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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 Marketing? You can ...

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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 the ...

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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 show on mobile. Often, on ...

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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 pages. Include ...

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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 regular and routine efforts to improve relevancy.” Danny Sullivan, Google’s public liason for search, also responded on ...

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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 (frequently) ...

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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 Sockets Layer ...

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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 intent (e.g. 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 Searching for ...

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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 analytics that ...

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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 better focus for ...

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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 link ...

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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 sites. Without a meta ...

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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 4.0: Phase 2, Phase 1 3.0: Everflux, ...

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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. 1. Choose the Right Web Platform Most law firms do not require complex functionality like e-commerce or a client portal. But all websites in 2017 should be mobile or responsive (easily viewed on a smartphone), and have a user-friendly content ...

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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 the big ...

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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 not ...

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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 receiving this overall ...

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Schema and Structures

Structure matters. From the bear going into hibernation to the dog getting used to a specific time of day for a walk, to the person excited for generic Buzzfeed health-focused listicle, “35 Amazing Reasons the Pomodoro Technique Will Save Your Life” (It doesn’t exist—but should). Structure just makes life easier, and if you take the time, it can give your website an edge. Why? Because if you look at it, search engines also crave structure—in fact, they were designed with a certain structure to help provide users better information about a topic faster. All of this structure, when it pertains to your website and SEO, is grouped under the umbrella term Schema (Or Schema markup, structured markup structured data—more on this ...

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Google Removes Right Sidebar Ads and Experiments a Concierge Service

Google has been experimenting with its search engine results page for a while now and naturally, Google enjoys making any changes that will benefit its AdWords business. While these tweaks to the SERP may be beneficial to advertisers, regular SEOs will be irritated when their organic search results are pushed further down the page. The SEM Post, reported the Google update with an image of what the search results look like for business cards. Google has been testing with the 4 ads at the top of the search results since December but it looks like AdWords reps are only informing advertisers about the change. What Does This Mean to Marketers While the ads that at the top of the search results will ...

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Last week, Bing announced that they will be introducing a new mobile-friendly algorithm in the next couple of months. These changes come after a similar move by Google last month when Google launched their own mobile-friendly algorithm and announced their mobile-friendly label in search results. Unlike Google, however, Bing did not give a specific date for when the algorithm will launch. Bing Mobile-Friendly Tag You may have noticed that Bing has started to tag search results on mobile devices as mobile-friendly.   According to the announcement, Bing has received feedback that their mobile users strongly prefer pages marked with the mobile-friendly tag. Because of this, Bing intends to use mobile friendliness as a signal in ranking in the next couple of months. Bing Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Bing's new mobile-friendly algorithm ...

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Search Analytics Report Google Analytics

Last week, Google announced an awesome new feature for Webmaster Tools: the Search Analytics Report. You may be familiar with the Search Queries report, which showed the searches users were conducting to find your website and their impressions, clicks, etc. Though one of the most popular (and useful) features of Webmaster Tools, the Search Queries report did have its limitations. As a result of this user feedback and feature requests, Google will be replacing the Search Queries report with the improved Search Analytics Report. New Features in the Search Analytics Report This new report extends the functionality of the old report by allowing webmasters to break down and filter data in new ways. The report is grouped into three areas: metrics, groups, and filters. Metrics: At the top of ...

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How Paid Infographic Submissions Kill Search

Let’s start by saying how much we love infographics, and follow up by saying that infographic submissions do work, provided you take incredibly laborious steps to do it right (stay tuned for an upcoming blog on that). However, we can guarantee there is one way to do infographic submissions wrong: Using a paid infographic submission site. The Lies and Extortion of Paid Infographic Sites These have been around for a while. Some of them were once free, some of them were never free, and others won’t say they are charging until you receive an email that looks something (exactly) like this: This is an excerpt from communication with an infographic site I reached out to based on advice from a list (not ...

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Google Site Name and Breadcrumb Trail

If you had any doubt about the importance of structured data for your website, Google has made an announcement that they will be replacing the URL within the search result snippet with the site name and breadcrumb path. Currently, this will only be reflected in mobile search results, but it may roll out across devices over time. URL Replaced With Site Name and Breadcrumb Trail Check out this before (left) and after (right) picture of a mobile search results page to get a better idea of what this update entails: Via Google With this announcement, Google has introduced structured data schema to help website owners communicate their site name and website data. Site Name Schema Markup Google has introduced support for schema.org structured data so ...

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