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April 21: Google’s Mobile-Friendly Website Deadline image

April 21 Google Mobile Friendly

With mobile search predicted to surpass desktop in 2015, having a mobile-friendly website is more important than ever. And starting April 21, 2015, Google will be "expanding" their use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal for mobile searches. In other words, if you don't have a mobile or responsive website yet, you may find it more difficult to rank in mobile search results after April 21. Google also explained that the mobile algorithm is on a page-by-page basis and runs in real-time, which is good news for some webmasters. In other words, if 10 pages on your website are mobile-friendly and 10 are not, the 10 that are mobile-friendly will benefit in mobile searches, while the others will not. How big will the ...

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2014 Marketing Trends That Didn’t Go So Well image

2014 Marketing Trends That Failed

As the end of 2014 approaches, we thought we would take a look back at marketing trends of the year. 2014 was an innovative year for marketing, however, for every successful marketing trend, there were many other trends that were not so good. Here is a look at some failed strategies and tools that are fading into obscurity. 1. QR Codes In the United States, QR codes are going to be next to meaningless in 2015. According to entrepreneur.com, in 2013, only 19.1 percent of consumers had ever scanned a QR code and these numbers have not significantly increased in 2014. One of the main reasons that QR codes are an ineffective strategy is because the majority of mobile users don’t have ...

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Google ‘Pigeon’ 101: Highly Debated, Highly Localized, Highly Important image

Penguins, Pandas, Hummingbirds, and now Pigeons? Although not an official name; the colloquial term coined by Search Engine Land, Pigeon, is the latest update to the search engine that is built around local search.  What do you need to know? Modern Marketing University, your source for the most important news and insight into B2B Marketing, shares our take on Google Pigeon and its effect on your experience marketing and looking for local businesses. Pigeons: Always Returning Home The reasoning behind Search Engine Land’s naming of the update is due to the fact that “Pigeons tend to fly home.” What changes were highlighted? Goodbye “7-Pack,” Hello Hummingbird Graph? Have you ever searched for something such as “Restaurant in Naperville” or “Sushi in Chicago”? Probably, ...

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Google Panda 4.0: A Modern Marketer’s Survival Guide image

Here it comes again, another algorithm update that will have a profound impact on web rankings.  That is, of course, if you are either the best of the best or the worst of the worst in content creation.  For the best, you will see a boost in search due to providing quality and timely content.  For the worst, low quality content will be the downfall of your company, or at least your search rankings. What can you expect? How can you recover? How do you avoid taking an eBay sized hit? What is Panda 4.0? Google’s Panda algorithm is designed to prevent sites with poor quality content from working their way into Google’s top search results.  Google told Search Engine Land ...

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Link Building: Cautionary Tales and Best Practices image

Link building, along with guest blogging, have been at the top of strategies deemed questionable since the releases of Google Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird.  However, is link building dead? What is link earning? How can all of this improve your content strategy? Many websites have gotten penalized for questionable link building tactics over the course of the last year.  Rap Genius, Expedia, even Google’s own browser, Google Chrome, have been hit with penalties in the past few years. Related: Google Hummingbird: Questions and Answers Of course, this was a big topic at Search Marketing Expo West (SMX) last month.  But just as the algorithm changes, so do your tactics.  Kaila Strong, Director of client strategy at Vertical Measures, has this to say ...

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Top 20 Free Infographic Directories and Submission Tips image

An infographic is a visual image such as a chart or diagram that is used to represent complex information or data that can be quickly and easily consumed by an audience. And their use is exploding! Maybe you’ve even started to build your own infographics. But, if you build it, they won’t necessarily come. Infographics, though viral by nature, can reach a wider audience through the process of submitting them to infographic directories/blogs – while boosting your SEO at the same time. A misconception of infographics is that they do not have SEO value. While it is true that a search engine cannot derive the content of your infographic, your audience can. An infographics can benefit a SEO campaign if it ...

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Google Hummingbird: SEO Questions and Answers image

“Precise and fast” – the two words Google uses to describe Hummingbird. Hummingbird is Google’s new search ranking algorithm that reportedly impacts more than 90 percent of searches. Undoubtedly, you have been hearing A LOT about this Hummingbird update over the past couple of months. But, what does Hummingbird really mean for your company? Below we describe a brief overview of Google Hummingbird, who is affected, and the top 4 things you can do (or keep doing) to stay atop search engine results pages (SERPs) after Hummingbird. What is Google Hummingbird? The latest and most significant search algorithm update by Google, experts believe Hummingbird was implemented in September of 2013.  Bottom line, Hummingbird is focused on semantic search, helping users find the ...

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2 Simple Steps for Using Paid Search to Improve your SEO image

The beauty of paid search, or PPC (i.e. Google AdWords) is that when developing a list of keywords for your campaigns, it forces you to rack your brain & use keyword tools to find everything and anything relevant that could potentially pull your ad up in search. If you’re setting your campaign up correctly, you develop massive lists of keywords based on keyword research tools (i.e. Google Keyword Planner), put related keywords into different ad groups, and each ad group has a different and unique landing page. And without even realizing it, you are actually on your way to developing a deep SEO strategy. See how below. By optimizing PPC campaigns, you are able to: 1.) Optimize your on-page content for organic ...

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Google Introduces Social Endorsements image

Social endorsements are coming to Google, starting November 11th, 2013. Similar to what Facebook has been doing for some time, Google’s social endorsements show users’ names, photos, ratings, and comments in ads across the web, endorsing a marketer’s product. On Friday, October 11th, Google announced this update in their new terms of service. Unlike Facebook’s privacy settings, fortunately users are able to opt out of Google’s Shared Endorsements, by changing their Google+ settings. An article written by Claire Miller & Vindu Goel of the New York Times explains the change in detail: Privacy Concerns On Thursday , too, took a step to show personal information more broadly by changing its search settings to make it harder for users to hide from other people ...

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Paid Search vs. Organic Search image

Organic search results, also known as natural search results, are based on the relevance to the search terms of the user. High rankings are achieved through free search engine optimization techniques, as opposed to paid search, or PPC. As mentioned in our last blog post, Paid Search – PPC Basics, paid search or PPC refers to when advertisers pay for click-throughs to their website. But how do paid search and organic search compare? This post, part two in our Paid Search Series, will detail differences between paid and organic search results. Paid vs. Organic Search Results The location of each type of result varies. Paid results are typically shown at the top of the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) and on the ...

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Advanced Link Building – Submission Tips image

Our previous blog discussed 5 basic link building techniques that can improve your search authority and rank in search engine results pages (SERPs). Link building, also called inbound links or backlinks, relates to having other, authoritative websites, blogs, or directories link to your blog. Those 5 basic link building techniques included interlinking, obtaining reciprocal links, naming your links properly, social profile linking, and social bookmarking. If you want to take your link building initiative a step further, consider some advanced link building techniques. Advanced link building includes submitting your website, blog, articles or white papers, and news releases to online directories to achieve links. Directory Submission For Your Website First, ensure that you have submitted your XML sitemap to search engines. Then, ...

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5 Basic Link Building Techniques image

Linking building can improve your search authority and rank in search engine results pages (SERPs). Link building, also called inbound links or backlinks, relates to having other, authoritative websites, blogs, or directories link to your blog. Some basic link building tactics include interlinking, obtaining reciprocal links, naming your links properly, social profile linking, and social bookmarking. We will share more details about these basic tactics below. For more information on advanced link building, stay tuned for our next blog post on submission tips and tricks. Interlinking Interlinking, or the practice of building internal links, is linking to other pages on your website. These can come in a variety of forms including page links or content area links. For example, when your content ...

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Marketing Definitions – A Glossary for the Modern Marketer image

With marketing changing more rapidly than ever before, it's time to re-evaluate the marketing terms and definitions used everyday by practitioners. Which marketing definitions are most relevant in today's marketing departments and agencies? Which marketing terms are used regularly? What traditional marketing terms are still being used, and what are some of the new terms used by modern marketers? Now you can download a comprehensive 40-page glossary of modern marketing definitions. After many hours of research, Modern Marketing Partners (MMP) came up with likely the most complete glossary of modern marketing definitions, and made it available for download, free of charge. MMP hopes that this new marketing glossary generates discussions on industry terms and fosters new ones. The 40-page Glossary of Modern Marketing Definitions is organized ...

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Bad SEO: Blackhat Techniques Are a NO NO! image

Search engine optimization or SEO that employs so-called Blackhat SEO techniques is a NO-NO! These aggresive and unethical techniques are used in an effort to improve rankings of a particular website. On blackhat SEO techniques Google says, “In the pursuit of higher rankings or traffic, a few sites use techniques that don’t benefit users, where the intent is to look for shortcuts or loopholes that would rank pages higher than they deserve to be ranked.” How does Google deliver search results? Google crawls, indexes, and serves your website in search results. Google describes crawling as “the process by which Googlebot discovers new and updated pages to be added to the Google index”.  Then, “Googlebot processes each of the pages it ...

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Search Engine Optimization—SEO—Top Priority for Modern Marketers image

Achieving top position for keywords in search engine results pages (SERPs) is becoming one of the highest priorities of marketers. Why? Because studies* show that only the top few search result positions drive click-through, website traffic, registrations, and other great results like sales! Despite this priority, the majority of company or brand websites lack even the most basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques. *(Source: Search Engine Watch) Developing your website, or retrofitting an existing website with best practice SEO is critical to achieving improved organic or natural search engine results (vs. paid search results). Search Engine Optimization Techniques SEO is impacted by on-page coding and content, off-page link-building, and social media presence. Some of the techniques and features that support search engine optimization include: Meta ...

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