Years ago, everyone saw exactly the same search results. Today, no one sees exactly the same search results, not on Google, not on Bing. Everyone gets a personalized experience to some degree, even in private browsing windows. Of course, there’s still a lot commonality. It’s not that everyone sees completely different results. Instead, everyone sees many of the same “generic” listings. But there will also be some listings appearing because of where someone is, whom they know or how they surf the web. One of the easiest personalization ranking factors to understand is that people are shown results relevant to the country they’re in. Someone in the US searching for “football” will get results about American football; someone in the UK will get results about the type of football that Americans would call soccer. If your site isn’t deemed relevant to a particular country, then you’ve got less chance of showing up when country … [Read more...] about Personalization & Search Engine Rankings
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Every business grows by delivering value through products and services that fill a need, solve a problem or lead to a desired goal. To achieve this, your business must first be visible online to your ideal prospects. Enter SEO. Search Engine Optimization helps with this ‘findability’ problem. SEO can ensure that your business ranks high on search engines, attracts the right customers, showcases your value, and boosts profits continuously. No Business Can Ignore SEO Your prospects use the Web to research purchases. When a health-conscious family makes decisions worth $10,000 over the next 5 years based on information from a Google search, you need to be ‘discovered’ by that family – and millions like them in your market. I conceived the term ‘SEOnomics‘ to meld SEO with economics, a process of maximizing profits and generating big business successes through SEO. Effective SEO interweaves technical elements of website optimization with buyer … [Read more...] about The Financial Justification for Search Engine Optimization
Usability Strategy and Search Engine Optimization Usability is already a critical component of successful online ventures but with the advent of Google Analytics and the implementation of the Jagger algo update, user-activities and behaviours are going to play an influencing role in search engine rankings. How people act when they visit a website or document is being measured and accounted for, even for sites without Google Analytics tracking codes in the [head] section of the document source-code. Google is concerned with how people find information and what they do when they access a document found in the Google index. Which document in a site they tend to land on, how long users spend on that document and how much, if any, time does a user spend exploring information in a domain, are all pertinent to how Google perceives the relevance of documents listed in the index. As long-term online marketers know, this is where usability comes into the picture. Usability, as defined by Kim … [Read more...] about Usability Strategy and Search Engine Optimization
Search engine rankings are powerful. Ranking at the top of a search query can add commas to your business profits. So how do we focus on the right things to secure our place at the top of search engines? I cover the details in this post. This is excitement for an SEO. Rankings and Reporting. Watching the SERPS do their work. The thrill of victory is few and far between. What does it take to make a site grow forever? The Typical Discouraged Search Engine Ransack Crisis Begins When you start a website, you want traffic. You want people to share every post. Then you expect their friends to share and visit. You expect people to come flocking from all ends of the earth to read your amazing website. You even expect to make money and fast. Unfortunately, most of us have experienced that moment of hitting publish and hearing crickets. Tweet this if you know that feeling! Then we get that one amazing email. A comment on your blog is on hold for moderation. Excitement feels every ounce of your … [Read more...] about How to Get Results From Search Engine Rankings
The bounce rate debate continues… Bounce rates and how they affect a website’s ranking on Google has been discussed, dissected, and dismembered over and over again. As fully transcribed on this site, a conversation between Rand Fishkin, CEO of Moz, and Andrey Lipattsev, Google’s search quality senior strategist, led to a surprising discussion on click and bounce rates affecting search rankings. Rand stated that he has recently been running a few experimental tests with various crowds of 500 to a couple thousand people. Everyone participating was prompted to take out their cellphones, laptops, and digital what-have-yous and perform a specific search. Once the search listing appeared, he had everyone in the crowd click one of the listings at the bottom of the results page and then click away from that site. He then monitored the results over the next few days. Rand found a whole bunch of inconsistencies. In a little more than half of the experiments, the ranking did … [Read more...] about Do bounce rates affect a site’s search engine ranking?