search Engine Optimization, also known as SEO, is a method of increasing your visibility in the search engine’s rankings. This can lead to a massive amount of organic traffic. However, many misinformed people believe that this is some kind of a scheme or nothing more than a legend. 1. SEO = Scheme Companies investing in marketing consistently and properly will soon learn the benefits provided by doing so. However, most people are unable to invest constantly in SEO, and they don’t believe that it’s an effective marketing method. There’s scam in SEO, but it comes from the unethical vendors of engine optimizations services, who promise top rankings for little or no money. Not only that you won’t benefit, but seeking ...

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pop up ads

After fishing through the search results page for an article you thought would provide answers, you click a promising-looking link and are ready to delve into the content, but then a large box or tab pops up immediately in front of that sentence you were reading. It can act as a minor annoyance in some instances- you pause your reading and find the ‘X’ to press. In other instances, these pop-ups are truly spammy, either difficult to close or in a new tab entirely. On a mobile device, navigating away from these pop-ups can be a time-consuming task. Google is all for making the search experience better for the user, and is less concerned about the SEO-adjustments marketers will be ...

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Google loves Google

Last year, Google rolled out the Snack Pack, slimming the local business results down from 7 to 3. Since then, marketers have adapted their strategy by putting a greater focus on Google Reviews. On Moz’s most recent top local search ranking factors blog, we see Google Reviews growing greater in importance, and Google My Business (GMB) factors repeatedly make the lists. Clearly, to rank on this giant’s search page, brands need to create a strong presence on Google itself. Google Reviews Since Google rolled out the Snack Pack, marketers placed greater emphasis on Google Reviews, specifically those with text. In Moz’s blog, marketers placed ‘Quantity of Native Google Reviews’ as their third greatest focus since the Snack Pack, and that’s ...

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Google mobile

These days, mobile web searches are significantly increasing so it’s extremely important to have a mobile website that functions efficiently on smartphones. It’s very important to create a mobile-friendly website that looks like the image below on the right. Information is more accessible and at the touch of a button rather than having to pinch and zoom in on a small screen to find what you are looking for. Google’s new mobile-friendly tool provides 3 different scores for your website: Overall mobile-friendliness score Mobile page speed score Desktop page speed score The overall mobile-friendliness score is now ranked on a scale from 0 to 100 instead of simply saying if your website is mobile-friendly or if it isn’t. Along with ...

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