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Informational, Transactional & Navigational: How Different Search Engines Affect How Searches Work

By | Search Engine, Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Results Page, SEO | No Comments

So, you think you’ve got a killer online marketing strategy? You’re up-to-date on the latest in SEO, you’ve got PPC and Facebook advertising campaigns galore and you’re writing thoughtful and relevant blogs to promote your brand. That’s great! But if you’re still not seeing the results you want for your business, maybe it’s time to dig a little deeper into what categories of searches consumers are making and how their use of various search engines can affect the success of your online marketing strategy.

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Online Marketing for Small Business: What is SEO Anyway?

By | Online Marketing, Online Marketing Strategy, Search Engine, Search Engine Optimization, SEO | No Comments

You will hear a lot of talk about SEO on our blog because we’re online marketing aficionados. This stuff is not just our job — it is our passion. It is what we think about at night. It is the topic that occupies a piece of our minds day in, day out, like a continuously-running ticker tape — What will change next in the world of SEO? How can we adapt our practices to anticipate these changes? How can we adjust SEO strategies to generate the best results for our clients?

In all the flurry of SEO-related thoughts that fly through our brains, we sometimes forget to take a step back and consider SEO from the standpoint of a small business owner. Though well-versed in their respective industries — whether they be lawn and garden experts, health club owners, or attorneys — a small business owner will not know the ins and outs of SEO like we do.

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Social Search: Its not just about rank!

By | Business Growth, Local Business, local search, Search Engine, Search Engine Optimization, SEO | No Comments

When I see search engine firms promise #1Rank in search results, I cringe. They are giving us all a bad name. Social search has made it difficult, if not impossible, to guarantee rank to any business. With search results so individualized, it is possible for two people to type in the same search term and come up with completely different results.

In the beginning, it was just about getting your information on the web. Then keywords were all the rage. Then we entered the world of content. And although content still reigns supreme, relevant content from your social connections is the new variable.

Google has made it possible to individualize search results. “Your Social Search experience is personal and the highlighted content that you see is unique to you and your social connections.  Your social connections could include people in your Gmail, public friends on sites like Twitter or Flickr and public friends of these friends. Google is not just giving you the best results, but they are giving you the best search results for you.

What does this mean for business? It means social media, reviews, social bookmarking and commenting are all effecting search and are all becoming increasingly important. To stay ahead of the curve, businesses have to incorporate their prominence in their social media strategy.

In my opinion, it not only makes search better, but it makes businesses better. The quality of your web content has to be better, you don’t achieve prominence with bad content. The product or service a business provides has to be better, reviews influence purchase.

So next time somebody promises a #1 rank in search results, ask them, #1 for who? And remember in the end rank doesn’t matter, results do.

Taking Advantage of Google Authorship

By | Google, Google Authorship, Google Plus, Search Engine, Search Engine Optimization, SEO | No Comments

If you’re not using Google Authorship to help your website get more traffic from Google, maybe it’s time you took a closer look. Google Authorship made its debut at the end of 2011 and since then we’ve seen an increasing number of established bloggers and companies embracing its benefits. Let’s take a look at Authorship and how it can help your website SEO.

Stand out in Google Search

Google Authorship is visually appealing and it’s not hard to recognize an author who takes advantage of it. You can see how this works in the search result example below. When given the choice many people lean towards visual content. With Authorship, your Google+ profile image is displayed along with the links to your content. This is a great way to make yourself stand out in a sea of competitive search results.

Establish Google Authority

Google Authorship can also be an excellent tool for building a loyal following of readers. When you put your face out there for people to see, they begin to associate it with the topics you are known to discuss. This small visual element helps to establish you as authority in your field. By doing so, you are also building a sense of trust, which separates you from the millions of anonymous creators who are competing in the same search results. Once people become familiar with seeing your face in the search results they will be more inclined to click your links because you’re a face they can trust.

Increase Click Through Rate

You’ll notice that Google Authorship comes with a special author byline. Clicking on the authors name will take you directly to their Google Plus profile. Clicking on the More By link will take you to a mini search result focused on related content that the author has produced. These features give additional opportunities for people to click through and learn more about what you have to offer.

When a person clicks your link in the search results and then uses the back button to return to the results, Google assumes they would be interested in more of your content. The results will then be dynamically modified, showing links to even more content from an author and encouraging the visitor to immediately return back to your website.

Setting Up Google Authorship

The first step is to create a Google+ profile, if you don’t already have one. Make sure to select a great image for your profile pic and then Verify AuthorShip. Google does not guarantee your profile image will always be displayed in Web & News search results. It also might take some time before your image begins to appear. So, once you’re finished make sure that everything is setup correctly by using the Google Structured Data Testing Tool. This tool will give you a preview of how your new listings will eventually appear in the search results.