Kevin Johnson

The Need for Small Businesses to Build a Conversion-Friendly Website

When it comes to the world of Web development, it seems that trends and opinions on the most effective options are constantly in flux. Responsive Web design? Parallax? But at the end of the day, only one thing should really matter for small businesses hoping to improve their online business efforts: making conversions.

Jayson DeMers

Searchmetrics Releases New Content Performance Research Tool

When more than 5,000 marketers were asked, "Does your organization use content marketing?" for the fifth annual B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends--North America report, an astounding 86% responded with, "yes." However, when asked, "How successful is your organization at tracking the ROI of its content marketing program?" only 21% said that they were successful....

Mike Moran

Do you know how to calculate your conversion rate?

I had a great time delivering the keynote one time at the Wednesday live conference in Stockholm, which featured an all-too-typical show of hands. First, I asked how many of the marketers in attendance had a Web Analytics system installed on their site. Every hand in the room went up. Then I said, "Keep your hands up if you check your results at least once a day." Every hand went down. Why is this so? Having an analytics system and not using it regularly is like having an extra car in your garage that you don't drive. What is stopping...

Jayson DeMers

5 Resume Tips Designed to Help SEOs Land Competitive Jobs

Do you feel like you're an expert at getting clients to rank for certain keywords or objectives? Well, are you equally as good at marketing your own services and maximizing resume visibility? Just as you do with websites, blog posts, and search terms, you have to work hard to ensure your resume is seen by as many people as possible. Additionally, it needs to effectively capture your skills, qualifications, and personality. ...

Jayson DeMers

What to Do When Your Domain Name Isn't Available

For companies with incredibly unique names, it's often simple to register a desirable domain name. However, with more than 850 million active websites on the internet, some brands find it challenging to secure the domain they want. Don't fret, though; there are plenty of ways to work around this and find a domain and extension that works for your business....

Mike Moran

Are your Google rankings based on your conversion rate?

One of the oddest things about all the updates that Google has made over the last few years concerns the lack of impact that some of the changes have had on some businesses I know. Google Panda and other ranking algorithm changes have caused significant drops in traffic for many of these companies.  But that's not the odd thing. What's strange, at least at first glance, is that a number of these companies have suffered only small drops in sales. This goes against everything we've ever thought about in search marketing--I mean, the reason that you work so hard in...

Kevin Johnson

Mobilegeddon Has Come and Gone - Now What?

Businesses across the nation went into a panic after Google announced that it would be updating its search algorithms to remove non-"mobile-friendly" sites from searches conducted on mobile devices. "Mobilegeddon" has now come and gone, and while its overall effect on SEO is still being debated, the fact remains that optimizing a site for mobile users is still an important step for anyone looking for online success....

Mike Moran

Should I stay away from highly competitive keywords?

If you've used Google's Keyword Tool, you've probably seen the column called "Competitiveness," with levels low, medium, and high. The low. medium, and high are based on the competitiveness of a keyword among paid search advertisers. The more advertisers are bidding on a keyword, the higher the competitiveness. By itself, paid search competitiveness tells you nothing about the organic search competitiveness, but in reality they usually run about the same. So, most people ask the same thing about keywords: "Should I stay away from highly competitive keywords?"...

Jayson DeMers

Proceed With Caution: Web Design Can Directly Affect SEO

SEO is a process that requires ongoing education and learning. And while much of the focus is on building quality inbound links, identifying and optimizing for the right keywords and semantic search terms, and investing in quality content, you can't ignore the obvious impact of web design on your site's search rankings....

Mike Moran

Paid search is still frustrating for searchers

When I speak to groups, I often ask how many people never click on paid search ads and many hands go up--usually half the room. It ain't true. Estimates are that around one-quarter of all search clicks are on paid search ads and it is 100% of Google's search income, so most people click on ads at least once in a while. But people raise their hands because they still get frustrated by paid ads and they wish they hadn't clicked on them....

Jayson DeMers

Mobilegeddon: Is Your Website Visible on Mobile Searches?

Owners of websites are starting to see impact from Google's recent algorithm update known as "mobilegeddon," which launched on April 21, 2015. The major impact of this algorithm update is that mobile devices now have very different search results than those displayed on desktop browsers. The reason for this change is to ensure users on mobile devices have a consistently positive experience....

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