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What Hummingbird Means for SEO Strategies

You might have heard that Google has updated 1 how they are returning search results. This revamp of Google’s algorithm, named Hummingbird, represents one of the biggest changes for the search giant in the past twelve years. The question of course is what impact will this update have on your firm’s SEO practices?  Before we answer that question we need to look at what Hummingbird actually does. Continue reading “What Hummingbird Means for SEO Strategies” »

Search Engine Optimization Strategies

There is no easy way around it, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) results take time.  The problem though, is that while companies wait to see if their current SEO strategies pan out, marketing decisions and other resource allocation discussions need to occur. Below are a few metrics that can be looked at in the meantime to gain a better sense of how the implemented strategies are functioning.Among the many powerful tools hidden within Google Analytics, is the ability to see how comparable sites within your own industry are doing.1 This valuable tool can allow companies to see that their efforts are improving their own results against a realistic metric of what the rest of the industry is doing. Like all of the tools in the Analytics tool box, this one should be used with a long view in mind, but it is another method of measuring the success of an SEO program. Google does not provide a site to site comparison as the information they use is based on anonymous industry data. There are many competitors in the field that do offer site to site views so that companies can see how they are stacking up against their direct competitors. 2 Continue reading “Search Engine Optimization Strategies” »

Why it Takes Time to Improve Search Results

In a world of Twitter paced news cycles and always-on internet connections it can seem like improving search engine results should be something that happens within moments if not days. The sad fact is it takes time to improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO) results. Programs and policies will need to be put in place for months before any real tangible results become evident. There is no magic bullet to speed up this process and attempts to hurry this process will often work against the desired intention. Below are a few reasons why it takes time to see results from SEO improvement strategies.

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Search Results that Drive Business Part 2: Moving Beyond Authorship

In addition to Authorship there is a whole world of data that can be pulled from a website to create a rich snippet.  The major players in the search engine world (Google, Yahoo, Bing & Yandex) banded together and created a unifying body designed to streamline this effort.  Referred to as schema.org, the organization provides web developers with an enormous list of ways to tag data on a website.  These tags are called markups and there are literally hundreds of them.  The advantage of adding markups to a site is that it creates a dynamic rich snippet depending on what someone searches for.1  As was stated in the previous article, having a rich snippet will not move your search results up the page, but it will lead to higher click through rates (CTR).  There are a number of exciting markups that can be added to a site and we’re going to discuss several of them below.

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Search Results that Drive Business (Part 1 – Snippets and Authorship)

You’ve finally done it.  Your company’s website comes up on the first page of a Google search. This is great news and everyone is excited about the excellent results, not to mention all of the revenue this will drive.  Then you notice further down the page that one of the links for another company has a tiny picture next to it or additional information in the description.  Curious, you click on the link and travel to a competitor’s website.  You’ve just been drawn in by a rich snippet2 and all of your customers will be too. Continue reading “Search Results that Drive Business (Part 1 – Snippets and Authorship)” »