Sunday, July 26, 2015
In our increasingly connected world, many business owners realize that maintaining a business website and a dynamic presence on social media often leads to better results than more traditional forms of marketing, such as print advertising. The Internet is often the first resource consumers turn to when they’re searching for new products and services, and when they are searching for answers to their queries. Plus, the introduction of increasingly sophisticated smartphones, tablets, and other devices means that consumers are accessing information from varying screens and different contexts. For businesses to succeed in such a noisy, connected environment, they need to make consumers aware of their brands, as well as the products and services that they’re offering.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Online marketers know that SEO is constantly evolving in response to major changes to the search engine algorithms. Google has made strides to improve its organic search results by releasing the Penguin, Panda, Hummingbird, and other algorithms. These algorithms have reduced the number of spammy, irrelevant, and low-quality results in the organic portion of the SERPs. Panda—which was released in February 2011 and has since undergone numerous iterations—works to reduce the rankings of low-quality sites that provide “thin” content. Meanwhile, Hummingbird—which was released around August 2013—can be described as a major breakthrough in conversational search. According to the article, “Four SEO tactics to Embrace in 2015”, which was published on the Hubspot blog, “With Hummingbird, Google proved that they now understand what your page is about; they know the topic of the page, how unique the content is, and how well it’s written.”
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Ever since Google launched its web crawling bot (known as “Googlebot”) to crawl new and updated web pages to add to the Google index, webmasters and SEO practitioners have focused on how to improve their SEO strategies. With consumers increasingly using search engines like Google to look for new products, services, and businesses, many business owners see the advantages of dominating the organic search results on the SERPs for search queries related to their businesses, brands, products, and services. Despite frequent claims from some circles that SEO is dead, according to Moz’s Rand Fishkin, SEO tactics—like keyword targeting and on-page optimization—are still as relevant as ever. Unfortunately, there are virtually hundreds of best practices for keyword targeting and on-page optimization. In fact, Fishkin states that there’s no “one absolute right way to optimize a page”.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Marketers know that to succeed in content marketing, they need to provide their readers with valuable content. However, as outlined in a Kissmetrics blog post, providing valuable content is just one part of a two-part rule. The second part of the rule entails delivering content to the people who will find it valuable. Online marketing agencies and SEO consultants who provide SEO marketing services to their clients know that great content can fail to tap its target audience unless it is delivered to them through the proper distribution channels. Since there are seemingly limitless distribution channels, marketers need to perform the necessary research and select the distribution channels that will reach their clients’ target audiences.