Whatever baby wants, baby gets. Unless baby mistypes a URL — then baby gets a 404 error page.
So, what do we do? Turn adversity into opportunity, of course!
I like to think of the 404 error page as your damage control page. Your customer just tried to go to a page on your website, and now they are faced with disappointment. The 404 error page greets them immediately at their peak moment of disappointment – what a perfect opportunity for you to tell them you could care less with a machine-generated white-screen error message. Said no one ever. This is your time to deflect those bad feelings and offer a solution that inspires positive feelings!
Follow these five steps to create a custom 404 error page that makes your customer feel like you’re there for them, even when your content can’t be.
December 23, 2014
All year long we’re all about SEO, SEO, SEO — but this week it’s more like “Ho! Ho! Ho!” as we celebrate the season! First and foremost, we want to wish a safe and happy holiday to all our readers, clients and friends in the industry. What a great year it’s been! As is tradition, our team spent the final week of 2014 battling it out on the race track at MB2 Raceway, Secret Santa-ing and, of course, eating. The office itself is a winter wonderland. Read on to find out what we’ve been up to this week!
December 17, 2014
The navigation of your mobile site helps visitors – and search spiders – find what they are looking for. Build an intuitive navigation that is easy to use and your visitors will be headed toward happiness in no time; build a navigation that is frustrating or confusing and your visitors will be headed straight toward someone else’s website.
So, how can you create a touchscreen-friendly mobile navigation that serves your consumers on the go?
Read 6 Mobile-Friendly Navigation Best Practices to learn more.
December 11, 2014
How the FTC’s New Disclosure Ruling Affects Social Media Marketers & Influencer Marketing Strategies
Reaching out to influencers is a public relations tactic as old as time. But a whole boutique marketing industry has cropped up in the last few years as more people gain niche Internet celebrity status, opening opportunities for agencies and brands to get endorsements from online social influencers. Who is and isn’t an advertiser used to be pretty black and white, but these days, understanding who is compensated for their endorsements requires an eye for shades of gray. The FTC wants to remove that ambiguity.
There’s a new sheriff in social media. Last month, the Federal Trade Commission settled charges against ad agency Deutsch LA for Twitter use that violated disclosure-in-advertising rules. It’s the first such case the FTC has settled, so it’s groundbreaking news for social media marketers.
How do the full-disclosure guidelines impact marketers? In Twitter, does it mean that even within the limited 140-character space of a tweet, an ad must disclose in a “clear and conspicuous” way a financial relationship with what you’re endorsing? Failing to do so might result in prosecution and penalties for your company.
December 9, 2014
When it comes to social media marketing and community management, it’s not always sunshine and hashtags. When you post daily, ad infinitum, there are little things that just can’t help but get on your nerves — especially when you encounter them multiple times a day, everyday. So, in the spirit of sharing, I’ve decided to even share this: a social media wish list that enumerates all the small things I wish would change about managing social media. Read on to see if you can relate.
December 3, 2014
Our new-and-improved SEO tutorial is an ethics-based online training course created to help online marketers understand and apply industry best practices.
At 19,982 words, the course is deliberately thorough. Those new to search engine optimization are invited to read from beginning to end for an all-in-one ramp up. For those with more optimization experience, we’ve split the course up into 18 steps and 18 individual pages to make it easy to navigate straight to the section that’s most relevant to your needs.
Learn more about how our New SEO Tutorial Encourages Active Learning.
November 24, 2014
Throughout the year, Internet marketing conferences are held all over the world, from Los Angeles to Paris and everywhere in between. The thousands of SEOs, SEMs, content marketers, social media strategists and business owners who attend these conferences do so for the whirlwind of information, education and networking. Where else but an Internet marketing conference can you learn from the likes of Danny Sullivan, Chris Brogan, John Mueller and Bruce Clay all in a single day? 2015 holds more than 100 digital marketing conferences and events and we’ve updated our Internet Marketing Conference Calendar to help you view them all to start planning your year ahead.
November 20, 2014
“In our industry, if you can’t adapt, you lose.” Bruce Clay was the guest on an HOA yesterday that one commenter called “Absolutely the best HOA I have heard all year about #SEO.” That link will bring you to our recap and top takeaways from Bruce’s video chat with Ben Fisher and Stephan Hovnanian.
Replay the HOA on YouTube, and click through for a time-stamped play-by-play in the description provided by the Google Plus Business Spotlight show host.
November 13, 2014
Bruce Clay is the president of Bruce Clay, Inc., an industry leader and SEO lifetime achievement award recipient. In his nearly two-decade SEO career, he’s advised thousands of businesses on how to take their a web presence to the next level with SEO. With clients ranging from small business owners to Fortune 500 executives, Bruce has had a firsthand view of what it takes to double, triple and quadruple web traffic and conversions for business in every industry. Bruce is also a generally quotable guy. Ever heard this one?
“It is not the job of search engine optimization to make a pig fly. It is the job of SEO to genetically re-engineer the website so that it becomes an eagle.” Yep, that’s Bruce! (Tweet This!)
When Bruce is presenting on SEO at an industry conference or education event, I can tell you there’s a rush of gold nuggets on Twitter attributed to him. I recently picked his brain to get some tips for in-house SEOs looking gain buy-in for growing SEO resources. As expected, we’ve captured some keepers. If you’re an in-house SEO and any of this sounds familiar to you, feel free to pin and tweet some classic Bruce Clay quotables. Read on for more Bruce-isms!
November 5, 2014
New Mac OS Allows Seamless Cross-Device Internet Experience; Just Another Reason to Shift to Entity SEO
It’s been just over a year since Google updated its algorithm with Hummingbird, making it better equipped to serve conversational search queries.
The day is coming when the majority of searches will be conducted with natural language; most queries will be long-tail; and optimizing for a set of short keyword phrases won’t be sufficient. Some have been saying this same thing for a long time now. But have we all been listening?
New technology released by Apple in October is bringing us another step closer to device agnostic user experience. For search marketers, this is yet another reason to optimize for concepts over keywords. Here I’ll describe that technology, and also share some recent stats on voice search to help us shift our thinking toward entity SEO.