Bruce Clay Blog : AnalyticsOctober 21, 2013
Google sent shockwaves through the SEO community recently when it decided to encrypt all of its search query data and push “Not Provided” keyword results to 100%. While this change has been a long time coming, many SEOs are now struck with the stark realization that they are going to have to devise new ways to offer their clients the type of analysis and valuable metrics that they have become accustomed to with almost no keyword data.
Like so many aspects of SEO, internet marketing requires us to extrapolate conclusions from incomplete data. The complete lack of access to referring keyword data is another obstacle that must be overcome, but it also presents a unique opportunity to improve and leverage the structure of your website to help you claim some of that lost keyword data back.
October 17, 2013
Warning! If you have it on your to-do list to get your Google Analytics account up and running with the new Google Analytics Demographics and Interests reports be aware that there is a sneaky apostrophe in the DC.js code snippet supplied on the Enable Demographics and Interests Google Analytics Help page that should be a single quote.
April 23, 2012
April’s SEO Newsletter is ambitious, offering readers the usual round-up of notable industry news from the month along with several action-oriented articles.
- Bruce Clay’s SEO Action Items for Google’s Assault on Aggressive SEO [Video Interview]
- Google Cracks Down on Over-Optimisation and Unnatural Linking
- Getting to Know Google’s Social Analytics
- Take SEO Training on Your Holiday in Milan
What are you waiting for? Get reading!
March 23, 2012
The first conference of the year for Search Engine Strategies was held in New York this week. From the ideas shared to the conversations had to the networking and more, we experienced another great event from SES. Up next for SES here in the United States is the San Francisco conference in August. Until then, here’s a recap of some of the takeaways we gathered from our liveblog coverage of the show.
Read more of Top Takeaways from Search Engine Strategies NYC.
January 6, 2012
Social share buttons are a great way to spread the content you have deeper into networks across the Web – but which social share buttons are right for your site? Sometimes, the “catch-all” approach to buttons that we so often see isn’t the best route. You know, those widgets that produce a bunch of buttons for social communities for the sake of trying to reach everybody and their mother. Oftentimes, this can just confuse readers or make them think more than they should have to in order to share the content they like.
There are several approaches to how you can identify which social share buttons you should include on your Web pages. One is checking traffic sources in your site’s analytics. Another is knowing who your target audience is and where they are hanging out socially online. And yet another is assessing the importance of individual social share buttons as metrics in whatever goals you have for the business.
Virginia and I recently decided to do an analysis of the social share buttons on the SEO Newsletter article pages, since they hadn’t been refreshed in quite some time. I’m going to share with you what we uncovered about some of the social share buttons, what we plan to do with it and how you can better assess the social share buttons on your (or your client’s) site.
Read more of How to Choose Social Media Share Buttons.
December 30, 2011
Day 3 of our “Best of Search Conferences 2011″ is upon us, and this post wraps up the series here on our blog. Looking through the coverage, one thing we can say for certain is that there are a ton of enthusiastic, brilliant people in the search marketing community who have a passion for sharing ideas. Thanks to all of them, and special thanks to the conference producers who offer a vehicle for these people to share knowledge with the community. Today’s Day 3 coverage is all about exploring thought-provoking topics in the areas of understanding your audience, holistic marketing, online reputation management and branding, plus cutting-edge topics from this year’s search marketing events. And don’t forget to check out Day 1 and Day 2 if you happened to miss them.
Read more of Best of Search Conferences 2011: Day 3.
December 28, 2011
In 2011 the Internet marketing industry had yet another year full of huge changes. In other words, it was business as usual. Google rolled out its Panda update, an adjustment to the search ranking algorithm that aims to remove low-quality content from search results pages. The update also had repercussions for the practices of conversion rate optimization and analytics. To help you keep track of these changes and more, here’s of the first day of our “Best of Search Conferences” for 2011, with top takeaways for analytics, paid advertising, SEO and CRO.
Read more of Best of Search Conferences 2011: Day 1.
December 2, 2011
Interested in understanding and optimizing the new Google+ business pages? How about a recap of Google’s big-news algorithm changes of 2011 and how to tackle them? Or what about a tutorial on writing calls to action, or best practices for mobile website design?
All this and more is in this month’s SEO Newsletter, published today. This post dives into the highlights of December’s issue. Don’t miss the tips for this months trends in Web marketing plus foundational concepts in our SEO Newsletter this month.
November 10, 2011
As marketers, we spend a ton of time implementing stuff — but what are the important things to measure, and how do we measure them? That’s what we’re here to talk about in our first liveblog session on Day 3 of PubCon.
August 16, 2011
Moderator: Richard Zwicky, Independent Consultant,
Ray “Catfish” Comstock, Director of SEO, BusinessOnLine
Todd Friesen, Director of SEO, Performics
Rob Garner, Vice President Strategy, iCrossing
This has been a popular session for about the last 6 years and this year’s panel looks to be a great group. Rob Garner will speak first today, then Todd Friesen and lastly will be Ray “Catfish” Comstock.
Rob will start us off today by talking about measuring SEO success. He shows a slide that says, “Paid vs. SEO: the 90/20 search budget conundrum”. This basically says that 90% of the search channel budgets go to paid search while paid search only gives 20% returns. On the flip side, 10% of budgets go to SEO and those playing in the organic space will usually see about an 80% return on all revenue.
Read more of Meaningful SEO Metrics: Going Beyond the Numbers.