Three myths that can have a negative effect on your rankings

May 10, 17 Three myths that can have a negative effect on your rankings

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One of the worst things you can do is take action based on wrong assumptions. There are situations where logic does not apply and basing decisions on logic can have adverse consequences. SEO is the same, and there are assumptions that can get you in trouble. Here are three of them: All organic traffic is the same While it can be true that all organic traffic is the same, most of the time, it is not. Which is why simply doubling your organic traffic will not double your sales. This is why it is important to see what page generates your most valuable traffic and focus on that, rather than all traffic to your website. Outranking the competition A lot of clients always have one specific goal when it comes to SEO: they want to outrank the competition. While it is good to be competitive, it is foolish to divert resources away from the larger plan to increase conversions and growth, to outrank another company for asingle keyword phrase. The tools are accurate One of the most damaging myths is that the keyword tools, especially the one provided by Google, are accurate. These are just estimates based on past data and future prediction. Also, the click-through rates, even for position one are as low as 12%, so staking out marketing targets based on these numbers is a bad...

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Two ways to find untapped keyword ideas

Jan 09, 17 Two ways to find untapped keyword ideas

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Article Written by : Host Edition All SEO professionals and web developers rely on the same set of free and paid tools for keyword research. They all see the same results and ultimately end up targeting the same sets of keywords. This ends up in a stalemate of sorts as various sites compete for the same visitors. This does not devalue the results of these tools. However, it is better to take a different approach to establishing the top-level keywords to use as a basis for the search. Here are two customer-centric approaches to keyword research: Think like a customer Many customers think counter-intuitively when it comes to search. Their thought process is different to the business owner and that of the SEO professional. Let us look at an example of ordering flowers. The shop owner will think in terms of “order flowers online” or “order flowers online san Francisco”. The customer, on the other hand, might search for “best flowers for a funeral” or “how to say sorry with flowers”.  Get into the mindset of the customer. Talk to customers Another approach is to ask the customer how they search and choose items online. This will also show the mindset of the customer in relation to your products and services. Operations that do not come across a customer in person can use email or popup forms to ask for information. Another valuable insight from this is to understand the type of language the customers...

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Why You Should Use Call Tracking in SEO

Oct 24, 16 Why You Should Use Call Tracking in SEO

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Article Written by : Keywordle Does your business rely on phone calls for clients, leads, and customers? Then call tracking is going to a valuable marketing tool for you. What exactly is call tracking? It is the method of tracking the sources of your phone calls and matching it to conversions. This way you can generate a report on the effectiveness of any marketing channel. It works by assigning a different phone number that automatically forwards to your general business number. Different phone numbers are assigned to different marketing channels or campaigns. For example, a different number can be shown for a PPC campaign and another for organic traffic. Without call tracking, any business that relies on phone calls will not be able to accurately pinpoint the source of the lead. Call tracking allows marketers to link the incoming calls to a particular advertising channel, thereby measuring its efficiency.  It can also allow for accurate ROI calculation for the said campaigns. This information can then be used to fund the most effective marketing channels and drop the ineffective ones. How does call tracking help SEO? Call tracking services are capable of matching a path to your landing page with the keyword.  With this, the landing pages can be optimized for the keywords that are drawing in the calls. This, in turn, can also be used to optimize the pages with the highest conversion. With call tracking, you can learn what works best for your pages and that will lead to better...

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Link prospecting

Good organic backlinks are very difficult to get. Especially if your website is new to the space. Building up a backlink profile using social media takes time and requires a high level of constant engagement with your audience. Something that might not be suitable for all markets. There is however a way to get links, and that is by link prospecting. This involves some research and outreach. Here are some potential sources of links: Partnership pages: Relevant partner sites are likely to be willing to link to your site or relevant page in request. In some cases you won’t even need to link back. Industry resource lists: These are great for relevant links that both server and SEO purpose and also an online marketing resource for anyone looking for your services. Blog communities: Guest authors or commenters may have their own sites worth promoting to, although this should be limited in order to avoid getting penalized by Google for excessive article marketing. Backlink analysis: Sites that link to your competition can also be sources of links to you. In addition getting links that they have narrows any advantage they will get in the search rankings. Associations: View membership lists for potential prospects. Look at becoming part of these groups and you get linked back from their main site pages. Depending on the industry there are lots of groups. Social communities: Search social communities or forums for other potential link...

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Tips To Improve Your PPC Campaign

Jun 30, 16 Tips To Improve Your PPC Campaign

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PPC, or “pay per click”, is an instantaneous way of getting consumers in front of your products and services. However, PPC campaigns are challenging. Tweaking them to run smoothly is an art. If you’re having trouble with your PPC campaign, here are a few tips to help get you on the right path. Know How to Scale Any digital ad agency will tell you: start your campaigns on a small budget to test the waters. Starting a campaign with a huge budget, not knowing what will convert, is a rookie mistake that could cost your business way more than what your were expecting. Increase the budget slowly after you know what’s generating leads and sales. Tracking It’s possible to run a campaign without tracking, but it’s nearly impossible to cut costs and increase profits without knowing what ads are getting clicks and conversions. A digital advertising agency will setup a tracking code for every campaign that they’re testing to see what ads attract clicks and what ads turn those clicks into leads and sales. So if you aren’t tracking your campaigns, you need to get started doing so today. Split Testing Getting into the habit of split testing ads to see which ad performs the best is another practice that digital agencies partake in to get the best results for their campaigns. When you find an ad that converts well, test another ad against it to try and increase your conversions even further. In time, you’ll see your daily ad spend start to drop and your income grow. Sticky Web Media is a PPC and SEO digital ad agency based out of Los...

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Key takeaways from the SMX Google Keynote

Jun 15, 16 Key takeaways from the SMX Google Keynote

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Here are some key points brought up during the keynote at SMX by Google’s Gary Illyes: Authorship Google has completely stopped usage and display of authorship data. Although it has been a long time since the announcement, it has taken till now for it to be completely removed from the index. RankBrain He also said that you cannot optimize for RankBrain. He confirmed that it is a ranking factor, but one that does not have a score or a numerical figure associated with it. This ties in with the assumption that it is mostly used to optimize queries. Panda The panda update is continuous and slow. It can take months for the score assigned to each site by Panda to make it into the actual index and affect search results. Penguin Google is working on another penguin update but at this point there is no definite timeline on when its release can be expected. Mobile index He also talked about the mobile index that Google is still working on. It is meant to be a separate index only for mobile queries. At present both mobile and desktop searches are served by the same index. HTTPS One of the most interesting statistics to come out of this was that HTTPS within the Google index has now hit 34%. This is a huge jump from the single digits in the last few years. He recommends moving to HTTPS as quickly as...

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