Google has risen to Internet dominance by capitalizing on both business savvy and game-changing innovation. From the very beginning, Google has built its brand around offering higher quality search results than its competitors. With this trendsetting user experience in mind, the search engine powerhouse released the “Panda” update to its algorithm.
This drastic modification to Google’s internal workings served as a catalyst for the world of Internet marketing and SEO. Those making a living from online marketing found themselves facing a new reality. On April, 24th Google released another algorithm change also named after an adorable creature. The Google penguin update sent another strong message to the SEO community, one that made it crystal clear that quality will always overshadow the skilled exploitation of loopholes.
Shortly after the internet community started to fully register the effects, Google's Matt Cutts announced that Penguin 2.0 would...
There are different reasons why a website or web-pages can drop in there ranking, and this article will explain some of them.
First you should make sure that your site was not banned from Google. To check this, you can simply do a Google search and type in site:www.your-site.com. If your site has been banned, there will be no results and nothing will appear. If your pages are still listed in Google but just removed from their previous locations, they will appear in the search.
So if your site is still in Google, but is located at a much lower spot than before, your site may have been penalized. If you go to your Webmasters Tools you will be able to send in a reconsideration request, where you have to write down all of the things you have done that may have been in violation to the Google Guidelines, and what you have done to fix the problem. The Google team will then look through your request, and if your sites were in fact penalized, they will...
If you have a trouble holding on to your visitors, there are ways you can improve your site, so that your visitors will stay for longer than just two seconds, and view more than just one page. Your bounce rate gives you a percentage of the people that leave your website after only viewing one page. That, combined with the average time spent on your site, will give you a pretty good picture of what people think about your site. You can see your bounce rate and the time they spend on your site in Google Analytics.
If people leave your site after only viewing one page, it should tell you that your site does not give people what they are looking for.
One factor that could cause this high bounce rate is, if your title does not match your page content. So if you call a page “how to get rid of bedbugs” and your site talks a lot about bedbugs but never really how to get rid of them, your visitors will feel cheated and leave your site immediately. An...
Much virtual ink has been spilt on the topic of SEO copywriting. However, sometimes website owners seem to forget that SEO copywriting is about copywriting first and foremost. Search engine optimization is important, because if a website can't be found, its content won't be read, but a website with over-optimized content won't appeal to online readers.
Over-optimization became a big problem that was affecting the quality of Google Search results. That is why, earlier this year, the search engine company released two important updates, namely Panda and Penguin, that would ensure quality results for Google users. Many websites were penalized, or “Pandalized”, under the new regulations.
Many of you will have come across web content that was obviously written with certain keywords in mind. One of the main hallmarks of bad SEO copywriting is repetition. This type of content gives SEO copywriting a bad reputation. Most of these texts...
Publishing original content is an important part of your marketing strategy. If your content goes viral, it takes on a life of its own, being shared, talked about and gathering natural backlinks with very little effort. Getting your content to go viral, however, is no easy task. With enormous competition for the attention of Internet users, your content must stand out from the crowd. While it is difficult to predict how popular your marketing efforts may be, there are things you can do to increase the chances of your content going viral.
Do something outrageous
Many of the most popular online videos include crazy stunts or outrageous behaviour. Videos that shock and surprise viewers are among the most shared of all. This doesn't mean that you have to do something dangerous or illegal; ordinary situations can be made to shock and surprise by the addition of an unexpected element.
Make people think
Posing open questions, asking...
It’s a problem that all website owners wish they had – too much traffic. However, if you are ill-prepared for this wonderful dilemma, it could be disastrous for your business.
There are many things that cause a surge in traffic. Maybe you create a particularly interesting or engaging piece of content and it goes viral. Or what if Bill O’Reilly mentions your business or product on Fox News? The result could mean an influx of visitors clamoring to get to your site. And did you know that most small business websites are not prepared for even as much as a 200% increase in traffic? Whatever the reason for your increase in traffic, it pays to prepare your site ahead of time to handle the load.
Here are a few tips to ensure that your site is equipped to handle higher-than-usual traffic surges:
Create a mobile or light version. Decorative elements are great for professional branding and design but combine those flashy elements with heavy...
As a small business owner, you're busy managing the day to day affairs of your enterprise and may find that you have little time to manage your website. Such neglect is understandable if most of your customer transactions are completed face to face, and your website serves mostly as an informational portal for your clientele. For everyone else, a website can be an important business generator, a way for you to win new customers. However, to shine online you need to connect with people and one certain way to do that is by following a proven search engine optimization blueprint for your small business.
1. Easy to access. Your SEO blueprint begins with having a website that loads quickly, is easy to access and has clear navigation instructions. Navigation tabs should be placed where everyone can see them -- above the fold. Your site should make use of corporate style sheets or be based on a content management system platform such as WordPress to give every...
“Never judge a book by its cover” is a familiar English expression. Don't prejudge the value of something based solely on its appearance. Unfortunately, on the internet nothing could be further from the truth. First impressions decide whether visitors will stick around on your website or if they will quickly click on to something else. Because your home page is the first port of call for many visitors, it is important that the page draws them in. Here is how to check if your home page does just that.
1. The Attention Puller
A good home page is a page where the designer has thought about the main tasks that visitors might want to do after first landing on that page. Which element on your home page attracts your gaze almost instantly? It should be the area where visitors can perform those main tasks. With this simple check you can quickly find out if the focus or attention puller on your home page is the right one. If not, then the attention...
Internet forums can be a useful marketing resource for Internet entrepreneurs and online businesses. They provide a public platform for conversation, debate and all manner of information exchange. However, forums rarely exist primarily for the purpose of Internet marketing and there are some important rules and guidelines to consider before you start getting involved. More than a place for actual advertising itself, forums are a great medium through which to build up your reputation and get involved with the community surrounding your niche. The best thing about forum marketing is that it is completely free, so the return on investment can be exceptionally good when it comes to Internet marketing. Before you begin, consider the following tips and strategies to get the best results and avoid common mistakes.
Do Your Research to Find Suitable Forums
Finding the right forums for your needs means finding those which are part of the community surrounding...
Almost everyone who regularly uses the Internet has some idea of what social media is, but many businesses and individuals hoping to make some money online are still unaware of its great importance in the world of Internet marketing. Social media barely existed a decade ago but now it is something that the majority of the world's Internet users use on a daily basis. Take Facebook, for example. Launched in 2004, it has now become the world's most popular social networking site with member numbers approaching an enormous one-billion – almost a seventh of the world's population!
Many of those who are new to the scene of Internet marketing make the mistake of thinking of social networking solely as a way for people to keep in contact over the Internet. However, it is also one of the biggest, if not the biggest players in the online business scene. From Facebook business pages to live Twitter feeds offering news on a company's latest products...