Your agency recommends all kinds of useful tactics to help improve the local SEO for your local business clients, but how many of those techniques are leveraging Google Business Profile (GBP) to attract as many walk-ins as possible? Today, I’m sharing five GBP tweaks worthy of implementation to help turn digital traffic into foot traffic. I've ordered them from easiest to hardest, but as you'll see, even the more difficult ones aren’t actually very daunting — all the more reason to try them out! 1) Answer Google Q&A quickly (they might be leads) Difficulty level: Easy If you have automotive industry clients, chances you’re familiar with Greg Gifford from DealerOn. At a recent local search conference, Greg shared that 40 percent of the Google Q&A questions his clients receive are actually leads. 40 percent! Here's what that looks like in Google's Q&A: It looks like Coast Nissan has a customer who is ready to walk through the door if they … [Read more...] about 5 Google Business Profile Tweaks To Improve Foot Traffic
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Mapquest arguably “owns” the mapping brand online. It has been the dominant mapping site for years by a wide margin. But that dominance may now be slipping under pressure from Google. Hitwise reports that “traffic to Mapquest has remained flat year on year and is down 20% in the past 6 months. Google Maps traffic is up 135% year on year and is up 7% in the past 6 months.” According to Hitwise, after Mapquest, Google is the number two mapping site, followed by Yahoo and then Microsoft’s Live Local. Hitwise’s Heather Hopkins argues that the traffic trend is based almost exclusively on Google referring search traffic to its own Maps product: Google sends more of its own traffic to Google Maps than to Mapquest, a change that occurred last March. This can’t really be attributed to an increase in consumers looking for Google Maps. We can measure this through Internet searches. Searches for “google maps” have increased but the term … [Read more...] about Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest
Google Shopping is one of the easiest ways for online retailers and e-commerce websites to get their product ads displayed for their shoppers to see and buy. A potential customer need only click on your ad, and they’re taken straight to your website, where they will hopefully convert and complete the purchase. Recently, Google set out to revolutionise the online shopping and introduced Shopping Actions to the world of online marketing by taking out the middle step of transferring your customer to your site. Encapsulated in a whole new facet of the search engine, Google Express is here to connect both businesses and buyers in a faster, much more convenient way. What is Google Express ? It’s in the name — Google Express helps people get their shopping done fast. In a nutshell, Google Express helps your customers shop effortlessly with a universal shopping cart and instant checkout services. Customers pay with the payment information provided in their Google … [Read more...] about Attention Online Retailers: Google Launches Pay-Per-Sale Shopping Actions
Pure SEO’s This Week In Search series takes a look at the top SEO and SEM news stories from the week. This week Google made 5 announcements. Google to Boost News Articles in Search Results for Paying Subscribers Soon, Google will boost news articles in search results for paying subscribers of those publications. According to Bloomberg, Google is making this change in an effort to assist publications with finding and retaining paying subscribers. Additionally, Google will share search data which shows who is most likely to pay for content, meaning publishers can better target new subscribers. Google Publishes Annual Bad Ads Statistics Every year, Google gets faster and more efficient at removing ads that violate its policies. In 2017, over 3.2 billion ‘bad ads‘ were removed, which translates to an average of 100 bad ads per second. These bad ads included: 79 million attempting to send people to malware-laden sites 66 million ‘trick-to-click’ ads 48 million … [Read more...] about This Week in Search: 5 Moves by Google!
share tweet share pin it e-mail share What does it actually mean when we say that Google uses Machine Learning algorithms? In our latest Unwrapping the Secrets of SEO, guest contributor Olaf Kopp explains what exactly this refers to and where neural networks are applied in Google Search. Webmasters and SEOs take heed: you’re key to helping provide Google’s algorithms with training data. This article is the last in my series on Machine Learning. The previous Unwrapping posts can be found here: Part 1: How Google Interprets Search Queries Part 2: It’s All Semantic For Google Search Part 3: How Does Google’s Knowledge Graph Work? Unwrapping the Secrets of SEO As discussed in the article, The Semantic Web (German), systems based on the innovations of Web 2.0, which make information identifiable, categorizable, measurable and sortable according to context, are the only way to get on top of the flood of information and … [Read more...] about Machine Learning’s Role in Google Search