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Is WordPress the Best Platform for SEO?

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There are many paid and free platforms you can use to build your business or personal website. But WordPress is one of the most popular?

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Why? The biggest reason is that it is an open source site, which means anybody can use it for free. That means the price is right for many web page builders, especially those without a huge budget to spend on their websites.

The other reason WordPress is so popular is that it is easy to use. Like the iPhone or the iPad, WordPress is purposely designed to be used instinctively by users. You don’t need to have a technical background or have to wade through a lot of technical jargon to get started. Just turn it on and go. Read more

7 Things You Ought to Know about Referrer Spam

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If you haven’t heard of referrer spam, don’t worry. You’re in the majority.

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Referrer spam is a type of spamming aimed at search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and others that involve making repeated web site requests using a bogus refer URL, that actually is aimed at the site, the spammer wants to promote.

You may have heard of referrer spam by other names, which includes log spam or referrer bombing. Whatever they are called, all are considered to be “black hat SEO” strategies, or search engine optimization techniques that seek to exploit the weaknesses of search engine algorithms for commercial, financial or personal gain.

Here, then, are seven things you need to know right now about referrer spam and how it could be affecting your websites. Read more

How to Captivate Your Audience & Increase Conversions Through Effective Calls-To-Action

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In the world of online marketing, especially on landing pages and sales pages, it is not uncommon to come across phrases like

  • Buy now
  • Start a free trial
  • Learn more
  • Or Sign up for our service

These are call-to-action triggers, which are simple commands designed to direct customers to take some sort of action. The question at this point is: “Why are they needed?”

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Here is the deal: As an online marketer or business owner, one of the things you need to be able to do, is to fight the human inclination to shift our attention to new and unanticipated directions. For example, how many times does it happen that you go online with the intention of reading a news article but 10 minutes later, you are on YouTube, devouring one video after another? After all, one click is all it takes to jump from one topic to the next and everyone online including businesses, media outlets, and bloggers are competing to get that click.

Therein lies the value of calls-to-action or CTAs. They are tools designed to let you survive in this attention seeking economy. The perfect call to action captivates your audience, educates them and increases your conversions. After all, you can write the perfect landing page for a campaign that gets the attention of your customers, draws them in and then pulls them down the slippery slope to the end of your copy but if you fail to close the deal, it would all be for nothing.

In fact, one of the main reasons why landing pages and sales pages don’t convert leads into customers is a weak call-to-action. So how do you create the perfect CTA? The trick is to use a mix of CTAs for the different stages of your sales cycle. Read more

How to Tailor Your Off-Site SEO Based On Your Niche?

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Webmasters who have at least some knowledge about the functioning of search engines know that running a successful website without search engine optimization (SEO) is kind of iffy. However, all SEO is not created equal – you need to adapt your strategy to make it work for your business. On top of that, a good SEO strategy today is significantly different compared to the SEO strategy practiced ten years ago.

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Search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing have invested a lot in their algorithms, and SEO success today is much more difficult. Unique and engaging content, social media presence, responsive design, and the use of different media are some of the elements of a killer SEO strategy. But there are many different niches, and experts agree that applying a general SEO strategy for every niche won’t provide the same result.

As a matter of fact, it might work great for some websites but may prove to be completely useless in certain niches. This is why a custom SEO strategy for specific niches is recommended.

When you are developing an SEO strategy for a specific niche, you must take a few things into consideration. Read more

8 Ways to Turn Insights Into Action With Google Analytics

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Whether you are new to analytics or an experienced user, Google Analytics can help you turn customer insights into actionable solutions for your business. It brings together the information you need to improve performance across your sites, apps and other marketing channels. Sadly, people only seem to look at page views or the number of visitors they get.

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In truth, Google Analytics lets you do a lot more than that. For example, you can use it to:

1. Measure sales and conversions

2. Get to know your audience

3. Get insights into how visitors find and use your site

4. And keep them coming back for more

The question is…How? In the spirit of helping you get the most out of Google Analytics, here are 8 ways you can use Google Analytics to make intelligent marketing and business decisions.

1. Link AdWords to Analytics

Linking your AdWords account and Google Analytics gives you a complete picture of customer behavior right within your AdWords account. This gives you an abundance of data that you can use to refine your AdWords campaigns and improve the overall performance of your business.

2. Optimize keywords

Ranking for the right keywords can make or break a website. This makes keyword research one of the most important activities in search marketing. One of the most useful resources to get knowledge about keyword demand and keyword referrals is Google Analytics. This includes targeting by location because you can see, geographically, where your visitors are coming from or where they are not coming from so you can optimize their experience and build your business. Read more

A 5-Step Process to Outperform Your Competitors in Local Search

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Whether you’re running a small local business or heading an enterprise-level operation, your prospective customers are looking for your business online. To make that connection happen and outrank your competitors, you need to optimize your local search to bring in new website visitors, grow online sales, and keep customers coming back for more.

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1. Have a Solid Online Marketing Strategy to Attract Customers via Local Search

It is absolutely undeniable that Google, Yahoo! and the other search engines have radically changed how we interact, collaborate and shop within our local communities. In fact, statistically, Google alone handles 100 billion searches per month around the world. Of these searches, 7 billion are unique local searches performed on Google per month in the United States.

So if you have a local business or one that targets audiences in a specific geographic location, you cannot under estimate the potential of local search as a form of marketing. Additionally, mobile search is absolutely exploding. According to a 2014 Google study, 4 out of 5 consumers use the search engines to find local information. Of that number, 88% search on their smartphone.

  • 54% search for business hours
  • 53% search for directions to a local store
  • And 50% search for local store addresses

The study also concluded that 18% of local smartphone searches lead to a purchase within a day. Read more

A Guide to How Meta Tags Still Impact SEO

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For a typical query typed into Google’s search bar, Google’s search algorithm relies on more than 200 “clues” to guess what the user might be looking for and give them back exactly what they want. Meta tags are one piece of the Google algorithmic puzzle representing a fantastic way for webmasters to provide search engines with information about their sites.

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But there is confusion among webmasters concerning the importance of meta tags with articles popping up over the web every now and then about how Google ignores meta tags. Perhaps it all started with the following video where Matt Cutts said verbatim “We don’t use the keywords meta tag in our search ranking. Other search engines might but Google doesn’t.”

Note that Matt Cutts only said that Google does not use the keywords meta tag in web ranking. He said nothing more and nothing less about using meta tags as a proxy for information about a website’s content. The keywords meta tag had value at one time for SEO and that’s no longer the case. This does not mean that Google ignores meta tags altogether when it comes to search ranking. For example,

  1. The Meta Robots tag is still one of the most important tags, which lets you influence search engine crawler activity on a per-page level.

For example, you can control how Google and the other search engines treat a page with implementations like:

  • index/noindex: This tells the search engines whether a page should be included or excluded from the index.
  • follow/nofollow: This tells the search engines whether links on the page should be crawled or disregarded.
  • noarchive: This prevents the search engines from saving a cached copy of a specific page.
  • nosnippet: This prevents the search engines from displaying a descriptive block of text next to a page’s title and URL in the SERPs.

There are, of course, other tags that you can use as a way to store information within your site and describe its content for the search engines without being actually viewable by users. Read more