share tweet share pin it e-mail share Despite what some may think, SEO is hard manual labor rather than simple magic, and proper preparation and follow-up assessment are an important part of professional Google optimization work. Today’s enterprise SEOs see themselves more as project managers than independent artists, and rely on detailed data and figures rather than tea-leaf fortune telling. In this small series, I will try to offer some assistance and describe some common workflows and processes that have proven themselves in a professional SEO environment. Defining different workflows Each job should be repeated with a specific frequency determined by its scale, available data and urgency. For example, it is not particularly sensible to scan an entire website for technical optimization possibilities every day. But, anyone who doesn’t look at their SERP spreading each weak will have no one else to blame when they fail to recognize a … [Read more...] about Weekly Workload – workflows for Google optimization (Part 1) –
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Recently, I had a client come to me with a very interesting Google penalty. They had made a few changes to their site, nothing major, mostly tweaks to usability and layout. After these changes, their site dropped in rank. Curious, I went through each of their changes, a short list. Moving a button? Not an issue. Condensing a couple pages, properly redirected? All fine. The only possible issue I could see was, as it turned out, their contact page. This client of mine had decided to be a little fancy with their contact page and put the information in a modal window. As you know, a modal window is hidden most of the time, and contact information contains links and keywords like their business name. The client thought, logically enough, that the presence of links and keywords in otherwise hidden content might earn them a penalty. To avoid that penalty, the client added a noindex entry for the page in their robots.txt. This, as it turns out, earned them a penalty anyway. It cleared up when … [Read more...] about Is Google Penalizing Websites With Disallowed Pages?
On April 21, Google updated their mobile search algorithm to include mobile-friendly as a ranking factor. In other words, websites that are mobile-friendly are likely to rank better than websites that are not. Even if your website still ranks well in mobile search, you still have to deal with it not being labeled as mobile-friendly. If you are the owner of an online store, you may be wondering how the Google mobile friendly update affects your website. In this post, I am going to look at how you can determine if you need to make your website mobile friendly and show you how to do it. The first question you might be asking yourself is if your online store needs to be mobile friendly in the first place? The answer can be found in the Mobile Overview report in the Audience section. When you navigate to this report, you will see the following table at the bottom. If you have conversion goals set up in Google Analytics, you will see the dollar amount of sales you are making from users … [Read more...] about Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update Guide for E-commerce
The web is forever evolving and digital businesses have more moving parts every day. As days go by, it can be hard to keep track and remember the events of the previous day, such as campaigns and website changes. Fortunately for businesses that use Google Analytics there’s an easy solution: Annotations. Annotations is a seldom-used feature, but it’s a great way to advance your Google Analytics knowledge. It allows users with access to a Google Analytics profile to keep a record of the events of a website, anything that might “move the needle”, so to speak. A detailed record will help employees and future employees recall previous events. This can also significantly reduce time spent digging for answers and causality in the data. The sooner you can learn how they work, the better. Two Ways to Create an Annotation Below, I explain two ways you can create an annotation and why it matters. You have the option to go through either the Report interface or the Admin … [Read more...] about Annotation: Your Google Analytics’ Missing Piece
One of the latest webmaster help videos brings up a really interesting SEO question: what happens if you get a lot of nofollow links, such as links gained for the explicit purpose of generating direct traffic. Could that negatively impact your search rankings? SEO professionals have known for quite some time that putting nofollow on the link is a great way to tell Google that you don’t want to pass PageRank for this particular link or that you somehow don’t trust the sites the link is on. So if a large number of nofollowed links are pointing at a single site, could this potentially raise a flag to Google that the site is untrustworthy for some reason? “No, typically nofollow links cannot hurt your site – so upfront, very quick answer on that point,” said Matt Cutts, Google’s Distinguished Engineer. “That said, let me just mention one weird corner case, which is if you are leaving comments on every blog in the world, even if those links might be … [Read more...] about Matt Cutts: Too Many nofollow Links Won’t Hurt Your Google Search Rankings