You probably know that page speed is a search engine ranking factor. (Hello, Google AMP initiative?) Not only will the users of your site have a better experience, but a faster loading page gets plus points when Google or Bing are ranking it. So SEOs use tools that help them find ways to optimize the page load time, like GTMetrix, Google PageSpeed Insights and YSlow.
And actually, now that you mention it, there is value in taking a step back and describing the process of page loading, whether by a browser or a search engine, and what the page speed improvement recommendations address. Read “Page Speed Issues Overview for SEO.”
March 17, 2016
Generally speaking, Google’s April 2015 mobile-friendly algorithm update (dubbed “Mobilegeddon” by the SEO industry) was sort of a bust. Months of talk about an organic ranking boost to mobile-friendly, aka mobile SEO compliant, websites turned out to be mostly hype.
While it did spur many sites to make their sites better for smartphone users, there was not a lot of movement across mobile search engine results pages, especially at the top of SERPs. And the mobile-friendly “boost” was ultimately implemented as a tiebreaker among sites that were deemed to have equal ranking strength — a condition that rarely occurs.
Another mobile ranking boost announcement has just come out of Google. The announcement says that they will be increasing the effect of the mobile friendly ranking signal in May of this year.
March 11, 2016
This guest post by Aaron Bart, VP of Creative Services at our friends 3Q Digital, describes a concept that can be hard to put in tangible terms, but which we all strive for as marketers: becoming a loved brand. Loved brands don’t get that designation overnight. They earn that place in their customers’ hearts because of trust, innovation and technological advances proven over time.
Let’s take a look at some of the concrete examples of successful brand building done by REI and Zappos, and end by answering the critical question: how can we as digital marketers use the tools at our disposal — audience targeting and user experience design — to build our own loved brands. Take it away, Aaron.
Read To Be a Loved Brand.
March 9, 2016
No one likes to be deceived. So when search engines see that you’re showing a different version of the same URL to spiders than you are to users, it’s a red flag considered as red or deceptive as scraped content, doorway pages, and link schemes. Whether it’s done on purpose or without your knowledge, cloaking can result in lower rankings or a manual action notification. So how do you know if your site is cloaking? The SEO Cloaking Checker will tell you.
The SEO Cloaking Checker is a free, simple and fast tool that shows you whether your site is cloaking. Learn how to use this handy tool, when to use it, and what to do after you get the results.
March 4, 2016
Get our liveblog coverage of this SMX West session all about shopping campaign management and optimizations.
Kirk Williams (@PPCKirk) outlines an ideal campaign setup that relies on four essential filters: campaign priority, negative keywords, shared budget and product bids.
Purna Virji (@purnavirji) covers a Paris Hilton inspired trio of shopping campaign optimization: feed optimization, creative optimization and defensive strategy.
Susan Wenograd (@susanedub) offers her tips for controlling the fire hose that is the shopping campaign, via query mapping, negative keywords and custom labels, and evaluating mobile user performance based on distance from physical storefronts.
March 3, 2016
In SEO we focus a lot on Google, but app developers have a special need to get their app content to show up in Apple Search as well as Google.
Take a crash course on Apple Search and Universal Links, the latter of which are used to get your iOS and Android apps to show up in Google search.
In this SMX West session of Q&A for PPC lovers, questions covered include:
How do you think speech search will impact ads?
How do you find work-life balance?
How do you create space with your clients? How do you manage clients?
What tools do you use?
Video ad tips, strategies, success stories?
What is the biggest weakness in the PPC industry?
Suggestions for testing text ads?
If you can do precise audience targeting, you can have more control over who sees your ads — and get more conversions for your marketing buck! In this in-depth SMX West 2016 session, we’ll find out how to use advanced targeting techniques like remarketing lists, custom affinity lists, YouTube remarketing and more. The goal is to maximize your ad campaign ROI.
Speakers Joseph Kerschbaum, Mark Irvine and Amy Bishop give in-depth task lists and examples for marketers to follow. Dive in to learn more: Advanced Audience Targeting liveblog from SMX West
Google Software Engineer Paul Haahr has been at Google for more than 14 years. For two of them, he shared an office with Matt Cutts. He’s taking the SMX West 2016 stage to share how Google works from a Google engineer’s perspective – or, at least, share as much as he can in 30 minutes. After, Webmaster Trends Analyst Gary Illyes will join him onstage and the two will field questions from the SMX audience with Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan moderating. Read the liveblog of this can’t-miss session!
Adria Kyne, Jeff Preston and Sharon Conner are SEOs with unique perspectives — they oversee search engine optimization for major companies (Vistaprint, Disney and Autodesk, respectively). In a roundtable discussion moderated by Chris Sherman, these three SEO savants answered questions from the SMX West 2016 audience. Read on to discover what these major brands have to say!