Tagged 'Search'

5 Ways to Ensure Your Brand’s Content is Optimized for Mobile SEO

Posted by Krista LaRiviere on December 18th, 2013 at 11:58 am

Google's recent Hummingbird algorithm and the arrival of KitKat are forcing agencies and brands to stretch their search marketing minds and strategies even further - for the better. More focus on meaningful content and mobile engagement with content translates into a need for longer-term SEO and content marketing commitments. It is clear the days of quick wins and overnight successes in SEO are indeed an era that is well behind us.
In a previous blog post, Time for a New Definition of SEO, many readers commented with their own insights and opinions about the requirement for a new definition of SEO. The following concept seems to be prevalent:
“SEO is the long-term process of enhancing a brand’s opportunity for discoverability in search and social, throughout the prospect’s buying cycle and across any device.”
Understanding searcher behavior by channel, intent by geography, and engagement by content asset throughout the buying cycle is key to a brand’s web presence reputation.
Mobile Usage is Forcing a Shift of Search Strategies
It is projected that the number of mobile devices on this planet will surpass the population of the world in the very near future. As it stands, according to data available on Wikipedia, there are 6.8 billion mobile... Read more

(Not Provided) Changes the SEO Landscape

Posted by Dave Murrow on October 24th, 2013 at 9:40 am

Some 87 percent of Google's organic traffic going to the Web's largest news sites is encrypted and showing up in reports as (not provided), according to data from Parse.ly. It's a stunning shutdown of keyword data via Google Analytics. Essentially, Google is no longer allowing webmasters to see what organic keyword searches are bringing users to their sites.
To dedicated SEO strategists, this has not been a surprise hack. In fact, Google started encrypting keyword data back in Oct. 2011, according to eConsultancy. In the image below, you can see that the top referring link at that time coming back to the firm was a (not provided).

Put another way, when users perform searches while logged into a Google service, Google blocks all data from the incoming organic keyword referrer. Various analytic tools showed that Google was blocking about half of this data throughout 2012 and into 2013, simply reporting it as (not provided). Search marketers were stymied with this change. Google claimed it was to protect user privacy, but others opined that it had more to do with elevating revenues for Google AdWords. After all, AdWords users still saw the keyword referrals, putting Google's motives under suspicion.
But now, Google has encrypted... Read more

Why YouTube Should Matter to Brands in 2013

Posted by Tony Quin on July 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 am

So, why are marketers wrong about YouTube? There are 5 reasons that for many brands, YouTube is arguably the most strategic channel on the Web.

SEO Reporting & Metrics: How To Prove Progress

Posted by Krista LaRiviere on June 11th, 2013 at 7:17 am

It’s the beginning of the month and it is again time to report to your clients or your boss on the SEO progress made last month. It is time to justify your SEO strategy, your efforts and yourself. Sound familiar?
With the challenging landscape of SEO comes the challenging landscape of SEO reporting, and I’m not just talking about merging SEO data sources into one excel file and adding a logo to try to make it look professional, presentable and understandable. I’m talking about how to make all the data points and metrics indicate real progress, and more importantly meet your clients’ or boss’ expectations.
Since the way we do SEO has changed, the way we report on it must change too. Effectively setting up the reporting metrics to prove progress may make the difference between meeting the clients’ expectations or not.
SEO reporting should answer these questions for your client:

Are our efforts helping us reach our organic search goals?
What SEO tasks were completed last month in relation to our goals?
What impact did these efforts have on the web presence for organic search?
What new opportunities were identified to optimize for organic search?
Are there any new competitive threats?

So how do you set up your... Read more

The 4 SEO Trends Every Marketer Needs to Know

Posted by Tony Quin on May 29th, 2013 at 9:54 am

It seems like as soon as I wrap my head around Google's latest algorithm update, there's another release that changes the game.
While SEO experts should live in the weeds of these updates to understand the nuances in how Google ranks content, marketers should recognize a few high level SEO trends that drive successful content marketing initiatives.
1. SEO used to be an exercise in optimizing content for spiders. Today, SEO is about optimizing content for the user.
This is an important distinction that should drive every piece of content produced, from how you choose the topic to the words you use to express the idea. Search engines think like people, but for some reason most brands don't speak like people. This is causing a disconnect between the brand and the consumer on every level - in relating to them obviously, but also in just being discoverable. No one searches in corporate speak.
So, how do you do this? Research.
A combination of both keyword research and social listening will show you what words and phrases consumers use. Once the content is written and optimized appropriately for search, the language used in social media should reflect the language used in the content.
The same keywords... Read more