Help Us Improve the Moz Blog: 2015 Reader Survey

Posted by Trevor-Klein

In late 2013, we asked you all about your experience with the Moz Blog. It was the first time we’d collected direct feedback from our readers in more than three years—an eternity in the marketing industry. With the pace of change in our line of work (not to mention your schedules and reading habits) we didn’t want to wait that long again, so we’re taking this opportunity to ask you how well we’re keeping up.

Our mission is to help you all become better marketers, and to do that, we need to know more about you. What challenges do you all face? What are your pain points? Your day-to-day frustrations? If you could learn more about one or two (or three) topics, what would those be?

If you’ll help us out by taking this five-minute survey, we can make sure we’re offering the most useful and valuable content we possibly can. When we’re done looking through the responses, we’ll follow up with a post about what we learned.

Thanks, everyone; we’re excited to see what you have to say!

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Advanced Local SEO Competition Analysis

Posted by Casey_Meraz

Competition in local search is fierce. While it’s typical to do some surface level research on your competitors before entering a market, you can go much further down the SEO rabbit hole. In this article we will look at how you can find more competitors, pull their data, and use it to beat them in the search game.

Since there are plenty of resources out there on best practices, this guide will assume that you have already followed the best practices for your own listing and are looking for the little things that might make a big difference in putting you over your competition. So if you haven’t already read how to perform the Ultimate Local SEO Audit or how to Find and Build Citations then you should probably start there.

Disclaimer: While it’s important to mention that correlation does not mean causation, we can learn a lot by seeing what the competition has done.

Some of the benefits of conducting competitive research are:

  • You can really dive into your customers’ market and understand it better.
  • You can figure out who your real customers area and better target them.
  • You can get an understanding of what your competitors have done that has been successful without re-inventing the wheel.

Once you isolate trends that seem to make a positive difference, you can create a hypothesis and test. This allows you to constantly be testing, finding out what works, and growing those positive elements while eliminating the things that don’t produce results. Instead of making final decisions off of emotion, make your decisions off of the conversion data.

A good competition analysis will give you a strong insight into the market and allow you to test, succeed, or fail fast. The idea behind this process is to really get a strong snapshot of your competition at a glance to isolate factors you may be missing in your company’s online presence.

Disclaimer 2: It’s good to use competitors’ ideas if they work, but don’t make that your only strategy.

Before we get started

Below I will cover a process I commonly use for competition analysis. I have also created this Google Docs spreadsheet for you to follow along with and use for yourself. To make your own copy simply go to File > Make A Copy. (Don’t ask me to add you as an owner please :)

Let’s get started

1. Find out who your real competitors are

Whether you work internally or were hired as an outside resource to help with your client’s SEO campaign, you probably have some idea of who the competition is in your space. Some companies may have good offline marketing but poor online marketing. If you’re looking to be the best, it’s a good idea to do your own research and see who you’re up against.

In my experience it’s always good to find and verify 5-10 online competitors in your space from a variety of sources. You can use tools for this or take the manual approach. Keep in mind that you have to screen the data tools give you with your own eye for accuracy.

How do you find your “real” competitors?

We’re going to look at some tools you can use to find competitors here in a second, but keep in mind you want to record everything you find.

Make sure to capture the basic information for each competitor including their company name, location, and website. These tools will be useful at a later time. Record these in the “competitor research” tab of the spreadsheet.

Method 1: Standard Google searches for competitors

This is pointing out the obvious, but if you have a set of keywords you want to rank for, you can look for trends and see who is already ranking where you want to be. Don’t limit this to just one or two keywords, instead get a broader list of the competitors out there.

To do this, simply come up with a list of several keywords you want to rank for and search for them in your geographic area. Make sure your Geographic preference is set correctly so you get accurate data.

  1. Collect a list of keywords
  2. Search Google to see which companies are ranking in the local pack
  3. Record a list of the companies’ names and website URLs in the spreadsheet under the competitor research tab.

To start we’re just going to collect the data and enter it into the spreadsheet. We will revisit this data shortly.

Outside of the basics, I always find it’s good to see who else is out there. Since organic and local rankings are more closely tied together than ever, it’s a good idea to use 3rd party tools to get some insight as to what else your website could be considered related to.

This can help provide hidden opportunities outside of the normal competition you likely look at most frequently.

Method 2: Use SEMRUSH.com

SEMRush is a pretty neat competitive analysis tool. While it is a paid program, they do in fact have a few free visits a day you can check out. It’s limited but it will show you 10 competitors based on keyword ranking data. It’s also useful for recording paid competition as well.

To use the tool, visit http://www.SEMRush.com and enter your website in the provided search box and hit search. Once the page loads, you simply have to scroll down to the area that says “main competitors”. If you click the “view full report” option you’ll be taken to a page with 10 competition URLs.

Put these URLs into the spreadsheet so we can track them later.

Method 3: Use SPYFU.com

This is a cool tool that will show your top 5 competitors in paid and organic search. Just like SEMRush, it’s a paid tool that’s easy to use. On the home page, you will see a box that loads where you can enter your URL. Once you hit search, a list of 5 websites will populate for free.

Enter these competitors into your spreadsheet for tracking.

Method 4: Use Crunchbase.com

This website is a goldmine of data if you’re trying to learn about a startup. In addition to the basic information we’re looking for, you can also find out things like how much money they’ve raised, staff members, past employee history, and so much more.

Crunchbase also works pretty similarly to the prior tools in the sense that you you just enter your website URL and hit the search button. Once the page loads, you can scroll down the page to the competitors section for some data.

While Crunchbase is cool, it’s not too useful for smaller companies as it doesn’t seem to have too much data outside of the startup world.

Method 5: Check out Compete.com

This tool seems to have limited data for smaller websites but it’s worth a shot. It can also be a little bit more high-level than I prefer, but you should still check it out.

To use the tool visit http://www.compete.com and enter the URL you want to examine in the box provided then hit search.

Click the “Find more sites like” box to get list of three related sites. Enter these in the provided spreadsheet.

Method 6: Use SimilarWeb.com

SimilarWeb provides a cool tool with a bunch of data to check out websites. After entering your information, you can scroll down to the similar sites section which will show websites it believes to be related.

The good news about SimilarWeb is that it seems to have data no matter how big or small your site is.

2. After you know who they are, mine their data

Now that we have a list of competitors, we can really do a deep dive to see who is ranking and what factors might be contributing to their success. To start, make sure to pick your top competitors from the spreadsheet and then look for and record the information below about each business on the Competitor Analysis tab.

You will want to to pull this information from their Google My Business page.

If you know the company’s name, it’s pretty easy to find them just by searching the brand. You can add the geographic location if it’s a multi-location business.

For example if I was searching for a Wendy’s in Parker, Colorado, I could simply search this: “Wendy’s Parker, CO” and it will pull up the location(s).

Make sure to take and record the following information from their local listings. Get the data from their Google My Business (Google + Page) and record it in the spreadsheet!

  1. Business name – Copy and paste the whole business name. Sometimes businesses keyword stuff a name or have a geographic modifier. It’s important to account for this.
  2. Address – The full address of the business location. Although we can’t do anything about its physical location, we will search using this information shortly.
  3. City, state, zip code – The city, state, and zip listed on the Google My Business listing.
  4. Phone number – Take the listing’s primary number
  5. Phone number 2 – Take the listing’s secondary number like an 800 number.
  6. Landing page URL – The one connected to their Google My Business listing.
    PRO TIP: The URL will display as the root domain, but click the link to see if it takes you to an internal landing page. This is essential!
  7. Number of categories – Does your listing have more or less categories than the listing?
  8. Categories in Google My Business
    You can find the categories by clicking on the main category of the listing. It will pop out a list of all of the categories the business is listed under. If you only see one after doing this, open your browser and go to View Source. If you do Ctrl+F you can search the page for “GCID” without the quotes. This will show you the categories they’re listed under if you look through the HTML.
  9. Does the profile appear to be 100% complete?
  10. How many reviews do they have?
  11. Is their business name visible in Google Street View? Obviously there is not much we can do about this, but it’s interesting especially considering some patents Bill Slawski was recently talking about.

** Record this information on the spreadsheet. A sample is below.

What can we do with this data?

Since you’ve already optimized your own listing for best practices, we want to see if there is any particular trends that seem to be working better in a certain area. We can then create a hypothesis and test it to see if any gains are losses are made. While we can’t isolate factors, we can get some insight as to what’s working the more you change it.

In my experience, examining trends is much easier when the data is side by side. You can easily pick out data that stands out from the rest.

3. Have a close(r) look at their landing pages

You already know the ins and outs of your landing page. Now let’s look at each competitor’s landing page individually. Let’s look at the factors that carry the most weight and see if anything sticks out.

Record the following information into the spreadsheet and compare side by side with your company vs. the successful ones.

Page title of landing page
City present? – Is the city present in the landing page meta title?
State present? – Is the state present in the landing page meta title?
Major KW in title? Is there a major keyword in the landing page meta title?
Content length on landing page – Possibly minor but worth examining. Copy/paste into MS Word
H1 present? – Is the H1 tag present?
City in H1? – Does the H1 contain the city name?
State in H1? – Does the H1 have the state or abbreviation in the heading?
Keyword in H1? – Do they use a keyword in the H1?
Local business schema present? – Are they using schema? Find out using the Google structured data testing tool here.
Embedded map present? – Are they embedding a Google map?
GPS coordinates present? – Are they using GPS coordinates via schema or text?

4. Off site: See what google thinks is authoritative

Recently, I was having a conversation with a client who was super-excited about the efforts his staff was making. He proudly proclaimed that his office was building 10 new citations a day and added over 500 within the past couple of months!

His excitement freaked me out. As I suspected, when I asked to see his list, I saw a bunch of low quality directory sites that were passing little or no value. One way I could tell they were not really helping (besides the fact that some were NSFW websites), was that the citations or listings were not even indexed in Google.

I think it’s a reasonable assumption that you should test to see what Google knows about your business. Whatever Google delivers about your brand, it’s serving because it has the most relevance or authority in its eyes.

So how can we see what Google sees?

It’s actually pretty simple. Just do a Google Search. One of the ways that I try to evaluate and see whether or not a citation website is authoritative enough is to take the competition’s NAP and Google it. While you’ve probably done this many times before for citation earning, you can prioritize your efforts based off of what’s recurring between top ranked competitor websites.

As you can see in the example below where I did a quick search for a competitor’s dental office (by pasting his NAP in the search bar), I see that Google is associating this particular brand with websites like:

  1. The company’s main website
  2. Whitepages
  3. Amazon Local (New)
  4. Rateadentist.com
  5. DentalNeighbor.com

Pro Tip: Amazon local is relatively new, but you can see that it’s going to carry a citation benefit in local search. If your clients are willing, you should sign up for this.

Don’t want to copy and paste the NAP in a variety of formats? Use Andrew Shotland’s NAP Hunter to get your competitor’s variants. This tool will easily open multiple window tabs in your browser and search for combinations of your competitor’s NAP listings. It makes it easy and it’s kind of fun.

5. Check important citations

With citations, I’m generally in the ballpark of quality over quantity. That being said, if you’re just getting the same citations that everyone else has, that doesn’t really set you apart does it? I like to tell clients that the top citation sources are a must, but it’s good to seek out opportunities and monitor what your competition does so you can keep up and stay ahead of the game.

You need to check the top citations and see where you’re listed vs. your competition. Tools like Whitespark’s local citation finder make this much easier to get an easy snapshot.

If you’re looking to see which citations you should find and check, use these two resources below:

  • Learn how to find and build the top citations here
  • Top Citation Sources By Category

Just like in the example in the section above, you can find powerful hidden gems and also new website opportunities that arise from time to time.

Just because you did it once doesn’t mean you should leave it alone

A common mistake I see is businesses thinking it’s ok to just turn things off when they get to the top.That’s a bad idea. If you’re serious about online marketing, you know that someone is always out to get you. So in addition to tracking your brand mentions through the Fresh Web Explorer, you also need to be tracking your competition at least once a month! The good news is that you can do this easily with Fresh Web Explorer from Moz.

So what should you setup in Fresh Web Explorer?

  • Your competitor’s brand name – Monitor their mentions and see what type of marketing they’re doing!
  • Your competitor’s NAP – Easily find new citations they’re going after
  • City+Industry+Keywords – Maybe there are some hidden gems outside of your competition you could go after!

Plus track anything else you can think of related to your brand. This will help the on-going efforts get a bit easier.

6. Figure out which citations have dofollow links

Did you know some citation sources have dofollow links which mean they pass link juice to your website? Now while these by themselves likely won’t pass a lot of juice, it adds an incentive for you to be proactive with recording and promoting these listings.

When reviewing my competition’s citations and links I use a simple Chrome plugin called NoFollow which simply highlights nofollow links on pages. It makes it super easy to see what’s a follow vs. a nofollow link.

But what’s the benefit of this? Let’s say that I have a link on a city website that’s a follow link and a citation. If it’s an authority page that talks highly about my business, it would make sense for me to link to it from time to time. If you’re getting links from websites other than your own and linking to these high quality citations you will pass link juice to your page. It’s a pretty simple way of increasing the authority of your local landing pages.

7. Links, links, links

Since the Pigeon update almost a year ago, links started to make a bigger impact in local search. You have to be earning links and you have to earn high quality links to your website and especially your Google My Business Landing page.

If the factors show you’re on the same playing field as your competition except in domain authority or page authority, you know your primary focus needs to be links.

Now here is where the research gets interesting. Remember the data sources we pulled earlier like compete, spyfu.com, etc? We are now going to get a bigger picture on the link profile because we did this extra work. Not only are we just going to look at the links that our competition in the pack has, we’ve started to branch out of that for more ideas which will potentially pay off big in the long run.

What to do now

Now we want to take every domain we looked at when we started and run Open Site Explorer on each and every domain. Once we have these lists of links, we can then sort them out and go after the high quality ones that you don’t already have.

Typically, when I’m doing this research I will export everything into Excel or Google Docs, combine them into one spreadsheet and then sort from highest authority to least authority. This way you can prioritize your road map and focus on the bigger fish.

Keep in mind that citations usually have links and some links have citations. If they have a lot of authority you should make sure you add both.

8. But what about user behavior?

If you feel like you’ve gone above and beyond your competition and yet you’re not seeing the gains you want, there is more you have to look at. Sometimes as an SEO it’s easy to get in a paradigm of just the technical or link side of things. But what about user behavior?

It’s no secret and even some recent tests are showing promising data. If your users visit your site and then click back to the search results it indicates that they didn’t find what they were looking for. Through our own experiments we have seen listings in the SERPs jump a few positions in hours just based off of user behavior.

So what does this mean for you?

You need to make sure your pages are answering the users queries as they land on your page, preferably above the fold. For example, if I’m looking for a haircut place and I land on your page, I might be wanting to know the hours, pricing, or directions to your store. Making information prevalent is essential.

Make sure that if you’re going to make these changes you test them. Come up with a hypothesis, test the results, and come to conclusion or another test based off of the data. If you want to know more about your users, I say that you need to find as much about them as human possible. Some services you can use for that are:

1. Inspectlet – Record user sessions and watch how they navigate your website. This awesome tool literally allows you to watch recorded user sessions. Check out their site.

2. LinkedIn Tracking Script – Although I admit it’s a bit creepy, did you know that you can see the actual visitors to your website if they’re logged into LinkedIn while browsing your website? You sure can. To do this complete the following steps:

1. Sign up for a LinkedIn Premium Account
2. Enter this code into the body of your website pages:

<img src="http://ift.tt/1IFdZ1m" />

3. Replace the XXXXX with your account number of your profile. You can get this by logging into your profile page and getting the number present after viewid?=
4. Wait for the visitors to start showing up under “who’s viewed your profile”

3. Google Analytics – Watch user behavior and gain insights as so what they were doing on your website.

Reviews

Speaking of user behavior, is your listing the only one without reviews? Does it have fewer or less favorable reviews? All of these are negative signals for user experience. Do you competitors have more positive reviews? If so you need to work getting more.

Meta descriptions

While this post was mainly geared towards local SEO as in Google My Business rankings, you have to consider that there are a lot of localized search queries that do not generate pack results. In these cases they’re just standard organic listings.

If you’ve been deterred to add these by Google picking its own meta descriptions or by their lack of ranking benefit, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Seriously. Customers will make a decision on which listing to click on based on this information. If you’re not thinking about optimizing these for user intent on the corresponding page then you’re just being lazy. Spend the time, increase CTR, and increase your rankings if you’re serving great content.

Conclusion

The key to success here is realizing that this is a marathon and not a sprint. If you examine the competition in the top areas mentioned above and create a plan to overcome, you will win long term. This of course also assumes you’re not doing anything shady and staying above board.

While there were many more things I could add to this article, I believe that if you put your focus on what’s mentioned here you’ll have the greatest success. Since I didn’t talk too much about geo-tagged media in this article, I also included some other items to check in the spreadsheet under the competitor analysis tab.

Remember to actively monitor what those around you are doing and develop a pro-active plan to be successful for your clients.

What’s the most creative thing you have seen a competitor do successfully local search? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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How Google May Use Searcher, Usage, & Clickstream Behavior to Impact Rankings – Whiteboard Friday

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A recent patent from Google suggests a new kind of influence in the rankings that has immense implications for marketers. In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Rand discusses what it says, what that means, and adds a twist of his own to get us thinking about where Google might be heading.

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How Google May Use Their Knowledge of Surfer & Searcher Behavior to Impact the Rankings - Whiteboard Friday

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Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week let’s chat about some things that Google is learning about web searchers and web surfers that may be impacting the rankings.

I was pretty psyched to see a patent a few weeks ago that had been granted actually to Google, so filed a while before that. That patent came from Navneet Panda who, as many in the SEO space may remember, is also the engineer for whom Panda, the Panda Update from Google, is named after. Bill Slawski did a great analysis of the patent on his website, and you can check that out, along with some of the other patent diagrams themselves. Patents can be a little confusing and weird, especially the language, but this one had some surprising clarity to it and some potentially obvious applications for web marketers too.

Deciphering searcher intent

So, in this case, Googlebot here — I’ve anthropomorphized him, my Googlebot there, nicely — is thinking about the queries that are being performed in Google search engine and basically saying, “Huh, if I see lots of people searching for things like ‘find email address,’ ’email address tool,’ ’email finder,’ and then I also see a lot of search queries similar to those but with an additional branded element, like ‘VoilaNorbert email tool’ or ‘Norbert email finder’ or ‘how to find email Norbert,’ or even things like ’email site:voilanorbert.com,’” Googlebot might actually say, “Hmm, lots of searchers who look for these kinds of queries seem to be also looking for this particular brand.”

You can imagine this in tons and tons of ways. Lots of people searching for restaurants also search for Yelp. Lots of people searching for hotels also add in queries like “Trip Advisor.” Lots of people searching for homes to buy also add in Zillow. These brands that essentially get known and combined and perform very well in these non-branded searches, one of the ways that Google might be thinking about that is because they see a lot of branded search that includes the unbranded words around that site.

Google’s site quality patent

In Panda’s site quality patent — and Navneet Panda wasn’t the only author on this patent, but one of the ones we recognize — what’s described is essentially that this algorithm, well not algorithm, very simplistic equation. I’m sure much more than simplistic than what Google’s actually using if they are actually using this. Remember, when it comes to patents, they usually way oversimplify that type of stuff because they don’t want to get exactly what they’re doing out there in the public. But they have this equation that looks like this: Number of unique searchers for the brand or keyword X — so essentially, this is kind of a searches, searchers. They’re trying to identify only unique quantities of people doing it, looking at things like IP address and device and location and all of that to try and identify just the unique people who are performing this — divided by the number of unique searches for the non-branded version.

So branded divided by non-branded equals some sort of site quality score for keyword X. If a lot more people are performing a search for “Trip Advisor + California vacations” than are performing searches for just “California vacations,” then the site quality score for Trip Advisor when it comes to the keyword “California vacations” might be quite high.

You can imagine that if we take another brand — let’s say a brand that folks are less familiar with, WhereToGoInTheWorld.com — and there’s very, very few searches for that brand plus “California vacations,” and there’s lots of searches for the unbranded version, the site quality score for WhereToGoInTheWorld.com is going to be much lower. I don’t even think that’s a real website, but regardless.

Rand’s theory

Now, I want to add one more wrinkle on to this. I think one of the things that struck me as being almost obvious but not literally mentioned in this specific patent was my theory that this also applies to clickstream data. You can see this happening obviously already in personalization, personalized search, but I think it might be happening in non-personalized search as well, and that is essentially through Android and through Chrome, which I’ve drawn these lovely logos just for you. Google knows basically where everyone goes on the web and what everyone does on the web. They see this performance.

So they can look and see the clickstream for a lot of people’s process is a searcher goes and searches for “find email address tool,” and then they find this resource from Distilled and Distilled mentions Rob Ousbey’s account — I think it was from Rob Ousbey that that original resource came out — and they follow him and then they follow me and they see that I tweeted about VoilaNorbert. Voila, they make it to VoilaNorbert.com’s website, where their search ends. They’re no longer looking for this information. They’ve now found a source that sort of answers their desire, their intent. Google might go, “Huh, you know, why not just rank this? Why rank this one when we could just put this there? Because this seems to be the thing that is answering the searcher’s problem. It’s taking care of their issue.”

So what does this mean for us?

This is tough for marketers. I think both of these, the query formatting and the potential clickstream uses, suggest a world in which building up your brand association and building up the stream of traffic to your website that’s solving a problem not just for searchers, but for potential searchers and people with that issue, whether they search or not, is part of SEO. I think that’s going to mean that things like branding and things like attracting traffic from other sources, from social, from email, from content, from direct, from offline, and word-of-mouth, that all of those things are going to become part of the SEO equation. If we don’t do those things well, in the long term, we might do great SEO, kind of classic, old-school keywords and links and crawl and rankings SEO and miss out on this important piece that’s on the rise.

I’m looking forward to some great comments and your theories as well. We’ll see you again next week for another edition of Whiteboard Friday. Take care.

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Improve Your Search Engine Rankings With Chicago SEO Strategies

seo process in ChicagoSEO, which is also known as search engine optimization is the process of constructing and analyzing website underlying code and existing pages so that they can be searched and indexed by search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. If you conduct business out of Illinois you would want to perform local Chicago SEO methods. These practices increases the volume and quality of traffic to a website from search engines via organic or search results in your specific area. The higher your company’s website ranks on Search Engine Result Page (SERP), the more searchers will visit your site.

An SEO process for a local area like Chicago involves a site’s coding and structure, content and copywriting, site presentation, as well as fixing other problems that will prevent search engines from indexing your company website. If your firm’s website is not indexed by search engines, there will be no chance at all for your site to get high visibility rankings on search engines.

How Does SEO Work?

Well, let us say you are a dentist in Chicago , and you would like to grow your business. As a dentist, potential clients looking for your services may type in terms such as “Chicago dentist” or other such words into leading search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. In a perfect world, your website would appear in the first place ranking in Google for both of those “keywords” that your potential customer has keyed in. If your site shows up on the first page of the Google, then your potential clients will be very likely to find you and know about your services.

However, if your website isn’t showing up on the first page of search engine results, then potential clients are looking elsewhere for their dental services. Consequently, they’re going to have a hard time finding your site and learning about what you services.

Factors to Consider when Looking for an SEO Company

The Rank of the SEO Company on Google

Companies who offer SEO services should be experts at what they do. Like you, they want to generate business and market on the Internet. Make sure the SEO Company has a high ranking for some popular keywords on the Internet relevant to marketing.

about local seoYears in operation

Many of the service providers that have been in operation for many years are recommended for their excellent services. They possess the necessary experience that is required in ensuring their customers benefit from their services. They understand the algorithms utilized by popular search engines change and thus change accordingly. On the other hand, service providers who have recently entered the industry often lack the necessary information that is critical for adapting to change. For this reason, they can fall short of the expected results.

Ethical Tactics

When you first approach an SEO company ask them what techniques they will use to help improve your websites visibility. If they do not want to answer that question then our advice is to stay away from them as they either do not know much about SEO or are using poor SEO techniques that will end up in getting your website banned.

There is no magic involved in search engine optimization just a series of techniques; ideas and hard work to help your website naturally gain momentum in the results pages.

References

Looking at previous client’s experiences and results can help you get a better understanding of the quality of service the company provides. If this company seems to present a positive trend of outcomes, then they are more likely to be legit.

A good search engine optimization company can be hard to find. But with these tips you can get a business that will help you achieve your desired results.

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iPhone 6s Selfie cam, Google Search updates, Moto X 2015 & more – Pocketnow Daily

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– HTC One M9 update brings camera and battery life improvements http://ift.tt/1IEEGse
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Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the HTC One M9 software update, and what improves. Then we talk about the Moto X 2015 and how it might not include a fingerprint scanner. Apple Music is next as we learn about the service’s audio streaming quality. Google Search follows, this time with an update to make it contextually aware of your location. We end today’s show talking about Apple’s future front-facing camera for the iPhone 6s.

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Google Chrome is simple and fast. Thus it quickly gets you all the information that you are in search of. Google Chrome is improving day by day, expert development team in Google is adding new features to the browser. All the newly added features are applied to your browser, when you perform a Google Chrome update. You can avail various unique features after performing Google Chrome update, which takes you a step forward in browsing experience.

Whenever a newer update is available, Google Chrome automatically updates and make sure that you are protected from harmful Internet threats. As the update process happens automatically, it does not require any user intervention. As soon as a new update comes, the update process happens automatically in the background. You can also perform the Google Chrome update manually. Whenever any update is available, the wrench icon on the browser toolbar shows a little arrow update notification. You need to click on the wrench icon and select ‘Update Google Chrome’. You will be prompted to restart your browser. To restart the browser, you need to click on the confirmation dialog box that appears. If you do not prefer to restart the browser immediately, you can click on ‘Not now’ option and the update will automatically be applied the next time you restart your browser.

By keeping Google Chrome updated, you get:

Increased security with latest security updates
Better stability
New features that make the browser more powerful

There are different benefits of updating Google Chrome. Updating improves the overall performance of the browser. While using Google Chrome browser, you might have noticed different error messages popping up stating various issues. Expert team in Google researches on these issues and finds out quick fixes to overcome such bugs. When you update Google Chrome, all these auto fixes are downloaded and most of the Google Chrome related issues are fixed. Hence you enjoy faster browsing after updating the Google Chrome. An important point to be kept in mind while installing or upgrading the browser in your computer is to check its compatibility with your computer’s operating system. Using Google Chrome browser on Windows 7 Operating System offers you an improved stability, security and speed. Google Chrome Windows 7 combination provides you with the best browsing experience.

So stop waiting! Get your Google Chrome updated at the earliest. If you wish to know more on the updates, browse through Google Chrome site, else you can get in touch with any online tech support team and grab information on Google Chrome updates and its benefits.

Maria Johnson, a teacher by profession, uses Google chrome for shopping, banking and other needs. She is overwhelmed with the browsing speed and user interface offered by this browser. Through this article she highlights the benefits and importance of Google Chrome updates.

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What About Search Engine Optimization

Maile Ohye from Google advises your startup as if she had only 10 minutes as your SEO consultant.

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The third part of this article will concentrate on the meta tags area of the optimization for Google. I will mention them in the order they should normally appear in the source code. I will review 5 essential meta areas.

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 The DTD statement.
This should be the first tag of the head section of your code. The Document Type Definition Statement allows faster and deeper indexing with Google, shortening the time your site will be in the “trustbox” as well. HTML 4.0 or 4.01 should be the standard, and for most cases, the Transitional type should be used.

The title, the most important.
Why? Because there are 3 elements in SEO: the listing (were title is the main element) the click-through (were title is the main reason) and conversion (which is the object of all optimization work) Also, if that is not reason enough (it should) it is the single element that gests indexed and used to list the link text in the Google SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages). An average of 7 to 8 words length is optimal.

The description.
Used by Google to create a text summary in describing the page if available, so make sure the content of this tag is friendly to the searcher, not the search engine. If you are in a competitive market, this tag is not taken into account, but you should have it for your visitor. An average length of 150 characters is good.

The keywords.
Google actually uses this tag against you, by that meaning it is used as a spam check point for the page content. Also, do not include your niche keywords here, as you will be given your competition tips about your optimization. Put your main keywords across the content instead. Here use an average of 200 characters.
Make sure you are using different sets of keywords per page, in other words, that they are unique to each particular page.

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The charset type.
Another element of the head section, this one tells the browser what to do when it encounters certain characters in your pages. Google indexes pages easier with the 8859-1 tag, since it will not do any data encoding, which can take a lot of extra time. The UTF-8 tag involves encoding and it should be used for forms that accept non standard characters, like foreign users from other countries.

 

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My Not-So Secret Tool for Social Media Marketing Automation

I am an independent consultant for Jamberry Nails, a direct sales company who provides high quality, vinyl nail wraps that can last for weeks on fingers and toes. There are no harsh chemicals and they are not polish, so there is no chipping or dry time. Jamberry has over 350 adorable design options to choose from plus a custom Nail Art Studio to create a custom look for you, your organization, or team. One sheet of nail wraps will give you up to 2 manis and 2 pedis!  As a Stay-At-Home mom of two young children about 90% of my business is conducted online via Facebook parties.

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As with any business utilizing social media marketing, your fan base needs a place to keep up and connect with you!

A Facebook business page is the perfect way to do this. It allows you to communicate information about your business, product specials, calls to action, giveaways, and general information about topics related to your market niche. I use postcron.com to schedule my business page posts for once a day. This allows readers to check in and see what is happening with my business but not feel overwhelmed and “spammed” by too much information.

Choosing Content For Your Business Page Post

I have read a TON of posts on how to create just the right content for your business page. The authors have done a great job of listing those out…so I will stick to my topic and let you find those articles on your own. HOWEVER, I will share a couple of essential tips that have helped me:

  • Posts with fewer than 80 characters received 66% more engagement than lengthier counterparts.
  • Question posts have 92% higher comment rates than non-question posts.
  • Posts that have a question located at the end have a 15% higher overall interaction rate and a 2x higher comment rate than those asked in the middle of a post.
  • 82% of people think Facebook is a good place to interact with brands.
  • The number one reason 73% of social media users “unliked” a brand on Facebook was because the brand posted too frequently.

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I have two methods for formatting the content on my business page. The first way is to use my FB party script content. I take each post in my party script and post it on a different day of the week to my business page. I have great information I share in my parties and I try to use this script once a quarter to post on my business page. (I do edit the longer posts to be less than 80 characters as suggested above).

The second method I have adopted for my business page posting is the 9-1-1 method: 9 Non-Marketing posts, 1 Promotional post, 1 Personal/Casual post.

9-1-1

Here is how that breaks down:

  • Non-Promotional Post: This can be about your business but doesn’t require anything from the reader. i.e. asking for a sale, booking a party or joining your team. An example would be posting a picture of yourself doing an activity possible #becauseofjamberry, an article about nail related issues, and sharing posts from non competitors with your added caption.

 

  • Promotional Post: This type of post is where you make an announcement about a holiday promo and take orders in advance, share your website, post a contest from your business page, post “Join My Team” or “Book A Party” graphics. A post for you to shamelessly promote your business!

 

  • Personal/Casual Post: This post is unrelated to your business. Make it fun! A picture of your cat, your dinner, an inspirational story or quote, a “getting to know you” graphic, a guessing game. The post should be interactive and get people talking and responding to you so they know you are a real person with a real life.

 

  • Last, but certainly not least: ALL POSTS IN EACH CATEGORY MUST SOUND PROFESSIONAL!

 

Check out the way I translated these suggestions to post topics:

Day 1 – Post A friends non competitor Business Page
Day 2 – Nail article of some kind

Day 3 – Travel Destination/tips/savings
Day 4 – Game/question graphic.

vacation
Day 5- Article about pampering yourself
Day 6 – An inspirational story of someone doing something good!
Day 7 – Jamberry Collage

distance

Day 8 – Something food related (preferably Chocolate) cause I like to read things about menus/recipes/food
Day 9 – Fashion Style Guide article of some sort (how to be on trend with something other than your nails! :-P)
Day 10 – Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Day 11 – Featured Product of the week – #mermaidtalesjn

nails

Using one or both of these content posting methods establishes your presence and creates a relationship with your readers and followers. In the Direct Sales Industry as we utelize Social Media we have a bigger challenge in establishing personal relationships with our customers. Have a method to choosing your FB business page content and eliminate hassle and worry of remembering to post something each day, and using the tips mentioned in my article to eliminate the “what on earth do I post on my business page” question!

What is Postcron and how does it help with my Facebook business page?

Postcron is an essential lifesaving, timesaving tool in managing my FB business page!

As I mentioned in my previous article, I am a busy wife and mom. There are not enough hours in the day for me to sit and load posts to my FB page each day. Think about it, posting EACH DAY…that is 365 individual posts with individual content! Facebook does offer the ability to schedule a post directly from your business page BUT you can only post ONE AT A TIME! That’s a lot of time to select a lot of options…makes me tired just thinking about it.   That is why I love the postcron bulk upload feature!

Scheduling content with the bulk upload feature

Once I have established the information to go my business page, let me tell you how postcron not only saves time in my parties but on my business page as well! I create a .csv spreadsheet in the following format: Post text, Year, Month, Day, Hour, Minute, Image Link, and Website Preview Link. Each line on my spreadsheet has a post for each day using the content from above. I upload it to my business page via the bulk uploader, click confirm after all my graphics load and BOOM! My posts are scheduled to my business page leaving me free to spend more time responding to comments and reaching out to my followers.

A Final Thought…

Utilizing social media marketing in your business is essential in the 21st century. But let’s face it, everyone is BUSY. You AND your customers/followers have much calling for their attention. Using the methods I outlined here and the postcron bulk upload feature will save you time, and grow your fan base as they realize you are considerate of their time as well.

I look forward to new features postcron is working on and watching my FB Business Fan page grow!

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