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October 9, 2015

Millennial Expectations and Search Behavior Trends with Google’s Gary Illyes

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Getting to know Millennials has been a hot topic at Pubcon Las Vegas 2015. Everyone’s talking about Millennials, including Google’s Gary Illyes (who’s a millennial himself!). He took the stage to deliver the grand finale keynote, and he’s going to tell us how Google is thinking about Millennials and how they’re shaping the future of search.

Read the liveblog report of Googler Gary Illyes’ keynote address at Pubcon Las Vegas 2015.

September 30, 2015

Winning at Mobile PPC Advertising – SMX Liveblog

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This SMX East session titled “Winning At Mobile PPC (Beyond mCommerce)” promises to take us beyond the “why you have to be on mobile” rhetoric, since that’s now a given. Speakers Aaron Levy, Amy Bishop and John Busby will share from their experience (they’re all senior-level ad managers) to help advertisers take advantage of mobile user behavior to drive ecommerce. They ask (and answer):

  • Why mobile doesn’t convert like desktop.
  • Four types of mobile users and what they want.
  • How to adjust ad radius to increase activity.
  • What Google AdWords tools help you track conversions from phone calls or other.

Read the full liveblog.

SMX Liveblog: Getting Mobile Friendly to Survive the Next Mobilegeddon

Getting Mobile Friendly session liveblog

Factors unique to mobile SEO are highlighted in this SMX session on how to survive the next Mobilegeddon. Speakers Gary Illyes, (Webmaster Trends Analyst, Google), Stoney deGeyter (CEO, Pole Position Marketing), and Marcus Tober (Founder/CTO, Searchmetrics Inc.) take SMX attendees on a mobile-friendly tour that includes common mistakes marketers make when configuring a mobile-friendly site.
Read the Liveblog now.

June 25, 2015

Apps 101: Deep Linking, App Indexing and Why They Matter

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Apps are largely considered the new SEO frontier. Mobile app usage is growing at an incredible rate and shows no sign of slowing. Overall app usage grew by 76 percent in 2014, and lifestyle apps in particular saw 174 percent growth. If you are have an app or are developing an app, app indexation and deep linking are something you definitely need to be paying attention to. Basically, Google wants to treat your app like a website. It wants to crawl it and index it so that it can return specific pages from an app in search results. That ability to return specific pages within an app? That’s deep linking.

This article is for those just dipping their toes in app indexation. Read on for a breakdown of what app indexing and deep linking actually are, as well as helpful examples of deep linking in action. You’ll also learn basic requirements for Android and iOS setup.

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June 18, 2015

Guide to Mobile PPC Opportunities

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Traffic comes to a website through many avenues, and mobile’s a major highway. As digital marketers and business owners, it’s our job to ensure this road is the shortest, easiest route to our products or services; potential clients, current customers, and the search engines all expect this of us. If you haven’t embraced mobile search engine marketing, don’t worry. Use this guide to learn the most valuable ways you can optimize and advertise your mobile site for customers on the go. Read more.

June 5, 2015

Google Wants You to Make Your Site Faster or They’ll Do It For You. Will You Like the Result?


In April, around the time of Google’s “Mobbilegeddon” mobile ranking update, the search engine announced another mobile optimization in testing. Via the Webmaster Central Blog, Google said they’d “developed a way to optimize pages to be faster and lighter, while preserving most of the relevant content.” In other words, if you don’t optimize your site so that it loads quickly for mobile devices, Google will try to do it for you.

Called transcoding, Google says it’s a feature intended to help deliver results quickly to searchers on slow mobile connections. Google’s early tests show that transcoding returns pages with 80 percent fewer bytes and 50 percent faster load times. Indonesia has been the staging ground for early field tests, displaying transcoded sites when a mobile searcher is on a slow connection, like 2G.

Sounds cool, right? Now website owners and SEOs don’t need to worry about optimizing sites to be fast; Google is going to do it for us! What a magnanimous thing for Google to do. Except that there are a couple of reasons that this should give developers and webmasters pause.

Read about the pros and cons of Google’s new low bandwidth transcoder.

May 12, 2015

Mobile Marketing: How to Convert the Mobile Visitor

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“Everyone’s been preaching the importance of having a robust mobile marketing strategy for the past seven years or so, and although we all know this, a lot of us still decided to put mobile on the backburner. Now that ‘Mobilegeddon’ is upon us, and Google is constantly telling us how important mobile ‘micro-moments’ are, marketers are being forced to act — 2015 could turn out to be the actual ‘year of mobile,'” said SMX Speaker and WordStream Content Marketing Specialist Margot da Cunha.

When SMX Advanced hits Seattle next month (June 2-4), mobile-friendliness will be addressed from every angle. Da Cunha will take the stage alongside Lisa Williams and Phoebe Hanley in “Converting the Mobile Visitor.” They will discuss the best ways to attract and convert mobile users, and share strategies on text ads, display ads, click-to-call offers, targeting by device and location, and demographic research. Today, da Cunha gives us a sneak peak of what’s to come in her SMX presentation!

Read more of Mobile Marketing: How to Convert the Mobile Visitor.

April 28, 2015

The Comprehensive Mobile-Friendly SEO Guide for Business Owners Post-April 21st #Mobilegeddon

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Are you a hands-on small business owner managing your own digital marketing grappling with Google’s April 21st mobile-friendly update? We’re here to help. This article is your go-to guide for dealing with the aftermath of Google’s April 21st update. We’re one week out from Google’s latest major algorithm update and that means it’s time to dive into data and plan ahead — because even if the mobile-friendly update boosted your mobile traffic, we know search engine optimization is never complete.

Read on for post-April 21st advice! This guide discusses everything a hands-on business owner needs to know about improving your website’s appearance in mobile search results:

  • Creating a mobile baseline report in Google Webmaster Tools
  • Learning how to determine how your site was impacted
  • The mobile-friendly label vs. other SERP annotations
  • How to edit the new mobile breadcrumb URLs

Read more of The Comprehensive Mobile-Friendly SEO Guide for Business Owners Post-April 21st.

April 20, 2015

Google’s New Mobile Breadcrumb URLs: Making the Most of Your Site Name & URL Structure

New in Google: Breadcrumb URLs

Google announced two more changes last week to the way URLs are displayed in mobile search results:

  • Mobile search results no longer show the actual page URL, but instead show a breadcrumbs-like format of the URL structure. This is rolling out worldwide.
  • The breadcrumbs-like information can show the site name in place of the domain name. This is rolling out in the U.S. only for now.

You can specifically control how the breadcrumb URL for your search results will appear if you add markup to the HTML on your pages. Read more of Google’s New Mobile Breadcrumb URLs: Making the Most of Your Site Name & URL Structure

April 17, 2015

Tips for Getting the Most out of Call-Only Ads in Google AdWords

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Mobile optimized sites have been all the rage since Google’s explicit February announcement that mobile-friendliness will be used as an organic ranking signal starting April 21st. However, Google has not forgotten about the original purpose of mobile devices — phone calls. In February, Google made it easier for advertisers to engage smartphone users with call-only ads. Although call-only campaigns are fairly new to Google AdWords, there are certain steps you can take to get the most out of them.

Read on for tips on getting the most out of the setup, optimization, and reporting of call-only ads.

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