What a crazy time we are in. So many retailers and service industry businesses are facing forced closure right now. If you aren’t closed, customers are probably not rushing in your door unless there’s toilet paper on the shelves.
There are a lot of “what questions to ask before…” blogs posts that have been written over the years. Most of them are very geared toward the way the authoring agency wants to sell you on their services. Some of them manage to do that while actually being helpful. The post that Seer published recently is one of them.
Fad diets, same day shipping and DVR have all fed into society’s obsession with instant gratification, quick fixes and immediate results. Search engine optimization is definitely not immune to that mindset, but the reality is consistent growth is the way to go. However, there is one thing you can do in the meantime to improve traffic, tackle quick win keywords.
As a company in the marketing industry, I know we’re supposed to take this time to predict what trends will die or change games in 2020. But there’s already hundreds of millions of options for that elsewhere. So I’d rather take this time to get into the more human stuff of what the heck happened to our small company over the last 12 months.
Google’s search engine results page (SERP) is always evolving. We’ve seen the introduction of advertisements, local results, the knowledge graph, and the coveted featured snippet. The featured snippet (also called a quick answer or answer box) is in position 0 above all other organic results. Not only is the featured snippet first on the page but it also takes up a lot of prime real estate in the SERP, pushing down all the competitors.
The thing about entities is they’ve been around forever. We just haven’t always done a good job associating them with search, or at least not using that name. The word came into the SEO sphere back in 2013 when the Hummingbird update brought knowledge panels and structured data into our world. But it’s kinda just been a thing in the background.
Google Analytics has many important metrics and information but it’s hard to know what each of the metrics mean and what these metrics should be for each site. Engagement metrics help SEOs and site owners understand how a user is engaging with a site. Are they visiting one page and leaving? Are they spending enough time reading the blogs? How many pages does a user view on average? Below are brief explanations of three of the most common engagement metrics.
This is most applicable to the many ways the broader media misuses data in reporting, but I think a lot of marketers and generally curious individuals will benefit from reading this, hence I’m posting it here.
Search engine optimization (SEO) aims to better communicate a business’s products or services to potential customers and search engines. A great small business SEO approach includes keyword strategy, competitor research, and actionable plans to improve the site’s digital presence.
Plenty of businesses have some version of the following problem. Most or all of their customers originate online. Some big chunk of sales happen offline. For a lot of folks, this revenue is a mystery. It doesn’t need to be.